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Turkish Opposition Sues Erdogan Government for Supporting Terrorism

Turkey’s main opposition party has filed a lawsuit against the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, accusing Ankara of “aiding and abetting a terrorist organization.”

The Republican People’s Party (CHP), Turkey’s main opposition party, has filed a criminal complaint against senior officials of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), including President Erdogan, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, National Intelligence Organization (MIT) Chief Hakan Fidan.

The complaint accuses Ankara of being complicit in violence caused by the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which Ankara itself considers a terrorist organization, as well as the group’s accumulation of weapons, for political gain.”More fatally, just in order to go through election periods calmly, the terrorist organization’s activities of transferring and piling up weaponry, both in rural areas and in urban centers, were openly overlooked,” CHP Deputy Chair Bulent Tezcan said as part of the filing.

The complaint cites the fact that only eight out of 290 requests to conduct anti-terror operations by the Turkish Armed Forces were granted during election periods.

As evidence, Tezcan cited a secret meeting between leaders of the AKP and jailed PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan.

The complaint follows statements made by CHP leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu, accusing the AKP of aiding terrorist organizations by “overlooking the stockpiling of weapons by the PKK.”

Highlighting unrest within the Turkish government, the nation’s highest court opened its own investigation into government links to the PKK last summer. This followed a criminal complaint by the ruling AKP against the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP).

Critics claim that the AKP’s complaint is political, attempting to force the HDP to comply with the Erdogan government.

Southeastern Turkey has been engulfed in violence as Turkish security forces crackdown on Kurdish communities to root out militant groups. The government’s actions have been roundly criticized by a number of rights groups.

“If we cannot solve the Kurdish issue in democratic ways, I am sure the next generation of the Kurds will be very radical,” Mehmet Yuksel, a representative of the Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party, told Sputnik.

“We already see youths of old that are much more radical. They already think that the political ways are not the solution.”

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Libya Military Intervention Possible Only After Parliament Approval

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi called for a “balanced and long-term” solution to the instability in Libya, as UN-backed efforts to form a unity government were “in full swing.”

A military intervention in Libya is only possible after all needed hurdles, including Libyan parliamentary approval, are cleared, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said Saturday.

The Corriere della Sera daily cited Renzi’s secret February 10 decree on Thursday as saying 50 Italian special forces troops were ready to join US, UK and French counterparts to fight Islamic State (ISIL or Daesh) jihadist group fighters in Libya.

“Mass media are attempting to present scenarios of an Italian war in Libya, which do not correspond to reality,” Renzi said as quoted by the Ansa news service.

The Italian prime minister called for a “balanced and long-term” solution to the instability in the North African republic as UN-backed efforts to form a unity government were “in full swing.”

“Only then will we be able to assess, based on the request of the legitimate government, the level of Italian participation. In any case, this will require the necessary parliamentary and organizational procedures,” he underscored.

The 50 anti-Daesh special forces would reportedly be under the purview of Italy’s External Intelligence and Security Agency.

‘Efficient, accurate’: Russian air warfare in Syria praised in classified NATO report

The Russian task force in Syria has demonstrated remarkable efficiency and professionalism, according to a German magazine citing confidential NATO analysis.

The limited Russian contingent operating in Syria is outperforming the more widespread groupings of the US-led anti-Islamic State coalition, according to Germany’s FOCUS media outlet who came by the classified NATO document, which was prepared by the alliance’s military experts.

The document points out that Russia deployed 40 warplanes, performing some 75 sorties a day (until the ceasefire came into effect on February 27). The airstrikes, usually delivered on several targets during each combat flight, are “accurate and efficient,” the analysis reportedly says.

The US-led counterterrorist coalition, deploying about 180 warplanes against Islamic State (IS, former ISIS/ISIL), strikes only about 20 targets a day. The paper says the number of Russian fighter jets on the ground is “clearly inferior in number” to NATO’s group, but the higher frequency of the Russian air raids makes them more effective.

The US-led counterterrorist coalition has been operating in Iraq and Syria for over a year, while Russia launched its offensive on terrorist groups on September 30, 2015.

