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  • Worried About Turkey’s Economic Problems? China’s Could Be Worse

    08/16/2018 8:41:18 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    New York Times ^ | 08/15/2018 | By Ruchir Sharma
    Falling back on a standard excuse of besieged strongmen, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey is blaming traitors and outside powers for his nation’s financial crisis, and describing the strong United States dollar as among “the bullets, cannonballs and missiles” foreigners are using to wage “economic war” on his country. Many emerging markets make themselves vulnerable to financial crisis by spending more than they can afford, and relying on foreign lenders to fund these profligate habits, but Turkey was an extreme case even before Mr. Erdogan took power in 2002. Of late, his reckless economic policies — including setting interest...
  • Turkish warplanes conduct strikes on Shingal: sources

    08/16/2018 7:21:30 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 6 replies
    Kurdistan 24 (K24) News ^ | 20 hours ago | Wladimir van Wilgenburg
    The incident occurs after a meeting between Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara on Tuesday. ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – Turkish warplanes have conducted airstrikes in the Yezidi (Ezidi)-populated city of Shingal in northern Iraq; sources told Kurdistan 24 on Wednesday. According to the sources, there were some airstrikes to the west of Baraa village, located close to the border with Syria. Snip- In April 2017, Turkish airstrikes supposedly targeting the PKK-affiliated YBS killed five Peshmerga soldiers and wounded nine others, as well as causing extensive damage to the area, resulting in condemnation from...
  • US vigilant over Iranian activity in Hormuz,

    08/15/2018 2:25:41 PM PDT · by robowombat · 7 replies
    Gulf News ^ | 12:13 August 9, 2018
    Washington: The United States is closely monitoring Iranian naval activity to ensure no disruptions occur to global shipping, a top US general said Wednesday, as tensions with Tehran intensify over renewed economic pressure from the Trump administration. Gen. Joseph Votel, head of US Central Command, said a recent Iranian naval exercise appeared to be linked to the Trump’s decision to reimpose trade sanctions in the wake of the US exit from the 2015 nuclear deal. “We are paying attention,” Votel told reporters at the Pentagon. “We’re extraordinary vigilant and watching for changes in the environment.” The two countries have exchanged...
  • Iran paramilitaries have chokehold on economy

    08/15/2018 2:30:37 PM PDT · by robowombat · 2 replies
    Gulf News ^ | 16:08 August 14, 2018 | Omar Shariff
    Paradoxically, reinstatement of US sanctions benefits IRGC and associated conglomerates like Khatam Al Anbiya Dubai: Tensions between Washington and Tehran have escalated dramatically since President Donald Trump withdrew from the nuclear deal with Iran in May and imposed stringent sanctions on its economy. Iran has also suffered a major decline in its currency this year — in part due to the US moves — with the rial losing more than half its value against the dollar since April. This has brought the focus back on the dire state of Iran’s economy. But who really controls it? To answer this question,...
  • Hamas using honeypots to target Israeli soldiers on Instagram

    08/16/2018 5:20:05 AM PDT · by SJackson · 17 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | August 14, 2018 | Anna Ahronheim
    The IDF has uncovered another Hamas network posing as attractive young women on social networks in order to honeypot soldiers, this time on Instagram, in order to access as much information and intelligence on the army that they can. “This is a network in which the culture of sharing is paramount and where everything revolves around pictures and ‘see me,’” said Lt.-Col. A, the head of information security policies at the IDF’s Information Security Department. Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page. According to him, “Popularity and the need to follow back increases the risk” of soldiers...
  • Qatari emir vows $15bn Turkey investment

    08/15/2018 7:05:19 PM PDT · by BeauBo · 17 replies
    AL JAZEERA AND NEWS AGENCIES ^ | 15 Aug 2018 | AL JAZEERA
    Qatar pledges to make direct investment in Turkey, currently hit by currency crisis amid a diplomatic stand-off with US.
  • Iran’s Leadership Has No Solutions, And The People Know It

    08/15/2018 8:44:07 AM PDT · by Pavegecko · 8 replies
    Tsarizm.com ^ | 8/15/18 | Nikoo Amini
    In the Islamic Republic’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei makes all the key decisions and takes a public stance on all vital and strategic issues regarding Iran. He has the last word. He makes his public views known either in Friday Prayer sermons or in meetings with government officials. Last week, Khamenei made two public speeches and talked about the explosive state of the country. Not a day goes by that Iran’s officials and parliament members don’t talk about their concerns over the unstable state of the society and their fear of protests. Nonetheless, Khamenei tried to whitewash his concerns saying...
  • Turkey raises tariffs on several US products

