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  • US tells Turkey and EU to ‘tone down rhetoric’

    03/24/2017 9:31:46 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 10 replies
    KOM News ^ | 24 March 2017 13:24 CET | none stated
    US State Department Acting Spokesman Mark Toner The United States State Department’s Acting Spokesperson Mark Toner called on European and Turkish government representatives to “tone down the rhetoric” in a press conference in Washington D.C. on Thursday.Answering a journalist’s question on whether he “agrees with the behaviour of the president of Turkey (Recep Tayyip Erdogan) who threatens Europeans every day,” Toner said “I think what we have said about some of the back and forth we’ve seen over the past couple of weeks [is] that we want to see everyone get along and tone down the rhetoric.”“Look Turkey is an...
  • ‘No peace for hundred years if Erdogan is harmed’ president’s senior advisor threatens

    03/24/2017 9:19:27 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 45 replies
    KOM News ^ | 23 March 2017 16:52 CET | none stated
    A senior advisor to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has threatened the world saying, “No one in America, Europe or anywhere else in the world can even have breakfast comfortably if a hair on his [Erdogan’s] head is harmed.” Yigit Bulut, an outspoken figure and senior advisor to the president was responding to questions on Turkish state television TRT on Wednesday, when he made the comments. Answering a question about the latest restrictions from Europe and the United States, such as the prohibition of carrying electronic devices on flights from Istanbul to the UK and US or several European states’...
  • Is the Turkish President Working Directly With ISIS to Bring TERROR to Europe?

    03/23/2017 11:57:27 AM PDT · by davikkm · 15 replies
    IWB ^ | Mark Angelides
    Turkish President, Recep Erdo?an on Wednesday, said that “If you continue to behave like this, not a single European, not a single Westerner will be able to take a step on the road safely anytime in the world,” to the European Union. This can be spun anyway the media likes, but it is clearly a direct threat if you look at the history between Erdo?an and ISIS. The comments came in response to Germany and Holland both blocking Turkish Ministers from holding rallies to support the Turkish president’s grab for power, which many suggest is the first step to complete...
  • Norway grants asylum to Turkish soldiers

    03/22/2017 4:04:39 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 27 replies
    KOM News ^ | 22 March 2017 | none stated
    Four Turkish soldiers and a military attaché who had applied for asylum in Norway following the 15 July coup attempt have been granted residence and working permits. Kjell M. Brygfjeld, lawyer of the five Turkish nationals, confirmed the decision which has stirred controversy between the NATO allies to Norwegian daily Klassekampen.Turkey had asked Norway for the extradition of the four soldiers and the military attaché, suspected of having participated in the failed coup. The decision to grant the suspects and their families, all living at secret addresses, asylum in Norway may thus further add to the already tense relationship between Turkey and Europe.Turkish...
  • ‘Who is the real terrorist, Ocalan or Erdogan?’

    03/22/2017 5:23:29 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 12 replies
    KOM News ^ | 21 March 2017 | none stated
    Georg Restle Prominent German journalist, Georg Restle, on a programme aired on German state TV ARD compared imprisoned Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) leader Abdullah Ocalan and Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan asking, “Who is the real terrorist?”Commenting on a recent Kurdish demonstration in the German city Frankfurt on the Tagesthemen (topic of the day) programme Restle said:“The Turkish president [Erdogan] and his cronies are really angry that tens of thousands of Kurds living in Germany of which some carried posters of Abdullah Ocalan protested peacefully for their rights. The Federal German state is accusing these people of “supporting a terrorist organisation.”“One must ask this question”, Restle...
  • Turkey ‘champion’ of Twitter bans: Twitter report

    03/22/2017 4:49:46 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 1 replies
    KOM News ^ | 22 March 2017 | none stated
    Picture from International Business Times Turkey has been crowned the ‘champion’ of Twitter bans as more and more accounts are being flagged up for ‘security reasons’, a report released by the social media giant shows.Twitter’s ‘transparency report’ announced that Turkey topped the list of countries that requested account closures, with Twitter closing 3,076 accounts in the last six months alone at Turkey’s request.Of these, 2,232 cases were requested by the government, police and other state institutions, and 844 were requested by the courts. A total of 8,417 tweets were also reported by Turkey, with Twitter closing 290 accounts and deleting...
  • Erdogan: Soon Europeans ‘Will Not Walk Safely on Their Streets’