The NATO report points out that the Russian task force obtains actual intelligence about important terrorist targets from special forces and spies on the ground, as well as Syrian Air Force aerial reconnaissance.

The Russian Air Force has turned the Syrian battlefield into a test ground for advanced military technologies, such as deploying ultra-modern Sukhoi Su-35 fighter jets to Syria’s Khmeimim airbase. The plane is believed by many experts to be superior to most existing warplanes, the report claims.

The NATO report acknowledged that it is the highly professional performance of the Russian task force in Syria that made the greatest contribution in putting an end to the cruel “display of power” practiced by terrorists in Syria for years.

The FOCUS media outlet stressed the document never mentions any civilian casualties caused by Russian airstrikes.

According to NATO experts, only 20 percent of Russian airstrikes are delivered on IS militants. The other raids have been allegedly directed against anti-Assad militias, some of which are supported by the West.

The NATO analysis was confirmed by US Department of State spokesperson John Kirby, who acknowledged at a press briefing on Friday that Russia has played the central role in the Syrian peace process. This despite various disagreements between Moscow and Washington, which are co-chairing the International Syria Support Group (ISSG).

“We don’t see eye to eye with Russia on everything, and I am not even talking about outside Syria, even inside what’s going in Syria. There have been and there will probably continue to be disagreements with Russia over various factors there as we move forward, but Russia has taken a leadership role inside the ISSG,” Kirby said, adding the Russians have been helpful and cooperative “in some ways.”

“In other ways we still continue to have issues with them,” Kirby said, unconditionally denying that Washington is “simply yielding concessions” to Moscow.

Tear Gas, Water Cannon: Turkish Police Raid Zaman Newspaper in Istanbul

Late Friday, police entered the Zaman newspaper building in Istanbul, firing tear gas at protesters gathered outside. Zaman is closely linked to the Hizmet movement of the influential US-based cleric, Fethullah Gulen.

Turkey has designated Hizmet a terrorist organization, claiming that the group aims to topple President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government. Gulen, once an Erdogan ally, now calls for civil conflict against the President

The attack on the Zaman newspaper protesters comes as the Turkish government falls under increased international criticism for its attempts to crack down on journalistic dissent.

Protests followed a court ruling on Friday that the high-circulation newspaper would be taken over by government-run administrators. The court’s decision came with no explanation.

The protesters denounced the state takeover of Zaman press. One protester carried a placard stating, “We will fight for a free press.” The peaceful protesters were quickly shot with a water cannon and tear gas by Turkish police in an attempt to force them to disperse.

In response to the country’s planned seizure of the media outlet, Zaman said that Turkey is going through its “darkest and gloomiest days in terms of freedom of press.” The editor-in-chief declared that the move by the Turkish government represented nothing short of “the practical end of media freedom in Turkey.”

The US State Department maintains that Turkey is a valued ally of the United States and a critical partner in the war against Daesh and other terrorist organizations. On Friday, however, a State Department spokesperson said the takeover is “the latest in a series of troubling judicial and law enforcement actions taken by the Turkish government.”

Al-Sisi arrives in South Korea, last stop on his Asia tour

Egyptian president Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi arrived in South Korea in the last stop of his Asia tour that included Kazakhstan and Japan.

The visit will generate great momentum to augment ties of friendship and cooperation to a new level, according to the South Korean embassy in Egypt. Al-Sisi’s Asia tour focused on boosting the economic ties and improving the Egyptian education sector.

Japan confirmed its willingness to cooperate with Egypt in several fields including economics, health, and education. Tokyo praised Egypt’s efforts to boost its economy by taking several constructive steps, according to a joint statement released by both countries at the end of Al-Sisi’s time in Japan.

Japan will boost its collaboration with Egypt, especially in energy projects and the new developments in Suez Canal’s area. Both sides agreed on security and political cooperation to achieve peace and stability in the region, according to the joint statement.

Several valuable agreements came out of the visit, such as an education initiative, in which Japan will train 2,500 Egyptian students over the next five years. Japan also will cooperate with Egypt in developing the health sector in addition to loan Egypt $362m to improve its electricity system.

