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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Russia Urges Turkey to Solve Kurdish Issue by Political Means, Avoid Force | Sputnik

30.12.2015 - MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Turkish authorities should solve its disagreements with the Kurds by political means and avoid the use of force, Russia's Foreign Ministry said Wednesday.

"We are concerned by the escalation of violence in southeastern Turkey, caused by Turkish authorities' ongoing military operation in Kurdish provinces. Human rights groups report numerous civilian victims, including women and children," the ministry said in a statement.

"The solution to the Kurdish issue lies in the political arena. The use of force in internal conflicts only leads to new victims and an escalation of tensions with unpredictable consequences," the statement reads.

Saturday, December 26, 2015

From TMT to ISIS: Turkey conducts politics with the same old field manuals

by Lambros George Kaoullas


Whether by shelling Kurdish fighters in Syria or downing a Russian fighter jet, Turkey undeniably seems more willing to protect and sustain ISIS rather than confront it. This shouldn’t come as a surprise because Turkey has been conducting politics with the same old field manuals for decades. Proxy warfare to destabilise a region and further strategic ends has not been the brainchild of AKP’s government, but has rather been a staple in Turkish military thinking for decades, starting with the Armenian, Pontian Greek and Assyrian Genocides.

So while the nebulous ISIS became a household name, very few heard of TMT (Türk Mukavemet Teşkilatı), a paramilitary formation that operated as a Turkish proxy in Cyprus between 1957 and 1964. TMT unified under its banner several other political and paramilitary organisations operating since 1955. Its objective was to create the necessary destabilising conditions that would facilitate a Turkish military invasion in order to artificially partition the island into two ethnically clean zones. To do that, it employed provocations, assassinations, fomentation of inter-communal strife, and large-scale demographic engineering.

I will juxtapose today’s events with examples from Cyprus sixty years ago, focusing on ISIS and the Turkmen militias, which are the ones closest to Turkey.

Friday, December 25, 2015

Turkish PM accuses pro-Kurdish party head of treason over Russia comments | Reuters

Note: Ahmet Davutoglu can dish it out in Cyprus but he obviously cannot take it.

CONSTANTINOPLE (Reuters), Thu Dec 24, 2015  - Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu accused the head of Turkey's pro-Kurdish opposition party of treason on Thursday for using a trip to Moscow to condemn Ankara's shooting down of a Russian warplane over Syria.

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Anyone Using The Phrase ‘Islam Is A Religion Of Peace’ Needs To Read This | Independent Journal Opinion

Mark Durie*, Melbourne, Australia, December 2015 - Days after the ISIS-inspired terrorist attack in San Bernardino, President Obama’s address to the nation concerning the threat of ISIS missed the mark. In fact, President Obama seemed at times to be more concerned with Americans ostracizing Muslim communities through “suspicion and hate,” than he was with protecting innocent American civilians from murder in the name of radical Islam.

It is high time for western political leaders to stop responding to terrorism by naming Islam as ‘the religion of peace’. It is time to have a hard conversation about Islam.

"[EU] membership makes them invulnerable"

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Turkish Foreign Affairs Ministry Undersecretary Feridun Sinirliolgu:
"[EU] membership makes [Cypriots] invulnerable"


Monday, December 14, 2015

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Turkish Author Elif Shafak: 'We've Forgotten How to Laugh' | SPIEGEL ONLINE

Interview by Juliane von Mittelstaedt and Christoph Scheuermann - Turkish author Elif Shafak sees her country as a "wobbly democracy," increasingly authoritarian, polarized and depressed. And she is disappointed by European silence.

SPIEGEL: Ms. Shafak, you are from a country where one wrong word could land you in court. Do you still dare to say and write what you think?

Shafak: Words are heavy in Turkey, and every writer, every poet and every journalist knows that, because of a word, because of a sentence, because of a tweet or even a retweet, you can be sued, you can be demonized by the media and you can even land in prison. So when we write, we write with this knowledge in the back of our minds. And if someone says: I am not affected by this, I would not believe that person. The truth is: nobody can escape this pressure. And as a result, there is a lot of self-censorship. When I am writing political op-eds, yes I do think carefully about the impact of my words. When I am writing fiction, it's a different story. In my fiction I am more reckless. I don't care about the real world until I am done with the book.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

The Fake Teachings of a Pseudo-Prophet

The cartoon depicts an ugly and dangerous truth. Islam could not be a religion as we understand it in the west for the simple reason that Mohammed, Muslims' so-called prophet, was a military leader who (among a host of other despicable acts & behaviors) ordered people killed.

Monday, December 7, 2015

Laurel & Hardy of Geopolitics

Laurel & Hardy of geopolitics headed for another regional fuck-up, in EU Cyprus this time around, with their bizonality idea, an unhistorical apartheid concoction that would cement in law the results of an illegal invasion, ethnic cleansing, occupation & colonization, aiming primarily to solidify the colonial-era privileges the UK & USA enjoy on the island via the sovereign military bases  

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Is It Time to Expel Turkey from NATO? | The National Interest

Ted Galen Carpenter, December 4, 2015

Turkey’s rash action in shooting down a Russian plane that apparently violated Turkish airspace for no more than 17 seconds is only the latest incident that should set off alarm bells in other NATO capitals.  Ankara’s reckless belligerence was exceeded only by its hypocrisy.  Turkish planes violated the airspace of Greece more than 2,000 times in 2014 alone, and 2014 was a typical year for such incidents.  Greek officials have long complained that their country must devote a considerable portion of its defense budget to intercept aircraft engaging in such violations.  Fortunately, though, Athens has never emulated Turkey’s standard and blasted offending aircraft out of the sky.

Friday, December 4, 2015

Political Dhimmis

There cannot be justice without democracy. And there cannot be democracy without freedom. Our generation's sole priority is freedom. This US administration (I am sorry to point out) speaks of freedom like Muslims speak of peace. You can have it if you are one of them. For the political dhimmis in far away lands less is good enough.

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Turkey's Kurds & Cyprus' tCypriots

As either unitary state or federation solutions are discussed as replacements to Cyprus' 1960 and Turkey's 1923 unworkable constitutions, should we abide by "if a right is a right too many for Turkey's Kurdish community (circa 23% of population) then that right is a right too many for Cyprus' tCypriot community too (circa 15%), and vice versa." Is the adoption of this fair logic the catalyst to securing just solutions for both UN countries.