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Syria/Iraq News - Sep 12, 2014

 

Obama to expand offensive against Islamic State, vowing a relentless effort to wipe out the terrorists “wherever they exist” - VOA


VIDEO: President Obama Addresses the Nation on the IS Threat - YouTube


TRANSCRIPT: Obama’s Remarks on the Fight Against IS - NYTimes.com


FACT SHEET: White House Statement on the Strategy to Counter the Islamic State (IS) - The White House


POLL: Overall, Americans gave President Obama's speech high marks - WCTI News


Congress backing Obama’s plan for Islamic State - The Boston Globe


Pentagon advances plan to defeat jihadists, the mission is to use any future strikes in Syria to weaken the Islamic State's operation in Iraq - WSJ


Air Campaign Against ISIS to Target Leaders and Seized U.S. Weapons - NBC News.com


US war planes to fly from Erbil base in Iraqi Kurdistan - France 24


U.S. airstrikes in Iraq destroyed 162 Islamic State vehicles: Pentagon - Washington Times


So what exactly will the US troops be doing in Iraq? - ABC 31: News


Pentagon: US Troops to Advise Iraqi Units at Brigade Level - C4ISR & Networks


Instead of boots on the ground, US Seeks Iraq contractors to advise the Iraqi Defense Ministry in force development, logistics and planning and operations - Military.com


Retraining Iraq's fractured army: Will it work this time? - Stripes


Gen. Allen Will Coordinate the Fight Against the Islamic State - Defense One


Former Iraq/Afghanistan commander John Allen is very familiar with Middle East nations and leaders crucial to the fight against the Islamic State - navytimes.com


US Treasury’s Cohen: Combating IS’s Access to Financing - USPolicy


IS Is A Threat To America, U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Says. Here's What's Being Done About It - huffingtonpost.com


IS has between 20,000 and 31,500 fighters, CIA says - CNN.com


Islamic State group not an unstoppable juggernaut - AP


Islamic State's Financial Independence Makes It All the More Dangerous - newsweek.com


Oil, Extortion and Crime: Where IS Gets Its Money - NBC News


Funding the Islamic State: The terrorist group is reaping millions a day selling oil, gasoline and diesel on the black market. - US News


Islamic State Smuggles Oil Into Turkey—With Hostages as Insurance - Businessweek


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After talks in Saudi's Jeddah, Kerry wins Arab support for Syria/Iraq military campaign - Reuters


TEXT: Jeddah Communique from the states of the Gulf Cooperation Council, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and the United States - state.gov


VIDEO: Secretary of State John Kerry makes a joint statement with Saudi foreign minister: Barbarity of IS 'Knows No Limits' - NBC News


Iraqi politicians welcome Obama’s expanded campaign against Islamic State - McClatchy DC News


Syria's Deputy FM: Syria has “no reservations” about U.S. airstrikes against IS and wants to team up with Washington to tackle the terrorists - NBC


VIDEO: Syrian Deputy FM: Syria Must Be Part of Coalition Against IS - NBC


Syrian opposition coalition says ready to partner against Islamic State - Reuters


Syria's Muslim Brotherhood rejects the international coalition against the Islamic State (Arabic) - CNNArabic.com


Syrian Refugees Express High Hopes for Obama’s IS Plan - VOA


Jordanian prince says US has strong ally in facing Islamic State militants in Middle East - Star Tribune


Jordan's Muslim Brotherhood decries Kerry visit, rejects the international coalition against IS - haberler.com


Turkey refuses to allow a U.S.-led coalition to attack IS in Iraq and Syria from its air bases, nor will it take part in combat operations, “Our hands and arms are tied because of the hostages” - Al Arabiya


Ankara lost contact with Mosul hostages kidnapped by the Islamic State, “There is strong evidence that some of these [hostages] are in Syrian territories” - todayszaman.com


Netanyahu says Israel playing part in fighting Islamic State - The Times of Israel


Iran Foreign Ministry spokeswoman: anti-Islamic State coalition 'shrouded in serious ambiguities' - Yahoo News


Russia says air strikes in Syria would be act of aggression without the consent of the legitimate Syrian government, U.N. vote - Reuters

 

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Obama's War Pitch: Iraq 3.0, Full Text

Remarks of President Barack Obama

Address to the Nation

September 10, 2014

Washington, D.C.

