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The Jehoshua Novels

Turkish PM Erdoğan stresses ‘shared pain’ in statement on Armenian issue

Hurriyet Daily News, April 23

Ankara – Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has highlighted the “shared pain” endured during the 1915 events in an unexpected statement April 23 on the Armenian issue, expressing condolences on behalf of the Turkish state to the grandchildren of Armenians who lost their lives “in the context of the early [...]

The Roots of the Saudi-Israeli Entente

Wallerstein is a world systems historian so he usually has holes in his analysis, but this one? Nope. I can go all the way with it. I just wish he’d addressed the de-facto entente between Israel and the Saudis.

In the 90s we had a full blown de jure and de facto entente between Israel [...]

Gul makes his move in Turkey – the voice of ‘dialog and empathy’

Turkey’s President Gul is making a bold move to calm the political chaos in Turkey. Will he succeed or will the paranoid Prime Minister Recep Erdogan decide that Gul’s efforts are part of the conspiracy to remove Erdogan from power? (Image: Turkish Presidential Seal)

Since December 17, scores of Erdogan cronies have been arrested for [...]

US and EU asleep at switch on Turkish meltdown

Turkey continues its crisis of governance and personal power. There seems to be no good outcome at this point given the conversion of Turkey to a dictatorship. PM Erdogan is changing laws and stopping police investigations. When corruption charges were brought against dozens of Erdogan officials and friends, the poice and prosecutors who brought the [...]

The perfect storm in Turkey – corruption, conflict, conspiracy

Will Summer protests return to Turkey Jordi Bernabeu Farrús

The Republic of Turkey is consumed by intense conflict, conspiracy charges, and underlying financial problems that simply won’t go away. A perfect storm is brewing in Turkey.

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government and supporters are charged with a secret gold-for-oil deal with Iran. The [...]

Turkish Press on Erdogan Tailspin

I would judge the Supreme Council of Judges and Prosecutors if I had authority,: Turkish PM ANKARA – Hürriyet Daily News

Erdogan after the Supreme Council of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK) overturned Erdogan’s change in police and judicial procedures to protect his position:

“From here, I am filing a criminal complaint [against the HSYK]. The [...]

Istanbul Protests – “Everywhere bribery, everywhere corruption”

Turkey’s Prime Minister Erdogan is resisting responsibility at all costs. After charges against 100 or more officials and supporters, the PM has fired police and prosecutors in Istanbul and Ankara, blamed foreigners, the U.S. in particular, for the scandal, and referenced it all as an attack on the state. Protests are erupting. Just to make [...]

Erdogan cornered in Turkey – Did the USA say time to go?

Is it really Erdogan versus Gulen or is Gulen a proxy? Images: Wikicommons

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan faces major challenges from the opposition and within his own party, the ruling AKP (Justice and Development Party). Through his rash actions and compulsive need for control, the PM has paved the road to [...]

Syria – The Unraveling for Turkey’s PM Erdogan

Prime Minister Erdogan, Turkey DonkeyHotey

One of the first initiatives of Prime Minister Recep Erdogan was a foreign policy based on “zero problems with neighbors.” From his selection as Prime Minister in 2003, Erdogan led efforts to resolve Iran’s conflicts with the West over the Iranian nuclear program. The regime also formed a tight [...]

Facebook bans use of word KURDISTAN on Kurd party page

Facebook banned the Peace and Democracy Party’s (BDP) use of the term KURDISTAN on the BDP’s Facebook page. According to BDP, Facebook did this to please the ruling AKP Party of Prime Minister Redep Erdogan. Turkey is a new market for social media and Facebook is happy to engage in Orwellian censorship to get

Anti Syria Coalition Collapsing – Rebels and Patrons in Discord

The attack on Syria by outside powers and their proxies has gone on for over two years. The rebels fighting to overturn the Assad regime are a mixed lot but we know one thing for sure. Were it not for outside aid and thousands of recruits from neighboring countries, the so-called civil war would have [...]

Welcome to the New Syria – Reprise

The destruction of Syria, in many forms, is proceeding according to plan and on time. When the Western powers and their pals, the oil oligarchs, target your country, it’s time to run just as fast as you can.

I wrote Welcome to the New Syria on August 27, 2012. Based on known events and outcomes [...]

Anthem from the streets of Turkey – we’ve had enough

TENCERE TAVA HAVASI (Sound of Pots and Pans) / Kardeş Türküler Turkish people resopnd to Sultan Erdogan. Plus live stream from Taksim Square, Istanbul, Turkey.

Live stream from Taksim Square, Istanbul

Thanks to Brian Downing for passing this on.

Turkey Protests from NEWS NOW.CO.UK

Turkish Police Smash Demonstration, Retake Taksim Square

Al Jazeera Video and Turkish feed Photographs from the scene

Published Tuesday, June 11, 2013 Al-Akahbar English/AFP

Updated 9:39 pm: Turkish riot police fired tear gas and water cannon at hundreds of protesters armed with rocks and fireworks on Tuesday as they tried to take back control of a central Istanbul square at the [...]

Qusayr Falls Completely – On to Aleppo for Syria and Hezbollah

Syrian troops along with their Hezbollah allies are in control of the key city of al-Qusayr. The battle began three weeks ago with initial victories by the Syrian government in and around the city of 30,000. Rebel fighters sought reinforcements with some predicting a protracted battle. The reinforcements came, “hundreds of rebel reinforcements professing close [...]