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Biden in Istanbul

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The Office of the Vice President released this statement on 24 January 2016: ‘Yesterday the Vice President met with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey in Istanbul. The Vice President reaffirmed the close alliance between the United States and Turkey, and the two leaders discussed ways to further deepen the cooperation in the campaign to degrade and destroy ISIL. The Vice President and President Erdogan also discussed other regional developments, including Syria, the importance of de-escalating recent tensions between Turkey and Iraq in a manner that respects Iraqi sovereignty, and the opportunity for Turkey to expand its energy partnerships in the eastern Mediterranean. The leaders also expressed support for ongoing efforts toward a negotiated settlement in Cyprus. Recognizing PKK is a terrorist organization, the Vice President expressed concern about the ongoing violence in south-eastern Turkey, and urged Turkish leadership to engage in dialogue with all of the country’s communities who seek a peaceful resolution’.[1]

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[1] “Readout of Vice President Biden’s Meeting with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey” Newsroom America ( 29 Jan 2016). http://www.newsroomamerica.com/story/546094/readout_of_vice_president_bidens_meeting_with_president_recep_tayyip_erdogan_of_turkey.html.

Joe Biden ziyareti – Barış Doster, Mehmet Ali Güller ve Gürkan Hacır ile Şimdiki Zaman

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 30.01.2016 – Gürkan Hacır ile Şimdiki Zaman – Konuklar: Doç. Dr. Barış Doster / Araştırmacı – Yazar Mehmet Ali Güller / Araştırmacı – Yazar.

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Oxford University Chancellor: “Grow up!”

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“Louise Richardson, Oxford’s vice-chancellor, told students had to ‘understand the true nature of freedom of inquiry and expression.’ Oxford University installed its first female vice-chancellor this week, Louise Richardson, who boldly stressed the importance of free speech and critical thinking at university amid roiling student protests. Addressing students for the first time in her new role, Richardson urged them to be open-minded and tolerant; and to engage in debate rather than censorship, alluding to countless calls from students at Oxford and other universities across the U.K. to ban potentially offensive speakers and rename or remove historical monuments.” . . . Oxford University just hired their first female chancellor, and she has a message for the student body: “Grow up!” Ana Kasparian, Becca Frucht, Jimmy Dore (The Jimmy Dore Show), and Elliot Hill (The LipTV) hosts of The Young Turks discuss. (Published on Jan 15, 2016).

The Oxford website for the Social Sciences offers this short bio by way of introduction: ‘Professor Richardson is an internationally renowned scholar of terrorism and security studies, on which she has advised policy makers and others internationally. Her publications include the ground-breaking study: What Terrorists Want: Understanding the Enemy Containing the Threat. Whilst at Harvard she received several honours for the quality of her teaching, including the Joseph R Levenson Memorial Teaching Prize, bestowed by Harvard’s undergraduate body in recognition of exceptional teaching. Born in the Republic of Ireland, Professor Richardson holds a BA in History from Trinity College, Dublin, an MA in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and an MA and PhD in Government from Harvard University’. Professor Richardson has led St Andrews for more than six years, combining strong institutional advancement with a distinguished academic career in the study of terrorism and security issues. Prior to joining St Andrews in 2009, Professor Richardson lived and worked in the United States where she was Executive Dean of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University’.[1]

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[1] “Professor Louise Richardson nominated as next Vice-Chancellor” Social Sciences (29 May 2015). http://www.socsci.ox.ac.uk/news/professor-louise-richardson-nominated-as-next-vice-chancellor.

Turkey and Saudi Arabia: Cosy Relations

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As I wrote last month, “the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia unveiled its desire to create an ‘Islamic military alliance to fight terrorism’ [(o)n 15 December 2015], a 34-nation coalition, including such military high-rollers like Turkey and Pakistan, with its ‘joint operations center’ to be located in the Saudi capital of Riyadh. King Salman’s men have devised this project ‘for the sake of supporting international efforts to combat terrorism and to save international peace and security’. In addition, the Saudi press release indicates that ‘[m]ore than ten other Islamic countries have expressed their support for this alliance and will take the necessary measures in this regard, including Indonesia’. In other words, while the U.S.-led coalition of the NATO-wiling (basically Germany, France, the UK, albeit also assisted by Turkey, Qatar and Saudi Arabia) is bombing the Islamic State in various locations throughout Iraq and Syria, the Sunni bloc-under-Wahhabi-leadership has now also decided to join the fray in its own right. This could arguably be seen as an effort to produce a kind of homegrown military response to extremists unsettling the status quo and threatening the world beyond the wider Middle East”.[i]