 

As Prepared for Delivery

 

My fellow Americans – tonight, I want to speak to you about what the United States will do with our friends and allies to degrade and ultimately destroy the terrorist group known as ISIL. 

 

Warning to War Supporters

I know you mean well. I know you think you've found a bargain that nobody else noticed hidden in a back corner of the used car lot. Let me warn you: it's a clunker. Here, I'll list the defects. You can have your own mechanic check them out:

1. If you want to bomb a country every time an evil group murders people in a gruesome manner, you'll have to bomb a lot of countries including our own.  ISIS draws its strength in Iraq from resentment of the Iraqi government, which bombs its own cities using U.S. weapons, and which beheads people, albeit in grainier footage with lower production values.  Allies in the region, including allies that support ISIS, including allies armed by the United States (some of which arms end up in the hands of ISIS), themselves behead people regularly. But is that worse than other types of killing? When President Barack Obama blew up a 16 year old American boy whom nobody had ever accused of so much as jaywalking, and blew up six other kids who were too close to him at the time, do you imagine his head remained on his body?

As with most drone strikes, that boy could have been arrested and questioned. Had he been, though, gruesome death would have remained a possibility. In April, the United States injected a man with chemicals that made him writhe in excruciating pain for 43 minutes and die. Last week in the United States a man facing a similar fate on death row was proven innocent and freed. The prosecutor who had put him there 30 years earlier showed zero remorse. Now I'm not proposing that we bomb North Carolina because I'm angry at that prosecutor. I'm not even angry at that prosecutor. I am suggesting that there are evil killers all over the place, some wearing Western suits and ties, some wearing military uniforms. Bombs, which mostly kill innocent people who had nothing to do with it, won't help.

2. The bombs will mostly kill innocent people who had nothing to do with it, and will only make the crisis worse. Most people who die in wars are civilians by everyone's definition. People still use words like "battlefield" as if wars were waged in a field the way a football game is played. They couldn't play football on our streets and sidewalks because grandparents and baby strollers would end up tackled and crushed. Well, wars are waged on people's streets and sidewalks, even when one side is only present in the sky above in the form of unmanned robot death planes. The slow-moving die first: the very old and the very young. And when anyone dies, according to top U.S. officials, more enemies are created in greater numbers. Thus, the operation is counterproductive on its own terms, making us less safe rather than safer. This is why President Obama is always saying "There is no military solution" just before proposing to use the military to seek a solution. When he proposes bombing Iraq for three more years, that number has no basis in military calculation whatsoever. I challenge you to find a general who says otherwise. It is a number almost certainly based on the U.S. election schedule, aimed at convincing us to accept a war without question until a date after the next presidential election. When Obama says he's going to get a good government in place in Iraq this week and then make a speech, he's delusional or enjoying toying with your gullibility, but he's also pointing to the actual problem: a nation destroyed by 24 years of wars and sanctions and lacking a legitimate governing system.

3. Bombing is crazy, and bombing for three years is certifiable. Bombing strengthens ISIS. Three years is longer than most U.S. wars have taken from beginning to end.  The U.S. Constitution, which did not foresee a permanent standing army, much less one permanently standing in most other nations on earth, did not permit -- and does not permit -- creating and funding one for a longer period than two years at a time (Article I. Section 8.). But of course nothing guarantees that the bombing will stop after three years and not go on for thirty more. And nothing guarantees that this war will involve only bombing. Already Obama has sent over 1,100 troops, and is promising to send some number less than 100,000. Read that twice please, slowly. Obama wants Congress to debate his war plans but not vote on them. Why not? Because Congress might be compelled by you and me to vote no, if not on this war then on the next one. Obama wants himself and all future presidents free to launch wars without Congress, exactly what he campaigned for office opposing.

"The President does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation." —Senator Barack Obama. 

The U.S. "intelligence" agencies, by the way, deem ISIS no threat to the United States. Apart from trashing the Constitution and really the one thing its framers got right, President Obama is trashing the U.N. Charter and the Kellogg Briand Pact, laws that forbid war.

