by Scott Creighton(notice the “all caps” in the headline and the “clickbaity” title? That PROVES (there I go again) I’m “fake news”)
I’m so happy. I’m… just… soooo… happy. You like me. You really like me (weep weep weep)
Over at Harvard, they suggest if you wish to figure out what is real and what is fake, you should use “fact checking” services like the ones produced by Snopes and… the Washington Post.
Fact checking at the Washington Post? Where they run with stories about various topics and in the last two paragraphs of the articles their lawyers make them disclose the fact that their conclusions are based on nothing. That Washington Post. That should by your source for “fact checking”
The same Washington Post owned by the guy who has a 600 million dollar contract from the CIA? The guys that said da ebil Roooskies hacked a power plant!?!? That Washington Post?!?hahahahahahahahahahahaha (gasp) hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahha
The Harvard website provides it’s readers with a handy link to a couple apps that will point out (and filter out?) “fake news” websites for you and they also provide a nifty link to a BIG LIST of “fake news” websites created by Melissa Zimdars of Merrimack College.
I covered Ms. Zimdars back in Nov. when she first published her contribution to the end of the 1st amendment.
At the time I wrote:Newthinkers bellyfeel Ingsoc and that is all they need to know
I also pointed out that I had been left off the BIG LIST of Wrongthink Websites and that saddened me.
(An outstanding review of US and NATO destabilization campaigns in Turkey both past and present. Penny agrees with my position that we have no business interfering in the internal politics of another nation. But that is not the nature of neoliberal globalization, is it? The current obsession with the Turkish referendum is nothing short of international terrorism. Understand, terrorism is the “use of force or the threat of force” to alter a nation’s political, economic or social structure and that is exactly what all this international pressure is doing. They are implying that holding the referendum (or if the Turkish people “vote the wrong way”) will cause NATO to expel Turkey and begin a regime change program in their country. By definition what is happening is terrorism. As Penny points out in the article, like Crimea, Turkey must be left alone to find their own way. It’s the right of self determination and that is EXACTLY what the Deep State cannot allow ANYWHERE.)
from Penny for Your Thoughts blog
It’s seems the time has come for one of those all encompassing posts- the ones that attempt to make sense of the non-sense. It’s as if there is presently a whirl wind of activity around Turkey seemingly unrelated but in actuality- all very related.
This is becoming ever more obvious and heavy handed. Yet, many still don’t or can’t see it. Not sure which it is? I’ve long stated here that the propaganda employed to target Turkey is necessarily devious and liberally applied- Pun intended. While it may be true that Turkey is a NATO nation it is one that has been barely tolerated by the Atlantacist crowd. The crowd that truly runs NATO…
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from Hurriyet Daily
Moscow is unlikely to ever give up its Kurdish card despite Turkey’s requests that Russian President Vladimir Putin end cooperation with the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD), a former soldier and political analyst has said.
“[The outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party] PKK/PYD cooperates with both the Americans and the Russians; they have become an actor in the field,” said Professor Mesut Hakkı Caşın of Özyeğin University, noting that Washington is also unlikely to abandon the group…
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(What does the highlighted part remind me of? Oh yeah:)“We have now have momentum in this fight and clear results on the ground… We must ensure that our partners on the ground (freedom fighter Kurds) have what they need to win the fight and then hold, rebuild, and govern their territory (“Rojava”),” Sec. of Defense Ash Carter
Kurdish fighters have been America’s go-to ground force when it comes to tackling Daesh in the Middle East, but Washington’s support for and reliance on the ethnic group which has long tried to achieve greater autonomy, if not independence, has fueled concerns over the true motives of the United States in Syria.
“The United States has efficiently played the Kurdish card,” Deputy Chairman of Russia’s Federation Council Committee on International Affairs Andrei Klimov told Izvestiya. “Washington has actively increased its presence [in Syria]. Under these circumstances, there are risks that the issue of dividing Syria into several so-called sovereign states will return to the agenda since the support of a single ethnic group could lead to negative implications.”
The fact that the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, a multi-ethnic alliance primarily made up of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units, has become the key force tasked with liberating the city of Raqqa, Daesh’s key stronghold in the Middle East, has prompted some to suggest that Washington had promised the Kurds that the US will back them during post-conflict reconstruction of the war-torn country.
An unnamed source in the Russian Foreign Ministry appears to have confirmed this, telling the newspaper that political and security interests of the Kurds are mainly limited to Rojava, an area comprising the cantons of Afrin, Jazira and Kobani.
“There is no military need for the Kurds to capture [Raqqa],” the source said. “The sheer fact that they have advanced [towards the city] shows that they received guarantees that they will have an opportunity to assert their rights” during the peace process. These guarantees were ostensibly provided by external forces, apparently meaning the United States…
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(Any guesses as to where they intend to grab the next chunk of Greater Kurdistan? Any?)
