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Africa North
HCS member Sharaf Al-Din: Salame made big mistakes
[Libya Observer] Member of the High Council of State (HCS), Najat Sharaf Al-Din has said that the former UN envoy to Libya, Ghassan Salame had made a big mistake, by seeking international interests at the expense of the interest of Libya.

Sharaf Al-Din said that Salame failed to adhere to the political agreement.

"He lacked a clear mechanism in choosing the dialogue committees from the start, beginning from Ghadames until the Geneva talks," she explained.

HCS member expressed her hope that the new envoy would perform his duties away from international inducements, supporting the international legitimacy and the constitution implemented by the elected constituent assembly, so as Libyans could have their say.
Posted by: Fred || 03/12/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6473 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring


Çavuşoğlu: Turkey has struck a balance in Libya
[Libya Observer] Ottoman Turkish Foreign Minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu has said that steps taken by The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...just another cheapjack Moslem dictatorship, brought to you by the Moslem Brüderbund...
in Libya had struck an appropriate balance.

Cavusoglu told Anadolu News Agency Tuesday "The strides we have made have achieved a balance that led to a ceasefire and will pave the way for an upcoming political phase."

"We have made the whole world accepts this," he added.

The Ottoman Turkish minister emphasized Turkey's important role in Libya, noting that there is no meeting held on Libya without Turkey's presence.
Posted by: Fred || 03/12/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6469 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte


The Grand Turk
Turkey to retaliate heavily if cease-fire violated
[Hurriyet Daily News] The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...just another cheapjack Moslem dictatorship, brought to you by the Moslem Brüderbund...
will respond heavily if the cease-fire with Russia is violated in northwestern Syria’s Idlib, President His Enormity, Sultan Recep Tayyip Erdogan the First
...Turkey's version of Mohammed Morsi but they voted him back in so they deserve him. It's a sin, a shame, and a felony to insult the president of Turkey. In Anatolia did Recep Bey a stately Presidential Palace decree, that has 1100 rooms. That's 968 more than in the White House, 400 more than in Versailles, and 325 more than Buckingham Palace, so you know who's really more important...
said on March 11.

If the relevant parties of the Moscow deal violate the deal, Turkey will "never avoid going over them heavier than before," Erdogan said at the parliamentary group meeting.

"Turkey will do more than mere retaliation if its observation posts in Idlib are targeted," he emphasized.

"We are closely monitoring the deployment of the Assad regime and allied forces of Evil near the cease-fire lines," he said, stressing that Turkey will abide by the cease-fire deal so long as the Assad regime and its allies do the same.

The attack attempts of the PKK members in the Tel Rifat region have also increased gradually, he said.

"We will stand against both the terror group [YPG/PKK] and sectarian regime forces," he said, adding that Turkey will not get caught in another vicious cycle of terror that has claimed tens of thousands of lives in Turkey already.

Turkey agreed on temporary cease-fire and related agreements, not because it cannot afford to the regime or terrorist organization, but to find reasonable and practical solution for all parties to the crisis in Idlib.
Posted by: Fred || 03/12/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6499 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

#1  This ZH article says US moved nukes from Incirlik to Poland. It ZH so salt heavily, but I sure hope it's true
Posted by: M. Murcek || 03/12/2020 5:47 Comments || Top||

#2  Turkey should open it's border with Kurdish Syria...
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 03/12/2020 8:33 Comments || Top||


Erdoğan: Turkey aims to make the temporary cease-fire in Syria’s Idlib permanent and will not shy away from further military operations
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 03/12/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6483 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte


Germany continues to provide safe haven for PKK, as representatives from the CHP, HDP hold meeting with senior figures
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 03/12/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6469 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte


Vowing to keep border open, Turkey's Erdogan compares Greeks to Nazis
[FRANCE24] President His Enormity, Sultan Recep Tayyip Erdogan the First
...Turkey's version of Mohammed Morsi but they voted him back in so they deserve him. It's a sin, a shame, and a felony to insult the president of Turkey. In Anatolia did Recep Bey a stately Presidential Palace decree, that has 1100 rooms. That's 968 more than in the White House, 400 more than in Versailles, and 325 more than Buckingham Palace, so you know who's really more important...
said Wednesday he would keep The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the decaying remnant of the Ottoman Empire...
’s border open for refugees until the EU had met all his demands, while comparing Greece’s response to the crisis to the Nazis.
"met all his demands"
"NO"

"Until all Turkey’s expectations, including free movement ... updating of the customs union and financial assistance, are tangibly met, we will continue the practice on our borders," he said in a televised speech.

