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The Syrian Election and ISIS in Iraq

By Judy Bello

Earlier this month, I traveled with seven other westerners to Syria where we joined with thirty plus activists, journalists and politicians from Asia, Africa and South America to observe the Syria Presidential election.       Bashar. Assad won 88% of the vote.    Though some people in opposition areas boycotted the election, and others could not get to a polling station, 73% of the entire population of Syria eligible to vote did vote.  The 73% turnout was more significant than the votes for Assad.   I had heard a detailed report back from the electoral commission, and spent voting day touring voting sites, so I wasn’t entirely surprised by this outcome.

Looking at the election as a referendum on the current government, the result was an expression of unity across Syrian society, the unity of a people who came forward to support the sovereignty and independence of their country.    When Bashar Assad was declared the winner of the Syrian election, people celebrated in the streets late into the night. in central Damascus, and other cities around Syria.   Even in Homs, people danced all night in celebration.  The slogan of the President was 'Unity' and that is what the people wanted to hear.

There were those who gushed in their affection and support of the President.  And I have at least one recorded on video.  However there were many more people who are tired of war and suffering and hoping to begin rebuilding under a government that could support their basic needs.  And there were those who were ready to cut their losses and return to a life that wasn’t so bad.  Whatever softness there was in the connection between the very well thought out process and the villagers who loosely followed it, there is no doubt that the majority of Syrians want Assad to continue to govern. 

U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry dismissed the Syrian election as a fraud several days before it took place, and many Western countries, including the US, Canada and members of  the EU joined Saudi Arabia and the Gulf Monarchies in denying Syrian expat voters the opportunity to participate in the election at a local Embassy.      The Western press largely dismissed the election, though a massive outpouring of Syrian voters in Lebanon surprised everyone including, we later learned, the Syrian Election Board.  

However, it seems clear, as the current events in Iraq unfold, that somebody took the results of the Syrian election along with the successes of the Syrian Arab Army in liberating the towns along the Lebanese border, and throughout most of the populated areas of the country (except for Aleppo) quite seriously.   Suddenly, a week after the election, the most militant, brutal fighting force in Syria moved much of its forces to Iraq where, with the support of a well organize Sunni defection, they brazenly swarmed across the north west area of the country taking over one city after another.   Iraq is seriously shaken.   It has already been through a terrible bloodbath within this decade and the healing has not seriously begun.  Now a new sectarian war has appeared to be on the horizon.

ISIS (The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria), a violent, fanatical organization of religious extremists,  supposedly a breakaway from al-Qaeda, is not new to Iraq.  It was born there during the US occupation.  The man who currently leads ISIS spent several years in the US prison camp at Bucca.  After spending another year in an Iraqi prison, he was released, and shortly after that he took charge of ISIS.   Wealthy Saudis have consistently  funded ISIS, while Turkey has facilitated delivery of arms and other supplies to ISIS across their border.    ISIS has been dismantling the factories in Aleppo, transporting them across the Turkish border and then setting them up for business there.   This could not be done without the tolerance of the Turkish government.  Members of ISIS were trained by US Special Ops forces in Jordan last year.   When ISIS took over the oil well at Raqqa in Syria, the EU dropped its sanctions against Syrian oil production so that they could provide parts to repair the old broken down wells so ISIS could start pumping the oil, which I assume European countries are now buying.

During the last year Syria had, with the help of Iran and Hebollah, begun to beat back the insurgency and recover the territories lost to war.   It is true that thousands of Syrian refugees are in Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon, but many times more are in refugee camps in the government held areas of Syria where they are supplied with food and shelter, and basic medical care,  and schools for the children.   The Syrian Arab Army is mostly Sunni.  It reflects the population demographics of the country as does the government bureaucracy.    Iraq does not have the resources, the political integrity or the stable social structures to fight a war like this.   It is already fractured in all directions.   There are no resources left for refugees in Iraq.    A sectarian war is a real possibility.

Iraqi President al Maliki has requested the United States to provide assistance.  US President Obama has sent a few Special Ops forces and promised more.   There is a lot of talk about  whether the US should put ‘boots on the ground’; whether the US should use air strikes against ISIS in Iraq.   While the American people stood fast against bombing or sending troops to Syria, they are wavering on Iraq.   Once there are boots on the ground in Iraq, there will be boots crossing the border into Syria.   If drones strike Iraq, they will soon be striking Syria.   It will be open season on Iraq and Syria.  

There is talk of dividing the country.  I’m hearing the “We broke it - now we own it” line again.   This is a serious distortion of reality.  We aren’t talking about accidentally knocking a pot off the shelf in a department store.  We didn’t ‘break Iraq’.  We deliberately invaded the country and smashed it.    We had another 7 or 8 years after that to try to ‘fix it’, but instead we presided over the destruction of what remained of the society.  We should not be given control over any process that might affect the integrity of Iraq or Syria.   Who  governs these countries is not our business and we have no right to choose for them.    Creating mayhem with fanatical militias capable of obscene acts of violence is not the way to ‘free’ people.   Dividing people and power according to ethnic and religious affiliations destroys the fabric of ancient societies and benefits only foreign overlords who find it easier to control a weak and unempowered society.

No matter how bad it looks for Iraq, we must not forget that it is most likely that US officals at some level, at least the CIA, had something to do with the redeployment of ISIS to Iraq.   Therefore the last thing they need is ‘help’ from us.   Let us send them our prayers.  Let us send food and medical aid for refugees.  Let us respect their elections be they ever so fragile and flawed.   Let us respect their sovereignty and their right ot solve their own problems.  AND, let us pressure our government to stay out of the fray and to demand that our allies cease to support and facilitate blood thirsty fanatical militant forces in this region.  

Let the Iraqis and the Syrians have a chance to restore their countries and their lives.     We don’t own them.  We haven’t earned even the privilege to call ourselves their friends.   Let us give them the freedom to make their own choices and solve their own problems. Cede to them their right to self determination.   That is what we really owe them.

Iraq/Syria News - June 11, 2014


ISIS takes control of Mosul, Iraq's second largest city - The Long War Journal


After Mosul ISIS seizes more towns in northern and central Iraq - The Long War Journal


Al Qaida's ISIS paves a Syria-Iraq corridor, plans 'Islamic emirate' - World Tribune


Iraq's prime minister calls for state of emergency after Mosul attack - Los Angeles Times


Maliki offers to arm citizens willing to fight ISIS (VIDEOS) - Al Arabiya News


Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s statement in Baghdad - The Washington Post


VIDEO (Arabic): Iraq Prime Minister Maliki Calls for State of Emergency - YouTube


Mosul Siege: Islamic Militants Parade Captured US-Supplied Humvees in Syria? - ibtimes.co.uk


VIDEO: Residents flee Mosul after ISIS fighters seize control - YouTube


PHOTOS: Great pics of families fleeing as terrorists overrun Iraq's second city Mosul - Mail Online


VIDEO: A tour after ISIS take the City of Mosul - YouTube


White House calls on Iraq government to 'step up to the plate' over Mosul - theguardian.com


Pentagon spokesman John Kirby makes it clear U.S. unlikely to become directly involved in Iraq’s battle with ISIS, “This is for the Iraqi government to deal with” - MiamiHerald.com


Hundreds killed as ISIS insurgents gain ground against rival Islamists in east Syria - Reuters


New Syrian jihadist body formed to fight ISIS - Al-Monitor


Syrian Kurds Increasingly Pressured by ISIS - VOA


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In a New York Times op-ed former Ambassador Ford urges to arm Syrian opposition, not to engage the regime - THE DAILY STAR


Former Ambassador Robert Ford Op-Ed: Arm Syria’s Opposition - NYTimes.com


VIDEO:Former U.S. Ambassador to Syria Robert Ford: I could no longer ‘defend the American policy’ - CNN.com Blogs


Amb. Ford: Give Syrian Insurgents Manpads to Shoot Down Iranian Planes Suppling Arms to the Syrian Army - dailykos.com


19 Reps. led by Peter Welch urge Obama to reject transferring Manpads to Syrian insurgents - Just Foreign Policy


MoveOn Petitions - Congress: Back Welch-Jones-Mulvaney-Conyers Against Syria Manpads - moveon.org


A State Department official on May 28 denied a newspaper report claiming that the White House had “lifted its veto” on deliveries of Manpads to Syrian rebels - THE DAILY STAR


U.S. arms could create Syria 'warlords', rebel commander says - Reuters


Syrian Rebels Say American-backed Southern Front Strategy Is Doing Little, Hasn't Hurt Assad Yet - huffingtonpost.com


Al Nusra standoff with FSA shows Al Qaeda rise on Syria’s southern front - The National


Al Qaeda’s rise in southern Syrian pushes moderate rebels to sideline - The National


Transcript: Phil Sands on Syria’s fragmenting southern front - The National


FSA-Nusra Collaboration Has Been Fairly High Functioning On Syria’s Southern Front, But A Rebel Rift Is Brewing - VICE News


One U.S.-Backed Rebel Group Cooperates With Al-Qaeda in Syria - WSJ


The Free Syrian Army Can't Shake Al Qaeda Ties - Algemeiner.com


SURVEY: Why are fighters leaving the Free Syrian Army? - washingtonpost.com


Harakat Hazm: America’s new favorite jihadist group - Syria Solidarity Movement


Exclusive interview with Harakat Hazm: we have fought the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, and we will fight anyone who threatens the Syrian revolution - tahrirsouri.com


U.S. TOW missiles sent to Syrian rebels as test - usatoday.com


Syria Interview: The Commander Who Received US-Made TOW Anti-Tank Missiles - EA WorldView


VIDEO: Harakat Hazm TOW attack vs SAA tank, Chanting Allāhu Akbar (God is greatest) - YouTube


Report: CIA blocked U.S. group's effort to arm Syrian rebels - World Tribune


Don't ignore Syria's nonviolent movement - theguardian.com


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Neocon WaPo Still Lusting After Syria, Ukraine

 

WPost Seeks US-Patrolled ‘Safe Zone’ in Syria

May 25, 2014

Editor Comment:  Neocons never blush at their own hypocrisies, demanding Russia respect international law and do nothing to protect eastern Ukrainians, while demanding President Obama ignore international law and create a rebel “safe zone” in Syria.

By Ray McGovern

The Washington Post’s neocon editors have made another strident appeal for President Barack Obama to “abandon his passivity and do something to help” the rebels in Syria, complaining that they “continue to receive far too little help from the United States.”

The Post ups the ante by boldly asserting that “Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad … continues to launch chemical attacks … in rebel-controlled neighborhoods.” Yet, even premier Bashar-basher John Kerry has been more discreet in inching that dubious claim into the public arena.

Obama Badly Wanted to Bomb Syria Last Year

There are those claiming that Obama never wanted to send missiles into Syria.  Thus they explain that public pressure against those missile strikes was pointless and unnecessary, as opposed to effective and successful.  However, Obama made a hard pitch to the public and Congress in favor of the strikes, and it's on video.  Watch him try to sell the public:

Watch him try to sell Congress:

HERE.

