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  • Dutch-Turkish man’s case linked to Amanda Todd [teenage suicide]

    04/18/2014 5:02:03 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 10 replies
    Canadian police confirmed an arrest has been made in the Netherlands in the case of a Canadian teenager who was blackmailed to expose herself in front of a webcam. The 15-year-old later committed suicide after detailing her harassment on a YouTube video watched by millions around the world. Royal Canadian Mounted Police Insp. Paulette Freill said Thursday a suspect was arrested in the Netherlands and charged with extortion, luring and criminal harassment and possession of child pornography for the purpose of distribution. Police did not release the name of the 35-year-old man and declined to release specifics of the case...
  • Syria: US, Turkey, Israel behind chemical weapons attacks

    04/15/2014 7:33:58 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Yedioth Ahronoth ^ | 04.16.14, 01:06
    The government of Syrian President Bashar Assad has accused the United States, Turkey, Israel, Saudi Arabia, and the rebels fighting to overthrow it, of being responsible for chemical weapons attacks in the country, Syria’s state news agency SANA reported on Tuesday. In letters to the UN Security Council as well as UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the Assad regime cited “reports, studies and documented researches” that allegedly implicate the US and Turkish administrations, as well as several other countries, “whether directly or indirectly in these appalling carnage in Syria, including Khad al-Assal on March 15, 2013.” …
  • Neither Erdogan’s victory, nor the Muslim Brotherhood’s protests are an Ottoman slap

    04/15/2014 6:28:43 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 2 replies
    Hurriyet Daily News ^ | Tuesday, April 15 2014 | Nervana Mahmoud
    Following a trail of setbacks, Islamists in the Arab world have something to celebrate. Their hero, Recep Tayyip ErdoÄźan, has won in TurkeyÂ’s local elections, a victory Islamists in the Arab world are selling to their followers as their own. The relationship between ErdoÄźan and his Arab Islamists is based on mutual exploitation. ErdoÄźan engineers more domestic popularity for himself by harping on the misfortunes of Islamists. At the same time, Arab Islamists market ErdoÄźanÂ’s success as proof of the soundness of their ideology, and use his success as a tool to counter misgivings among their junior cadres and supporters....
  • CIA was Involved in Benghazi Attack

    04/10/2014 8:07:20 AM PDT · by george76 · 10 replies
    Shoebat Foundation ^ | April 9, 2014 | Walid Shoebat and Ben Barrack
    t has been learned that one week prior to the Benghazi attacks that resulted in the deaths of four Americans, CIA Director David Petraeus met with his Turkish counterpart, Hakan Fidan. This finding, reported by Hurrieyt at the time, further bolsters brand new claims by Seymour M. Hersh, the man who broke the Abu Ghraib prison scandal story in 2004. In early 2012, the Obama administration, along with the administration of Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan, reached an agreement that would have Turkey, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia provide funding for an operation run by then CIA Director David Petraeus (the Petraeus...
  • Turkey's Erdogan vows to 'liquidate' treachery at home and abroad

    04/10/2014 2:29:28 AM PDT · by wetphoenix · 3 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo ^ | Jonny Hogg and Gulsen Solaker
    ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday local elections had given him a mandate to "liquidate" the enemies he sees as contriving a corruption scandal and would go after their international activities and sources of funding. In his first parliamentary speech since his ruling AK Party dominated March 30 municipal polls, Erdogan said "traitors" responsible for a stream of graft allegations and the illegal tapping of thousands of phones would be brought to account. Erdogan accuses Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen, a former ally now based in the United States, of orchestrating the graft scandal to undermine...
  • Petraeus Investigation Still Open To Keep Him Quiet About Benghazi?