4. The fact that it's Obama doesn't make it OK. A majority of you supported attacking Afghanistan and within a couple of years a majority of you said Afghanistan should not have been attacked. Why not? Not because there weren't evil people in Afghanistan, but because bombing the country made everything worse, not better.  You kept telling pollsters it was a bad idea for over another decade, but the war rolled on, and still rolls on.  Iraq is a similar story, although you were even faster to change your mind.  And the occupation ended when President Bush and Prime Minister Maliki signed an agreement for three more years of that war, and then the three years ran out.  At that point, President Obama tried to win approval from the Iraqi government to keep U.S. troops in Iraq longer, but with immunity for any crimes they might commit.  Failing at that, Obama withdrew the troops.  Having won that concession now, he's sending them back in.  Does the fact that it's Obama doing it, rather than Bush, make it OK? Remember the massive protests when Bush proposed a war on Iraq? Obama just put the band back together in Wales, and you're squealing with delight that he visited Stonehenge, or you're busy coloring in your "I'm Ready for Hillary" posters.

The nation of Iraq was utterly destroyed last time. The place is in total chaos: violence, hatred, poverty, illness, desperation, fanaticism.  Dumping gasoline on that fire is worse now than before, not better. And now we have NATO toying with a nuclear confrontation with Russia, drone wars generating violence and terrorism in Yemen, Pakistan, and Somalia, the U.S. Navy poking China in the eye with a stick, troops heading into a dozen new parts of Africa -- How is starting a war this time better than last time, which you came to view as a mistake by 2004, elected a Congress to end in 2006, thought you were voting against again in 2008, and cheered for the eventual ending of in 2011? Observers have called this the most dangerous moment since World War II. Please don't tell me you trust Obama, believed the fraudulent threat to Benghazi and are now unaware of the disaster he created in Libya, where France has just proposed yet another war to fix the damage of the last war. Please don't tell me you believed the disproven claims of evidence that Assad used chemical weapons or Russia shot down an airplane. This is a government that lies about possible grounds for war and possible outcomes of war, just like its predecessors.

5. The enemy of your enemy is your other weapons customer. Public pressure was instrumental last year in halting proposed attacks on Syria, the plans for which involved massive death and destruction. But the White House and CIA went right ahead and armed and trained one side in that war, the ISIS side. ISIS now has weapons provided directly to it and indirectly to it by the United States, including those seized from the Iraqi government. ISIS has troops trained by the United States and "radicalized" (enraged) by the United States in its brutal prisons in Iraq, as well as troops previously in the Iraqi military who were thrown out of work in 2003 by the U.S. occupation.  Last year, the evil to be confronted was Assad, at all costs. To your great credit you didn't fall for it. Why not? Not because Assad doesn't do evil things, but because you understood that more war would make things even worse.  

Now you're being told that Assad's enemies must be attacked at all cost, and you're falling for it, to your great discredit.  With supposed surgical precision the "moderate" beheaders will be spared, in order to blow up only the "extremist" beheaders. Don't believe it.  Six months ago the great Satan was Iran.  Now you're on Iran's side.  Were you aware of that? You're stirring up trouble to the ultimate benefit of only one group: the weapons makers.  You think of the Middle East as a violent place, but 80% of the weapons come from the United States. Imagine how much less violent the Middle East could be if it only had 20% of the weapons.  We're not talking about stockpiles. These weapons get used.

6. There are other options. Try telling a four-year-old he has only two choices: eat the broccoli or eat the lima beans.  He'll throw another 18 alternatives at you in less than a minute, beginning with eating ice cream. Try telling a non-American adult about the current state of disaster in Iraq, and they'll begin by opposing making it worse, and then start discussing a variety of steps to make it better, from humanitarian aid to diplomacy to disarmament to emergency U.N. police forces, etc.  But tell a U.S. adult that Iraq must be bombed or we must do nothing other than sit back and revel in our evil state of ISIS-loving, and your befuddled manipulated subject will shout "Bomb em! Bomb em!" Why?

Last year we were told that we had to bomb Syria or love the poisoning of children with chemical weapons. We did not accept that those were the only two choices. Why not? Because we were thinking straight.  We hadn't been frightened into blind stupidity by high-quality videos of beheadings and threats that we might be next.  Nobody thinks well when they're scared. That's why the government likes to scare you.  That's why your you're hearing all this nonsense about ISIS coming to your neighborhood. The more the U.S. keeps bombing people, the more some of those people will want to fight back. Did you ever wonder why nations that spend 2% what the U.S. does on its military feel so much safer than you do? Part of it is the reality that war generates enemies rather than removing them, but mostly it's a culture of cowardice that we're living in. Here are 15 things we could do about ISIS instead of bombing.

