Neo-Ottomanism Surges in Middle East Politics By Melkulangara BHADRAKUMAR

15 October 2018 — Strategic Culture Foundation

The fate of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman hangs in the balance. The common perception is that everything depends on which way President Donald Trump moves – go by his own preference to bury the scandal over Jamal Khashoggi’s disappearance or give in to the rising demand that Saudi-American relations can no longer be business as usual. Trump’s mood swing suggests he is dithering.

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Turkey Crosses into Syria: Unipolar Conspiracy or Multipolar Coordination? By Andrew Korybko

24 August 2016 — Katehon


It’s very fashionable nowadays for people to criticize the Kremlin for incompetency, and its recent history of controversial decisions coupled with the suspected liberal fifth-and-six-column infiltration of key national institutions gives plenty of ground for this, but sometimes people jump the gun, such as when accusing Russia of being ‘duped’ by Turkey. It’s interesting that no such criticisms are publicly leveled against Iran despite Tehran bending over backwards to Ankara during and after the failed pro-US coup attempt against Erdogan, but double standards are the norm when people engage in diatribes, and it’s always been the case that Russia has caught much more flak than anyone else whenever multipolar commentators critique their own camp.

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Election Meddling: Bad if Done to USA, Bad to Complain About if Done by USA

15 August 2016 — FAIR

The Washington Post (8/10/16) published what has to be one of the most naked examples of projection ever displayed by a major American paper. The Post’s editorial board, in another effort to bash Russia, lumped its President Vladimir Putin and Turkey’s increasingly autocratic ruler President Recep Tayyip Erdogan into a generic “strongman” category, and warned of their paranoia:

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Wide Purges After Stage-Managed Coup Will Cripple Turkey By Moon of Alabama

18 July 2016 — Moon of Alabama

As fake evidence now gets sorted out from the real stuff considerable evidence emerges that the coup in Turkey was either completely staged or at least a controlled provocation as a prelude to large, well planned purges.

While some junior officers involved in the coup may have believe[d] that it was for real, Erdogan and his power apparatus knew that the coup was coming and had everything under control. One wonders how those juniors were deceived and what provoked them into their hasty, amateurish, hapless attempt. Did some allegedly upcoming investigation spook them?

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Turkey’s Failed Coup: “A Gift from God” or from Washington? By Tony Cartalucci

17 July 2016 — Land Destroyer 

The coup this weekend that rocked Turkey was a particularly spectacular geopolitical development. Theories abound regarding who was behind it and their motivations for carrying out what ultimately proved an apparently failed attempt at removing the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Still, it is too early to tell, as facts are far from forthcoming. However, it is possible to discern the most plausible possibilities based on the subsequent actions taken by various potential players who may have been involved in the coup attempt.

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Military faction attempts coup in Turkey By James Cogan

16 July 2016 — WSWS

A faction of the Turkish military is attempting to carry out an overnight coup and oust the government headed by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Fighting between rival military and police units has been reported in both Istanbul, the country’s economic centre, and Ankara, the political capital. At least 42 people are dead and an estimated 1,000 wounded. State news agencies are reporting that more than 750 people have been arrested.

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NATO’s Plans for False Flag Attack on Turkey? By Tony Cartalucci

28 March 2014 — Land Destroyer

It has been revealed that NATO has been planning a false flag attack against Turkey to justify the Turkish invasion of northern Syria, the International Business Times reported in its article, “Turkey YouTube Ban: Full Transcript of Leaked Syria ‘War’ Conversation Between Erdogan Officials.”

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Syria: Erdogan’s Invasion Plans Revealed

27 March 2014 — Moon of Alabama

On March 23 AlQaeda affiliated groups crossed the border from Turkey and attacked the western Syrian province of Latakia. They seized the Kasab border crossing and the Armenian town of Kessab. People there fled as the Jihadist removed the crosses from the Armenian churches and replaced them with their black flag. The Jihadist groups were given artillery support and anti-air cover from Turkey. A Syrian jet on a bombing run against the Jihadists was shot down by the Turkish air-force.

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Turkish PM Erdogan Playing with Fire By Sungur Savran

24 March 2014 — The Bullet Socialist Project • E-Bulletin No. 956

Three events that occurred in the space of three days create sufficient ground for suspecting that [Turkish Prime Minister] Recep Tayyip Erdogan is playing with the Syrian fire in order to extricate himself out of the situation he faces. First, a commando of three foreign fundamentalist militants engage in a shootout with the gendarmes and the police on a motorway in Central Anatolia, leaving one policeman, one gendarme and one passer-by dead. The militants have been travelling in a taxi from Hatay on the Syrian border to Istanbul and are supposedly discovered by coincidence. They are almost a caricature of the typical Al Qaeda commando, two Albanians and one Kosovar fighting in Syria.

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NATO and the Gulf Cooperation Council Organized and Financed the Death of 120,000 Syrians By Thierry Meyssan

25 November 2013 — Voltaire Network

What has been happening in Syria for the past three years? According to NATO and GCC media reports, the “regime” has shed blood to suppress a democratic revolution. However this version is contradicted by the current support for the government estimated at, according to sources, between 60 and 90 % of the population.

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Syria, Egypt Reveal Erdogan’s Hidden “Neo-Ottoman Agenda” By Nicola Nasser

20 November 2013 — Global Research

The eruption of the Syrian conflict early in 2011 heralded the demise of Turkey ’s officially pronounced strategy of “Zero Problems with Neighbors,” but more importantly, it revealed a “hidden agenda” in Turkish foreign policy under the government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

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The West Strikes Back in Syria By Melkulangara BHADRAKUMAR

22 August 2013 — Strategic Culture Foundation

No sooner than the United Nations chemical weapons inspectors arrived in Damascus – within 72 hours, in fact – the Syrian opposition figures based in Istanbul, Turkey, have claimed that up to 1400 people have been killed in chemical weapons attacks by the government forces on the outskirts of the Syrian capital on Wednesday morning. 

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VTJP Palestine-Israel Newslinks 20 August 2013: Erasing Palestine From the Map

20 August 2013 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Settlers Install Mobile Homes On Palestinian Lands In Al-Khader
IMEMC – Ahmad Salah, an activist against Israel s illegal settlements and its apartheid wall in Al-Khader town, south of Bethlehem, stated Tuesday [August 20, 2013] that a number of settlers installed mobile homes on lands that belong to residents of the town. …
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Disturbances Continue, Schism in Society Intensifies By Dimitriy Sedov

21 June 2013 — Strategic Culture Foundation

The events on Istanbul’s Taksim Square are presented in the world media as the consequences of an «ecologically incorrect» decision by the government to clear a landscaped area in a park located on the square. This is far from the truth and raises questions about the real interests of the West in the spreading conflict.

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Report from Turkey: A Taste of Tahrir at Taksim By Sungur Savran

1 June 2013 — The Bullet • Socialist Project E-Bulletin No. 831

Istanbul has become a battlefield covered by tear gas. The police, no doubt at the behest of the Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan and his AKP government, have been attacking protestors in the centre of the city, near Taksim Square, for five consecutive days. This would have been no news at all: Turkish police are famous for their brutality in dealing with demonstrations unwelcome to the government. Only a month ago, on May Day, they had dispersed a gathering of thousands of workers and unionists using tear gas unsparingly. So nothing new on the police front. This time is different for another reason.

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