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  • Mullahs Tremble as Iran's People Honor Cyrus the Great at Pasargad

    11/16/2017 9:46:10 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 23 replies
    American Thinker ^ | November 5, 2017 | Hassan Mahmoudi
    This past Oct. 29, Iranians marked the international day of Cyrus the Great, the ancient ruler of the Persian empire whose legacy is credited with forging the Iranian national identity. King Cyrus II is held in great regard in Iran for creating the largest empire of civilized nations then known in the world, around 600 years before Christ. King Cyrus was not only a master military strategist, he differed from other conquerors of the time in his tolerance of the customs and cultures of those who came under his rule. He was the author of the world’s first human rights...
  • U.S. Tells Ankara Iran-Sanctions-Case Suspect In 'Good Health'

    11/16/2017 7:31:16 AM PST · by Texas Fossil
    Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty ^ | November 16, 2017 12:56 GMT | None stated
    Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag says Washington has told Ankara that jailed Turkish-Iranian businessman Reza Zarrab -- a gold trader who is awaiting trial in the United States on charges of evading U.S. sanctions against Iran -- is in good medical condition. Bozdag made the remarks on November 16, a day after Turkey announced it had sent a diplomatic note to U.S. authorities inquiring about Zarrab. The U.S. Federal Bureau of Prisons website last week listed Zarrab, 34, as having been released from prison on November 8. But U.S. prosecutors said that posting was an error and he remained...
  • Readout of the Meeting of the Small Group of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS in Jordan

    11/15/2017 4:34:19 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 8 replies
    Media NoteOffice of the Spokesperson (U.S. Department of State) Washington, DC November 15, 2017 Senior diplomatic representatives from the Small Group of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS met today in Jordan to review our global campaign to defeat this terrorist organization. Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition Brett McGurk provided an update on progress in Iraq and Syria. He noted since our coalition was formed in 2014, ISIS has lost 95 percent of the territory it once controlled in Iraq and Syria. More than 7.5 million people have now been liberated from ISIS, 2.6 million displaced Iraqis...
  • Turkey’s misguided Middle East policy: From Syria, Iraq to the Gulf

    11/14/2017 10:26:44 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 4 replies
    Al-Monitor ^ | November 13, 2017 | Cengiz Çandar
    Turkey’s misguided foreign policy has increasingly become apparent in three main spheres: Syria, Iraq and the Gulf region. During an hourlong, live TV interview on Nov. 7 at Medyascope.tv — an independent, web-based, Turkish news platform — on the latest developments in the Middle East, I was asked what their impact could be on Turkish foreign policy in the region. The question referred to the recent dramatic steps taken by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and the unexpected resignation of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri. In my response, I characterized Turkey’s recent political moves in the region as a...
  • A fake news campaign blames an innocent American for a coup attempt in Turkey

    11/14/2017 9:07:21 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 3 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | November 12, 2017 | Jackson Diehl
    On July 15, 2016, an American college professor named Henri Barkey convened an academic workshop about Iran at a hotel on an island near Istanbul. That night, elements of the Turkish military attempted a coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that quickly failed but triggered a massive campaign of repression which continues to this day. Barkey went through with his conference, spent a couple of days in Istanbul and flew home. To Barkey’s astonishment, he soon became a target of the world’s newest political weapon: fake news, in the form of a feverish, government-sponsored campaign. Pro-Erdogan media claimed that Barkey...
  • Turkish lieutenant colonel recants testimony, says drugged and tortured

    11/14/2017 5:57:39 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 1 replies
    Stockholm Center for Freedom ^ | 13 Nov 2017 | SCF
    Lt. Col. Levent Türkkan, aide to Chief of General Staff Gen. Hulusi Akar, is seen after his interrogation following the failed coup attempt on July 15, 2016. Lt. Col. Levent Türkkan, aide-de-camp of Chief of General Staff Gen. Hulusi Akar, on Monday recanted his previous testimony during a hearing at the Ankara 17th High Criminal Court, where 221 suspects are standing trial for a coup attempt on July 15, 2016, saying he was probably drugged before his testimony, CNN Türk reported.“It was like we were all living in a dream. I think I was given something [a drug],” said...
  • What Is Being Taught at Islamic Schools and Mosques in the West?