7. We don't have time for this barbaric insanity. War is sucking our resources and energy and attention away from where they are needed, namely on a massive campaign to protect the climate of the earth. Imagine a proposal to dump untold trillions of dollars and every ounce of energy into that project! Would Congress step aside and allow it? It would benefit even your short-term economic interests, but would you permit it? Would you demand it? Would you join with me in insisting that we stop the wars and save the climate?

UPDATE: Newsweek says ISIS is intentionally manipulating you into attacking it.

UPDATE 2: Matt Hoh Says the Beheadings Are Bait

Syria/Iraq News - Sep 10, 2014


Ahead of prime time speech, Obama signals readiness to strike Islamic State in Syria - The Washington Post


VIDEO: White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest: Obama has authority to act on IS - YouTube


VIDEO: White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest full briefing about the U.S. strategy against the Islamic State - bloomberg.com


On Capitol Hill, more calls for Obama to seek authorization on IS - CBS News


Obama Said to Seek Billions Extra for Islamic State Fight - Bloomberg


POLL: Americans back Obama on strikes against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria - WashingtonExaminer.com


US Drones, Hunting for IS Leader, Seen Flying over Syrian Airspace - ibtimes


VIDEO: A Syrian citizen records a US drone in the skies over Ar-Raqqah - YouTube


Ex-CIA chief says targeted killings key to stopping Islamic State - CCTV News


Expert: A four-point plan to defeat the Islamic State - Al Jazeera America


Steven Sotloff Was Sold To IS By 'Moderate' Rebels, Family Spokesman Tells CNN - huffingtonpost.com


VIDEO: Steven Sotloff Was Sold To ISIS By 'Moderate' Rebels, Family Spokesman - CNN


White House Denies Steven Sotloff Was Sold to IS by ‘Moderate’ Rebels, says FBI is investigating - NBC News.com


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US seeks UN resolution to outlaw foreign fighters, It would also make it illegal to collect funds for groups like the Islamic State - Yahoo News


Expert: Over 12,000 Foreign Fighters in Syria - ABC News


VIDEO: CNN Analysts Warn Of ‘Unprecedented’ Threat From IS Foreign Fighters - Washington Free Beacon


Kerry to hold Saudi talks on Islamic State, the meeting attended by ministers from Egypt, Jordan, six Gulf Arab states and Iraq - Al Jazeera


Arab Partners Skeptical of US Fight Against Islamic State - teleSUR


Qatar’s Support of Islamists Alienates Allies Near and Far - NYTimes.com


IS received most of its funding from donors in Kuwait and Qatar, often with the knowledge of government officials - Homeland Security News


Hagel finds Turkish help against Islamic State a tough sell - WashingtonExaminer.com


Erdogan’s Turkey: unwilling ally in struggle against Islamic State - Al-Monitor


Why Obama is seeking a Sunni coalition to defeat the Islamic State, The US hopes to avoid the impression it is siding with the Shiites - CSMonitor.com


Obama, Iraq's Abadi discuss Islamic State threat in call: White House - Reuters


Kurds Agree to New Iraq Government, Opening Door to US War Strategy Against IS - Rudaw


Fearing Islamic State attack on Jordan, US steps up sharing of intel - Stripes


Israel Reportedly Providing U.S. With Satellite Intelligence on Islamic State - Algemeiner.com


In fight against Islamic State West widens contacts with Syria's Kurds but suspicion remains - Reuters


U.S. urges China to help with Islamic State in Iraq - The Washington Post


Islamic State advances in Iraq force Syria to cancel wheat deal - Yahoo News


The unlikely alliance of hackers fighting the Islamic State: American hackers, the Syrian Electronic Army, the group Anonymous and Iranians - mashable.com


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Car bomb kills leaders of major Syrian rebel faction - LA Times


Al Qaeda members mourn Ahrar al Sham, Islamic Front leaders on Twitter - The Long War Journal


Group says Islamic State using weapons meant for moderate rebels - Washington Post


Islamic State: its weapons and where it gets them - The Week UK


How ISIS funds its reign of terror - NY Daily News


How The Islamic State Smuggles Oil To Fund Its Campaign - NPR


Paying For The Caliphate: When IS Members Become Bad Bank Managers In Mosul - Niqash