Turkey’s decision at the end of February to re-open its border for refugees sparked a row with Brussels, as well as harsh exchanges with Greece.

Greece has tear-gassed thousands of migrants colonists trying to break through and been accused of beating and stripping migrants colonists of their belongings if they made it across the border.

"There is no difference between what the Nazis did and those images from the Greek border," Erdogan said.

Greece has denied using violence and accused Turkey of pushing desperate people into dangerous attempts to enter Europe
...the land mass occupying the space between the English Channel and the Urals, also known as Moslem Lebensraum...
Erdogan said he opened the gates in order to pressure Europe into providing greater assistance with the Syrian conflict, where Turkey has fought to push back a regime offensive on the last rebel stronghold of Idlib.

"With the warming of the weather in the spring, the influx of irregular migrants colonists heading to Europe will not be limited to Greece but spread all over the Mediterranean," he warned.

But he reiterated that Turkey hopes for a fresh agreement with Brussels ahead of the next EU leaders’ summit on March 26.

Posted by: Fred || 03/12/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6475 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

#1  Lack of self-awareness or big lie technique?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/12/2020 3:50 Comments || Top||

#2  For the first time in recorded history, Europeans pooh-pooh accusations of being a Nazi.
Posted by: Herb McCoy || 03/12/2020 4:06 Comments || Top||

#3  Herb, it's no you again?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/12/2020 4:27 Comments || Top||

#4  Spreading Corona virus...

Erdogan needs to be charged with biowarfare
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 03/12/2020 5:53 Comments || Top||

#5  Erdogan needs to be charged with 50000 volts.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/12/2020 5:59 Comments || Top||

#6  Unlike the Turks, the Greeks actually fought the Nazis, even after their country was overrun. They paid the price for it as well.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 03/12/2020 7:14 Comments || Top||

#7  Funny, I don't remember people fleeing into NAZI Germany.

If you want to find the NAZIs perhaps you need to look where the folks are trying to escape.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 03/12/2020 10:29 Comments || Top||

#8  Interesting bit if info here.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 03/12/2020 17:01 Comments || Top||

#9  ^Love the bayonets.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/12/2020 17:22 Comments || Top||

#10  Bulgaria opening a dam to raise water levels is a nice touch.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 03/12/2020 18:06 Comments || Top||


Home Front: Politix
Supreme Court allows Trump to enforce 'Remain in Mexico' policy
Sure, "Open Borders" in a time of transnational pandemic. Trump should "never let a crisis go to waste", to Alinskey a phrase
More about this story from yesterday.
[Hill] The Supreme Court announced on Wednesday that the Trump administration may enforce a policy that requires asylum-seekers to remain in Mexico.

The justices will allow the "Remain in Mexico" policy to continue while the administration appeals a lower court ruling which deemed the program illegal and ordered a suspension that was scheduled to take effect Thursday.

Justice Sonia Sotomayor was the only justice to publicly dissent from the decision to allow the policy to continue.
The self-proclaimed (without evidence) "Wise Latina™"
Known officially as Migrant Protection Protocols, the policy aims to curb entry into the U.S. by asylum-seekers, many of whom are Central American migrants. More than 60,000 asylum-seekers have been barred from entry since the program was implemented just over a year ago, according to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

The program has been used to "process tens of thousands of aliens applying for asylum ... without the need to detain the applicants in the United States during the weeks and months it takes to process their applications," read a court filing that DHS submitted to the justices last week.

Critics of the Trump administration policy say it's a cruel measure that endangers the lives of those fleeing violence and other hardships.

A federal district court in California last April ruled that the policy violates U.S. immigration law and contravenes international human rights norms. The court ordered the administration to stop the practice along the entire U.S. border.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit upheld the lower court's legal ruling, but the appellate court narrowed the injunction to apply to California and Arizona, the two border states under its jurisdiction.

The injunction, which was scheduled to take effect Thursday, would have affected those two states, but would not have applied to New Mexico or Texas.

