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  • Syria conflict: Rebels capture key Idlib army bases

    12/15/2014 9:58:27 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 13 replies
    BBC ^ | 15 December 2014 | unattributed
    Al-Qaeda's affiliate in Syria and allied rebel groups have taken control of two key army bases in the northern province of Idlib, activists say. Members of al-Nusra Front, supported by those from Jund al-Aqsa, captured Wadi al-Deif base on Monday after launching a fierce offensive on Sunday morning. Ahrar al-Sham later joined their assault on the nearby Hamidiya base. Forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad had until now managed to repel a number of assaults on the facilities. Situated outside the town of Maarat al-Numan and next to the country's main north-south motorway, they have been surrounded since 2012. A...
  • Preacher at Al-Aqsa Mosque Omar Abu Sara to the Jews: "We Shall Slaughter You Without Mercy"

    12/14/2014 3:07:01 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 41 replies
    MEMRI ^ | 28/11/14
    In an impromptu sermon at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, Sheik Omar Abu Sara called to slaughter the Jews, whom he called "the most evil of Allah's creations." The sermon was posted on the Internet on November 28, 2014. Transcript is pending. Following are excerpts from a Friday sermon delivered by Palestinian preacher Sheik Omar Abu Sara at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, which was posted on the Internet on November 28, 2014: Omar Abu Sara: Let me start by saying that talking about the traits of the Jews requires one to get into a special mode, because we are dealing with people to...
  • Turkey's Erdogan lashes out as lira tumbles

    12/13/2014 6:10:44 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 14 replies
    Whirled Nut Daily ^ | December 12, 2014 | Daniel Dombey
    ...its lowest levels against the dollar for almost a year, amid investor nervousness about emerging markets. By evening trade in Istanbul the currency had fallen beyond TL2.30 to the US dollar, more than 1 per cent down on the day and the weakest level since January, when the Turkish central bank moved to increase interest rates -- a dramatic shift in policy that at the time halted a precipitous drop in its value. ...Turkey is far from alone in being affected by strong US economic data that has heightened expectations of a US Federal Reserve interest rate rise and so...
  • Juncker: Greece should avoid ‘wrong outcome’ in elections

    12/12/2014 5:05:36 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 12/11/14 @ 21:24 | Valentina Pop
    EU commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker has warned Greece against electing “extreme forces” into power and said he would prefer “known faces”—so far the strongest intervention of the EU top brass in the Greek campaign. “I think that the Greeks—who have a very difficult life—know very well what a wrong election result would mean for Greece and the eurozone,” Juncker said during an Austrian public TV debate with EUobserver and several other Brussels-based journalists. He steered clear of explicit political advice ahead of presidential elections in Greece next week, but said: “I wouldn’t like extreme forces to come to power.” The...
  • Iranian president calls fall in oil prices ‘treachery’

    12/11/2014 5:09:09 AM PST · by thackney · 49 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | December 10, 2014 | Associated Press
    Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said Wednesday that the sharp fall in global oil prices is the result of “treachery,” in an apparent reference to regional rival Saudi Arabia, which opposed production cuts. Oil prices have plunged by more than 40 percent since June to around $65 a barrel, placing severe strain on Iran’s economy, which is already hobbled by international sanctions imposed over its nuclear program. An OPEC meeting last month failed to reach agreement on production curbs, mainly because of Saudi opposition. Rouhani told a Cabinet meeting Wednesday that the fall in prices is at least partly “politically motivated,”...
  • Iran: Fall in oil prices is 'treachery'

    12/10/2014 7:55:44 AM PST · by C19fan · 36 replies
    AP ^ | December 10, 2014 | Ali Akbar Dareini
    Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said Wednesday that the sharp fall in global oil prices is the result of "treachery," in an apparent reference to regional rival Saudi Arabia, which opposed production cuts. Oil prices have plunged by more than 40 percent since June to around $65 a barrel, placing severe strain on Iran's economy, which is already hobbled by international sanctions imposed over its nuclear program. An OPEC meeting last month failed to reach agreement on production curbs, mainly because of Saudi opposition.
  • Russia, Turkey pivot across Eurasia