    03/22/2017 10:25:12 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 37 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 03/22/2017 | by Chris Tomlinson 
    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has warned the European Union (EU) that if the diplomatic spat between Turkey and several European countries continues, Europeans won’t be able to walk their own streets safely. President Erdoğan made the comments Wednesday in what is another increase of tensions between Turkey and the EU that began when Germany and the Netherlands banned several Turkish ministers from holding campaign rallies for the upcoming Turkish referendum. Erdoğan has threatened Europe before, but this time he threatened the safety of Europeans if the row continues, Die Welt reports. “If you continue to behave like this, not a single...
  • In Europe spat, Turkish president warns Westerners on safety

    03/22/2017 9:51:16 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 24 replies ^ | SUZAN FRASER and CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA
    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan ramped up his anti-European rhetoric on Wednesday, warning that the safety of Western citizens could be in peril if European nations persist in what he described as arrogant conduct. Erdogan's remarks came amid tension over Dutch and German restrictions on Turkish officials who tried to campaign for diaspora votes ahead of an April 16 referendum on expanding the powers of the Turkish presidency. "Turkey is not a country that can be pushed and shoved, whose honor can be toyed with, whose ministers can be ousted, whose citizens can be dragged on the ground," Erdogan told...
  • Trump administration hosting first meeting of anti-ISIS coalition

    03/21/2017 10:51:10 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 2 replies
    The Indian Express ^ | Wednesday, March 22, 2017 | Reuters
    <p>Washington -- Foreign ministers from 68 countries meet in Washington on Wednesday to agree on the next steps to defeat Islamic State, the first such gathering of the U.S-led military coalition since the election of President Donald Trump in November.</p>
  • Turkey still determined to play role in final Raqqa assault

    03/21/2017 9:06:14 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 15 replies
    Al Monitor ^ | March 21, 2017 | Fehim Ta&#351;tekin
    It sounded dramatic: The leaders of 50 Syrian Arab tribes met in Sanliurfa, Turkey, and announced they would set up the Army of Al-Jazirah and Euphrates Tribes to end Russian and Iranian occupation of Syria and cleanse the Euphrates and Al Jazeera areas of the Islamic State (IS), the Kurdish nationalist Democratic Union Party/Kurdistan Workers Party (PYD/PKK), Hezbollah and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Sheikh Rafi al Raco Ukla represented the Shaitat tribe. In his opening speech at the March 14 meeting, he thanked Turkey, Qatar and Saudi Arabia for their assistance and added, “The US supports the PYD. The PYD...
  • Germany rejects arms exports to Turkey

    03/21/2017 8:03:51 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 9 replies
    KOM News ^ | 21 March 2017 | none stated
    German national parliament Berlin, Germany (Photo: Jorge Royan). Germany has rejected more requests for arms exports to Turkey during the past 5 months than in five years between 2010 and 2015, German newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung reported on Tuesday.The sharp increase in rejections, mainly handguns, ammunition and parts needed in weapons production, is due to “the risk of a deployment in the context of internal repression or the Kurdish conflict,” according to a written response by State Secretary Matthias Machnig to a question posed by lawmaker Jan van Aken.“Respect for human rights is a matter of particular importance for arms export...
  • U.K. follows U.S. with laptop ban on some flights from Mideast

    03/21/2017 11:51:57 AM PDT · by Enchante · 18 replies ^ | March 21, 2017 | Charles Riley
    The United Kingdom has followed the United States in preventing passengers on flights from some countries in the Middle East and Africa from carrying devices such as laptops and tablets in the cabin. The restrictions affect 14 airlines, six of which are based in the U.K. As in the U.S., the ban covers any electronic devices larger than a typical smartphone.
  • Erdogan’s Caliphate Threatens NATO (Good analysis of Erdogan and Turkey)

    03/21/2017 5:35:56 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 6 replies
    If you examine Erdogan’s past, it is no surprise that he is an Islamist. Erdogan is the product of a Turkish imam-hatip school. These are Islamic religious schools that aren’t quite the “madrassas” we’ve heard so much about since 9/11, but they are much like them. The imam-hatip schools reserve 30 percent of their students’ time for religious instruction. They teach Sunni Islamic law — Sharia law — as the exclusive legitimate source of authority. Those schools teach the political ideology we refer to as radical Islam. Erdogan repeatedly has made clear his allegiance to radical Islam again and again...
  • Turkey's Demographic WAR on Europe: Migrants as WEAPONS (10 min video)

