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Pepe Escobar: Pope Francis May Be The Focus Of Attention — But Putin, Xi Is Where All The Action Is

By Pepe Escobar, Asia Times Pope Francis may be the rock star. But once again, the real heart of the action is all about Russia and China — those prime “threats” to Exceptionalistan, according to the Pentagon. Where’s Benjamin’s Angel of History when we need him? His gaze is now certainly focused on the home … Continue reading

Turkey And The South Caucasus Geopolitics In 2015

Azerbaijan maintains friendly and partner relations with Turkey, Georgia, Russia and Iran. It has problems only with Armenia, which occupied 20% of Azerbaijani lands and holds them under occupation for over 20 years. In 1988, the Armenians of Karabakh voted to secede and join Armenia. This, along with mutual massacres in Azerbaijan and Armenia resulted … Continue reading

Islamic State Has Infiltrated Turkey, May Be Targeting Embassies

The Turkish intelligence agency has issued a warning for the police and gendarmerie about Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) members who have retreated from Kobane in northern Syria and crossed into Turkey. By Fevzi Kızılkoyun The jihadist militants could be working on armed or bombing attacks in Ankara and Istanbul against the diplomatic … Continue reading

Turkey Seizes Bank Asya In New Crackdown On Gulen Movement

By David O’Byrne Turkish banking officials have seized control of Bank Asya, an Islamic bank believed to be controlled by supporters of US-based Turkish cleric Fetullah Gulen, while on the same day Turkey’s foreign ministry confirmed that Gulen’s Turkish passport had been cancelled. Turkey’s banking regulator, the BDDK, announced in a statement issued late on February … Continue reading

Turkey And Russia Can Eliminate Risk Of New Bipolar World Order – OpEd

By Harun Yahya Events in Ukraine and Syria, and recent tensions between the Western world and Russia, show that we have reached a new turning point in international relations based on trade and financial restrictions. The U.S. has chosen to manipulate oil prices, using a method left over from the Cold War, in order to hurt … Continue reading

How Vladimir Putin Upset NATO’s Strategy – OpEd

Russia is reacting to the economic war which NATO is waging against her in the way she would have reacted in a conventional war. She allowed herself to be hit by unilateral “sanctions” in order to better lead the opponent to a battleground of her own choosing. Simultaneously, she has signed agreements with China to … Continue reading

Five Things That Vladimir Putin And Recep Tayyip Erdogan Have In Common

By Daisy Sindelar Russian President Vladimir Putin traveled to Ankara on December 1 for talks with his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, on foreign policy, energy, and a potential trade deal worth $100 billion. The talks come as the two leaders are divided on a number of foreign policy issues, most notably Syria — where Putin stands … Continue reading

Following Putin’s Lead, Turkey Looks Towards Eurasia

Along with Russia, Turkey lies at the confluence between Europe and Asia. A peripheral European power, like Russia, it is following Moscow’s lead and also looking east. In Turkey, I found a nation of deep contrasts, but a country incredibly sure of its statehood and fastened together by a strong overriding identity. Unlike its Black … Continue reading

Energy Aggression Against Russia is Expanding

By Petr Lvov During his recent trip to Ankara, President Vladimir Putin said on December 1 that the construction of the South Stream gas pipeline project for Southern Europe would be terminated due to the negative position of both Bulgaria and Brussels. Instead of that, it was proposed to build a gas pipeline through the territory … Continue reading

Russia And Turkey: Putin Makes A Pipeline Play, But Will It Pay?

By Dorian Jones Energy-poor Turkey stands to benefit from Moscow’s surprise decision to drop the $45-billion South Stream natural gas pipeline project, analysts say. At the same time, it raises questions about whether Turkey will become a pawn in the broader energy contest between Russia and the EU. Ankara has long been keen to wean … Continue reading

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