    04/09/2014 10:57:09 AM PDT · by opentalk · 3 replies
    shoebat ^ | April 9, 2014 | Shoebat
    In testimony before the House Judiciary Committee, Attorney General Eric Holder was pressed about why the case against ex-CIA Director David Petraeus is still under investigation. Indications are that members of Congress are concerned that the case is still hanging in limbo to prevent Petraeus from revealing what he knows about the Benghazi attacks. If, as has been relayed by Shoebat.com, the details of an extensive report published in the London Review are correct, Petraeus was the man in charge of the logistics of an operation in Benghazi that involved shipping weapons from Libya to Syria through Turkey and that...
  • Pitch [soccer field] invader found dead in trash in Denizli

    04/07/2014 5:41:21 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 23 replies
    Ahmet Cengiz was found dead only a few hours this picture was taken. DHA Photo A man who briefly invaded the pitch during a football match between two western Anatolian clubs has been found dead in a trash bin, shortly after being released from police custody. Ahmet Cengiz, 28, jumped onto the pitch from the stands on the 45th minute of the TFF League 1 match between Denizlispor and Tavşanlı Linyitspor in Denizli on April 6. Police escorted Cengiz and briefly detained him in the stadium, releasing him after he later gave his testimony. A scrap dealer then found the...
  • (faces of the enemy) Jihad Selfies: These British Extremists in Syria Love Social Media

    04/04/2014 12:29:31 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 3 replies
    Vice ^ | Dec 5 2013 | By Aris Roussinos
    After being publicly sacked by al Qaeda leader Aymann al-Zawahiri and accidentally beheading a fighter from one of their main allies in Syria, it’s fair to say the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS)’s PR campaign has suffered in recent weeks. So, like any half decent group of militant extremists, they obviously want to address this slip. Unfortunately, a traditional media outreach is very difficult for them, given ISIS’s policy of kidnapping journalists. So they've turned, like many before them, to social media. Over the past few weeks, foreign fighters from ISIS and their subgroup the Muhajireen Brigade have been...
  • 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...
  • 'Moderate' Rebel Leader Says 'Al Qaeda is Not Our Problem'

    04/03/2014 7:10:00 AM PDT · by Mount Athos · 3 replies
    Arutz Sheva Israel National News ^ | 4/2/2014 | Ari Soffer
    The leader of a Syrian rebel group feted as an alternative to the tide of Islamism which dominates most other rebel brigades has said he has no interest in fighting Al Qaeda. Jamal Maarouf's Syrian Revolutionary Front (SRF) had received cautious support from western powers for its prominent role in fighting Al Qaeda-breakaway group ISIS (the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant), but speaking to Britain's The Independent he clarified that as far as he was concerned the wider fight against Al Qaeda is "not our problem". Moreover, Maarouf - who has been forced to flee the front lines...
  • ‘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.” …
  • Obama’s Failed Libyan War

    04/02/2014 12:59:02 PM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 53 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | April 2, 2014 | Spencer Irvine
    The Libyan civil war did more harm to the country, its people, economy and its neighbors in North Africa when NATO intervened at the behest of U.S. President Barack Obama, concluded a University of Texas-Austin professor Alan Kuperman. He gave his remarks at the libertarian think tank Cato Institute. Associate professor of public affairs Alan Kuperman is an associate professor of public affairs and he criticized NATO’s intervention in the Libyan civil war. The civil war pitted rebels against government forces loyal to dictator Muammar Qaddafi. Kuperman was grateful to Obama for outlining the definition of success in Libya for...
  • The Empire of the Antichrist Is Very Near

    04/02/2014 9:13:47 AM PDT · by Shery · 132 replies
    Shoebat.com ^ | April 01, 2014 | Walid Shoebat
    The empire of the Antichrist is very near, and it will be Turkey. Before we examine the issue of Turkey, we must first examine the monumental problems in much of what circulates the prophecy arena in the West. Perhaps the major problem with modern Bible Prophecy Analysts in the U.S. is that they are mostly ahistorical who also invest in a crowd that is also ahistorical. Another problem is that the Bible is mostly focused on the Middle East and most Western Prophecy writers have a scant understanding of the Middle East demography, sectarian rifts and religious aspirations in the...
  • War Party Oligarch