    12/09/2014 6:54:41 PM PST · by dontreadthis · 9 replies
    veterans news now ^ | December 8, 2014 | Pepe Escobar
    The latest, spectacular “Exit South Stream, Enter Turk Stream” Pipelinistan gambit will be sending big geopolitical shockwaves all across Eurasia for quite some time. This is what the New Great Game in Eurasia is all about. In a nutshell, a few years ago Russia devised North Stream – fully operational – and South Stream – still a project – to bypass unreliable Ukraine as a gas transit nation. Now Russia devises a new sweet deal with Turkey to bypass the “non-constructive” (Putin’s words) approach of the European Commission (EC) concerning the European “Third Energy Package”, which prohibits one company from...
  • Putin, in Defeat, Diverts Pipeline

    12/01/2014 7:35:35 PM PST · by Theoria · 76 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 01 Dec 2014 | ANDREW ROTH
    President Vladimir V. Putin said Monday that he would scrap Russia’s South Stream gas pipeline, a grandiose project that was once intended to establish the country’s dominance in southeastern Europe but instead fell victim to Russia’s increasingly toxic relationship with the West. It was a rare diplomatic defeat for Mr. Putin, who said Russia would redirect the pipeline to Turkey. He painted the failure to build the pipeline as a loss for Europe and blamed Brussels for its intransigence. The decision also seemed to be a rare victory for the European Union and the Obama administration, which have appeared largely...
  • Signs of New Natural Gas Field Found Off Israel Coast

    04/28/2014 6:11:29 AM PDT · by thackney · 26 replies
    Rig Zone ^ | April 27, 2014 | Reuters
    An oil and gas group exploring offshore Israel said on Sunday it may have discovered a field that contains an estimated 2.5 trillion cubic feet (tcf) of gas and 255 million barrels of oil. About 30 tcf of gas have been discovered off Israel's Mediterranean coast in recent years, turning the country once dependent on energy imports into a potential exporter. The latest announcement, which was based on 3D seismic data from 2012, covers the Oz license some 50 km (30 miles) from the coastal city of Herzliya in water 1,150 meters (yards) deep.
  • Putin Laughs At Saudi Offer To Betray Syria In Exchange For "Huge" Arms Deal

    08/08/2013 9:01:34 AM PDT · by ScaniaBoy · 33 replies
    ZeroHedge ^ | 2013, 8 August | Tyler Durden
    One of the more surprising news to hit the tape yesterday was that Saudi Arabia, exasperated and desperate by Russia's relentless support of the Syrian regime and refusal to abandon the Syrian army thus facilitating the Qatari plan to pass its natgas pipeline to Europe under Syria, had quietly approached Putin with a proposal for a huge arms deal and a pledge to boost Russian influence in the Arab world if only Putin would abandon Syria's Assad. It will hardly come as a surprise to anyone that in the aftermath of yesterday's dilettante mistake by Obama which alienated Putin from...
  • ‘Significant’ human burial site uncovered by archaeologists in Cyprus

    08/17/2014 11:49:52 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 9 replies
    Cyprus Mail ^ | Thursday, August 14th, 2014 | Elias Hazou
    The Department of Antiquities has announced the completion of the 2014 excavation season of the Kourion Urban Space project (KUSP) under the direction of Dr. Thomas W. Davis of the Tandy Institute for Archaeology at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. This year’s excavations uncovered the remains of more victims of the massive earthquake that destroyed Kourion in the fourth century AD. According to an official announcement, initial analysis indicates the remains consist of two adults, a juvenile, and an infant. The family was found huddled together; the infant was found under the right arm of one of...
  • Will Erdogan's Presidency End NATO As We Know It?

    08/11/2014 5:17:33 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 34 replies
    Investors.com ^ | August 11, 2014 | IBD Editorial
    Allies: With all the disconcerting things going on in the Mideast, you could be forgiven for missing an event critically important to America's long-term interests: Recep Erdogan's election as president of Turkey. Erdogan's 52% victory over the weekend in a stage-managed election, making him the nation's first directly elected president, heralds a new era of conflict in the Mideast and perhaps the end of NATO as we know it. Turkey has for decades been a key ally to the U.S. and NATO in the Mideast, an anchor in the Cold War against the USSR and friendly toward Israel as the...
  • Ancient Inscribed Slab Brought To Light (Another Rosetta Stone - Three Languages)