Amid a row with Turkey over its presidential powers referendum, some German MPs are calling for the withdrawal of troops deployed at Incirlik airbase. Germany is flying reconnaissance sorties from the Turkish base as part of the US-led anti-Islamic State coalition.
Concerns over the presence of German airmen at the base, which is located in southern Turkey close to Syria, came from lawmakers of both the ruling coalition and the opposition. Florian Hahn, spokesman for security and foreign policy of the Christian Social Union (CSU), said the Germans soldiers and officers may become pawns in Turkish power games…
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A group of high-level US officials including Brett McGurk, the special presidential envoy to the anti-ISIS coalition, came to Erbil to meet with President Masoud Barzani on Monday.
Joining McGurk were Douglas Silliman, the US Ambassador to Iraq, and Lieutenant General Stephen Townsend, commander of the US-led international coalition against the ISIS group in Iraq and Syria.
Falah Mustafa, the Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) Minister of Foreign Relations, announced the visit via tweet.
He wrote the two sides discusssed KRG-US relations, Erbil-Baghdad ties and a way forward.
from RudawRepresentatives from the four parts of greater Kurdistan came together to take part in a Kurdish conference in Moscow, discussing the future of the nation in the new Middle East in light of the war against ISIS both in Iraq and Syria, where Kurdish forces have made significant gains against the extremist militants. Izzat Sabir, from the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), and Sherko Hama Amin, from the Gorran Movement, both members of the Kurdistan Region parliament, attended the conference. Asya Abdullah, co-chair of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), the ruling party in Rojava (a.k.a. “Syria”), and Osman Baydemir and Dilek Ocalan, two MPs from the People’s Democratic Party (HDP) in Turkey also attended the conference titled “The war and new structure of the Middle East.” Sabir told Rudaw that the conference is a message to world powers about the future of Kurdish lands, emphasizing the unity of Kurds in the face of the fast changing map of the Middle East… He explained that it is permissible for Kurdish parties to work with what he called the occupation countries, namely Iraq, Turkey, Syria and Iran, so long as it does not mean that they do so against their fellow Kurds… [read more here]
(CNN? War-mongering propaganda? nah. They wouldn’t do that, would they?)
from TASS News Agency
Russia’s presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Monday he expected a new CNN documentary on the Russian leader to be biased but was thankful to the documentary’s author for a possibility to make the Kremlin’s position clear.
“Naturally, it would be too optimistic to believe that some media outlet would be able to break through the framework of the hysterical emotional background that unfortunately prevails in America towards our country,” Peskov said, sharing his opinion about what the new CNN documentary about Russian President Vladimir Putin titled: “The Most Powerful Man in the World” would be.
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The Arabic language al-Arabi al-Jadid news website reported that at least 17 civilians, including children and women, were killed and 15 others were injured in the US-led coalition air raids in Kasarat village South of Raqqa city.
The website added that the warplanes’ combat flights over two villages in Eastern Aleppo left five civilians dead and 11 more wounded…
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The US-led international alliance aircraft carried out a new massacre against Syrians, killing 19 civilians in al-Kasrat area in Raqqa’s southern countryside.
Local and media sources said that airplanes from the US-led alliance, under the pretext of fighting ISIS, carried out on Saturday night a series of airstrikes on areas in the southern countryside of Raqqa province, which resulted in killing 19 civilians in al-Kastrat area (Kasret al-Sheikh Juma’a and Kasret al-Faraj) and the agricultural research center on the southern bank of the Euphrates River…
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by Kate Randall, WSWS
Top Trump administration officials appeared on the political talk shows Sunday morning to promote the American Health Care Act (AHCA), the House Republican bill for the repeal and replacement of Obama’s Affordable Care Act (ACA), better known as Obamacare.
The Republican proposal builds on the core features of Obamacare, designed to boost the profits of the private insurers and slash health care costs for the government and big business.
The ACHA seeks to strengthen the grip of the for-profit health care delivery system in America while making sweeping cuts to Medicaid, the insurance program for the poor jointly funded by the federal government and the states. It also slashes financial assistance to low-income people seeking to purchase health coverage and cuts taxes for the wealthy and big business by an estimated $600 billion.
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) is expected to release its numbers on the Republican plan today. The Brookings Institution on Thursday predicted that the CBO’s analysis will likely find that at least 15 million people stand to lose coverage under the AHCA by the end of the 10-year scoring window.
In a prerecorded interview aired on NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tom Price attempted to evade moderator Chuck Todd’s question: “Can you say for certain that once this bill is passed nobody, nobody will be worse off financially when it comes to paying for health care?”
Price answered by pointing to the high premiums under Obamacare and the fact that patients are forgoing health care as a result of high deductibles and out-of-pocket costs. The HHS secretary, a rabid opponent of Medicaid, Medicare and government “intrusion” into health care, knows full well the Republican plan will make the situation for millions of working people, as bad as it is under Obamacare, even worse.