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The Turkish leadership has apparently taken this Saudi move to heart, as the President of the Republic, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan (aka the Prez) promptly visited the Saudi capital in the period 29-30 December, with his wily Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu following suit a month later (29 January 2016), in turn followed by the Chief of General Staff Hulusi Akar the next day (30 January 2016).[2] In this cosy context of Turco-Saudi relations, the eminent historian, economic researcher, and freelance journalist F. William Engdahl puts forward that Tayyip “Erdoğan’s Turkish military and most especially his Turkish intelligence, MIT, headed by close crony, Hakan Fidan, is playing a key role in the planned Saudi-Turk-Qatari coalitions move to destroy the regime of Assad and at the same time seize control for them of the rich oil fields of Iraq between Mosul and Kirkuk. In an October 18, 2015 interview with the Turkish news agency, Anadolu, Fidan stated the open Turkish support for DAESH: ‘The Islamic Emirate [or IS] is a reality and we must accept that we cannot eradicate a well-organized and popular institution as the Islamic State is. Therefore, I urge my colleagues in the West to revise their mindset on Islamic political currents, to put aside their cynical mentality and thwart Putin plans to crush the Islamist Syrian revolutionaries’. In other words, for Turkey as for Saudi Arabia, DAESH is not a terrorist organization, nor Al Nusrah Front, rather they are ‘Islamist Syrian revolutionaries’ fighting the ‘infidel’ Assad regime and its Russian ally. Hakan Fidan’s involvement in the illegal downing of the Russian SU-24 in November in Syrian airspace is indication of what will come. Not only is Erdoğan’s son, Bilal Erdoğan, involved in illegally exporting the stolen Iraqi and Syrian oil. Erdoğan’s son-in-law, Berat Albayrak, was named by the President to be Turkish Energy Minister the day after the Turkish shooting of the SU-24, and it was Turkish Grey Wolves terrorists in Syria who murdered the SU-24 Russian pilot that Erdoğan’s Air Force shot down. The recent unwanted Turkish military incursion into Iraq’s Mosul region, ostensibly, to train fighters linked to Iraqi Kurdistan’s president, Massoud Barzani, shows further that Turkey will be the battering ram of the planned Saudi conquest of Syrian and Iraqi oilfields, wrapped in the banner of Jihad and Allah. And on December 18 Turkey revealed it is building a military base in Qatar, a key financier of DAESH as well as Al Qaeda’s Al Nusra in Syria. Turkey’s Ambassador stated the Turkish base, which will station some 3,000 Turkish troops on the Persian Gulf base, which will include ground troops, air force and naval personnel, as well as instructors and special forces, will be for the purpose of confronting ‘common enemies’ in the region. ‘Turkey and Qatar face common problems about developments in the region and uncertain policies of other countries…We confront common enemies’, Turkey’s Doha Ambassador stated. Now could those ‘common enemies’ just possibly be Syria’s Assad who in 2009 refused a Qatar gas pipeline proposal in favor of remaining Russia’s ally in gas? Could they be Iran, whose own giant North Pars gas field is a geophysical extension in Iranian waters of Qatar’s gas in the Persian Gulf?”.[3]

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[1] C. Erimtan, “Turkey at War: Flexing its Military Muscle, Imposing Curfews and Destroying Campsites” NEO (20 Dec 2015). http://journal-neo.org/2015/12/20/turkey-at-war-flexing-its-military-muscle-imposing-curfews-and-destroying-campsites/.

[2] “Genelkurmay başkanından dikkat çeken ziyaret” ODA TV (30 Ocak 2016). http://odatv.com/genelkurmay-baskanindan-dikkat-ceken-ziyaret-3001161200.html.

[3] F. William Engdahl, “Erdoğan, Salman and the Coming ‘Sunni’ War for Oil” NEO (22 Dec 2015). http://journal-neo.org/2015/12/22/erdogan-salman-and-the-coming-sunni-war-for-oil/.

Fuat Avni: Davutoğlu & Faşist

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Fuat Avni is back, posting the following message in the wee hours of Thursday, 28 January 2016.