    04/20/2004 12:18:46 PM PDT · by blam · 49 replies · 961+ views
    IOL ^ | 4-19-2004
    Ancient inscribed slab brought to light April 19 2004 at 03:15PM Potsdam - A team of German and Egyptian archaeologists working in the Nile Delta has unearthed "quite a remarkable" stele dating back 2 200 years to Ptolemaic Egypt which bears an identical inscription in three written languages - like the famed Rosetta Stone. Announcing the find on Monday, University of Potsdam chief Egyptologist Christian Tietze said the stone fragment was "quite remarkable and the most significant of its kind to be found in Egypt in 120 years". The grey granite stone, 99cm high and 84cm wide, was found "purely...
  • 8 Signs That ISIS Will Strike in the U.S. Soon (Several Videos)

    06/21/2014 9:30:39 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 43 replies
    PJ Media ^ | June 21 2014 | Robert Spencer
    (If you go to the site, you might want to mute the sound on the first VIDEO, it is accompanied by Islamic song.) The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) doesn’t have designs on just Iraq and Syria. It has published maps in which its envisioned Islamic state encompasses not just those two countries, but also Kuwait, Jordan, Lebanon, Cyprus, parts of Turkey, and (of course) Israel. But it doesn’t stop there, either. Clearly ISIS plans to mount jihad terror attacks in the United States – and there are numerous indications that such an attack could come sooner rather...
  • Cyprus’ first gay pride parade a hit

    06/01/2014 5:55:22 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | June 1, 2014
    NICOSIA, Cyprus – Several thousand people turned out for Cyprus’ first gay pride parade on Saturday, exceeding the expectations of organizers who said the event’s popularity shows that Cypriots are shedding their conservative attitudes.
  • Mohammed in the "Gospel" of Barnabas - ZOT for the Theologians

    07/17/2006 9:05:28 AM PDT · by parakletos · 3,619 replies · 13,640+ views
    The GREAT PROPHET MOHAMMED was mentioned by name in the forgotten gospel of Barnabas,who was one of the disciples of THE GREAT PROPHET JESUS CHRIST. The gospel is here: www.barnabas.net/ in the aforementioned site,make a search for the word "mohammed". heres a sample: from part 97 Then said the priest: `How shall the Messiah be called, and what sign shall reveal his coming?' Jesus answered: `The name of the Messiah is admirable, for God himself gave him the name when he had created his soul, and placed it in a celestial splendour. God said: "Wait Mohammed; for thy sake I...
  • 1500 year-old ‘ Syriac ‘ Bible found in Ankara, Turkey

    02/23/2012 2:20:02 PM PST · by NYer · 13 replies · 3+ views
    National Turk ^ | February 23, 2012
    Ancient Bible in Aramaic dialected Syriac rediscovered in Turkey The relic was ‘rediscovered’ in the depositum of Ankaran Justice Palace, the ancient version of bible is believed to be written in Syriac, a dialect of the native language of Jesus. Ankara / Turkey – The bible was already in custody of Turkish authorities after having been seized in 2000 in an operation in Mediterranean area in Turkey. The gang of smugglers had been charged with smuggling antiquities, illegal excavations and the possession of explosives and went to trial. Turkish police testified in a court hearing they believe the manuscript...
  • Iran: Discovery will collapse Christianity [Barf Alert}

    05/24/2012 8:35:47 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 54 replies
    WND ^ | May 24, 2012 | Reza Kahlili
    Iran’s Basij Press is claiming that a version of the Gospel of Barnabas, found in 2000, will prove that Islam is the final and righteous religion and the revelation will cause the collapse worldwide of Christianity Turkish authorities believe the text could be an authentic version of the Gospel of Barnabas, one of Jesus’ apostles and an associate of the apostle Paul. This version of the Barnabas Gospel was written in the 5th or 6th century and it predicted the coming of the Prophet Mohammad and the religion of Islam, the Basij Press claims. The Christian world, it says, denies...
  • Secret £14million Bible in which 'Jesus predicts coming of Prophet Muhammad' unearthed in Turkey

    02/29/2012 9:13:30 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 50 replies · 1+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 02/28/2012
    A secret Bible in which Jesus is believed to predict the coming of the Prophet Muhammad to Earth has sparked serious interest from the Vatican. Pope Benedict XVI is claimed to want to see the 1,500-year-old book, which many say is the Gospel of Barnabas, that has been hidden by the Turkish state for the last 12 years. The £14million handwritten gold lettered tome, penned in Jesus' native Aramaic language, is said to contain his early teachings and a prediction of the Prophet's coming. The leather-bound text, written on animal hide, was discovered by Turkish police during an anti-smuggling operation...
  • 1,500-Year-Old Handwritten Bible Kept in Ankara, Ministry Confirms