Todd pointed to a recent Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) estimate that the $4,000 tax credit that a 60-year-old in Fayette County, West Virginia would get under the AHCA “is almost $8,000 less than they would get under Obamacare.” Price brushed this off, defending the Republican plan’s tax credits, which would provide from $2,000 to $4,000 to those making up to $75,000, based purely on age and not income, with older people receiving the most.
A KFF analysis has found that for virtually every age group of individuals with incomes of $20,000-$40,000 and families making $40,000-$75,000, tax credits would be substantially lower under the ACHA than the subsidies provided under Obamacare.
Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Mick Mulvaney appeared on ABC’s “This Week” program. Host George Stephanopoulos raised that independent analysts had projected that there will be about “$370 billion less in federal funding for Medicaid over the next 10 years” under the AHCA. He asked how this squared with Trump’s promises during his presidential bid that there would be no cuts to Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid.
The OMB director defended the Medicaid funding cuts, saying, “The Medicaid system as it exists today is a one-size fits-all system. We fixed that. You can provide better services for less if we get the federal government out of the way.”…
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(Further exemplifies my theory that Erdogan is next on the regime change agenda because he opposes chopping up Syria for Greater Kurdistan and a chunk of Turkey is next. The Duran did a write-up on this where they rightly said it was a nearly unprecedented move on the part of the Dutch yet then they went on to demonize Erdogan by accusing him of everything short of shooting JFK himself. There was a peaceful rally at the Turkish embassy and the Dutch turned the water cannons on them. Turkey and Russia had just announced they had reconciled their differences regarding Syria during a meeting between heads of state that started Friday. )
Turkey’s family affairs minister has been escorted to the Dutch-German border as crowds of Turkish protesters rallied at the consulate in Rotterdam. The minister was earlier prevented from staging a pro-Erdogan rally outside the diplomatic premises.
Fatma Betul Sayan Kaya was detained by the Dutch police at the consulate before being further escorted to Germany, RTL News reported.
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte issued a statement, calling the visit of the Turkish minister “irresponsible” and the rhetoric by Turkish authorities “unacceptable.”
“In mutual contact with Turkey, Netherlands has repeatedly made it clear that public order and security in our country should not be compromised,” Rutte said, adding that the Dutch government repeatedly told its Turkish counterparts that Kaya is “not welcome in the Netherlands.”
“Minister Kaya is on her way to Germany, accompanied by police. Her car is being driven back. This also applies to her guards and employees,” Rotterdam’s mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb told news agency NOS.
In a televised statement, Aboutaleb accused Turkish officials at the general consulate of “misleading” him on the forthcoming visit of Kaya. The mayor claimed that the Turkish consul general told him nothing had been planned for that day in the consulate.
“He outright lied,” Aboutaleb said, adding that he was also offended by the comparison of the Dutch authorities with fascists, made earlier by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
“He forgets I’m the mayor of Rotterdam, which was bombed by the Nazis,” Aboutaleb said.
Reporters live tweeting from the scene said that after the detention was announced, the minister remained in her armored car until a truck arrived to tow the vehicle. She then reportedly came out of her car to be escorted away in another vehicle.
Kaya responded to the detention by accusing the Dutch of “tyranny and oppression,” unlawful treatment and violation of human rights and freedoms on her Twitter account.
She later added some strong words, tweeting: “In the face of this fascist practice, the world needs to take a stand in the name of Democracy! Such treatment of a woman is unacceptable.”…
By banning the arrival of Turkish officials, “the Netherlands is violating the Vienna Convention, which guarantees the rights and the sovereign status of embassies,” John Bosnitch, a Belgrade-based political analyst, told RT.
Amsterdam’s move represents an “unheard violation of international law,” he maintained. “The entire incident only comes literally hours after Russia and Turkey announced that they had normalized relations between the two countries,”
“Two countries which were at odds with one another decided to make peaceful collaboration with one another, and suddenly we see Austria, Germany, Switzerland, and Holland banning the presence of Turkish elected representatives or government representatives to take part in democratic debate,” the analyst noted.
Commenting on Erdogan’s calling the Netherlands “Nazi remnants,” Bosnitch asserted that the Turkish leader “was not pulling these things out of the bag,” as “more Dutch volunteered in the SS that the Germans did” during World War II.
Hundreds of agitated Turkish protesters remained in central Rotterdam despite reports that the action at the consulate was over by the time the car with Kaya left the scene. Riot police cordons could be seen on social media livestreams as occasional rocks and bottles landed near officers.
Police later deployed water cannon to break up the rally at the Turkish consulate. Protesters were seen running away from the scene…
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by Scott Creighton
UPDATE: So you wonder why they are bringing up this old news to tie Flynn to Turkey? It ain’t that hard to figure out.
