Greeks and Bulgarians denounce Turkey & NATO
| November 27, 2015 | 8:19 pm | Greece, political struggle, Russia, Syria | No comments

Dozens in Greece, Bulgaria denounce Turkey & NATO in solidarity marches with Russia (VIDEOS)
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Turkey’s two neighbors and historical adversaries Greece and Bulgaria have witnessed sporadic protests denouncing Ankara’s remorseless in the shooting down of the Russian Su-24 plane, as well as NATO warmongering in general.

Several dozen activists protested in Athens’ Syntagma square and marched to the Turkish embassy, where they staged a symbolic burning of American and Turkish flags. Additional police were deployed to guard the embassy as protesters voiced anger over the Sukhoi Su-24 jet downing by Ankara’s F-16 for allegedly entering Turkish airspace.

This action of Turkey was totally unacceptable, a clear act of war, no unjustified action, an action which causes wider dangers in the area,” said Panagiotis Lafazanis, leader of fringe left-wing party Popular Unity.

We want peace in the region, both in Greece and in Turkey, also in Kurdistan, in Syria and in Ukraine. [We want] peace and also the right to the peoples to determine their fate, without interventions from outside,” said Andreas Zafiris, representing the ‘Save Syria from NATO’ and ‘Save Donbass’ organizations.

Marching further with a banner reading “Turkey and NATO are the same, when helping ISIS”, activists made a stop in front of the Greek Parliament, as well as at EU offices on Amalia Avenue.

They ignore that the Russian airplane has dropped its bombs on the terrorists of the nearby Islamic State which threatens the whole world with terrorist attacks,” said Dr. Panagiotis Xanthopoulos, from the Panhellenic Union of Pontian Scientists.

In the Bulgarian of capital Sofia, a crowd shared the same sentiment as in Greece. Activists from the opposition nationalist Ataka party rallied outside the Turkish embassy in solidarity with Russia over tensions with Ankara.

One protester carried a banner bearing a picture of Russian President Vladimir Putin with the slogan “We have not forgotten, we will revenge,” apparently referencing to Russia’s role in helping Bulgaria achieve independence from Turkey following the Russo-Turkish War (1877–1878).

Banners reading “Friends of Russia and Orthodox world” and “Occupiers NATO and USA, out of Bulgaria!” were also seen among the crowd.

During the protest Ataka party leader Volen Siderov praised the Russian operation in Syrian skies and accused the US of being incapable of dealing with Islamic State effectively.

We are under a situation in which Russia is fighting against terrorism. And effectively. For two months, the Russian army has done everything that the Americans, French and German people and others couldn’t do for a year and a half,” Siderov stated. “And what does it mean? It means that Russia became a geopolitical player and Americans can’t cope with that.”

Planned parenthood massacre in Colorado
| November 27, 2015 | 8:09 pm | political struggle | No comments
Police line at night

UPDATE: Police Have Detained CO Planned Parenthood Shooter, Evacuated Area

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Police responded to a call about an active shooter at a Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood. After a shootout that injured four officers and an unknown number of civilians, police appear to have taken the perpetrator into custody.

The mayor of Colorado Springs, Colorado, announced on his Twitter account that police have detained the suspected gunman accused of opening fire inside a Planned Parenthood facility there. Police also said.

A shooting was reported at women’s health clinic Planned Parenthood. Four police officers who were responding to the calls were shot and injured, reports say, along with an unknown number of civilians.
The assailants were believed to have shot clinic personnel and possibly have taken hostages in the building. Witnesses saw the the attackers carry large bags into the clinic which has made police more cautious, saying that the operation could take several hours.

Police tweeted that the shooting took place on Centennial Boulevard which was “not secure.” They asked media not to stage in the area and told shoppers in the area to stay in the stores.

“Right now we don’t know if there are any hostages,” police Sgt. Kevin Miyakusu told CNN. “It is a very fluid situation.”

