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Turkey’s Erdogan marks one year anniversary of failed coup

Erdogan has declared victory one year on, but many of the same problems he faced in 2016 continue to haunt him and Turkey.

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Turkey’s President Erdogan has marked the one year anniversary of a failed coup against his leadership.

Marking an attempted coup against one’s own government might be considered something of a bold or even risky public statement. While there is still no international consensus on who orchestrated the coup, the mid-level Turkish Army personnel who on the 15th of June, 2016, attempted to overthrow Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan almost certainly aimed to assassinate the Turkish President.

Indeed, Erdgoan’s life was ultimately saved when Russia tipped him off about their intelligence regarding the coup, causing Erdogan to flee to safety where he rallied his supporters via the Facetime app.

Erdogan continues to claim that the coup was organised by supporters of the exiled cleric and rival political Islamist Fethullah Gulen. Erdogan also blames the United States for continuing to offer Gulen asylum and refusing to hand him to Turkish authorities where he is wanted on terrorism charges.

Erdogan’s public ‘victory’ celebration over the coup can be contrasted with an event which took place in Moscow in 1969. During a parade honouring cosmonauts, Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev’s motorcade was shot at by a lone deranged gunman. The would-be assassin murdered a driver in the motorcade but ultimately failed to seriously hurt anyone else.

Although his crime would have been eligible for the death penalty, he was deemed insane and sentenced to solitary confinement.

The  event was hardly talked about at the time and it remains a matter that is hardly ever discussed either in modern Russia or elsewhere.

In  marking one’s survival after an attempted coup and/or assassination, there is always a risk one runs of encouraging copy-cats to attempt such things again.

It seems that the Turkish President has no such worries as he marked the event with a massive rally in Istanbul, the place were last week opposition leaders concluded a long march with a rally for justice against victims of the purges Erdogan has enacted against public officials in the year following the attempted coup.

Erdogan joined the rally at Istanbul University, ironically a place which has experienced purges of professorial staff in the aftermath of the failed coup. Days prior to the rally, a further 7,400 Turkish civil servants were purged, bringing the aggregate total of public officials purged since the failed coup to 150,000.

Erdogan’s entry was staged to look both messianic and grassroots. Although surely there were security officials surrounding  him at all times, Erdogan was filmed surrounded by adoring admirers, women and children in a bold statement implying that he has no fear of walking in public without a uniformed brigade of security officials.

Erdogan then marched with his supporters to Bosporus Bridge where in 2016, coup supporters faced off with the supporters Erdogan rallied in his live online video.

Erdogan spoke at the rally saying,

“My dear citizens, I want to salute you with honour, love and heartfelt feelings. Like the day of the coup, our nation stood up with their faith against violence.

Did our citizens have guns in their hands? Just like today, they only had flags in their hands. But they had an even stronger weapon. Their faith”.

Erdogan’s bold and defiant statements on the anniversary of the failed coup have been matched by political changes to Turkey. On the 16th of April this year, Erdogan won a controversial referendum which changed Turkey’s Constitution, allowing for the Presidency to be a supremely powerful office.

Erdogan can now issue countless Presidential degrees without oversight, can appoint and dismiss officials at will and is not answerable to the Turkish Parliament whose powers have been generally reduced to that of a mere debating chamber.

Tuekey’s secular Kemalist opposition party, CHP have called for the results of the referendum to be nullified given multiple voter irregularities.

READ MORE: Turkey’s Kemalist opposition party CHP calls for referendum vote to be annulled.

Some call Erdogan’s coup anniversary rally an act of hubris, others call it an act of defiance, others yet continue to believe that the failed coup was entirely staged by Erdogan to enhance his own power, although the fact that Russian intelligence warned Erdogan of the coup when they got word of it would indicate that the event was a genuine rising against Erdogan.

While Erdogan’s power has been strengthened in the year since the coup and much of his opposition as well as apolitical civil servants imprisoned, fired or victims of suicide as a result of being jobless, there is still a great deal of opposition to Erdogan in the country in many levels.

Erodgan’s opposition who recently rallied as much as a million people to protest the purges seem to becoming emboldened. At the same time, Erdogan’s intervention into Syria has emboldened the Kurdish PKK to become more strident on the home front.

