Turkey

"Nazi Dogs": Turkey Prepares Sanctions Against The Netherlands

The Turkish cabinet was on Monday expected to consider imposing sanctions on the Netherlands in a deepening row with its NATO ally over a ban on its ministers speaking at political events in Rotterdam, and one minister said punitive measures were likely.

Frontrunning: March 13

  • Oil touches three-month lows, as U.S. supply swells (Reuters)
  • Oil Steadies Below $49 as U.S. Drilling Threatens Longer Glut (BBG)
  • Traders Brace as Crucial Events Loom for Markets (WSJ)
  • Preet Bharara’s Probes Likely to Continue After His Exit (WSJ)
  • Dollar steadies after three-day fall (Reuters)
  • GOP Health Plan Would Hit Rural Areas Hard (WSJ)

Global Stocks Rise, S&P Futs Flat As Dollar Rebounds Ahead Of Critical Week For Markets

European bourses advance and Asian share rose led by a surge in Hong Kong stocks which rose the most in three months as Japan hit 15 month highs. U.S. futures are little changed along while the dollar rebounded from session lows after Friday's selloff. Crude oil has continued its retreat, down 0.2% and sliding for a 6th straight day after breifly dropping below $48 in overnight trading.

Turkey Vows "Harsh Retaliation" Seeks Sanctions, As Dutch PM Says "Not Apologizing, Are You Nuts"

Turkey's Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said that his country will retaliate in the "harshest ways" to Dutch moves to bar the flight of the Turkish foreign minister and prevent the family minister from entering the Turkish consulate in Rotterdam, while Dutch PM Mark Rutte slammed Erdogan: "This is a man who yesterday made us out for fascists and a country of Nazis. I’m going to de-escalate, but not by offering apologies. Are you nuts?" he told a morning talk show.

Assad Calls US Forces In Syria "Invaders", Loses Faith In Trump

In an interview with Chinese TV, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said U.S. forces in Syria were "invaders" and said he had yet to see "anything concrete" emerge from U.S. President Donald Trump's vow to prioritize the fight against Islamic State. "We haven't seen anything concrete yet regarding this rhetoric."

Erdogan Calls Dutch "Fascists" After Turkish Foreign Minister Barred Entry

"Listen Netherlands, you'll jump once, you'll jump twice, but my people will thwart your game. You can cancel our foreign minister's flight as much as you want, but let's see how your flights come to Turkey now. They don't know diplomacy or politics. They are Nazi remnants. They are fascists." - Tayyip Erdogan

State Department Urges Coroner To Keep Russian UN Ambassador's Cause-Of-Death Secret

Following the unexpected death of 65-year-old Russian ambassador to the United Nations Vitaly Churkin, conspiracy theorists were stirred up as the ongoing Russophobic Deep State war combined with the deaths of nine Russian diplomats in the last year raised many coincident-questioning eyebrows. Now, as The Hill reports, pouring further fuel on that fire, the State Department asked the New York Medical Examiner not to publicly release information about Churkin's cause of death.

Trump To Seek Merkel's Advice On Putin, Ukraine Conflict

Ahead of Angela Merkel's first official meeting with the new administration at the White House next week, Reuters reports that President Trump will ask the Chancellor for her views on how the United States can help resolve the conflict in eastern Ukraine when they meet next week, senior Trump administration officials said on Friday. Trump will reportedly also ask for Merkel's advice on how to deal with Russian President Vladimir Putin

Video Emerges Of U.S. Marines Rolling Into Syria For Raqqa Offensive

Just one day after we noted that the Trump administration was considering sending more troops into Syria, video has emerged of dozens of heavily armored U.S. vehicles, carrying members of the 11th US Marine Expeditionary Unit, moving through a desolate Syrian village on their way to assist Kurdish-led SDF and Syrian Arab Coalition as they prepare for an operation to recapture the Islamic State’s stronghold of Raqqa

Four Russians Among Business Executives Killed In Istanbul Helicopter Crash

A helicopter carrying five high-level business executives, including four Russians, crashed onto a Turkish highway on Friday, after it hit a television tower in an outlying district of Istanbul while flying in dense fog, NTV television said.  Seven people - two pilots, four Russians and a Turkish citizen - are reported to have been on board at the time of the crash.

Erdogan Gives Germany A Public Slap Across The Face

"I’m going to get the whole world stirred up! Germany, you’re nothing like a democracy, and you should know that what you’re doing now is no different from the Nazi practices of the past."