    03/20/2017 10:42:29 PM PDT · by aquila48 · 1 replies
    YouTube ^ | Mar 19, 2017
    (Video detailing how Turkey plans to use the womb as a weapon of european conquest)
  • Tillerson to woo Turkey during Ankara visit

    03/20/2017 9:05:53 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 9 replies
    Al Monitor ^ | March 16, 2017 | Amberin Zaman
    Al-Monitor has learned that US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is expected to travel to Turkey March 30. He will be the most senior US official to formally visit Turkey since the Donald Trump administration took office in January. A senior Turkish official who spoke on the condition of anonymity confirmed that Tillerson was expected to meet with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, among others. The official was unaware of Tillerson’s full itinerary but said it would not be unusual for the secretary to visit other countries in the region as well. The official declined to elaborate any further. In an emailed...
  • Are Turkey's big businesses breaking with AKP?

    03/20/2017 8:44:54 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 1 replies
    Al Monitor ^ | March 20, 2017 | Pinar Tremblay
    Filli Boya Paint, one of Turkey’s best-known brands of construction paints, produced a short video to celebrate International Women’s Day. Indeed, it has become a tradition in the last decade that male-dominated sectors, such as the construction industry and car manufacturing, honor women’s accomplishments in their field. This year's Filli Boya commercial was different, however. For starters, most of the speakers in the clip were middle-aged or elderly residents from rural areas. On top of that, the video gave voice to women and men from different regions of the country, identifiable by their attire. The ad was also intriguingly anti-government, but without mentioning the ruling Justice and...
  • 2017 03 19 John Haller's Prophecy Update "Webs of Lies and Ties"(video)

    03/20/2017 5:50:04 PM PDT · by Lera · 12 replies
    Fellowship Bible Chapel ^ | Mar 19, 2017 | John Haller
    The adversary is a master at spinning truth in lies and deceit. As a result, those who are not grounded in the Word have tremendous difficulty discerning the difference between God's truth and man's truth, creating a web of confusion and distraction. In this week's update, John brings us up to date on issues in the world, including the recent movement toward the idea that each person must determine their own gender-identity (as opposed to it being determined by physical and DNA attributes), plus of folks into the churches without worry about their Middle East, including Turkey's planned expansion and...
  • Should Turkey Officially Designate ISIS a Terrorist Organization?

    03/20/2017 5:53:58 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 17 replies
    BESA Center Perspectives Paper No. 429, March 20, 2017EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: Turkey – notwithstanding its official denials – has shown itself extremely reluctant to designate the Islamic State (ISIS) a terrorist organization, and that reluctance has hampered efforts to bring ISIS suspects to justice. Ankara has frozen the assets of ISIS but continues to stop short of officially labeling it a terrorist group. In view of the fact that ISIS has used Turkish territory as a transit route into Syria and Iraq and has placed sleeper cells in dozens of Turkish cities, Ankara would be well advised to designate the group...
  • Turkey: Crackdown on Kurdish Opposition

    03/20/2017 4:38:37 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 12 replies
    Human Rights Watch ^ | March 20, 2017 | none stated
    MPs Jailed, Elected Mayors Removed Ahead of Referendum (Istanbul) – The Turkish government has jailed 13 members of the pro-Kurdish democratic opposition in parliament on terrorism charges and taken direct control of 82 municipalities in the Kurdish southeast region, suspending and incarcerating elected mayors, Human Rights Watch said today. The crackdown on democratically elected officials not only violates their rights to political association and participation, and freedom of expression, but also interferes with the rights of constituents who voted for them and whom they serve in office. The move against the national pro-Kurdish party, Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), and its...
  • Turkey: The journalists’ gulag

