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Bruce Gagnon is coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space. He offers his own reflections on organizing and the state of America's declining empire....

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With a new administration in Washington it will be a challenge to get the 'liberals' to hold Biden-Harris to the few 'progressive promises' they made during their campaign. Biden is bringing back many of Bush's neo-cons to head his foreign policy. I'll be on this case without hesitation.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Turkey Shoot: Erdogan Policing Europe's Media

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is on a media rampage.  His corrupt government, known to have been sheltering and funding ISIS with stolen Syrian oil, is now locking up and throwing out any domestic or international media that dares report on his government's outrageous actions.

British MP George Galloway told Sputnik: "This Erdogan regime has begun to go from bad to worse and it’s difficult to see where it will all end, but effectively, Turkey is no longer capable of being described as a democracy."

In recent days Erdogan has also deported German and Russian journalists as well as jailed Turkish reporters for writing about his corrupt regime.

"They’re telling the truth," Galloway says, referring to the deported and detained journalists, "and it’s a truth that’s a very ugly one, which is that the Erdogan regime is up to its neck in the crimes that are being committed in Syria…Now the secret is out and now, in their ire, they are retaliating against any journalist they can lay their hands on."

"This is a war against all democratic freedoms in Turkey. And all right-thinking people should shun the Erdogan regime and stand-up in solidarity with the people who are being oppressed there. Whether journalists or human rights activists or merely those of the Kurdish ethnicity, this is a real storm being visited on the people of Turkey and those trying to work there."  [There have been several reports in recent weeks that Turkish military have been gunning down unarmed and helpless Syrian refugees.]

Even though Turkey is a key part of the NATO alliance, it seems unlikely the United States or any other Western powers will stand up against Erdogan’s increasingly fascist tactics.

"…They are hypocrites," Galloway says. "The reality is that Turkey is not a democracy. Therefore it should not even be a part of NATO."

A longstanding member of the West’s military alliance, Turkey is also using the ongoing refugee crisis to push for membership within the EU.

"So both NATO and the European Union are exposed, in all their hypocrisy, in relation to Erdogan’s regime."

Turkey's Erdogan (seated on left) and the US-NATO puppet Petro Poroshenko (right) recently met to discuss joining forces to turn Ukraine's Donbass region into another Syrian-like mess. 

Erdogan has dreams of recreating the Ottoman Empire and many believe is being egged on by the US-NATO endless war project.  In their recent meeting Erdogan and Kiev-based Petro Poroshenko discussed 'retaking' Crimea from Russia.  Reports are that the two warlords are shipping ISIS fighters into Ukraine to attack the Donbass region in eastern Ukraine.  They are also working together to militarize Crimean Tatars with the ultimate goal being to draw Russian into a shooting match with NATO.

Just this week Deputy of the Verkhovna Rada [Ukrainian Parliament] Sergey Vysotsky, in a TV interview, said that now Ukraine and the West must unite to fight against a common enemy. "It is necessary to divide Russia," said Vysotsky.

"That's why our message to the international agenda, and our task, which now, unfortunately, is not solved, is the needed consolidation around the world for the dismantling of the current Russian state," he said.

The US-NATO have lined up their surrogates in Turkey and Ukraine to expand the effort to help bring regime change in Moscow.  This insane policy will not only kill thousands more innocent civilians but is a obvious trigger for WW III. 

Even during the height of the Cold War the US-NATO would never have made such a foolhardy play.  Today though Washington-London-Paris-Brussels are under the spell of the neo-cons who don't seem concerned about anything other than control and domination on behalf of corporate capital.


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