Insight – In northeast Syria, Islamic State builds a government - euronews


The Islamic State's global reach - Threat Matrix


Behind Islamic State's advance: 'sophisticated, patient and focused' plans - Stripes


IS calls for assassination of Twitter employees - Channel 4 News


VIDEO: IS releases new video: capture and execution of 200 Syrian troops at the Tabqa airbase- YouTube


VIDEO: In new video IS flaunts captured jets and artillery at the Tabqa airbase - YouTube

 

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Washington’s seedy propaganda campaign: Satellite Images of Alleged Russian Artillery in Ukraine Come A-Cropper

By Dave Lindorff


In the ongoing propaganda campaign mounted by the Obama administration to claim that Russia has “invaded” Ukraine from the east, it offered up some grainy black-and-white satellite images purporting to show heavy Russian military equipment inside the Ukraine. 


Veterans For Peace Statement Opposing U.S. Bombing of Iraq and Syria

By Veterans For Peace

The U.S. is racing down a slippery slope towards war in Iraq and Syria. Since Aug. 8, the U.S. has conducted more than 124 airstrikes in Iraq. Approximately 1,000 U.S. troops are now on the ground in Iraq, with at least 350 more currently on their way.

President Obama initially said the bombing was part of a humanitarian mission to assist the Yazidi minority in northern Iraq being threatened by ISIS, the fundamentalist Islamic army that now controls wide swaths of Iraq and Syria. But Obama has now announced an open-ended bombing campaign, and he has ordered Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Secretary of State John Kerry into the region to build military and political coalitions to sustain a long term war against ISIS.

According to the New York Times, President Obama has also authorized U.S. surveillance flights over Syria, reportedly in search of ISIS targets for later bombing missions. The Syrian government has offered to coordinate with U.S. military action against ISIS, the strongest rebel force fighting to overthrow the Assad government in Syria. But the U.S., which has aided ISIS' growth by facilitating the arming and training of rebels in Syria, has not asked permission for its flights into Syrian airspace.

Veterans For Peace members have witnessed the brutality and the futility of war, including the war in Iraq. We were sent to a war based on lies and we became part of the killing of a nation, along with as many as one million of its people. We watched as U.S. policy makers consciously stirred up ethnic and religious divisions, creating the conditions for civil war today.

Veterans know from first hand experience that you cannot bomb your way to peace. More bombing will ultimately mean more division, bloodshed, recruitment for extremist organizations, and a continual cycle of violent intervention.

Last year the American people overwhelmingly sent a message to President Obama and the Congress: No U.S. Bombing in Syria. Last month, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed H. Con. Res. 105 stating that there is no legal authority for U.S. military involvement in Iraq without express Congressional approval. By unilaterally pursuing miltiary action in Iraq and Syria, President Obama is acting in contempt of the American people, as well as of U.S. and international law.

We support the troops who refuse to fight and who blow the whistle on war crimes. Under international law, military personnel have the right and the responsibility to refuse to be part of illegal wars and war crimes. U.S. troops are not the cops of the world. There is no legitimate mission for any U.S. service members in Iraq or Syria. We encourage GI's to find out their rights at the GI Rights Hotline.

Veterans For Peace absolutely opposes U.S. military intervention in the Middle East, no matter what the rationalization. We call on all our members to speak out against any U.S. attacks on Iraq and Syria.

We wish to see a U.S. foreign policy based on true humanitariasm and real diplomacy based on mutual respect, guided by internatianal law, and dedicated to human rights and equality for all.

We call attention to the excellent constructive proposals in a recent letter from 53 National Religious Groups, Academics, and Ministers Urging Alternatives to U.S. Military Action in Iraq.

We applaud the initiatives of several key peace groups and we encourage our members to participate.

Sign Code Pink's letter telling President Obama not to bomb Syria or Iraq.

Sign Peace Action's petition restricting U.S. arms sales around the world.

VETERANS FOR PEACE WORKS FOR PEACE AT HOME AND PEACE ABROAD!