    08/15/2018 12:23:32 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 10 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 15/8/18
    Turkey announced this morning its intention to raise tariffs on several products imported from the United States, including cars, alcohol and tobacco. .....
  • News Summary At This Hour

    08/14/2018 8:54:46 PM PDT · by Nextrush · 4 replies
    Nextrush Free ^ | 8/14/2018 | Nextrush/Self
    Rescue efforts continued through the night in Italy where there are 26 dead and 15 seriously injured after the supporting tower of a large highway bridge collapsed during a torrential rain near Genoa. Twelve are said to be missing with reports that cries are coming from the bridge..... British police searched locations in Birmingham and Nottingham after a 29 year old man was arrested for deliberately driving his car into pedestrians near the Houses of Parliament in London.... More on last night's violence in Sweden. The mobs of youths dressed in black who burned cars and stoned police in eight...
  • Oil Politics: How Syrian Kurds Use Oil For Political Leverage

    08/14/2018 3:02:16 PM PDT · by Pavegecko · 1 replies
    Tsarizm.com ^ | 8/14/18 | Sirwan Kajjo
    RIMELAN, SYRIA – “Where does all our oil go to?” my Kurdish driver asked as we drove past more than a dozen hefty trucks loaded with crude oil. The cargo convoy was heading to Syrian regime-held areas. Syria’s seven-year civil war has left the Kurds with increasing power over the oil fields in their territory, adding yet another layer of complexity to the already complicated picture of the war-torn country. The Democratic Union Party (PYD), the main party in Syrian Kurdistan, took control of most Kurdish cities in July 2012. The takeover didn’t involve fighting with Syrian regime forces as...
  • U.S. official warns of more actions against Turkey if pastor not freed

    08/14/2018 7:02:11 PM PDT · by BeauBo · 21 replies
    Reuters ^ | 14 Aug 2018 | Steve Holland
    The United States is warning more economic pressures may be in store for Turkey if it refuses to release a jailed American pastor, a White House official said on Tuesday... if we do not see actions in the next few days or a week there could be further actions taken,” the official said. Further actions would likely take the form of economic sanctions, the official said, who added: “The pressure is going to keep up if we’re not seeing results.” ...The United States is also considering a fine against Turkey’s state-owned Halkbank for allegedly helping Iran evade U.S. sanctions.
  • Are Russia and China Trying to Kill The Dollar?

    08/14/2018 12:46:00 PM PDT · by SaveFerris · 34 replies
    Yahoo / Forbes ^ | August 14, 2018 | Forbes as found at Yahoo
    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov suggested Tuesday that countries facing sanctions like Iran, Turkey and Russia may start doing business in their national currencies, suggesting that the days of the U.S. dollar as the international reserve currency may be numbered. Perhaps no one would be happier about that than President Donald Trump. Here’s why: As Yale economist Robert Tiffin explained in the 1950s, if a country’s currency is the international reserve currency, then it has no choice but to run a current account deficit. If a replacement is found, as the dollar replaced the British pound in the 1920s, it...
  • Trump’s Trade War Is Rattling China’s Leaders

    08/14/2018 8:48:20 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    The New York Times ^ | August 14, 2018 | Keith Bradsher and Steven Lee Myers
    BEIJING — China’s leaders have sought to project confidence in the face of President Trump’s tariffs and trade threats, but as it becomes clear a protracted trade war with the United States may be unavoidable, there are growing signs of unease inside the Communist political establishment. In recent days, officials from the Commerce Ministry, the police and other agencies have summoned executives from exporters to ask about plans to lay off workers or shift supply chains to other countries. With stocks slumping into bear territory and the currency dropping 9 percent against the dollar since mid-April, censors have been deleting...
  • Christians in Turkey Forced to Sign Paper Saying They Aren’t Persecuted

    08/14/2018 5:58:06 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 22 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 8/10/18
    Christians in Turkey were recently pressured by Erdogan’s government to sign a declaration that they face no religious persecution in the nation, according to a representative of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared last Wednesday that Turkey has no problems with religious minorities. “Turkey has no problems related to [religious] minorities. Threatening language of the U.S. evangelist, Zionist mentality is unacceptable,” he said, according to the Andalou Agency. His statement comes on the heels of the signing the day before of a joint declaration by every non-Muslim community, including Greek Orthodox, Armenian, and Jewish leaders, denying allegations of...
  • Pat Buchanan: America's Lengthening Enemies List

