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About that legacy, Mr. President: Obama Has a Small Window to Go Out with Some Flair and Excitement

By Dave Lindorff

 

            There is a lot of talk going on among the pundits about how President Obama is leaving no enduring legacy -- that his progressive actions as president, few and small that they may have been, were written in the sand of executive orders, which can and likely will be erased within days of Donald Trump’s inauguration.

Focus: Turkey - Nov 12, 2016

 

Note: I strongly disagree with General Flynn opinion on Turkey and Gulen: Under Erdogan, Turkey is not an ally in the fight against ISIS; Gulen is not a 'masked source of terror.'

 

Erdogan asks U.S. to extradite Gulen without prior judicial due process, says 'was there such a decision-taking process with (Osama) bin Laden?' - laht.com


Lawyers to Trump: Do not to pressure judges in Turkey extradition case of Gulen, 'The extradition process is a serious one...clear about the steps that need to be taken' - POLITICO


Turkish media lights up with Gen. Michael Flynn's call to extradite Gulen - Breitbart


General Flynn op-ed: Turkey is our strongest ally against ISIS, Gulen is a 'masked source of terror and instability' - TheHill


Trump adviser Michael Flynn is lobbying for company with ties to Turkish government - The Daily Caller


Opinion: Setting the record straight on Turkey, Flynn’s op-ed on Turkey and Gulen is 'appalling and alarming' - TheHill


Opinion: Flynn gets Erdogan wrong, whitewashes recent Turkish behavior, fails the logic test, and proposes a policy prescription that would make matters worse - AEI


Egypt's foreign ministry condemns statements by Turkish President Erdogan - allAfrica.com


Greece concerned Trump administration may show favoritism to Turkey - GreekReporter.com


Baghdad proposes Ankara handover of Bashiqa camp to Iraq, rejects Turkey’s proposal to run the camp under the auspices of the coalition forces - hurriyetdailynews.com

 

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Turkey halts activities of 370 groups as purge widens, More than 110,000 people have been sacked or suspended from their jobs and 37,000 arrested - Reuters


Turkey closes human rights and civil liberties lawyers′ groups as thousands languish in jail in post-coup crackdown - DW.COM


Turkish police arrest pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party advisors amidst ongoing crackdown - ARA News


Turkey arrests head of opposition newspaper - AFP


Turkey seeks long jail terms or life sentences for nine staff of a pro-Kurdish newspaper: state media - Reuters


Report: French journalist detained in Turkey - AP


Turkish dissident journalist Can Dündar granted citizenship of Paris - hurriyetdailynews.com


UN’s arrested Turkish justice denies Gülen links, says he is a Freemason - hurriyetdailynews.com


Turkey complaints pile up at European rights court - hurriyetdailynews.com


Ankara denies torture accusations as prisons fill with dissenters - al-monitor.com


Erdoğan appoints rector for first time to Istanbul’s university, after he was given the authority to directly appoint rectors following the emergency decree - hurriyetdailynews


Erdogan makes veiled threat to unleash 3 million refugees into the EU - Greek Reporter


20,000 Anti-Turkish Govt Protesters Demonstrate in Cologne - ABC News


VIDEO: Clashes break out as thousands rally against Turkey’s Erdogan in Cologne - RT News


Focus: Turkey - Nov 9, 2016


Turkish opposition CHP defends pro-democracy declaration on arrest of pro-Kurdish HDP lawmakers, vows to fight ‘fear and darkness’ - hurriyetdailynews.com


President, PM slam Turkish main opposition CHP for criticizing arrests of HDP deputies - hurriyetdailynews.com


Erdogan files criminal complaint against the main opposition CHP for insulting him at a party meeting criticising a relentless crackdown - Middle East Eye


AK Party to finalize constitution proposal this week which outline a full executive presidential system, says PM Yıldırım - Daily Sabah


Turkish President Erdogan: 'I don't care if they call me a dictator...It goes in one ear, out the other' - Breitbart


HDP Co-chair Demirtaş: Kurdish MPs taken hostage to consolidate one-man rule in Turkey, Erdogan's 'empire of fear' will collapse soon - ARA News


HDP Co-chair Demirtaş in solitary confinement since last week, lawyer says - Turkish Minute


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Declaration by the High Representative Mogherini on behalf of the EU: ‘Grave concern' on the latest developments in Turkey - EU Consilium


EU's Mogherini comments on Turkey 'unacceptable': foreign ministry - Reuters


EU rapporteur calls for freezing accession negotiations with Turkey after crackdown on Kurds - ARA News


EU report: Turkey backslides in fundamental rights and rule of law - Turkish Minute


Key findings of the EU 2016 Report on Turkey (full report included) - European Commission


Ankara rebuffs EU’s harsh progress report - hurriyetdailynews.com


Turkish government criticizes EU envoys at HDP meeting - hurriyetdailynews.com


In response to criticism which compared Ankara's post-coup crackdown to acts committed by the Nazis, Erdogan says Europe are ‘real Nazis’ - Middle East Eye


PM Yıldırım blasts Germany for supporting terrorist organizations against Turkey - POLITICS


Erdogan threatens to ‘open the gates’ for refugees in EU dispute - ft.com


Turkey urges Trump to extradite Gulen - Al Arabiya English


Turkey arrests 55 more pilots in post-coup investigations: NTV - Reuters


UN judge under detention in Turkey in aftermath of coup - Fox News


Reporters Without Borders representative on trial in Turkey for ′terror propaganda′ - DW.COM

 

