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  • Turkey using Greek soldiers as "bargaining chips"

    04/22/2018 6:05:24 PM PDT · by BBell · 16 replies
    http://www.euronews.com ^ | 4/22/18 | Emily Commander & Hermione Gee
    Turkish President Recep Tayipp Erdogan said he would consider releasing the soldiers if eight Turkish servicemen, who sought assylum in Greece following the failed 2016 coup attempt, were sent home first."Blackmail" Athens has described this as "blackmail", with the Defence Ministry describing the soldiers as "hostages", and the Greek Supreme Court has sided with the government. President Prokopis Pavlopoulos of Greece said: "There was an unacceptable connection made between the Greek officers who were arbitrarily detained, and Turkish citizens who came to Greece, and requested asylum. Because Greece implemented - I emphasize this - implemented international law, it was granted....
  • Greece to ‘Lease Two French Frigates’

    04/20/2018 7:45:35 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    Greek Reporter ^ | Apr 20, 2018 | Tasos Kokkinidis
    Greece is to lease two French frigates by August to boost its defensive capabilities in the Aegean, according to Greek media reports. The acquisition of the FREMM-type vessels was confirmed after letters were exchanged between Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and French President Emmanuel Macron, Greek daily Kathimerini reports. The decision by France to lease Greece the two vessels, equipped with high-accuracy anti-aircraft systems, for five years is seen as a firm message of support from Paris, the paper reports. It adds that at the end of the five-year lease, Greece is to take delivery of its first Belh@rra frigate. Greece...
  • Turkey Targeting Greece - Again

    04/20/2018 7:31:20 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 7 replies
    Gatestone Institute ^ | April 20, 2018 at 5:00 am | Uzay Bulut
    With the illegal seizures and occupation of northern Cyprus in 1974 and the Syrian city of Afrin this March -- with virtually no global reaction -- Turkey apparently feels unchallenged and eager to continue; this time, it seems, with the oil-and-gas rich islands of Greece. "To take an interest in Iraq, Syria, Libya, Crimea, Karabakh, Bosnia and other brotherly regions is both the duty and the right of Turkey. Turkey is not just Turkey. The day we give up on these things will be the day we give up on our freedom and future." — Turkish President Recep Tayyip...
  • Turkey again extends state of emergency

    04/19/2018 12:20:21 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 4 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 19/4/18 | Ben Ariel
    The Turkish Parliament on Wednesday extended the ongoing state of emergency for another three months, the Hurriyet daily newspaper reported. This is the seventh time that the state of emergency has been extended. The last time was in January. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced the three-month state of emergency on July 20, 2016, five days after the failed coup that summer, saying it would enable authorities to take swift action against those responsible for the putsch. Wednesday’s extension means the upcoming early elections on June 24 will be held under the emergency rule despite widespread disapproval from opposition parties. The...
  • BuzzFeed sued over its publication of uncorroborated Trump dossier

    02/03/2017 9:15:45 PM PST · by detective · 12 replies
    McClatchy DC ^ | February 3, 2017 | Kevin G. Hall, David Goldstein and Greg Gordon
    A Russian-tied tech firm named in a controversial dossier containing uncorroborated allegations about President Donald Trump and the hacking of Democratic National Committee email accounts announced late Friday that it has filed defamation suits against the online news site BuzzFeed, its editor in chief and a former British intelligence agent. The lawsuits were brought by XBT Holdings, a Cyprus-based company owned by Russian tech magnate Aleksej Gubarev. Lawyers for his firm filed complaints Friday in London against the former spy and his company, and against BuzzFeed and its editor in chief, Ben Smith, in Broward County Circuit Court in Fort...
  • Eurocontrol warns airlines to be cautious about possible air strikes into Syria in next 72 hours

    04/10/2018 6:36:04 PM PDT · by Simon Green · 12 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 04/10/15 | Jamie Freed
    Pan-European air traffic control agency Eurocontrol on Tuesday warned airlines to exercise caution in the eastern Mediterranean due to the possible launch of air strikes into Syria in next 72 hours. Eurocontrol said that air-to-ground and/or cruise missiles could be used within that period and there was a possibility of intermittent disruption of radio navigation equipment. Russia and the United States tangled on Tuesday at the United Nations over the use of chemical weapons in Syria as Washington and its allies considered whether to strike at President Bashar al-Assad's forces over a suspected poison gas attack last weekend. "Due consideration...
  • US, France, UK Prepare Air, Navy Units for Sustained Multi Day Assault in Syria Against Iran

