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Erdogan rages at Europe; threatens to flood Europe with refugees

Outraged by European Parliament’s decision to freeze Turkey’s EU accession talks, Turkish President Erdogan threatens to flood Europe with refugees in retaliation.

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Even as he doubles down on his increasingly aggressive policies in Syria, Turkish President Erdogan is now cranking up for a further furious row with the EU.

Though some Turkish officials appear to have wanted to downplay the European Parliament’s resolution on freezing Turkey negotiations to join the EU, Erdogan himself has responded with predictable fury, accusing the EU of “betrayal” and threatening to flood the EU with refugees if the decision is not quickly reversed.  Some of Erdogan’s language is – diplomatically speaking – off the scale

“Some 30-40 votes for ‘no’ and 400-500 votes for ‘yes.’ What would happen if all of you voted ‘yes?’ You never treated humanity honestly and you did not look after people fairly. You did not pick up babies when they washed ashore on the Mediterranean. We are the ones who are feeding around 3.5 million refugees in this country.

You did not keep your promises. When 50,000 refugees turned up at the Kapıkule [border gate] you cried out and began to say ‘What will we do when Turkey opens the border gates?’ Look, if you go further, those border gates will be opened. You should know that.”

Just a few months ago, after the refugee crisis broke, certain supposedly knowledgeable commentators in the Western media said it was all a wicked plot by Russian President Putin to flood Europe with refugees in order to undermine German Chancellor Angela Merkel.  No evidence for that bizarre claim was ever produced because of course there is none.  Erdogan’s latest comments however show who really does think of using refugees in this way.

Putting all that aside, Erdogan for once has a measure of justice on his side. 

Turkey entered into an association agreement with the EU back in 1963 and formally applied to join in 1987.  Since then it has had to watch in frustration as it is repeatedly put to the back of the queue as a seemingly endless procession of formerly Communist East European states have been allowed to join ahead of it. 

Given the key role Turkey played on the Western side in the Cold War, for a proud nation this must be beyond frustrating.

It hasn’t helped that whilst pretending to welcome Turkey’s eventual EU membership, EU political leaders are barely able to conceal their strong prejudice against Turkey, and their quiet but firmly held belief – widely shared by the European public – that as an Islamic state Turkey simply does not belong in a union made up of the states of once Christian Europe.

Understandably enough many Turks have come to feel that Turkey has been led up the garden path, kept perpetually onside and persuaded to subordinate itself to Western policies it has no inherent interest in and avoiding engagement with neighbours that are arguably culturally more compatible allies such as the Central Asian states, Russia and Iran, in return for a promise of EU membership which is not intended seriously, and which will never be fulfilled.

Beyond this Erdogan has a further personal reason for resentment. 

The European Parliament’s resolution was supposedly triggered by his supposed overreaction to the failed coup in Turkey, with the European Parliament criticising the actions Erdogan has taken to crush his opponents by jailing so many thousands of them.

As the democratically elected leader of Turkey Erdogan will have undoubtedly noticed that this European concern for his opponents was not matched by a comparable concern for him when the coup against him in July appeared to be about to succeed. 

Not only did European and Western governments remain silent and fail to signal their support for him – in contrast to the Russian and Iranian governments which did – but if it is true that several European states refused his aircraft landing rights, then it is not difficult to understand why he might feel that the true sympathies of most European leaders were with his opponents rather than with him. 

In such a context it is easy to see how Erdogan might interpret European expressions of “concern” for the fate of these people as further confirmation of where Europe’s true sympathies lie.

I would add that if Erdogan’s gaze stretches – as it probably does – across the Black Sea at Europe’s response to the crisis in Ukraine then he cannot have failed to notice that the EU not only welcomed a coup which overthrew a democratically elected President, but that it continues to support a government which gained power through that coup, and which harshly oppresses the former supporters of the overthrown President.  If Erdogan dwells on all this (as from to time he probably does) then the parallels with his own situation must seem too close for comfort.

Having said all this, whilst it is possible in this case to make excuses for Erdogan, his quarrel with the EU is a further case study of the shocking mess he has made of Turkey’s foreign policy. 

Whereas Erdogan at one time promised a “no problems” foreign policy with his neighbours, and as recently as this June was talking of Turkey’s need to sort out the problems it had with some of them in its own interests, he now finds himself in conflict with Egypt, Iraq and Syria, at war with the Kurds in Syria, in profound disagreement with Iran over Iraq and Syria, and on bad terms with the EU.  His relations with Russia meanwhile are not mending as quickly as Erdogan apparently hoped, again because of disagreement between him and Russia about Syria.

To add to Erdogan’s problems his personal relations with US President Obama are by his own account very bad, whilst what his relations with President elect Donald Trump will be like is as yet unknown.

The only important countries in Turkey’s region that Erdogan is presently on good terms with are Israel – with which he once quarrelled and which doesn’t trust him – and with Saudi Arabia, which has repeatedly shown itself a false friend, and which is militarily weak.

The trouble is that though Erdogan shows at times some understanding of Turkey’s limited power and that this makes it simply impossible for him to conduct the sort of grandiose ‘neo-Ottoman’ foreign policy he hankers after, his vanity and his inordinate ambition always in the end prevent him from acting on this understanding. 

Thus when he says things like “the world is bigger than five” – as he did in his comments today – he is purporting to place Turkey – and by extension himself – on the same level as the five Great Powers of the UN Security Council – an impossible ambition, and one which explains why Turkish foreign policy is the mess it currently is.

Can any good however come from all this? 

In one respect Erdogan’s habit of getting into quarrels with everyone around him may have done Turkey some good.  If the fantasy of Turkey integrating itself into Europe and joining the EU is now finally and conclusively buried, then that can only be a good thing. Turkey would in that case finally be free to conduct a foreign policy free of illusions, pitched to its own interests, rather than one constantly intended to please someone else whose promises to Turkey are never fulfilled. 

Should that happen there may some day be a Turkish statesman who makes the most of it.  However that person is most unlikely to be Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

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

The Duran Quick Take: Episode 118.

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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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