    03/18/2012 11:25:40 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies · 1+ views
    Turkish Press ^ | Monday, March 19, 2012
    The minister of culture and tourism on Thursday confirmed media reports suggesting that a 1,500-year-old Bible that was discovered by Turkish police during an anti-smuggling operation in 2000 is being kept in Ankara today. According to media reports on Thursday, the Bible was seized from a gang smuggling artifacts during a police operation in southern Turkey in 2010 and reportedly preserves its originality and many traces of the period in which it originated. The gang was reportedly convicted of smuggling various items seized during the operation, including the Bible, and all the artifacts were kept in a safe at an...
  • "Ancient" Syriac bible found in Cyprus

    02/06/2009 9:35:02 AM PST · by Between the Lines · 48 replies · 1,728+ views
    Reuters ^ | Feb 6, 2009 | Sarah Ktisti and Simon Bahceli
    NICOSIA (Reuters Life!) - Authorities in northern Cyprus believe they have found an ancient version of the Bible written in Syriac, a dialect of the native language of Jesus. The manuscript was found in a police raid on suspected antiquity smugglers. Turkish Cypriot police testified in a court hearing they believe the manuscript could be about 2,000 years old. The manuscript carries excerpts of the Bible written in gold lettering on vellum and loosely strung together, photos provided to Reuters showed. One page carries a drawing of a tree, and another eight lines of Syriac script. Experts were however divided...
  • Furious Russia, Downgraded Just Above Junk By S&P, Proposes "Scorched Earth" Retaliation on NATO

    04/25/2014 7:30:37 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 04/25/2014 | Tyler Durden
    Cyprus and Russia - what's the difference (aside from the fact that the former was a money laundering offshore center of the latter until last year of course)? If you said one is a lackey to statist, selfish banker interests, and after having its economy thoroughly destroyed by the great doomed European sociopolitical (and pathological) experiment, came crawling back to its Eurozone masters, while the other couldn't care one bit about Pax Petrodollariana and the global central bank cabal, you are right. In which case it will also be clear why a few hours ago that joke of a...
  • Secretary Kerry and his Israel - Palestinian "peace process"

    04/03/2014 12:16:58 PM PDT · by DanMiller · 6 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | April 3, 2014 | Dan Miller
    The process itself, rather than peace, has become the goal.Senior Palestinian Authority officialA bit of historyThe notion that "the end justifies the means" is bad even when the end sought might be seen as beneficial. Transitory peace might be a beneficial intermediate end if the price of achieving it is not excessive. We should have learned about that shortly after 1938, when Prime Minister Chamberlain's deal with Herr Hitler allowed German expansion into Czechoslovakia and produced a naval agreement between Britain and Germany. [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FO725Hbzfls?feature=player_detailpage] Video linkPM Chamberlain said this later the same day: My good friends, for the second time in our history, a British Prime Minister has...
  • ‘An Historic Opportunity’: Turkish Cypriot Minister Says Reunification Deal Pending (Germany helps)

    04/02/2014 10:13:14 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | April 01, 2014 – 11:17 AM | Suzanne Koelbl
    Negotiations to end the division of Cyprus have been ongoing for years. Now, Northern Cyprus Foreign Minister Özdil Nami tells Spiegel that a deal is close. And he wants Germany to help with reunification. […] “We have asked Germany for support for the process of reunification. Finally, the two parts of Cyprus—the Greek south and the Turkish north—are prepared for this step, after 40 years. It cannot be allowed to fail. It is an historic opportunity.” […] “With the large untapped natural gas reserves off the coast, we could help Europe reduce its dependency on Russia.” …
  • China seeks strategic foothold in Israel

    03/25/2014 11:25:05 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 24.03.2014 | Blair Cunningham
    The continued threat of economic boycotts targeting Israel hasn’t deterred China from forging ahead with a new freight rail link through Israel. The planned link could provide an alternative to the Suez Canal. The project would connect the 300-plus kilometers between Eilat on the Red Sea and Ashdod Port on the Mediterranean. And it could be the chance for China to gain a foothold in the region. …
  • How Russia is rousing a sleeping energy bear