Watch the videos he showed Congress and the public:

Turkey/Syria News - Apr 1, 2014

 

Erdogan targets enemies after poll triumph - Reuters


VIDEO: Erdogan: 'They will pay for this' - Stuff.co.nz


FULL TEXT: Turkish PM Erdoğan's post-election 'balcony speech' - hurriyetdailynews.com


EXCERPTS: How Erdogan’s jubilant victory speech targeted his two biggest enemies - washingtonpost.com


PM Erdoğan delivers victory speech with corruption suspects - Today's Zaman


Polls Boost Turkish Leader's Presidential Hopes - ABC News


Opposition says election victory will not acquit PM, AK Party of corruption - CİHAN

 

Erdogan's critics fear crackdown after Turks deliver his party a victory - Yahoo News

 

Erdoğan sues Today's Zaman editor-in-chief, four others - CİHAN

 

Opposition vows to resist Erdoğan's witch hunt in post-election era - CİHAN

 

Turkey: Erdogan critic fears returning home - The National

 

Turkey Faces More Strife After Erdogan’s Election Win - The Daily Beast

 

VIDEO: Ankara after the election, protestors chanting: "Thief Tayyip Erdogan" - Vine

 

Femen activists stage anti-Erdogan protest at Istanbul polling station - The Ugly Truth

 

VIDEO: FEMEN unleash their breasts against Erdogan - YouTube

 

Report: Graft probe suspect Zarrab flees overseas - Today's Zaman

 

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Turkey is at war with Syria, Erdogan says in post-election speech - CI˙HAN


Border province punishes Turkey's policy on Syria in polls - Reuters


Syria: Turkey Sending Foreign Fighters to Latakia - ABC News


According to villagers, thousands of fighters coming from Turkey crossed the border at five different points to launch the attack on Kassab - Al-Monitor


U.S. reacts to Syrian rebel occupation of Kassab, Entire population flees country’s only Armenian-majority town - Armenian Reporter


In Los Angeles hundreds Protest Turkey’s Role in Kassab Attacks  - Asbarez Armenian News

 

Celebrity Kim Kardashian tweets appeal on Kessab events - ARMENPRESS

 

Report: Syria deploys anti-aircraft missile batteries along Turkish border - JPost

 

Syrian army retakes key post in Latakia - Oman Observer

 

Turkish military fires into Syria after rocket hits mosque - Reuters

 

Erdoğan, again, quick to attribute Syria audio link to Hizmet with no proof - CİHAN

 

Relevant countries tipped off MIT about ISIS terrorists, daily claims - CI˙HAN

 

Who’s smuggling antiquities from Syria to Turkey by air? - conflict antiquities

 

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Turkey News - Mar 28

 

Turkey bans YouTube after Syria security talk leaked - THE DAILY STAR


TRANSCRIPT PART 1: Turkey Intelligence Chief and FM discuss to stage a clash in Syria or a missile attack on Turkey soil as a pretext for military response - GMT


TRANSCRIPT PART 2 - Turkish Intelligence delivered 2,000 truckloads of weapons to the Syrian insurgents and sent a general to help them - Pastebin.com


AUDIO PART 1 (Turkish): Syria talks between Turkey FM, Intelligence Chief, Foreign Ministry Undersecretary and Deputy Chief of General Staff - YouTube


AUDIO PART 2 (Turkish): Syria talks between Turkey FM, Intelligence Chief, Foreign Ministry Undersecretary and Deputy Chief of General Staff - YouTube


Ankara on alert after spying on security meeting leaked - hurriyetdailynews.com

 

Press Release Regarding the Illegal Exposure of Certain Audio Records with Regard to the Tomb of Süleymanşah Memorial Outpost - Rep. of Turkey Ministry of Foreign Affairs

 

Turkish opposition reacts to leak on alleged Syria incursion by Turkish military - Today's Zaman

 

Turkey says Syrian air defences put Turkish jets under radar lock - Reuters

 

Turkey vowed 'any measures' against Syria threats - hurriyetdailynews.com

 

NATO source: We doubt there was any threat: It looks like Turkey took down the Syrian jet to help the radical groups - Twitter / potifar66

 

Leaks shows Iran-backed terrorist cell infiltrated Turkish gov't at highest level, Interior Minister, National Intelligence Organization (MIT) chief and Deputy Prime Minister are all involved with the Tawhid-Salam network - Today's Zaman

 

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Turkish Court Overturns the Government’s Ban on Twitter - NYTimes.com


Twitter fights Turkey ban with lawsuit over political freedom of speech - PCWorld


AUDIO: New leak: Reza Zarrab makes some distressed calls because 2 ministers out of 10 wouldn't take his bribes - Twitter / 06JAnk


Social media group volunteers to monitor election polls - Today's Zaman


Fuat Avni: the reason Erdoğan banned Twitter? - Today's Zaman

 

Two more Bugün TV news programs penalized by election board - Today's Zaman

 

AK Party mayor in Bolu shuts down dailies, backtracks under pressure - CİHAN

 

Turkish courts release eight journalists in two days - Committee to Protect Journalists

 

Police officer warns prosecutor of fabricated Hizmet evidence - Today's Zaman

 

VIDEO: Turkish PM Erdoğan hailed as 'sultan,' greeted with Ottoman army band - hurriyetdailynews.com

 

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Probe under way after 10-year-old hit by gas canister in Diyarbakır - Today's Zaman


Grieving mothers of victims killed in protests speak out in new video - Today's Zaman


VIDEO (Turkish): Grieving mothers of victims killed in protests speak out in new video - Radikal


Audio hinting Erdoğan behind Baykal sex tape draws massive reaction - CİHAN

 

'I saw Erdoğan watching that sex tape' - hurriyetdailynews.com

 

Probe into Baykal's sex tape stalled with frequent prosecutor changes - Today's Zaman

 

AUDIO: New leak purports to show Erdogan behind Baykal sex tape which forced ex-CHP leader's resignation in 2010 - vimeo.com

 

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Syria/Turkey News - Mar 26, 2014

 

Clashes spread near Syria's border with Turkey - Yahoo News


Kessab Targeted by Al-Qaeda Front Groups in Cross-Border Attack from Turkey, The majority of the Armenian population evacuated - Armenian Weekly


Armenian Homes in Kessab Looted, Occupied - Asbarez Armenian News


Fundraising organized to help Kessab residents in Syria - aysor.am


Armenian President Sargsyan makes press statement on Kessab in The Hague - Panorama


Armenian deputies head to Syria - ARMENPRESS

 

VIDEO: Syrian rebels seize Armenian town Kessab near Turkey - Al Jazeera

 

VIDEO: Al Jazeera TV interviewing a Chechnyan commander of the attack on Kessab-Latakia - LiveLeak.com

 

VIDEO: Raw Video of Heavy Clashes In Latakia Region On The Border With Turkey  - YouTube

 

Syria rebels claim capture of Samra coastal village in Assad heartland - AFP

 

VIDEO: Syria rebels claim capture of Samra coastal village in Assad heartland - YouTube

 

Bashar al-Assad's home village under threat from Syrian opposition forces - theguardian.com

 

Jabhat al-Nusra, Chechen Factions, Capture Assad Positions At Tell Shuwehneh, Aleppo (VIDEO) - chechensinsyria.com

 

Syrian troops thwart attack on key military site in Latakia - Yahoo News

 

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US Armenian group says Turkey assisting rebels in Kessab - Today's Zaman


ANCA Demands White House and Congressional Action to stop Turkey facilitating rebel attacks on Kessab, Text of letter to Obama - Armenian Weekly


Armenian Bar Association Calls on Obama to Intervene on Behalf of Syrian-Armenians - Hetq


VIDEO: Video shows that Turkey permits terrorists enter Syria’s Armenian-populated Kessab - YouTube


PHOTO: Turkish Intelligence allegedly carrying wounded terrorists in Kessab - islamicinvitationturkey.com

 

Tensions running high on Turkey-Syria border, Turkey military reports a dozen incidents involving its aircraft and Syrian anti-aircraft defences on Monday alone - ZAMAN ALWSL

 

Syrian missile systems lock onto five Turkish jets as clashes rage across border - hurriyetdailynews

 

Syrian Army downed aTurkish Spy Blimp above Syria’s Kessab (PHOTO) - islamicinvitationturkey.com

 

UN urges Turkey, Syria to refrain from further military actions - Today's Zaman

 

Interview (Arabic) with Alawite militia leader Mihrac Ural, Discusses Turkey role in Kessab attack & denies responsibility for Bayda massacre - AlakhbarNews

 

Turkey Vows Action to Defend Tomb in Syria From Al-Qaeda - Bloomberg

 

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Turkey News - Mar 25

 

Erdoğan says he ordered Twitter shutdown - Today's Zaman


Erdogan threatens to extend ban to YouTube, Facebook - Al-Monitor


Turkish justice minister calls Twitter to respect laws - CİHAN


Turkey bar associations, legal experts ask courts to overturn Twitter ban, arguing it is unconstitutional and violates human rights laws - CİHAN


Is the Turkish Twitter ban even legal? Experts say no - washingtonpost.com


Turkey Twitter Ban: How 1.1 Million People Are Getting Around It, Using VPN software or anonymous browsing like Tor as well as text-to-tweet - NBC News


VIDEO: VPNs Help to Circumvent Turkey’s Twitter Blockage: Video - Bloomberg


Toronto tech firm helps circumvent Turkey’s Twitter ban - Globalnews.ca

 

Turkey becomes first country ever to ban Google DNS - Today's Zaman

 

Tweets in Turkish are down but not out, New data suggest that the efforts of Turkey’s prime minister to “wipe out” Twitter have had only limited success (GRAPH) - MIT Technology Review

 

US urges Turkey to restore full access to Twitter, U.S. official blog slams Ankara’s '21st century book burning’ - CI˙HAN

 

Ban on Twitter condemned by the EU officials - CİHAN

 

Shutdown of social media 'cannot be approved,' President Gül writes on Twitter - hurriyetdailynews.com

 

In voice recording new evidence of Erdoğan meddling in media - Today's Zaman

 

PM bypassing president in rector appointments, leak shows - CİHAN

 

Questioning of students illegal, violates human rights - Today's Zaman

 

Turkish gov’t reshuffles over 200 judges and prosecutors amid graft probe - hurriyetdailynews.com

 

More officers at police department suspended - Today's Zaman

 

Al-Qaeda made use of police force reshuffle with a deadly attack on Turkish security forces- Today's Zaman

 

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AK Party uses state, municipality resources for İstanbul rally - CİHAN


A video purports to reveal the government’s use of public money to attract large crowds to their rallies before the election (VIDEO) - Aydinlik


Election board, political parties step up measures against vote rigging - Today's Zaman


Turkey’s Anti-Fraud Army Prepares for Local Elections - Bloomberg


Ruling AKP's demand for list of ballot box clerks raises election fraud concerns - turkishweekly.net


Election fraud concern grows, taking advantage of holes in a computer program and manipulating a small group of public servants - hurriyetdailynews.com


POLL: Race head to head in Turkey’s elections - Independent Balkan News Agency

 

1,500 AK Party members resign and join MHP in Ankara - Today's Zaman

 

Erbakan: Now, devout Muslims vote for CHP - Today's Zaman

 

Hallmark of political Islam criticizes Erdoğan's policies - Today's Zaman

 

[Part 5] Gülen says ballot box is not everything in a democracy - CİHAN

 

‘No more Turkish Olympics for the individual in Pennsylvania,’ PM says - hurriyetdailynews.com

 

Rapid GDP growth not peculiar to AK Party rule, Data reveals that most emerging economies with similar per capita GDP trends as Turkey have achieved the same or even higher economic growth - Today's Zaman