    03/19/2017 7:57:29 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 13 replies
    Al Ahram ^ | Hany Ghoraba
    Once the Middle EastÂ’s flourishing democracy, Turkey under Erdogan is lost in a sea of tyranny and political mayhem For all free and democratic societies, freedom of expression and the press are deemed sacred rights and it is considered sacrilege that any governmental authority attempts to control or censor these freedoms. Many in the US and Europe are under the impression that countries such as Cuba or North Korea may have the worst records of human rights violations along with the prosecution of journalists on flimsy accusations. The truth is that one of the worst records of human rights violations...
  • German spy agency chief says does not believe Gulen behind Turkey coup attempt

    03/18/2017 1:05:09 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 40 replies
    Reuters (UK) ^ | Mar 18, 2017 | Michelle Martin; Editing by Dale Hudson
    The Turkish government has failed to convince Germany's BND foreign intelligence agency that U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen was behind last summer's failed coup in Turkey, the BND head told a German magazine. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and the Turkish government accuse Gulen of orchestrating Turkey's failed coup on July 15 in which more than 240 people were killed when rogue soldiers commandeered tanks, warplanes and helicopters, attacking parliament and attempting to overthrow the government.. "Turkey has tried to convince us of that at every level but so far it has not succeeded," BND head Bruno Kahl said in an interview...
  • Germany: Turkey is ‘further from EU membership than ever

    03/18/2017 10:41:00 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 41 replies
    Middle East Monitor (MEMO) ^ | March 18, 2017 | none stated
    German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said in an interview with news magazine Der Spiegel published today that Turkey has never been less likely to join the European Union than now, as relations between Ankara and Berlin hit a low point.“Today Turkey is definitely further away from becoming a member of the European Union than ever before,” Gabriel said in the interview.He also said that he always had doubts about whether Turkey should join the EU but found himself in the minority in his Social Democrat (SPD) party.Before taking power in Germany in 2005, Chancellor Angela Merkel was an outspoken opponent...
  • REVEALED: Turkey’s Plan To ‘Camouflage’ Its Lobbying Activities In The US

    03/18/2017 9:09:24 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 38 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | Chuck Ross
    The government of Turkey planned to use front groups and operatives “camouflaged” as journalists to gain access to Capitol Hill and the U.S. security apparatus, hacked emails released by WikiLeaks reveal. The documents, which are from the Gmail account of Berat Albayrak, Turkey’s energy minister and the son-in-law of Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, show the nascent plan for what has turned into a sprawling lobbying and PR campaign undertaken by the Turkish government. Turkey’s lobbying efforts catapulted into the news last week after Donald Trump’s short-lived national security adviser Michael Flynn registered as a foreign lobbyist for Turkey.
  • ‘You are the future of Europe’: Erdogan urges Turks in EU to have at least 5 kids

    03/18/2017 9:02:15 AM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 10 replies
    RT ^ | 17 Mar, 2017
    Turkish President Recep Erdogan has urged all Turks living in Europe to have at least five children, saying they are the future of the continent and that it would be the best response to the “injustices” imposed on expatriates there. “Go live in better neighborhoods. Drive the best cars. Live in the best houses. Make not three, but five children. Because you are the future of Europe. That will be the best response to the injustices against you,” Erdogan said in the city of Eskisehir on Friday, according to AP. The comments were made while the Turkish president was campaigning...
  • Turkey: How the 3,000-year Greek Presence on the Aegean Shore Came to an End

    03/17/2017 5:45:15 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 43 replies
    Philos Project ^ | March 16, 2017 | Uzay Bulut
    Tension is running high between Greece and Turkey. The cause? Turkish Chief of the General Staff Gen. Hulusi Akar paid a visit to Imia, a pair of two small, uninhabited Greek islets in the Aegean Sea, on January 29. He was accompanied by the commanders of the Turkish land, naval and air forces.Imia – which Turkey calls “Kardak” – was a subject of yet another crisis in 1996 that brought Greece and Turkey to the brink of war. Although armed conflict was ultimately averted, Turkey still claims that the islands are Turkish, even though the islands in the Aegean are...
  • Turkey threatens to send Europe '15,000 refugees a month'

    03/17/2017 4:44:53 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 32 replies ^ | 3/17/17 | afp
    Istanbul (AFP) - Turkey's Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu has threatened to "blow the mind" of Europe by sending 15,000 refugees a month to EU territory, in an intensifying dispute with the bloc. Ankara and Brussels almost a year ago on March 18 signed a landmark deal that has substantially lessened the flow of migrants from Turkey to Europe. But the accord is now hanging in the balance due to the diplomatic crisis over the blocking of Turkish ministers from holding rallies in Europe.
  • Congress wants answers from Turkey on shutdown of US aid pipeline to Syria