A witness told CNN that at least five officers were behind a building with their guns draw. Media has also reported several SWAT vehicles and more than a half-dozen police cars.

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ISIL oil is going to Turkey
| November 27, 2015 | 8:04 pm | Imperialism, political struggle, Russia, Syria | No comments
Turkey is complicit in funding the Islamic State militant group through purchase on the territory of Turkey of crude oil stolen from fields captured by ISIL

Turns Out, Russia Was Right: ISIL Oil is Going to Turkey – German Media

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Russian airstrikes on jihadists’ oil infrastructure caused natural dissatisfaction of Turkey that appears to be the main consumer of ISIL’s oil, according to the German media.

In the wake of downing of the Russian Su-24 bomber jet by Turkish Air Force president  Putin claimed that Ankara appears to be an accomplice of terrorists, as it is purchasing oil in regions of Syria captured by extremists, and he is on solid ground in saying so, the German newspaper Bild reported.Turkey has turned into a major consumer of oil from the so-called Islamic State extremist group, the author of the article continued. Turkish businessmen sign deals on oil purchases with jihadists, allowing them to get revenues of $10 million weekly.

The Kremlin long time ago obtained information that oil from ISIL-seized territories in Syria is being transferred to Turkey. And the fact that Russian Aerospace Forces started to conduct more attacks against ISIL infrastructure couldn’t be overlooked by Ankara.

According to Bild, Turkish policies regarding jihadists are not quite transparent: although Ankara provided Americans with opportunities to use the country’s airbase for launching attacks against ISIL positions, Erdogan allows terrorists sneaking into Syria to go through Turkey without hindrance.At the same time, Bild notes, Turkey is not the only state that is making dirty oil deals with Islamic State militants for its own profit. Smugglers supply Jordan and Kurdistan, in which black market trade is flourishing, with ISIL oil, Eckart Woertz, the senior analyst for Barcelona Centre for International Affairs, claimed.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, after a press-conference with the French President François Hollande, said that significant amounts of oil from ISIL-controlled areas in Syria is being transported to Turkey:

“We are speaking about industrial-scale supplies of oil from Syrian territories seized by terrorists — from these exact areas and not from any others. And we can observe from the air where those cars are heading to,” the president announced. “They are moving to Turkey day and night.”

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Donald Trump: Ugly American
| November 26, 2015 | 6:48 pm | political struggle | No comments



By James Thompson


GOP Presidential front-runner Donald Trump has now succeeded in catapulting himself into the position of the epitome of the ugly American. No other candidate for the office of the president of the United States, a highly esteemed office recognized around the world, has ever sunk so low as this degenerate reactionary.


His most recent atrocity was a juvenile, bullying, mocking of a person with a disability. Donald Trump, multibillionaire, is now engaged in a desperate struggle for the support of the lowest common denominator in the US bourgeoisie. He has clearly trumped his most despicable rival, Ben Carson.


Trump’s current antics follow his previous attacks on women, minorities and immigrants.


His most recent antics are despicable and should be roundly condemned by workers in this country and around the world. We must pose the question as to what former president George HW Bush would say about his hateful theater. Former president Bush worked hard to pass the Americans with Disability Act. Would he support a class-action suit against Donald Trump for his vicious attack on an innocent person with a disability?


Donald Trump, who is clearly hair challenged, may have any manner of disabilities. Certainly it is clear to any rational person that he has some sort of major personality disorder, most likely narcissistic and sociopathic. His oratorical skills are second only to Adolf Hitler. We must wonder if the demagogic Trump ingests some combination of chemicals to enhance his oratorical abilities as many great orators through the history of US politics have. If he does, this might qualify him for services based on disability as well.


Do the people in the US really want to elect such a scumbag to the high office of the President of the United States? If so, the US people deserve what they get.