All of this is happening while the threat of both Gulenists and Salafist terrorists including forces loyal to ISIS and al-Qaeda are spilling into Turkey as the conflict in Syria draws gradually to a close.

Erdogan is victorious for the time  being and he has removed many of his opponents, but the ideas behind his manifold opposition remain as strong as they were at this time last year, perhaps even stronger.

 

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Russia’s economy continues to outperform as gold takes center stage (Video)

The Duran Quick Take: Episode 118.

Alex Christoforou

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The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris examine how US and EU sanctions have continued to provide a huge boost to Russia’s economy. Russia’s food sovereignty has practically been achieved, as the Russian central bank continues to buy gold and lower its exposure to western financial markets.

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Outside pressure in the form of sanctions has become an incentive to resolve various issues of Russia’s economy, Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev stated in an interview with the Izvestiya daily.

He noted that through introducing sanctions against Russia, “the West aims to destabilize Russia’s economy and to create social and political tensions in society.”

“But during the difficult times, Russians have always stuck together and mobilized their resources in order to ensure the country’s sovereignty. This is what is happening now – the outside pressure has become an incentive to resolve many problems in Russia’s economy,” he said.

“Before the sanctions, it seemed that we would never be able to feed ourselves and that we are doomed to be dependent on Western import. However, right now, Russia’s food sovereignty in crucial sectors has practically been achieved, and in some areas, Russia has become the leading exporter,” Patrushev noted.

Those who apply the sanctions “can see that they (the sanctions – TASS) are ineffective and often achieve the opposite goal,” the Russian security chief concluded.

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US Neocon Foreign Policy and the War Waged Against Serbia

The Serbian assault began first by a ‘financial war’; by sanctions and finished off by an aggressive unprovoked incessant NATO bombing campaign.

Richard Galustian

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The ‘witch-hunt’ against President Trump over Russian collusion has officially ended, following the submission of the Mueller Report, enabling us to now focus on the real problems of America that effects the whole world.

In the hope of a waining of the Russophobia in America, let’s look at the US’s recent war history by starting with the 20th anniversary this month of the NATO war on Serbia in 1999 which amounted to almost 100 days of bombing of historic cities and infrastructure.

Firstly, these problems are, in the main caused by the Neocons, or Deep State, whatever you wish to call them, and the continuing promotion, by the US Military-Security Industrial Complex, of wars and regime change and secondly, Trump’s unreserved support for Israel, regardless of war crimes they may continue to commit against the Palestinians.

Incredibly after that one sided unjust and illegal war that NATO executed, NATO has the audacity to invite Serbia to join it! Something that will never happen. What do they smoke in DC, in the Pentagon and Brussels based NATO?

To compound these overall problems, the US Military and Israeli Defence Forces collaborate on these US regime change policies on all continents evidenced most recently by the arrival of crack Israeli troops last month in Brazil, prepared to support an attack potentially by Brazil and Columbia on Venezuela.

As, has now come to be expected, America pursues its Venezuelan regime change with full main stream media (MSM) cooperation, using well proven sophisticated propaganda techniques along with a variety of pretexts.

From Serbia to Iraq to Libya, where does it end? Observe that Trump is now seeking a ‘NATO alliance’ offering NATO status, to President Bolsonaro of Brazil to back the invasion of Venezuela.

So it is important to remember, as an example, that after a long war of economic and financial destabilization ended with the bombing of Serbia.

Serbia was previously a part of Yugoslavia, a country which had successfully evolved after 1945 to solve the old rivalries of the 19th and early 20th Century Balkan ethnic animosities which was, prior to the advent of power of President Tito, its past history.

The United Nations, instead of supporting, in effect, so called ‘humanitarian wars’ and ‘regime change wars’ by the US, using NATO, helped and relentlessly driven home by MSM outlets like CNN and FOX NEWS into people’s heads, must finally take a stand.

So too, Yugoslavia, once the envy of many in the world, given its then ‘non-aligned’ status under President Tito, was destroyed and broken up; ‘Balkanized’ in the early 1990s.

The Serbian assault began first by a ‘financial war’; by sanctions and finished off by an aggressive unprovoked incessant NATO bombing campaign. That’s what we can expect in Venezuela next.

