Turkey and Armenia are trading accusations over responsibility for the apparent end of a nearly decade-long initiative to normalize relations between the estranged neighbors

Armenia, Turkey Trade Blame After Yerevan Abandons Protocols

December 21, 2017 - 12:23pm, by Ayla Jean Yackley Turkey and Armenia are trading accusations over responsibility for the apparent end of a nearly decade-long initiative to normalize relations between the estranged neighbors. Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan said in a September speech to the United Nations General Assembly that Armenia would “enter the spring of 2018 without those futile protocols.” That news passed mostly unremarked in Turkey, until Armenian Foreign Minister Edward ...

Broad Crackdown Reins In Saudi Arabia’s Elite

Broad Crackdown Reins In Saudi Arabia’s Elite

Editor’s Note: Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is consolidating his power as he prepares to take Saudi Arabia in a new direction. While these changes are significant indeed, he is by no means the liberal he purports to be.  Please see Henrik Palmgren’s excellent investigative report for more detail on bin Salman, The Future Investment Initiative, the ambitiously futuristic Neom megacity project, and the emergence of artificial intelligence. – Mundilfury. A sweeping weekend roundup of more ...

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Austria, Hungary and Czechs Form Anti-Soros, Pro-Russia Alliance – Russian TV

"This could recreate a bloc reminiscent of the Habsburg Empire, which could push back against Berlin, Paris, and Brussels." This great video clip and its transcript on our YouTube Channel is taken from the Russian news, and it describes how a new power bloc may be forming on the territory of what was the Habsburg Empire, known also as the Holy Roman Empire, a misnomer in that it was neither Holy nor Roman. Unlike the Austro-Hungarian Empire of old, Austria and Hungry today are becoming ...

Soros Network in Brussels Plots Creating Europe of Mixed Population

Soros Network’ in Brussels Plots Creating ‘Europe of Mixed Population’

(Editor’s Note: Viktor Orban is quite right to make the assertion that George Soros and his acolytes in Brussels are determined to transform Europeans into a mixed-race populace. Richard von Coudenhove-Kalergi, the intellectual founding father of the European Union, wrote explicitly about this genocidal transformation. In his monograph entitled Practical Idealism, Kalergi states that “The man of the future will be of mixed race. Today’s races and castes will gradually disappear owing to the ...

Turkey Erdoğan Negotiates Release of Crimean Tatar Leaders Imprisoned By Russia

Turkey: Erdoğan Negotiates Release of Crimean Tatar Leaders Imprisoned By Russia

Russia has freed two imprisoned Crimean Tatar leaders after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan advocated on their behalf, a significant victory for Turkish diplomacy in Russia and Ukraine. On October 25, Russia freed Akhtem Chiygoz and Ilmi Umerov, two deputy chairmen of the Crimean Tatar Mejlis assembly jailed for their opposition to Russia’s 2014 annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula. The two men were then flown to the Russian city of Anapa and, from there, sent to Ankara. They will ...

Uzbekistan President Shavkat Mirziyoyev Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan Uzbek-Turkish summit

Uzbekistan & Turkey: Is It Love?

The just-concluded Uzbek-Turkish summit meeting in Ankara was like a meeting of long-lost friends. “You could tell from our eyes how we had missed one another over these 20 years,” Uzbekistan’s President Shavkat Mirziyoyev said, standing near his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, during a joint briefing. “We understood one another without saying even half a word, even without words, just by looking at one another.” When Mirziyoyev flew into Ankara for a two-day visit on October 25 ...

Hungary and Slovakia Must Admit Refugees as Part of EU Relocation Program, Court Rules

Hungary and Slovakia Must Admit Refugees as Part of EU Relocation Program, Court Rules

Ruling comes amid rising tensions between the EU’s Western and Eastern members over whether the bloc has the authority to resettle refugees The European Union’s top court on Wednesday ruled that Hungary and Slovakia must admit migrants as part of a refugee relocation program, a significant victory for Brussels that resurfaces deep disagreements over immigration policy within the bloc. The ruling comes amid rising tensions between the EU’s Western and Eastern members over whether the bloc ...

