Turkey’s Erdogan occupies, insults Iraq

This satiric music video from Germany says about itself:

Song: Erdowie, Erdowo, Erdogan | extra 3 | NDR

17 March 2016

English subtitles available. For Turkish subtitles this way please.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

Erdogan lashes out at Prime Minister of Iraq

Today, 15:56

Turkish President Erdogan said that Turkish troops should not be excluded from an operation to retake Mosul in northern Iraq. In a speech in Istanbul, Erdogan reiterated that Turkey does not comply with the demand by Iraq to withdraw their troops from a base in northern Iraq. …

In the speech in Istanbul, Erdogan said that the Turkish army will not accept orders from Baghdad. Before an audience of religious leaders from the Balkans and Central Asia, he attacked the Iraqi Prime Minister Abadi.

“You are not a partner in talks, you’re not on my level, you are not my equal, you do not have my qualities,” Erdogan said about Abadi.


Relations between Turkey and Iraq chilled when Turkey in the end of last year sent troops to northern Iraq. This was done according to the government in Baghdad without the consent of Iraq. Repeated requests by Iraq to get these troops out were rejected by the Turks. …

The background of the Turkish military presence is the fear of Turkey that Mosul after expelling ISIS might be taken over by Shia and Kurdish fighters.

NATO boss praises Turkish war in Syria

Stoltenberg and Erdogan, AFP photo

Today, Dutch NOS TV reports that the boss of the NATO military alliance, Jens Stoltenberg, is visiting Turkey to meet President Erdogan.

Stoltenberg praised the Turkish military invasion of Syria; which is in theory against ISIS, but in practice against the Syrian Kurds and their allies, the only effective opponents of ISIS. Stoltenberg claimed that was supposedly self-defence by the Turkish government.

Stoltenberg did not mention the Turkish regime’s killing of civilians in Turkey itself, in Iraq or in Syria. He did not mention the attacks on teachers, attacks on journalists, or other human rights violations in Turkey.

We should not be really surprised about this. When NATO was founded in 1949, one of its founder members was the fascist Salazar dictatorship in Portugal, which waged bloody colonial wars in Africa with NATO support and which taught children to do the fascist salute. In 1967 Greek colonels violently overthrew democracy in a coup according to NATO plan Prometheus. Their dictatorship banned strikes, labour unions, long hair on men, mini-skirts, the peace symbol, the Beatles, Sophocles, Tolstoy, Aeschylus, Socrates, Eugene Ionesco, Sartre, Chekhov, Mark Twain, Samuel Beckett, free press, new mathematics and the letter Z.

The colonels’ dictatorship was welcome to stay on as member of supposedly pro-democracy NATO. As welcome as Erdogan, voted as #1 in a ‘Dictator of the Year’ poll, is now.

The threat of the US military intervention in Iraq and Syria erupting into a far wider war has increased sharply in the wake of a series of Turkish air strikes against Syrian Kurdish militia forces that are aligned with Washington: here.

Turkish government attacks terrorists … whoops, teachers

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Turkish weapons ‘heading to end in ISIS hands’: RT speaks to Cumhuriyet journalists

1 December 2015

Anger over the arrest of two prominent journalists is gathering steam in Turkey. Police used pepper spray to push back protesters in Ankara rallying in their support… while in Istanbul, hundreds also gathered outside the newspaper’s headquarters in a show of solidarity.

In September 2015, the Egyptian military dictatorship killed twelve terroristswhoops-a-daisy, they turned out to be Mexican tourists.

Maybe Tony Blair, extremely well-paid adviser to the Sisi dictatorship in Egypt, has advised the Egyptian regime to have a very broad definition of who is a ‘terrorist’? Just like when Mr Blair was still Prime Minister of Britain? After all, the words ‘terrorist’ and ‘tourist’ both have the letters t, r, s and i. [sarcasm off]

Also in September 2015, Dutch police arrested a terrorist … whoops-a-daisy, he was a homeless teenager. However, that teenager looked like a Muslim, and according to racists all Muslims are terroristsNOT!