    04/01/2014 4:06:17 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 1, 2014 | Pat Buchanan
    Is the Republican Party's Middle East policy up for bid? For four days ending Sunday, a quartet of presidential hopefuls trooped to Las Vegas to attend the annual gathering of the Republican Jewish Coalition. Impresario: Sheldon Adelson, the Vegas-Macau casino mogul whose fortune is estimated at $39 billion -- 8th richest man on the planet -- and who dumped $92 million into the election of 2012. Adelson kept Newt Gingrich alive with a $15 million infusion of ad money, gutting Romney, and then sank $30 million into Mitt's campaign. This time Sheldon wants to buy himself a winner. Ari Fleischer,...
  • Syrian Rocket Hits Turkish Mosque

    03/31/2014 7:43:56 AM PDT · by Fennie · 24 replies
    Hurriyet ^ | March 31, 2014
    A rocket hit a mosque near Turkey's border with Syria on March 31, injuring a Syrian woman, Dogan News Agency has reported. The incident took place at around 2 p.m. in the Yayladagi district of Hatay, a Turkish province on the border with Syria, when clashes between Syrian regime forces and the Free Syrian Army had intensified.
  • Turkish PM Erdogan tells enemies they will pay price after poll

    03/31/2014 2:38:25 AM PDT · by markomalley · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | 3/31/2014
    Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan declared victory in local polls that had become a referendum on his rule and said he would "enter the lair" of enemies who have accused him of corruption and leaked state secrets. "They will pay for this," he said. Erdogan, fighting the biggest challenge of his 12-year rule, addressed supporters from a balcony at AKP headquarters at the end of a long and bitter election campaign in which he has labeled his opponents "terrorists" and an "alliance of evil". The harsh tone of his balcony address suggested he felt he now had a mandate for...
  • 1 Million Dead in 30 Seconds: In an increasingly urbanized world, earthquakes threaten...

    08/23/2011 9:08:59 PM PDT · by neverdem · 60 replies · 52+ views
    City Journal ^ | Summer 2011 | Claire Berlinski
    In an increasingly urbanized world, earthquakes threaten unprepared cities with mass destruction.Seismic risk mitigation is the greatest urban policy challenge that the world confronts today. If you consider that too strong a claim, try to imagine another way in which bad urban policy could kill a million people in 30 seconds. Yet the politics of earthquakes are rarely discussed, and when discussed, widely misunderstood. Take the Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11, which released 600 million times the energy of the Hiroshima bomb. The ensuing partial meltdown of the Fukushima reactor prompted international hysteria about nuclear power, but few...
  • Ten things you need to know about Turkey

    03/28/2014 7:59:15 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 34 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 28, 2014 | Claire Berlinski
    Here are ten things you need to know about Turkey. 1. On March 27, the government of Turkey blocked YouTube, less than a week after blacking out Twitter. Ostensibly, this was to prevent the spread of videos that are said to feature the voices of Turkey’s foreign minister, intelligence chief, and a top army general proposing to send the Turkish military into Syria to protect the tomb of Suleiman Shah, the grandfather of the founder of the Ottoman Dynasty. 2. If these tapes are real, Turkey has been considering staging an attack on itself as a pretext to intervene in...
  • Awkward relations (American president and the Saudi king will have an unusually edgy meeting)

    03/28/2014 3:58:33 PM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 18 replies
    Economist ^ | Mar 29th 2014
    BARACK OBAMA may recall a tricky moment when he first met King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia five years ago. Bending to shake hands with the octogenarian monarch, the taller American appeared to bow deeply. Republican snipers in America gleefully blasted the president for “kowtowing” to rich Arabs. Such protocols should run more smoothly when Mr Obama heads to Saudi Arabia on March 28th for his second time in office. Unfortunately, however, relations between the two countries have seldom been more awkward. Their close alliance dates to the end of the second world war, when an ailing Franklin Roosevelt met Saudi...
  • Turkey shuts off YouTube after 'Syria invasion plan' leak

