Turkey, a global problem, by Savvas Kalèndéridès, Stavros Kalèndéridès

04-05-21 07:44:00,

Turkey has once again escaped the consequences of its actions, this time in Nagorno-Karabakh. It is probably today in the crosshairs of the Pentagon, which wishes to destroy it like all the other states in the wider Middle East. This is the problem: it risks being set on fire to continue the “endless war” and not to defeat its racist ideology. The adversary must not be mistaken: the enemy is neither the whimsical Erdogan, nor his country Turkey and his ally Azerbaijan, it is the supremacist and racist ideology of the wolf of the steppes.

JPEG - 41.2 kb President Erdogan threatened the European Union and announced in advance the attacks in Paris and Brussels.

Turkey is already being considered to be a global problem, even though the US, the EU and Russia, refuse to accept this reality.

Let us explain in what sense Turkey has become a problem for the whole world.

The world has rejected totalitarian ideologies, since they were responsible for innumerous killings and the suffering of humanity. Fascism, Nazism, Communism [1], all of them were tested and finally rejected and abandoned by history.

The only totalitarian ideology that stands the test of time is Turkish racism, which took various forms during the 20th century, such as the nationalist (and Islamist) racism of the Neo-Turks, by Mustafa Kemal and the Gray Wolves, and in the 21st century, under Tayyip Erdogan, when it also acquired strong Islamist characteristics.

This totalitarian ideology caused the genocide of the Christian populations of Anatolia, which peaked in its brutality during the period from 1914 to 1923 [2].

Everyone knows what happened then, and especially the United States, since its top diplomats at the time, such as Henry Morgenthau and George Horton, recorded in their reports and books the bloody events of that period.

This is also known to England, which, when after the Treaty of Moudros took control of Constantinople, the capital of the Ottoman Empire, at the request of the Armenians forced the Sultan to set up military courts for the masterminds of the genocide. In fact, when the nationalists in Turkey reacted and rebelled after the first convictions and the hangings of the perpetrators, England transferred the accused to Malta, where the trials continued.

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US, Turkey, ISIS, Al-Qaeda, Taliban Make ONE HAPPY FAMILY

13-04-21 06:03:00,

A graduation ceremony of al-Qaeda group Hayat Tahrir al-Sham fighters at a camp in Syria’s northern Idlib province bordering Turkey.

Exactly a decade after the United States sought a pioneering role by Turkey for launching the regime change project in Syria, it has solicited help from Ankara in regard of another political transition in the Greater Middle East — in Afghanistan.

Analogies never hold one hundred percent in politics or diplomacy, but the similarities are striking.

If in Syria the project involved the overthrow of the established government of President Bashar al-Assad by force, in Afghanistan the agenda today is to somehow ease out the elected government led by President Ashraf Ghani and have it replaced by an interim government that includes the militant Islamist group known as the Taliban.

Both situations narrow down to co-opting jihadi groups who masquerade as “liberation movements”.

In Syria, Turkey provided not only the logistics for jihadi fighters from all over the world to enter that country to join the ISIS and al-Qaeda but also equipped them and supported them — even nursing injured fighters — to wage a protracted horrific war against Assad.

There is incontrovertible evidence that Turkey mentored the cadres of the Islamic State and al-Qaeda.

dispatch by CNN from Turkey in November 2013 noted that “it is extraordinary to watch this volume of international traffic from countries where al Qaeda has a confirmed and consistent presence into a NATO member state… Many of these devout Muslims believe they are joining the final battle prophesied as happening in Syria — known as al-Sham — which will herald the end of the world. The recruits are ecstatic; they never thought this final fight would come in their lifetime.”

“We stood at the Turkish border and filmed a chilling sight: the flag of ISIS, flying calmly over a minaret a few hundred meters away in the Syrian town of Jarabulus – a sign that they control the town. Turkey now has to reconcile the seemingly relaxed traffic of jihadis into their south to travel into Syria — many of whose aim is to help establish an al Qaeda-friendly caliphate — with the fact they can now see al Qaeda from their border.

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Turkey Expands its Neo-Ottoman Footprint in Africa | New Eastern Outlook

31-03-21 11:04:00,

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Even with Erdogan facing an increasing number of political and economic difficulties at home, Turkey continues to expand its geo-political footprint beyond its borders. Whereas Turkey’s recent adventures in Libya were largely seen as the country’s first major military deployment and direct involvement in a conflict in the continent, Turkey’s presence in Africa exists far beyond the war-torn North African country, and is sustained by a political rhetoric that is uncompromising, is ideologically grounded in “neo-Ottomanism” and even relies on the use of hard power. Its recent display was the way Turkey, despite international pressure for ceasefire, threw its full might behind Azerbaijan against Armenia in Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Over the past few years, Erdogan has increasingly relied on Turkey’s armed forces to execute Turkey’s core foreign policy objectives. This includes the use of the military through direct and indirect means.

