Why Turkey is picking a fight with Greece(10/2/17)

The neo-nationalist partners of Turkey’s Islamist President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan who played a key role in orchestrating the abortive coup of July 15 to benefit political masters now have a new plan in the works: belligerent posturing with neighboring Greece over disputed claims in the Aegean Sea.

The surprise visit of Chief of General Staff Gen. Hulusi Akar, an Erdoğan loyalist, to the Aegean islets of Kardak (Imia), accompanied by the commanders of the land, naval and air forces, has all the hallmarks of this sinister plot and has nothing to do with the Greek courts refusing to turn over soldiers who are alleged to have been involved in a coup attempt. This is much bigger than the court case, and I’m afraid the Turkish Islamists, in cooperation with neo-nationalists in the army and intelligence agency, are set to escalate the tension with Greece. (περισσότερα…)

What the Assassination of the Russian Ambassador May Be Telling Us about Erdoğan’s Turkey

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Michael A. Reynolds

The assassination of the Russian Ambassador to Turkey in an Ankara art gallery on December 19 was a dramatic event in every way.  The ambassador had just begun speaking to the audience when a man pacing behind him, neatly dressed in coat and tie and appearing perhaps to be part of his entourage, suddenly pulled out a pistol and fired nine shots into the ambassador. (περισσότερα…)

Paper Tiger: Why Turkish Army is Not as Strong as It Seems

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While the Turkish Army is known as the second largest force in NATO, Russian political analyst Evgeni Krutikov suggests that it resembles nothing so much as a «paper tiger.» The analyst notes that in the wake of the attempted military coup the country’s army could be considerably weakened.

Although Turkey’s army is the second largest force in NATO with its 750,000-strong military contingent, it is not as powerful as it seems, Russian journalist and political analyst Evgeni Krutikov notes.

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Ρ.Τ.Ερντογάν: Έβαλε απέναντι του ολόκληρη τη Δύση και άνοιξε πολλά μέτωπα στην Τουρκία – Πόσο θα αντέξει στην εξουσία;

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ΚΑΝΕΙΣ ΔΕΝ ΒΛΕΠΕΙ ΠΛΕΟΝ ΤΟΝ ΤΟΥΡΚΟ ΠΡΟΕΔΡΟ ΩΣ ΑΞΙΟΠΙΣΤΟ ΣΥΝΟΜΙΛΗΤΗ

Ο Τούρκος Πρόεδρος Ρ.Τ. Ερντογάν, όπως αποδεικνύεται, αφενός δεν μπορεί ακόμη να ελέγξει την κατάσταση στη χώρα του, αφού όπως μαρτυρά η επιβολή απαγόρευσης πτήσης πάνω από την Κωνσταντινούπολη και την Άγκυρα υπάρχουν ακόμη θύλακες των πραξικοπηματιών και αφετέρου με τις μαζικές διώξεις επί δικαίων και αδίκων και την ενδεχόμενη επαναφορά της θανατικής ποινής έχει βάλει τους πάντες απέναντι του. (περισσότερα…)

Turkey Is Playing a Dangerous Game With ISIS as It Seeks Islamic Glory

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By Riyadh Mohammed

If you want to be a dictator, the first thing you do is control the press in the country you’re aiming to rule. That’s what Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been doing ever since he was elected President of Turkey in 2014.

It’s not easy to be a dictator when you’ve been a member of NATO since 1952, part of the Council of Europe in 1949, which is now the European Union, and a major strategic ally of the United States—first during the Cold War and now in the war against ISIS. For many months, Erdogan declined to join the coalition fighting the terrorists, and Turkey was considered a nominal ally in the war against terror. (περισσότερα…)

Crisis? What migration crisis?

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The EU’s troubles have, time and again, led Brussels to stretch its already weak democratic legitimacy.

The most over-used word in the European Union’s idiosyncratic lexicon is “crisis.” When Europe’s national leaders convene in Brussels on Monday for a summit meeting with Turkey, they will be discussing not simply migration, but “the migration crisis.” (περισσότερα…)

Battle Over the Aegean: The Undeclared Greco-Turkish Air War

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*http://sputniknews.com/ 

**MILITARY & INTELLIGENCE 15:21 18.02.2016(updated 16:12 18.02.2016) 

On February 15, six Turkish fighter jets and a Navy transport plane violated Greek airspace over island territories in the eastern Aegean Sea nearly two dozen times. Commenting on the latest violation, Russian military analyst Alexei Kupriyanov decided to take a look back at the recent history of the decades-long conflict between Athens and Ankara.

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Η Τουρκία απειλεί την παγκόσμια ειρήνη

 

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Τουρκία. Η χώρα που είναι πάντα «ουδέτερη», που αριστοτεχνικά φροντίζει να συντάσσεται πάντα με το νικητή και που βρίσκεται σε μόνιμη αναζήτηση χρήσιμων ηλιθίων (ηγετών κρατών), πρόθυμων πολιτικών μισθοφόρων (πρώην αρχηγοί κρατών).
Επιπλέον, η Τουρκία είναι η χώρα που δεν αναγνωρίζει κανέναν νόμο (διεθνή) ή υποχρέωση από συμμετοχή της σε παγκόσμιους οργανισμούς (π.χ. ΝΑΤΟ, ΟΗΕ) αν δεν εξυπηρετούνται πρωτίστως τα δικά της συμφέροντα. (περισσότερα…)

‘They know how it’s done’: Turkey violated Greek airspace 2,244 times in 2014 alone

ILE PHOTO: A Greek Air Force officer operates the radar of a Patriot air defence missiles at Tatoi air base, north of Athens © Yiorgos Karahalis / Reuters
A Greek Air Force officer operates the radar of a Patriot air defence missiles at Tatoi air base, north of Athens July 27, 2004. Dozens of new Pac 3 (Patriot Advanced Capability) missiles were armed and in position at three locations around Attica basin providing an air defence umbrella over the Greek capital as part of a massive security plan to safeguard the upcoming Athens 2004 Olympic Games. REUTERS/Yiorgos Karahalis 
Turkish claims that the downed Russian Su-24 jet “violated” its airspace have sparked outrage among Greeks, who took to social media to say it is a clear-cut case of double standards as Turkish jets breached Greek airspace 2,244 times in 2014 alone.

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