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  • Istanbul’s Neve Shalom Massacre: How the ‘Oasis of Peace’ Turned Into a Scene of Savagery

    07/21/2017 8:09:32 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 2 replies
    the Algemeiner ^ | September 8, 2016 | Uzay Bulut
    Inside the Neve Shalom Synagogue after the 1986 terrorist attack. Photo: Facebook.Thirty years ago, Neve Shalom — Istanbul’s largest synagogue, whose name means “oasis of peace” — was the target of a brutal attack at the hands of Jew-hating murderers.On September 6, 1986, Palestinian Arab terrorists affiliated with the Abu Nidal Organization (ANO) bombed and opened fire at Neve Shalom during a Sabbath service, killing 22 people.At the time, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA) called the attack “the bloodiest synagogue massacre since the Nazi era.”Gabriel (Gabi) Saul — a survivor whose father, Dr. Moiz Saul, died in the attack — told Şalom, a Jewish-Turkish weekly newspaper, about the moment of the attack: There were...
  • Al-Raqqa’s liberation under way, children overwhelmed by joy (Syria)

    07/21/2017 7:44:09 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 20 replies
    ANHA Hawar News Agency ^ | 07.20.2017 13:13 | J. O
    AL-RAQQA- Cheerful smiles on their faces despite the hideous scenes they witnessed amid IS rule of the city, by these smiles, they express how much they long to embrace freedom, some of al-Raqqa children missed their school, and some were obsessed with reaching SDF’s points, while some told the tragic story of their family burned.A week ago, thousands of al-Raqqa civilians were liberated from the IS oppression, many of them were used as human shields including children and women, they began flooding to SDF-held areas, every one of them has a tragic story to tell.Ritaj, a girl at 8,...
  • Democracy on Trial (Turkey)

    07/21/2017 6:50:07 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 4 replies
    Jacobin Magazine ^ | 07.20.2017 | Melanie Gingell
    An international observer denied access to the trial of HDP co-chair Figen Yüksekdağ in Turkey recounts her experience. Earlier this month the trial of Figen Yüksekdağ, co-chair of the People’s Democratic Party (HDP), began in Turkey’s capital of Ankara. Accused of supporting Kurdish separatists in the country’s southeast, Yüksekdağ has already been stripped of her place in Turkey’s parliament — but now the Erdoğan government is pursuing terrorism-related charges which come with the threat of an eighty-three-year jail term. Yüksekdağ is represented, symbolically, by 1,200 lawyers, whose numbers represent a political stand against the government’s attacks on opposition politicians. Her...
  • Germany to pause all armament projects with Turkey

    07/21/2017 4:48:33 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 17 replies
    ANF News ^ | Friday, 21 Jul 2017, 09:39 | ANF Berlin
    The Berlin administration is reportedly going to suspend military cooperation with the Turkish state on top of the sanctions announced by the German Foreign Minister. According to an article in Bild, one of the best selling daily newspapers in Germany, the Merkel administration is suspending all armament projects with Turkey. The newspaper cites government sources for the article. This will be the first time a North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) member country suspends military cooperation with another member. Several German arms manufacturers have factories in Turkey. In the previous months, the German government had barred arms sales deals with Turkey,...
  • Trump withdraws Ambassador from Ankara amid worsening relations with Turkey

    07/21/2017 4:38:11 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 23 replies
    Washington Hattis ^ | July 20, 2017 | Ilhan Tanir
    US President Donald Trump announced to withdraw Ambassador John Bass from Ankara and expressed intent to nominate him to Afghanistan in an email announcement. Ambassador Bass has been under increasing criticism and attacks by President ErdoganÂ’s media in recent weeks. Amb Bass, when started his post in Ankara gave his first interview to pro-Erdogan and AKP government media, Sabah to show his intent of better relations after his predecessor Ricciardione, who also had a difficult time towards the end of his service. Last week Amb. Bass visited Amnesty International group to show solidarity after AI Turkey Director Idil Eser and...
  • Germany summons Turkish ambassador over activists' arrests

    07/20/2017 11:37:49 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 6 replies
    DW ^ | 07.19.2017 | none stated
    Germany's Foreign Ministry has summoned Turkey's ambassador to Berlin over the arrests of human rights activists, including German citizen Peter Steudtner. The Foreign Ministry issued a sharply worded statement. The German Foreign Ministry on Wednesday said it had summoned Turkey's ambassador in Berlin to protest the pre-trial detention of six human rights activists, particularly that of German citizen Peter Steudtner. "The Turkish government needs to immediately and directly hear the German government's outrage and incomprehension as well as its crystal-clear expectations in the case of Peter Steudtner and, this time, without diplomatic niceties," Foreign Ministry spokesman Martin Schäfer said.Read more: Turkish opposition gains new...
  • Germany summons Turkish ambassador over arrest of human right activists