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan survived the attempted coup in Turkey 2017

Erdogan isn’t the root of Turkey’s troubles

 by Steven A. Cook President Recep Tayyip Erdogan survived the attempted coup in Turkey one year ago this Saturday, but the aftermath has been ugly. A purge that the government had begun well before the failed putsch accelerated and has since ruined the lives of more than 200,000 people and counting. In mid-April, the government staged a referendum on the powers of the presidency. The “yes” votes carried the day, but barely. Observers from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in ...

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Sebastian Gorka: Trump’s War on Fake News

SEBASTIAN GORKA TO CNN’S ANDERSON COOPER: TRUMP’S WAR ON FAKE NEWS “IS NOT ABOUT YOU. IT IS ABOUT ACTUALLY HAVING JOURNALISM BACK ON TV.” Gorka called the idea that there is a "bunker mentality" or "crisis" about this week's Donald Jr. news in the White House "laughable," stating: "We are pushing the Make America Great Again agenda. The president is a steam locomotive that will not be stopped. It’s just fake news. I’m sad to see CNN fall to this. I know you want salacious, sensational ...

Why Are We Attacking the Syrians Who Are Fighting ISIS?

Why Are We Attacking the Syrians Who Are Fighting ISIS?

Just when you thought our Syria policy could not get any worse, last week it did. The US military twice attacked Syrian government forces from a military base it illegally occupies inside Syria. According to the Pentagon, the attacks on Syrian government-backed forces were “defensive” because the Syrian fighters were approaching a US self-declared “de-confliction” zone inside Syria. The Syrian forces were pursuing ISIS in the area, but the US attacked anyway. The US is training yet another ...

India & Pakistan to join SCO during landmark Astana summit 2018

India & Pakistan to join SCO during landmark Astana summit

India & Pakistan to join SCO during landmark Astana summit The Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit is kicking off in Kazakhstan, with the admission of India and Pakistan topping the agenda. Russian President Vladimir Putin, who already met Chinese leader Xi Jinping, will take part in the leaders’ meeting. Putin has arrived in Kazakhstan’s capital, Astana, on Thursday, prior to the opening of the SCO summit scheduled for Friday. On his first day of the visit, Putin also held a ...

Opting out of a new world order helmed by an EU-China alliance

Opting out of a new world order helmed by an EU-China alliance

In late April, the European Union declared its alliance with China. EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini identified China as a key ally in “guarantee[ing] the world order”. Never before has the European world order shared a common destiny with the values enshrined in communist statehood. Mogherini laid out the agreements underpinning the shared EU-China world order: the Paris climate accord and UN’s Sustainable Development goals. The US withdrawal from the Paris Agreement is an ...

What’s going on with Qatar?

What’s going on with Qatar?

Tensions have resurfaced in a sustained media onslaught that has again cast Qatar as a threat to stability and security in the Persian Gulf. At the heart of the latest argument among members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) are incendiary comments attributed to Qatar’s Emir Tamim at a military graduation ceremony May 23. A report published on the Qatar News Agency (QNA) website later that day alleged that the emir stated that Qatar had a tense relationship with President Trump’s ...

Xi Jinping wants to work with Turkey on counter-terrorism Beijing says some Uighurs then end up fighting with Islamist militants in Iraq and Syria

Xi Jinping wants to work with Turkey on counter-terrorism

Beijing says some Uighurs then end up fighting with Islamist militants in Iraq and Syria. Meeting on the sidelines of a summit on China’s new Silk Road plan, Mr Xi told Mr Erdogan that developing strategic cooperation was in the interests of both countries, China’s foreign ministry said late on Saturday. “In order to promote even greater development of relations, China and Turkey must respect and give consideration to each other’s core concerns, and deepen security and counter-terrorism ...