Al-Sisi visited a Japanese primary school Wednesday near the end of his visit to Japan. According to a statement released by the presidency, Al-Sisi gained knowledge of the Japanese education system and its extracurricular activities.

Japan is willing to enforce economic ties with Egypt through development aid and the contribution of Export-Import Bank of Japan; it will sign agreements worth $110bn with Egypt, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe said.

Al-Sisi and Abe discussed current affairs in the Middle East especially the Syrian case and fighting terrorism. Al-Sisi said Egypt looks forward to boosting relations with Japan. In his speech to the Japanese Parliament, he said economic cooperation with Japan is ongoing since it is executing several projects in the Suez Canal area and a reclamation project of 1.5m acres.

Egypt welcomes Japanese investment and has taken several measures to facilitate foreign investment by introducing new laws and solving energy problems, Al-Sisi said.

Minister of International Cooperation Sahar Nasr signed several loan agreements with representatives of the Japanese government and President of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Shinichi Kitaoka to facilitate initiatives in the fields of education and energy.

The agreements will provide a total of $500m in loans, according to an official statement issued by the Ministry of International Cooperation. Al-Sisi and Abe witnessed the signing of the agreements.

AL-Sisi’s visit to Japan comes as part of an Asia tour which included Kazakhstan and will conclude following his visit to South Korea.

 

More Blood on Ankara’s Hands as Kurdish Civilian Death Toll Mounts

More than 100 civilians have been killed and many more injured in Kurdish areas in Turkey’s southeast since July, Human Rights Watch said, warning that civilian casualties are likely to rise in the coming days.

The region has been the scene of clashes between Turkish security forces and fighters from the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) following the collapse of a ceasefire between the two groups in July.

A report by the Human Rights Watch on Tuesday urged Turkish authorities to scale back security operations in the southeast.

“The Turkish government should rein in its security forces, immediately stop abusive and disproportionate use of force, and investigate the deaths and injuries caused by its operations,” HRW senior Turkey researcher Emma Sinclair-Webb said.

The group documented 15 civilian deaths during several 24-hour curfews in September and November, noting that these were only a “sample” and called for a full investigation. HRW cited a local rights group who put the civilian death toll since July at over 100.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan pledged in November to continue operations until every PKK militant was defeated.

“To ignore or cover up what’s happening to the region’s Kurdish population would only confirm the widely held belief in the southeast that when it comes to police and military operations against Kurdish armed groups, there are no limits – there is no law,” Sinclair-Webb said.

The group called on Kurdish armed groups to stop digging trenches, planting explosives and putting up barricades.

HRW said that while Turkey has a right to defend itself from armed groups, the police and military have to ensure their operations respect the lives of non-combatants in the affected areas.

The Turkish state government and the PKK have fought an ongoing three-decade conflict that has killed more than 30,000 people.

Beijing rebukes Washington after B-52 bomber strays over artificial island in South China Sea

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Beijing has described as a “provocation” the flight of a US nuclear-capable B-52 bomber over a man-made island in the South China Sea that China claims sovereignty over. The warplane reportedly did so by mistake rather than to challenge China, as was the case with other missions.

China filed a complaint with the Pentagon over the incident, the US DoD reported Friday, adding that the flight was not part of the so-called Freedom of Navigation effort to undermine China’s territorial claims in the sea.

“The Chinese have raised concerns with us about the flight path of a recent training mission,” Navy Commander Bill Urban said. “We are looking into the matter.”

Beijing called the flight “a provocation” in a statement released by the Defense Ministry on Saturday. It urged the United States “to immediately adopt measures to put an end to such kind of dangerous actions, in order not to impact the two countries’ military relations.”

According to the Wall Street Journal, the incident happened last week near the Cuarteron Reef in the Spratly Islands, an archipelago contested by China and several other regional nations. The newspaper cited a US military official as saying that the bomber had mistakenly come within a 12 nautical mile zone of the island – as close as 2 miles, according to the Chinese complaint.

