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NATO Establishes Israel Presence at Headquarters

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, May 5, 2016 at 1:45pm 5/5/2016 at 1:45pm
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NATO has accepted Israel’s request to establish an office at the headquarters in Brussels, Belgium.

The decision went through because Turkey decided to stop opposing Israel’s attempts at opening an office at NATO. A non-NATO country needs unanimous consent from all NATO members in order to collaborate with the organization.

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Turkish Parliament Breaks Out in Another Fight

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at 4:30pm 5/3/2016 at 4:30pm
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The Turkish parliament dived into another fistfight this week as the lawmakers debate changes to the country’s constitution.

The members fought again about stripping some members of parliament of their immunity if they face charges.

The fight “left one person with a dislocated shoulder and a second with a bloodied nose.”

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Dutch Journalist Arrested In Turkey for Anti-Erdogan Tweet

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, April 24, 2016 at 4:00pm 4/24/2016 at 4:00pm
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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan cannot take criticism and will not tolerate dissent in Turkey . . . or, it seems, in Germany and the Netherlands.

In 2014, Erdogan made international news when he ordered sweeping arrests of opposition “journalists, producers, scriptwriters, and even police chiefs” suspected of being aligned with his...

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Germany: Refugees Welcome, Free Speech ‘not so much’

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at 11:30am 4/5/2016 at 11:30am
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More than 70 years after the fall of Nazi regime the government in Germany is tightening the noose on free speech. In a latest incident, Germany’s state-run television has removed a satirical clip critical of Turkish President Recep Erdogan. German Chancellor Angela Merkel called up...

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Acknowledge The Armenian Genocide, Too

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, March 18, 2016 at 12:00pm 3/18/2016 at 12:00pm
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The subtext in Secretary of State Kerry’s agonizing over whether to label ISIS’s systematic, premeditated rape and slaughter of Christians, Yazidis and Shi’ites in Syria is what it means for the million-and-a-half skeletons in Turkey’s closet.  There is little objective doubt that during World War I, Turkey murdered around 1.5 million...

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Ankara vs. the Kremlin: Putin Signs Sanctions Decree Over Downed Jet

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, November 29, 2015 at 12:00pm 11/29/2015 at 12:00pm
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Yesterday, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree imposing sanctions against Turkey in retaliation over last week’s downing of a Russian jet that crossed into Turkish airspace near the Syrian border.

The decree went into effect immediately, and places a stranglehold both on Turkish businesses operating in Russia and on Russians who...

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Rubio: If Threatened, the U.S. Must ‘Respond and Defend’ Turkey

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, November 24, 2015 at 8:45pm 11/24/2015 at 8:45pm
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Earlier today, Turkey shot down a Russian fighter plane after repeated warnings.

According to the Turkish military, officials warned “an unidentified aircraft” ten times over the course of five minutes that its path would violate Turkish airspace over the border town of Yayladagi, in Hatay province. A spokesman for U.S. officials...

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“This will get complicated”: Turkey Warns, Shoots Down Russian Fighter Jet

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, November 24, 2015 at 2:06pm 11/24/2015 at 2:06pm
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Today U.S. officials confirmed that the Turkish military fired upon a Russian jet when it repeatedly violated Turkish airspace near the Turkey-Syria border.

The jet crash landed in the Jabal Turkmen area of the coastal Syrian province of Latakia, and it is now believed that both pilots have died under...

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You Should Be Worried about Erdogan’s Turkey

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, November 2, 2015 at 7:44pm 11/2/2015 at 7:44pm
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Back in June, the anti-Democratic Erdogan regime fielded a major blow when Turkish voters, led by the Kurds, denied the Justice and Development Party (or A.K.P.) a parliamentary majority. It was a victory for not only the Kurds, but for liberal and/or secular Turks who had spent years protesting the power...

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Migrant Crisis: Turkey’s Erdogan Holds Europe Hostage

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, October 6, 2015 at 11:30am 10/6/2015 at 11:30am
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With news reports in Germany putting the number of migrants expected at 1.5 million, the opposition to Chancellor Angela Merkel’s open boarder policy is rising. On Monday, about nine thousand people took to streets in Dresden at a rally called by the anti-...

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ICC prosecutor appeals Judges’ request to reconsider closing of Gaza Flotilla prosecution (Update – Appeal Papers)

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, July 27, 2015 at 11:57am 7/27/2015 at 11:57am
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Earlier this month we reported on an outrageous decision by the International Criminal Court requesting that the ICC prosecutor reconsider her decision to close the investigation into the Israeli raid on a Gaza Flotilla boat, the Mavi Marmara. In that raid, Turkish Islamists and activists attacked Israeli soldiers, resulting in 9...

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Turkey will let US launch ISIS strikes from Incirlik Air Base

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, July 23, 2015 at 5:35pm 7/23/2015 at 5:35pm
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The Wall Street Journal is reporting via defense officials that Ankara has agreed to allow the United States to launch air strikes against ISIS from the Incirlik Air Base in southern Turkey.

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Jew-baiting Turkish bully Erdogan’s party loses parliamentary majority

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, June 7, 2015 at 9:00pm 6/7/2015 at 9:00pm
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I was against Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan before it was cool to be against Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

My first post warning of his anti-democratic, anti-Israel, anti-Semitic tendancies was on January 31, 2009, barely four months after the launch of Legal Insurrection in mid-October 2008.

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Wild Turkey — Erdoğan’s delusions of a new Ottoman Empire

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, January 15, 2015 at 12:05pm 1/15/2015 at 12:05pm
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We have been warning about for years about Turkey’s Islamist President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

Erdogan systematically has set out to dismantl civil society and the secular military and foamed at the mouth about Israel, often through then Foreign Minister, now Prime Minister, Ahmet Davutoglu:

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Will an independent Kurdistan emerge from Syria-Iraq chaos?

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, June 12, 2014 at 3:07pm 6/12/2014 at 3:07pm
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We’ve been writing about the lack of a free and independent Kurdistan for years, It’s time for a free and independent Kurdistan.

While the Palestinian agenda has dominated every international forum, the much more populous and ethnically distinct Kurds have been mostly ignored.  In part, this is because the Kurds span several nation...

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Turkish police clash with demonstrators on anniversary of Gezi Park protests

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, June 1, 2014 at 8:00pm 6/1/2014 at 8:00pm
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Saturday marked the one year anniversary of the Gezi Park protests that subsequently persisted for months in Turkey last year.  As many tried to gather to commemorate that anniversary, authorities responded on Saturday by blocking access to some locations and cracking down on some of the protesters.

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Turkey to lift ban on Twitter

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 2:03pm 4/3/2014 at 2:03pm
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The government of Turkey says it is lifting a recent ban on Twitter after a court ruling declared that the ban violated freedom of expression.

From the Associated Press:

Turkey’s government said Thursday it is lifting its ban on Twitter, a day after the country’s highest court ruled that the block is a...

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