Soros 'Mafia State' Speech a Declaration of War – Hungarian PM Orban

Soros ‘Mafia State’ Speech a Declaration of War – Hungarian PM Orban

The war of words between George Soros and Hungarian PM Viktor Orban is threatening to boil over after the billionaire philanthropist claimed Hungary is a ‘mafia state’ posing as a democracy. “He [Orban] sought to frame his policies as a personal conflict between the two of us and has made me the target of his unrelenting propaganda campaign,” the Hungarian-born American financier said during his keynote address at the annual economic forum of the European Commission Thursday. The speech ...

The Donald meets the Pope, but don't bank on world peace

The Donald meets the Pope, but don’t bank on world peace

  Neil Clark is a journalist, writer, broadcaster and blogger. He has written for many newspapers and magazines in the UK and other countries including The Guardian, Morning Star, Daily and Sunday Express, Mail on Sunday, Daily Mail, Daily Telegraph, New Statesman, The Spectator, The Week, and The American Conservative. He is a regular pundit on RT and has also appeared on BBC TV and radio, Sky News, Press TV and the Voice of Russia. He is the co-founder of the Campaign For Public ...

WW3 is on the horizon. Turkey set to approve fast-track deployment of troops to Qatar

WW3 is on the horizon. Turkey set to approve “fast-track” deployment of troops to Qatar

Moments ago The Duran reported on reports that Iran’s Revolutionary Guards have accused Saudi Arabia of being behind the terrorist attacks in Tehran. ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attacks, but it is common knowledge that Saudi Arabia is the main sponsor of ISIS, as it pushes to overthrow Assad in Syria. Iran’s Revolutionary Guards are connecting the dots, and all roads are leading to Saudi Arabia. Turkey is aligned against Iran in Syria, but is now throwing its support clearly ...

A general view of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) building in Washington, U.S. May 9, 2017.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst - RTS15WXN

Will FBI Sacking Affect National Security?

Interviewee: Matthew C. Waxman, Adjunct Senior Fellow for Law and Foreign Policy Interviewer: Jonathan Masters, Deputy Editor May 10, 2017 President Donald J. Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey comes amid multiple U.S. government investigations of Russia’s alleged interference in the 2016 presidential election, touching off a heated debate over its timing and motivation. “Removing the director will complicate and slow the FBI's investigative efforts,” says CFR’s Matthew Waxman, an ...

Does Iraq Have a Plan for After the Islamic State?

Does Iraq Have a Plan for After the Islamic State?

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced Monday that the United States will deploy 560 more troops to Iraq, bringing the total upwards of 4,600 as preparations get underway to recapture Mosul from the self-proclaimed Islamic State. It comes as Iraqi forces and militias, with U.S. backing, have retaken large swaths of territory from the group, but this progress may come to naught if the state cannot extend rule of law to newly liberated areas, says Ned Parker, former Baghdad bureau chief for ...

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan leaves after a news conference following the National Security Council and cabinet meetings at the Presidential Palace in Ankara, Turkey, July 20, 2016.  REUTERS/Umit Bektas  TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY - RTSIXEM

The Logic of the Political Purge

Turkey’s president has arrested thousands of people to hang onto power. Can it work? The attempted coup in Turkey on July 15, 2016, could have been a promising moment, one that encouraged President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to pursue a decidedly more democratic path. He could have used the opportunity to educate his citizens on the merits of electoral, rather than military, solutions to political conflict. After every major opposition party came out against the coup attempt, he could have seized ...

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan chairs a National Security Council (MGK) meeting at the presidential palace in Ankara, Turkey, July 20, 2016. Kayhan Ozer/Presidential Palace/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE. - RTSIUNU

How Erdogan Made Turkey Authoritarian Again

It wasn’t supposed to be like this. In October 2004, the European Commission offered Turkey a formal invitation to begin negotiations for membership in that exclusive club of democracies, the European Union. The Justice and Development Party (AKP), which had been in power for just two years at the time, hailed the commission’s offer as validation of its self-described Muslim Democrat worldview. Yet only a few years after that triumphant moment, Recep Tayyip Erdogan—who was prime minister for ...

