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Turkey’s Present Troubles and Past Crimes. 42 Years Ago Today Turkey Invaded Cyprus

Air raid sirens sounded at 5:30 am across Cyprus to mark the moment in 1974 when an armada of 33 ships, including troop transporters, tanks and landing craft from Turkey, invaded and occupied a third of Cyprus.

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As Turkey continues to shock and disturb the world in its radical and unpredictable behavior, from supporting ISIS in Syria, to the recent coup and subsequent Erdogan purges now taking place, history does not necessarily repeat itself, but it definitely rhymes.

While today will most certainly go unnoticed to much of the world, for Cyprus and Greece, today marks the 42nd year of the Turkish invasion and occupation of the north of Cyprus, in what was a brutal retaliation against Greek Cypriots, for a coup ordered by a ruling, mainland Greek military junta, in 1974.

Coup, invasion, occupation. History rhymes indeed. While Greece’s democracy was restored following the Cypriot coup’s failure, Cyprus paid the ultimate price by losing 37% of its northern territory to the second largest military in NATO.

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In 1974, approximately 40,000 Turkish troops, under the command of Lieutenant Nurettin Ersin implemented their invasion plan, code-named ‘Attila’, illegally invading Cyprus in violation of the UN Security Council Charter.

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SigmaLive provides a brief history on the events that unfolded in the summer of 1974…

Turkey launched the invasion following the coup d’état on July 15, 1974 that had been ordered by the military Junta in Greece and staged by the Cypriot National Guard in conjunction with EOKA-B.

It deposed then-Cyprus President Archbishop Makarios III and installed pro-Enosis Nikos Sampson. The aim of the coup was the annexation of the island by Greece, and the so-called Hellenic Republic of Cyprus was declared.

In a country already wounded by the coup, which opened the doors to Attila, the resistance was minimal. The invasion on July 20 was the first part of the Cyprus tragedy. On August 14, 1974 the tragedy ended with the occupation of Famagusta and the Karpas Peninsula.

After the first wave of the invasion in July, the Greek military junta collapsed and was replaced by a democratic government. In August 1974, another Turkish invasion resulted in the capture of approximately one-third of the island.

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Turkish forces landed on Cyprus’ northern coast, near Kyrenia, and advanced south towards the capital Nicosia. The large, US equipped, Turkish military quickly over took more than a third of the island. The small Cyprus army was no match for Attila’s troops.

Invading Turkish forces killed 4,000 men, women and children from Kyrenia and the villages surrounding Nicosia.

More than a quarter of the population was expelled from the north of Cyprus, where Greek Cypriots once constituted 80 per cent of the population.

Around 200,000 Greek Cypriots were driven from their homes and became refugees in their own country.

1,619 people are still missing, while Turkey still illegally occupies 37% of Cyprus’ territory.

The ceasefire line from August 1974 became the United Nations Buffer Zone in Cyprus, and is commonly referred to as the Green Line.

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In the government-held south, the event is commemorated as a “black anniversary”. In the illegally occupied north, the events from 1974 are celebrated with an annual parade, which this year will not include tanks and aircraft, because of the ongoing events in Turkey.

Despite the ‘black anniversary’ Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades said he would be meeting Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci as planned on Friday. “I do not see any reason to cancel the talks that would normally take place,”Anastasiades said.

SigmaLive adds context on where Cyprus problem stands today…

Leader after leader since that terrible day has been engaged in countless meetings in an attempt to find a solution to the illegal division of the island.

The baton is currently in the hands of Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, who are working for a solution under UN auspices with the UN Secretary General’s Special Representative on Cyprus, Espen Barth Eide, and the United Nations Peacekeeping Force (UNFICYP) led by Elizabeth Spehar.

Anastasiades and Akinci have expressed their hope that a solution can be reached in 2016, with both also stating that they are jointly the best hope the island has had since the invasion for reunification.