The White House hailed the Supreme Court's move on Wednesday.

"Today's order from the Supreme Court is a major victory for the Trump Administration. By allowing the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) to remain in effect, the Court has prevented dangerous chaos at the southern border, avoided a significant escalation in public health threats, and mitigated damage to foreign relations," White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said in a statement.
Posted by: Frank G || 03/12/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6482 views] Top|| File under:

#1  How about an amendment: a judge overruled by Supreme 3 times is out?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/12/2020 2:49 Comments || Top||

#2  8-1. So even Ruthie voted to stop this stupidity? There may be hope.
Posted by: Tom || 03/12/2020 11:35 Comments || Top||

#3  Open borders.

Repeat, and just consider the earth-shaking, surreal stupidity of our pre-Trump elites: one party's presidential candidates vowed to open our southern third-world border to unrestrained immigration without visas or controls.

These criminally incompetent morons are the self-described "resistance" to OrangeMan.

Truly, we dodged a bullet.
Posted by: Lex || 03/12/2020 12:00 Comments || Top||


Home Front: WoT
US Congress passes final resolution to restrain Trump on Iran
[TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 03/12/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6510 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  Attacked on same day with deaths from attack what are the odz?
Posted by: Vespasian Prince of the Trolls1187 || 03/12/2020 3:22 Comments || Top||

#2  More proof that the traitors to this country sit in congress.
Posted by: DarthVader || 03/12/2020 10:35 Comments || Top||

#3  getting real work done sarc/
Posted by: Chris || 03/12/2020 10:53 Comments || Top||

#4  #2 You think yours are traitors?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/12/2020 10:58 Comments || Top||

#5  The only 'legal' restraint is the War Powers Act.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 03/12/2020 16:04 Comments || Top||

#6  Which is unconstitutional, just never challenged. Yet.
Posted by: Frank G || 03/12/2020 17:34 Comments || Top||


International-UN-NGOs
UNHRC suspends session, Israeli-Palestinian debate due to coronavirus
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/12/2020 10:47 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6480 views] Top|| File under: Palestinian Authority


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Iran says new #virus kills 54, deathtoll climbs to 291
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 03/12/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6481 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  for Iran as of today,

infections over 10,000 (2000+ in past 24 hours),

deaths over 400 (100+ in past 24 hours)

and that's the official count; almost certainly a significant undercount

I suspect that, like China, the virus is more deadly in Iran because the air pollution has been so bad for so long it damaged peoples lungs.
Posted by: lord garth || 03/12/2020 9:06 Comments || Top||

#2  Hopefully what goes to Iran, stays in Iran.
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/12/2020 9:07 Comments || Top||


Iran agrees to send black boxes of downed airliner to Ukraine
[DAILYSABAH] Iran
...a theocratic Shiite state divided among the Medes, the Persians, and the (Arab) Elamites. Formerly a fairly civilized nation ruled by a Shah, it became a victim of Islamic revolution in 1979. The nation is today noted for spontaneously taking over other countries' embassies, maintaining whorehouses run by clergymen, involvement in international drug trafficking, and financing sock puppet militias to extend the regime's influence. The word Iran is a cognate form of Aryan. The abbreviation IRGC is the same idea as Stürmabteilung (or SA). The term Supreme Guide is a the modern version form of either Duce or Führer or maybe both. They hate Jews Zionists Jews. Their economy is based on the production of oil and vitriol...
has agreed to send black boxes from a downed Ukrainian jetliner to Kyiv for analysis, an Iranian official said Wednesday, a move that would end a two-month standoff over the recordings from the jet.

Top Iranian officials have until now refused to hand over the flight recorders from the Ukraine International Airlines flight, which was shot down by the Iranian military on Jan. 8 with the loss of all 176 people on board.

Farhad Parvaresh, who heads Iran's delegation at the U.N.'s Montreal-based International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), said Tehran's civil aviation authority had also invited other interested countries to participate in reading the data.

This effectively opens the door to the U.S., Ukraine, Canada and ICAO itself, people familiar with the investigation said. Air crash investigations are usually left to ICAO's 193 member states. Canadian Foreign Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne described the move as a step in the right direction.

"We welcome those words, but we will judge Iran obviously by their actions," he told news hounds. Ottawa has repeatedly pressed Iran to hand over the damaged boxes from the crash, in which 57 Canadians died.