The U.S. Vice President and Foreign Policy

The U.S. Vice President and Foreign Policy

Introduction For most of U.S. history, the vice presidency was an office of little power or prestige. The incumbent’s chief responsibilities were to preside over the Senate, voting only in the case of a tie, and, on the rare occasion, replace a fallen president. By contrast, vice presidents in the twenty-first century are likely to be integral members of an administration, directly involved in shaping policy at home and abroad. Many historians say the office has been elevated to such a ...

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)

Introduction The North Atlantic Treaty Organization, a Cold War cornerstone of transatlantic security, has significantly recast its role in the past twenty years. Founded in 1949 as a bulwark against Soviet aggression, NATO has evolved to confront threats ranging from piracy off the Horn of Africa to human trafficking in the Mediterranean. But while the modern NATO is generally more recognized for its role beyond rather than within Europe, Russian actions in recent years, particularly its ...

Territorial Disputes in the South China Sea

Territorial Disputes in the South China Sea

Recent Developments Territorial and jurisdictional disputes in the South China Sea continue to strain relationships between China and other countries in Southeast Asia and risk escalation into a military clash. The United States has sought to uphold freedom of navigation and support other nations in Southeast Asia that have been affected by China’s assertive territorial claims and land reclamation efforts. In the fall of 2015, the United States signaled that it will challenge China’s ...

Why America’s Christian leaders tolerate Trump

Why America’s Christian leaders tolerate Trump

CLEVELAND — The leadership of the religious right once looked like a promising stronghold for the Never Trump movement, a bastion of the GOP deeply at odds with a man who is heretical on many of the political and personal values the country’s most prominent Christian leaders hold dear. But in an exclusive roundtable conversation with POLITICO, five of America’s most influential religious conservatives said they are committed to supporting the GOP nominee, and some committed to activating ...

Russia's President Vladimir Putin (L) talks with Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan after their news conference in Istanbul December 3, 2012.   REUTERS/Osman Orsal (TURKEY - Tags: POLITICS) - RTR3B626

Alexander Mercouris: Report of a Russian Tip-Off to Erdogan is True

ALEXANDER MERCOURIS   Fars, the semi-official Iranian news agency which claimed a few days ago that the Russians tipped off the Turkish intelligence agency MIT about the coup, is – most unusually – keeping its original report from a few days ago (20th July 2016) still visible on its website. Fars is not an official news agency in the way that TASS for example is the official news agency of the Russian government.  However it is known to be closely supervised by the Iranian ...

Russia's New Conservative Allies in the US The 'Alt-Right' Phenomenon

Russia’s New Conservative Allies in the US: The ‘Alt-Right’ Phenomenon

For those that have been paying attention, the rise of the Alt-Right is as surprising, as it is entirely expected. What is the Alt-Right? If you listen to the mainstream media, the Alt-Right is the birth of an American far right Frankenstein that was mid-wifed by Donald Trump’s inflammatory rhetoric in this election cycle. But what we are seeing now is bigger than even Donald Trump. It is part of a massive paradigm shift that has been underway for some time now. For those that have been ...

Dinko Valev

ISIS offers $50,000 reward for head of Bulgaria’s ‘migrant hunter’

ISIS has put a $50,000 bounty on the head of a self-styled 'migrant hunter' who organises gangs of vigilantes to patrol and hunt down illegal asylum seekers in Bulgaria. Dinko Valev, 29, uses two armoured vehicles to patrol territory near the city of Yambol, close to the border with Turkey. But now it has been revealed that the Bulgarian State Agency for National Security have warned him he is being targeted by the terrorists. The agent said he was on a list of names for which ISIS was ...

French government orders destruction of Nice attack CCTV footage to prevent leaks

French government orders destruction of Nice attack CCTV footage to prevent leaks

An urgent legal requisition was sent to a urban supervision center in Nice on Wednesday, July 20. The Parquet stated a desire to "avoid the uncontrolled dissemination of these images." On Wednesday at 11 am, the Anti-Terrorism Sub-Directorate (SDAT) was sent to agents who manage video surveillance of the city, citing Articles 53 and L706-24 of the Code of Criminal Procedure and Article R642-1 of the Penal Code erasure asking them "complete" 24 hours of images from six cameras named, ...