Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Crimean Tatars Feel Abandoned by Russian Trade partner Turkey. (EurasiaNet).
Turkey has professed itself the steadfast defender of the Crimean Tatars’ minority rights, but, so far, that mission has not interfered with its interest in trade with Russia, its largest export-import partner.
The declarations of official concern continue, however. On a November 10 visit to Kyiv, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Çavuşoğlu announced plans to send an unofficial monitoring mission to Crimea to investigate claims of human rights violations against the ethnic Crimean Tatar population.
The move is Ankara’s first concrete step to support the Crimean Tatars, who claim they have been repressed and silenced by the local, de-facto pro-Russian authorities in the months since Russia’s March annexation of the Ukrainian peninsula.
The entire Crimean Tatar population was deported under Soviet leader Josef Stalin to the steppes of Central Asia in 1944; as many as half perished during the arduous journey. About 300,000 returned to resettle in Crimea after the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991, and most opposed Russia’s move to absorb the peninsula this spring.
Their opposition has not been tolerated. At least seven Crimean Tatar activists have “been forcibly disappeared or have gone missing” since May, Human Rights Watch said in an October report. Two other Crimean Tatars without apparent political ties have also gone missing and one was later found hanged, “contributing to the atmosphere of fear and hostility in Crimea for anyone who is pro-Ukraine, including Crimean Tatars,” the report said.
Mubeyyin Batu Altan, founder of the New York-based Crimean Tatar Research and Information Center, said that while the news of the Turkish fact-finding mission is welcome, many in the Crimean Tatar community feel abandoned because Turkey, which has long styled itself as the defender of the Tatar people, has not done more.
“We thought that Turkey would be a stronger supporter of the Crimean Tatars, but they do not want to jeopardize their billions and billions of dollars of business with Russia and they are not going to jeopardize this business because of a handful of Crimean Tatars,” Altan said. “And that is disappointing for us.”
In fact, while the United States and European Union have levied steadily increasing sanctions against Moscow for its annexation of Crimea and its support for rebel groups in eastern Ukraine, Turkey eagerly has pursued investment deals in Russian sectors ranging from agriculture to car parts, according to reporting done by this correspondent for Mergermarket.
One week after Russia, announced a one-year ban on Western food products this August, Turkish Economy Minister Nihat Zeybekci described Russia “as an opportunity for Turkey.”
“We should make this opportunity a strong, long-term, permanent and corporate one,” he said.
In September, as part of that “opportunity,” Turkish shoe producer Yakupoğlu Deri Sanayi inked a $100-million contract to provide boots for the Russian military. The same month, a Turkish exporters’ association announced tentative plans to nearly triple food exports to Russia to $3 billion by 2015.
Crimean Tatar activist Altan sees the blockbuster boot deal as a sign of where Turkey’s priorities lie.“Those Russian soldiers are wearing Turkish boots to kick and punish the Crimean Tatars,” he said. “From that point of view, Turkey cannot do anything different for us than the international community [can].” Hmmmm......I Guess Religion isn't as tick as $ bundles, Islamist Turkey.....Defender of the faith as long money isn't involved. :) Read the full story here.
Erdoğan’s comments on gender ‘against Turkish Constitution’. (TZ).
An activist who was kicked out of the Women and Justice Summit organized by the Women and Democracy Association (KADEM) on Monday has said Erdoğan committed an unconstitutional act by saying men and women are not equal.
Yılmaz also commented on the president's comments, saying: “He has no right to say this because he, as the president, has to act in accordance with the Constitution, and the Constitution states that men and women are equal. As long as he is the president, he cannot speak like this. It is a criminal offense. He has overstepped his boundaries.” Read the full story here.
Russia to provide China with at least six S-400 AA missile systems. (Vedomosti).[GoogleTranslate].
Manager of one of the Russian enterprises of the military-industrial complex and a person close to the leadership of the Russian Defense Ministry, told " Vedomosti "that at the beginning of this autumn a contract was signed between " Rosoboronexport "and the Ministry of National Defense to supply at least six divisions anti-missile system S-400 for more than $ 3 billion.
The representative of " Rosoboronexport "was yesterday unavailable for the press representative Concern PVO " Almaz-Antey " ( developer of the C-400) declined to comment.
