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Qatar, Saudi, Trump

Submitted by admin on Thu, 06/08/2017 - 07:44
Demonstration in Istanbul in solidarity with Qatar

 

Dear Friends,

In Turkey last night there was a demonstration in Istanbul in solidarity with Qatar. The Turkish parliament voted to hasten deployment of thousands of its troops to the emirate. Meanwhile, Iraqi forces have moved to the Saudi border. Iran has pledged to supply Qatar with food and water, while Qatar Airlines flights have diverted their routes through Iranian and Turkish air-space.

The Saudi-Emirati drive against Qatar is not new and nor should it come as a surprise. Nor should the Turkish push to protect its ally - both patrons of the Muslim Brotherhood.

At Alternet, I have a

Turkey and the United States of America

Submitted by admin on Thu, 04/20/2017 - 21:57

 

Halka Yol Gösteren Özgürlük

 

Dear Friends,

The picture above is from the 2013 Gezi Park protests in Turkey. I have used it because hours after the referendum in Turkey, people who voted No (Hayir) had already begun to compare the mood of resistance to the days of Gezi. I like the picture because it echoes the great Delacroix painting of 'Liberty Leading the People'.

Some people - right after the referendum victory for President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan - began to say that Turkey's democracy has now expired. RIP Turkey was the signal phrase. It is an erroneous sentiment. Half of the Turkish people - despite immense v

Turkish Version of Cacerolazo

Submitted by Vijay Prashad on Thu, 04/20/2017 - 00:15

 

 

<Turkey> In The Hindu, thanks to Mini Kapoor, my short report on the Turkish referendum. My friends in Turkey were initially very upset with the result - dazed even. But then there was a recognition that this is hardly over. The new hashtag to represent that view is #HayirDahaBitmedi. Comparisons between the protests that broke out after the first results were announced and Gezi Park's struggle came immediately from those who were banging pots and pans. This was the Turkish version of the Latin American cacerolazo.

How silly are the articles with RIP Turkey as th

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Bangladesh, Syria, Om Puri

Submitted by admin on Fri, 01/13/2017 - 03:49

Coal Power Plant Will Destroy The Sundarbans

 

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Yesterday there was a strange press conference with US President Elect Trump labeling some news organisations as 'fake news'. It is interesting to see political leaders pick and choose which news organisations they would like to tolerate and which they would not. There is a great similarity in mood here between Trump, India's Narendra Modi and Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Add in place a host of other leaders who have made it their mission to silence journalism either through direct state intimidation or through allowance of their goon squads to pulverise free speech. Eithe

Moscow and Trump

Submitted by admin on Wed, 12/21/2016 - 23:31

 

The Shukhov radio tower
Photo Richard Pare

 

Dear Friends,

A series of complex events - the assassination of a Russian ambassador in Ankara, a truck driven through a Christmas market in Berlin, a 7 year old suicide bomber in Damascus. Incomprehensible violence here and there. Almost seems to be a prelude to something which we cannot yet grasp.

At Alternet I have a report on the Moscow meeting of Iran, Russia and Turkey. The report goes over the pivot by Turkey (which I have written about before), why no Syrians were at the table (and nor any Americans) and what this will mean for a Syria broken by this long war. I

Assassination, no. 2

Submitted by Vijay Prashad on Tue, 12/20/2016 - 12:45

 

 

<Assassination, no. 2> The tripartite meeting between Russia, Turkey and Iran is ongoing in Moscow. The basic sentiment is that they are agreed to find a resolution to the Syrian crisis. This is significant because it brings the Turkish government out of its regime change position on Syria. The meeting comes a day after the Russian ambassador Karlov was assassinated in Turkey. Turkish Foreign Minister, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, says that the street on which the ambassador was killed will be named after him. This is a sign of good faith. Turkey and Russia will jointly

Assassination

Submitted by Vijay Prashad on Mon, 12/19/2016 - 19:40

 

<Assassination> Russia's ambassador to Turkey - Andrei Karlov - was killed today in Ankara by a gunman (Mevlüt Mert Altıntaş) at a photo exhibition at Cagdas Sanat Merkezi modern arts center - steps away from US embassy. The gunman's statement was about Aleppo. He quoted a section from a Hadith (reported in Sahih al-Bukhari), 'We are those who have pledged allegiance to Prophet Mohammed, to carry out jihad for as long as we live'. He was a police officer. Speculations run rife from various Turkish officials - that he was a member of the Turkish affiliate of al-Nusra, that he was a Gulenist,

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Turkey & Syria

Submitted by admin on Wed, 08/24/2016 - 15:08

 

Zehra Dogan 01

 

Dear Friends,

Turkish armed forces have moved towards Jarabulus, ostensibly to take the Syrian town from the Islamic State. But - at the same time - the assault seems calculated to prevent the Syrian Kurdish forces from creating a statelet in northern Syria, what the Kurds calls Rojava. These Syrian Kurds in alliance with Arab and other fighters had - as the Syrian Democratic Forces - seized Manbij. This opened up the possibility to push for a contiguous Syrian Kurdish region.

No wonder that the Syrian Kurdish leader Saleh Moslem responded to the Turkish assault harshly, "Turkey is in