Archive | April 5, 2014

Despite Cabal Corporate Media’s Propaganda Turkey’s Erdogan Wins Big*

Despite Cabal Corporate Media’s Propaganda Turkey’s Erdogan Wins Big*


Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) drubbed its secular rivals in local elections over the weekend, vindicating him from charges of corruption and giving him a mandate to settle scores with his enemies.

For Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, it wasn’t so much a vote as a highly anticipated verdict. It read, at least to his eyes: Acquitted of all charges by popular demand.

Since last summer’s Gezi Park protests, and even more so since a corruption scandal burned a hole through his government in December, Erdogan has fended off calls for his resignation by challenging his opponents to a showdown at the ballot box. The only authority entitled to deliberate the charges leveled against him, he has argued, is the court of public opinion.

On Sunday, with his Islamist-rooted Justice and Development Party (AKP) drubbing the secular opposition in local elections by a roughly 15-point margin, Erdogan claimed vindication.

Shortly before midnight, with results still coming in, and with the AKP projected to win roughly 45 percent of the overall vote, Erdogan addressed a crowd of thousands from the balcony of his party’s Ankara headquarters. “Through the ballot box, the people have sent a message to Turkey and to the rest of the world,” he said to loud cheers. “We are here. You will not sidestep the Turkish people. We own this country.”

Erdogan, an exceptional orator, had campaigned relentlessly, everywhere, and to the point of losing his voice. Banners, billboards and posters emblazoned with his picture and the words “Iron Will”, in capital letters, lined the streets of each Turkish city. At the countless AKP rallies where the Turkish leader made an appearance, local candidates were the side dish. Erdogan was invariably the main course.

For the Prime Minister, the run-up to Sunday’s election has been arguably the most challenging, turbulent period of his twelve years at the top of Turkish politics. In December, four of his ministers resigned — one of them urging his boss to follow suit — after a sweeping investigation exposed copious evidence of corruption at the highest levels of government. Ever since, hundreds of files from the probe, as well as seemingly unrelated wiretapped conversations, have made their way onto the Internet, implicating Erdogan, his family, and his officials in yet more scandals.

Likening the allegations to a “coup”, Erdogan resorted to increasingly repressive measures to stifle them. In February, his government adopted a law allowing the national telecoms agency to block access to certain websites within hours. When that failed to stem the leaks, the authorities pulled the plug on Twitter. Less than a week later, and hours after a recording of a key national security meeting began making the rounds on the web, they blocked YouTube.

To judge by the election results, none of this seems to have fazed the AKP’s constituents. Corruption is to some extent programmed into Turkish politics. As long as the ruling party makes the economic pie bigger, says Asaf Savas Akat, a professor at Istanbul’s Bilgi University, Turkish voters don’t mind if it helps itself to a generous slice.

Erdogan has already made it clear that he intends to capitalize on his big win by settling accounts with his enemies, not least the Gulen movement, a powerful Islamic sect that he and many others in Turkey consider “a parallel state,” and the driving force behind the graft investigation.

“The time has come for the traitors to reckon with this country,” Erdogan said on Sunday, referring to the Gulenists. “Their plan was chaos. We will enter their caves. We will make them pay.”

The list of other potential traitors, fears Atilla Yesilada, a political analyst with Global Source Partners, might quickly grow longer. “The man who shuts down Twitter and YouTube is not going to stop at just that,” he says. A further clampdown on what Erdogan calls the “partisan media” might not be long in coming.

A renewed mandate has also made Erdogan the master of his own political destiny. Whether he has it in mind to rewrite the AKP’s internal rules and stay on as Prime Minister for a fourth term, or to run in August’s presidential elections, says Yesilada, the choice is entirely his. No one in the ruling party will be in any position to stop him. “You’ve got to remember,” says Yesilada, “these 320 AKP guys [in parliament] mostly owe their political careers to Erdogan’s long coattails.”

The Prime Minister himself remains ambiguous about his preferred option. Still, in his balcony speech he pledged that he would remain at the center of Turkish politics for the foreseeable future. “We will try to devote ourselves to whatever mission we are endowed with,” he said.