Posted by: Fred || 03/12/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6489 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  Hmm, a couple months... enough time to either scramble or re-write the recorder data, one suspects. I recommend stalling another couple months. By then, no one will care.
Posted by: SteveS || 03/12/2020 2:54 Comments || Top||

#2  "Wiped it?...Like with a cloth?"
Posted by: Frank G || 03/12/2020 4:47 Comments || Top||

#3  Black boxes have finally turned gray.

Nothing to see here.
Posted by: AlanC || 03/12/2020 8:17 Comments || Top||

#4  What are hoping to learn from the black boxes? Hasn't Iran admitted shooting it down already?
Posted by: jpal || 03/12/2020 9:24 Comments || Top||

#5  But who is going to touch shipments from Iran?

Coronavirus can remain in air for 3 hours, live on plastic for days, new study says
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/12/2020 10:31 Comments || Top||

#6  Ain't scared of no virus I'm high on Brazil nuts.
Posted by: jpal || 03/12/2020 19:55 Comments || Top||


Lebanon’s slow, painful slide into financial meltdown
[EN.ZAMANALWSL.NET] Behind a black gate in an upscale Beirut suburb, the head of Leb’s
...an Iranian colony situated on the eastern Mediterranean, conveniently adjacent to Israel. Formerly inhabited by Phoenecian traders, its official language is now Arabic, with the usual unpleasant side effects. The Leb civil war, between 1975 and 1990, lasted a little over 145 years and produced 120,000 fatalities. The average length of a ceasefire was measured in seconds. The Lebs maintain a precarious sectarian balance among Shiites, Sunnis, and about a dozeen flavors of Christians. It is the home of Hezbollah, which periodically starts a war with the Zionist Entity, gets Beirut pounded to rubble, and then declares victory. The Lebs have the curious habit of periodically murdering their heads of state or prime ministers...
banking lobby implored the government to hold firm against the latest crisis, pay the country’s debts and safeguard its financial industry.

"A stable economy is largely dependent on a strong banking sector," said Salim Sfeir, perched on the edge of his chair near a large corner window overlooking the garden of his villa.
Continued on Page 49
Posted by: Fred || 03/12/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6491 views] Top|| File under: Hezbollah

#1  Booting all the non-muslims out caused financial problems...

What a shock

/sarcasm
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 03/12/2020 5:59 Comments || Top||

#2  The country descended when the PLO took over south Leb post six-day-war in '67
Posted by: Frank G || 03/12/2020 6:02 Comments || Top||

#3  Yes, gradually then suddenly. Too bad really a very beautiful place with a generally sophisticated population. But with the Wuhan virus going global and oil 'selling' for a handful of glass beads and some strips of brightly colored cloth, might be nobody notices.
Posted by: Cesare || 03/12/2020 8:20 Comments || Top||

#4  allowing most customers to access only a few hundred dollars of their savings a month.


And you wondered how the Democrats were going to pay for Medicare for All and the Green Nude Eel.
Posted by: AlanC || 03/12/2020 8:27 Comments || Top||


Home Front: Culture Wars
Chelsea Manning Attempted Suicide in Jail, Is Recovering, Lawyers Say
Attention whores gotta attention whore. Let HIM rot
[Gizmodo] Imprisoned activist and former Army intelligence analyst Bradley Chelsea Manning
...formerly Bradley Manning before he decided to become a girl. He, or she or whatever it was, was a misfit Army intel analyst who decided to leak all the secrets he could lay hands on. Sentenced to 35 years in Leavenworth, he was sprung on an Obamapardon in 2017....
attempted suicide on Wednesday in the Alexandria, Virginia, jail where she's been held for a year following her refusal to testify before a federal grand jury investigating WikiLeaks.

Manning's legal team confirmed the incident in an statement to Gizmodo. She is currently in the hospital and is recovering, they said. Manning was scheduled to appear before a judge on Friday regarding a motion to terminate the sanctions she's faced for refusing to testify.

U.S. prosecutors are attempting to "coerce" Manning into testifying about her past association with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange by keeping her in jail. Assange, who has been detained in London for nearly a year, is currently battling extradition to the U.S. where he faces an 18-count indictment, including alleged violations of the Espionage Act, for publishing documents leaked by Manning in 2010.