Now, on to 1 September 2016. Dutch police in a supermarket in Medemblik town have arrested two terrorists … whoops-a-daisy, they were tourists.

Now, on to today. The Turkish government has suspended 11,500 teachers. This comes after the thousands of teachers already suspended for supposed links to the Gülen movement, spuriously accused of complicity in the recent military coup attempt in Turkey (even the most ham-fisted coup plotting army colonel will not involve thousands of teachers in his putsch plans).

This new wave of suspensions of teachers is not about the Gülen movement, but about teachers suspected of sympathy for the leftist HDP opposition party and Turkish and Syrian Kurdish parties. This makes those teachers ‘terrorists’ according to Turkish President Erdogan. While the Turkish and Syrian Kurds are the only effective opponent of the real terrorists, ISIS.

After all, the words ‘terrorist’ and ‘teacher’ both have the letters t, e, and r. [sarcasm off]

‘German government denies Armenian genocide for NATO military reasons’

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24 December 2015

In 1915 a million people were brought through what is now Turkey and walked to their deaths near Deir-al-Zour in modern Syria. One hundred years on, only a handful of survivors remain to tell the stories of the Armenian genocide, which they witnessed.

by Diana Markosian

A hundred years after the Armenian genocide, filmmaker Diana Markosian found two survivors who witnessed deportation, death, and denial of the events of 1915. Together they journeyed back to the past.

I was never interested in pursuing work on the Armenian genocide. When I started this project, it was still just a vague historical narrative. I knew that, in 1915, the Ottomans initiated a policy of deportation and mass murder to destroy their Armenian population. And that, by the First World War’s end, more than a million people were eliminated from what is now modern-day Turkey. But I had no idea of the personal toll the genocide exacted on my own family, or the sense of connection I would slowly come to feel through making this piece.

I am Armenian, but I was born in Moscow and raised in America. For most of my life, I struggled with my Armenian identity, partly because of the history one inherits. It is something I understood but never fully embraced. Then a year ago, I happened to be in Armenia when a foundation approached me, requesting help in finding the remaining genocide survivors. I pursued voter registrations online to see who was born before 1915, and then traveled cross-country to find them. That’s how I met Movses and Yepraksia — who lived past their hundredth year.

When I met them, they shared with me memories of their early homes. Movses was born in the village of Kebusie in Musa Dagh Mountain not far from the Syrian border. Yepraksia lived in a small village near Kars on the Armenian border. They hadn’t seen their home since escaping a century ago. I wanted in some way reunite each of the survivors with their homeland. I decided to travel back to Turkey to re-trace their last memories.

When I told the survivors I would be visiting their native land, each one asked me to fulfill a wish. Movses, from Musa Dagh, drew a map of his village, and asked me to find his church and leave his portrait on the footsteps of what are now ruins. He hadn’t seen his home in 98 years. In his village, I found everything he had described to me: the sheep, the fruit he remembered eating, and the sea. I even found the ruins of what was once his church. Yepraksia, from a small village in Kars, asked me to help her find her older brother who she separated from after 1915.

Once I returned to Armenia, I created billboard-sized images of the survivors’ homelands as a way of bridging the past and present. All these years later, upon delivering the image, the survivors grabbed on, as if by holding the image close they would be taken back to a place they called home many years ago. This is a story of home — everything they had, everything they lost. And what they have found again.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

The German government will dissociate itself from the recognition of the Armenian genocide by the German Bundestag parliament, writes news website Spiegel Online. The government spokesman is expected to announce this later this morning.

Distancing themselves from the Bundestag resolution is a political gesture by the German government to the Turkish government. Thereby they pave the way for German parliamentarians to visit German soldiers on the Turkish Incirlik airbase.

Germany, Seeking Airbase Access in Turkey, Steps Back From Armenian Genocide Recognition: here.

These German soldiers are there for the NATO war in Syria. Officially ‘against ISIS‘, in practice often against Kurds and/or for oil.