 

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Syrian warplane shot down by Turkey military, concerns over possible government efforts to cover up a corruption scandal ahead of elections - CİHAN


Turkish PM Accused of Playing War Games Ahead of Election, Opposition does not believe Erdogan’s account of shooting down Syrian jet - The Daily Beast


Can Erdogan take cover behind Turkish military? - Al-Monitor

 

Erdogan’s great patriotic war - Al-Monitor

 

VIDEO (Arabic): The pilot, speaking to the Syrian state television, says that he was flying over Syrian territory when a Turkish F-16 targeted his plane - en.alalam.ir

 

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Turkey News - Mar 21

 

Turkey's Erdogan threatens Twitter ban as vote looms - Reuters


Widespread Twitter outages in Turkey after PM threatens ban - Reuters


Twitter says looking into reports that service banned in Turkey - Reuters


VIDEO: Turkey's Erdogan threatens Twitter ban at election campaign rally - CNN TÜRK


MEP worried over RTÜK punishment of STV Haber for critical reporting - CİHAN


PM Erdoğan vows ‘to ban ban’ on AKP election ad (VIDEO) - hurriyetdailynews.com


AK Party gov't behind anti-Hizmet declaration, leaked recordings allege - Today's Zaman

 

'Erdoğan to take action against Hizmet after restructuring judiciary' - Today's Zaman

 

[Part 4] Gülen calls for respect of diversity in Turkey to end polarization - CİHAN

 

‘Minority groups face increasing discrimination in Turkey' - Today's Zaman

 

Scandal over inspectors questioning students deepens with new cases - Today's Zaman

 

Parents, teachers protest as inspectors carry on questioning students - Today's Zaman

 

The Gezi Park Protests: The Impact on Freedom of Expression in Turkey - PEN International

 

FULL REPORT: The Gezi Park Protests: The Impact on Freedom of Expression in Turkey - PEN International

 

Tunceli police chief resigns, he complained over the death of 15-year-old Berkin Elvan - Today's Zaman

 

Graft claims against gov't will play role in Denizli mayoral election - Today's Zaman

 

Erdogan Handouts Bolster Appeal to Voters Unfazed by Graft Claim - Bloomberg

 

POLL: Konsensus survey showing main-opposition CHP lead over Erdogan's AKP in capital Ankara - konsensus.com

 

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Ruling party refuses to sign on revealing corruption file in Parliament - CİHAN


Opposition accuses Parliament speaker of dishonesty about summaries of proceedings - Today's Zaman


Opposition CHP deputy says he has documents that verify PM's calls - Today's Zaman


Turkey's Erdoğan monopolizes high-value land sales, recording reveals - Today's Zaman


Konya dorm building transferred to Erdoğan's TÜRGEV for free - Today's Zaman


Erdoğan ally Cengiz İnşaat acquires historical grove for free - CİHAN


Ministry to approve construction in national parks without long-term plan - Today's Zaman

 

Greenpeace: Turkish gov't destroying forests to promote construction - Today's Zaman

 

In new leak, Zarrab bribes ex-minister to sack police official - Today's Zaman

 

Audio reveals another alleged bribe delivery to former EU minister Bagis - Today's Zaman

 

Theologians condemn former EU minister Bagis: Mocking Quran's verses blasphemous - CİHAN

 

THY Chairman Topçu illegally asks for quota from YÖK, recording reveals - Today's Zaman

 

Kılıçdaroğlu warns against possible pre-election incursion into Syria - CİHAN

 

New leaked tape reveals THY carried suspicious cargo to Nigeria - CİHAN

 

AUDIO (and transcript): How Weapons Transported To Nigeria? -  Erdogansdollars

 

Al-Qadi allegedly manipulating Turkish foreign policy on Egypt - CİHAN

 

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Turkey News - Mar 19

 

AKP-Gulen strife worsens ahead of Turkey March 30 elections - Al-Monitor


Turkey: The Erdogan-Gulen showdown - FT.com


[Part 1] Islamic scholar Gülen calls conditions in Turkey worse than military coup - Today's Zaman


[Part 2] Islamic scholar Gülen says he cannot remain silent on corruption - Today's Zaman


[Part 3] Gülen says gov't cut back on rights and freedoms in Turkey - Today's Zaman


Turkish PM asks: Is Gulen a scholar or a spy chief? - Anadolu Agency


PM's son: Dad, let's initiate an operation against Hizmet's senior members - Today's Zaman


Ministerial bureaucrats being purged over their alleged affiliations with Hizmet - Today's Zaman


Erdoğan and AK Party deputies split over hate speech against Hizmet - Today's Zaman

 

RTÜK suspends 20 SHaber TV shows affiliated with the Hizmet Movement, harshest penalty of all times - CİHAN

 

Halkbank fed pro-government daily with TL 1.1 million, daily reports - Today's Zaman

 

Turkish PM Erdoğan pressured daily to fire a headscarved columnist, CHP leader says - hurriyetdailynews.com

 

Recordings show Erdoğan's control over media - Today's Zaman

 

Ministry questions students, teachers about alleged anti-gov't propaganda - Today's Zaman

 

Despite protests, ministry carries on questioning at schools, dorms - Today's Zaman

 

Turkey: Critical Elections on March 30th - Information, Background and Analysis - dailykos.com

 

POLL:  AKP leads Ankara with 46.2% backing to CHP's 39.9% and MHP's 10.2% - sonarhaber.com

 

POLL:  AKP leads Istanbul with 45.3% backing to CHP's 40.6% and MHP's 5.6% - sonarhaber.com

 

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Lawsuit filed against Erdog˘an for harsh comments about slain Berkin Elvan, PM claimed that he was a member of a terrorist organization - Today's Zaman


Witness: Berkin raised hand and told police he wanted to buy bread - Today's Zaman


Recording shows Erdoğan refused to ease tensions during Gezi Park protests - CİHAN


[Photo of the Week] 2 million people bid farewell to 15-year-old victim Berkin Elvan - Today's Zaman


Berkin Elvan Honored In Powerful Full-Page New York Times Ad - huffingtonpost.com

 

Former AK Party deputy calls on PM to prove claims about Gezi, graft probe - CİHAN

 

Çermik family fears Elif will be latest victim of police brutality - Today's Zaman

 

Two women detained over ‘ugly’ gesture at Turkish PM Erdoğan released - hurriyetdailynews.com

 

Turkish police detain shoebox seller ahead of Erdoğan rally - Today's Zaman

 

Ex-army chief arrested upon PM's order, says retired police official - Today's Zaman

 

Europe court condemns Turkey over jailed Kurd leader - THE DAILY STAR

 

Turkish Airlines allegedly ships arms to Nigeria jihadist Boko Haram, tape reveals - Yahoo News

 

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Erdoğan sought graft prosecutor’s help to halt probe, new tape reveals - Today's Zaman


PM's undersecretary ordered police chief to detain graft prosecutor - CİHAN


Police prevented from wiretapping any suspects for 3 months - CİHAN


Turkey's main opposition exposes alleged phone traffic between PM and family on Dec 17 - hurriyetdailynews.com

 

Bank receipt hints luxury apartments bought with money at PM's house - Today's Zaman

 

Historic mansion transferred illegally, leaked audio reveals - Today's Zaman

 

To make room for development, Turkish officials ‘enlarge' islands - Today's Zaman

 

Zarrab sent former EU minister half a million euros as holiday present - Today's Zaman

 

Police Report: Former Economy Minister Zafer Caglayan and Reza Zarrab (Riza Sarraf) - Turkey Islamic Justice and Development

 

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Turkey News - Mar 14

 

Turkey's Erdogan condemns protesters as deaths fuel tensions - Reuters


VIDEO: Erdogan says protests 'nothing to do with democracy' - YouTube


Ex-EU Minister Bağış raises eyebrows with ‘necrophiles’ tweet during Berkin Elvan’s funeral - hurriyetdailynews.com


Turkish PM’s top adviser’s Twitter account gets hacked with messages of solidarity with the Berkin Elvan protests - hurriyetdailynews.com


Turkey’s opposition leader visits Elvan family - Anadolu Agency


İstanbul court removes obstacle to Gezi Park construction project - Today's Zaman

 

Approximately 40 arrested after protests in Ankara following the funeral of the teenager Berkin Elvan - hurriyetdailynews.com

 

VIDEO: Protests Turn Violent After Gezi Victim Berkin Elvan's Funeral Part 1 - YouTube

 

VIDEO: Protests Turn Violent After Gezi Victim Berkin Elvan's Funeral Part 2 - YouTube

 

Funeral of young man Karamanoğlu killed by a “stray bullet” fired by Berkin Elvan protesters cause tension in sensitive area - hurriyetdailynews.com

 

VIDEO: Massive funeral of Karamanoğlu killed by a “stray bullet” fired by Berkin Elvan protesters Part 1 - YouTube

 

VIDEO: Massive Funeral of Karamanoğlu killed by a “stray bullet” fired by Berkin Elvan protesters Part 2 - YouTube

 

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Interior minister Efkan Ala ordered purge of police officers, new wiretap reveals - Today's Zaman


More on the recordings of Interior Minister Efkan Ala - Today's Zaman


PM's undersecretary orders governor to call in raid on journalist's house - CİHAN


New audio leaks further prove AK Party government's control of media - CİHAN


Turkey's AK Party using state-run Turkish Radio and Television Corporation as propaganda mouthpiece - Today's Zaman


Cost of a 15-minute meeting with PM Erdoğan is TL 500,000 - Today's Zaman

 

Turkish PM refutes claims of accounts in Swiss banks - hurriyetdailynews.com

 

Opposition: Dec. 17 graft probe exposes exchange of state secrets for bribes - Today's Zaman

 

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European Parliament slams Turkey over rights, graft probe in report - CİHAN


FULL REPORT: European Parliament Progress Report on Turkey - European Parliament


Ankara disappointed over European Parliament resolution - hurriyetdailynews.com


EUobserver: EU Turkish diplomats embarrassed over Erdoğan - CİHAN

 

VIDEO: Erdogan on Gülenists: They are Worse than Shiites - YouTube

 

Turkey presses on with Gulen school closure - Al Jazeera English

 

Fidan gives anti-Hizmet file to US gov't, then visits Gülen, Karaca says - CİHAN

 

Ex-AKP lawmaker and minister says he will vote for main opposition in elections - hurriyetdailynews.com

 

FULL REPORT: Turkey Goes to the Ballot Box: 2014 Municipal Elections and Beyond - Brookings Institution

 

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Turkey News - Mar 12

 

Clashes erupt in Turkey after protest teen Berkin Elvan dies - AFP


VIDEO: Police fire tear gas in front of the Istanbul hospital where Berkin Elvan had been in a coma - Hürriyet Daily News


VIDEO: Turkish Police Fire Tear Gas at Protesters in Ankara - Businessweek


VIDEO: Berkin Elvan’ funeral attended by a crowd - TIKLA İZLE

 

VIDEO: Berkin Elvan’ family together with protesters at the son’ funeral - YouTube

 

Islamic scholar Gülen offers condolences to Berkin's family - Today's Zaman

 

VIDEO ARCHIVE: Turkish police beat Gezi protesters who hid in a parking garage in the Summer 2013 - YouTube

 

