Turkey

The Real WMD In Syria - The West's Weapon Of Mass Disorientation

The alleged use of chemical weapons, a particularly odious weapon of mass destruction (WMD), serves as an effective prop to channel Western public outrage against Assad. Allegedly killing civilians with bullets and bombs just doesn’t have the same psychological power to incite public disgust. Poisoning little children with lethal chemicals is a more effective label with which to demonize the alleged perpetrator. But the more pertinent WMD issue here is Weapon of Mass Disorientation.

Erdogan Blocks Wikipedia, Bans TV Dating Shows, Purges Another 4,000 Public Officials

Two weeks after winning the Turkish constitutional referendum by a modest but decisive margin, president - or perhaps it is now despot - Erdogan decided to take his newly decreed powers for a spin and overnight in rapid succession surprised foreign observers when Turkey decreed that it would ban TV dating shows, fire an additional 4,000 public officials and also ban Wikipedia.

ISIS Apologized To Israel For Attacking IDF Soldiers

Former Israeli defense minister Moshe Ya’alon said the Islamic State in the Syrian Golan Heights “apologized” for attacking an Israeli unit last November: "There was one case recently where Daesh opened fire and apologized,” Ya’alon said.

US Deploys Troops Along Syria-Turkey Border

US troops and armored vehicles have been deploying along the Syrian-Turkish border, days after a Turkish airstrike killed 20 U.S.-backed Kurdish fighters. The US involvement is meant to send "a message of reassurance for the Kurds and almost a warning message." It also may lead to military conflict between the US and Turkey.

Pentagon Inspector General Launches Investigation Of Michael Flynn

The office of the Pentagon inspector general opened an investigation to determine whether former national security adviser Michael Flynn failed to obtain approval prior to receiving payment from a foreign government, according a document published by Elijah Cummings.

Frontrunning: April 26

  • Futures flat as Trump tax plan awaited (Reuters)
  • Trump’s 15% Tax Plan May Just Be His Opening Gambit (BBG)
  • Budget Director, After Health-Law Missteps, Preps for Spending Battle (WSJ)
  • 100 Days: Trump's victories dimmed by misfires (Reuters)
  • White House Intervened to Toughen Letter on Iran Nuclear Deal (WSJ)
  • Trump Changing Tactics on Tax After Health-Care Failure (BBG)

Security Forces Put On Alert As Trump Set To Ban Laptops On Planes Originating From Europe

Devices have already been banned on all flights originating from Turkey, Lebanon, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Tunisia and now British Intelligence sources have said they are bracing for more widespread implementation that could ban the devices on every flight leaving Europe for the United States, including those originating from major airline hubs in London.

A Ukraine On The Verge Of Disaster Benefits No One

All the provocateurs in Ukraine should be aware that playing the nationalist card can be dangerous and can even result in a defeat that, when compared to 2014-2015, would be dramatically worse, condemning Ukraine to an economic, social and political crisis without precedent or a way out. It literally could be the beginning of the disintegration of Ukraine as we know it today.

Global Stocks Slide As Iron Ore Crashes; Pound Jumps After UK Calls Snap Elections

European stocks slide  s traders return from a 4-day Easter holidays, Asian equities likewise drop pressured by the ongoing rout in iron ore, while U.S. stock-index futures point to a lower open. British markets were roiled after U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May said she would seek an early election on June 8. The FTSE 100 droped 1.3%, on the news, hitting the lowest since Feb. 24

Is America's Alliance with Turkey Doomed?

The historic breakdown in Anglo-Ottoman relations is a useful model for evaluating today’s troubled alliance between the United States and Turkey...