    03/25/2014 4:27:22 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 23 replies
    The Globe And Mail (Canada) ^ | March 25, 2014 | SHAWN MCCARTHY
    Russia’s aggressiveness in Ukraine is proving a boon to North American energy producers looking for greater export opportunities. Whether for natural gas projects in the United States or for oil pipelines in Canada, the West’s confrontation with energy powerhouse Russia has refocused North American political debates – including the controversy over the proposed Keystone XL pipeline – on the need for global energy security. Russia’s aggressiveness in Ukraine is proving a boon to North American energy producers looking for greater export opportunities. Whether for natural gas projects in the United States or for oil pipelines in Canada, the West’s confrontation...
  • Lessons For US Citizens From The Deposit Confiscation In Cyprus

    03/17/2014 5:29:23 PM PDT · by Nachum · 6 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 3/17/14 | Tyler Durden
    Submitted by Simon Black of Sovereign Man blog, It was almost exactly one year ago to the day that an entire nation was frozen out of its savings… overnight. Cypriots went to bed on Friday thinking everything was fine. By the next morning, they had no way to pay bills or buy food. It’s certainly a chilling reminder of how quickly things can change. And why. The entire crisis sprang from a mountain of debt. The government had accumulated too much debt. The banking system had accumulated too much debt. And banks had lost a lot of their customers’ money...
  • Russia Seeks Access to Bases in Eight Countries for Its Ships and Bombers

    02/28/2014 4:25:45 PM PST · by Nachum · 15 replies
    cns news ^ | 2/28/14 | Patrick Goodenough
    (CNSNews.com) – At a time of escalated tensions with the West over Ukraine, Russia says it is negotiating with eight governments around the world for access to military facilities, to enable it to extend its long-range naval and strategic bomber capabilities. Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Wednesday the military was engaged in talks with Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua, Algeria, Cyprus, the Seychelles, Vietnam and Singapore. “We need bases for refueling near the equator, and in other places,” ITAR-Tass quoted him as saying. Russia is not looking to establish bases in those locations, but to reach agreement to use facilities there when...
  • Turkey’s new carrier alters eastern Mediterranean energy and security calculus

    02/09/2014 6:35:33 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 35 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 02/04/2014 | MICHA’EL TANCHUM
    Turkey took a major step in altering the naval balance in the eastern Mediterranean by contracting the construction of a multi-purpose amphibious assault ship. In late December 2013, Turkey took a major step in altering the naval balance in the eastern Mediterranean by contracting the construction of a multi-purpose amphibious assault ship that can function as an aircraft carrier, potentially providing Turkey an unprecedented measure of sea control in the region. The heightened threat perception for Israel, Cyprus and Greece will impact the imminent decision regarding whether Israel will export its natural gas to a planned Cypriot LNG terminal with...
  • Cultural connections with Europe found in ancient Jordanian settlement

    01/27/2014 8:33:42 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 13 replies
    University of Gothenburg ^ | January 16, 2014 | Thomas Melin
    Swedish archaeologists in Jordan led by Professor Peter M. Fischer from the University of Gothenburg have excavated a nearly 60-metre long well-preserved building from 1100 B.C. in the ancient settlement Tell Abu al-Kharaz. The building is from an era characterised by major migration... Pottery from one of the rooms from 1100 B.C.‘We have evidence that culture from present Europe is represented in Tell Abu al-Kharaz. A group of the Sea Peoples of European descent, Philistines, settled down in the city,’ says Peter Fischer. ‘We have, for instance, found pottery resembling corresponding items from Greece and Cyprus in terms of form...
  • Abbas In Russia To Sign Energy Deal Abbas meets Russian PM and president to sign $1 billion

    01/23/2014 8:50:56 AM PST · by Nachum · 5 replies
    inn ^ | 1/23/14 | Ari Yashar
    Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, while in Russia on Thursday, was reported to be signing a $1 billion natural gas project in Gaza with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. While exact details of the deal or start-dates for the project remain unclear, the Russian state news agency ITAR-TASS reported that Russia's natural gas giant Gazprom intends to produce 30 billion cubic meters of natural gas off the Gaza coast. Further, Russia's Technopromexport engineering firm appears to be pursuing an oil development project near Ramallah. Russian President Vladimir Putin, who met with Abbas, said "relations between Russia and Palestine are...
  • Eurozone bank network getting smaller