This was evident when Turkish trained security forces cracked down on protestors in the Somali capital of Mogadishu last month to control resistance against the regime. Turkey has been providing training to the Somalian Armed Forces at the Counter-Terrorism Training and Exercise Centre in Turkey’s Southwestern province of Isparta. This is part of plan to train about 15,000 Somalian soldiers. At the same time, Turkey’s largest overseas military base is also located in Somalia, where the rest of the Somalian soldiers are being trained.

But Somalia is hardly the only case where Turkey is involved. Since 2009, the number of Turkish embassies in Africa has increased from just 12 to 42. Keeping in mind the goal to take trade ties to US$50 billion, Turkey’s direct trade with African countries has increased from US$ 1 billion in 2002 to US$ 7.6 billion in 2019.

In November 2019, the largest Mosque in Djibouti was inaugurated, covering 13,000 square meters with the seating capacity of 6,000 people. The new landmark was financed by Turkey’s Directorate of Religious Affairs, called Diyanet. Diyanet has become one of the major faces of Turkey’s growing export of neo-Ottomanist ideology across Africa. Over the past four decades, Diyanet has financed the construction of more than 100 mosques and educational institutions in 25 countries worldwide, including the African nations Djibouti, Ghana, Burkina Faso, Mali and Chad.

By opposing Africa’s colonial roots and by criticising the influence that former colonial states like France continue to exert in Africa,

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Turkey Preparing for a Balancing Act between Russia and the West | New Eastern Outlook

09-01-21 09:14:00,

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When Russia’s Vladimir Putin recently remarked that Turkey’s Erdogan is an ardent follower of the logic of national interest, he was perhaps alluding to the way Tukey continues to adjust very consistently between the West and the East, though it doesn’t always work. Turkey is a member of NATO and is a buyer of Russian defense systems as well. While for all other NATO members, Turkey’s behavior is unacceptable and even counter-productive, Erdogan’s defense of this purchase is, as can be expected, rooted in his ardent pursuit of national interests. As it stands, for Turkey, this particular purchase doesn’t make it a strategic ally of Russia, nor does it make it an enemy of NATO.

While there is no gainsaying that NATO is facing an internal crisis, Turkey’s policy remains focused on finding a right balance between its NATO obligations and national interests, which don’t always converge with NATO though. For Turkey’s Erdogan, geo-politics is not a zero-sum game and that the balance of power continues to shift, demanding consistent adjustments. With Trump’s exit from power and the fact that the White House will now have fewer anti-Erdogan officials like Mike Pompeo, it is but logical for Erdogan to respond to these changes in a way that best suits Turkey’s core national interests. Turkey’s recent positive overtures to Israel reflect these adjustments.

Until Trump’s defeat in elections, Erdogan’s official discourse was anti-Israel. He would repeatedly criticize The Abraham Accords and would make resolution of the Palestinian question a pre-requisite for re-establishing ties with Israel. Trump’s exit from the White House has led to some crucial changes in Turkey’s stance. It has already re-established diplomatic ties with Israel, even though the pre-requisite remains unresolved. While Erdogan still said that Palestine remains a “red line” (just as it has always been), he would still like to have better ties with Israel, going beyond the already existing “intelligence contacts.”

The fact that Ankara is now reaching out to Israel shows how this adjustment suits its current needs when it is facing tumultuous challenges. With the US and EU imposing sanctions on Turkey at a time when its economy is in a free-fall mode, Erdogan finds its significant to mend Turkey’s image in a way that could make it a little bit more ‘acceptable’ in Washington and Brussels.

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Turkey braces for Russian response in Syria

21-10-20 07:57:00,

The Russian Foreign Ministry lined up several of its heavyweights to have them denounce the danger that the jihadi presence in Azerbaijan represents for Russia itself.

Turkey continues to deny having anything to do with it, yet it is gearing up for a Russian response in occupied northern Syria. She started evacuating her military post in Morek (Idlib governorate) while strengthening her presence in the other twelve bases.

Armenia, which until now, under the leadership of Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan (one of George Soros’s men) looked to NATO for support, is henceforth turning to Russia and the CSTO. Several of her ministers are calling on Moscow to intervene in Nagorno-Karabakh, not against Azerbaijan, but to defend her interests in the face of the influx of jihadists.

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