Trump under fire for apparently mocking reporter’s disability
| November 26, 2015 | 6:20 pm | political struggle | No comments
GOP presidential hopeful Donald Trump was blasted by journalists after apparently mocking a reporter’s disability during a campaign speech. Trump did so as he was defending a controversial 9/11 claim.

As the real estate mogul was addressing supporters in South Carolina on Tuesday, Trump reiterated his claim that after the World Trade Center towers went down in 2001, thousands of Muslims celebrated in New Jersey. The claim has been debunked by officials and media reports, but still endures as a rumor.

To support the claim, Trump cited a story reported in 2001 by investigative journalist Serge Kovaleski, who was working for Washington Post at the time. The piece alleged that “authorities detained and questioned a number of people who were allegedly seen celebrating the attacks and holding tailgate-style parties on rooftops while they watched the devastation on the other side of the [Hudson] river.”

Kovaleski, now an investigative journalist at the New York Times, commented on the rumor in an interview on CNN this week, saying he did not recall “anyone saying there were thousands, or even hundreds, of people celebrating.” In his speech in South Carolina, Trump berated Kovaleski’s rebuttal in a manner that was deemed “despicable” by some commenters.

“Now the poor guy – you ought to see the guy: ‘Uhh I don’t know what I said. I don’t remember.’ He’s going, ‘I don’t remember. Maybe that’s what I said,’” Trump went on while gyrating his arms wildly and holding a hand in a claw-like pose.

Kovaleski has arthrogryposis, a congenital condition that limits joints flexibility in his arms. It often caused him to hold his hands at strange angle, not unlike what Trump showed.

“The sad part about it is, it didn’t in the slightest bit jar or surprise me that Donald Trump would do something this low-rent, given his track record,” Kovaleski commented for the Post.

The NYT blasted Trump’s remarks, telling Politico: “We think it’s outrageous that he would ridicule the appearance of one of our reporters.”

Trump’s campaign would not immediately comment on the incident, but according to the Post, a campaign official speaking on background said Trump was “not aware of any condition and was not mocking his physical appearance in any way.” Kovaleski told the paper he was sure that Trump remembered him and his condition.

The businessman himself tweeted late Wednesday that “the failing @nytimes should be focused on good reporting and the papers [sic] financial survival and not with constant hits on Donald Trump!”

Trump is not the only US politician to draw unflattering attention to other people’s physical conditions. In 2012, Katrina Pierson, who now serves as Trump campaign spokeswoman, drew fire as she supported Ted Cruz’s Senate bid. She described as “deformed” a military veteran suffering from injuries from an IED, who appeared in a video for one of Cruz’s opponents.
NATO criticized Turkey for gunning down Russian plane
| November 26, 2015 | 6:10 pm | political struggle, Russia | No comments

Ex CIA Officer: NATO Criticized Turkey for Su-24 Downing



23:25 26.11.2015

After the attack on the Russian Su-24 by the Turkish air force, NATO held an emergency meeting during which most of the officials condemned Ankara’s actions and demanded guardedness from Turkey, according to former CIA and State Department official Larry Johnson.

Even though NATO’s official reaction to the downing of Su-24 was neutral, heads of Defense Departments of the member states expressed deep concerns about Ankara’s actions, Johnson said in an interview with RT.

“I was immediately concerned that NATO might buy into the insanity being demonstrated by Turkey,” Johnson said. “Fortunately, the reports coming out of the NATO meeting indicate that several of the NATO ministers were asking Turkey: ‘What in God’s name were you thinking?'”.

According to Johnson, during the emergency meeting, NATO’s officials said Turkey should have handled the situation differently, overall. He added that NATO is not so worried about going back to the days of the Cold War but fears that this kind of imprudence may lead to an actual war.

“The last thing we need is to have Russia and the West engaged in a war of some sort,” he stressed, adding that there’s no point in NATO’s existence anymore. “We don’ t understand the kind of very unfortunate signal it does send to Russia, because NATO’s expressed purpose for existence is to counter a Russian invasion of Europe which Russia is not planning.”

