Turkey

The Geopolitical Earthquake Of The Looming Kurdistan Referendum

In a move that is entirely expected, Iraq's Supreme Court has ruled that the Iraqi Kurdistan independence referendum scheduled for Sept. 25 cannot take place. The ruling comes as Turkey has begun military exercises along its border with Iraq's Kurdish region in a show of force meant to signal it will not tolerate an independent Kurdistan.

Frontrunning: September 15

  • Dollar leaps versus yen, pound at highest since Brexit result (Reuters)
  • Several hurt in 'terrorist' incident in London (Reuters)
  • North Korea Puts Guam in Range With New Missile Launch Over Japan (BBG)
  • U.N. Security Council to meet after North Korea fires another missile over Japan (Reuters)

The Only 'Real Europe' Is Greece

"The real Europe is not the one Juncker paints a portrait of. The real Europe is Greece. That’s where you can see the economic reality as well as the political one. Greece has no sovereignty left to speak of, despite the fact that it is guaranteed it in EU law. Europe’s political reality is about raw power. About the rich waterboarding the poor, to the point that they are turned from sovereign citizens of their countries into lost souls in debt prisons."

"What Did They Expect?" Turkey Pivots From NATO, Signs Russia Missile Deal

"What do you expect? Should we wait for you? We take care of ourselves in every security point. We are taking precautions and we will continue to do so," Turkey's president Erdogan said addressing Western opposition to Turkey's just concluded deal to buy Russian advanced surface to air missiles.

Germany: The Rise Of Islam

Turkey controls 900 mosques in Germany and feels free to say that a "liberal mosque" in Germany is "incompatible" with Islam. In the words of Erdogan, "Our minarets are our bayonets, our domes are our helmets, our mosques are our barracks".

Pat Buchanan Warns "Tribalism Marches On!"

As nationalism tore apart Yugoslavia and the USSR in the 1990s, and surged to propel British secession from the EU and Donald Trump’s triumph in 2016, that primal force appears on the march again...

Buchanan: "Why Trump Dumped The Do-Nothing Congress"

"If democracy, as Freedom House contends, is in global retreat, one reason may be that, in our new age, legislatures, split into hostile blocs checkmating one another, cannot act with the dispatch impatient peoples now demand of their rulers."

The Saker Warns "Make No Mistake, The Latest US Thuggery Is A Sign Of Weakness, Not Strength"

"For a while already the Russian diplomats have been openly saying that their American counterparts are ?????????????????? or 'non-agreement capable'... This all began under Obama, when Kerry flew to meet with Lavrov and declared ‘A’, then flew back to Washington, DC and declared ‘B’...Now the US has slipped even lower: the Russians speak of US 'hellish buffoonery' and 'stupid thuggery'..."

Europe's New Lie: Comparing Asylum Shelters to Nazi Concentration Camps

What is the best way to shut down the debate on immigration? By heightening the language to levels impossible to be debated. That is what has been happening in the new -- and false -- trend of comparing the waves of migrants arriving in Europe to Jews during the Holocaust.