    01/21/2014 12:31:45 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 21.01.14 @ 17:52 | Benjamin Fox
    The number of banks in the eurozone fell by almost 4 percent in 2013, according to data published Tuesday (21 January) by the European Central Bank. There were 6,790 monetary financial institutions (MFIs) based in the euro area at the start of 2014, compared with 7,059 one year ago, a 3.8 percent reduction. Crisis countries Cyprus and Greece saw the largest reductions, losing 26 percent and 17 percent of their financial sector firms over the past year. Greece now has just 62 financial institutions, while Cyprus’ sector has fallen from 409 firms when it joined the EU in 2004 to...
  • Welfare spending: how Britain outstrips Europe

    01/19/2014 2:30:35 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 6 replies
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | 15 Jan 2014 | Joel Gunter and Dan Palmer
    Welfare spending in Britain has increased faster than almost any other country in Europe since 2000, new figures show. The cost of unemployment benefits, housing support and pensions as share of the economy has increased by more than a quarter over the past thirteen years – growing at a faster rate than in most of the developed world. Spending has gone up from 18.6 per cent of GDP to 23.7 per cent of GDP – an increase of 27 per cent, according to figures from the OECD, the club of most developed nations. By contrast, the average increase in welfare...
  • MEPs call for dismantling of EU bailout “troika”

    01/16/2014 6:03:44 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 16.01.14 @ 09:58 | Valentina Pop
    The “troika” of international lenders, which sets the terms of eurozone bailouts with little or no democratic oversight, should be replaced by an EU system which is accountable to the European Parliament, MEPs say. “All European instruments that are not based on EU law are provisional. EU instruments should be based on the community method, with the European Parliament acting as democratic legitimator and control body,” Austrian center-right deputy Othmar Karas told press in Strasbourg on Wednesday (15 January). Karas is drafting a report together with a French Socialist colleague, Liem Hoang-Ngoc, on the work of the troika. The name...
  • EU leadership approval ratings tumble to all-time low

    01/10/2014 10:39:57 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 10 January 2014
    Belgium, Denmark, Germany and Luxembourg are the only EU countries where citizens approve the European Union’s leadership with a clear 50% majority, according to a recent poll by Gallup. Approval ratings in nearly all other member states have dropped dramatically since 2008, especially in the crisis-hit south. The approval of the EU leadership is lowest in Greece (19%), Cyprus (21%) and Spain (27%), according to Gallup poll released on Wednesday (8 January). Other countries with critically low approval ratings include the United Kingdom (29%), Sweden (30%) or the Czech Republic (30%). The EU is still backed by a majority of...
  • Erdogan criticizes, undermines huge corruption investigation

    12/27/2013 6:51:36 PM PST · by LSUfan · 7 replies
    Al-Monitor ^ | 25 Dec 2013 | Unattributed
    One of Turkey’s largest-ever corruption investigations is underway. A public bank CEO, an Iranian businessman and the sons of the freshly resigned interior and economy ministers are among the 24 suspects arrested so far, pending trial. The Iranian businessman allegedly circumvented sanctions against Iran and sent millions of dollars to the country via Halkbank by bribing the CEO as well as the ministers through their sons. /// In a series of daily speeches after the operation began, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan blasted the probe and the investigators. He branded the probe a “dirty operation” and the policemen in charge...
  • Syria inks oil, gas deal with Russia firm

    12/26/2013 5:10:08 AM PST · by mac_truck · 5 replies
    Yahoo News (AFP) ^ | 12/26/2013 | AFP
    Damascus signed an oil and gas deal with a Russian company Wednesday which will allow for the first-ever exploration off Syria's coast. The agreement was signed by Syrian Oil Minister Suleiman Abbas, Syria's General Petroleum Company and the Russian Soyuzneftegaz company, according to an AFP reporter present at the signing. The deal permits the exploration of an area of 2,190 square kilometres (850 square miles) in the Mediterranean. The contract "is the first ever for oil and gas exploration in Syria's waters," General Petroleum Company head Ali Abbas told AFP. "It will be financed by Russia, and should oil and...
  • Rubber bullets fly as Turkey faces meltdown