    03/16/2017 11:51:59 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 4 replies
    Al Monitor ^ | March 15, 2017 | Julian Pecquet
    Senate Democrats on March 15 vowed to get answers from Turkey one week after Ankara moved to shut down one of the US government's largest partners for aid to Syria. On the sixth anniversary of the start of the Syrian civil war, Mercy Corps CEO Neal Keny-Guyer testified to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that Turkey's recent decision to revoke its registration to operate in the country has disrupted "lifesaving assistance" to 360,000 Syrians every month and "effectively ends" support for 100,000 refugees as well as Turkish families inside Turkey. Turkey hasn't provided a justification for its decision, which was made public March...
  • Dutch elections: Turkish minister claims 'holy wars will soon begin in Europe'

    03/16/2017 8:20:48 AM PDT · by TigerClaws · 46 replies
    TURKEY has increased tensions with Europe after the country’s foreign minister said the continent is heading towards a holy war. Mevlut Cavusoglu, 49, who has been part of Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s administration since December 2013, also stoked the tense relations with the Netherlands following their general election which took place yesterday. Mr Cavusoglu fanned an already volatile situation when he said all the Dutch parties running for election shared the same anti-Islamic views held by Geert Wilders, who is head of the PVV, and so it did not matter who won. The Netherlands' incumbent prime minister Mark Rutte successfully fended...
  • Turkish intelligence chief met with Barzani, discussed PKK’

    03/16/2017 8:52:24 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 38 replies
    KOM News ^ | 16 March 2017 | none stated
    The head of Turkey’s National Intelligence Organisation Hakan Fidan was in the Kurdistan region of Iraq to meet with the region’s President Masoud Barzani in the city of Duhoq between 14-15 March, according to local news agency Roj News.The agency, which bases its story on ‘inside sources’, reported that Fidan met with both Masoud Barzani, who is also the leader of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), and the Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government (and Deputy Leader of the KDP) Nechervan Barzani during his visit.The same sources said that the KDP’s relations with Turkey and a joint plan...
  • TEV-DEM member: Attack on Shengal targets the Rojava revolution

    03/15/2017 7:29:02 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 8 replies
    ANF News (English) ^ | March 15, 2017 | BĘRÎTAN SARYA
    TEV-DEM (Movement for a Democratic Society) Coordination member Hanife Huseyin stated that KDP and AKP are attacking Shengal with a concept that has Rojava in the center and said: “By taking Shengal, they are aiming to throttle the Rojava Revolution and attack Rojava easily from there.” Huseyin spoke to ANF on the new anti-Kurdish concept the Turkish state and the KDP launched with the attack on Shengal. “THEY ARE ATTACKING SHENGAL IN A JOINT CONCEPT” Husên stated that the attacks on March 3 and March 14 by the KDP gangs against the Êzidî people in Shengal were developed by the joint...
  • Turkey’s Erdogan vows to continue attacking Kurds in northern Syria

    03/15/2017 9:48:31 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 28 replies
    ARA News ^ | March 13, 2017 | Wladimir van Wilgenburg
    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Sunday said in a speech in which he criticized the Dutch government, that Turkey will still attack the town of Manbij, which was previously liberated from ISIS by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).“We won’t allow a terror state, controlled by the PKK and YPG, to be established in northern Syria,” he said.“After Jarablus, Dabiq and Al-Bab, now it’s Manbij’s turn,” he added.Moreover, the Turkish president said following his meeting with Russian president Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Friday, that Turkey wants to work with Russia and the US-led coalition in Manbij, requesting help to...
  • Geert Wilders MP of the Netherlands PVV party has a message for the Turkish People! (VIDEO)

    03/14/2017 9:54:29 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    YOUTUBE ^ | 03/14/2017
  • Is Turkey Lost to the West?