    04/10/2018 6:23:27 PM PDT · by ethom · 31 replies
    Debkafiles ^ | Apr 10, 2018 @ 11:04
    US President Donald Trump’s “major decision” on Syria is contingent on the rallying of sufficient air and naval strength and allied participation. Military sources report that the only US warship immediately available for the promised US military response to Bashar Assad’s use of chemical weapons in Douma is the guided missile destroyer USS Donald Cook, which sailed from Larnaca Monday, April 9, on its way to the eastern Mediterranean. The USS Iwo Jima strike group, which visited Haifa last month, is now cruising in the Arabian Sea, days away from the scene, whereas the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group...
  • Israel, Greece and Cyprus Advance Talks on Gas Pipeline to Europe

    04/07/2018 11:57:03 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 16 replies
    Oil Monster ^ | April 05, 2018 01:30:55 AM | Anil Mathews
    SEATTLE (Oil Monster): The leaders of Israel, Greece and Cyprus on Wednesday discussed a proposed joint project for a natural gas pipeline to western Europe. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades. The proposed pipeline would run from Israel to Cyprus and on to Greece. The three also discussed a new date for a summit, possibly in May. This was recently postponed amid regional tensions. Turkey is at odds with Israel over Gaza and Cyprus over offshore drilling. The relations between Israel and Greece and Cyprus have been growing closer in...
  • Israel edges to NATO as Turkey pivots to Russia. (Should Turkey leave NATO?)

    04/06/2018 10:57:16 AM PDT · by GoldenState_Rose · 21 replies
    Breaking Defense ^ | Mar 2018 | Arie Egozi
    For a while, Turkey and Israel were the unexpected couple, the increasingly Muslim state buying the Jewish state’s weapons and Israel offering Turkey a potentially strategic gas and oil pipeline. That all changed when Israeli commandos raided the so-called Gaza Freedom Flotilla in May 2010 in international waters of the Mediterranean. Nine activists were killed, including eight Turkish nationals and one Turkish American, and many were wounded. That was a turning point in the relations between the two countries. But three years later, the two sides appeared to mend relations. But as the Syrian civil war spiraled out of control...
  • Inverted-Bow Warships Back in the Aegean Sea ?

    04/04/2018 8:42:45 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 16 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | 31 MARCH 2018 | D-Mitch
    Navy Recognition is pleased to welcome guest writer D-Mitch, operations research analyst and creator of the famous navalanalyses.com (if you don't know his blog yet, you should definitely check it out as it really is top quality!). D-Mitch looks at the potential return of "inverted bow warships" in the Aegean sea as the Hellenic Navy is reportedly looking closely at the Belh@arra frigate by French shipbuilder Naval Group. He also gives us his take on the design and features of this next generation frigate. By D-Mitch, operations research analyst and creator of navalanalyses.com Today, the Greek Navy (Hellenic Navy) is...
  • Greek-Turkish fighter jets engage in dogfights

    04/05/2018 11:01:07 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 48 replies
    Everyday (translate google) ^ | 4-5-18 | none stated
    Greek and Turkish fighter jets engaged in two dogfights over the Aegean on Thursday, after the Turkish jets violated Greek airspace 16 times in the northeast, central and southeastern Aegean, the Hellenic National Defense General Staff (HNDGS) said. Six Turkish F-16 jets, one pair of F-4s and one CN-235 transport aircraft entered Athens's FIR without submitting a flight plan, and violated air traffic regulations seven times. In all cases, the Turkish aircraft were identified and intercepted by Greek fighter planes in line with international rules of engagement. Six of the eight Turkish aircraft were armed.
  • Turkey, Russia deepen ties amid troubled relations with West

    04/02/2018 9:25:50 PM PDT · by NorseViking · 18 replies
    AP/Yahoo ^ | April 2, 2018 | SUZAN FRASER and AYSE WIETING
    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Ties between Russia and Turkey are growing closer than ever, as Russia runs into widespread diplomatic fallout from the poisoned spy scandal and Turkey's relations with its Western allies worsens over human rights issues and its military operations against Kurdish militia in Syria. Russian President Vladimir Putin heads back to Turkey on Tuesday, joining Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at a symbolic ground-breaking ceremony for a Russian-made nuclear power plant being built on Turkey's Mediterranean coast at Akkuyu. On Wednesday, Putin, Erdogan and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani are expected to hold a summit in the Turkish...
  • Turkish President Recites Muslim Prayer at the Hagia Sophia

    04/01/2018 5:50:58 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    Fox News ^ | 3/31/18 | AP
    STANBUL – Turkey's president has recited an Islamic prayer in the Hagia Sophia, a historic Istanbul landmark that has become a symbol of interfaith and diplomatic tensions. Speaking for an art festival opening Saturday, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan recited the Quran's first verse, dedicating the prayer to the "souls of all who left us this work as inheritance, especially Istanbul's conqueror." The Hagia Sophia was built during the 6th century Christian Byzantine Empire and served as the seat of the Greek Orthodox Church. It was converted into an imperial mosque with the Ottoman conquest of Istanbul in 1453.
  • 'Oldest living thing on earth' discovered

