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Post by Volkonski » Mon Dec 17, 2018 1:52 pm

Seeing all this I am amazed that Mueller didn't recommended prison time for Flynn.
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Post by Kendra » Mon Dec 17, 2018 1:59 pm

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Seeing all this I am amazed that Mueller didn't recommended prison time for Flynn.
He must have given up a whole lot of info in return.

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I'll be at the arraignment hearing for Bijan Kian tomorrow morning at 9:30 AM here at EDVA. @CourthouseNews
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I'll be at the arraignment hearing for Bijan Kian tomorrow morning at 9:30 AM here at EDVA. @CourthouseNews
Ooooooooooooh! :popcorn:

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Today marks the 5th anniversary of the 2013 corruption probe in Turkey.

U.S. federal prosecutors must know this. In fact, they refer to it in the indictment, which was dated five days earlier on Dec. 12.

This is certainly not lost on those following in Turkey. h/t @NeyNeyse
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Post by Volkonski » Mon Dec 17, 2018 6:17 pm

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DOJ's press release on the charges: https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/two-men- ... government

I strikes me as seriously weird, even w Flynn's cooperation, to throw so many counts at the business partners of the former National Security Advisor and leave him as an unindicted co-conspirator facing no jail time.
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Post by Volkonski » Mon Dec 17, 2018 6:22 pm

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To dispel a rumor:

Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu was quoted in the Turkish press today as claiming that Gulenists were arrested in New Jersey.

Spox for U.S. Attorney's office of New Jersey to me: "No one charged here."
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Post by Volkonski » Tue Dec 18, 2018 2:15 pm

Former business associate of Michael Flynn pleads not guilty

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Flynn Intel Group co-founder Bijan Rafiekian, also known as Bijan Kian, was charged with conspiracy and acting as an agent of a foreign government and appeared in Virginia federal court Tuesday morning.

The charges come amid a sweep of prosecutions of individuals illegally lobbying for foreign governments -- previously a rarely charged crime -- and amid special counsel Robert Mueller's inquiry into influence in the 2016 presidential campaign.

The other defendant in the case, Dutch-Turkish businessman Kamil Ekim Alptekin, is charged with the same two crimes as well as lying to the FBI. He lives in Istanbul and has not appeared in US court. Prosecutors for the case told District Judge Anthony Trenga that they do "not anticipate" he will come to the US. There is a warrant out for his arrest.

The judge set the 66-year-old Californian's trial for February 11. Kian will also remain released on bail.
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Sanders on possible extradition of Gulen to Turkey: "The only thing [Trump] said is we would take a look at it but nothing committal at all, just that he'll look into it."
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Post by Addie » Wed Jan 02, 2019 7:26 pm

New York Times
Spurning Erdogan’s Vision, Turks Leave in Droves, Draining Money and Talent

ISTANBUL — For 17 years, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan won elections by offering voters a vision of restoring the glories of Turkey’s Ottoman past. He extended his country’s influence with increased trade and military deployments, and he raised living standards with years of unbroken economic growth.

But after a failed 2016 coup, Mr. Erdogan embarked on a sweeping crackdown. Last year, the economy wobbled and the lira plunged soon after he won re-election with even greater powers. As cronyism and authoritarianism seep deeper into his administration, Turks are voting differently — this time with their feet.

They are leaving the country in droves and taking talent and capital with them in a way that indicates a broad and alarming loss of confidence in Mr. Erdogan’s vision, according to government statistics and analysts.

In the last two to three years, not only have students and academics fled the country, but also entrepreneurs, businesspeople, and thousands of wealthy individuals who are selling everything and moving their families and their money abroad.

More than a quarter of a million Turks emigrated in 2017, according to the Turkish Institute of Statistics, an increase of 42 percent over 2016, when nearly 178,000 citizens left the country.