WATCH: Putin welcomes Erdogan in Moscow pic.twitter.com/Yvpk7uxvjp
— Press TV (@PressTV) March 10, 2017
The Gulenists are smelling blood in the water and the regime change propagandists see an opportunity so the Mockingbirds are out in force this morning ranting about how Gen. Mike “the Mad Russian” Flynn was just found to have been a registered foreign agent lobbying for the next regime change target, Turkey.
Only problem with that story is that it’s been well known for months… and it wasn’t really Turkey that he was lobbying for, but rather a Dutch businessman who had been selected to head the Turkey-U.S. Business Council.
“An intelligence consulting firm founded by retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, Donald Trump’s top military adviser, was recently hired as a lobbyist by an obscure Dutch company with ties to Turkey’s government and its president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
The revelation of that new lobbying contract, which has not been previously reported, raises several questions given that Trump is said to be considering Flynn, the former director of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), to take over as either Secretary of Defense or National Security Advisor…
A review of Dutch records shows that the company was founded by Ekim Alptekin, an ally of Erdogan’s who is director of the Turkey-U.S. Business Council, a non-profit arm of Turkey’s Foreign Economic Relations Board. Members of the Foreign Economic Relations Board are chosen by Turkey’s general assembly and its minister of economy. In the role, Alptekin helped coordinate Erdogan’s visit to the U.S. earlier this year.” Daily Caller, Nov. 11th, 2016
Even Rachel “the Mad McCarthyite” Maddow covered this tired story back then. She got it wrong, but she covered it.
“Maddow also mentioned that Flynn’s intelligence firm was on the payroll of Turkey while he was working on the Trump campaign and getting classified briefings from the United States.” JoeMyGod Nov. 19th, 2016
Flynn didn’t lobby for Turkey. He was hired by a Dutch businessman who just happened to be on a US/Turkey business council and the only thing that appears to have been done by Flynn during the time his company was contracted to lobby for the guy was to pen an op-ed which basically told the truth about Gulen and his supporters.
Flynn wrote an op-ed for The Hill on Tuesday, just before Trump’s stunning upset of Hillary Clinton, in which he heaped praise on Erdogan and called on the next president, whoever that would be, to accede his request to extradite the U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gülen back to Turkey.
“Gülen’s vast global network has all the right markings to fit the description of a dangerous sleeper terror network,” Flynn wrote in the op-ed, in which he called Gulen a “shady Islamic mullah” and “radical Islamist.” Daily Caller, Nov. 11th, 2016
Currently in Syria, things are breaking down between the U.S., Russia and Turkey over the finer points of the Syrian balkinization operation a.k.a. the Greater Kurdistan project.
Turkey is about to meet with Russian leaders to try to work out a compromise on what they consider to be a sticking point in the Syrian situation and that is allowing the West to bust off a piece of Syria for Greater Kurdistan. They don’t like that idea because they know a piece of Turkey will be next on the plan’s list… and then a piece of Iran to go with them. Iran, by the way, doesn’t like the idea either.
“Erdogan will be pushing for Russia’s support in the Kurdish issue – prevention of the setup of the Kurdish enclave in the north-eastern Syria,” Araik Stepanyan said. The Turks are concerned over the setup of the Kurdish autonomy which will have a great impact on the south-east of Turkey and might lead to a setup of an independent state on the territory of Turkey. Sputnik International
So of course, re-hashing this ridiculous propaganda at this time serves our CIA’s interests. Plus you can tie it into the “Russia hacking” disinformation as well as the anti-Trump movement and it’s a win-win-win-win-thingy or whatever the mindless corporate drones say these days.
The story is old. It was well known by ALL months ago. The guy told the truth about Gulen and his terrorist organization and he never took a dime directly from Erdogan or Turkey.
But then again, none of that matters to paid shills for the CIA like Madcow and Joe S.
“It’s not what it is, it’s what it can be made to look like. It’s never what it is.”… right?
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[text of Iona Craig article removed by Scott. Upon further review of the article, it’s limited hangout disinformation which eventually suggests it “might have been” the Saudis who killed the only woman Iona detailed in the article and goes so far as to paint the Houthis in worse light than the invaders. She continually props up the “al Qaeda” myth throughout the article. “One resident, who asked not to be identified for fear of reprisals, stated that Mohammed al Ameri’s home was used as a guest house by passing al Qaeda militants…”. al Ameri is the family name of the one woman Iona details who died in this raid so she is implying the dead woman she starts off the article lamenting may just have been al Qaeda all along…. Ergo, she is justifying the raid and the deaths of those civilians. And by the way, she used an “unnamed source” for that quote. ಠ_ಠ Her article is total bullshit. It’s propaganda and I shouldn’t have posted it. Sorry]
[read her propaganda here]