Over the years Cypriots have learnt to be cautious regarding political promises, and view with a sense of calculated optimism any promises made regarding the reunification of the island. However, Anastasiades and Akinci have given hope to the citizens of an island still divided.

And all Cypriots – Greek and Turkish – are surely hoping that in 12 months, on July 20, 2017, it will not be the sirens that wake them from their slumber, but the sun rising on a reunified Cyprus, devoid of occupying forces and divisions and with equal rights for all.

Via: http://www.sigmalive.com/en/news/local/147121/july-20-1974-a-day-cyprus-will-never-forget

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Putin, Trump meet in Helsinki for first bilateral summit

The Helsinki summit is the first ever full-fledged meeting between Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump. Their previous encounters were brief talks on the sidelines of the G20 and APEC summits in 2017.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump are meeting in the Finnish capital of Helsinki for their first bilateral one-on-one meeting.

Trump arrived in the Finland capital a day early, while the jet of Putin, who wrapped up his nation’s hosting of the World Cup Sunday, touched down around 1 p.m. local time and the Russian president’s motorcade whisked him straight to the palace where the two world leaders are meeting.

Trump signed an August 2017 law imposing additional sanctions on Russia. The law bars Trump from easing many sanctions without Congress’ approval, but he can offer some relief without a nod from Congress.

Almost 700 Russian people and companies are under U.S. sanctions. Individuals face limits on their travel and freezes on at least some of their assets, while some top Russian state banks and companies, including oil and gas giants, are effectively barred from getting financing through U.S. banks and markets.

The agenda of the summit hasn’t been officially announced yet, though, the presidents are expected to discuss global crises, such as the Syrian conflict and Ukraine, as well as bilateral relations.

Stay tuned for updates…

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“Foreign entity, NOT RUSSIA” hacked Hillary Clinton’s emails (Video)

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Tx): Hillary Clinton’s cache of 30,000 emails was hacked by foreign actor, and it was not Russia.

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A stunning revelation that hardly anyone in the mainstream media is covering.

Fox News gave Louie Gohmert (R-Tx) the opportunity to explain what was going on during his questioning of Peter Strzok, when the the Texas Congressman stated that a “foreign entity, NOT RUSSIA” hacked Hillary Clinton’s emails.

Aside from this segment on Fox News, this story is not getting any coverage, and we know why. It destroys the entire ‘Russia hacked Hillary’ narrative.

Gohmert states that this evidence is irrefutable and shows that a foreign actor, not connected to Russia in any way, intercepted and distributed Hillary Clinton’s cache of 30,000 emails.

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Via Zerohedge

As we sift through the ashes of Thursday’s dumpster-fire Congressional hearing with still employed FBI agent Peter Strzok, Luke Rosiak of the Daily Caller plucked out a key exchange between Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Tx) and Strzok which revealed a yet-unknown bombshell about the Clinton email case.

Nearly all of Hillary Clinton’s emails on her homebrew server went to a foreign entity that isn’t Russia. When this was discovered by the Intelligence Community Inspector General (ICIG), IG Chuck McCullough sent his investigator Frank Ruckner and an attorney to notify Strzok along with three other people about the “anomaly.”

Four separate attempts were also made to notify DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz to brief him on the massive security breach, however Horowitz “never returned the call.” Recall that Horowitz concluded last month that despite Strzok’s extreme bias towards Hillary Clinton and against Donald Trump – none of it translated to Strzok’s work at the FBI.

In other words; Strzok, while investigating Clinton’s email server, completely ignored the fact that most of Clinton’s emails were sent to a foreign entity – while IG Horowitz simply didn’t want to know about it.

Daily Caller reports…

The Intelligence Community Inspector General (ICIG) found an “anomaly on Hillary Clinton’s emails going through their private server, and when they had done the forensic analysis, they found that her emails, every single one except four, over 30,000, were going to an address that was not on the distribution list,” Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texas said during a hearing with FBI official Peter Strzok.

Gohmert continued..

“It was going to an unauthorized source that was a foreign entity unrelated to Russia.”