    03/28/2014 2:06:14 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 6 replies
    RT ^ | 3-27-2014 | RT
    Access to YouTube has been cut off in Turkey after an explosive leak of audiotapes that appeared to show ministers talking about provoking military intervention in Syria. Other social media have already been blocked ahead of tumultuous local elections. The latest leaked audio recording, which reportedly led to the ban, appears to show top government officials discussing a potential attack on the tomb of Suleyman Shah, the grandfather of the founder of the Ottoman Empire. The tomb is in Syrian territory, but protected by Turkish soldiers. On the tape, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet DavutoÄźlu is heard saying that Prime Minister...
  • YouTube ban: How Turkish officials conspired to stage Syria attack to provoke war

    03/28/2014 11:53:31 AM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 11 replies
    Russia Today ^ | March 28, 2014 16:34
    “I'll make up a cause of war by ordering a missile attack on Turkey.” This leaked conversation is coming back to haunt the highest echelons of the Turkish government as it plans a provocation in Syria, while scrambling to contain social media internally. The leaked audiotapes that reveal Turkey’s highest ministers staging an anti-Assad military intervention in Syria, have already caused YouTube to be shut down in the country, as well as leading to fevered accusations of treachery and betrayal of Turkey’s political interests – “a declaration of war,” as Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu put it. This is of...
  • Turkey Warns of Syrian Intervention to Protect Ancient Tomb

    03/28/2014 3:02:21 AM PDT · by Mount Athos · 3 replies
    Voice of America News ^ | March 27, 2014 | Dorian Jones
    Turkey has warned it will take any necessary steps to protect the Suleyman Shah tomb in Syria if it comes under attack. The tomb, which is protected by Turkish soldiers, is located in the city of Aleppo in Syria near the Turkish border and Ankara considers it to be Turkish territory. Turkey’s political leadership has reacted strongly to a threat made by the radical group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria or ISIS, to attack the Suleyman Shah tomb protected by Turkish soldiers in Syria. Tensions recently have been on the rise with Ankara strongly condemning ISIS’s tactics in Syria....
  • Turkey blocks YouTube after banning Twitter

    03/28/2014 1:14:57 AM PDT · by kingattax · 3 replies
    LA Times ^ | 3-27-14 | Salvador Rodriguez
    After first blocking Twitter, Turkey has now also blocked access to YouTube, according to numerous reports. The action comes after a recording allegedly containing audio from a meeting among many top Turkish officials was leaked onto the Google-owned service. In the recording, the officials can allegedly be heard discussing possible military actions in Syria. The blocking of YouTube comes a week after Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan used a court order to ban Twitter in the country.
  • Here Is The YouTube "Start A False Flag War With Syria" Leaked Recording That Erdogan Wanted Banned

    03/27/2014 10:29:31 AM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 3/27/14 | tyler durden
    UPDATE: *TURKEY'S DAVUTOGLU SAYS LEAK IS 'DECLARATION OF WAR': TURKIYE As we noted here, Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan had blocked Twitter access to his nation ahead of what was rumored to be a "spectacular" leak before this weekend's elections. Then this morning, amid a mad scramble, he reportedly (despite the nation's court ruling the bans illegal) blocked YouTube access. However, by the magic of the interwebs, we have the 'leaked' clip and it is clear why he wanted it blocked/banned. As the rough translation explains, it purports to be a conversation between key Turkish military and political leaders discussing what...
  • Turkey’s New Jihad on Christian Armenians

    03/27/2014 4:04:25 AM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies
    Frontpage ^ | 3/27/2014 | Raymond Ibrahim
    Far from being repentant of the Armenian Genocide, Turkey, under the leadership of Prime Minister Erdogan, is again targeting Armenians; is again causing their death and dislocation.In the early morning hours of March 21, al-Qaeda linked Islamic jihadis crossed into Syrian territory from the Turkish border and launched a jihad on the Christian/Armenian town of Kessab. Among other thing, “Snipers targeted the civilian population and launched mortar attacks on the town and the surrounding villages.”  Reportedly eighty people were killed. The jihadis later made a video touring the devastated town; no translation is needed, as the main phrase shouted throughout is...
  • Polio in Syria: An outbreak that threatens the Middle East

