Monthly Archives: July 2016

Why Turkey Suspects Washington of Playing a Part in Failed Coup

The failed Turkish coup attempt has triggered a heated debate about its origins and alleged plotters. Canada-based author John Chuckman explains why he believes Washington could have winked and nodded to Turkish military rebels.

The failed Turkish coup is surrounded by controversy. Following the coup attempt Ankara demanded that Washington extradite the exiled cleric Fethullah Gulen, an alleged mastermind behind the attacks against the Turkish government, who is living Pennsylvania.

Furthermore, during his live television appearance on news channel Haberturk, Labor and Social Security Minister Suleyman Soylu went even so far as to accuse the US of having its hand in the failed coup.

US Secretary of State John Kerry dismissed the accusations telling Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu during their phone call on July 16 that “public insinuations or claims about any role by the United States in the failed coup attempt are utterly false and harmful to [US-Turkish] bilateral relations.”

However, it seems that the relationship between Turkey and the US continues to deteriorate.

Hurriyet Daily News reported Monday that Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim warned Washington that “Turkey may question its friendship with the US” if it refuses to extradite the exiled cleric.

It should be noted that the US-Turkish relations were strained even before Gulen became an apple of discord between Ankara and Washington.

In his interview on The John Batchelor Show Professor Stephen F. Cohen pointed to the fact that relations between Turkish President Erdogan and then UK Prime Minister David Cameron and US President Obama were particularly frosty during the Warsaw NATO Summit in early July.

The Turkish President was nearly “ostracized” by his NATO allies.

Furthermore, according to Afshin Rattansi, a London-based author and journalist, it looked rather strange that no NATO member states lent a helping hand to Erdogan when the military coup erupted.

“It’s astonishing that just a couple of years ago, we would have expected the NATO nations to have come to the aid of the Erdogan government which was elected in November. This time? Nothing,” he stressed in his interview with RT.

These developments have prompted analysts to assume that the US could have really had a hand in the coup or allowed it to happen.

In his article for a Canada-based author John Chuckman suggested that the US could have given a “wink and a nod (and of course, as always, some cash) to Turkish rebel forces” following the recent Russo-Turkish rapprochement.

“But that would not be the only reason for America supporting a coup. The truth is, from the American point of view, Erdogan’s erratic behavior — shooting down a Russian war plane, firing artillery into Syria at American Kurdish allies, blackmailing Europe over large numbers of refugees in Turkish camps, and still other matters — over the last few years has added uncertainty and potential instability to a strategically important region,” Chuckman writes.

On the other hand, the author continues if Washington was not involved in the plot the question arises: why it did not warn the Turkish president?

“After all, no one is better equipped for international communication interception than the US National Security Agency. If the United States were not involved, why didn’t it warn Erdogan?” Chuckman asks.

There is yet another argument in Chuckman’s article. The author calls attention to the fact that Turkish jets engaged in the coup took off from the Incirlik Airbase, used by the US and NATO for airstrikes against Daesh.

“This airbase is Turkish, but has many American residents, including some high-level ones since there is not only a sizable air force stationed there but an estimated fifty thermonuclear bombs. The Turkish commander, Gen. Bekir Ercan Van, was in daily contact with the Americans and sought asylum in the United States before he was arrested by Turkey,” the author points out.

Interestingly enough, in the wake of the coup the Turkish authorities started a search of the air base, while commercial power was cut off and the airspace above it closed.

However, there could be yet another explanation to NATO and the US not raising a finger to help Erdogan during the coup: some observers suggest that the failed coup could have been staged.

“There is a possibility that it could be a staged coup and it could be meant for further accusations [against Gulen and his followers],” exiled cleric Gulen said as quoted by the Guardian, sparking speculations about an alleged false flag operation in Turkey.

Still, these claims do not hold water, according to London-based political analyst Alexander Mercouris.

“The suggestion Erdogan stage-managed the coup himself is a fantastic one.  On the contrary all the facts show that he and the other members of his government were utterly shocked by it, and were seriously frightened for their lives during it,” Mercouris underscores providing an analysis of how the coup erupted in his article for The Duran.