POLL: Survey show pessimism regarding Turkey's future - Today's Zaman, your gateway to Turkish daily news

 

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Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen urges Turkey to write an entirely new constitution as a way to save its democracy - Today's Zaman


Fethullah Gülen op-ed: Turkey needs a new constitution to save its democracy - FT.com


White House denies remarks about Gülen attributed to Obama - Today's Zaman


US warns Ankara not to poison Turkish-American relations - Today's Zaman


US uneasy at being used as pawn in Turkey's internal politics, says CHP - Today's Zaman

 

ARCHIVE: Erdoğan implies US ambassador could be expelled - Today's Zaman

 

Senior US diplomat holds talks over counterterrorism in Turkey - hurriyetdailynews.com

 

Turkey distancing from missile deal with China - hurriyetdailynews.com

 

Released ex-army chief Başbuğ attends demonstration, says other releases will follow - hurriyetdailynews.com

 

Erdoğan gov’t rushed legislation, let murderers and plotters go free - Today's Zaman

 

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Leaked tape reveals pro gov't media's headline dictated by Erdoğans - Today's Zaman


New audio leaks further prove AK Party government's control of media - Today's Zaman


Former minister gives advice to mobilize media against CHP - Today's Zaman


RTÜK uses YSK to oppress anti-government media - Today's Zaman


Vimeo blocked in Turkey after amendment to Internet law - Today's Zaman


Energy tenders allegedly scrapped for Erdoğan's Bosphorus 360 - Today's Zaman

 

Recordings reveal negotiations over ship purchase for PM's son - Today's Zaman

 

Audio recordings reveal PM Erdoğan's desire to control everything - Today's Zaman

 

Turkish minister admits accepting bribes, according to leaked recordings - Today's Zaman

 

Mostly seen form of corruption is tender rigging, police report finds - Today's Zaman

 

CHP lawmakers bring allegations of gov't meddling in Court of Accounts - CİHAN

 

Who is Haramzadeler (which means Sons of Thieves in Turkish)? Its owner or owners have achieved notoriety by posting links on Twitter to a large cache of secret documents and hours of wiretaps - Businessweek

 

Half million wiretapped in Turkey in last two years: Communications body - hurriyetdailynews.com

 

Minister: Turkish wiretappers needed external support, some certain centers of power with international connection are doing illegal listening to monitor Turkey by using subcontractors in the country -  Anadolu Agency

 

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Turkey News - Mar 8

 

Embattled by alleged graft, Erdoğan threatens to ban YouTube, Facebook over leaks - Today's Zaman


VIDEO (Turkish): Erdogan threatens to turn off Facebook and YouTube - YouTube


President Gül says Facebook, YouTube ban out of question - Today's Zaman


VIDEO: Youtube, Facebook cannot be banned, says President Gül - CİHAN


PM Erdoğan’s threat to ban YouTube and Facebook echoes around world - hurriyetdailynews.com


U.S. concerned over potential Internet restrictions in Turkey - turkishpress.com


Why President Obama stopped calling Turkish leader Erdogan - CSMonitor.com


Turkey Transportation, Maritime Affairs and Communications Minister supports move to block Facebook and YouTube - Today's Zaman

 

Turkish media boss reduced to tears by PM Erdoğan, new recording reveals - Today's Zaman

 

Media censorship continues unabated with new penalty on TV program - CİHAN

 

Turkish journalist fired from pro-gov't daily over critical tweets - CİHAN

 

Journalist acquitted of charges pertaining to tweets critical of PM - CİHAN

 

New Recording of PM Adviser Mustafa Varank: Opposition News Unfit to Print in Turkey’s Vote Campaign - Bloomberg

 

Int'l Press Institute slams Erdoğan for double standards - CİHAN

 

POLL: Turkish public unhappy about government's media interference, Internet law - CİHAN

 

Usage of methods to bypass Internet restrictions likely to increase, experts say - Today's Zaman

 

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Erdoğan confirms tape seen as meddling in judiciary - CİHAN


PM Erdoğan allegedly interferes in Council of State elections - Today's Zaman


PM Erdoğan appointed prosecutors to major graft probe: new recording - CİHAN


CHP asks if Erdoğan illegally transferred cash abroad - CİHAN


Deputies banned from copying graft summaries due to ‘confidentiality' - CİHAN

 

Journalists, academics astonished as AK Party deputy justifies corruption - Today's Zaman

 

Lawyer files complaint against officers who detained him for showing shoebox - CİHAN

 

Gendarmerie sgt. says he made tipoff about Syria-bound trucks - CİHAN

 

Constitutional Court says rights of former Turkish army chief violated - CİHAN

 

Turkey's moderate ex-army chief pushed to the limit - Channel NewsAsia

 

Former intelligence head: Erdoğan was pleased with anti-coup operations - Today's Zaman

 

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Turkey PM says 'ready to quit' if party loses local polls - THE DAILY STAR


121 detained in Eskişehir protest ahead of Erdoğan rally - CİHAN


VIDEO: 121 detained in Eskişehir protest ahead of Erdoğan rally - YouTube


Intelligence report urges gov't to declare state of emergency after polls, anticipates unrest after the local elections on March 30 - CİHAN


CHP files complaint against Erdoğan for labeling ODTÜ students 'terrorists' - Today's Zaman, your gateway to Turkish daily news

 

AK Party provincial head raids dormitory in Düzce - CİHAN

 

GYV: PM's discriminatory rhetoric undermines social peace - CİHAN

 

Erdoğan's claims about Gülen stun US Ambassador Ricciardone - Today's Zaman

 

PM, former minister contradict each other on Alevi remarks - CİHAN

 

Two academics expelled from Turkish university for joining Gezi protests - Today's Zaman

 

Amnesty Turkey launches campaign for Gezi victim - Today's Zaman

 

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Debate on Escalation in Syria

I've never debated anyone who wants limited child abuse or small-scale slavery or carefully circumscribed rape. It's always war. It's always the worst crime, the crime least susceptible to control once begun, and the crime that includes all the others, the crime defined at Nuremberg as the greatest of them all because it includes all the others.  And it's always in blatant violation of the law.

Here's a liberal progressive war advocate employed by a center funded by a war profiteer pushing for "coercive measures" and "threats of force" without ever discussing the actual killing he wants done. I debate him below on The Real News .com.

Turkey News - Mar 5

 

New leak exposes Erdoğan's meddling in judiciary, sparks criticism - Today's Zaman


Turkey's Alevi community concerned about wiretapped remarks, “Voice recording is proof of government's profiling against Alevis” - Today's Zaman


PM Erdoğan reopened bid on national warship project to friend's company - Today's Zaman


AUDIO (Turkish): Erdogan pressures justice minister over decisions in tycoon Aydin Dogan's tax case - YouTube


AUDIO (Turkish): PM Erdoğan reopened bid on national warship project to friend's company - Today's Zaman


AUDIO (Turkish): PM's son Bilal Erdogan allegedly talks with public official about how to illegally transfer ownership of hystorical lodge to TÜRGEV - YouTube


Legal proceedings for four former ministers sent to Turkish Parliament - hurriyetdailynews.com

 

Graft suspect manager rejoins state-run Halkbank - Today's Zaman

 

Releases of graft suspects hurt public conscious: Turkish deputy PM - hurriyetdailynews.com

 

State-run Anadolu Agency censors Turkish Deputy PM Arınç's comments on graft case - hurriyetdailynews.com

 

Turkey bans film Nymphomaniac over nudity, a dissenting member of the cinema board says the decision is tantamount to "censorship" - Telegraph

 

POLL: Public unhappy about gov't media interference, Internet law - CİHAN

 

3 taken into custody for asking Minister Ala questions - Today's Zaman

 

Man beaten by police for holding sign at Erdoğan rally - Today's Zaman

 

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Court decision to halt construction of Prime Ministry in Ankara forest - Today's Zaman


‘SİT' applications spike under AK Party rule, protected sites where construction is restricted or forbidden - Today's Zaman


Turkey loses over 164,000 hectares of forests in 12 years - Today's Zaman

 

Turkey's Turmoil Puts Real-Estate Market at Risk - WSJ.com

 

EU confirms Turkey probe, Erasmus funds at risk - Today's Zaman

 

Unimpressed by Turkish ‘parallel structure' defense, MEPs approve critical report - Today's Zaman

 

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Turkey News - Mar 4

 

EU launches probe into corruption claims at former EU Affairs Minister Egemen Bagış who is implicated in the Turkey government scandal - Today's Zaman


European Parliament report criticizes Turkey amid corruption scandal - Today's Zaman


Summaries of proceedings for former ministers, Bozdağ still not in Parliament - Today's Zaman


Interior Ministry fails to reinstate police officers despite court rulings - Today's Zaman


Interior Ministry changes regulation on police specialization - Today's Zaman

 

ARCHIVE: Reza Zarrab, one of the key figures in the bribery case, delivered $ 1.5 million to former EU Affairs Minister Egemen Bagis - Turkey Islamic Justice and Development

 

VIDEO ARCHIVE: Reza Zarrab filmed carrying bribe to the former Minister Egemen Bagis - YouTube

 

VIDEO ARCHIVE: A TV program on Reza Zarrab and Egemen Bagis - YouTube

 

Giant US Wiretap HQ Revealed in Ankara,The international NSA scandal had revealed that Turkish government officials had also been wiretapped by the US actively - Aydinlik

 

Wiretapping scandal: Secure encrypted phone lines used by PM Erdogan and other public officials left open for evasdropping - Euro Asia News

 

US and British spy agencies are able to decipher data even with the supposedly secure encryption to make it private - hurriyetdailynews.com

 

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Erdogan thwarts Murdoch as graft probe reveals Turkey media grab, A 252-page police account of phone intercepts and video surveillance - Bloomberg


Profit-seeking Erdoğan eyes environmentally protected zones - Today's Zaman


Turkish gov't mulls taking full control over competition authority - Today's Zaman


Main opposition CHP questions prime minister about Çatalca villas - Today's Zaman


Ministry allegedly profiled students of dershanes close to Hizmet - Today's Zaman

 

PM Erdoğan allegedly interferes in election at Fenerbahçe - Today's Zaman

 

AUDIO: PM Erdoğan allegedly interferes in election at Fenerbahçe - YouTube

 

Erdoğan's hate speech, slanders and insults graver every day - Today's Zaman

 

VIDEO: AK Party supporters attack protester at Erdoğan rally, throw punches at him who had raised a banner that read “There is a thief” - Today's Zaman

 

Turkey PM faces popularity slide as graft scandal closes in - Yahoo!7

 

315 AK Party members resign in Adana, join opposition MHP - Today's Zaman

 

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Turkey News - Mar 3

 

Recordings seem to confirm bribe to Bilal Erdoğan's TÜRGEV - Today's Zaman


AUDIO: Graft suspect Zarrab sends bribe to TÜRGEV under guise of donation - YouTube


VIDEO: Graft suspect Zarrab sends bribe to TÜRGEV under guise of donation - haberler.com


AUDIO: Bargain for public land donation to TÜRGEV in exchange for mayoral candidacy - YouTube


AUDIO: Ciner Group deputy chairman Fatih Saraç allegedly tells Bilal Erdoğan that Ali Kibar would make a donation of TL 1 million to TÜRGEV - YouTube


MIT believes that all recordings about Erdogan and others were transferred to addresses in the U.S. and accessible by the NSA - hurriyetdailynews


