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Mar 20, 2014

Turkey’s Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan (Reuters/Umit Bektas)

Turkey has blocked Twitter hours after embattled Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan threatened to close it down ahead of a key election. It comes after audio recordings purportedly demonstrating corruption among his associates were posted on the site.

Just before midnight, access to Twitter was blocked, Hurriyet Daily reports.

“We now have a court order. We will wipe out Twitter,” the Islamist-leaning leader told a crowd of adulating supporters during a campaign rally in the northwestern city of Bursa on Thursday, AFP reported.

“I don’t care what the international community says. They will see the Turkish republic’s strength,” Erdogan added.

According to the Press Advisory of the Prime Ministry, Twitter officials are currently ignoring court rulings demanding they remove some links.

[In Erdogan’s speech] it is stated that as long as Twitter fails to change its attitude…

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Mar 8, 2014

Some 2,000 people marched peacefully in central Istanbul on International Women’s Day, protesting the Turkish government’s policies and violence against women. A small group of protesters later clashed with officers who blocked them from Taksim Square. READ MORE:


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Vienna, (SANA) Former UN Secretary General and former international envoy to Syria Kofi Annan said Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey have supplied the “Syrian opposition” with money and arms.

In an interview with the Austrian Die Presse newspaper, Annan noted that some regional and Western countries rejected the six-point plan which he presented for solving the crisis in Syria because they had differences with the Syrian leadership or with Iran, Russia and China, adding that those countries then formed the so-called “Friends of Syria” group.

He reiterated the need to solve the crisis in Syria by peaceful and political means, expressing his opposition to any form of military intervention.

Annan, who was appointed as UN Special Envoy to Syria in February 2012, highlighted that the Syrian government showed positive reaction to his efforts early in his mission with regard to declaring a limited ceasefire while the other parties rejected that…

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Occupied Palestine | فلسطين

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GAZA, (PIC)– Palestinian premier Ismail Haneyya received on Wednesday grand mufti of the Australian continent Sheikh Ibrahim Salem and the delegation of the Turkish Felicity Party.

During his meeting with the delegates, premier Haneyya highlighted that the Muslim nation started to get rid of its era of subordination, humiliation and weakness and move towards a historical shift because of the Arab Spring changes.

The premier also hailed some Arab and Muslim countries, especially Turkey, for their political and financial support for Gaza people.

For his part, Sheikh Ibrahim Salem expressed his happiness for being in Gaza, describing it as the land of pride and martyrdom.

“I am pleased to stand on the land of jihad to learn from its sons and I have the honor to be among the people of Gaza where the weakness always becomes strength, the few becomes many and…

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The Extinction Protocol

November 12, 2012SYRIANATO will defend alliance member Turkey, which struck back after mortar rounds fired from Syria landed inside its border, the alliance’s Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said at a meeting in Prague on Monday. “NATO as an organization will do what it takes to protect and defend Turkey, our ally. We have more plans in place to make sure that we can protect and defend Turkey and hopefully that way also deter so that attacks on Turkey will not take place,” he said. Rasmussen also welcomed a weekend agreement by Syrian opposition groups to put aside differences and form a new coalition. A Syrian fighter jet on Monday bombed an area near the Turkish border, causing several casualties, officials and witnesses said. An Associated Press video journalist saw the plane bomb an area around the Syrian town of Ras al-Ayn, some 10 meters (yards)…

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Massive Turkish Anti-war protests against Interference in Syria

Global Research, November 07, 2012
World Socialist Web Site 6 October 2012
Economy Alone Fails to Explain Turkey’s Success

Tens of thousands of anti-war protesters gathered in Istanbul, Thursday evening, opposing military action against Syria. Marchers streamed through the capital’s commercial district, opposing Turkey’s alliance with the United States and pledging support for the Syrian people.

The demonstration took place after the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government used its majority in parliament to grant Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan powers to send soldiers into “foreign countries”.

The clear intent is to wage a cross-border offensive to depose the regime of Bashir al-Assad without consulting the national assembly. The motion submitted allows the government to determine “the scope, extent and time” of any possible intervention.