    03/14/2017 4:52:59 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies ^ | March 14, 2017 | Pat Buchanan
    Not long ago, a democratizing Turkey, with the second-largest army in NATO, appeared on track to join the European Union. That's not likely now, or perhaps ever. Last week, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan compared Angela Merkel's Germany to Hitler's, said the Netherlands was full of "Nazi remnants" and "fascists," and suggested the Dutch ambassador go home. What precipitated Erdogan's outbursts? City officials in Germany refused to let him campaign in Turkish immigrant communities on behalf of an April 16 referendum proposal to augment his powers. When the Netherlands denied Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu landing rights, he exploded, saying: "The...
  • Turkey vs. the EU round-up: threats, diplomatic notes, and de-escalation calls

    03/14/2017 7:50:31 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 4 replies
    KOM News ^ | 14 March 2017 | none stated
    A row between Turkey and Netherlands that escalated over the latter’s refusal to permit Turkish politicians to hold rallies in the country has grown after Turkey issued two diplomatic notes to the Dutch envoy in Ankara amid calls from third parties for calm.Turkey summoned the Dutch chargé d’affaires to the Turkish Foreign Ministry for the third time since Saturday to demand an official apology after Turkish Family Minister Fatma Betul Sayan Kaya was prevented from meeting with Turks living in the Netherlands, as well as a comprehensive probe against officers who used “disproportionate” force against Turkish demonstrators.Foreign Ministry sources...
  • Turkey arrests Dutch tourist

    03/14/2017 7:38:35 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 19 replies
    KOM News ^ | 14 March 2017 | none stated
    A banner with a picture of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, is waved by protesters outside the Dutch consulate in Istanbul, Sunday, March 12, 2017. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel) The diplomatic crisis between Ankara and Amsterdam following the banning of Turkish government ministers entering the Netherlands is now affecting tourists.According to Kurdish news agency Rudaw, a Dutch tourist, Anthony Willehm, was arrested at Turkey’s southeastern Uzumlu border gate while he was trying to go to the Kurdistan Region in Iraq.Anthony Willehm at the Turkey border gateWillehm was kept at the border gate for hours and taken to the border city of Hakkari later. Ercan...
  • Turkey Targets Dutch with Diplomatic Sanctions as 'Nazi' Row Escalates

    03/13/2017 8:43:25 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 26 replies
    News Max ^ | Monday, 13 Mar 2017 | source Thomson/Reuters
    Turkey said on Monday it would suspend high-level diplomatic relations with the Netherlands after Dutch authorities prevented its ministers from speaking at rallies of expatriate Turks, deepening the row between the two NATO allies. The sanctions - which include a ban on the Dutch ambassador and diplomatic flights from the Netherlands but do not appear to include economic measures or travel restrictions for ordinary citizens - mark another low point in relations between Turkey and the European Union, which it still officially aims to join. President Tayyip Erdogan, who is seeking Turkish voters' support in an April 16 referendum on...
  • MY VOICE IS YOUR TOOL[Charismatic Caucus]

    03/09/2017 9:16:58 AM PST · by Jedediah · 2 replies
    The Joshua Chronicles , Bible ^ | 3-9-17 | Holy Spirit
    Your submission to strict obedience has released angels of favor never heard of or known before, Truly your obedience has lowered a ladder and opened a door , much in the way I did for Jacob I NOW do for you , Remember My Virtue "abides in you ", For truly your walk of Holiness changes others DNA, As the woman with the issue of blood was healed that day, So pay no attention to those that say with them you must go, For Truly My Voice is all you need to KNOW , I" AM your TRUE SHEPHERD "...
  • Turkey Vows "Harsh Retaliation" Seeks Sanctions, As Dutch PM Says "Not Apologizing, Are You Nuts?"

    03/12/2017 8:40:08 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 03/12/2017
    The diplomatic scandal between Turkey and the Netherlands deteriorated overnight, when Prime Minister Binali Yildirim warned on Sunday that Turkey would retaliate in the "harshest ways" after Turkish ministers were barred from speaking in Rotterdam, leading to a major protest in front of the Turkish consulate in Rotterdam, while the Dutch embassy in Istanbul was closed off due to "safety concerns." "This situation has been protested in the strongest manner by our side, and it has been conveyed to Dutch authorities that there will be retaliation in the harshest ways ... We will respond in kind to this unacceptable...
  • Netherlands bars Turkish ministers as rally dispute escalates