The German government also probably think denying the Armenian genocide will make things easier for the European Union-Turkey deal, deporting refugees from Europe to Turkey (from where they may be deported to war zones in Syria or Iraq).

Update: Germany’s parliamentary vote declaring the 1915 massacre of Armenians by Ottoman forces a genocide is not legally binding, Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier on Friday, a move that may signal at attempt to mend frayed ties with Turkey: here. And here. And here.

From DPA news agency today:

The expected move by the government has already generated criticism from within Merkel‘s grand coalition, which joins her Christian Democratic Union (CDU), its Bavarian sister party CSU and the Social Democratic Party (SPD).

“Though I am not a lawmaker in the German Bundestag, I stand by this decision as a member of the German government – no one in the government should waver on this,” Family Minister Manuela Schwesig from the SPD told the N24 broadcaster on Friday.

What more can we expect? If some neonazi billionaire would offer the German government lots of money for the military, would they then be prepared to deny Adolf Hitler’s mass murders of Jews, Roma, Slavs, etc. etc.?

Update; translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

According to opposition party Die Linke, Germany has degenerated into a “banana republic, which is under the thumb of a dictator (Turkish President Erdogan – ed).”

Turkish air force killing Syrian civilians

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Turkey Launches Massive Attack In Syria Against Kurds

24 August 2016

Turkey moves into Syria with a huge column of tanks supposedly to take back the town of Jarablus from ISIS, but they also claim they must take out the Kurds, whom Russia had said were the best fighters against ISIS.

Dutch NOS TV reports today on the military attack by the Turkish armed forces and their ‘Free Syrian Army‘ puppets on northern Syria, aimed against the Syrian Democratic Forces: Kurds and their Arab allies. They quote a report by the Syrian Observatory on Human Rights, usually a pro-Free Syrian Army source.

The Observatory says Turkish warplanes have killed at least 35 civilians. In al-Amarna village, they killed at least 15 people and injured 20 people who had fled from the bombing to a farm. In Jub al-Kousa, they killed at least twenty villagers and injured fifty.

Turkish air strikes kill civilians in US-backed invasion of Syria: here.

Turkey prepares joint action with US in Syria: here.

The Obama-Erdogan meeting was announced as a series of US spokesmen criticized the actions of the Turkish military in Syria. After ousting Islamic State (ISIS) militants from the border town of Jarabulus, Turkish forces, allied with the US through NATO, have turned their guns against Syrian Kurdish forces sponsored and armed by the United States. Dozens were killed Sunday in a series of bombardments as Turkish artillery and air strikes hit several villages held by Syrian Kurdish forces, including Jeb el-Kussa, where at least 20 died and 50 were wounded: here.

Former CIA Deputy Director Publicly Advocates for Bombing Syria’s Assad: here.

Here’s everything that’s wrong with air strikes in the ‘war on terror’: here.

Mounting evidence of British “boots on the ground” in Syria: here.

Washington supports Turkey’s Erdogan’s anti-Syrian Kurds bloodshed

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The Flowers of Rojava – A Feminist Revolution in Northern Syria (TRAILER)

5 November 2015

I am producing, with a small but very motivated team, a documentary on the situation of women in Rojava, the self-administered [mainly Kurdish] region in the North of Syria. This is the video trailer for our crowdfunding campaign.

Many politicians in many countries don’t often tell the truth. However, United States Vice President Joseph Biden did that at least once.

Mr Biden told Harvard University students in 2014 that Middle Eastern US allies such as Turkey strengthened extremist groups like ISIS in their bid to overthrow Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Now, however, it looks like Mr Biden is betraying that moment of honesty.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

US calls on Syrian Kurds to withdraw

These Syrian Kurds are the only force effectively fighting ISIS terrorists. However, the Erdogan regime in Turkey hates them, and has fired artillery shells at them before, and has otherwise helped ISIS. Today, Turkish soldiers have crossed the Syrian border to attack Jarablus city, to prevent Syrian Kurds from entering it.