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Italian Foreign Minister Joins Calls for De-Escalation After Su-24 Incident

On Tuesday, a Russian Su-24 bomber jet was downed by an air-to-air missile launched by a Turkish F-16 jet in response to alleged violation of Turkish airspace and crashed in Syria, 2.5 miles from the Turkish border.

Putin described the Turkish attack as a “stab in the back” carried out by “accomplices of terrorists.”

The Russian General Staff and the Syrian Air Defense Command confirmed that the Su-24 never crossed into Turkish airspace and was downed on Syrian territory.

Following the incident, Putin wondered why Ankara turned to its partners in NATO to discuss the issue, instead of immediately contacting Moscow.
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Obama needs to reconsider blanket support for Turkish atrocities
| November 26, 2015 | 6:07 pm | political struggle, Russia, Syria | No comments

‘Obama Needs to Reconsider Blanket Support for Turkey’s Acts’ – HuffPost

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01:45 27.11.2015(updated 01:51 27.11.2015)

Even though many facts surrounding the downing of the Russian Su-24 are still up for debate, those that are known for certain are already very alarming. Taking into account the recent events, US President Barack Obama should reconsider some aspects of his foreign policy, a Huffington Post columnist wrote.

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US Refuses to Disclose Information on Who Fired at Su-24 Pilot From Ground

Turkish president Tayyip Erdogan is probably the most dangerous person on Earth at the moment, the news blog stated. Already notorious for manipulating Turkish society prior elections, he also has the reputation of a politician that makes imprudent announcements when it comes to foreign policy. On November 24, 2015 Erdogan brought his imprudence to another level by ordering his air force to attack a Russian bomber, the columnist wrote.

Ankara claims that the Russian plane didn’t violate Turkish airspace for longer than 17 seconds. American media also stated that the Su-24 was already on the Syrian territory when it was downed, citing American authorities. These mere facts are enough to conclude that the attack was planned.

“In other words, President Erdogan had apparently ordered his country’s air force to destroy a Russian military aircraft as soon as a pretext emerged,” the Huffington Post stated.

The most believable explanation of Erdogan’s decision would be an attempt to hinder the possibility of creating a bigger coalition against the self-proclaimed Islamic State, which would include US, France and Russia. Following terrorist attacks in Paris and the A321 tragedy, the French President Francois Hollande saw an opportunity of a new major alliance in the fight against terrorism.

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Paris, Berlin Not Backing Ankara on Su-24 Crash – Lawmaker

“Irrespective of Erdogan’s immediate objective, his reckless decision has perhaps put the entire planet on the path towards an unintended but potentially devastating war,” the columnist wrote. “Not only the shootdown, but the barbaric murder of one of the parachuting Russian pilots by Turkey’s allies in Syria — an act that is in clear violation of the Geneva Convention — will inevitably stimulate great indignation among the Russian people. ”

According to the news blog, in context of the current geopolitical situation, the incident is in a way related to the assassination of the Austro-Hungarian crown prince in 1914 which led to the beginning of the first world war. The Huffington Post noted that Turkey is a member of NATO and already called for its backing in case of Russia’s military countermeasures.

“Alarmingly, President Obama has already expressed public support for Turkey’s right to defend its airspace,” the columnist wrote.

“Before Turkey’s recklessly irresponsible leader drags the United States into an unintended military confrontation with Russia over events in Syria, President Obama should reconsider his blanket support for Turkey’s belligerent and brazen acts of violence against Moscow, and make clear that the United States — and NATO — will not be dragged into a conflict with Moscow over Erdogan’s dangerous adventurism.”

On Tuesday, a Russian Su-24 bomber jet was downed by an air-to-air missile launched by a Turkish F-16 jet in response to an alleged violation of Turkish airspace and crashed in Syria, 2.5 miles from the Turkish border.

Putin described the Turkish attack as a “stab in the back” carried out by “accomplices of terrorists.”
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