    07/20/2017 11:23:29 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 5 replies
    Turkish Minute ^ | July 20, 2017 | TM
    The German Foreign Ministry has summoned Turkish Ambassador Ali Kemal Aydın over the recent arrest of human rights activists, including German citizen Peter Steudtner.According to a statement from the German Federal Foreign Office on Wednesday, Foreign Ministry spokesman Martin Schäfer said: “The Turkish government needs to immediately and directly hear the German government’s outrage and incomprehension as well as its crystal-clear expectations in the case of Peter Steudtner and, this time, without diplomatic niceties.” Schäfer said German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel had interrupted his summer vacation to attend government consultations over the Turkish court’s decision to jail Steudtner, a human rights trainer who was...
  • Federal Foreign Office summons Turkish Ambassador for a meeting

    07/20/2017 11:03:05 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 7 replies
    German Federal Foreign Office ^ | 7.19.2017 | Federal Foreign Office Spokesperson
    A Federal Foreign Office Spokesperson issued the following statement today (19 July): It was necessary to inform the Turkish Government directly, immediately and unambiguously about the German Government’s outrage and lack of understanding, as well as its crystal-clear views and expectations, in the case of Peter Steudtner – and to do so without using diplomatic pleasantries. That is why the Turkish Ambassador was summoned this morning on the instructions of Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel to a meeting at the Federal Foreign Office. This meeting has just taken place at the Federal Foreign Office. The Turkish Ambassador was told in no...
  • Sold by IS in Raqa, Yazidi female fighters back for revenge (Syria)

    07/19/2017 6:41:29 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 24 replies
    Al Monitor ^ | July 19, 2017 11:25 | AFP
    She was trafficked into Raqa as a sex slave by the Islamic State group but managed to escape. Now Yazidi fighter Heza is back to avenge the horrors she and thousands of others suffered. Her hair tucked under a tightly wrapped forest green shawl embroidered with flowers, Heza says battling IS in its Syrian bastion has helped relieve some of her trauma."When I started fighting, I lifted some of the worries from my heart," she says, surrounded by fellow Yazidi militia women in Raqa's eastern Al-Meshleb district."But it will be full of revenge until all the women are freed." She...
  • Turkey-led rebels assault US-backed forces in northern Aleppo (Syria)

    07/17/2017 11:38:03 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 16 replies
    AMN News ^ | 07/17/2017 | Andrew Illingworth
    BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:40 P.M.) – Today, Turkey-led Free Syrian Army (FSA) militants launched a surprise attack in the northern countryside of Aleppo, striking at the defenses of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) around the town of ‘Ayn Daqqinah. Following a heavy pre-assault bombardment with howitzers, mortars and improvised rocket systems (seen in the video below), FSA fighters broke through the front-lines of the SDF and seized ‘Ayn Daqqinah. According to opposition sources, the specific FSA unit that attacked the SDF was comprised of several fighters who originate from the town of ‘Ayn Daqqinah. These individuals were expelled after...
  • Inside Erdogan’s Prisons (Turkey)

    07/15/2017 5:26:30 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 3 replies
    The New York Times ^ | JULY 14, 2017 | SAFAK PAVEY
    ISTANBUL — I have been a member of Turkish Parliament representing Istanbul for the opposition Republican People’s Party for the past six years. It has forced me to become a specialist in the Turkish prison system as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party (A.K.P.) government has increasingly persecuted politicians, activists, professionals and all sorts of citizens who oppose his rule and arrested thousands after the failed coup attempt last July. I began by visiting five political prisoners in 2011. Now I visit over 50, who form a tiny fraction of the detainees. Among those I visit are journalists...
  • Former Turkish FM calls on Turkey to negotiate with Kurds rather than attacking them

    07/15/2017 5:03:15 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 3 replies
    ARA News ^ | July 15, 2017 | Wladimir van Wilgenburg
    Kurdish fighters of the YPG at the top of Mount Abdulaziz after expelling ISIS militants from the area, Wednesday, May 20, 2015. Photo: ARA News Yasar Yakis, a former foreign minister of Turkey and founding member of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), has urged Turkey to negotiate with the Syrian Kurds, rather than attacking them in Afrin.“A military operation in Afrin is not a remedy for the threat that Turkey perceives from there. It will be only a painkiller treatment,” he said.“The best course would be to negotiate a deal with the Syrian Kurds, persuade them not to...
  • 'Justice for all' in Turkey must include Kurds

    07/14/2017 7:23:40 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 7 replies
    al Monitor ^ | July 12, 2017 | Pinar Tremblay
    Kemal Kilicdaroglu, the leader of Turkey's main opposition party, wrapped up his 25-day, 270-mile Justice March from Ankara to Istanbul last week and was greeted at a rally attended by more than a million people. Does the enormous support for the anti-authoritarian campaign indicate a turning tide in Turkish politics? The 25-day period was chosen deliberately to symbolize the prosecutors’ demand for a 25-year prison term for Enis Berberoglu, one of Kilicdaroglu's fellow members of the Republican People’s Party (CHP). Throughout the march, the most controversial issue was the reaction of members of two other opposition parties. One is the Nationalist Action Party (MHP), ultranationalists who...
  • Turkey edges towards S400 missile deal with Russia despite US plea