Today, 16:58

The US vice president, Joe Biden, has asked the Kurdish militias in northern Syria to withdraw behind the Euphrates river. If they do not do that, then the US will not “under any circumstances” support them. …

The Kurds expelled IS earlier this month from the southern city Manbij. Manbij is west of the Euphrates. Turkey therefore demands that the Kurds withdraw and for that, they now receive support from the US.

This blog has reported how happy the women of Manbij were when Syrian Kurds and their Syrian Arab allies drove away the ISIS reign of terror from Manbij, and the women were free again to dress the way they liked without fear of ISIS killing them. If Erdogan or the Joseph Biden of 2016 get their way in Manbij, then the women will have to fear another reign of terror, by ISIS or by a similar gang.

Biden meets with Erdogan, backs Turkish invasion of Syria: here.

With support from the US Air Force and military “advisers,” Turkish soldiers expanded their invasion of northern Syria Thursday: here.

On Wednesday, US Vice President Joseph Biden arrived in Turkey to announce, at a joint press conference with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, that the United States military would directly support Turkey in its incursion into northern Syria: here.

Bloody bombing of wedding in Turkey

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21 August 2016

A funeral ceremony was held in Gaziantep, Sunday, to mourn the 50 people killed by a suspected child suicide bomber at a wedding celebration in the largely Kurdish city on Saturday. Around 94 people were also injured in the blast.

By Alex Lantier:

Suicide bombing kills 51 at wedding in Turkey

22 August 2016

Fifty-one people died and 69 were injured Saturday when a horrific suicide bombing hit a Kurdish wedding in the Turkish city of Gaziantep, near the border with Syria. At least 17 of the wounded are severely injured and clinging to life.

The pro-Kurdish People‘s Democratic Party (HDP) has confirmed that one of its members was getting married at the wedding. The wedding party was winding down and guests were beginning to leave when the suicide bomber, identified as a boy aged 12 to 14, detonated his explosive vest. “The celebrations were coming to an end and there was a big explosion,” one of the guests said. “There was blood and body parts everywhere.”

Many of the victims were children, apparently because they had gathered to one side of the folk dancing at the party, and were therefore closer to the blast.

The bride and groom, Besna and Nurettin Akdogan, were injured. “They turned our wedding into a blood bath,” the bride told Turkey’s Anadolu News Agency after being released from the hospital.

The couple had reportedly fled the town of Siirt to Gaziantep in order to escape fighting between the Turkish army and ethnic Kurdish militias in Turkey. The government offensive against Kurdish separatists escalated as Kurdish militias across the border in Syria began playing a larger role in the war in that country.

Yesterday, a mass funeral was held for victims of the bombing in Gaziantep, though authorities said further DNA testing will be needed to identify all of the victims, many of whom were blown apart. …

While as of this writing no one has claimed responsibility for the Gaziantep bombing, international media and several Turkish officials blamed the atrocity on the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), which has reportedly recruited children to be used as suicide bombers. …

The atrocity in Gaziantep is the outcome of years of incitement of Islamist terror and ethnic bloodshed in the region by Washington and its imperialist allies in Europe as part of their proxy war for regime-change in Syria. Since 2011, the NATO powers and their Middle East allies have funneled billions of dollars and vast weapons shipments to Islamist … militias fighting in Syria. Hundreds of thousands of Syrians have died and over 10 million have fled their homes, unleashing the greatest global refugee crisis since World War II.

Erdoğan’s attempts to follow the twists and turns of imperialist policy have had devastating consequences for Turkey itself, particularly since Washington and its European allies began attacking ISIS in 2014 after it invaded Iraq and threatened to topple the US-backed puppet regime in Baghdad. ISIS had developed an extensive logistical network in Turkey and, starting last year, retaliated with a string of terror bombings inside Turkey.

These included the October 2015 attack in Ankara that killed 105 people and the March 2016 bombing on Istiqlal Avenue in Istanbul, both of which were planned by ISIS forces in Gaziantep.