Over the past years China has reclaimed several islands in the area and built infrastructure on them capable of supporting combat missions of the Chinese Air Force. Beijing insists that the effort is primarily civilian and is meant to make South China Sea, the region with one of the heaviest maritime traffic in the world, most of it China-bound, a safer place.

The US rejects Beijing’s claim and occasionally sends its warplanes and warships through the 12 nautical mile area around the artificial islands, which China sees as its exclusive zone. In late October the US guided missile destroyer USS Lassen sailed close to Subi Reef with one such mission, provoking an angry rebuke from China.

Washington insists that the missions are fully legitimate as they pass through international space, but Beijing warned that the standoff may lead to a minor incident escalating into a major confrontation.

 

نهاية الخارطه .. وبداية الطريق

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بقلم : خالد عبد العزيز

سيظل الثلاثون من يونيو علامه فارقه فى تاريخ مصر الحديث , حيث استطاع المصريون اسقاط المؤامره التى تم اخراجها وتجميلها بواسطة صناعها لتبدو فى شكل ثوره كان رأس الحربه فيها النسخه المصريه من مدرسة جوبلز الاعلاميه النازية التى اسست أسلوب الكذب الممنهج على الجماهير بهدف إقناعهم بتصديق ما ليس حقيقياً في الواقع، ليضيف اليها, مع التنوع الهائل الذي شهده الإعلام العالمي من سرعة تداول الأخبار والصور العابرة للحدود,جيمس جلاسمان ,مبدأ استخدام وسائل التواصل الاجتماعي والتكنولوجيا في معركة تغييب العقول وحقنّ الأدمغة وترويض المتلقى والمشاهد بضخ وتدفق وتكثيف التكرار الإعلامي للمعلومات المراد تمريرها من كذب وتضليل وتزييف الحقائق لتصبح أكثر انتشاراً وتأثيراً وفتكاً بعقول الشعوب فتغدوا حروب الجيل الرابع والخامس اكثر سهوله وقدره على تحقيق اهداف استراتيجية التدمير الذاتى باستخدام القوة الناعمة كبديل للتدخل العسكري المباشر

مكونات المؤامره ذاتها تم بها اسقاط الاتحاد السوفيتى فى اوائل التسعينات تلاها اسقاط شرق اوربا بنفس الطريقه ثم العراق وليبيا وسوريا واخيرا وليس اخرا اوكرانيا , وهنا ظهرت عبقرية المصريين فمصر الدوله الوحيده بين كل تلك الدول التى استطاعت امتصاص المؤامره والصمود فى وجهها وعكس الاوضاع لمصلحتها ومصلحة الاقليم

اليوم .. ومصر تنهى الاستحقاق الثالث من خارطه الطريق لتبدأ الخطوات الفعاله فى معركة التنميه الشامله التى ستعيد مصر الى دورها التاريخى ومكانتها بين دول العالم الحديث ,اليوم ومصر تحارب ارهاب يقف وراءه اجهزة مخابرات وتمويل دولى وتستعد لحروب اخرى قد تكون فى اثيوبيا ومن المؤكد حدوثها فى ليبيا وسط خضم من تسارع الاحداث على المستوى الاقليمى والدولى ينذر بحرب قد تكون عالميه استعيد مقولة .. لا يلدغ المصري من جحر مرتين

الاسبوع الماضى حمل الينا فقاعات اختبار شملت المشهد الاعلامى الفضائى والافتراضى والصحفى بل شملت الارض ايضا.. محاولة استنساخ ايقونه ثوريه جديده اسوة بشهيد البانجو , تغريدات للبوب الاقرع صاحب العباره الاقذر فى وصف الجيش المصرى مع الاعلاميه الباكيه ” الجيش بتاع مكرونه يامنى” وظهور لوائل غنيم اعقبه يسرى فوده فى استضافه للبى بى سى مع المهترئه رشا قنديل واصفا المشهد المصرى الحالى بالمسخره , انتشار مكثف لخمورجى يعقوبيان , ظهور واضح لبلال فضل وعبد المنعم أبو الفتوح وتوكل كرمان والاراجوز باسم يوسف , لينتهى المشهد على الارض بدخول من اسموا انفسهم حملة الماجستير والدكتوراه حاملين اعلام مصر الى ميدان التحرير فى محاولة غبيه لأستنساخ اجواء الميدان النجس تمهيدا للوصول حسب مخيلتهم المريضه الى .. 25 يناير اخرى