    03/12/2017 11:58:34 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 16 replies ^ | 3/13/17 | Tuvan Gumrukcu and Thomas Escritt
    Turkey told the Netherlands on Sunday that it would retaliate in the "harshest ways" after Turkish ministers were barred from speaking in Rotterdam in a row over Ankara's political campaigning among Turkish emigres. President Tayyip Erdogan had branded its fellow NATO member a "Nazi remnant" and the dispute escalated into a diplomatic incident on Saturday evening, when Turkey's family minister was prevented by police from entering the Turkish consulate in Rotterdam.
  • East is East (Turkish Riots In Holland)

    03/12/2017 11:14:07 AM PDT · by OddLane · 19 replies
    Amercan Rattlesnake ^ | March 12, 2017 | Gerard Perry s
    Although the Turkish riots in Rotterdam-and despite media portrayals of poor, victimized Muslims, thatÂ’s precisely what they were-were intended to help Recep Tayyip ErdoÄźan consolidate power within Turkey, they have had a corollary effect. Namely, serving as the best single advertisement for Geert Wilders becoming the next Prime Minister of The Netherlands. Can there be a greater indictment of the decades-long failed experiment in multiculturalism and Islamic immigration than what just occurred in Holland, which was witnessed by the entire world? The fatuousness disguised as intellectualism peddled by frauds like Ian Buruma has turned a beacon of religious and political...
  • Columbia University Researchers Confirm Turkey’s Links to ISIS

    03/12/2017 9:26:25 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 20 replies
    Armenian National Committee of America ^ | 3-12-17 | HARUT SASSOUNIAN
    A team of Columbia University researchers from the United States, Europe, and Turkey confirmed last week that the Turkish government has provided to ISIS: military cooperation, weapons, logistical support, financial assistance, and medical services. This detailed investigation was headed by David L. Phillips, Director of the Program on Peace-building and Rights at Columbia UniversityÂ’s Institute for the Study of Human Rights. He had served as Senior Advisor and Foreign Affairs Expert for the U.S. Department of State.Here are brief excerpts from the extensive research documenting the direct links between Turkey and ISIS: Turkey Supplied Military Equipment to ISIS An ISIS...
  • Dutch PM bars Turkish minister as rally dispute escalates

    03/11/2017 4:48:50 PM PST · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 26 replies
    YAHOO ^ | 3/11/17 | Tuvan Gumrukcu and Thomas Escritt
    ANKARA/ROTTERDAM (Reuters) - The Netherlands barred Turkey's foreign minister from landing in Rotterdam on Saturday in a row over Ankara's political campaigning among Turkish emigres, leading President Tayyip Erdogan to brand its fellow NATO member a "Nazi remnant". The dispute escalated in the evening as Turkey's family minister was prevented by police from entering the Turkish consulate in Rotterdam. Hundreds of protesters waving Turkish flags gathered outside, demanding to see the minister. Two Dutch broadcasters said the minister, Fatma Betul Sayan Kaya, was detained by Dutch authorities to prevent her addressing the crowd. RTL said Kaya was declared an "undesirable...
  • Syrian Pres. Assad: Erdogan is a member of the Muslim Brotherhood

    03/11/2017 9:40:14 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 34 replies
    KOM News ^ | 11 March 2017 | none stated
    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has told Chinese broadcaster Phoenix that Turkish President Erdogan is still supporting the Islamic State (IS) group and himself is a member of the Muslim Brotherhood organisation, adding, "the whole world knows that Erdogan logistically and financially supported ISIS and al-Nusra in Syria." The Syrian President also said that his government did not consent to US army presence in the northern Syrian town of Manbij as Washington increases military presence in the country. Speaking to China's Phoenix TV channel, the Syrian president also said that Russia was the only force sincerely fighting against the Islamic State...
  • The Latest: Turkey minister calls Dutch decision ‘a scandal’

    03/11/2017 9:19:21 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 14 replies
    Wahington Post ^ | March 11 at 11:14 AM
    THE HAGUE, Netherlands — The Latest on Dutch barring Turkish foreign minister (all times local): 5:10 p.m. Turkey’s foreign minister says that the Dutch decision to deny his plane landing permission for him to enter the Netherlands “is a scandal in every way and cannot be accepted.” Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu was due to visit Rotterdam on Saturday to campaign for a referendum next month on constitutional reforms in Turkey. The Dutch government says that it withdrew the permission because of “risks to public order and security.” Cavusoglu, speaking at Istanbul’s airport, said that the Dutch are trying to prevent...
  • UK parliament calls on government to take tougher stance on Turkey