    12/29/2013 1:31:18 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 31 replies
    express.co.uk ^ | December 29, 2013 | Stuart Winter
    PROTESTERS stormed the streets of Turkey’s biggest cities yesterday as a deepening corruption scandal threatened to bring down the government and sparked fears of a military coup. Riot police fought back with water cannons, tear gas and rubber bullets in Istanbul’s Taksim Square six months after violent scenes in the city over Turkey’s shift away from its leanings to western democracy. To cries of “catch the thief”, a slur aimed at prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, protesters threw rocks and firecrackers as riot squads attempted to block demonstrators from taking over the square. At least 70 were arrested.
  • Earthquake 5.8 Violently Hits Turkey Egypt and Cyprus

    12/28/2013 6:29:55 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 19 replies
    Guardian Liberty Voice ^ | December 28, 2013 | Michael Smith
    An Earthquake registering 5.8 on the Richter Scale violently hits Turkey, Egypt, and Cyprus and it was reported to have happened at 3:21 Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). The center of the earthquake appears to be just off the coastline of Turkey, South to SSW from Antalya. The quake was felt as far away as Egypt where the tremors also reached 5.8 on the Richter Scale. Cyprus, which is 195 miles away from the quakes center also reported 5.8 scale tremors. Egypt, which is 695 miles away, reported the same Richter Scale measurement at the same time that the report was...
  • The End of Erdogan? (Turkey)

    12/22/2013 11:34:46 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 47 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | DECEMBER 20, 2013 | John Hannah
    There's a very big story developing in Turkey that all foreign policy mavens should be watching closely. Exactly how big remains to be seen, but the stakes are huge. At issue: Will the decade-long domination of Turkish politics by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Islamist-leaning Justice and Development Party (AKP) continue? Or is the Erdogan era about to come crashing down, fatally weakened by scandal, infighting, and authoritarian overreach? Early Tuesday morning, police in Istanbul and Ankara carried out a wave of stunning arrests that included powerful businessmen, the sons of three cabinet ministers, and the head of...
  • EU puts Turks on 10-year timeline

    10/06/2004 10:25:30 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 15 replies · 293+ views
    The Australian ^ | October 06 2004 | Nicolas Rothwell
    AFTER 40 years of hesitation and seven hard years of reform and lobbying, Turkey is basking today in the most qualified of invitations to begin the process of joining Europe - a continent whose eastern half the Ottoman empire controlled for centuries. A European Commission report released yesterday, which paves the way for a deciding vote by the 25-member European Union at its December summit, was heavily qualified, and Turkish leaders were muted in their expressions of delight at their initial success. Presenting the decision to the European parliament last night, commission president Romano Prodi said it was a "qualified...
  • French President in Israel Seeking Improved Political and Economic Ties

    11/24/2013 8:56:55 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 12 replies
    The Media Line ^ | Sunday, November 17, 2013 | Felice Friedson and Rye Druzin
    ...Hollande is much more focused on tapping into Israel’s know-how to help his country’s beleaguered economy. “Israel is, from an economic point of view, with the high-tech industry, considered to be very valuable,” Dr. Tsilla Hershco, a senior research associate at Bar-Ilan University's Begin-Sadat (BESA) Center for Strategic Studies told The Media Line. “With all the turmoil around us, Israel is considered the one stable state in the Middle East from a political and economic point of view.” France has suffered greatly since 2008, when a worldwide economic downturn brought the European Union to the brink of collapse. Since then,...
  • Egypt asks Turkish ambassador to leave, cites threat to stability

    11/23/2013 3:29:15 AM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 12 replies
    Times of India ^ | Nov 23, 2013, 03.46 PM IST
    CAIRO: Egypt decided on Saturday to expel Turkish ambassador Huseyin Avni Botsali after remarks made by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan that Cairo deemed as being "provocative," the foreign ministry said. Ministry spokesman Badr Abdelatty said Cairo took three decisions on Saturday concerning its diplomatic ties with Ankara. "First to expel the Turkish ambassador and downgrade our ties to the level of charge d'affaires, second to declare the Turkish ambassador persona non grata and third we will not send our ambassador to Turkey," Abdelatty said. He said the decisions were taken after Erdogan made remarks in Russia on Thursday that...
  • Russian warship docks in Egyptian port of Alexandria ahead of high-level visit