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Post by Volkonski » Tue Jan 08, 2019 7:48 pm

Bolton's days in the Trump administration may be numbered.
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Ouch. As Bolton flies home from Turkey with no Erdogan meeting, the lead editorial in the pro-government Daily Sabah: "A soft coup against Donald Trump" -
https://www.dailysabah.com/editorial/20 ... nald-trump
If U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton thought yesterday's visit was going to be a walk in the park, he must have had a rude awakening thanks to the lukewarm reception in the Turkish capital Ankara. In retrospect, it was probably a bad idea for Bolton to go rogue and try to impose conditions on the United States withdrawal from Syria. Keeping in mind that Turkey was already getting ready to send its troops to northern Syria before U.S. President Donald Trump's surprise announcement last month, it is time for Washington to accept that it isn't negotiating with Turkey from a position of power.

If there was ever any doubt that the resistance within the Trump administration wasn't real, what happened in light of Trump's decision to leave disproved the skeptics. Bolton and several other members of the Trump administration are committing a serious crime by preventing the current president of the United States from reversing his predecessor's misguided decisions in the Syrian theater. What is happening today isn't a policy debate, but a direct challenge to American democracy by unelected paper-pushers. Indeed, "many of the senior officials in his own administration are working diligently from within to frustrate" President Trump's agenda.

A soft coup against Trump is underway in the United States. In recent days, anonymous U.S. officials, like the author of the infamous op-ed in The New York Times, have repeatedly lied to the American people in an attempt to force Trump to walk back from his comments about Syria. Turkey, they said, would "slaughter the Kurds" if U.S. military advisers leave the battlefield unconditionally. Although Turkey did not respond to that ludicrous accusation due to its absurdity, the speed at which such lies have been spreading demonstrates that malice, not ignorance, drives them.

Home to more ethnic Kurds than any other country, Turkey emerged as a safe haven for its Kurdish neighbors whenever they found themselves at risk. The Turkish government welcomed tens of thousands of Iraqi Kurds who escaped the horrors of then-Iraqi President Saddam Hussein's atrocious regime. More recently, Syrian Kurds sought refuge in Turkey as Daesh terrorists advanced toward the border town of Kobani. Meanwhile, for the past three decades, Turkish security forces have been trying to save Turkey's own Kurds from the oppression of the designated terrorist organization PKK and its radical Marxist ideology.
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Post by Volkonski » Mon Jan 14, 2019 1:41 pm

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NEW: Pres. Trump spoke to Turkish Pres. Erdogan, addressing Turkey's security concerns in northeast Syria and stressing that Turkey "not mistreat the Kurds and other Syrian Democratic Forces with whom we have fought to defeat ISIS," White House says. https://abcn.ws/2D80oqT
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Wonder what Erdogan said.
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Post by Addie » Wed Mar 13, 2019 2:07 pm

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EU Parliament Calls for Suspension of Turkey's EU-Entry Talks

The European Parliament urged the EU to suspend membership negotiations with Turkey as a result of democratic backsliding in the country.

The European Union assembly made the appeal in a non-binding resolution approved on Wednesday in Strasbourg, France. The call is directed at EU governments and the European Commission, the bloc’s executive arm, which together run the accession process with the Turkish government.

The resolution upholds a suggestion by the EU Parliament’s foreign-affairs committee saying the bloc should “formally suspend” the entry negotiations with Turkey. The 751-seat assembly rejected floor amendments by right-of-center members who had sought to toughen the recommendation by urging the EU to “terminate” or “formally end” the process.

The symbolic gesture by the 28-nation Parliament -- part of a regular report on EU-Turkey relations -- echoes calls by the assembly in past years and highlights its ability to act as a barometer of public opinion in Europe amid a rise of nationalist political forces.

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Post by Addie » Mon Apr 01, 2019 12:18 am

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Erdogan Appears to Suffer Major Defeats in Turkey’s Two Biggest Cities

ISTANBUL — President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s party on Sunday was facing defeat in local elections in the Turkish capital, Ankara, and possibly even Istanbul, its largest city, a result that shook the nation as Mr. Erdogan suffered the first major electoral setback of his decade and a half in power.

The municipal balloting around the country came nine months after national elections that extended Mr. Erdogan’s hold on power. It was closely watched as a barometer of his standing with voters after Turkey’s economy fell into recession and he assumed sweeping new executive powers.

Mr. Erdogan claimed victory over all in the elections, pointing to results that showed his Justice and Development Party 15 points ahead of the opposition Republican People’s Party in districts nationwide.