    03/26/2014 5:43:01 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 3 replies
    BBC News ^ | 25 March 2014 | Tim Whewell
    As summer approaches, health agencies are warning of the risk of polio spreading across the Middle East from Syria - where now more than 100 children show symptoms of the disease - despite a massive campaign to vaccinate millions of children in surrounding countries. In the back of a car parked outside a Turkish hospital, the shy woman in a long pink velvet dress starts sobbing as she talks about her baby, being treated in an isolation ward inside. "He started to get really sick. I tried to make him stand and use his feet, but it was quite impossible,"...
  • Twitter sues Turkey over service ban

    03/26/2014 2:26:21 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 4 replies
    RT ^ | 3-26-2014 | RT
    Twitter has filed lawsuits in several Turkish courts to challenge an access ban on its service recently pushed through by Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan. The move comes on the same day an Ankara administrative court moved to suspend the ban. “It’s now been six days since the Turkish government blocked access to Twitter. Throughout this time, we’ve been engaged in a discussion with Turkish authorities to hear their concerns, inform them about how our platform and policies work, and try and bring this situation to a resolution,” Hurriyet Daily cited Twitter’s general counsel, Vijaya Gadde, as saying on the social...
  • Bedtime for Obama

    03/25/2014 1:14:41 PM PDT · by DanMiller · 7 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | March 25, 2014 | Dan Miller
    The Middle East is falling apart. The United States have ceased even to resemble a world power and force for good. Domestically, the United States are torn apart. It's time for President Obama to divide his remaining time in office between golfing and sleeping.Here's a link to a recent analysis of U.S. contributions to increasing instability in the Middle East. Even principals in the Obama Administration disagree substantively. Martin Indyk, special U.S. envoy for the Israeli - Palestinian "peace process" talks, was present at an Arab League summit in Kuwait to oppose passage of an extremely hard line Arab position on the peace talks -- which the Obama Administration has managed to...
  • Christians to EU: Israel is Our Safe Haven

    03/25/2014 5:48:08 AM PDT · by SJackson · 15 replies
    Israel Today ^ | March 24, 2014 | Ryan Jones
    Some 150 Israeli Arabic-speaking Christians on Sunday demonstrated outside the European Union mission in Tel Aviv, demanding that the international community stop nitpicking against Israel and start combatting the severe persecution of Christians everywhere else in the Middle East. “Nations, organizations and international missions are quick to raise an accusing finger against Israel at every opportunity,” said Father Gabriel Nadaf, spiritual father of the Israeli Christian Recruitment Forum, which organized the rally. Those same nations and organizations “don’t life a finger against the ethnic cleansing of Christians in the Middle East,” the priest continued. Father Nadaf went on to explain...
  • South Korea to buy 40 F-35 fighter jets from Lockheed Martin

    03/24/2014 6:42:27 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 5 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | Mar 24, 2014 | By Steve Campbell
    South Korea has formally decided to purchase 40 F-35 stealth fighter jets for $6.7 billion, South Korea and Lockheed Martin officials announced Monday. The commitment by South Korea, which is boosting its air defenses amid ongoing tensions in the Pacific region, marks a "big day" for the F-35 program in Fort Worth, said Steve O'Bryan, Lockheed's vice president for F-35 business development. "This is a two-year process that Korea held, an open competition where they looked at capabilities, their defense needs, the price as well as the timing and they chose the F-35. It was another open, transparent process that...
  • Law of Social Media: Digital Coup Coming

    03/23/2014 4:12:44 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 23, 2014 | Mike Shedlock
    Recent events in Turkey, and prior events in Egypt and Libya got me thinking about the amazing power of social media. On Thursday, Turkey's prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed to eradicate twitter, adding “The international community can say this or that – I don’t care. They will see the power of the Turkish Republic.” The next day a "digital coup" occurred and Twitter Use in Turkey Jumped to New High. With the above in mind, I propose ... The Law of Social Media: Arrogant fools who think they can control social media quickly discover social media controls them. The...
  • Turkey shoots down Syrian plane it says violated air space