According to the analyst that explains the massive purge in Turkey.

“This is being misinterpreted as a sinister power-bid by Erdogan to tighten his grip on Turkey.  Frankly it doesn’t look like that to me at all.  On the contrary it looks to me to bear all the hallmarks of something else: blind panic,” he underscores, pointing to the fact that Erdogan and his supporters can no longer trust any part of Turkey’s Deep State.

Four Reasons Why Liberation of Aleppo Would Mean an End to the Syrian War

As the Syrian army advances in the jihadist-ravaged city of Aleppo, Russian political analysts explain why the once-vibrant metropolis, formerly home to 2.3 million people, is of prime importance to all the parties of the conflict and can play a key role in settlement of the ongoing crisis.

The first group of residents trapped in Aleppo’s militant-occupied eastern neighborhoods has started to escape through a humanitarian corridor created with Russia’s help, according to reports broadcast by Al Mayadeen TV.

Leaflets were dropped on Thursday over the city with instructions on how to approach checkpoints and a map showing the corridors.

Those who want to leave are supposed to wave the leaflet with their right hand raised above their head and the other hand either around their head or holding a child’s hand, the leaflet reportedly says. While approaching checkpoints the residents are advised to move slowly and to follow the commands of the Syrian military.

Once near checkpoints, they will be required to turn around to demonstrate they do not have explosives on them.

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Thursday that Russia and the Syrian government have jointly launched a large-scale humanitarian relief operation in Aleppo, establishing three corridors for civilians and one for militants wishing to lay down arms.

Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reported on Thursday that President Assad has issued a decree granting amnesty to all militants who surrender within three months. This prompted “scores of terrorists” to turn themselves in and lay down their arms.

Meanwhile, local media reports suggest that the Syrian government forces are ready to retake the desperate city; they’ve already re-established full control over two more strategic districts along the last access road into opposition-held east Aleppo: the neighborhood Bani Zeid and a second rebel-held district adjacent to Bani Zeid.

A military source told SANA that army engineering units had dismantled the explosives and removed mines from its streets and squares, with the Syrian army establishing full control over the Efrin bus station, youth housing and all the building blocks and factories in al-Liramoun in the northern outskirts of Aleppo.

Meanwhile, Vladimir Shapovalov, the Director of the Institute of Political Science, Law and Social Development has explained to RT why Aleppo, Syria’s most important economic and geopolitical center, might become a key to fully resolving the Syrian conflict.

Aleppo — Syria’s most important economic and trade center with advantageous geopolitical position

“Aleppo is of prime importance to all the parties of the conflict as it is Syria’s most important economic and trade center; the city lies on the crossroad of the country’s trade routes and holds a very advantageous geopolitical position,” he said.

“Full control over Aleppo allows one to control not only all of northern Syria but the whole territory along the border with Turkey, the district inhabited by Kurds, and the territory of northwestern Iraq,” the political analyst explained.

“Aleppo is the dominating center of this whole region. And for the Syrian government forces, for their adversaries, for Turkey, Saudi Arabia and the US it is the key to control over the whole Syrian territory and adjacent regions.”

Hence, Shapovalov said, there’s no wonder that since the very start of the military conflict in the country there has been fierce fighting for this city.

It is the key to control over the whole Syrian territory and adjacent regions

Another political scientist, head of the Center for Middle East and Central Asia Studies Semyon Bagdasarov, also explained that Aleppo is the top strategic point, the economic capital of Syria and its clean-up could be a grandiose victory for Syria and Russia.

“However the liberation of Aleppo without closure of Syrian-Turkish border crossings, first and foremost in the city of Azaz, will be a hard task,” he said.

It is essential for cooperation with the Syrian Kurds

“Azaz — is a Turkish crossing gate and a whole load of arms, ammunition and thousands of militants have got into Syria through this crossing. It must be closed and it could be dome only in alliance with the quasi-state [known as] the Federation of North Syria – Rojava, or otherwise the Syrian Kurds,” Bagdasarov explained.