But for the first time in his political career, Mr. Erdogan was tasting defeat in mayoral races in the center of Turkish political power, Ankara, and maybe even in his hometown, Istanbul, the country’s business center.

“Please do not be heartbroken with this result,” he told supporters in an address. “We will see how they are going to administer.”

All eyes were on the race for mayor of Istanbul. Mr. Erdogan’s candidate, former Prime Minister Binali Yildirim, was reported to be in a virtual tie with the opposition candidate, Ekrem Imamoglu. Mr. Imamoglu said he had in fact won by a substantial margin.

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Post by Addie » Tue Apr 02, 2019 12:34 pm

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A Political Quake in Turkey as Erdogan’s Party Loses in His Home Base of Support

ISTANBUL — Step by step over the years, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey sought to ensure nobody could challenge him. He marginalized adversaries. He purged the army, the police and the courts. He cowed the press. He strengthened his powers in the Constitution. And he promised Turks a bright economic future. ...

Even if the results were not final, they amounted to the most momentous political earthquake to shake Mr. Erdogan in nearly two decades of basically uncontested control at the helm of Turkey, a NATO ally and critical linchpin of stability in the region.

What was different this time was the rapidly tanking economy and a highly disciplined opposition.

It deployed monitors to not only scrutinize the vote tallies but also sleep on sacks of sealed counted ballots to guard against possible tampering by members of Mr. Erdogan’s ruling Justice and Development Party, the AKP.

“We think they were not able to rig the election,” said Ilayda Kocoglu, 28, vice president of the Istanbul branch of the opposition Republican People’s Party, or CHP, who slept on some sacks herself. “They were not expecting us to be that organized, or that resolved.”

The results do not mean that Mr. Erdogan, whose term as president lasts for four more years, will change his behavior, which includes promoting Islamic religious values over secularism, closer ties to Russia and chillier relations with NATO. But the election showed Mr. Erdogan has weaknesses.

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Post by Volkonski » Fri Apr 19, 2019 11:35 am

Turkey pins hopes on Trump to avoid sanctions over Russia missile deal

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Turkey’s hopes of avoiding punishing U.S. sanctions over its purchase of a Russian air defense system appear increasingly pinned on intervention from Donald Trump, but the president has little leeway to counter Ankara’s many critics in Washington.

The two NATO allies have argued for months over Turkey’s order for the advanced S-400 missile defense batteries, which Washington says are incompatible with the Western alliance’s defense network and would pose a threat to U.S. F-35 stealth fighter jets which Turkey also plans to buy.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and several prominent U.S. senators have warned Turkey it will face penalties for buying the S-400s under legislation which calls for sanctions against countries procuring military equipment from Russia. Turkey says as a NATO member it poses no threat to the United States and the sanctions should not apply.

Resolving the dispute could allow the two governments to turn the corner on years of tense relations. The stakes are higher for Turkey, which is mired in recession after a separate U.S. diplomatic dispute last year sparked a currency crisis that has echoed in recent weeks as ties have again frayed.
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Post by Addie » Fri Apr 26, 2019 7:00 pm

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Turkey indicts third U.S. Consulate worker in Istanbul on terrorism charges

WASHINGTON/ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey has indicted a third U.S. Consulate employee and his wife and daughter on charges of membership of a terrorist group, according to a copy of the indictment seen by Reuters, a move likely to further strain ties between Ankara and Washington.

Nazmi Mete Canturk, a security officer at the U.S. Consulate in Istanbul, and his wife and daughter are accused in the indictment of links to the network of Fethullah Gulen, the U.S.-based Muslim cleric blamed by Ankara for a failed 2016 coup.

A Turkish prosecutor is seeking jail sentences for all three on charges of membership of an armed terrorist organization, according to the indictment, which was completed on March 8 but has not been made public.

It says Canturk was in contact with dozens of individuals under investigation for being members of Gulen’s network and that “evidence has been obtained regarding the suspect’s actions in line with the instructions of the (terrorist) organization”.

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Post by RTH10260 » Fri Apr 26, 2019 8:33 pm

Likely another twist to get a deal with dotus on expelling Fethullah Gulen back to Turkey.