At a popular teahouse in Kasimpasha, the conservative Istanbul neighborhood where Erdogan grew up and where he now enjoys cult status, a few locals weighed in on what that mission should be.

“He shouldn’t have to stop being Prime Minister,” opined Ibrahim Sariturk, a caterer. The largely ceremonial role of president would take power away from him, he said.

“The people need him,” he said. “They need him to keep on serving the nation.”

Gokhan Ulker, a young cargo worker sitting nearby, agreed. “Under the current system,” he said, “Erdogan would be too weak a president.”

“We need him to be strong,” he said, smacking his palm on the table for emphasis, “because we are a country under threat from agents, from foreign powers, from you, and from the parallel state.”

“It might not sound like a democratic solution, but this country needs one man rule,” he said. “We don’t need it for the sake of it,” he qualified. “We just need it for Erdogan. Because we are sure of him as our leader.”

Source*

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Syria: The Elite’s Compulsive Theft of a Country’s Art, Culture and Heritage While Colonizing It in One Form or Another

Syria: The Elite’s Compulsive Theft of a Country’s Art, Culture and Heritage While Colonizing It in One Form or Another

Above is a not very attractive Cuneiform cylinder with inscription of Nebuchadnezzar II describing the rebuilding of the temple of Shamash in Sippar (modern Tell Abu Habbah in Iraq). It is up for the highest bidder on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at 10am, Doyle New York. It is valued at $300,000-500,000 and was sold through Dawson’s of Los Angeles in 1953,.

This is the same Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar II who was responsible for the Destruction of Solomon’s Temple in Jerusalem and the Construction in Babylon of the Monumental Ishtar Gate and the legendary Hanging Gardens.

This Cuneiform cylinder is a written record of a manwho ruled much like todaysNWO. His father Nabopolassar who seized control of Babylonia from King Sinsharishkun of Assyria, consolidated control over the region, reduced the power of Egypt under the Pharaoh Necho, and their dynasty reigned for two thousand years in the name of a forsaken God with the ‘Tower of Babylon/Babel’ worshipping man not God.

According to a translation by Doyle:

“The temple building was in disrepair, the outer walls had crumbled, the foundation was no longer recognisable; it was buried in the dust; it was no longer numbered among the Holy Sanctuaries of the Gods; the tithes had ceased; they had vanished from the speech of the peoples; the offerings were no longer being made,” says the cylinder, according to Doyle’s approximate translation.

“But “because I held the hem of the garment of Marduk, My Lord, and he was gracious unto me, He entrusted unto my hands the renewal of the Holy Sanctuaries, the restoring of the Edifices … Its tithes I enriched and its offerings I restored. O Ninkarrak, Exalted Mistress, look graciously upon the work of my hands. May my acts of devotion be made known to Thy lips. Grant unto me long life, many descendants, good health, and a joyful heart. Present my deeds favourably unto Samas and Marduk; speak in my behalf.”

“Doyle said the clay cylinder has “very light wear to the surface but with no apparent loss of legibility”, and is “overall in sound condition”.

The antiquities of Syria and neighbouring countries are records of the first civilizations, a period the global elite is obsessed with along with others.

Syria is a walk-in museum. It has far more surviving archaeological sites and ancient monuments than almost any country in the world. Syria has 25 antiquities museums that are provincial and are located by design near the original excavation sites, and 10,000 historical sites.

The U.N. Convention’s provisions apply to laundering of antiquities, but their application of international law is very much circumstantial. Stealing of cultural artifact is a crime, though the U.N. conveniently use the word ‘may’. The Convention requires States Party to establish criminal offenses that penalize the intentional transfer of ownership or concealment of origin of such property (Article 6).In Syria, the penalty is up to 20 years imprisonment. The front men are often locals, but the crime is internationally organized.

­RT reported on an ancient mosaics depicting scenes from Homer’s ‘Odyssey’ that was illegally excavated and smuggled to Lebanon, Syrian Minister of Culture Lubana Mushaweh said in an interview with government daily Tishreen on Sunday.

