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Turkey Joins Other Nations Flocking from US Dollar Hegemony

    Turkey Joins Other Nations Flocking from US Dollar Hegemony

After Venezuela, Germany, Austria and the Netherlands prudently repatriated a substantial portion (if not all) of their physical gold held at the NY Fed or other western central banks in recent years, this morning Turkey also announced that it has decided to repatriate all its gold stored in the US Federal Reserve and deliver it to the Istanbul Stock Exchange, according to reports…

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The Emerging Russia-Turkey-Iran Alliance Challenging NATO in the Middle East

    The Emerging Russia-Turkey-Iran Alliance Challenging NATO in the Middle East

An unusual triple alliance is emerging from the Syrian war — one that could alter the balance of power in the Middle East, unhinge the NATO alliance, and complicate the Trump administration’s designs on Iran. It might also lead to yet another double cross of one of the region’s largest ethnic groups, the Kurds. However,…

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As US-Turkey Relations Simmer, Reza Zarrab’s Strange Case Adds Fuel to the Fire

    As US-Turkey Relations Simmer, Reza Zarrab’s Strange Case Adds Fuel to the Fire

ANKARA, TURKEY — There is currently a case making its way through the U.S. federal courts that is playing a significant role in increasing tension between Washington and Ankara. Federal prosecutors in New York recently announced they would seek a 15- to 20-year prison sentence for Mehmet Hakan Atilla, a Turkish national who was formerly…

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Washington and its Junior Partners Prepare to Spark an Inextinguishable Fire

    Washington and its Junior Partners Prepare to Spark an Inextinguishable Fire

The world is standing at the precipice of potential global conflict following accusations that the Syrian Army used chemical weapons on April 7 in Eastern Ghouta to cap what clearly was its inevitable victory against the last major jihadist hold-out in the country. The alleged incident remains muddled in terms of material evidence, yet reports…

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“First Responder” White Helmets Reemerge as Experts in Defusing Explosives in Syria’s Afrin

  “First Responder” White Helmets Reemerge as Experts in Defusing Explosives in Syria’s Afrin

DAMASCUS, SYRIA – After being banned by the Kurds in 2015, the White Helmets – the controversial “humanitarian” group that exclusively accompanies particular Western and Turkish-backed terrorist groups – have announced their return to the city of Afrin. The move follows the city’s takeover by the Turkish military and Turkish-backed rebels linked to terrorist groups,…

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Afrin: Turkey’s Operation Olive Branch Is Testing the US-Kurdish Alliance

  Afrin: Turkey’s Operation Olive Branch Is Testing the US-Kurdish Alliance

AFRIN, SYRIA (Analysis) —  In less than two months since Erdoğan’s Operation Olive Branch kicked off, the Kurdish “Rojava Project,” which aims for a unified Kurdish-controlled area in northeast Syria, has been delivered a strong blow. Kurdish militias have shown their inability to unite in the face of Turkish aggression. Even with forced conscription by the…

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How Turkey Uses Kidnapping and Hostage Negotiations As Diplomacy

  How Turkey Uses Kidnapping and Hostage Negotiations As Diplomacy

ANKARA, TURKEY — Ever since a failed coup in July of 2016, the increasingly anti-democratic policies of the Turkish government under the leadership of President Recep Erdogan have become an embarrassment for the NATO member’s Western allies. While many people may be aware, at least to some extent, of the ongoing crackdowns inside of Turkey, few…

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Saudi Prince Dubs Iran, Turkey and Extremist Religious Groups “Triangle of Evil”

  Saudi Prince Dubs Iran, Turkey and Extremist Religious Groups “Triangle of Evil”

Egypt’s al-Shuruq newspaper, which tilts liberal and secular, reports on the press conference in Cairo conducted by neophyte crown prince Muhammad Bin Salman, 32 on Wednesday. Bin Salman said that the current “Triangle of Evil” [paraphrasing George W. Bush’s speechwriter David Frum] was Iran, Turkey and extremist religious groups. He alleged that the Muslim Brotherhood had exploited…

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US Applies Useful Double Standard to Alleged Use of Chemical Weapons in Syria

  US Applies Useful Double Standard to Alleged Use of Chemical Weapons in Syria

AFRIN, SYRIA — On Saturday, Syrian news agency SANA reported that six men had been hospitalized after an alleged Turkish chemical weapons attack on a small town near the city of Afrin in Northern Syria. Jiwan Mohammad, the director of the Afrin Hospital, told SANA that the men’s symptoms were indicative of those experienced after contact…

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Kurds, Out of Options, Look to Syria’s Assad for Help

  Kurds, Out of Options, Look to Syria’s Assad for Help

DAMASCUS, SYRIA (Analysis) — The war in Syria has been relatively absent from media coverage in recent weeks following the declared victory of Syrian, Russian and Iranian militaries in their battle against the U.S.- backed rebels and terror groups, including ISIS and al-Qaeda. Now Washington is changing its strategy to draw Syria further into chaos and…

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