Negotiations on the supply of S-400 in China has been going on for several years, while in 2011, leadership of the Russian military department stated that the delivery system for export may be no earlier than 2016 - because of the need to implement a program for the supply of the Russian Armed Forces.
In the spring of 2014 the newspaper " Kommersant "reported that President Vladimir Putin has approved the delivery of S-400 in China, and in July the head of the Russian presidential administration Sergei Ivanov said that the first foreign customer of this system can be precisely China.
Long-range systems such as the S-300P exported after the collapse of the Soviet Union and Vietnam, Algeria, Azerbaijan and Cyprus ( now set Cypriots systems are in the armed forces of Greece) and in the presence of the Russian Armed Forces - in Kazakhstan and Belarus.
The contract for the supply of S-300 to Iran was canceled for political reasons in 2010, and execution of the contract for the supply of S-300 to Syria suspended due to the civil war in this country.
In Venezuela and Egypt were delivered than the S-300P systems such as S-300B, originally developed not for the defense forces of the country, and for the defense of the Ground Forces.
Despite the fact that over the past 15 years, the Chinese defense industry sharply raised its level remained segments where it has not yet been able to prove their worth, the director of the Center for Strategic conditions Ivan Konovalov . According to him, most likely this latest system, along with other modern weapons systems will be placed by the Chinese army in the south of the country in order to control the airspace over Taiwan and the disputed islands in the surrounding waters.Read the full story here.
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'Neo Ottoman Conqueror' Turkey will defend 'Occupier' rights in Mediterranean.(Taz).
Turkey will defend its rights in the eastern Mediterranean, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said, Anadolu Agency reported.
"The Eastern Mediterranean Sea cannot be closed to Turkey or Turkish Cypriots. We will not hesitate to defend our rights in the restricted economic zone of the sea and Cyprus island," he said.
On the occasion of a visit from the Prime Minister of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus Ozkan Yorgancioglu, Davutoglu called for the resumption of settlement talks in Cyprus.
"Our call is clear: Intense negotiations that will lead to a solution, and immediate peace," he said.
As an alternative option before a permanent settlement on the island is reached, Davutoglu proposed the establishment of a joint committee to share out the island's natural resources so as to promote peace on the island.
The Greek-Cypriot administration suspended the most recent talks with the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus over the island's future on Oct. 7 after Turkey sent an oil and gas research vessel on a mission off the Cyprus coast.
The move to send a research vessel, with two navy ships, was intended to show that Turkey objected to the Greek Cypriot administration's plans to unilaterally exploit hydrocarbon resources off the island. Both Turkey and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus have called for a fair division of such resources between both sides.
The Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus was also not included in a meeting of Egypt, Greece and the Greek Cypriot administration in Cairo last week, in which a natural gas strategy for the EasternMediterranean region was discussed. A statement after the three-way meeting called on Turkey to "cease its operations within the maritime boundaries of Cyprus."
Davutoglu said that the resources on Cyprus belong to all people of the island, so one side does not have the right to monopolize the energy resources off the island's coast.
For his part, Premier Yorgancioglu called on the Greek Cypriot side to put an end to their "escape from the negotiating table." Hmmm.....'Bully' Turkey thinks because they will chair the G20, they can claim all energy resources as theirs, even telling the EU to stick their resolution against Turkey where the Sun doesn't shine.
Turkey’s EU Minister Volkan Bozkır said on Nov. 13 that Ankara will “not accept” the European Parliament’s decision on the resolution.
“It has no validity for us,” said EU Minister Volkan Bozkır, in reference to the draft resolution, during a meeting with Hungary’s minister of foreign affairs and trade in Ankara.
Guess what? Hamas says U.S. encourages racism with remarks on Jewish state. (Taz).
Islamic Hamas movement said that the statements of United States Secretary of State that Israel is a Jewish state will encourage racism, Xinhua reported.Sami Abu Zuhri, the Hamas spokesman in Gaza said in an emailed press statement that "such statements encourage racism and ignore all values of democracy," adding that "It eliminates the Palestinians' right of return."
The Israeli government had on Sunday overwhelmingly votes in favor of approving the Jewish state law for the state of Israel. The subject created large controversy in Israel and was scheduled to be presented before the Knesset.
Meanwhile, Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) said in a press statement on Tuesday that the Israeli government's approval of the law "is a unilateral annul to the 1993 document of mutual recognition signed with the PLO.