The motion was passed after a stray shell from Syria killed five people in the Turkish border town of Akçakale Wednesday. Two days of mortar fire followed; Turkish fighter jets also carried out strikes on targets including a Syrian military camp, killing an unspecified number of soldiers.

The measure, denounced as a “war bill”, was opposed by the opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP). AKP spokesmen denied that war was being considered, but Erdogan called the mortar shells that hit Akçakale “at the threshold of armed attacks” and pledged “to act in a timely and quick manner against additional risks and threats facing our country.”

The parliamentary session was held in closed session, under AKP instructions. Demonstrators outside parliament in Ankara were attacked by police with teargas.

Internationally, Turkey engaged in a flurry of diplomatic activity to secure support for its stand. It called repeatedly for the support of its NATO military allies against an external threat, citing Article 4 of the NATO treaty.

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu personally called United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen.

The response was bellicose.

A NATO statement declared, “The Syrian regime’s recent aggressive acts at Nato’s south-eastern border … are a flagrant breach of international law and a clear and present danger to security.” It demanded the immediate end of “aggressive acts against an ally”.

Pentagon Press Secretary George Little denounced what he called “depraved behavior” by Syria and called for the removal of the government.

Britain’s Foreign Secretary William Hague joined Secretary of State Hilary Clinton in expressing outrage.

Russia blocked the more inflammatory positions demanded by the US and its allies at the UN. A first draft of a resolution condemned the shelling of Akçakale and the deaths of five civilians as “violations of international law” and as constituting “a serious threat to international peace and security,” calling on “the Syria government to fully respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of its neighbours.”

Russia opposed the reference to violations of international law and a serious threat to international peace and security, urging an appeal to both parties for “restraint” and to “avoid military clashes”.

Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov made clear to Interfax news agency that Russia was seeking to block “pretexts for carrying out a military scenario or to introduce initiatives such as humanitarian corridors or buffer zones.”

Most media sources accepted the AKP’s denials that it is contemplating war, but war is clearly what it wants.

The resolution moved in parliament was in fact dated September 20, showing that the AKP cynically used Akçakale as a pretext to promote pre-existing plans to obtain authorization for an invasion of Syria.

In addition, on Friday, the Turkish General Staff declared 15 mountainous areas, predominantly in the East and Southeast of Turkey “temporary security zones.” Public entry into the areas will be forbidden between October 7 and January 7 due to “extensive military operations” being carried out against the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK). Turkey has already said it will not respect Syria’s border in pursuing its military campaign against Kurdish separatists it has accused Assad of encouraging and sheltering.

Turkey has repeatedly urged the establishment of military corridors and no-fly zones in Syria. It also hosts the Free Syrian Army and the Syrian National Congress. It provides bases for various opposition groups to enter Syria and conduct military attacks, including covert forces from the CIA and Gulf States such as Saudi Arabia and Qatar and numerous Al Qaeda-type outfits.

The AKP is intent on advancing itself as the head of an alliance of Sunni powers on which the imperialist powers can rely to police essential oil and gas extraction and to suppress social and political opposition in the working class through repression and whipping up ethno-sectarian tensions.

But the AKP wants military action to proceed under a NATO umbrella and with active US participation. For both the AKP and the Obama administration, this is fraught with difficulties. Both would face major domestic opposition to the launch of another war in the Middle East. Both will face opposition, possibly including a military response, from Russia and China to an attempt to exclude them from the strategically-vital region.

The Turkish media reflected these concerns, with Ismail Kucukkaya, writing in centre-right Aksam urging, “Let us scream from the very beginning: No war!” Warning of “incalculable dangers”, he asked, “Are we right to make a war and do we have enough legitimate reasons? Does the nation want that? Will our economy bear this?”

Melih Asik in Milliyet warned: “We’ve reached a critical point. We’re not only up against Syria, but also Iran, Iraq, Russia and China which support Damascus. Behind us, there is nothing but the provocative attitudes and empty promises of the United States.” Referring to the AKP’s recent conviction of Turkish generals on charges of plotting a coup, he added: “What we have is an army whose generals are arrested… and a terror problem we are struggling to deal with.”

Such comments indicate the sense of impending disaster that is developing in sections of the Turkish ruling class. Nonetheless, the AKP and its NATO allies are continuing to pour fuel on the flames.