    03/23/2014 2:23:27 PM PDT · by eldoradude · 6 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 3/22/2014 | Daren Butler
    Turkish armed forces shot down a Syrian plane on Sunday that Ankara said had crossed into its air space in an area where Syrian rebels have been battling President Bashar al-Assad's forces for control of a border crossing. "A Syrian plane violated our airspace," Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan told an election rally in northwest Turkey. "Our F-16s took off and hit this plane. Why? Because if you violate my airspace, our slap after this will be hard."
  • Syria says Turkey shoots down Syrian warplane

    03/23/2014 7:16:19 AM PDT · by aposiopetic · 42 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 3/23/14 | Associated Press
    DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) -- A Syrian military spokesman says Turkey's armed forces have shot down a Syrian warplane near the countries' border, and called the act a "blatant aggression."
  • Turkey, Qatar excluded from Cairo Islamic meeting

    03/22/2014 3:06:40 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 3 replies
    hurriyet daily news ^ | March/22/2014
    Egypt has not invited Qatar and Turkey for a major Islamic conference due in Cairo later this week, according to a report published on March 22. “We are not having a crisis with the Qatari or Turkish people … The issue lies in the policy of the Turkish and Qatari governments,” Egyptian Minister of Waqfs (religious endowments) Mohammad Jumaa told at a press conference, gulfnews.com has reported. Cairo will host a conference on March 25 on religious extremism, as Egypt continues a crackdown on Islamists in what the military-backed government portrays as a “war on terrorism”. Around 80 scholars from...
  • '21st century book burning,' U.S. official blog slams Ankara

    03/22/2014 3:08:59 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 6 replies
    hurriyet daily news ^ | March/22/2014
    The official blog of U.S. Department of State has published a vitriolic post, slamming Turkey's blocking of Twitter as '21st century book burning.' "Every day, governments around the world devote precious resources to Internet censorship. It is 21st Century book-burning -- and it doesn’t make anyone stronger. This brand of suppression affects all of us: In an era in which the Internet serves as the world’s community forum, censorship anywhere is a threat to freedom of speech everywhere," Douglas Frantz, Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs, has written on the the State Department's official blog, Dipnote, March 21. "Sometimes even our...
  • Wonder of the World, Hagia Sophia Church, Might Become Mosque

    03/22/2014 5:58:49 PM PDT · by newberger · 23 replies
    Finnbay.com ^ | Mar 17, 2014
    The Christian world is alarmed over the possibility ventilated in local media that Turkish Islamic Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan could convert Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia basilica, a symbol of Orthodox Christianity that is currently a museum, into a mosque in the coming months. Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I reiterated his firm opposition to such a plan, Radikal newspaper and other media reported. ”We will oppose this, as will all Christians be they Orthodox, Catholic or Protestant”, he said at meeting with scholars on the eve of the Sinaxis, a summit of Orthodox churches kicking off Istanbul on Thursday. ”The Hagia Sophia basilica...
  • Report: Turkey cuts off a key Twitter workaround by blocking Google DNS

    03/22/2014 1:08:15 PM PDT · by markomalley · 7 replies
    PC World ^ | 3/22/2014
    Earlier this week, the Turkish government blocked access to Twitter inside the country in response to a YouTube video that alleges Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s involvement in a corruption scandal. Citizens found a number of ways to circumvent the ban, but according to a new report, one of the easiest ways around the block is apparently no more. The Turkish news site Hurriyet Daily News reported Saturday that Erdogan’s government has apparently blocked access to Google Public DNS, which Turkish citizens had been using to access Twitter, ban be damned. (snip) Google’s DNS service was not impacted by the...
  • Turkey Blocks Access to Twitter Right Before Twitter Use Soars in Turkey

