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Did Tulsi Gabbard convey a message to Assad on behalf of Trump

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard.

Tulsi Gabbard, a congresswoman from Hawaii, is one of the few Democrats that has not supported President Trump’s missile strike against Assad’s al-Shayrat airbase. She considers Trump’s actions to be “unauthorized” and “illegal,” as she is skeptical that Assad gassed civilians at Khan Sheikhoun, and has demanded that the Trump administration present evidence to the American people and congress proving Assad’s guilt.1 For her ability and courage to think independently, Democrats are now turning against her.2

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Reaction to Trump’s strike on Syria: Media and neocons are happy while his base is becoming worried

Trump is trying to reassure his base following his strike on Syria.

President Trump’s decision to bomb the Syrian regime’s airbase of al-Shayrat in response to its supposed deliberate gassing of civilians at Khan Sheikhoun,1 has many ramifications, some of which can be potentially very serious. One interesting aspect of the strike is the reactions that it has engendered among people.

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More reason to believe that Assad did not gas civilians and that Trump has been duped or is even aware of the reality

President Trump about his cruise missile strikes on Syria. (image from dailymail.co.uk)

Following the US cruise missile strikes against Syria, President Trump gave a short briefing on the matter in which he presented his reasoning for his actions. He stated:1 Read the rest of this entry »

Did Assad or the Russians use chemical weapons against civilians in Syria or are we dealing with a false flag operation? Is Trump being duped by the neocons?

Who is responsible for the chemical gas attack in Khan Sheikhoun?

[It should be noted that as I was finishing this post I learned of the US strikes against Syria. Bear in mind that most of this post was written without my knowledge of those strikes.]

The Syrian town of Khan Sheikhoun in Idlib province appears to be the scene of a chemical gas attack and if we are to believe the media and Western leaders it is Bashar al-Assad and Russia who are responsible for this atrocity. Even President Trump is blaming Assad and as a result the drum beats of US intervention in Syria is now clamoring at levels similar to that surrounding Obama’s redline fiasco. However, it is currently not clear that Assad is guilty of this crime and the incident could very well be a false flag attack by rebel groups intended to precipitate a Western military response against Assad’s regime.

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Update on Turkish talk of developing nuclear weapons

Hayrettin Karaman with Erdogan.

Almost three weeks ago Hayrettin Karaman, a notable pro-Erdoğan imam, advocated that Turkey develop weapons of mass destruction (i.e. nuclear weapons).1 This story was reported on by news outlets like Turkish Minute, which only presented in English a portion of Karaman’s article on the matter, which was in Turkish. MEMRI has picked up on the story and has provided a fuller translation of Karaman’s article which provides more context. Here is a portion of the MEMRI translation (emphasis mine):2 Read the rest of this entry »

Update on Turkish-European row: More revelations on Turkish spying in Europe and once again Erdogan calls Europe fascists

Erdogan continues to call European leaders fascists.

The row between Turkey and a number of European countries continues, as both sides appear no closer to resolving their disagreements. Here are some of the developments in the situation since my last update.1 Read the rest of this entry »

Statue of Mehmet the Conqueror to be erected in Istanbul

Statue of Mehmet II in Edirne, similar to the one to be built in Istanbul.

The Mayor of Istanbul Kadir Topbaş has announced “We will erect a statue showing Sultan Mehmed II [Mehmet] on a horse in the sea in the Golden Horn. Tourists passing from here will be able to see his statue and take a photo of it.1 Known as the Conqueror, Mehmet was an important Ottoman Sultan who helped to establish the power of the Ottoman Empire and is most known for his conquest of Constantinople.2

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Turkey announces Euphrates Shield military invasion of northern Syria has concluded

On March 29 the Turkish National Security Council (MGK) made a surprising announcement, Turkey’s military intervention in northern Syria has been “successfully completed,” in other words it has come to an end.1 According to the MGK “Thanks to the Euphrates Shield, we have secured an area of 2,015 square kilometers under security by capturing al-Bab. The Free Syrian Army (FSA) has been settled there. Syrians in Turkey have returned and life has returned to normal.2

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Map of foreign bases in Syria

The Syrian Civil War has entered its 6th year and thus far anywhere from 320,000 to 465,000 people have died as a result and millions more have been displaced.1 The bitter struggle is not limited to Bashar al-Assad’s regime against a motley array of rebel groups, there are also a number of foreign countries directly intervening in the conflict.

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Ibrahim Karagul once again advocates that Turkey develop nuclear weapons

Turkish journalist Ibrahim Karagul (image from seslimakale.com).

Turkish journalist Ibrahim Karagul (image from seslimakale.com).

As the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) has picked up on,1 Ibrahim Karagul has once again advocated that Turkey develop nuclear weapons, this time much more clearly than before.

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