Warning Syria that testing Turkey’s preparedness for war would be a “fatal mistake,” Erdogan said yesterday: “We are not interested in war, but we’re not far from it either. This nation has come to where it is today having gone through intercontinental wars.”

The logic of the AKP’s participation in the US drive for regime change in Syria and to destroy Iran’s nuclear program leads to war with both those countries and ultimately with Russia and China—that is, towards war throughout the Middle East and the world. The parliament vote authorizing military action brings Turkey and the world one step closer to such a catastrophe.

Deutsche Welle wrote: “Ankara is preparing for conflict and at the same time stating it does not intend to declare war. The West has responded slowly to play down the clash’s importance… Turkey is not limiting its response to howitzer fire. The air force and navy were put on alert, according to press reports.”

“Few doubts remain about Turkey’s resolve to consider a full military reaction against Syria,” it concluded.

At the same time, Simon Tisdall busily lobbied for military intervention in theGuardian. Asking “How long can the world’s great powers sit on their hands?” he condemned “do-nothing hand-wringing.” He solidarised himself with the “pressure for more direct, multilateral intervention, most probably via NATO,” coming from the Arab states and US Republicans.

The head of the Israeli military intelligence, Maj Gen Aviv Kochavi, used the occasion to threaten action to protect the Golan Heights. “The erosion of the Syrian regime’s control and the growing penetration of global jihadist forces present a new threat, for which Military Intelligence and the IDF [Israel Defence Forces] are preparing,” he said.

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Two demonstrations in Ankara and Antioch to demand the closure of terrorist camps and in solidarity with Syria and rejection of Washington and Erdogan’s policies against it


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The Syrian foreign ministry says Turkey has opened its borders and airports for Syria-bound terrorists, calling it a flagrant violation of the international law.

The ministry made the remarks on Sunday in two letters addressed to the UN Security Council and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Syrian news agency Sana reported.

The ministry said Syria’s northern neighbor allowed “thousands of al-Qaeda, Takfiri, and Wahhabi terrorists” to cross the border in order to “kill innocent Syrians, blow up their properties, and spread chaos and destruction.”

Turkey is home to the headquarters of the self-proclaimed Free Syrian Army and hosts many meetings of foreign-backed insurgent groups fighting against Damascus.

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Antakya center : protesters asked NATO to get out of region and also asked Turkish gov”t to close terrorists camps in Iskandarun.



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The UN permanent envoy in the UN Bashar al-Jafari said, “There is a hysterical obsess to target Syria and not to collaborate with Six Points’ plan”.

Al-Jafari added that violence cannot stop in Syria as long as some countries are still intervening in the internal Syrian business.
Al-Jafari wondered, “Why do some insist on working outside the UN and the Security Council?”.
Al-Jafari pointed that the real help for Syria depends on fixing the suffering’s reasons, especially the terrorism that the armed groups commit.
He added that Syria has welcomed millions of Arab and non-Arab refugees due to the abusive actions.
He also said that the refugees were treated kindly and like Syrians and were not put in barbed camps on the borders.

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After suffering for few weeks of horror imposed by Turkey’s FSA terrorists in their city, Aleppo residents went out in packed rallies celebrating the cleansing by the Syrian Arab Army of a number of neighborhoods from those terrorists.
Chants: God Bless the Army roared all
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by Christof Lehmann
August 6, 2012

Yesterday the Iranian News Agency FARS reported that the Syrian Military had arrested a Turkish General in Aleppo, Syria. (1) Not Surprisingly the Turkish government vehemently denies that Syria should have arrested the General. It also denied that the Phantom F4 fighter jet that was downed by the Syrian military over a months ago had illegally entered Syrian air-space while Turkey admittedly is waging an illegal war on Syria.

The report has, in spite of Turkish attempts to rebut it, gained in credibility when the Iranian Member of Parliament, Mansour Haghighat-Pour demanded that Ankara should answer for the activities of the Turkish general who had been arrested in Aleppo.

Mansour Haghighat-Pour is the Vice Chairman of the Iranian Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee, a position that provides privileged access to information from a usually very well informed Iranian Intelligence Community.

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