The political analyst further said why the territory under the control of the Syrian Kurds will play a vital role in the recapture of Aleppo:

“There are over 2,000 NATO servicemen on this territory, including the American special forces and its engineer-sapper battalions and the Danish, UK, French and German units. There is no clear border among them and during an offensive there might be undesirable clashes.”

Vladimir Shapovalov also noted the Kurds, more than anyone else are interested in the liquidation of the jihadists and might become a key ally to President Assad.

“For the Kurds, the most important thing is the fight against the Islamist militants, which are their major adversary in establishing Kurdish autonomy,” he said.

“In such a context, the alliance with the Syrian government is of primary importance to the Kurds, as it is Assad who could ensure the security of the Kurdish areas, not only from the terrorists but from Turkish claims as well,” he added.

Control over Aleppo would allow for the completion of the restoration of the Syrian government’s authority over most of the country

Semyon Bagdasarov also agreed that Aleppo is a sweet spot for Turkey, as it is the gateway to the whole north-west of Syria, including Aleppo Province.

“Turks historically regard Aleppo as their city and think that the population of the city gravitates more towards Turkey, but it is not the case,” he said.

The political analysts agree that the liberation of the city would mean the liberation of Syria and the end of the war.

“Control over Aleppo would allow for the completion of the restoration of the Syrian government’s authority over most of the country, the most densely populated and the most economically developed part of the country” said Vladimir Shapovalov.

“After establishing control over Aleppo, control over the rest of Syria would only take a couple of weeks”, he concluded.

Russia, Egypt Transport Ministers Discuss Aviation Security at Regular Talks

Russian Transport Minister Maxim Sokolov discussed aviation security measures with his Egyptian counterpart, Civil Aviation Minister Sherif Fathi, the Russian ministry said Friday.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Russian Transport Minister Maxim Sokolov discussed step-by-step aviation security measures at regular consultations with his Egyptian counterpart, Civil Aviation Minister Sherif Fathi, the Russian ministry said Friday.

“Sokolov held another round of technical consultations with his counterpart… The meeting took place in a constructive atmosphere, the parties again discussed a step-by-step action plan for measures in the field of civil aviation,” the ministry said.

Sokolov said this week safety experts planned a visit to Egypt to inspect airport security in September.

Fathi announced during a visit to Moscow earlier in July that an investigation into Russia’s A321 passenger plane crash over the Sinai Peninsula in October 2015 was entering final stages.

The plane, operated by the Russian air carrier Kogalymavia and carrying 224 people, was heading to St. Petersburg from the Egyptian resort city of Sharm El-Sheikh. Russia’s Investigative Committee has officially classified the plane crash as a terrorist attack.

Turkey orders shutdown of over 130 media outlets, dismisses 1,600 military personnel – broadcaster

Turkish authorities ordered the closure of more than 130 media outlets on Wednesday in a crackdown following July’s failed coup, Reuters reports, citing CNN Turk. Some 1,600 military personnel were also sacked in the Turkish government’s latest move.

The Turkish government shutdown three news agencies, 23 radio stations, 16 TV channels, 45 newspapers, 15 magazines, and 29 publishers and distributors in their crackdown on the media.

The army saw 1,684 soldiers discharged, according to the government decree cited by CNN Turk. The number includes 149 generals and admirals, amounting to nearly half of the high-ranking officers in the entire Turkish military, the Reuters reported.

In the wake of the coup attempt, Turkey is also planning to shut down all of the country’s military schools, Al Jazeera Turk reports, citing government sources. A decree is set to be released that will expel all military cadets from military high schools, but they will be able to continue their education at regular schools, according to the outlet.

Earlier on Wednesday, Turkish authorities ordered that 47 journalists from a formerly oppositional newspaper be detained. “Today’s detentions cover executives and some staff including columnists of Zaman newspaper,” a government official told reporters, speaking on condition of anonymity, as cited by Reuters.