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اعتقد انه مع نهاية الخارطه لابد ان تكون بداية الطريق بالإسراع فى إصدار التشريعات الصحفية والإعلامية الحاسمه والحاكمه لمواجهة الانفلات الإعلامى الذى كانت أهم ملامحه تصدير التشتُّت والانقسام واحداث ارباك للرأى العام المصرى تنفيذا لأجندات خارجية عن طريق الطابور الخامس من مقدمى البرامج والصحفيين

لا بد من احكام الرقابة والملاحقة الجنائية، و تطبيق القانون شاء من شاء وابى من ابى .. بعد أن أصبح تجاوز الإعلام غير مسبوق واصبحت مهنة الاعلام والصحافه مهنة من لا مهنة له .. لابد ان مراقبة سلامة تمويل المؤسسات الصحفيه والاعلاميه ووضع الضوابط والمعايير اللازمه للحفاظ على مقتضيات الامن القومى

فلا يستقيم ان يتربع نكسجى على راس نقابة الصحفيين .. لا يستقيم ان يتربع القادم من عطارد على عرش مؤسسة الاهرام وان يحتكرمحمد الامين والذى بدأ حياته بتصنيع قواعد التواليتات البلاستيك على نصف الفضائيات المصريه ليهيمن وبدون مناسبه او اسباب معروفه على عرش غرفة صناعة الاعلام

لا يستقيم ان يخرج علينا الى الان النافخين فى الكير امثال يسرى فوده ومجدى الجلاد وعمرو ولميس الحديدى ويوسف الحسينى و محمود سعد وخالد صلاح وابراهيم عيسى وريهام سعيد وليليان داوود وجابر القرموطى وغيرهم ممن نصبوا أنفسهم فوق المحاسبة لينقلوا الينا كل يوم صورة فوضوية عن المشهد المصرى ضاربين عرض الحائط بما تم ويتم انجازه يوما بعد يوم

لا يستقيم ان تتواجد مقالات واعمده يوميه لكتاب مرتزقه فى معظم الصحف والبوابات الالكترونيه

ايضا لابد من اعادة هيكلة ماسبيرو وتطهيره لأستعاده دوره الريادى فى منظومه الاعلام المصرى والعربى ولا بد من هيكلة المؤسسات الصحفيه القوميه لتقوم بدورها الوطنى فى ظل ظروف غير عاديه تحيط  بمصر والمنطقه ولابد من قيام شرطة المصنفات بواجبها فى مكافحة جرائم الانترنت واغلاق صفحات الارهاب والخيانه والتحريض

ان امن الوطن الخارجى لا خوف عليه فهو فى ايادى امينه وقادره .. اما الجبهه الداخليه فلا يجب ان تترك لعدد من العملاء والمرتزقه يحاولون تفكيكها مرة اخرى فى محاولة لأسقاط الوطن … ويقيننا ان الشعب المصرى اصبح واعيا لما حيك ويحاك له ويقيننا انه كما اسقط المصريون المؤامره فهم قادرون على افشال كل مؤامره .. عاشت مصر وعاش المصريين

يقول الأمريكي” ديفيد وارمرز المسئول عن قسم الشرق الأوسط في فريق ديك تشيني عن إسطبل المثقفين والاعلاميين العرب : من ضمن خطتنا في المنطقة أن نجد إسطبلا من الإعلاميين العرب يشبه سفينة نوح، الأحصنة في هذا الإسطبل وظيفتهم أن يقولوا دائما مانريد ان نقوله ، أما الحمير فهم من يصدقون ما نقوله ، أما الخنازير فمهمتهم كلما أعددنا مؤامرة أن يقولوا أين هي المؤامرة

Egypt ‘90% sure’ there are hidden chambers in King Tut’s tomb

Search for hidden chamber in Luxor, once the pharaonic capital, points to chamber that some say could hold remains of Queen Nefertiti

British Egyptologist Nicholas Reeves believes Tutankhamum may have been rushed into the outer chamber of Nefertiti’s tomb.