The Palestinians slammed the Israeli government's approval of the law, where the PLO said that the law is a continuation for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu "to establish a racist state based on lands confiscation."
The PLO called on the United Nations and the international community "to carry out practical steps not only to halt Israeli actions, but also to put Israel under the law rather than violating it.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday told a local Radio station in the West Bank that the Israeli government's approval of the law "represents a new big obstacle before peace in the Middle East."
Turkey threatens to reconsider its relations with US if it dares to mention 'Armenian Genocide'. (Taz).
Turkey may reconsider its relations with the US if the authorities of the country raise the issue of the events of 1915 next year, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu was quoted Nov. 26 by Kanal7 TV channel as saying.
“Turkey will not allow the so-called "Armenian genocide" to be used as a means of pressure on Ankara,” he said.
Armenia and the Armenian lobby claim that Turkey's predecessor the Ottoman Empire allegedly carried out ”genocide” against the Armenians living in Anatolia in 1915.
While strengthening the efforts to promote the so-called "genocide" in the world, Armenians have achieved its recognition by the parliaments of some countries. Hmmm....Turkey ...dictating US Foreign policy since Obama became President.
ISIS seeks to break the people's will by denying them access to water supply - Turkish researcher. (Taz).
The seizure of oil and gas fields, as well as water sources in Iraq and Syria by a terrorist organization “Islamic State” (IS, formerly ISIL or ISIS,) indicates the presence of a serious strategy in this direction, the Turkish Center for Middle Eastern Strategic Studies (ORSAM) Water Research Programme Hydropolitics researcher Tugba Evrim Maden told Trend Nov.25.
She went on to add that the “Islamic State” seeks to control such important life objects as sources of energy, irrigation and drinking water.
She said that water can be both means of cooperation between the states and the cause of wars, which is most often seen in recent times.
"It can be noticed in the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict from the Armenians’ side, but recently, the most striking example of this has become the “Islamic State,” she said.
The “Islamic State” purposefully seizes such strategic objects as dams and reservoirs, the researcher said.
“Along with the oil and gas fields, they capture the water resources as well,” Maden said. “The Tabqa and Tishrin dams were seized in Syria, as well as Fallujah, Mosul and Sudur dams in Iraq, now there are fights for the Haditha dam."
She said the IS seeks to break the people's will by denying them access to water supply.
By doing so, IS looks to subjugate people, Maden said. Read the full story here.
Obama's 'Peace partner' Abbas' book reveals: The 'Nazi-Zionist plot' of the Holocaust. (Ynet).
“The Zionist movement did not send any assistance, financial or otherwise, for the victims of Nazism and it did not allow any other side to provide any kind of aid. The Zionist movement concealed the information that came from within the ghetto walls and concentration camps, news that shed light on what was really happening. If it had to publish anything, it did so by questioning that information and diminishing its importance.”
“Zionism adopted the Nazi selection principle, when it went to save Jews from the slaughter. It made itself the ultimate arbiter regarding Jewish life, deciding who deserves to live and who deserves to die.”
“The Zionist movement did not make any effort to convince Western countries to take in the Jewish refugees escaping the horrors of the Holocaust. It even placed obstacles I the way of efforts made by Christian groups or by non-Zionist Jews or a number of countries that saw fit to find a solution to this humanitarian problem.”
“All of this wasn’t enough - the Zionist movement led a broad campaign of incitement against the Jews living under Nazi rule to arouse the government’s hatred of them, to fuel vengeance against them and to expand the mass extermination.”
From Mahmoud Abbas’ book “The Other Side: The Secret Relationship Between Nazism and Zionism” (Billsan Publising House, Ramallah, 2011), based on his doctoral dissertation.
The Palestinian Authority’s new media division is putting considerable effort it seems into the construction and maintenance of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ official website. The site is user-friendly and includes information on the familiar parts of Abbas’ resume - from his childhood in Safed to the president’s office in Ramallah. The site details Abbas’ political journey as a Palestinian leader, without forgetting to include all of the awards and citations he has received along the way.
The site is updated often and includes, for example, recent video clips such as Abbas’ speech to the UN General Assembly in September, in which he accused the State of Israel of war crimes and - effectively - of genocide, thus severely damaging, many believe, the chances of reviving the peace talks between Israel and the PA in the foreseeable future.