Scenes depicting Homer’s ‘Odyssey’ in Syria!? That is one record of antiquity that doesn’t fit the history we have been taught!

We have been informed that these mosaics are now on the Syrian-Lebanese border,” she said.

Damaged Museum of Science in the old city of Aleppo

In a 2013 report by the Syrian Ministry of Culture it was stated that:

“All museums were emptied of antiquities which were wrapped and transferred to safe places; additional iron gates were installed to all museums, and all the important historic documents and manuscripts were transferred to special and secure storehouses to be protected against theft, arson and humidity. Generally speaking, the Syrian museums are all in good condition set aside some damages to the following:

Thefts were limited to two historic pieces: one of them is a gilt bronze statue, dating back to the Aramaic period, from Hama Museum, and the other is a piece of marble stone from Apamea Museum…

The storehouse of Hergla archaeological building, Raqqa, has been subjected to a series of violations by some armed men specialized in antiquities theft…

Seventeen pieces of pottery as well as some clay dolls were stolen from the exhibition hall in Jaabar Castle.

The collections of Doura Europos Museum were stolen (replicas not originals).

Some archaeological sites in Raqqa have been suffering from illegal excavation…

Unprovenanced Syrian stone capitals sold at Sotheby’

Both Mari and Doura Europos sites are subject to systematic acts of looting, vandalism and destruction violating their sanctity by means of fierce and secret excavations using heavy machinery…

…last April, the number of pits resulting from illegal excavations in search of archaeological finds at Doura Europos site has amounted to 300 different-sized pits all over the site, particularly Bait Lysias, the markets, the baths and the synagogue as well as the archaeological buildings within the site. What is more, unconfirmed information received by the department has referred to the discovery of a white stone statue of a two-winged lady carrying a child. In addition, the number of pits at Mari site has totaled about 50 since April. Illegal excavations have focused on the Royal Palace, the southern gate, the baths, Temple of Ishtar, Temple of Dagan and the Temple of the Goddess of Spring. Besides, the accommodations of the expedition as well as the visitors’ center have been burgled, and some violations have taken place at al-Sayal site…

The list goes on…

It was in a leaked 2012 memo from Syrian Prime Minister Adel Safar to the ministers of culture and finance and the governor of the central bank that “professional international gangs” have brought into the country “equipment and satellite communication devices for stealing manuscripts and robbing museums, safes, and banks.” The memo made comparisons to similar war-time operations in Libya and Iraq. Iraq’s national museums and archeological sites lost over 47,000 historic items as a result of the looting and destruction.

A Syrian rebel walks inside a burnt section of the Umayyad Mosque in the old city of Aleppo hours before the Syrian army retook control of the complex on 14 October 2012. (Photo: AFP – Tauseef Mustafa)

In the context of foreign mercenaries dubbed as rebels (and barbaric ones at that massacring entire Christian communities, and destroying Muslim-Christian antiquities that are too large to ‘export’, the implication is to rape Syria and other countries of their religious past and their history… After all it makes the task of social engineering easier…

 

 

Archaeologist Ellery Frahm of the University of Sheffield, UK commented:

“Those of us who study people and the past are in a unique position to consider what could happen after the immediate crisis ends,”

“What happens to cities when a state falls? How do the residents sustain themselves if that infrastructure collapses? This is the type of contribution that archaeology can make towards improving the future.”

 

Mosaic tile from Syria seized on Lebanese border

18 mosaic tiles from Syria after the attempted smuggling. It was seized by Lebanese customs in 2012. One piece depicts the four seasons as faces at the corners. In the middle, it showed people going about their daily life. The borders were decorated with signs of the zodiac.

Lieutenant Colonel Nicolas Saad, from the Office of International Thefts, who is in charge of investigating the mosaics case, informed Al-Akhbar that

“smuggling antiquities from Syria is a reality we have been dealing with for years. However, ever since the war erupted, we have more than 60 reports about robberies in the past two years. This is a huge number and indicates the magnitude of the smuggling.”