    03/22/2014 11:16:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 22, 2014 | Mike Shedlock
    I am absolutely laughing my head off at the sheer stupidity of bureaucrats who think they can control social media. Earlier today in response to Turkey Blocks Access to Twitter for National Security Reasons I commented ... "No one will see the "power" of the Turkish Republic in idea suppression announcements. They will see the arrogance, cowardice, and desperation of prime minister Erdogan." Twitter Use Breaks New Record Tonight I am pleased to report Twitter Use Jumps to New High in Turkey Turkish users of Twitter, including the country's president, have flouted a block on the social media platform by...
  • Twitter Goes Dark After Turkish Prime Minister Threatened To Wipe Out The Service

    03/20/2014 8:14:01 PM PDT · by lbryce · 9 replies
    Social News Daily ^ | March 20, 2014 | Chris Atkins
    Tayyip Erdogan, Turkish Prime minister promised to wipe out Twitter after it ignored a request by a court asking the social network to remove specific allegations about corruption. It seems he has followed through on his promise, after Twitter reportedly ‘went dark’ in Turkey. The news is currently in development, a site that tracks decisions made by courts about Internet communications reveal that the ****** has been put into effect by Telekomünikasyon. According to reports, Twitter is looking into the situation now. Twitter handles @policy and @twitterTurkey are providing users with ongoing updates.
  • Russia Just Warned The US That It May Play The 'Iran Card' On Ukraine

    03/19/2014 2:42:42 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 03/19/2014 | Brett LoGiurato
    A senior Russian diplomat signaled a possible shift Wednesday in Russia's position on the ongoing Iranian nuclear talks amid tensions with the United States and other Western countries, according to The Associated Press. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov was quoted by the Russian news organization Interfax as saying the recent sanctions announced by the European Union and U.S. may force Russia to retaliate by altering its stance on the Iran talks. Such a move would dramatically escalate tensions between Russia and the West, which are already high amid Russia's annexation of Crimea on Tuesday. "We wouldn't like to use...
  • Turkey Threatens to Close Bosphorus for Russian Ships [also will not recognize Crimean vote]

    03/18/2014 5:46:15 PM PDT · by No One Special · 69 replies
    Sofia News Agency ^ | March 18, 2014 | Sofia News Agency
    Turkey will close the Bosphorus for Russian ships, if there is violence against the Crimean Tatars, said Turkish prime minister Recep Erdogan. In a phone conversation with Russian president Vladimir Putin, quoted by a diplomatic source, Erdogan also said that Turkey will not recognize the referendum in Crimea in which 97% of the voters cast their ballots in favour of joining the Russian Federation. “Turkey wants Ukraine to keep its territorial integrity,” Erdogan said. “If NATO takes a decision on the matter, we will certainly stick with it.” Earlier Erdogan had a phone conversation with the leader of the Crimean...
  • Ankara warns Moscow it may close Bosphorus for Russian ships

    03/18/2014 2:45:10 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 61 replies
    Bsanna News ^ | 2014-03-18
    Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned Moscow about the possible consequences of the conflict with Ukraine and any harassment of Crimean Tatars in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, Turkish media reported. “If self-proclaimed Crimean authorities or so-called self-defense fighters commit violence against Crimean Tatars living in the peninsula, Turkey will be forced to close the Bosphorus for passage of Russian ships,” the prime minister of Turkey said in a television program. …
  • Turkey threatens Russia

    03/18/2014 9:58:21 AM PDT · by meatloaf · 132 replies
    "The threat to close the Bosphorus to Russia comes from a report by Hvylya, citing a Turkish diplomatic source. According to the source, Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan yesterday spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the phone and warned of the consequences for conflict with Ukraine. The Hvylya source was also reported on by UNIAN."
  • Uighur leader: “We have plans for many attacks in China”