As one would expect from such a site, it glorifies Abbas’ work, aiming to describe him as a combination of a charismatic leader, a popular and well-liked international figure, a refugee who personally experienced the tragedy of the Palestinian people, and a man of vision. But just as importantly - he is presented as a philosopher with a unique perspective on history, and an important intellectual.
To bolster that last component, the third menu item on the left of the homepage for Abbas’ official website highlights his “Books and Publications.” That link leads to a page with no less than 18 books written by the very prolific Abbas - most dealing with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The books were published by several publishers over the years, but all of them were reprinted in a similar format (size, font, cover) by a Ramallah publisher with funding from the Palestinian Authority in 2011.
One of them, with dark blue cover, is called “The Other Side: The Secret Relationship Between Nazism and Zionism.” Those who don’t want to search for the book in Ramallah book stores can read it, page-by-page in a sophisticated interface on the presidential website - but only in Arabic.
In this book, Abbas wonders, among other things, “How can one believe that the Zionist movement, which set out to protect a nation, would later become the reason for its destruction?
History teaches us about (the Emperor) Nero who torched Rome. But Nero was mad, and his madness rids him of the responsibility to his actions. History also teaches us about leaders who betrayed their people and their country and sold them out to their enemies. But these leaders are isolated. They alone carry the responsibility for their actions. But when a large national public movement conspires against its ‘people,’ well that is embarrassing…
“An Arab proverb says: ‘If a dispute arises between thieves, the theft is discovered.’ This is what happened with the Zionist movement. When ‘Labor’ (Mapai) was in power in the State of Israel, it refused to include the revisionists and those started exposing facts and blowing away the smoke screen of lies. We cannot fail to mention that many of the Zionist movement’s people during the war were amazed of the results of the cooperation between the Zionists and the Nazis, and the massive amount of victims struck them with terror… To this one must add that many documents from the Third Reich had reached many hands, which allowed us to present these documents that illustrate the nature of the relations and cooperation between the Nazis and the Zionist movement.”
Abbas has in the past been criticized for being a Holocaust denier. The accusations were based on a translation of excerpts of the introduction to his doctoral paper, which he wrote in Moscow in 1982. There - it was claimed - Abbas cast doubt on the fact six million Jews had been murdered, and even questioned the existence of the gas chambers.
Since then, Abbas has decisively rejected these accusations, claiming that his words were taken out of context and that the accusations were based on biased translations of only parts of the introduction, rather than a reading of the full text.
In May 2003, when he was the Palestinian prime minister, Abbas said in an interview with Akiva Eldar in Haaretz: “I wrote in detail about the Holocaust and said I did not want to discuss numbers. I quoted an argument between historians in which various numbers of casualties were mentioned.
“One wrote there were twelve million victims and another wrote there were 800,000. I have no desire to argue with the figures. The Holocaust was a terrible, unforgivable crime against the Jewish nation, a crime against humanity that cannot be accepted by humankind. The Holocaust was a terrible thing and nobody can claim I denied it.”
It’s important to note that when the book and the topics mentioned in it were discussed in the Arab media, Abbas spoke differently than he did in the Israeli or American press.
For example, in an extensive interview with Lebanese satellite channel Al Mayadeen in January 2013, Abbas vehemently defended his thesis and his book, saying he was willing to “challenge anyone to deny the relationship between Zionism and Nazism before World War Two.”
On February 16, 2014, Abbas received a large delegation of Israeli students at his office, as a part of the Palestinian Authority’s PA campaign to the Israeli public.
“Assalamu alaikum,” he said in Arabic to the students and then added in Hebrew “Shalom Aleichem” (both meaning “Peace be upon you”). Abbas was very friendly during that meeting, addressed a series of important issues between the two peoples and even answered a question about the Holocaust:
“How do I deny the Holocaust? Did you read the book? No. So read the book and see if I have denied the Holocaust. I know that millions of Jews were murdered in the Holocaust,” he said.
To reinforce his statements on the topic, Abbas made a statement via the Palestinian news agency two months later, on April 27, calling the Holocaust “the most heinous crime to have occurred against humanity in the modern era.” He added the Holocaust was a result of “ethnic discrimination and racism, which the Palestinians strongly reject and act against.”