    03/11/2017 9:04:30 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 3 replies
    KOM News ^ | 11 March 2017 | none stated
    A debate held in the British parliament on Thursday regarding human rights violations and the post-coup situation in Turkey has called on the UK government to take a tougher stance on Ankara. Secured by Labour deputy Joan Ryan, the 90-minute debate was the first discussion on Turkey in four and half years and was attended by almost 20 MPs. Opening the debate Ryan criticised Prime Minister Theresa May's recent Ankara visit and said she had signed an arms deal but remained silent on human rights violations. "Business deals can never replace human rights. The government does not have Turkey's human...
  • Proud To Be Dutch!

    03/11/2017 6:12:54 AM PST · by Dutch Observer · 12 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Dutch Observer
    Good news out of Holland - we won't support Uncle Erdolf in finishing his effort to turn Turkey into an islamofascist state.
  • Turkey kills 71 US-backed Kurdish fighters in Syria: Army

    03/10/2017 11:41:39 PM PST · by huldah1776 · 32 replies
    Kurdistan24 ^ | 3/10/2017 | Ari Khalidi
    ERBIL, Kurdistan Region (Kurdistan24) - Turkey's army, a key NATO ally, announced on Friday the killing of 71 US-backed Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) who are fighting the Islamic State (IS) in Syria. In a press release, the Turkish General Staff said the figure belonged to the dates March 2-9, as a ground incursion into northern Syria largely halted due to an encounter with the US and Russian armies in a strip of land crowded with competing forces. In total, Turkey killed 425 and wounded 37 YPG fighters in the area since the beginning of the Operation Euphrates Shield in...
  • Report on the human rights situation in South - East Turkey (UN HRC)

    03/10/2017 10:04:01 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 10 replies
    Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights ^ | February 2017 | UN Human Rights Commission
    Contents I. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY ......................................................................................................... 2 II. AN OVERVIEW OF REPOR TED HUMAN RIGHTS CONCERNS ............................................................. 5    A. Right to life .................................................................................................................. 7    B. Destruction and expropriation of property, including housing ..................................................... 9    C. Right to health ............................................................................................................. 13    D. Enforced disappearances ................................................................................................. 14    E. Internally displaced people ............................................................................................... 14    F. Physical and mental integrity ............................................................................................ 15    G. Right to liberty and security ............................................................................................. 16    H. Access to justice, fair trial and effective remedies .................................................................... 18    I. Rights to freedoms of opinion and expression, to freedom of association and to participate in publicaffairs . 20    J. Labour rights ................................................................................................................. 23...
  • Turks push to turn iconic Hagia Sophia back into a mosque

    03/10/2017 8:18:48 AM PST · by cutty · 15 replies
    For eight decades, the iconic Hagia Sophia [Ἁγία Σοφία, “Holy Wisdom”] – museum in Istanbul [Constantinople] has stood as a symbol of Turkey’s commitment to a secular society. Now that tradition is under siege by growing calls to convert the historic structure back into a practicing mosque. The 1,500-year-old structure originally was built as an Orthodox Christian cathedral. It was turned into a mosque in the 15th century after the Ottoman Turks defeated the Greek emperor in Constantinople and renamed the city Istanbul. In the 1930s, the founder of modern Turkey, Kemal Ataturk, turned it into a museum in his...
  • U.N. documents human rights violations in southeast Turkey

    03/10/2017 6:36:58 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mar 10, 2017 | Tom Miles
    About 2,000 people were killed and entire neighbourhoods razed in southeastern Turkey in 18 months of government security operations characterised by massive destruction and serious human rights violations, the United Nations said on Friday. The U.N. human rights office said in a report on the period July 2015-December 2016 that up to 500,000 people, mostly Kurds, had been displaced, while satellite imagery showed the "enormous scale of destruction of the housing stock by heavy weaponry". U.N. investigators documented human rights violations including killings, disappearances and torture, often during curfews lasting several days at a time.