A Syrian passenger plane is seen after it was forced to land at Ankara airport on October 10, 2012 (AFP Photo / Adem Altan)
Syria has refuted as “absolutely untrue” Turkish allegations that a civilian plane headed for Damascus was carrying Russian-made munitions. Meanwhile, analysts doubt the Turks could have found anything compromising enough to back their claims.
Following claims by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan that the Syrian commercial jet was carrying “munitions for the Syrian Defense Ministry,” a Syrian Foreign Ministry spokesman said the plane was not carrying any ammunition, or any other illegal cargo, calling the allegations “absolutely untrue.”
Hugo Chavez has won six more years as president of Venezuela and a model for standing up to the United States. Chavez’s longevity in the face of implacable imperial hostility shows that the “Washington Consensus” is defunct. “Latin America is the corner of the world that has achieved the greatest success over the last 20 years in throwing off the dead weight of the North.”
“In the United States, his ten percent winning margin would be considered a landslide.”
The battle for the future control of Syria is at the heart of this enormous geopolitical war and tug of war
On October 3, 2012 the Turkish military launched repeated mortar shellings inside Syrian territory. The military action, which was used by the Turkish military, conveniently, to establish a ten-kilometer wide no-man s land buffer zone inside Syria, was in response to the alleged killing by Syrian armed forces of several Turkish civilians along the border. There is widespread speculation that the one Syrian mortar that killed five Turkish civilians well might have been fired by Turkish-backed opposition forces intent on giving Turkey a pretext to move militarily, in military intelligence jargon, a false flag operation.
It seems that media consensus has been conclusively reached: Turkey has been forced into a Middle Eastern mess not of its own making; the “zero problems with neighbors” notion, once the foreign policy centerpiece of the Justice and Development Party (AKP), has been condemned to a romantic notion of no use in realpolitik.
Turkey‘s “policy’s goal – to build strong economic, political, and social ties with the country’s immediate neighbors while decreasing its dependency on the United States – seemed to be within sight,” wrote Sinan Ulgen nearly a year ago. “But the Arab Spring exposed the policy’s vulnerabilities, and Turkey must now seek a new guiding principle for regional engagement.” – Read the rest here…
I love this orchestra! Saw them at Cafe Oto awhile back. Shades of Charles Mingus via Gil Evans and then some… Argue calls it Steamboat Punk but it sounds like Jazz to me. Here, the band is playing ‘Induction’. Check out the album ‘Infernal Machines. Continue reading →
New Book–Becoming Enemies–Explores Roots of the Current Crisis with Iran Ex-Officials’ Candid Accounts & Declassified Documents Provide Fresh Details, Illuminate Ongoing Hostility Edited by Malcolm Byrne
The following list includes some of the most popular books from our online shop in 2012, and also has details of this year’s Peace Diary. Our online shop is fully stocked, so if it’s in print you should be able to find it there. Continue reading →