    07/14/2017 6:37:11 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 18 replies
    Washington Hatti US ^ | July 13, 2017 | none stated
    Turkey is inching closer to buying Russian-made S400 missiles, despite a recent flurry of entreaties from the US for it to remain reliant on its Nato ally for air defence, according to two officials familiar with the matter told Financial Times. Turkey and Russia have agreed a price of as much as $3bn for four missile battery systems and a number of missiles, a senior Turkish official told the FT. Bloomberg earlier reported the price as $2.5bn, which included a requirement that two of the batteries be manufactured or assembled in Turkey as part of a “technology transfer” agreement. A...
  • Turkey Uncensored: The Fate of Assyrian Christian Churches and Monasteries

    07/13/2017 10:08:17 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 1 replies
    Philos Project ^ | Thursday, July 13, 2017 | Uzay Bulut
    The Turkish government has recently seized numerous properties belonging to Assyrian (Syriac) Christians − such as churches, monasteries and cemeteries − and transferred them to public institutions.On June 23, the Armenian-Turkish newspaper Agos reported, Inquiries by the Mor Gabriel Monastery Foundation revealed that dozens of churches and monasteries have been transferred to the Treasury first and then allocated to the Presidency for Religious Affairs, known as the Diyanet, in Turkish. And the cemeteries have been transferred to the Metropolitan Municipality of Mardin. Kuryakos Ergün, the president of the Mor Gabriel Monastery Foundation, told The Philos Project that the decision of...
  • “Turkey detained human rights defenders to hide the violations”

    07/12/2017 4:18:25 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 5 replies
    ANF News ^ | Sunday, 9 Jul 2017, 11:45 | ANF AMED
    Turkey's Human Rights Association deputy secretary general in charge of organisation stressed that the Turkish government detained human rights activists to hide the violations in the country. Turkish government detained human rights activists to hide the violations in Turkey, Human Rights Association’s (IHD) deputy secretary general in charge of organisation Necla Şengül said. Her remarks came after Turkish police arrested human rights activists in Istanbul, on July 5th. Idil Eser, Amnesty International’s director in Turkey in among the 11 activists arrested. “The arrested activists are leading experts in human rights. They were deliberately targeted by the government” Şengül said. Şengül...
  • SDF to attend the meeting of anti-ISIS Coalition in Washington

    07/12/2017 3:28:36 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 17 replies
    ANF News ^ | Monday, 10 Jul 2017, 22:42 | NEWS DESK
    A representative of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) will attend the anti-ISIS Coalition meeting to be held in Washington on 11-13 July. According to information ANF obtained from SDF sources, a representative of the YPG-led Syrian Democratic Forces will attend the anti-ISIS Coalition meeting to be held in Washington on 11-13 July with the participation of representatives from 70 countries. The meeting to be hosted by Brett McGurk, Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIS, will handle the struggle strategies in the wake of the defeat of ISIS in Mosul and Raqqa.
  • The Armenian Who Helped Create Today’s Turkish Language (Hagop Martayan)

    07/11/2017 3:32:22 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 2 replies
    The Armenian Weekly ^ | July 11, 2017 | Uzay Bulut
    Special for the Armenian Weekly “Turkey’s president wants to purge Western words from its language,” reported The Economist on June 15.[Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s] latest purge has a more abstract target. Mr. Erdoğan wants to rid Turkish of unsightly Western loan-words. Turkey faces a mortal threat from foreign “affectations”, Mr. Erdoğan declared on May 23rd. “Where do attacks against cultures and civilisations begin? With language.” Mr. Erdoğan started by ordering the word “arena”, which reminded him of ancient Roman depravity, removed from sports venues across the country. Hagop Martayan, or Agop Dilaçar, was the first Secretary General and head specialist of the...
  • Turkish intelligence believes Amnesty International preparing coup in country (LMAO, Insane)

    07/10/2017 8:54:24 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 20 replies
    KOM News ^ | 9 July 2017 11:09 CEST | None stated
    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday accused the international human rights organisation Amnesty International of preparing a new coup attempt in the country, citing intelligence data.On Wednesday, the Director of Amnesty International Turkey Idil Eser and seven other Turkish human rights activists, as well as German and Swedish nationals, were detained during a conference on the Buyukada Island near Istanbul. On Thursday and Saturday, Amnesty International demanded their release.At a press conference after the G20 summit in Hamburg, one of the journalists reminded Erdogan that Amnesty International had been defending him when the then-Turkish authorities arrested him for...
  • Turkey orders 72 university staff detained in coup-related probe

    07/10/2017 8:41:31 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 7 replies
    KOM News ^ | 10 July 2017 11:16 CEST | none stated
    Turkey issued arrest warrants for 72 university staff, state media said on Monday, including a former adviser to the main opposition leader who staged a mass rally on Sunday to protest a crackdown since a failed military coup last year.The warrants were issued under an investigation into the movement of the U.S.-based Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen, who is accused of orchestrating the attempted coup on July 15, state-run Anadolu news agency reported.Kemal Kilicdaroglu, leader of the secularist CHP, told a huge crowd on Sunday Turkey was living under dictatorship and pledged to keep challenging the government after completing a 25-day...