Main opposition CHP leader calls on citizens to 'punish thieves' at elections - hurriyetdailynews.com

 

Who still supports Turkey’s AKP? Let’s first look at the numbers - Al-Monitor

 

Turkey's ruling AKP sees any vote higher than 38.8 at local polls as 'success' - hurriyetdailynews.com

 

PM will be voted out with 51 percent, says opposition leader - Today's Zaman

 

Turkey unfamiliar with resignation tradition, graft probe shows - Today's Zaman

 

Protesters rally against corruption in Turkey - hurriyetdailynews.com

 

VIDEO: Turkey - Anti government protesters clash with police - BBC News 

 

Chairman of Turkey's biggest company Mustafa Koc calls on Erdogan to address graft charges to lower tensions  - Reuters

 

Interview with Turkey prominent businessman Mustafa Koç - hurriyetdailynews.com

 

TUSKON challenges Erdoğan to enter business, defies threats - Today's Zaman

 

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Court ignored evidence when releasing graft suspects, say legal experts - Today's Zaman


Judge who released graft suspects found to be Erdoğan supporter - Today's Zaman


Turkish authorities issue warning to Samanyolu TV for ‘biased' broadcasts - Today's Zaman


Opposition calls restrictions on Parliament TV censorship by Erdoğan - Today's Zaman


Main opposition CHP to make 3rd appeal to top court on HSYK law - hurriyetdailynews.com

 

A new era in new Turkey: 'law within law', Intimidation and fear reign in the judiciary - Today's Zaman

 

'State of rule of law suspended in Turkey, if not completely eliminated' - Today's Zaman

 

EU offers Ankara small chance to discuss paramount chapter which covers the judiciary and fundamental rights - hurriyetdailynews.com

 

Turkey failing badly in press freedom, says British justice minister - Today's Zaman

 

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Ukraine News - Mar 2

 

Obama Calls Putin Over Ukraine - APA


Readout of President Obama’s Call with President Putin - The White House


Putin: Russian citizens, troops threatened in Ukraine, need armed forces’ protection - RT News


Russian Parliament Approves Military Action in Ukraine - RIA Novosti

 

U.S. Lawmakers See Sanctions Not Troops as Ukraine Response - Bloomberg

 

Chuck Hagel Speaks With Russian Defense Chief About Crimea Tensions - huffingtonpost.com

 

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Russian Troops Take Over Ukraine's Crimea Region - ABC News


Pro-Russia leader of Crimea claims military control; troops guard official sites, airports - The Washington Post


VIDEO: Unidentified soldiers took up positions outside parliament in Ukraine's autonomous Crimea - VOA


Russian forces in Ukraine: What does the Black Sea Fleet in Crimea look like? - The Washington Post

 

Gunmen from Kiev attempted to seize Crimea's Interior Ministry overnight - Russia - RT News

 

Ukraine forces on high alert after Putin gets permission to use military - Fox News

 

Ukraine Appeals to NATO for Assistance - APA

 

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Thousands rally against 'illegitimate govt', raise Russian flags in eastern Ukraine (VIDEO) -  RT News


In northeast Ukraine, pro-Maidan occupiers are routed by counter-demonstrators - The Washington Post


VIDEO: Ukraine: Violent clashes in Kharkiv leave dozens injured - euronews


VIDEO: Pro-Russian Protests Get Violent in Crimea - UNEDITED - YouTube

 

All government agencies in Sevastopol support decision to disobey Kiev - APA

 

Up to 143,000 Ukrainians requested asylum in Russia in two weeks - RT News

 

Russia starts giving out passports to Ukraine’s ex-Berkut officers pelted with ‘threats’ - RT News

 

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Canceled language law in Ukraine sparks concern among Russian and EU diplomats - RT News


European Parliament urges respect for Russian language in Ukraine resolution - ITAR-TASS


VIDEO: Emotions run high: “Some politicians say that the Russian language is not a state language of Crimea. That’s why people are protesting” - euronews


Is it too late for Kiev to woo Russian-speaking Ukraine? A series of missteps may mean the new government has lost what influence it had in the southern regions - CSMonitor.com

 

Can Ukraine Control Its Far Right Ultranationalists? - The Daily Beast

 

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Turkey News - Feb 29

 

New recording shows Bilal Erdoğan involved in $35 million island deal - Today's Zaman


AUDIO: New recording shows Bilal Erdoğan involved in $35 million island deal - YouTube


AUDIO: PM Erdoğan’s family searches for ‘a big shredder’ to destroy documents - Aydinlik


TRANSCRIPT (English): PM Erdoğan’s family searches for ‘a big shredder’ to destroy documents - Aydinlik


Document confirms prosecutors' order to destroy evidence in graft probe including wiretapped recordings - Today's Zaman


American company says Erdoğan voice recording genuine - Today's Zaman

 

CHP files complaint against PM Erdoğan on false asset declaration - Today's Zaman

 

Turkish PM accuses prosecutors and police of spying for another country - hurriyetdailynews.com

 

Turkey's science watchdog under probe over leaked recordings - turkishweekly.net

 

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Turkish government appoints new HSYK members, hundreds of officials working at the high court dismissed - hurriyetdailynews.com


No suspects left in jail in Turkey's corruption probe, 24 people were arrested in the initial stages - hurriyetdailynews.com


Sakarya police see unprecedented purge amid graft probe as more than 10,000 police officers have been reassigned across Turkey - CİHAN


Hakkari police chief resigns in reaction to police purge - Today's Zaman

 

Acquittal for policeman reassigned after complaint by Zarrab - Today's Zaman

 

Interior Ministry license plates issued to Zarrab, daily says - Today's Zaman

 

Candidates on 'red list' denied jobs despite high test scores, Taraf reports - Today's Zaman

 

Pulling of strings got candidates off 'red list,' daily says - Today's Zaman

 

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Erdoğan orders TV station to interview minister in prep school row - CİHAN


Turkish authorities penalize news program on TV channel for being 'biased', a documentary on Turkish birds will be broadcast in its place - Today's Zaman


Official documents reveal false reporting by pro-government Yeni Şafak - CİHAN

 

Press council expresses concerns over controversial intelligence bill - Today's Zaman

 

Main opposition CHP: Rule of law being replaced by intelligence state - Today's Zaman

 

Turkish opposition decides to stop calling Erdoğan 'prime minister' - Today's Zaman

 

Parliamentary plenary session canceled due to fighting - Today's Zaman

 

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US State Department report slams Turkish gov’t over corruption scandal, calls for respect for rule of law - Today's Zaman


More on the US State Department report on Turkey - hurriyetdailynews.com


FULL REPORT: Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2013: Turkey - state.gov

 

Middle East funds negative on Turkey, warm to Egypt - Today's Zaman

 

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Syria News - Feb 28

 

Tenuous Truces: Local ceasefires agreed by the government and the Free Syrian Army continue to hold in the Damascus suburbs - gulftoday


There are now over 70 local cease-fires being negotiated across Syria, some marred by mistrust and disagreements - THE DAILY STAR


Syrian government sees an end game, local truces include end of the government siege and pledge by residents to renounce violence - huffingtonpost


Ghalioun: Geneva Talks Suspended as Assad Regime Evades Implementation of UNSC Resolution on Humanitarian Aid - Syrian National Coalition


Food rations distributed to besieged Damascus areas where rebels and the army reached a truce - THE DAILY STAR

 

Syria: UN agency delivers supplies to besieged camp amid ‘unbelievable devastation’ - United Nations News Centre

 

PHOTO: Harrowing photo of humanitarian assistance in Yarmouk - YouTube

 

VIDEO: Harrowing video of humanitarian assistance in Yarmouk - YouTube

 

REPORT: Yarmouk Refugee Camp and the Syrian Uprising: A View from Within - palestine-studies.org

 

Syria: ICRC delivers emergency relief in Barzeh - ICRC

 

VIDEO (English subtitles): [Syria] Barzeh: Flip side of negotiations - YouTube

 

91 men evacuated from Syria's Homs still held, 431 have been released : governor - THE DAILY STAR

 

Officer in Presidential Palace Suggested Homs Truce, Assad Accepted - The Syrian Observer

 

Plane Carrying WFP Aid Arrives in Qamishli - The Syrian Observer

 

Kids fathered by Saudis toil with mothers in Syria camps - Arab News

 

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Saudi 'seeking Pakistani arms for Syrian rebels' - Yahoo News


No deal with Saudi Arabia on arming Syrian rebels: Pakistan - Business Standard


Saudi Arabia and the U.S. to cooperate on Syria - Al Arabiya News


Russia condemns rumored Saudi plans to arm Syrian rebels with anti-air missiles - RT News


Operation Room in Jordan Coordinates Battles in Southern Syria - The Syrian Observer


Jordan denies Syrian rebels trained for Damascus attack on its territory - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT


US, Israel, Jordan enlarge South Syrian foothold - DEBKAfile


Report: The firing of General Salim Idriss as FSA military chief is part of a push-back against the influence of the Muslim Brotherhood and its sponsors in Qatar and Turkey - clarionproject.org

 

Kerry: Russia stepping up aid to Assad - AFP

 

Exclusive: Iranian oil exports rise in February, more to ally Syria - Reuters

 

Qatar FM backs Syria political solution on Iran visit - THE DAILY STAR

 

Exclusive: Iraq signs deal to buy arms, ammunition from Iran - documents - Reuters

 

Syrian Coalition Holds the Iraqi Government Responsible For Terrorism and The Killing of Syrians - Syrian National Coalition

 

Abbas tells Obama: Assad must stay - Al Akhbar English

 

White House waging secret debate over cyberwar against Syria - The Seattle Times

 

Syrian Web Censorship Techniques Revealed - MIT Technology Review

 

Syria says two attempted attacks on chemical weapons convoys: U.N. - Reuters

 

OPCW expects more from Syria after mustard gas shipped out - UPI.com

 

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YPG Announces Suspension of All Military Operations, saying they will act only on the basis of legitimate defence in the event of an attack - Rudaw


YPG Calls On Residents Of Til Meruf To Evacuate Ahead Of Operation, a joint-attack was launched by ISIS, Nusra Front and Ahrar al-Sham - The Rojava Report


ISIS, YPG Clash in Several Key Kurdish Towns - Syria Deeply


Arab tribal outrage as Kurdish YPG forces control Syrian city after three weeks of clashes with ISIS and other battalions including Ahrar al-Sham - aranews.org


Hasakah province: ISIS and allied battalions exploded a Sufi shrine in the village of Tal-Ma’rof which is exposed to clashes with YPG - Syrian Observatory for Human Rights

 

ISIS arrests 17 Kurdish civilians north Syria - aranews.org

 

Kobanê Canton warns people about abductions - ekurd

 

PHOTO: Beheading of a suspected 'PKK' member by ISIS in the middle of Azaz on Valentine's Day - Twitter / ajaltamimi

 

AUDIO: Interview eith Rêdur Xelîl, spokesperson of the YPG - BBC

 

VIDEO (Arabic): Syria Kurdish YPG Commander`s Speech - YouTube

 

The People’s Rule: An Interview With Saleh Muslim, Part I - Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

 

Syrian regime, PYD and Shammar tribe reach agreement over oil-rich Rumailan - aranews.org

 

Afrin Canton VP: There Is Freedom In This Model - The Rojava Report

 

Minority Kurds promote cultural diversity amid Syria's civil war (VIDEO) - Your Middle East

 

The women of Syrian Kurdistan, Rojava, have broken their chains - ekurd

 

Syrian Kurdish parties: PYD cantons illegitimate - Anadolu Agency

 

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Oppose Force to Save Starving Syrians

I've been asked to debate Danny Postel on the question of Syria, and so have read the op-ed he co-authored with Nader Hashemi, "Use Force to Save Starving Syrians."  Excellent responses have been published by Coleen Rowley and Rob Prince and probably others.  And my basic thinking on Syria has not changed fundamentally since I wrote down my top 10 reasons not to attack Syria and lots and lots of other writing on Syria over the years. But replying to Postel's op-ed might be helpful to people who've read it and found it convincing or at least disturbing. It might also allow Postel to most efficiently find out where I'm coming from prior to our debate.