    11/14/2017 5:05:04 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 16 replies
    P. J. Media ^ | 2017-11-13 T16:59:47 | Uzay Bulut
    Every time jihadi terrorists murder innocent people, political commentators and analysts rightfully start trying to find answers to questions such as: “What made the terrorists do that?” “How were they radicalized?” “Where were they brainwashed?” A look at Turkey -- whose constitution states it is a secular republic, but whose educational system functions otherwise -- may yield some eye-opening answers.
  • Ziyad Sabsabi: Russia insists on Kurds’ participation in meetings of Syrian crisis

    11/13/2017 8:37:27 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 5 replies
    ANHA Harwar News Agency ^ | (11-13-17) 13.11.2017 14:24 | H H
    QAMISHLO– The deputy of the Foreign Relations Committee of the Russian Senate Ziyad Sabsabi said that Russia will abide by neutrality in the fighting between the regime Force and the Syrian Democratic Forces, indicating that Russia insists permanently on the Kurds participation in conferences and meetings related to the Syrian crisis.The General Command of the People’s Protection Units held a press conference yesterday, in which a number of IS mercenary families were handed over to the Russian Federation during a joint press conference between the People’s Protection Units and Russian military leadership.The families, which were handed over by the...
  • 'Stealth' Turkish businessman a no-show for trial this month

    11/13/2017 6:24:19 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 2 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | Sunday, November 12, 2017, 3:54 PM | AP via NY Daily News
    A Turkish businessman whose criminal case became a controversy at the highest levels of U.S. and Turkish government looks like he'll never make it to trial. Even a co-defendant's lawyer last week labeled Reza Zarrab the "stealth" defendant after he and his lawyers skipped a pretrial conference a few weeks before the scheduled date of his trial on charges that he conspired to process hundreds of millions of dollars' worth of financial transactions for Iranian businesses or Iran's government through U.S. banks. Authorities say those transactions are banned by U.S. and international sanctions. Prosecutors and the judge made no mention...
  • Settlement: Red River determines Texas, federal boundaries

    11/12/2017 12:17:02 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 40 replies
    Amarillo Globe-News ^ | November 9, 2017 03:51 pm | DAVID WARREN
    DALLAS (AP) — Texas landowners who live along a river separating them from Oklahoma have reached a settlement with federal officials saying the Texas border lies with the meandering flow of the river. A federal judge on Wednesday approved the terms that settle a long-running dispute involving the Bureau of Land Management and property owners along the Red River. The BLM had argued the river has shifted as much as 2 miles (3.2 kilometers) in some areas over the past century, and some of the dry land where the river once flowed belonged to the government, not residents who claimed...
  • Cliven Bundy to Remain in Jail – Bunkerville Standoff

    Ammon Bundy will have one more chance to argue for his release on Monday. The third Bunkerville Standoff Trail in Las Vegas has been delayed for several motions to be resolved before opening arguments.Thursday saw a pre-trial detention release hearing for the four defendants, Cliven Bundy, his two sons Ryan and Ammon, as well as defendant Ryan Payne.Bret Whipple, attorney for Cliven Bundy, argued for release of his client citing his age and failing health. The elder Bundy has noticeably weakened since his incarceration nearly two years ago.Whipple told the court of Bundy’s dental problems, noting that the 71-year-old has...
  • Swamp Drainage: Podesta Group Set To Shut Down Amid Mueller Investigation

    11/12/2017 9:29:09 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 42 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | November 11, 2017 | Joshua Caplan
    The Podesta Group, one of Washington, D.C.’s largest lobbying firms, is set to shut down amid Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. Employees of the Podesta Group may cease being paid by the end of November. The Hill reports: http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/359933-podestas-lobbying-firm-may-close-by-end-of-year-reportPolitico reports: https://www.politico.com/story/2017/11/09/podesta-group-ceo-quits-kimberley-fritts-244766Politico reports: https://www.politico.com/story/2017/10/30/tony-podesta-stepping-down-from-lobbying-giant-amid-mueller-probe-244314?lo=ap_a1
  • Mistrial declared in 1st Twin Peaks shootout trial

    11/11/2017 6:44:16 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 84 replies
    Waco Tribune-Hearld ^ | Nov 10, 2017 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    A mistrial was declared Friday in the trial of Jacob Carrizal, the first biker from the May 2015 Twin Peaks shootout to stand trial. Jurors told 54th State District Judge Matt Johnson they were hopelessly deadlocked after more than 14 hours of deliberation, forcing the judge to declare a mistrial at about 2:50 p.m. snip In a note to Johnson, the jury initially reported they had reached a unanimous vote on one count, but that vote later changed. The initial decision was for not guilty on the first count, the source said.
  • State Department offering buyouts to reduce ranks

