West Unhinged Over Turkish Referendum

(An outstanding review of US and NATO destabilization campaigns in Turkey both past and present. Penny agrees with my position that we have no business interfering in the internal politics of another nation. But that is not the nature of neoliberal globalization, is it? The current obsession with the Turkish referendum is nothing short of international terrorism. Understand, terrorism is the “use of force or the threat of force” to alter a nation’s political, economic or social structure and that is exactly what all this international pressure is doing. They are implying that holding the referendum (or if the Turkish people “vote the wrong way”) will cause NATO to expel Turkey and begin a regime change program in their country. By definition what is happening is terrorism. As Penny points out in the article, like Crimea, Turkey must be left alone to find their own way. It’s the right of self determination and that is EXACTLY what the Deep State cannot allow ANYWHERE.)

from Penny for Your Thoughts blog

Unhinged : Deranged, Unbalanced

It’s seems the time has come for one of those all encompassing posts- the ones that attempt to make sense of the non-sense.  It’s as if there is presently a whirl wind of activity around Turkey seemingly unrelated but in actuality-  all very related. 

Target Turkey:

This is becoming  ever more obvious and heavy handed. Yet, many still don’t or can’t see it. Not sure which it is? I’ve long stated here that the propaganda employed to target Turkey is necessarily devious and liberally applied- Pun intended. While it may be true that Turkey is a NATO nation it is one that has been barely tolerated by the Atlantacist crowd. The crowd that truly runs NATO…

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US, Russia will never give up the Kurdish card in Syria (Greater Kurdistan)

from Hurriyet Daily

Moscow is unlikely to ever give up its Kurdish card despite Turkey’s requests that Russian President Vladimir Putin end cooperation with the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD), a former soldier and political analyst has said.

“[The outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party] PKK/PYD cooperates with both the Americans and the Russians; they have become an actor in the field,” said Professor Mesut Hakkı Caşın of Özyeğin University, noting that Washington is also unlikely to abandon the group…

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Washington ‘Efficiently Playing Kurdish Card in Syria’

(What does the highlighted part remind me of? Oh yeah:)

“We have now have momentum in this fight and clear results on the ground… We must ensure that our partners on the ground (freedom fighter Kurds) have what they need to win the fight and then hold, rebuild, and govern their territory (“Rojava”),” Sec. of Defense Ash Carter

 

from Sputnik International

Kurdish fighters have been America’s go-to ground force when it comes to tackling Daesh in the Middle East, but Washington’s support for and reliance on the ethnic group which has long tried to achieve greater autonomy, if not independence, has fueled concerns over the true motives of the United States in Syria.

“The United States has efficiently played the Kurdish card,” Deputy Chairman of Russia’s Federation Council Committee on International Affairs Andrei Klimov told Izvestiya. “Washington has actively increased its presence [in Syria]. Under these circumstances, there are risks that the issue of dividing Syria into several so-called sovereign states will return to the agenda since the support of a single ethnic group could lead to negative implications.”

The fact that the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, a multi-ethnic alliance primarily made up of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units, has become the key force tasked with liberating the city of Raqqa, Daesh’s key stronghold in the Middle East, has prompted some to suggest that Washington had promised the Kurds that the US will back them during post-conflict reconstruction of the war-torn country.

An unnamed source in the Russian Foreign Ministry appears to have confirmed this, telling the newspaper that political and security interests of the Kurds are mainly limited to Rojava, an area comprising the cantons of Afrin, Jazira and Kobani.

“There is no military need for the Kurds to capture [Raqqa],” the source said. “The sheer fact that they have advanced [towards the city] shows that they received guarantees that they will have an opportunity to assert their rights” during the peace process. These guarantees were ostensibly provided by external forces, apparently meaning the United States…

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German MPs call for troop withdrawal from Turkish airbase amid rally row

(Any guesses as to where they intend to grab the next chunk of Greater Kurdistan? Any?)

from RT

Amid a row with Turkey over its presidential powers referendum, some German MPs are calling for the withdrawal of troops deployed at Incirlik airbase. Germany is flying reconnaissance sorties from the Turkish base as part of the US-led anti-Islamic State coalition.

Concerns over the presence of German airmen at the base, which is located in southern Turkey close to Syria, came from lawmakers of both the ruling coalition and the opposition. Florian Hahn, spokesman for security and foreign policy of the Christian Social Union (CSU), said the Germans soldiers and officers may become pawns in Turkish power games…

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US special envoy comes to Erbil, meets with Kurdish President Barzani

from Rudaw

A group of high-level US officials including Brett McGurk, the special presidential envoy to the anti-ISIS coalition, came to Erbil to meet with President Masoud Barzani on Monday.

Joining McGurk were Douglas Silliman, the US Ambassador to Iraq,  and Lieutenant General Stephen Townsend, commander of the US-led international coalition against the ISIS group in Iraq and Syria.

Falah Mustafa, the Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) Minister of Foreign Relations, announced the visit via tweet.

He wrote the two sides discusssed KRG-US relations, Erbil-Baghdad ties and a way forward.

Kurdish conference brings four parts of Kurdistan together in Moscow (In Feb. 2017)

(Anymore questions?)

from Rudaw

Representatives from the four parts of greater Kurdistan came together to take part in a Kurdish conference in Moscow, discussing the future of the nation in the new Middle East in light of the war against ISIS both in Iraq and Syria, where Kurdish forces have made significant gains against the extremist militants.
Izzat Sabir, from the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), and Sherko Hama Amin, from the Gorran Movement, both members of the Kurdistan Region parliament, attended the conference.
Asya Abdullah, co-chair of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), the ruling party in Rojava (a.k.a. “Syria”), and Osman Baydemir and Dilek Ocalan, two MPs from the People’s Democratic Party (HDP) in Turkey also attended the conference titled “The war and new structure of the Middle East.”
Sabir told Rudaw that the conference is a message to world powers about the future of Kurdish lands, emphasizing the unity of Kurds in the face of the fast changing map of the Middle East
He explained that it is permissible for Kurdish parties to work with what he called the occupation countries, namely Iraq, Turkey, Syria and Iran, so long as it does not mean that they do so against their fellow Kurds…
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(Understatement of the Year) Kremlin expects new CNN documentary (propaganda) on Putin to be biased

(CNN? War-mongering propaganda? nah. They wouldn’t do that, would they?)

from TASS News Agency

Russia’s presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Monday he expected a new CNN documentary on the Russian leader to be biased but was thankful to the documentary’s author for a possibility to make the Kremlin’s position clear.

“Naturally, it would be too optimistic to believe that some media outlet would be able to break through the framework of the hysterical emotional background that unfortunately prevails in America towards our country,” Peskov said, sharing his opinion about what the new CNN documentary about Russian President Vladimir Putin titled: “The Most Powerful Man in the World” would be.

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