    02/07/2012 9:45:53 AM PST · by null and void · 64 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 1:06PM GMT 07 Feb 2012 | Jonathan Pearlman, Sydney
    Scientists say a patch of ancient seagrass in the Mediterranean is up to 200,000 years and could be the oldest known living thing on Earth. Australian researchers, who genetically sampled the seagrass covering 40 sites from Spain to Cyprus, say it is one of the world's most resilient organisms - but it has now begun to decline due to global warming. The analysis, published in the journal PLos ONE, found the seagrass was between 12,000 and 200,000 years old and was most likely to be at least 100,000 years old. This is far older than the current known oldest species,...
  • Scientists: World’s oldest organism faces threat from global warming

    02/07/2012 4:24:23 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 51 replies
    The State Column ^ | February 7, 2012
    A team of scientists say that sprawling seagrass in the shallows of the Mediterranean may be the oldest living organisms on Earth, far older than humanity itself. Working off of DNA samples, a team of scientists say clumps of seagrass between Spain and Cyprus could be as old as hundred of thousands of years old. The study comes as scientists have sought to increase studies concerning how various organisms will face the changes from global warming. The team of scientists studying the seagrass say that the organism is facing threats from higher than normal sea temperatures and pollutants introduced by...
  • Ruthless Erdogan Will Show No Mercy on the Kurds

    03/27/2018 12:09:08 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 30 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 27, 2018 | Paul Greenberg
    It is a terrible thing to be a people without a state or province to call its own. Just ask the Kurds, who now find themselves under the hell of Turkey's ruthless ruler, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who may as well be one of the Turkish sultans of the past. For he has unleashed a campaign of genocidal fury against people of his ever-expanding realm. And no one can say the world hasn't been given fair warning of his genocidal intentions. At latest report, his troops and some Syrian puppets under his control were driving farther and farther east, planning to...
  • Turkey hands out 'warnings' to US, Iraq, Kurds, Cyprus, and Greece

    03/28/2018 2:18:25 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 22 replies
    Kurdistan 24 ^ | 3-28-18 | Ari Khalidi
    ERBIL, Kurdistan Region (Kurdistan 24) – Turkey’s National Security Council headed by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday threatened that Ankara would “take action” to drive out Kurdish groups in Syria and Iraq if the United States and Baghdad failed to do so.The council’s monthly meeting in Ankara, comprised of civilian and military Turkish leadership, lasted four hours.“Turkey will not hesitate to use initiative if terrorists in Manbij are not driven away,” a statement on Erdogan’s presidential website read, warning the US whose special forces there in the northern Syrian town continue to work with Kurdish-led groups. .. In sterner...
  • Latest Turkey-EU talks end with no progress

    03/28/2018 6:00:55 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 2 replies
    Al-Monitor ^ | March 27, 2018 | Semih Idiz
    The latest high-level attempt to normalize Turkish-EU ties has failed. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s much publicized meeting with European Council President Donald Tusk and EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, in the Bulgarian seaside resort of Varna on March 26, did not produce any results on issues that have been clouding ties.There was no indication that fresh life would be breathed into Turkey’s bid for EU membership. All Turkey obtained was an assurance that its dormant bid remained on the table and that dialogue between Turkey and the EU would continue, even though there is little chance that stalled negotiations will resume...
  • Syria war: France offers to mediate between Turkey and Kurds

    03/29/2018 9:28:10 PM PDT · by GoldenState_Rose · 7 replies
    BBC ^ | Mar 29, 2018
    France has offered to mediate in the conflict in northern Syria, where Turkey launched a military offensive against Kurdish fighters in January. Ankara is battling to drive out the Kurdish YPG militia, which it sees as an extension of the banned Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK). President Emmanuel Macron met members of the Kurdish-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces, including the YPG. Mr Macron expressed hopes for dialogue between Turkey and the militia. His office said he had "paid tribute to the sacrifices and the determining role" of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the fight against the Islamic State (IS) group. France...
  • Anti-Semitism is running rampant in Turkey

    03/29/2018 6:30:31 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 17 replies
    Arutz Sheva - Israel National News ^ | (3-29-18) 29/03/18 07:10 | Uzay Bulut
    An MP of the ruling party (in Turkey) blames a Jewish bank for JFK's assassination, Jews are blamed for the Kurdish referendum and for planning last year's failed coup. There is much more.The writer is a Turkish journalist and political analyst formerly based in Ankara. She now lives in the United States.More from the author ► When the Kurdish-controlled city of Afrin in northern Syria fell to Turkey on March 18, many Turkish Twitter users celebrated it, using anti-Semitic epithets that referred to the Kurdish PKK fighters there as “servants of Jews”, “bastards of Jews,” “underbred Armenians and Jews” and...