    11/12/2013 6:36:54 PM PST · by Vince Ferrer · 11 replies
    AP ^ | November 11, 2013 | Associated Press
    CAIRO – A Russian warship has docked in Egypt's port of Alexandria in a move that officials said was aimed at bolstering Cairo's relations with Moscow ahead of one of the highest level visits by Russian officials to the country in decades.
  • Cyprus and Venezuela, Castro Care

    11/08/2013 7:36:39 AM PST · by rktman · 2 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 11/8/2013 | Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh
    Cyprus, a tiny island of less than one million people, is a small scale study in “big banking out of control,” “insane spending like there is no tomorrow,” coupled with “socialism runs out of other people’s money.” While researching the bailin and bailout of early summer, I found disturbing accounts of their socialized health care. In return for a 10 billion bailout for Cyprus, the EU bureaucrats have demanded a bailin (read confiscation) of Cypriots’ savings and checking accounts. One bank offered worthless shares but another did not. Cypriots felt that they were used as “guinea pigs” to test if...
  • Turkey’s Zorlu Energy ‘in talks on Israeli gas’

    11/01/2013 4:55:01 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 2 replies
    Turkey’s Zorlu Energy is in talks with Israeli firms over the potential for a pipeline to carry Israeli gas to Turkey, industry sources say, but the political rift between the two former allies is holding up progress. Israel is set to become a gas exporter by the end of the decade after the discovery of two major offshore fields off its Mediterranean coast - Leviathan and Tamar. Turkey, dependent on imports for almost all of its energy, is looking to diversify away from expensive Russian gas and could become a customer as well as providing a transit route to other...
  • This Natural Gas Find Could Completely Change the World As We Know It (Israel-Cyprus)

    11/03/2013 2:23:59 PM PST · by haffast · 15 replies
    The Motley Fool ^ | November 3, 2013 | Tyler Crowe
    One thing that makes the energy sector so intriguing is the constant overlap between markets and politics. In many ways, energy security is synonymous with national security, and the supply and demand needs of the oil market can make the most unlikely bedfellows. One country that has been at the center of energy and politics for decades has been Israel. For years the country has been dependent upon foreign energy sources, but a major discovery by Noble Energy (NYSE: NBL ) and its partners has turned this situation on its head. Let's look how this massive natural gas find could...
  • Turkish FM Davutoglu rejects claims of cooperation with Israel in strike against Syrian base

    11/03/2013 12:36:27 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 6 replies
    Hurriyet Daily News ^ | Friday, November 1, 2013 | unattributed
    Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu has rejected allegations that Turkey gave intelligence to Israel during an attack against a military base near the Syrian coastal city of Latakia early Oct. 31. “There is an attempt to give the impression that Turkey has coordinated with Israel. We have issues with Syria, an issue based on a principle. But let me say it clearly: The Turkish government has never cooperated with Israel against any Muslim country, and it never will,” Davutoğlu told reporters during a joint press conference in Istanbul Nov. 1 with his visiting Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif. Several reports said,...
  • Turkish military ‘trying to provoke an incident’ with Israelis in Mediterranean

    10/31/2013 3:43:18 AM PDT · by markomalley · 20 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 10/31/2013 | Robert Spencer
    As Turkey rapidly re-Islamizes, it appears to be trying to create the justification for a new jihad offensive against Israel. "Turkish military ‘trying to provoke an incident’ with Israelis in Mediterranean," from the World Tribune, October 31: TEL AVIV — Turkey has been challenging Israel’s military throughout the Mediterranean. Military sources said Turkey has used its Navy and Air Force to disrupt Israeli operations around the Mediterranean. They said the Turkish Air Force and Navy harassed Israeli warplanes during patrols and exercises over the last six months. “They are trying to provoke an incident with us that could have strategic...
  • Europe, China agree currency deal

    10/28/2013 7:43:59 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    CNN Money ^ | October 10, 2013: 9:41 AM ET | Alanna Petroff
    Europe and China have agreed a currency swap deal to boost trade and investment between the regions. Under the terms of the deal between the European Central Bank and the People’s Bank of China, the swap facility could total as much as 350 billion yuan and €45 billion. … For years Beijing has kept tight control of the yuan, pegging the currency to the U.S. dollar as a way of promoting manufacturing in its export-driven economy, though it has slowly been loosening its hold recently. The swap deal will allow more trade and investment between the regions to be conducted...