So, here's where I'm coming from. Postel's op-ed proposes the use of force as if force hadn't been tried yet, as if force were not in fact the very problem waiting to be solved. What he is proposing is increased force.  The arming and funding and training of one side in Syria by the CIA, Saudi Arabia, et al, and the other side by Russia, et al, is not enough; more is needed, Postel believes. But "force" is a very non-descriptive term, as are all the other terms Postel uses to refer to what he wants: "air cover," "coercive measures," "Mr. Assad ... [should] be left behind."

I find it hard to imagine people on the ground while NATO dropped thousands of bombs on Libya pointing to the sky and remarking "Check out the air cover!"

Or this: "What happened to your children, Ma'am?" "They experienced some coercive measures."

Or this: "What became of Gadaffi?" "Oh, him? He was left behind."

When people who experience modern wars that wealthy nations launch against poor ones talk about them, they describe detailed horror, terror, and trauma.  They recount what it's like to try to hold a loved one's guts into their mutilated body as they gasp their last. Even the accounts of recovering and regretful drone pilots in the U.S. have much more humanity and reality in them than do Postel's euphemisms.

I'm not questioning the sincerity of Postel's belief that, despite its long record of abysmal failure, humanitarian war would find success in a nation as divided as Syria, of all unlikely places. But Postel should trust his readers to share his conclusion after being presented with the full facts of the case.  If Postel believes that the people whose lives would be ended or devastated by "air cover" are out-weighed by the people who he believes would be thereby saved from starvation, he should say so. He should at the very least acknowledge that people would be killed in the process and guesstimate how many they would be.

Postel claims Somalia as a past example of a "humanitarian intervention," without dwelling on the chaos and violence aggravated and ongoing there. This seems another shortcoming to me. If you are going to make a moral decision, not only should it include the negative side of the ledger, but it should include the likely medium-term and long-term results, good and bad.  Looking at Somalia with a broader view hurts Postel's case, but so does looking at Libya, Afghanistan, or Iraq.  Studies by Erica Chenoweth and others have documented that violent solutions to oppression and tyranny are not only less likely to succeed, but if they succeed their success is shorter lived.  Violence breeds violence. "Force," translated into the reality of killing people's loved ones, breeds resentment, not reconciliation.

So, I think Postel's case for dropping tons of deadly "coercive measures" on Syria would be a weak one even were it likely to resemble his outline. Sadly, it isn't. The war on Libya three years ago was sold as an emergency use of "force" to protect supposedly threatened people in Benghazi. It was immediately, illegally, predictably, cynically, and disastrously turned into a campaign of bombing the nation to overthrow its government -- a government that, like Syria's, had long been on a Pentagon list to be overthrown for anything but humanitarian reasons.  Postel presents a quick and antiseptic "leaving behind" operation to provide food to the starving, but surely he knows that is not what it would remain for any longer than it takes to say "R2P."  Why else does Postel refer so vaguely to leaving Assad behind?

It may be worth noting that it's not aid workers advocating for "coercion" strikes on Syria. I spoke with a U.S. government aid worker in Syria some months back who had this to say:

"Before we contemplate military strikes against the Syrian regime, we would do well to carefully consider what impact such strikes would have on our ongoing humanitarian programs, both those funded by the U.S. and by other countries and international organizations. These programs currently reach hundreds of thousands of vulnerable people throughout Syria, in areas controlled both by the regime and the opposition. We know from past military interventions, such as in Yugoslavia and Iraq, that airstrikes launched for humanitarian reasons often result in the unintended deaths of many civilians. The destruction of roads, bridges, and other infrastructure, which such airstrikes may entail, would significantly hamper the delivery of humanitarian aid in Syria.

"The provision of this assistance in regime controlled areas requires the agreement, and in many cases the cooperation, of the Asad government. Were the Asad regime, in response to U.S. military operations, to suspend this cooperation, and prohibit the UN and Nongovernmental Organizations from operating in territory under its control, hundreds of thousands of Syrian civilians would be denied access to food, shelter, and medical care. In such a scenario, we would be sacrificing programs of proven effectiveness in helping the people of Syria, in favor of ill considered actions that may or may not prevent the future use of chemical weapons, or otherwise contribute to U.S. objectives in any meaningful way."

Let's grant that the crisis has continued for months and worsened. It remains the fact that it is advocates of war advocating war, not aid workers advocating war.  The option of ceasing to arm both sides, and of pursuing a negotiated settlement, is simply ignored by the war advocates.  The option of nonviolent efforts to deliver aid is avoided entirely. The failure to provide adequate aid to refugees who where that can be reached seems far less pressing than the failure to provide aid where that failure can become a justification for an escalated war. 

"Humanitarian interventions," Postel writes, "typically occur when moral principles overlap with political interests."  This seems to be an acknowledgment that political interests are something other than moral.  So, there's no cry for "humanitarian intervention" in Bahrain or Palestine or Egypt because it doesn't fit "political interests."  That seems like an accurate analysis.  And presumably some interventions that do fit political interests are not moral and humanitarian.  The question is which are which.  Postel believes there have been enough humanitarian interventions to describe something as being typical of them, but he doesn't list them. In fact, the record of U.S. military and CIA interventions is a unbroken string of anti-humanitarian horrors. And in most cases, if not every case, actual aid would have served humanity better than guns and bombs, and so would have ceasing pre-existing involvement rather than escalating it and calling that an intervention.

But once you've accepted that the tool of war should be encouraged in certain cases, even though it's misused in other cases, then something else has to be added to your moral calculation, namely the propagation of war and preparations for war.  Those of us who cannot find a single war worth supporting differ only slightly perhaps from those who find one war in a hundred worth backing.  But it's a difference that shifts opposition to support for an investment that costs the world some $2 trillion a year.  The United Nations believes that $30 billion a year could end serious starvation around the world.  Imagine what, say, $300 billion could do for food, water, medicine, education, and green energy.  Imagine if the United States were to offer that kind of aid to every nation able to peacefully and democratically accept it. Would polls continue to find the U.S. viewed as the greatest threat to peace on earth? Would the title of most beloved nation on earth begin to look plausible?

Members of the nonviolent peaceforce, Nobel peace laureate Mairead Maguire, and other advocates of de-escalation in Syria traveled freely around Syria some months back. How were they able to do that?  What might trainers in creative nonviolent action offer Syria that CIA and military trainers aren't offering?  The alternative is never even considered by advocates of war-or-nothing.  Postel wants to back "democratically oriented" rebel groups, but is violence clearly democratically oriented?  Turning our eyes back on ourselves suggests a rather disturbing answer. In September 2013, President Obama gave us the hard sell. Watch these videos of suffering children, he said, and support striking their nation with missiles or support their ongoing suffering.  And a huge majority in the U.S. rejected the idea that those were the only two choices.  A majority opposed the strikes. An even larger majority opposed arming the rebels. And a large majority favored humanitarian aid. There is a case to be made that democracy would be better spread by example than by defying the will of the U.S. people in order to bomb yet another nation in democracy's name.

Postel, to his credit, calls the "Responsibility to Protect" a "principle." Some have called it a "law." But it cannot undo the U.N. Charter. War being illegal, its use damages the rule of law. That result must also be factored into a full moral calculation of how to act.  Act we must, as Postel says repeatedly. The question is how.  Rob Prince presents a useful plan of action in the article linked above.

Postel's most persuasive argument is probably, for many readers, his contention that only threatening to act will save the day.  He claims that Syria has responded positively to threats of force.  But this is not true.  Syria was always willing to give up its chemical weapons and had long since proposed a WMD-free Middle East -- a proposal that ran up against the lack of "political interest" in eliminating Israel's illegal weapons.  Also false, of course, were claims by the Obama administration to know that Assad had used chemical weapons.  See Coleen Rowley's summary of how that case has collapsed in the article linked above.

Granted, there can be a good honest case for an action for which misguided, false, and fraudulent cases have been offered. But I haven't seen such a case yet for taking an action in Syria that would, to be sure, dramatically declare that action was being taken, release a lot of pent-up tension, and enrich Raytheon's owners, but almost certainly leave Syrians, Americans, and the world worse off.

Turkey/Syria News - Feb 27

 

Turkish Prime Minister targeted in second audio tape - Yahoo News


AUDIO: Erdogan talks to his son about getting 10 million from SOM Petrol owner, advises son not to take it until he brings the "promised" amount - YouTube


AUDIO: Specific preparation for the day of the evacuation of the money from the Prime Minister's house - YouTube


AK Party founders slam PM Erdoğan over leaked corruption recording - Today's Zaman


CHP: Either PM resigns or he will drag Turkey into social, economic chaos - CİHAN


Turkish gov’t, opposition clash over accuracy of tapes - hurriyetdailynews.com


PM Erdoğan's tapes not doctored, specialists agree - Today's Zaman

 

Erdogan recordings appear real, US analyst says, as Turkey scandal grows - McClatchy DC News

 

Minister of Science, Industry and Technology: Should the Prime Ministry request an analysis of the tapes, The Scientific and Technological Research Council (Tubitak) will be happy to undertake it - turkishpress.com

 

AK Party deputy: People don't believe voice recordings even if they are true - CİHAN

 

Leaked recording deepens divisions in Turks' views of Erdoğan - Today's Zaman

 

AK Party deputies almost attacked their CHP counterparts over the tapes - Today's Zaman

 

AUDIO (English): In voice recordings posted 2 days ago Erdogan and his son Bilal allegedly discuss how to hide huge sums of cash - YouTube

 

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Turkey sees anti-corruption protests for second day -AFP


VIDEO: Anti-government protests in Istanbul Wednesday - YouTube


Opposition throws fake money in Taksim during rally over tape incriminating Turkish PM - hurriyetdailynews.com


VIDEO: Opposition throws fake money in Taksim during rally over tape incriminating Turkish PM - YouTube


PHOTO ALBUM: Anti-corruption protests continue in Turkey - The Washington Post


ODTÜ students stage protest ahead of highway opening in Ankara - CİHAN

 

VIDEO: Turkey: students protest against new highway - YouTube

 

Turkey Moves to Close Prep Schools Linked to Rival Gulen - SFGate

 

Schools to become partisan, claim education unions - Today's Zaman

 

Turkish police uses tear gas to disperse National Education Bill protestors - CİHAN

 

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President Gül approves disputed bill increasing gov’t grip over judiciary - hurriyetdailynews.com


Turkish main opposition takes judicial bill to Constitutional Court - hurriyetdailynews.com