This ‘Balkanization’ strategy similarly applies to Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria et al. It serves US Neocon interests to dismember States in the world and create smaller more ‘manageable’ countries.

‘Regime change’ runs against the intent, the very words contained in the US Constitution. No one in MSM ever reminds us of that fact. Nevertheless America’s ambition to overthrow other States continues, which they arrogantly now make no secret of. The next States will probably be Nicaragua then Iran to name but two.

A very noteworthy most recent outrageous unilateral declaration was made by President Trump, not yet formally agreed by US institutions, ‘giving’ something he has no authority to give; Syrian territory, the Golan Heights to be precise, to Israel. Something that one day could trigger a full scale Arab-Israeli War.

This is of extreme importance yet no real outcry comes from world leaders; well not so far.

The main reason for that decision given by senior US Administration figures is that “God anointed Trump to save the Jews”.

Not forgetting Trump’s need (which we the people don’t understand exactly why) to support Prime Minister Netanyahu in his difficult upcoming elections in Israel – in part because both countries failed to ‘regime change’ Syria – but more importantly to help the ‘financial terrorists’ who formed a company jointly that has already started drilling for oil in the Golan Heights. You might like to know who owns such oil drilling company which should answer a plethora of questions in one go that you must be asking yourselves.

The shareholder’s names tells us everything; Dick Cheney; Baron Rothschild and Rupert Murdoch. The titular heads of neocons, bankers and media on the planet.

In ending there is no more evidence required for us, the people of the world, to rise up against the globalist dark forces wherever they exist, be it in Brussels, London, France or Washington. We must demand democratic elections or start revolutions, the latter has already begun in France in the form of ‘the yellow vests’. And Brexit, by definition, is a rejection by the British people of globalism and American Hegemony.

The pattern of US destabilization and destruction of States to loot them of their sovereign resources is the unseen history of the last 100 years, not taught in any university, anywhere in the West.

As far as Ukraine is concerned, its government was taken down by the CIA and replaced by an ultra fascist regime that has full backing from America. This is no secret. But the MSM simple don’t report it.

US led NATO is ‘the transnational war machine’ of the world, devouring almost all free countries wealth. It can extort to terrorize all into conformity to the global ‘carcinogenic’ US Neocon imperialistic strategy.

A total estimated 20m people around the world have died since the end of WW11 at the hands of US Forces. Think about that for a moment.

One of the most famous sayings attributed to America’s great President Abraham Lincoln is about deception: “You can fool all the people some of the time and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.”

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‘Dark day for internet freedom’: EU approves controversial copyright reform

Julia Reda, a German MEP with the Pirate Party, described it as a “dark day for internet freedom.”

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The European Parliament has voted to adopt the highly controversial Article 13 provision which would govern the production and distribution of content online under the auspices of increasing copyright protections.

Tuesday’s move will update the EU’s 20-year-old copyright rules and will govern everything from audiovisual content to memes, much to the dismay of many social media users who have already begun outpouring their grief online.

MEPs passed the legislation by 348 votes to 274 Tuesday. Opponents had hoped for last-minute amendments to be made but their efforts were in vain.

Julia Reda, a German MEP with the Pirate Party, described it as a “dark day for internet freedom.”

Article 13 or ‘The Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market’ makes all platforms legally responsible for the content hosted and shared on their platforms.

The process of updating the bloc’s copyright laws began in the European Commission two years ago, ostensibly to protect Europe’s publishers, broadcasters and artists and guarantee fair compensation from big tech companies.

By essentially forcing companies like Google, Facebook and Twitter to pay artists and publishers for the reproduction of their work online, include in meme format, the EU is effectively clamping down on online memery.

The onus will now be on tech companies to clamp down on content-sharing on their platforms, which will likely ensure yet more draconian policing of speech and content.

EU member states now have two years to pass their own laws putting Article 13 into effect.

Tens of thousands marched in protest across Germany ahead of the vote, decrying what they viewed as severe online censorship.

Tech giant Google said that while the directive is “improved” it will still lead to legal uncertainty and will damage Europe’s creative and digital economies.

Critics have argued that the only way for Article 13 to be effectively enforced would be through the use of upload filters which automatically check content to see if it’s copyrighted or not, at least in theory. However, the exact mechanics of such a system have yet to be fully debated and the potential for abuse is immediately clear.

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