– A Pseudo-Ottoman Blog: Occasional Musings –

‘Chinese President Xi Jinping has delivered a keynote speech at the APEC CEO Summit in Beijing. Xi said that the Asia-Pacific region has entered a golden phase of development. He called for initiating Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific (FTAAP) along with open economic integration in the region. He also stressed that building an open economic system in the Asia-Pacific is crucial and that only reformers and innovators will emerge stronger and win in the new round of global growth (9 November 2014)’.

‘In tonight’s special hour-long ‘Conversations with Great Minds’ Thom talks with legendary Talk Show Host Phil Donahue, Co-Director of the film Body of War (18 November 2014)’.

Robert Greenwald and Brave New Film posit that ‘[o]n September 18th, 2001, President Bush and Congress signed into law the AUMF or the Authorization for Use of Military Force. This authorized the President to “use all necessary and appropriate force against those nations, organizations, or persons he determines planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001, or harbored such organizations or persons, in order to prevent any future acts of international terrorism against the United States by such nations, organizations or persons.” Since then, [the U.S. has]:

  • Spent over 1.5 TRILLION dollars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Syria.;
  • Sacrificed and lost 67,802 American lives;
  • Taken the lives of at least 520,000 people in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Syria – the vast majority who have been civilians;
  • [has] committed torture at Guantanamo, Abu Ghraib, and many other facilities throughout the world. And with the AUMF, none of this even takes a vote of Congress anymore. But now, Congress has the chance to repeal or revise another AUMF and put an end to this blanket authorization that will lead to billions more spent on foreign soil and handed out to defense contractors – and thousands more lives lost, both American and civilians abroad’.

(16 November 2014)

‘For the past 7 years Catherine Shakdam worked as a political risk analyst for Wikistrat – a geostrategic analysis firm – and commentator for the Middle East with a special focus on Yemen. Her writings have appeared in The Russian International Affairs Council, Tehran Times, IRIB, Majalla, Press TV, Foreign Policy Association, Yemen Post, Yemen Today, The Oslo Times, YourMiddleEast, Guardian UK, the US Independent and many more’.

‘Halkların Demokratik Partisi (HDP) Eş Genel Başkanı Figen Yüksekdağ, özgürleşme yolunda ilerlediklerini ve mesafenin kısaldığını söyledi. Kendileri açısından artık zaferin dilinin konuştuğunu ifade eden Yüksekdağ, “Bütün bir toplumu özgürleştirirken bu toplumsal davanın lideri olan sayın Abdullah Öcalan’ı özgürleştirecek yolu da açıyoruz.” dedi (17 Kasım 2014).

“HDP Eş Genel Başkanı Figen Yüksekdağ, partisinin Avcılar 1. Olağan Kongresi’ne katıldı. Burada konuşan Yüksekdağ, yürüttükükleri yolun özgürleşme ve kurtuluş yolu olduğunu kaydetti. Yüksekdağ, “Ve zalimler bütün dünyada olduğu kadar bizim memleketimizde de kurdukları tiranlarla, kurdukları o sırça saraylarda çok büyük belalar yaratarak, çok büyük engeller çıkararak karşımızda konumlanıyor.” diye konuştu”.[1]

[1] “HDP Başkanı Yüksekdağ: Abdullah Öcalan’ı özgürleştirecek yolu açıyoruz” Bugün (16 Kasım 2014). http://www.bugun.com.tr/son-dakika/hdp-baskani-yuksekdag-abdullah-ocalani-ozgurlestirecek-yolu-aciyoruz-haberi/1349702.

(11 November 2014) 

The ever-voluble MP George Galloway is at it again, Kickstarting his movie on Tony Blair, the true heir and successor of Margaret Thatcher and predecessor of Cameron (Gordon Brown was but a forgotten footnote in the middle).

‘RTD and Miguel Francis Santiago, the author of Crimea for Dummies, go to Donetsk where the bloody conflict between the Ukrainian army and the anti-government forces is in full swing. With contradictory information coming from the region, witnessing the situation first-hand is the only way to find out what’s really happening there (12 November 2014)’.

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