    08/14/2018 9:18:20 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 50 replies
    Townhall ^ | 08/14/2018 | Pat Buchanan
    Friday, deep into the 17th year of America's longest war, Taliban forces overran Ghazni, a provincial capital that sits on the highway from Kabul to Kandahar. The ferocity of the Taliban offensive brought U.S. advisers along with U.S. air power, including a B-1 bomber, into the battle. "As the casualty toll in Ghazni appeared to soar on Sunday," The Wall Street Journal reported, "hospitals were spilling over with dead bodies, corpses lay in Ghazni's streets, and gunfire and shelling were preventing relatives from reaching cemeteries to bury their dead." In Yemen Monday, a funeral was held in the town square...
  • Turkey's president threatens boycott of iPhones, other US electronics

    08/14/2018 8:56:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    CNET ^ | 08/14/2018 | Sean Keane
    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Tuesday that his country will ban US electronics after a diplomatic feud pushed it into a currency crisis. He specifically highlighted Apple, the Associated Press reports, saying Turkey would stop bringing in iPhones in favor of devices from South Korea's Samsung or Turkey's own Vestel. "We will implement a boycott against America's electronic goods," he said. "If they have the iPhone, there is Samsung elsewhere. We have Vestel." It's not clear how Erdogan would enforce the boycott, the AP noted. A boycott would serve as retaliation against the US sanctions on two Turkish ministers...
  • The Turkish Hostage Crisis: Erdogan’s case against American pastor Andrew Brunson is ludicrous.

    08/14/2018 8:22:36 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    National Review ^ | 08/14/2018 | Rich Lowry
    It’s never a good idea to negotiate with a hostage-taker, but when it’s a NATO ally, there isn’t much choice. The Trump administration has been trying to get back a Christian pastor detained in Turkey since October 2016, and when a possible deal at the sidelines of the NATO summit fell through, it decided to drop the hammer. A couple of weeks ago, the administration sanctioned Turkey’s justice and interior ministers — remember, these are top officials of a fellow NATO country. The action hit the Turkish currency and stock market hard. Then President Donald Trump intervened in his inimitable...
  • SYRIA'S LAST MAJOR MILITARY OPERATION AGAINST REBELS BEGINS AS RUSSIA LOOKS TO TALK WITH WEST

    08/14/2018 7:58:43 AM PDT · by mac_truck · 17 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 8/13/18 | Tom Oconner
    Russia has said it was planning to invite France, Germany and Turkey to an upcoming summit on the war in Syria as the war-torn country's military launched an operation to retake the final rebel-held province. Russia Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov visited his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu Monday to discuss what the Russian Foreign Ministry described as "preparations for a four-lateral summit of the Russian, Turkish, German and French leaders on the Syrian settlement that is planned to be held soon," according to the state-run Tass Russian News Agency. The two men would discuss solving the crisis in Syria "through maintaining...
  • Erdogan: Turkey to boycott US-made electronics

    08/14/2018 2:55:17 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 27 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 14/8/18
    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday said that Turkey would boycott electronic products from the United States. "We will boycott America's electronic products. If they have the iPhone, there is also Samsung on the other side. We also have our own Venus Vestel. We will adopt these measures," Hurriyet Daily News quoted Erdogan as saying. He added, "We can do two things; one in economy, the other in politics. We have taken measures that economy needs and we will keep doing it. "What is more important, I think, is keeping our political stance strong." The rift between the US...
  • THE DISAPPEARED: Chines businessmen and CEOs keep disappearing in ‘state-sanctioned abductions’

    08/13/2018 11:02:59 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | March 2018 | Zach Dorfman
    China’s global kidnapping campaign has gone on for years. It may now be reaching inside U.S. borders. Before he disappeared from his luxury apartment at the Four Seasons Hotel in Hong Kong on Jan. 27, 2017, Xiao Jianhua, a Chinese-Canadian billionaire, favored female bodyguards. Why, exactly, was unclear: Perhaps he simply liked being surrounded by women; perhaps he trusted them more than men. Whatever the reason, those guards weren’t much help when a group of mysterious men showed up at his apartment that January day and took him away. According to anonymous sources who viewed the hotel’s internal video feed...