British Egyptologist Nicholas Reeves believes Tutankhamum may have been rushed into the outer chamber of Nefertiti’s tomb.

Egypt has said there is a 90% chance that hidden chambers will be found within King Tutankhamun’s tomb, based on the preliminary results of a new exploration of the 3,300-year-old mausoleum.

Researchers say the discovery of a new chamber could shine fresh light on one of ancient Egypt’s most turbulent times, and one prominent researcher has theorised that the remains of Queen Nefertiti might be inside.

One of the most mysterious and powerful women in ancient Egypt, Nefertiti, right, was queen alongside Pharaoh Akhenaten from 1353 to 1336 BC

One of the most mysterious and powerful women in ancient Egypt, Nefertiti, right, was queen alongside Pharaoh Akhenaten from 1353 to 1336 BC

Egypt began the search for the hidden chamber last week. Announcing the results of three days of testing in the southern city of Luxor, the antiquities minister, Mamdouh el-Damati, said the findings would be sent to Japan for a month-long analysis before the search is resumed.

Luxor, in southern Egypt, served as the pharaonic capital in ancient times, and is home to sprawling temples and several ancient tombs.

British Egyptologist Nicholas Reeves theorises that Tutankhamun, who died at the age of 19, may have been rushed into an outer chamber of what was originally Nefertiti’s tomb.

Reeves reached his theory after high-resolution images discovered what he said were straight lines in King Tut’s tomb. These lines, previously hidden by colour and the stones’ texture, indicate the presence of a sealed chamber, he said. The images were later broadcast live on national television last September.

Nefertiti was the first wife of Akhenaten, who unsuccessfully attempted to switch Egypt to an early form of monotheism. Akhenaten was succeeded by a pharaoh referred to as Smenkhare and then Tut, who is widely believed to have been Akhenaten’s son.

Tut, Nefertiti and Akhenaten’s family ruled Egypt during one of its most turbulent periods, which ended with a military takeover by Egypt’s top general , Horemheb. The whole family’s names were wiped out from official records later on. Reeves believes that Smenkhare is actually Nefertiti.

This is the second find to be announced this week. On Tuesday, Damati said the Austrian Archaeological Institute had discovered a giant fence dating back more than 3,500 years at the site of another ancient capital city, Avaris. The sandstone fence is least 500 metres long and seven metres thick.

 

BREAKING: France’s Charles De Gaulle Strikes ISIL Targets in Syria

he French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle has conducted first combat operation against the ISIL targets in Syria.

Warplanes from the French aircraft carrier “Charles de Gaulle” engaged in their first combat mission, striking Islamic State positions in Syria and Iraq on Monday.

he French media reported that the Charles de Gaulle’s mission is expected to last at least four months and that it may be prolonged..

The ship houses 18 Rafale fighter jets, eight Dassault Super-Etendard supersonic deck attack aircraft and two Hawkeye aerial early warning aircraft (AEW). The carrier’s team composes of 1,9 thousand sailors, pilots and mechanics.

France’s only aircraft carrier, the Charles de Gaulle was deployed in the Mediterranean late Saturday after a November 13 series of terrorist acts in Paris saw 130 killed and over 360 injured.

The Islamic State (ISIL) jihadist group has claimed responsibility for the coordinated mass shootings and suicide bombings near a football stadium, in a concert hall and outside several restaurants in Paris.

Hollande imposed a nationwide state of emergency, since extended by French lawmakers. The presumed organizer of the Paris attacks, born in Belgium and suspected of training in Syria, was confirmed killed in an anti-terror raid in the Parisian suburb of Saint-Denis last week.

The UN Security Council voted on Saturday to adopt an anti-terrorism resolution drafted by France to “redouble and coordinate” efforts against ISIL.