Strzok admitted to meeting with Ruckner but said he couldn’t remember the “specific” content of their discussion.

“The forensic examination was done by the ICIG and they can document that,” Gohmert said, “but you were given that information and you did nothing with it.”

According to Zerohedge “Mr. Horowitz got a call four times from someone wanting to brief him about this, and he never returned the call,” Gohmert said – and Horowitz wouldn’t return the call.

And while Peter Strzok couldn’t remember the specifics of his meeting with the IG about the giant “foreign entity” bombshell, he texted this to his mistress Lisa Page when the IG discovered the “(C)” classification on several of Clinton’s emails – something the FBI overlooked:

“Holy cow … if the FBI missed this, what else was missed? … Remind me to tell you to flag for Andy [redacted] emails we (actually ICIG) found that have portion marks (C) on a couple of paras. DoJ was Very Concerned about this.”

Via Zerohedge

In November of 2017, IG McCullough – an Obama appointee – revealed to Fox News that he received pushback when he tried to tell former DNI James Clapper about the foreign entity which had Clinton’s emails and other anomalies.

Instead of being embraced for trying to expose an illegal act, seven senators including Dianne Feinstein (D-Ca) wrote a letter accusing him of politicizing the issue.

“It’s absolutely irrelevant whether something is marked classified, it is the character of the information,” he said. Fox News reports…

McCullough said that from that point forward, he received only criticism and an “adversarial posture” from Congress when he tried to rectify the situation.

“I expected to be embraced and protected,” he said, adding that a Hill staffer “chided” him for failing to consider the “political consequences” of the information he was blowing the whistle on.

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Donald Trump plays good cop and bad cop with a weak Theresa May (Video)

The Duran – News in Review – Episode 55.

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US President Donald Trump’s state visit to the UK was momentous, not for its substance, but rather for its sheer entertainment value.

Trump started his trip to the United Kingdom blasting Theresa May for her inability to negotiate a proper Brexit deal with the EU.  Trump ended his visit holding hands with the UK Prime Minister during a press conference where the most ‘special relationship’ between the two allies was once again reaffirmed.

Protests saw giant Trump “baby balloons” fly over London’s city center, as Trump played was his own good cop and bad cop to the UK PM, outside London at the Chequers…often times leaving May’s head spinning.

Even as Trump has left London, he remains front and center in the mind of Theresa May, who has now stated that Trump advised her to “sue” the European Union to resolve the tense negotiations over Brexit.

Trump had mentioned to reporters on Friday at a joint press conference with Theresa May that he had given the British leader a suggestion that she found too “brutal.”

Asked Sunday on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show what that suggestion was, May: “He told me I should sue the EU. Not go into negotiation, sue them.” May added…

“What the president also said at that press conference was `Don’t walk away. Don’t walk away from the negotiations. Then you’re stuck.”‘

The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris summarize what was a state visit like no other, as Trump trolled the UK PM from beginning to end, and left London knowing that he got the better of a weakened British Prime Minister, who may not survive in office past next week.

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Via CNBC

It wasn’t exactly clear what Trump meant. The revelation came after explosive and undiplomatic remarks Trump made this week about May’s leadership — especially her handling of the Brexit negotiations — as he made his first official visit to Britain.

In an interview with The Sun newspaper published Thursday — just as May was hosting Trump at a lavish black-tie dinner — Trump said the British leader’s approach likely “killed” chances of a free-trade deal with the United States. He said he had told May how to conduct Brexit negotiations, “but she didn’t listen to me.”

He also praised May’s rival, Boris Johnson, who quit last week as foreign secretary to protest May’s Brexit plans. Trump claimed Johnson would make a “great prime minister.”

The comments shocked many in Britain — even May’s opponents — and threatened to undermine May’s already fragile hold on power. Her Conservative government is deeply split between supporters of a clean break with the EU and those who want to keep close ties with the bloc, Britain’s biggest trading partner.

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