But more thorough research, conducted in the past six months by Dr. Edy Cohen, a research fellow at the center for international media at Bar-Ilan University, found that there is a wide gap between the more or less clear-cut statements Abbas makes, declares and publishes in English, and the things he writes in Arabic and that are published by the Palestinian Authority and appear on his personal website.
The fact the books were recently reprinted with funding from the Palestinian Authority and are recommended on the PA president’s official website, negates the claims made by Abbas and his associates several times that this is just a thesis paper released over 30 years ago.
So perhaps it is true that Abbas, as he testifies about himself, does indeed believe the Holocaust was a heinous crime against humanity, but his writing, that are still being printed, twist and distort the historical reality, as experts note.
Ammunition against the Zionists
Abbas wrote his doctoral paper at graduate school in Moscow in the early 1980s. Twenty years earlier, on February 5, 1960, the Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia (later to be named after Congolese independence leader Patrice Lumumba) was founded in Moscow, with the declared objective of aiding third world and African countries to access higher education. The goal was to increase the Soviet Union and Communism’s influence in the developing world.
Thanks to good ties throughout the years between the eastern bloc and the PLO, many of the organization’s members went to study at the university. Mahmoud Abbas, then one of the organization’s senior political leaders and in charge of the PLO’s foreign relations, himself went at the university in the early 80s.
When he arrived in Moscow, Abbas already had an undergraduate’s degree from the Institute of Law at the University of Damascus. In Moscow, he was working for a degree in what is known in Russian as “Candidate of Sciences,” similar to a doctorate in social sciences in Western universities.
The Moscow University rector, Yevgeny Primakov, who later became the Russian foreign minister and prime minister, appointed his senior expert on the Middle East, Prof. Vladimir Ivanovich Kiselev, as the Palestinian leader’s dissertation adviser.
Two decades later, Kiselev said Abbas was a well-prepared graduate student, who came to Moscow with an already chosen research topic and a large amount of already prepared material.
According to intelligence received at that time by Israel, Abbas ordered several researchers from the PLO’s large archive, which was functioning at the time in Beirut and funded generously by Arab countries, to gather an intensive collection of material on the Holocaust and “the connections between Zionism and Nazism.”
As part of this collection, numerous publications on the relationship between fascist elements in Europe and the Lehi (”the Stern Gang”) movement before World War II were also examined.
According to this intelligence information, the PLO archive received numerous publications distributed at that time by the Communist Party of East Germany, which accused “Western imperialism and Zionism” of collaborating with the Nazis.
These reports were part of extensive propaganda, which was employed during these years, trying to connect the Soviet Union’s primary enemies - the West and the Nazis (see the statements below on this subject by Prof. Dina Porat).
Intelligence shows that a German-speaking official translated these publications into Arabic. Furthermore, one of the directors of the archive, an Israeli Arab who spent many years in an Israeli prison and moved to Lebanon upon his release, translated material from Hebrew. All of this material was put into several detailed reports by PLO archivists and given to Abbas.
According to a former Israeli intelligence operative, “At the time (the early 1980s), these reports were not significant given the sea of information we had received from the PLO, which mostly addressed the issues of weapons and terrorist attacks - and of course this was of more interested to us. We thought we would find this material in some official PLO publication. Only years later did we realize that it was the material that helped Abbas to write his dissertation”.
Abbas completed his Ph.D. in May 1982, shortly before Israel’s invasion of Lebanon; it was approved by the university and received much acclaim. Two years later, in 1984, the doctorate was published as a book in Amman, Jordan. On the cover of the book was an illustration of an Israeli soldier in a helmet bearing the Star of David and behind him a Nazi soldier wearing a hat with a swastika on it.
In later versions of the book, the cover illustration was changed and the soldiers removed. The book itself was republished in Cairo in 1997 and in Ramallah in 2011.
Abbas’ main claims in his doctorate are that Zionist leaders ignored the Holocaust of European Jewry, sacrificing them so that they could claim a national home; that the Zionist movement deliberately and systematically thwarted the rescue of Jews from Romania, Hungary, Slovakia and the Baltic countries; that Jews who abandoned their homes in Arab countries did not suffer any harassment or persecution, and that the root of the conflict between them and the Arabs was the privileges that they received from the French and British colonialists.
Read more at YNET NEWS ISRAEL.