  1. Faşist’in başkanlık takıntısı paranoyakça bir hastalığa dönüştü. Devletin derinleri, bu zaafı yular yapıp Faşist’in boynuna geçirmişler.
  2. Faşist, başkanlık yolunda en büyük engel olarak, Davutoğlu’nu görüyor. ‘Neden ağır davranıyor’ diye avanelerine bağırıp duruyor.
  3. İsrafsaray’da, Davutoğlu’nun lakabı, Davutoğlan. Faşist’in avaneleri ‘Davutoğlan yukarı, Davutoğlan aşağı’ dillerine dolamışlar.
  4. Avaneler, Davutoğlu’na ‘Başkanlık konusunda elinden geleni yaparsan, Faşist’ten sonra sen başkan olursun’ diye gaz verip duruyor.
  5. Davutoğlu Faşist’e güvenemiyor. ‘Yakınındaki herkesi harcadı, beni de harcar’ düşüncesini dillendiriyor. Bunu Faşist’e rapor ettiler.
  6. Faşist, kendine her rapor iletildiğinde ‘En büyük hatam bunu partinin başına getirmek oldu’ diye dövünüyor.
  7. Faşist, Davutoğlu’nun her adımını takibe aldığı gibi aynı şeyi Davutoğlu’da ona karşı yapıyor. İsrafsaray’da adamları var.
  8. Faşist, Davutoğlu’nun İsrafsaray’daki adamlarını bulmak için çalışma yaptı. Sonuç alamayınca herkese paranoyakça bir şüpheyle yaklaşıyor.
  9. Davutoğlu ilk fırsatta Faşist’in yakınındakileri harcadığı gibi kendisini de harcayacağını biliyor. Kendi medyasına ağırlık verdi.
  10. Yeni Yüzyıl ve Karaalioğlu’nun Karar’ı Davutoğlu’ndan yana. Faşist, başka bir medya düzeni kurulması karşısında Davutoğlu’na çok kızgın.
  11. Faşist’in kalesi olan Zift Medyası’nın içinde de Davutoğlu’na çalışan adamlar var. Faşist’in kalesine kadar sızmışlar.
  12. Taraf gazetesi de tamamen duygusal sebeplerle Davutoğlu cephesine kaymış durumda. Yakında görevine başlayacak (!)
  13. Medyada konumlar yeniden şekilleniyor. Yazarkasa diye adlandırılan Barlasgiller, Nagehangiller, medyanın çeşitlenmesinden memnun.
  14. Faşist, Gülay Göktürk’ten sonra Etyen’in de kellesini istiyor. Davutoğlu’na haddini bildirmiş olacak.
  15. Faşist’in iki planı var. YÖK ve Yargıtay’la sürekli irtibat halinde. Akademisyenleri atın, HDP vekillerini tutuklayın talimatı verdi.
  16. Davutoğlu, Faşist’in bu iki planı hayata geçirilerek sıfırlanacak. Akademisyen kovan ve milletvekili tutuklayan biri olarak anılacak.
  17. İsrafsaray ve Köşk’ün birbirine karşı yaptığı bilek güreşi bürokrasiden yargıya, askerden polise her yere yayılmış durumda.
  18. Faşist taraftarları, Davutoğlu yandaşlarını, Davutoğlu taraftarları Faşist yandaşlarını paralel diye fişliyor.
  19. Ortada ne devlet kaldı ne de devlet düzeni. Kimin kim olduğu belli değil. Herkes birbirine şüpheyle bakıyor.

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Unraveling the Syria War Chessboard // Empire_File017

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‘The war in Syria is an unparalleled crisis. Having gone far beyond an internal political struggle, the war is marked by a complex array of forces that the U.S. Empire hopes to command: Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Kurdistan, Iran, Lebanon, Iraq and more. To simplify this web of enemies and friends in the regional war, Abby Martin interviews Dr. Vijay Prashad, professor of International Studies at Trinity College and author of several books including The Poorer Nations, A People’s History of the Third World and Arab Spring, Libyan Winter. (Published on Jan 24, 2016)’.

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Medya Mahallesi, 25/01/2016

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‘Medya Mahallesi – 1-2. Bölüm: Konuk: Merdan Yanardağ. (25.01.2016).[1]

[1] http://www.abcgazetesi.com.