Former minister says new law makes MİT resemble criminal JİTEM - Today's Zaman

 

Association says MIT intelligence bill huge blow to press freedom - Today's Zaman

 

Gov't censorship not limited to media, extends to party ads - Today's Zaman

 

Draft law grants economic privileges to Turkey's military - Al-Monitor

 

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Turkey's Dirty Money: Why Ankara Is Still on the FATF's Gray List of Terrorism Financing - Foreign Affairs


The Gray List : Turkey’s Financing of Terrorism - digitaljournal.com

 

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Syrian troops ambush, kill at least 150 rebels east of Damascus, source says the men were civilians and fighters trying to escape the siege - The Washington Post


VIDEO: Live footage of Syrian army ambushing dozens of Islamist rebels in Otaibah, Damascus - LiveLeak.com


VIDEO: Aftermath of the ambush by the Syrian Army against Islamists in Otaybah, Damascus - LiveLeak.com


Syria rebel infighting 'kills 3,300 since January' - THE DAILY STAR


ISIS imposes restrictions on Christians in Raqqa, demand levy - THE DAILY STAR

 

The Islamic State of Iraq and ash-Sham's dhimmi pact for the Christians of Raqqa province - Syria Comment

 

Top ISIS commander killed in Homs - ZAMAN ALWSL

 

Lebanon arrests a commander of Syria's Al-Nusra: security - Yahoo News

 

Netherlands: Jihadist threat level remains at ‘substantial’; government action still necessary - National Coordinator for Security and Counterterrorism

 

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Turkey/Syria News - Feb 26

 

Prosecutor's office begins investigation into Turkish PM Erdogan over 'mind-blowing' corruption tapes - US News


Main opposition says gov't lost legitimacy, calls on Erdoğan to quit - Today's Zaman


MHP leader says gov't lost legitimacy, urges judiciary to intervene - Today's Zaman


Prime Ministry says new tapes incriminating Erdogan "montage and completely false” - hurriyetdailynews.com


VIDEO: Turkish PM Erdogan denies graft claims in 'fake' audio - Video Dailymotion


CHP says voice recording of PM and son 'not a montage' - Today's Zaman


BDP says ‘it only takes 20 minutes’ to find out if tape incriminating PM is authentic - hurriyetdailynews.com

 

Engineers confirm authenticity of voice recording between PM, son - Today's Zaman

 

A scientific analysis on the authenticity of Erdogan tapes: (in Turkish) - Kivanc Kitapci

 

Erdoğan's voice recordings with son gets 2 mln viewers on YouTube - Today's Zaman

 

TRANSCRIPT (English): Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan's alleged phone talks with his son Bilal, about where to hide the money - LiveLeak.com

 

AUDIO (Turkish): In new voice recordings Erdogan and his son Bilal allegedly discuss how to hide huge sums of cash - YouTube

 

Thousands of Turks protest deepening corruption, call on gov't to resign - Today's Zaman

 

VIDEOS: Turkish protesters call Government to resign after tape scandal - LiveLeak.com

 

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HSYK to investigate claims of mass wiretaps - Today's Zaman


Prosecutor Çimen denies wiretapping claims - Today's Zaman


İstanbul Prosecutor's Office says 2,280 people wiretapped, investigation continues - Today's Zaman


Pro-gov't dailies' reports on mass wiretaps full of contradictions - Today's Zaman


Media deception of the century on mass wiretaps - Today's Zaman

 

Ex-minister confesses to ‘unlawful practices' in wiretapped conversation - CİHAN

 

Recording shows government asking MİT to deny profiling reports - Today's Zaman

 

Turkish finance minister declines to comment on ‘color lists' - Today's Zaman

 

A police officer allegedly responsible for placing a bugging device in Erdogan's residence worked as a bodyguard for 'terror financier’ Yasin al-Qadi - Today's Zaman

 

120 police officers reassigned in southeastern Turkey - Today's Zaman

 

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Concerns of Turkey political turmoil rattle markets after new leak hits headlines - Today's Zaman


Lira Drops With Turkey Stocks as Opposition Demands Erdogan Quit - Businessweek


Turkish PM Erdoğan cancels top defense industry meeting - hurriyetdailynews.com

 

MIT Law Could Harm Economy, Warns Bars Chief - Aydinlik

 

Foreign companies in Turkey face squeeze - Reuters

 

Turkey's credit card crackdown irks consumers - AFP

 

Deputy PM Arınç refutes claims of Obama-Erdoğan cool down - CİHAN

 

Is the United States getting tougher with Turkey? - Today's Zaman

 

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Jabhat al-Nusra gives rival ISIS ultimatum to accept mediation to end their infighting or face a war - Reuters


VIDEO: Jabhat al-Nusra leader in Syria mourns fellow commander, attacks ISIS: statement - ZAMAN ALWSL


Nusra leader Jolani also declared SNC/SMC apostates -Twitter / Charles_Lister


Ahrar a-Sham on ISIS: 'Killing them is permitted' - Syria Direct


Islamic Front, Al Mujahedeen Army and Al Qaeda-affiliated Al Nusra Front form joint command room in Aleppo to repel Assad’s attacks - ZAMAN ALWSL


VIDEO: Islamic Front, Al Mujahedeen Army and Al Nusra Front form joint command room in Aleppo to repel Assad’s attacks - Twitter / aron_ld


Abu Issa al Sheikh, Islamic Front leader, calls people of Daraya to reject agreement w regime. Says martyrdom is preferable -Twitter / joshua_landis

 

“ISIL” blows a headquarter of al-Nusra - islamicinvitationturkey.com

 

VIDEO: Video footage of the yesterdays ISIS-bomber who had blown up the other terrorist faction - LiveLeak.com

 

VIDEO: ISIS convinces 72 yr old Egyptian man to blow himself up by lying to him about the target, sending him to rebels - Twitter / joshua_landis

 

ISIS holds a public execution of a claimed regime soldier in Raqqa - Twitter / ajaltamimi

 

Alleged ISIS car bomb kills 14 on Syria-Turkey border near a field hospital (VIDEO) - Haaretz

 

ISIS leader Abu Dua in a new photo - TIME.com

 

Jabhat al-Nusra Claims Latest Lebanon Bombing - Israel National News

 

PHOTO: Nusra tweeters claim responsibility for beheadings in Quneitra - Twitter / joshua_landis

 

Syrian Jihadists Target Children for Indoctrination, Training - VOA

 

Al Qaeda's chief representative in Syria reportedly killed - The Long War Journal

 

Islamic Front official posts pictures of al Qaeda's top representative in Syria - The Long War Journal

 

Syria: How “Al Qa’eda Mediator” Abu Khaled Al-Suri Was Assassinated — A Jihadist’s Account - EA WorldView

 

Who and What Was Abu Khalid al-Suri, Al Qaeda's chief representative in Syria? Part I - Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

 

Who and What Was Abu Khalid al-Suri, Al Qaeda's chief representative in Syria? Part II - Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

 

“Hide These Jihadists That I Can’t See: The French Volunteers In Syria” - JIHADOLOGY

 

Syria: Notes on a Dagestani-Led Group in Islamic State of Iraq - EA WorldView

 

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Turkey News - Feb 25

 

In voice recordings Erdogan and his son Bilal allegedly discuss how to hide huge sums of cash, Turkish main opposition calls on PM to quit - Today's Zaman


AUDIO (Turkish): In new voice recordings Erdogan and his son Bilal allegedly discuss how to hide huge sums of cash - YouTube


Turkey's Erdogan says incriminating corruption tapes leaked onto Internet are fake - Fox News


VIDEO (Turkish): Abdüllatif Sener, Former Finance Minister and Deputy PM of Erdogan, confirm the authenticity of the recording - YouTube


Usama Qutb, pointman of US-designated terror financier Yasin al-Qadi, allegedly called Erdogan to report car accident - Today's Zaman


AUDIO (Turkish): Usama Qutb, pointman of US-designated terror financier Yasin al-Qadi, allegedly called Erdogan to report car accident - YouTube


Reports of widespread wiretapping make waves in Ankara, Thousands of people including PM Erdogan and national intelligence chief Hakan Fidan allegedely wiretapped for years by the police - hurriyetdailynews

 

Turkish government spokesperson describes wiretapping of officials as 'illegal’ - Anadolu Agency

 

Reports of en masse wiretappings denied by prosecutors - Today's Zaman

 

Gül says HSYK law violates 15 articles of Constitution - CİHAN

 

CHP to appeal laws on Internet and HSYK - Cihan News Agency

 

Parliament commission passes bill granting excessive power to Turkey's MIT intel body - hurriyetdailynews

 

CHP deputy Aksünger says PM uses MİT as his private intelligence agency - Today's Zaman, your gateway to Turkish daily news

 

Despite amendments, MIT intel bill worrisome, identical to regime change - Today's Zaman

 

First hearing of a trial of 29 Gezi protesters over messages they posted on Twitter - Today's Zaman

 

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Turkey News - Feb 24

 

In new leaks, gov't allegedly meddles in media, insults YÖK head - Today's Zaman


AUDIO: Erdoğan allegedly tells Ciner Media Group's deputy chairman Saraç to take a program on Show TV off the air mid-broadcast - YouTube


Ruling AK Party engineering media via advertisements, loans - Today's Zaman


AUDIO (Turkish): Varank 1 - In leaked voice recordings Mustafa Varank, an adviser to Erdoğan, allegedly meddles in media - YouTube

 

AUDIO (Turkish): Varank 2 - In leaked voice recordings Mustafa Varank, an adviser to Erdoğan, allegedly meddles in media - YouTube

 

AUDIO (Turkish): Varank 3 - In leaked voice recordings Mustafa Varank, an adviser to Erdoğan, allegedly meddles in media - YouTube

 

AUDIO (Turkish): Varank 4 - In leaked voice recordings Mustafa Varank, an adviser to Erdoğan, allegedly meddles in media - YouTube

 

AUDIO (Turkish): Varank 5 - In leaked voice recordings Mustafa Varank, an adviser to Erdoğan, allegedly meddles in media - YouTube

 

AUDIO (Turkish): Varank 6 - In leaked voice recordings Mustafa Varank, an adviser to Erdoğan, allegedly meddles in media - YouTube

 

AUDIO (Turkish): Varank 7 - In leaked voice recordings Mustafa Varank, an adviser to Erdoğan, allegedly meddles in media - YouTube

 

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Police put down protest against controversial Internet law in Istanbul - hurriyetdailynews.com


New Internet bill aims to cover up corruption allegations, say analysts - Today's Zaman


'Turkey's new Internet law is the first step toward surveillance society,' says cyberlaw expert - hurriyetdailynews.com


VIDEO: Police and protesters clash over new Turkish internet law - BBC

 

VIDEO: Police and protesters clash over new Turkish internet law - Euronews

 

VIDEO: Police and protesters clash over new Turkish internet law - RT

 

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Villas in İzmir's Urla constructed over last four years, undermining the prime minister's claim that the villas were built 35 years ago (PHOTO) - Today's Zaman


PHOTO: The Urla Villas - Google Search


AUDIO: The Urla Villas - YouTube


Taksim Solidarity Platform set to sue state over Gezi protest crackdowns - hurriyetdailynews.com

 

Erdogan tells Taksim Platform to know its place, dismisses demands - turkishpress.com

 