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Post by RTH10260 » Thu May 16, 2019 10:06 pm

Turkish top diplomat on S-400 deal with Russia: No delays, it’s a fait accompli
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ANKARA, May 15./TASS/. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Wednesday that Ankara had no intention of postponing the dates for the delivery of Russia’s S-400 missile systems.

"There is no talk about delaying or canceling the deliveries of the S-400s. The treaty on their purchase is a fait accompli, so why should we be discussing the possibility for delaying the delivery dates?" the diplomat told Haberturk TV.

On May 13, Bloomberg reported that Turkey was considering a US request to put off the delivery of S-400 missile defense systems to Ankara.

There are no delays in the implementation of the agreement on delivering the S-400 missile systems to Turkey, Russian Presidential Aide Yury Ushakov said on Tuesday after talks between Russian President Vladimir Putin and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

It was officially confirmed in 2017 that Russia and Turkey had signed a contract to supply the S-400 missile systems to Ankara. Meanwhile, Washington is actively working to prevent Turkey from purchasing the S-400 air defense missile systems from Moscow.

Unlike the first foreign customer - China - Turkey is going to receive one S-400 regiment set, not two



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Post by RTH10260 » Wed May 22, 2019 12:19 pm

US gives Turkey June deadline to reject Russia arms deal
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Turkey is staring down a June deadline to cancel its purchase of a Russian missile system, according to a new report.

If it receives its purchase of the S-400 next month, the country will be ousted from Lockheed Martin’s F-35 program and will not receive 100 of the fighter jets it has ordered, and will also face U.S.-imposed sanctions, CNBC reports.

Instead, the U.S. has proposed that Turkey purchase Raytheon’s U.S.-made Patriot missile defense system so it can remain in the F-35 program.

It’s unlikely there’s an opportunity for an extension past the first week of June. Sources at the State Department said the offer is final when asked if the deadline could be pushed back.

“NATO countries need to procure military equipment that is interoperable with NATO systems,” a State Department official told CNBC. “A Russian system would not meet that standard.”

“We underscore that Turkey will face very real and negative consequences if it completes its S-400 delivery,” the official said.

Turkey, along with other NATO allies, is a potential buyer and partner in producing the F-35 aircraft. But Turkey’s determination to use the Russian anti-aircraft missile system has stoked concern among U.S. and other NATO allies who use the F-35 aircraft that the S-400 missile system’s radar could learn to detect the F-35, putting the aircraft in danger of Russian systems.


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Post by RTH10260 » Sun Jun 23, 2019 7:38 pm

Istanbul mayoral re-run: Erdogan's ruling AKP loses again

Ekrem Imamoglu hailed the result as a "new beginning" for the city

Turkey's ruling party has lost control of Istanbul after a re-run of the city's mayoral election, latest results show.

The candidate for the main opposition party, Ekrem Imamoglu, won 54% of the vote with nearly all ballots counted.

He won a surprise victory in March which was annulled after the ruling AK party complained of irregularities.

His opponent, ex-PM Binali Yildirim, has conceded. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan congratulated the winner.

"I congratulate Ekrem Imamoglu who has won the election based on preliminary results," he tweeted.

But the result is being seen as a major setback for Mr Erdogan, who has previously said that "whoever wins Istanbul, wins Turkey".


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Comment: iirc this special election was made cause Erdogan cancelled the results of the regular elections a few weeks back cause his party had lost back then already.

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Post by RTH10260 » Thu Jul 18, 2019 11:14 pm

Trump Veto of F-35s for Turkey Could Force Ankara to Buy Russian Aircraft
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July 17, 2019 07:55 PM

ISTANBUL - U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to block the sale of the advanced F-35 jet to Turkey means Ankara may look elsewhere to replace its aging air force.

Trump's veto in response to Turkey’s acquisition of Russian missiles could prompt Ankara to turn to Moscow again.

Trump's announcement followed the first deliveries of Russia's S-400 air defense missile system to Turkey. Washington had repeatedly warned Ankara that the S-400's advanced radar could compromise the F-35 stealth technology, making delivery of the jet impossible.


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Post by Volkonski » Sun Oct 06, 2019 4:59 pm

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Post by Volkonski » Mon Oct 07, 2019 8:14 am

So much for that.
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