Manning, who previously served seven years in a military prison for the leak, has stated her ongoing defiance stems from her contempt for the grand jury process itself. In a letter to Judge Anthony Trenga last year, Manning said she objected to the grand jury "as an effort to frighten journalists and publishers who serve a crucial public good."

"I have had these values since I was a child, and I've had years of confinement to reflect on them," she said. "For much of that time, I depended for survival on my values, my decisions, and my conscience. I will not abandon them now."

A judge ordered financial sanctions against Manning last summer in addition to her confinement. The fines she's accrued now total more than a quarter-million dollars.
Fry this fucker up
Sorry to hear it. The recovery I mean.
Posted by: Frank G || 03/12/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6482 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Couldn't even do that right.
Shoulda been in Epstein's jail.
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/12/2020 0:17 Comments || Top||


#3  "I depended for survival on my values, my decisions, and my conscience. "

Seems a rather sparse tool kit in this particular case.
Posted by: SteveS || 03/12/2020 2:47 Comments || Top||

#4  Normal resuscitation measures probably don't work too well these days. Mouth to Mouth, for example, probably doesn't work as well with a surgical mask on. I'm not a doctor and I never played one on TV, just saying. I don't know exactly what the guards did ...
Posted by: Beau || 03/12/2020 5:21 Comments || Top||

#5  Beau, reminds me of an old joke from many years ago, when AIDS was just getting started: the person telling the joke pretends to stomp on something. When asked what they are doing, they say "giving CPR in San Francisco."
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia || 03/12/2020 6:12 Comments || Top||

#6  If he wanted to make sure he died all he had to do was say he had dirt on some powerful people.
Posted by: gorb || 03/12/2020 6:47 Comments || Top||

#7  Munchausen-by-self, AKA Attention Whore
Posted by: Bob Grorong1136 || 03/12/2020 7:19 Comments || Top||

#8  Better luck next time...
Posted by: Raj || 03/12/2020 7:30 Comments || Top||

#9  Agree with Raj. The Manning is a traitor.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 03/12/2020 10:28 Comments || Top||

#10  What is he now, 0 for 2?

Loser.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 03/12/2020 10:38 Comments || Top||

#11  3rd time = charm
Posted by: Lex || 03/12/2020 11:48 Comments || Top||

#12  We can only hope, Lex.
Posted by: DarthVader || 03/12/2020 11:50 Comments || Top||

#13  "The tried to turn me into a newt an Epstein!"

"You don't look like an Epstein."

"I got better..."
Posted by: M. Murcek || 03/12/2020 16:55 Comments || Top||

#14  So now a judge in Hawaii (big surprise there) ordered him to be released. Course, maybe he can finish the job properly this time.
Posted by: Silentbrick || 03/12/2020 19:41 Comments || Top||



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Thu 2020-03-12
  4 Iranian proxy forces HQ hit in airstrikes along Iraq-Syria border
Wed 2020-03-11
  Rocket attack in Iraq kills two Americans and a British citizen
Tue 2020-03-10
  US begins military pullout from two Afghan bases
Mon 2020-03-09
  Turks Use Drones in Tear Gas Attacks on Greek Border Guards
Sun 2020-03-08
  Leb defaults
Sat 2020-03-07
  Saudis reportedly detain three royal princes over ‘coup plot’
Fri 2020-03-06
  Tunis: suicide bomber explodes near U.S. embassy
Thu 2020-03-05
  Russia sends reinforcements through the Bosporus
Wed 2020-03-04
  4 L-39's and 18 Su-24's left in Syrian Airforce
Tue 2020-03-03
  Taliban Orders Resumed Attacks on Govt Forces
Mon 2020-03-02
  Turkey shoots down two Syrian fighter jets over Idlib
Sun 2020-03-01
  Iraq's PM-designate Allawi withdraws, prolonging deadlock
Sat 2020-02-29
  U.S. and Taliban sign troop withdrawal deal
Fri 2020-02-28
  Rouhani and his VP both reported to have coronavirus
Thu 2020-02-27
  Hezbollah operative killed in drone strike in southern Syria
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  Gulf Cartel Border City Turf War Kills at Least 20 Gunmen, Innocents in Week

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