What to Do About ISIS

John Horgan asked me for a paragraph on what to do about ISIS. I sent him this:

I'd say start by recognizing where ISIS came from. The U.S. and its junior partners destroyed Iraq, left a sectarian division, poverty, desperation, and an illegitimate government in Baghdad that did not represent Sunnis or other groups. Then the U.S. armed and trained ISIS and allied groups in Syria, while continuing to prop up the Baghdad government, providing Hellfire missiles with which to attack Iraqis in Fallujah and elsewhere. ISIS has religious adherents but also opportunistic supporters who see it as the force resisting an unwanted rule from Baghdad and who increasingly see it as resisting the United States. It is in possession of U.S. weaponry provided directly to it in Syria and siezed from the Iraqi government. At last count by the U.S. government, 79% of weapons transfered to Middle Eastern governments come from the United States, not counting transfers to groups like ISIS, and not counting weapons in the possession of the United States. So, the first thing to do differently going forward: stop bombing nations into ruins, and stop shipping weapons into the area you've left in chaos.  Libya is of course another example of the disasters that U.S. wars leave behind them -- a war, by the way, with U.S. weapons used on boith sides, and a war launched on the pretext of a claim well documented to have been false that Gadaffi was threatening to massacre civilians.  So, here's the next thing to do: be very sceptical of humanitarian claims.  The U.S. bombing around Erbil to protect Kurdish and U.S. oil interests was initially justified as bombing to protect people on a mountain.  But most of those people on the mountain were in no need of rescue, and that justification has now been set aside, just as Benghazi was.  Recall also that Obama was forced to withdraw U.S. troops from Iraq when he couldn't get the Iraqi government to give them immunity for crimes they commit.  He has now obtained that immunity and back in they go, the crimes preceding them in the form of 500 pound bombs.  While trying to rescue hostages and discovering an empty house, and racing to a mountain to save 30,000 people but finding 3,000 and most of those not wanting to leave, the U.S. claims to know exactly whom the 500-pound bombs are killing.  But whoever they are killing, they are generating more enemies, and they are building support for ISIS, not diminishing it.  So, now the U.S. finds itself on the opposite side of the war in Syria, so what does it do? Flip sides!  Now the great moral imperative is not to bomb Assad but to bomb in defense of Assad, the only consistent point being that "something must be done" and the only conceivable something is to pick some party and bomb it. But why is that the only conceivable thing to be done? I can think of some others:

1. Apologize for brutalizing the leader of ISIS in Abu Ghraib and to every other prisoner victimized under U.S. occupation

2. Apologize for destroying the nation of Iraq and to every family there

3. Begin making restitution by delivering aid (not "military aid" but actual aid, food, medicine) to the entire nation of Iraq

4. Apologize for role in war in Syria

5. Begin making restitution by delivering actual aid to Syria

6. Announce a commitment not to provide weapons to Iraq or Syria or Israel or Jordan or Egypt or Bahrain or any other nation anywhere on earth and to begin withdrawing U.S. troops from foreign territories and seas, including Afghanistan. (The U.S. Coast Guard in the Persian Gulf has clearly forgotten where the coast of the U.S. is!)

7. Announce a commitment to invest heavily in solar, wind, and other green energy and to provide the same to democratic representative governments.

8. Begin providing Iran with free wind and solar technologies -- at much lower cost of course than what it is costing the U.S. and Israel to threaten Iran over a nonexistent nuclear weapons program.

9. End economic sanctions.

10. Send diplomats to Baghdad and Damascus to negotiate aid and to encourage serious reforms.

11. Send journalists, aid workers, peaceworkers, human shields, and negotiators into crisis zones, understanding that this means risking lives, but fewer lives than further militarization risks.

12. Empower people with agricultural assistance, education, cameras, and internet access.

13. Launch a communications campaign in the United States to replace military recruitment campaigns, focused on building sympathy and desire to serve as critical aid workers, persuading doctors and engineers to volunteer their time to travel to and visit these areas of crisis.

14. Work through the United Nations on all of this.

15. Sign the United States on to the International Criminal Court and voluntarily propose the prosecution of top U.S. officials of this and the preceding regimes for their crimes.

John Kerry Makes a Deal

Barry! Barr -er Mr. President, I got Congress out in the parking lot looking at the new SUVs. I'm pushing the missile strikes on the Syrian government hard, but just a few little ones, and then ka-blam we get em with the whole package deal, 800 vehicles plus fuel and maintenance, a little shock, a little awe, a little razzmatazz, and we reel em right in.

Ataboy, John, go get em.

Tick.

Tock.

Tick.