    11/11/2017 4:16:27 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 14 replies
    UPI ^ | Nov. 11, 2017 at 2:55 PM | Danielle Haynes
    Nov. 11 (UPI) -- The U.S. State Department is offering buyouts of up to $25,000 in an effort to trim 641 employees from its ranks, department officials said Saturday. A state official told ABC News the voluntary buyouts would be in addition to the normal attrition expected within the department by the end of 2018. Multiple officials told The New York Times that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's goal is to reduce the department by 8 percent, or 1,982 people. The department already has instituted hiring and promotion freezes, left a number of ambassadorships and senior leadership positions fulfilled and...
  • Turkey Uncensored: Post-Coup Purge Reaches Armenians

    11/11/2017 2:20:21 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 1 replies
    Philos Project ^ | Monday, August 8, 2016 | Uzay Bulut
    Following the failed coup of July 15, the Turkish government has begun a brutal crackdown on people who it claims have ties with the movement of Fethullah Gulen, an Islamic cleric living in Pennsylvania whom the government accuses of organizing the attempted coup.This scale of arrests and governmental pressures might be new to Muslim Turks, but Armenians – the victims of Turkish racism for all seasons – are being targeted again.The newspaper Agos covered the latest rights abuses against Armenians:Armenian trainer fired under the cover of “Fethullah Terrorist Organization”As part of the purge that was started after the coup attempt,...
  • Rumbling in Ankara (Turkey)

    11/08/2017 12:52:32 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 5 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Tuesday, November 7, 2017 | ANALYSIS/OPINION
    Mr. Erdogan clearly has big dreams. He made a deal during the summer with Russia’s State Atomic Energy Corporation to build three nuclear power plants. Since 2001 the government has declined to further invest in its dilapidated conventional power system, which is largely dependent on importing natural gas, as the supplier of nation’s electricity. The system is inadequate. The $20 billion deal with Moscow, in the works since 2010, would build the Akkuyu nuclear power plant — Turkey’s first nuclear plant ever — which is planned to be operational in 2023. Turkey is only the latest country to make a...
  • Assad says Syria war does not end in Deir al-Zor

    11/07/2017 9:14:53 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | November 7, 2017 / 7:19 AM / Updated 14 minutes ago | Reuters Staff
    BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syria’s army and its allies will keep fighting in Syria after the battle ends in Deir al-Zor province, where Islamic State has its last significant stronghold, President Bashar al-Assad said on Tuesday. snip Assad said in his meeting with Velayati that the battle would last “until the recovery of security and stability to all Syrian lands”, his office said.
  • Turkey Uncensored: Yazidis – A History of Persecution

    11/07/2017 4:47:24 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 2 replies
    Philos Project ^ | Friday, November 4, 2016 | Uzay Bulut
    Many nations have been victimized by Islamic supremacism and jihadist campaigns, but Yazidis – an ancient ethno-religious community indigenous to northern Mesopotamia – seem to be one of the main and continued victims of this genocidal ideology.Even though Yazidis are ethnically Kurdish, they are a distinct religious community with their own unique culture.The recent invasions of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria have finally brought this persecuted people to the world’s attention. But genocidal massacres, ethnic cleansings and forced conversions against Yazidis by Muslims did not start with the advent of the Islamic State. Yazidis, a peaceful community opposed...
  • Things that go bump in the night in Riyadh #SaudiPurge

    11/06/2017 5:22:38 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 13 replies
    Middle East Eye ^ | Monday 6 November 2017 14:08 UTC | David Hearst
    It is difficult to avoid the conclusion that Hariri's resignation, the Saudi purge, and the Houthi missile fired at Riyadh are interconnected.Saturday night was a busy one for Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. The kingdom’s 32-year old heir to the throne excelled himself. He surpassed the high levels of chaos and human misery he had already achieved as the defence minister who launched the air campaign on Yemen. First up was the sudden resignation of the Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri after just one year in office. Hariri made his announcement from Riyadh, which is a curious place...
  • Texas Heroes: Johnnie Langendorff and Armed Witness Chased Church Shooter to His Demise

    11/06/2017 2:23:20 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 38 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | November 5, 2017 | Chris Shadrock , Garrett Brnger
    Interesting video interview below.  Texan Johnnie Langendorff arrived at the intersection near the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs and witnessed a good Samaritan (neighbor) returning rifle fire with the church shooter Devin Patrick Kelley.As shooter Kelley attempted to escape the area, together Langendorff and the armed good Samaritan gave chase in Johnnie’s truck.TEXAS – Summer Caddel said her boyfriend, Johnnie Langendorff, called her moments after the shooting at First Baptist Church and told her that he saw a gunfight between the shooter and a neighbor, who was returning fire.