Interview with former AKP deputy İdris Bal (1) - Today's Zaman

 

Murky Turkish football politics mesh with massive graft scandal - hurriyetdailynews.com

 

Corruption cover-up may raise eyebrows in OECD, CoE - Airing News

 

EU expected to freeze Turkey’s application over Erdogan autocratic style - The Times

 

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Turkish gov't takes a step back on intel bill upon harsh criticism - hurriyetdailynews.com


Turkish opposition unsatisfied with changes to intelligence bill - Today's Zaman


Demirtaş: The BDP is opposed to the MIT draft bill - ANF

 

Turkey reveals scale of spying by agency, eavesdrops on almost 2,500 people, mostly foreigners - RT News

 

Foreign Ministry dismisses reports Taliban opened office in Turkey - hurriyetdailynews.com

 

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Syria News - Feb 23

 

U.N. Orders Both Sides in Syria to Allow Humanitarian Aid - NYTimes.com


VIDEO: Syria UN Envoy Ja'afari on humanitarian resolution - YouTube


Syrian Coalition Welcomes UNSC Resolution on Humanitarian Aid - Syrian National Coalition


Syria: Local rebels willing to compromise but are ready for all scenarios - Al Akhbar English


Syria reconciliation, a complicated matter of forgiveness - en.alalam.ir


The Islamic Front threatens all who make a truce with Syrian Army - breakingnews.sy


VIDEO: Syrian army officers & FSA rebels eating together!!!!!!!!!!!! - LiveLeak.com


VIDEO: NDF woman with a FSA rebel in Babila - The video - LiveLeak.com


WFP Sends 39 Tons of Food to Qamishli - The Syrian Observer

 

Governor: 38 male Homs evacuees freed in Syria - Al Arabiya News

 

Syrian troops capture areas along Israeli Golan Heights - The Times of Israel

 

New Rebel Attack on the Aleppo Central Prison is Repulsed by the Syrian Arab Army - syrianfreepress

 

Bashar al- Assad supporters hold rally in Qamishlo - Kurdpress News Aganecy

 

VIDEO: Pro-Assad protest in Qamishli - Transnational Middle-East Observer

 

VIDEO: Syria’s Deputy Foreign Minister: President Assad's future 'not up for discussion’ - BBC News

 

Iran boosts military support in Syria to bolster Assad - Reuters

 

Why The Syrian Electronic Army Hacked Us: An Interview With The Attackers - Forbes

 

Syria submits new 100-day plan for removal of chemical weapons - Reuters

 

Chemical arms watchdog split on Syria delays - dailytimes.com.pk

 

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U.S., allies agree on standards for which opposition groups in Syria will receive aid - The Washington Post


Saudi Arabia is trying to ease differences on Syria with Washington, say diplomatic sources in the Gulf - Reuters


Suicide bomber kills three in e. Lebanon - THE DAILY STAR


Al-Nusra leader appoints Salafi sheikh to head Lebanon branch - en.alalam.ir


Syria says ready to help Lebanon fight terrorism - THE DAILY STAR


Turkmen leader: Syrian Turkmen threatened by ISIS forces - Anadolu Agency


ISIS confiscates arms from former allies - aranews.org

 

ISIS changes official weekend in Raqqa - THE DAILY STAR

 

Neglected Sex: The Jihadis’ Exclusion of Women From Jihad - Taylor & Francis Online

 

This Rebel Commander Is Fighting Islamic Extremists In Syria — Is It Enough To Get U.S. Support - buzzfeed.com

 

Will Selim Idriss’s Removal Further Fragment the Opposition? - Syria Deeply

 

VIDEO (Arabic): Idriss’s fiery statements to BBC - Twitter / joshua_landis

 

Salim Idriss may keep his post, opposition to avoid more escalations: source - ZAMAN ALWSL

 

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Nearly 30 Rebels Die as Kurds Take a Syrian Town - NYTimes.com


Syria's Kurds Struggle With Islamist Factions for Control of Oil - aina.org


ISIS linked Arab tribal fighters declare war on Kurdish YPG forces, north Syria - aranews.org


VIDEO: ISIS suicide car bomb attack against YPG - YouTube


Women join the Kurdish fight in Syria, They are third of the fighters - DW.DE


Reports of trafficking of Syrian Kurdish women are false - BAS NEWS

 

Kurds and Christians cooperate in parts of northern Syria - digitaljournal.com

 

European Christians fighting with Syria Kurdish factions - Al-Monitor

 

Syria: Has an Autonomous Kurdistan Been Established in the North? - EA WorldView

 

Syrian Kurdish Self-Rule Criticized By Many As UnrepresentativE - RUDAW

 

PYD should end rifts with other Kurdish forces to gain recognition: PUK Chairman - aranews.org

 

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Turkey News - Feb 22

 

Meeting behind closed doors exposed, attended by Erdogan, “Qaeda financier" Yasin al-Qadi and the MIT intelligence chief Hakan Fidan - Today's Zaman


PHOTOS: Erdogan, “Qaeda financier" Yasin al-Qadi and the MIT intelligence chief Hakan Fidan meet in Istanbul - sozcu.com.tr


US think tank report warns about terrorism finance in Turkey - CİHAN


FULL REPORT: Terrorism Finance in Turkey: A Growing Concern - defenddemocracy.org


Turkey becoming world’s leading terrorism finance hub - Washington Free Beacon


Why Is Turkey Harboring Terrorists? - NationalJournal.com

 

ARCHIVE: Turkey’s Double-Speak on Al-Qaeda - Commentary Magazine

 

ARCHIVE: Yasin al-Qadi and the Erdoğan family - Today's Zaman

 

ARCHIVE: Yasin al-Qadi escorted by Turkey PM's security detail, daily reports - Today's Zaman

 

ARCHIVE: Yasin al Qadi Designated By US As Al Qaeda Financier - The Global Muslim Brotherhood Daily Watch

 

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Daily claims Paris murder suspect has ties to MİT - CİHAN


Turkey Implicated in Paris Assassinations of Kurdish PKKs - clarionproject.org


Turkish intelligence MIT number in Omer Guney's telephone: Paris Kurd killings - ekurd


Turkey's embattled Erdoğan seeks wider powers for spy agency MIT- Today's Zaman


Opposition slams MİT bill - CİHAN


President Gül urged MIT chief not to accede prosecutor’s call for interrogation - hurriyetdailynews.com


Almost 1,000 officers removed from post in İzmir, Ankara - Today's Zaman

 

40 police chiefs reassigned in Tekirdağ province - CİHAN

 

Ankara court issues search warrant as under emergency rule - Today's Zaman

 

Prime Ministry asks president to purge 'parallel state' in his office - Today's Zaman

 

Turkish government refutes ‘purges,’ calls mass replacements ‘routine’ - hurriyetdailynews.com

 

Gov't criticized for allegedly forcing scientific researcher to alter report - CİHAN

 

Inspector candidate labeled 'red' by ministry confirms profiling reports - CİHAN

 

Recruiting based on 'color lists' breach of Constitution - Today's Zaman

 

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29 Gezi protesters face 3 years' imprisonment for Twitter messages - CİHAN


Protesters clash with İstanbul police, throw Molotov cocktails - CİHAN


In intercepted conversation TİB director informs PM's advisor regarding censorship, recording leaks - CİHAN


Turkey's main opposition CHP proposes immediate measures to restore Internet freedom - hurriyetdailynews.com


Journalist at daily Bugün is threatened - CİHAN

 

EU says concerns remain valid on freedom of expression in Turkey - Today's Zaman

 

Europe's Duff to Ankara: We have never been this close to suspending talks - Today's Zaman

 

Obama warns Erdoğan on rule of law, investment environment - Today's Zaman

 

New Calls For Obama To Confront Turkey: A Letter from 80 foreign policy figures  - The Daily Beast

 

IMF suggests Turkey tighten policy, warns of problems - Today's Zaman

 

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Syria News - Feb 21

 

Syrian rebel command appears split by ouster of senior military leader Idris - The Washington Post


Syrian rebels call commander's sacking a coup - ZAMAN ALWSL 


Text and signatories of statement by 16 commanders rejecting the Syrian National Coalition' dismissal of Chief of Staff Idris (VIDEO) - EA WorldView


Interview: Idris ally says SMC ‘wants to direct the revolution from abroad’ - Syria Direct


Colonel Saadedine says Idriss' removal was related to the storming of the FSA headquarters by the Islamic Front - The Syrian Observer

 

Report: The Syrian National Coalition formally severes ties with the National Council - ADN.com

 

Opposition official says National Council still key Coalition component despite quitting claims - ZAMAN ALWSL

 

Regional spymasters make tactical changes to bolster Syrian moderates - The Washington Post

 

Saudi Arabia Replaces Key Official in Effort to Arm Syria Rebels - WSJ.com

 

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Syria brokering local cease-fires as U.S.-backed talks falter - The Washington Post


UN resumes aid to Yarmuk refugee camp in Damascus - AFP


Crowds rush UNRWA food deliveries in Yarmouk as Nusra withdraws - MiamiHerald.com


700 people evacuated from Yarmouk camp in Syria on humanitarian grounds - KUNA


Governor: More civilians evacuated from Syria’s Homs - Al Arabiya News


UN engages Syria terror group to enable aid - Washtington Post

 

ISIS jihadists raise rebel banner in truce suburb of Babbila - THE DAILY STAR

 

Note: ISIS members who entered Babbila to burn the Syrian flag after the truce are now gone, and they went back to Yalda - inagist.com

 

PHOTOS: ISIS jihadists raise rebel banner and burn the Syrian flag in truce suburb of Babbila - LiveLeak.com

 

Rebels' grip on border region weakens under Syrian Army assault - CSMonitor.com

 

Syria rebels battle to prevent regime seizing strategic town - THE DAILY STAR

 

Ban Ki-moon to push ahead with Syria peace talks - Al Arabiya News

 

Looking for Syria options U.S. remains cool to using force, has not given up on a diplomatic solution - Reuters

 

Exclusive: Obama Admin Stiffs Chemical Survivors on New Claim - The Daily Beast

 

Russia’s Lavrov Warns Against Military Intervention in Syria - RIA Novosti

 

Russia to Strengthen Mediterranean Force With ‘Stealth’ Subs - RIA Novosti

 

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Five dead in alleged ISIS car bomb at Turkey-Syria border post - AFP


Al Qaeda-linked group claims Beirut bombings - Reuters


Smuggled video testimony documents harsh rule of Syrian Islamist group ISIS in Raqqa (VIDEO) - theguardian.com


VIDEO: ISIS massacres in Hreitan, pulling people from mass graves, horrific - Twitter / joshua_landis


PHOTOS: New Photo In Memory for the 42 Civilans killed by jihadists in Maan - LiveLeak.com


VIDEO: Daraa man murdered before & after his execution by Salafascist gangsters - LiveLeak.com


Islamists order women to don veil in eastern Syria - ZAMAN ALWSL

 

Armed group defects from ISIL in Al-Raqqa - Syria Newsdesk

 

Al-Qaeda-linked group exploits ISIS decline in Aleppo - Al-Monitor

 

Jihadists in Syria wrangle over money, power and oil - Al-Shorfa

 

Jabhat al-Nusra tries to create unified council in Syria - Al-Monitor

 

Belgium’s Syria fighters – A Statistic Analysis - pietervanostaeyen

 

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