Oh, damn it all.  Barry, it's not my fault. They were on recess and listening to people at town hall meetings. And AIPAC is totally AWOL. And the lousy stinking pacifist Brits voted it down when I never even asked them.  Apparently the entire House of Representatives is going to ride bicycles from now on.

That's all right, John. That's all right. They can't hold out long. You'll get em next time.

It makes no sense, Mr. President. We rolled right over them on Afghanistan and Libya and all the drone strikes and all the bases, and here they go saying No to bombing Syria. And I told them Assad was Hitler. And you told them it was this or support poisoning children. But nothing. What are we missing? What if we throw in free GPS and hands-free telephoning. Plus, that way we can keep a close eye on them while they pay us for the favor. Huh? Huh?

You see, there's the old spirit. Now, listen, what we don't want is for them to go rogue and get desperate and pick up an old wreck from down in the back lot.  You steer them away from that broken down Iranian convertible, OK?

Yes, Sir! John Kerry reporting for duty, Sir!

Oh, cut the shit, John, I've told you 18 times I'm not taping everything like Nixon.

Nixon didn't have the technology to . . .

LET ME BE CLEAR, the problem with the missile strikes on Syria last time wasn't the human cost or the financial cost or any of that crap.  People didn't want to join a war on the side of al Qaeda rebels and terrorists.  We'd told them those were the Enemy for over a decade.  So here's what we're going to do.  We're going to find a war where we can jump in on the side of the government, against the Islamic Extremists.  Congress loves governments.  The media loves governments.  Everybody hates extremists.  And guess where we're going to find this war?

Israel?

Good guess. Try again.

Iraq?

Getting warmer. Try again.

Well, I don't . . .

Try again, that's a direct order.

Ukraine?

Now I'll tell you: Syria.

Syria?

Think about it, John. It's genius, if I do say so myself.  Look, people forget that Syria was our ally a few years back, but Congress remembers.  We just flip back.  We have to, or we're fighting both sides of a war in Iraq and Syria.  The key on Syria is to do something.  Well what counts as doing something?  Blowing shit up, that's what.  And nobody wants us blowing up the government.  Well, we'll blow up the rebels.  Either way, we're destroying U.S. weaponry on the ground, which is much smarter than giving it to local police as a means of creating demand for more.  You think they won't go for it because we're flip-flopping, right?  You're always so damn terrified of flip-flopping.

You don't know. You didn't go through what . . .

Oh hell, they stole the votes in Ohio, John, and you bent over and said "Thank you sir, may I have another?" We're not flip-flopping.  We're blowing up evil, evil people, lots of them.  That's the story.  We've been funding and arming all sides in all of these wars for some time now, payments to the Taliban, weapons to ISIS. You know, the troops on the ground in Libya three years ago could have exchanged parts -- they had the same U.S. guns. 

Mr. President, there are hundreds of Americans who listened to us last year and have gone off and joined the rebels in Syria. 

They can provide information, switch sides, or pay the price, John. Now, are you ready to go out there and make the pitch? I see the leadership on the curb there.

Mr. President, in all good faith, we've sold humanitarians on the need to bomb Assad, not bomb in defense of Assad.

Mr. Secretary, I'm giving you an order.

Mr. President, with all due respect, you keep saying there's no military solution, there's a million other approaches that don't create this sort of SNAFU, that just . . .

Mr. Secretary, Hillary would not hesitate.

I'm on it.

Syria/Iraq News - Aug 26, 2014


Syria Welcomes U.S. Strikes Against ISIS There, With Conditions - CBS News


VIDEO (English): Syria will help US fight terrorism, says Walid Muallem - BBC


VIDEO (Arabic): Walid Muallem statement: Syria will cooperate in fighting IS - YouTube


U.S. prepares military options in Syria against Islamic State - Reuters


Report: Pentagon to conduct surveillance flights over Syria - TheHill


US Gives Intelligence To Assad For Targetting IS Commanders Through the German Intelligence Service - ibtimes.co.uk


The Free Syrian Army is not impressed with Obama’s threat to attack IS inside Syria, says it is too little, too late - The Daily Beast


Would arming Syria’s rebels have stopped the Islamic State? - The Washington Post


U.S. Flew 1,500 Air Sorties in Iraq Against Islamic State - Businessweek


State Department wants more troops to protect diplomatic sites in Iraq - Stripes


Obama Could Seek New Funds To Battle Islamic State: Senate Aide - Reuters


Islamic State goes from 'junior varsity' to all pro in 8 months, Admiral Kirby says - Threat Matrix