Emre Deliveli, economist and economics columnist, told RT that the ongoing state of emergency facilitates the government’s crackdown on media, adding that it could lead to many journalists being held in custody without any evidence of wrongdoing.

“They are going to try [journalists], some of them are going to be released… under the state of emergency people can be held up to one month without any reason,” Deliveli said, adding that “at least some of the people arrested are going to be charged with terrorism.”

Commenting on the ultimate goal of the media bans amid the “anti-terror” campaign, Deliveli argued that Erdogan aims to silence not only the so-called Gulenist newspapers, but the opposition and independent media as a whole.

“They can just continue with this and they could arrest more journalists and columnists associated with Zaman and Today’s Zaman. They could arrest other people who are not Gulenists, but who are kind of against the government, so they could use the opportunity to arrest anyone who is against the government,” Deliveli said.

According to the latest figures announced by the Turkish Interior Minister Efkana Ala, more than 15,000 people have been detained since the failed coup. A total of 8,113 people have been formally arrested and are awaiting trial.

The Turkish military confirmed on Wednesday that 8,651 soldiers had taken part in the failed coup.

اطلاق مشروع مدينة الدهب والتعدين المصريه باستثمارات 400 مليون جنيه

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د. نانيس الفروجى رئيس مجلس ادارة الشركه المالكه والمنفذه لمشروع مدينة الذهب والسيد وائل سليمان المتحدث باسم المدينه قبيل المقابله مع العربيه

العربيه نت – وكالات

تم امس بالقاهره اطلاق مشروع مدينة الدهب والتعدين المصريه باستثمارات تقدر بحوالى 400 مليون جنيه , المرحله الاولى من المشروع تقام على مساحة 130 الف متر مربع بالمنطقه الصناعيه غرب قناة السويس تضم في 500 ورشة ومصنع مصغّر إضافة إلى مصفاة للذهب واكاديميه للتدريب

صرح بهذا المستشار الاعلامى والمتحدث باسم مدينة الذهب المصريه السيد وائل سليمان واضاف فى مقابلة مع قناة العربيه امس انه تم توقيع العقد النهائى الخاص بتخصيص ارض المشروع مع شركة تيدا الصينيه المشرفه على تطوير المنطقه الصناعيه غرب قناة السويس تمهيدا لأستلامها للبدء فورا فى الانشاءات الخاصه بالمدينه تحت اشراف المكتب الهندسى حسين صبور

حضر التوقيع العضو المنتدب لشركة تيدا الصينيه و السيده نانيس الفروجى رئيس مجلس ادارة مؤسسة فيلارد المالكه والمنفذه لمشروع مدينة الذهب والتعدين المصريه والسيد احمد الشريف العضو المنتدب والدكتور حسام لطفى المستشار العام للمشروع

واضاف المتحدث باسم مدينة الذهب أن هذا المشروع القومى يضع مصر على خريطة الدهب والمعادن العالميه ويجعل منها البوابه الكبرى والرئسيه لعبور صناعات الذهب والتعدين من والى افريقيا والعالم

وقال سليمان انه تم التعاقد مع اكبر الشركات العالميه المتخصصه فى التنقيب عن الذهب والمعادن للبدأ فى العمل فى مناطق مثلث حلايب وشلاتين والمنطقه الشرقيه لمحافظة اسوان بالتعاون مع جهاز الخدمه الوطنيه

كما انه تم ابرام عدة عقود مع عدة دول افريقيه ابرزها عقد التنقيب فى دولة شمال السودان على مساحة 180 كيلو متر مربع

ايضا تم توقيع بروتوكول تعاون بين الشركه المالكه للمدينه والاتحاد العام للصناعات الايطاليه للاشراف على اكاديميه التدريب المزمع اقامتها على ارض المشروع والتى تفتح افاقا جديده لتخريج الاف الصناع المهره فى مجالات الذهب والتعدين وكذلك توفير الاف الفرص للعمل فى هذا المشروع القومى الكبير

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