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Turkey, U.S. backed Syrian Kurds at loggerheads over Raqqa offensive - The Boston Globe


US-led coalition says current SDF operation aimed to isolate Raqqa, Turkey to play role in long-term plan 'for seizing, holding and governing Raqqa' - ARA News


Turkey says Raqqa operation to starts in weeks, stresses Kurdish forces will not enter the town - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English

 

Turkey FM says 200 YPG terrorists remain in Manbij, calls on US to fulfill pledge - Daily Sabah


Why Turkey's hostile stance doesn't worry PYD leader - al-monitor.com


US rejects cooperating with Russia or Assad in Raqqa operation - ARA News


Iraq ‘ready for war’ with Turkey over who should control Mosul after Isis – Global Affairs Press


Trump, Turkey's Erdogan discuss boosting ties, fighting terrorism: sources - Reuters


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How a Company With Ties to a Dakota Access Pipeline Owner Flew Over Protests in the No Fly Zone

Photo Credit: Richard Bluecloud Casteneda | Greenpeace USA

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlog

Lobbyist for Dakota Access Formerly Led Army's "Restore Iraqi Oil" Program

Photo Credit: C-SPAN Screenshot

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlog

Robert Crear, one of the lobbyists working for Dakota Access pipeline co-owners Energy Transfer Partners and Sunoco Logistics, formerly served as a chief of staff and commanding general for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. 

This Natural Disaster Assistance Law Is Why Other States Are Policing Dakota Access Pipeline Protests

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlog

Almost exactly 20 years ago, President Bill Clinton signed into law a bill creating an interstate agreement for emergency management. That inconspicuous law has opened the door for the current flood of out-of-state law enforcement agents present at the continuing protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) in North Dakota.

Lost drug war: Pot Decriminalization Yields $9-million in Savings for Philadelphia

By Linn Washington, Jr.

 

A vivid example of value from decriminalization of possessing small amounts of marijuana occurred at the Philadelphia airport recently, a few days after the release of a report from two prominent organizations that called for the national decriminalization of personal use/possession of marijuana and other illicit drugs.

Do Western Nations Care about Yemeni Lives or Saudi Blood Money?

 How much is the life of a Yemeni worth? Not much, according to the Saudi regime that has been bombing and starving the people of Yemen since March 2015, or to the Saudi’s western backers, particularly the US and UK, which have been supplying the Saudi regime with weapons, military training, logistical support and diplomatic cover for its dirty interventionist war.

We got 8 years of change, but not much hope: President Barack Obama’s Crappy Legacy

By Dave Lindorff

 

Barack Obama came into the White House on a wave of passionate new voters, many of them black or young and white, becoming the nation's first black president and promising a new era of "hope and change."

Security Firm Guarding Dakota Access Pipeline Also Used Psychological Warfare Tactics for BP

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlog

G4S, a company hiring security staff to guard the hotly contested Dakota Access pipeline (DAPL), also works to guard oil and gas industry assets in war-torn Iraq, and has come under fire by the United Nations for human rights abuses allegedly committed while overseeing a BP pipeline in Colombia and elsewhere while on other assignments.

Documents: How Big Oil Pushed to Make Dakota Access-Style Permitting a New Normal

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlog

In the two months leading up to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' decision to issue to the Dakota Access pipeline project an allotment of Nationwide 12 permits (NWP) — a de facto fast-track federal authorization of the project — an army of oil industry players submitted comments to the Corps to ensure that fast-track authority remains in place going forward.

This fast-track permitting process is used to bypass more rigorous environmental and public review for major pipeline infrastructure projects by treating them as smaller projects.

A win and a loss, at least for now: Federal Judge finds 8th Amendment Violation in Pennslvania’s Refusal to Treat Mumia's Hep-C

By Dave Lindorff

 

Depending on how you look at it, lawyers for Mumia Abu-Jamal, the Philadelphia journalist and political prisoner serving a life sentence in a Pennsylvania prison after a controversial 1982 conviction for killing a white Philadelphia police officer, won a huge victory, lost big or maybe won and will win again soon.

Obama Admin Moves Oil, Gas Lease Bids Online To Quell Protests

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlog

On August 30, the U.S. Department of Interior's Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced that it would utilize Congress' blessing, given to it in the form of passed legislation, to proceed with online bidding for oil and gas located on U.S. public lands. 

Dakota Access Pipeline Tribal Liaison Formerly Worked For Agency Issuing Permit To Cross Tribal Land

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlog

The Standing Rock tribe has filed a lawsuit against the U.S Army Corps of Engineers for using the controversial Nationwide Permit 12 to fast-track authorization of the hotly contested Dakota Access pipeline.

New York Times shames itself: Attacking Wikileaks’ Assange for Doing What Journalists are Supposed to Do

By Dave Lindorff

 

While I periodically have written commentaries dissecting and pillorying news articles in the New York Times to expose their bias, hypocrisy half-truths and lies, I generally ignore their editorials since these are overtly opinions of the management, and one expects them to display the elitist and neo-liberal perspective of the paper’s publisher and senior editors.

Speaking Events

January 10 and 11:
Events in Washington DC to present a petition telling president elect to end wars:
https://act.rootsaction.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=12501

January 20-21 Occupy the Inauguration
 
January 29 David Swanson speaking in Arlington, Va.
 
February David Swanson debating a war supporter in Boston, Mass.
 
April 21-23 UNAC's annual conference in Richmond, Va.

April 29 possible multi-issue protest in DC.

Find Events Here.

 

 

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