IS will 'soon' pose threat to US: top general - News24


FBI warns police to be on lookout for IS threats in US - Mail Online


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Islamic State Captures Syria’s Tabqa Air Base (VIDEO) - VICE News


Assad regime confirms IS has taken 'full control' of Tabqa military airport, Syrian army units fled  - World Tribune


Islamic State might have taken advanced MANPADS from Syrian airfield - The Washington Post


The Islamic State resets balance with spoils of Tabqa airbase - bellingcat


Islamic State video appears to show IS' use of a drone, detailed maps and photos to plan the attacks on the Tabqa air base (VIDEO) - vocativ.com


The capture of the Tabqa airport gives IS freedom of movement and allows it to secure supply routes between Mosul and Raqqa - Al-Monitor


Statement of the opposition Syrian Coalition on the IS’ takeover of the Tabqa Air Base - Inner City Press


IS Surges Towards the Borders of Turkey As West Mulls Options - The Guardian


An obvious first step – close the jihadis' highway, The best way to stop UK fighters reaching IS is to catch them at Turkey's border with Syria - The Independent


Finding an ISIS Training Camp (PHOTOS) - bellingcat


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How IS is funded, trained and operating in Iraq and Syria - Telegraph


Deep Pockets, Dark Goals: How Will IS Keep Funding Terror? - NBC News


Oil makes Islamic State the ‘wealthiest’ terror group - afr.com


IS uses oil profits to fund its criminal plan: observers - Al-Shorfa


IS: Having spent billions, the Wahhabists of Saudi Arabia and Qatar find they have created a monster - The Independent


ISIS Atrocities Started With Saudi Support for Salafi Hate - NYTimes.com


Gen. Wesley Clark: Saudis, Qatar Created ISIS Threat - Newsmax


Qatar Denies Funding Extremist Islamic State Group - Qatar Daily Star


POLL: 92% of Saudis believe that Islamic State “conforms to the values of Islam and Islamic law” - Jihad Watch


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Kurdish Peshmerga recapture oil, farming center from IS in wake of airstrikes - Stripes


VIDEO: Kurds make gains against Islamic State in northern Iraq - BBC News


Islamic State militants driven from a Christian town by Kurdish Peshmerga wired the town with explosives - Fox News


Kurds fight ISIS to a standstill, but say they lack modern weapons - TribLIVE


Kurdish Forces Say They're Waiting For U.S. Weapons - NPR


Kurdish Commander Says Baghdad Blocking Foreign Arms to Peshmerga - Rudaw


VIDEO: What Kurdish forces lack in fight against Islamic State - PBS


VIDEO: Kurdish Peshmergas warn jihadist group IS now well-equipped - The Tennessean


Halabja Kurdish Residents Fight the IS on Many Fronts - Rudaw


Peshmerga foils an attack of Islamic State (IS) on Tuz district - arabtoday


Syrian Kurd YPG intensifies offensive against IS militants, killing dozens - ARA News


YPG: 48 ISIS members killed in Jazaa - ANF


Terrorist or ally? A Kurdish PKK militia joins the fight against the Islamic State - The Christian Science Monitor


Meet the PKK 'Terrorists' Battling the Islamic State on the Frontlines of Iraq - VICE News


KRG, PKK make unlikely allies as they battle IS together - Al-Monitor


Germany to arm Kurds against Islamic State in test of stronger global role - CSMonitor.com


Merkel rules out arming terrorist PKK while sending arms to KRG - todayszaman.com


Analysis: Could support for the 'other' Kurds stall Islamic State? - BBC News


Iraq: on the frontline with the Shia fighters taking the war to IS - The Guardian


Islamic State Took Over a Prison and Shot the Shiite Prisoners, U.N. Says - Newsweek


Besieged Iraqi town of Amerli desperately needs U.S. help - The Washington Post

 

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Kerry, Kerry pants on fire!: If You Believed the Secretary of State’s Poison Gas Lie, You’ll Love His Latest One

By Dave Lindorff


If the best the US can do to pin the blame for the Malaysia Flight 17 downing on Russia is to have Secretary of State John Kerry say that “circumstantial evidence” points to Moscow being behind it, we can be pretty certain it was not Russia at all.


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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:

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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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