    03/18/2014 3:21:57 AM PDT · by blueplum · 19 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 18, 2014 5:45 am EDT | Terrence McCoy
    Traditionally, the Uighur separatists aren’t the sort to seek attention. Dwelling primarily in the mountains of Xinjiang Province in northwest China, they don’t maintain an active social media presence like the Taliban or al-Qaeda. They almost never post videos boasting of exploits. But over the last two weeks, amid so-far unsubstantiated speculation the Uighurs had some involvement in the disappearance of MH370, the Turkic-speaking Muslim group has gained greater international notoriety than perhaps ever before. :snip: The Uighur emergence began on March 1 when a group of them wielding knives stormed a train station in southern China and stabbed to...
  • Built in Ability "The Lord is with Me"[charismatic caucus]

    03/16/2014 5:14:15 PM PDT · by Jedediah · 3 replies
    The Joshua Chronicles , Bible ^ | 3-16-14 | Jedediah
    My order is inevitable for it is simply The Father's will concisely done in full view and commitment of My Witness that is My spirit in you . . . Acts 17:28 28 For in him we live and move and are! As one of your own poets says it, ‘We are the sons of God.’ John 14:12 I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, if anyone steadfastly believes in Me, he will himself be able to do the things that I do; and he will do even greater things than these, because I go to the Father. Job...
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    03/12/2014 12:42:30 PM PDT · by Olog-hai
    EU Observer ^ | 12.03.14 @ 09:28 (Mar. 12) | Andrew Rettman
    EU support for going further in Turkey accession talks is ebbing away over Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s increasingly brutal ways of keeping down dissent. MEPs and EU officials at a debate in Strasbourg on Tuesday (11 March) paid tribute to Berkin Elvan, a teenage boy who died earlier the same day in a hospital in Ankara after 269 days in a coma. His injury was caused by being hit in the head with a tear gas canister when going to buy bread during anti-government protests last summer. But Turkish police on Tuesday fired more tear gas at the 2,000...
  • Turkey Decrees Kangaroo & Grasshoppers 'Halal' Food; But Badgers, Martens, Weasels ... Not So Good

    03/11/2014 7:51:46 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 13 replies
    Hurriyet Daily News ^ | March/11/2014 | Meltem Özgenç
    Kangaroo meat ‘halal,’ Turkey's Religious Affairs Directorate says Turkey's Religious Affairs Directorate (Diyanet) has issued a fatwa stating that kangaroo meat and grasshoppers are “halal” food, but Islam bans eating “badgers, martens, weasels, beavers and sea otters.” “Islamic scholars agree that ‘halal’ animals that are not mentioned in the Quran and in the hadith [the sayings of the Prophet Muhammad] are those that don’t eat feces and carcasses, and which are therefore neither wild nor coarse,” the Diyanet’s High Committee of Religious Affairs said in response to a citizen’s question. As such, the fatwa continues, kangaroo is classified in the...
  • 16th-Century Artillery Manual Shows Illustration of 'Rocket Cat'

    03/06/2014 11:32:47 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 43 replies
    CTV News ^ | Thursday, March 6, 2014 | Michael Rubinkam
    <p>You're a 16th century German prince plotting to crush a peasant rebellion, or perhaps you're leading an army against the Ottoman Empire or looking to settle the score with a rival nobleman. What's a guy looking for a tactical edge to do?</p> <p>Bring on the rocket cats!</p>
  • Joint Subcommittee Hearing: Iran's Support for Terrorism Worldwide

    03/05/2014 12:33:55 AM PST · by Cindy · 10 replies
    Joint Subcommittee Hearing: Iran’s Support for Terrorism Worldwide Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade, Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa 2172 House Rayburn Office Building Washington, DC 20515 Mar 4, 2014 10:00am
  • Obama Cuts Funds for Israeli Missile Defense

    03/05/2014 5:09:42 PM PST · by blueyon · 53 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 3/05/14 | Joel B. Pollak
    In the same week that the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) intercepted a Gaza-bound shipment of Syrian missiles from Iran, President Barack Obama is asking Congress to reduce U.S. funding for Israel's missile defense programs by $200 million, according to the Washington Free Beacon.