Saad also elaborated on the methods of smuggling.

“The map of contraband smuggling divides the world into two sections: importers and exporters. Countries could be importers of some contraband and exporters of others. Lebanon imports weapons and stolen cars, and exports antiquities and hashish. It is merely a stop for stolen Syrian antiquities, not the final destination. Therefore, the same routes could be used for both sectors.”

More recently, Professor Abdulkarim, general director of antiquities and museums at the Ministry of Culture in Damascus reports large scale theft. He refers to a mafia from Turkey, Iraq and Lebanon hiring hundreds of people to strip sites”. In the locally referred to as ‘dead cities’ like Idlib province in northern Syria,Abdulkarimrefers to signs that thieves have brought in antiquities experts to advise them about the best places to dig, going by the orderly nature of the excavations.

Illegal excavations have “led to the destruction of 80 per cent of the site as perpetrators are digging holes that can reach three metres in depth”.

For the front men of the trade in antiquities, it is all about survival/arms, but for the final destination regardless of the intention, the affect is still the same.

Sources:

“Arms for Antiquities: Syrian Artifact Smuggling Bleeds Sites Dry” english.al-akhbar.com/node/16918

Cockburn, P. “The Destruction of the Idols: Syria’s Patrimony at Risk from Extremists” unz.com/item/the-destruction-of-the-idols-syrias-patrimony-at-risk-from-extremists/

“Fall of Ancient Empire Linked to Crisis in Syria” scientificamerican.com/article/fall-of-ancient-empire-linked-to-crisis-in-syria/

“Historic Syrian antiques plundered amid civil war” rt.com/news/syria-ancient-artifacts-plunder-482/

“Leaked Government Memo Warns of Organized Looting in Syria” globalheritagefund.org/onthewire/blog/looting_in_syria

“Rare Babylonian Cuneiform Cylinder Devoted to Nebuchadnezzar II – Is Now For Sale”. messagetoeagle.com/auctionnebuchadnezzarcyl.php

“The Battle to Save Syria’s Antiquities” english.al-akhbar.com/node/13172

“Updating the report on the status of Syrian antiquities and their protection measures” http://www.dgam.gov.sy/index.php?d=177&id=884

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US Military Base Diego Garcia‏*

US Military Base Diego Garcia‏*

 

From Alexandra Bruce

 

The Top Secret US air base on the Indian Ocean atoll of Diego Garcia has been in both the mainstream and alternative media, lately, due to the direction Malaysia Airline MH370 was determined to have been flying, as well as claims that a US national who was aboard Flight 370 had managed to activate his smartphone, using Siri software voice commands to send a text and a photo from where he was blindfolded and being held captive, the metadata of these included his GPS coordinates, which located him in a building on this base. This base has been vital to the US war efforts in both Iraq and Afghanistan.

It is strictly off-limits to anyone who is not employed by the military to be there. I first read about it when I was twelve, after voraciously reading ‘The Book of Lists’ by Irving Wallace and David Wallenchinsky from cover to cover. They claimed that Diego Garcia was the new easternmost territory of the US. I actually made a bet with my step-dad’s boss about this,soon afterwards.   He claimed that the easternmost territory of the US was a northeastern tip of Maine, where many flock patriotically, at sunrise on New Year’s Day, to celebrate the first Sun rays to strike America on the New Year. The gentlemen’s bet ended in a deadlock, as he located an island in the Aleutians  of Alaska, which is another 100 degrees further east, crossing the International Date Line.

I’d assumed ever since reading that book,that since the Atoll was in British Territory, that the Royal Air Force had a presence there, as well – as with bases in England, itself, such as Bentwaters, so I have been referring to it for over a month as a Joint RAF-USAF base. But this piece indicates that it is a US Naval facility. The US Navy actually does have more planes the US Air Force. That much,I know but I’m no military historian and hope I can be forgiven about this error, as the place is incredibly secretive.

But that’s not what this video is about.

What it is about is the taboo subject among its current inhabitants about the utterly inhumane and largely untold story of how this base came to be.

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