Oct 122015

Posted by greydogg, 99GetSmart


From The Bogman’s Cannon:


On Saturday 10th of October, a peace rally in Ankara Turkey was bombed. The explosions killed many protestors and injured many more. As I write the death toll is reported as being 120 and this is likely to rise given the large number of people who have also been injured and traumatized. It was a sad irony to see bodies draped in banners of the peace rally.

The Turkish Government are blaming IS. The people, in mass rallies in Istanbul, are accusing the Government of undertaking the attack against the people. The police have attacked the survivors with water-cannons and rubber bullets.

Over the past two days, the Turkish people are protesting by refusing to open shops, go to school and to co-operate as a resistance to this atrocity.

As a guerilla poetry action, we encourage people to print off this poem AdA/ Island and leave it in public spaces, and to distribute on social media the following quotation from it:

‘Beauty will save the world;
It will start with loving someone.’

Maria McManus & Gürkan Özturan , translators

AdA /Island 

after Sait Faik Abasiyanik

I have looked at the world from this shore:

salt in my hands; pearls in my palms.
Marmara blue opens ahead;
a longing for freedom
beats in my heart.

Where? Where are all the humans?

   Beauty will save the world; 
                   it will start with loving someone.

Grief comes suddenly
with the rain.
Once again I make a world
with pain.

Is there no one in love in this city?

Beauty will save the world; 
                    it will start with loving someone.

The air, the seagulls, this city of lights,
I am drunk on the smell of kelp.
With no shield I want to embrace
the world, the city, you.

    Beauty will save the world; 
                  it will start with loving someone.

Gurkan’s Blog is here: https://theradicaldemocrat.wordpress.com/biography/

Maria McManus is a poet and playwright based in Belfast. mariamcmanus.wordpress.com

Sait Faik Abasıyanık (18 November 1906 – 11 May 1954) was one of the greatest Turkish writers of short stories and poetry and considered an important literary figure of the 1940s
Source: Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sait_Faik_Abasıyanık


Oct 112015

Posted by greydogg, 99GetSmart

HDP leader Selahattin Demirtas responds to Prime Minister Ahmet Davudoglu in the aftermath of the peace rally bombing in Ankara on Oct 10, 2015. With English subtitles.



Minister Eroğlu blames activists killed in bomb attack, calls them ‘provocateurs’

In the aftermath of Saturday’s twin bomb blast that killed at least 30 pro-Kurdish and leftwing activists in capital Ankara, Minister of Forestry and Waterworks Veysel Eroğlu scandalously called the activists “provocateurs” and referred to their peace gathering as a “terrorist demonstration.”

“Our people need to be careful of such provocateurs who organize terrorist demonstrations in order to incite discord in social harmony,” said Minister of Forestry and Waterworks Veysel Eroğlu in reaction to Saturday’s attack, “This was a provocation.”

Speaking to reporters from Turkey’s Afyonkarahisar province, the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) minister also made reference to the deadly bomb attack that occurred on June 5th, killing four and injuring hundreds in Diyarbakır during the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) pre-election rally.

“If you recall, they had previously organized a similarly provocative rally in Diyarbakır in an effort to portray themselves as victims to the public, in an effort to ultimately pass the electoral threshold,” said Eroğlu. Earning 13.12 percent of the vote in the June 7th general election, the HDP had been able to pass Turkey’s prohibitive 10 percent election threshold and enter parliament for the first time.

The Minister of Forestry and Waterworks also stated “I send my condolences to all who have lost their life… Our police force will do whatever is necessary. The public should refrain from acting on such provocative gatherings.“

Oct 10, 2015 | BGNNews.com | Istanbul

Oct 082015

Written by Turkish political analyst / blogger, Gürkan Özturan99GetSmart


A prominent Turkish anchorman of the critical news network CNNTurk and columnist for critical daily newspaper Hurriyet, Ahmet Hakan has been subjected to a brutal attack by four men recently. The assailants had then quickly been caught and taken to Directorate of Combat with Organized Crime where the investigation was to be carried out and their statements to be taken separately. The four men had given similar statements as confession that they had been offered 100.000 TL (~$35.000), and the Turkish National Intelligence Organization (MIT) and the “Chief” is also involved in the situation.

Raids against Media

The whistleblower from President Erdoğan’s circle “Fuat Avni” had spoken of raids against the critical news networks in the month of August, and several newspaper headquarters had been raided by police, and on September 5th, Hurriyet Daily’s HQ building was raided by an angry mob which seemed to have been coordinated and organized by an MP of the governing AK Party. The attack against Ahmet Hakan came in the aftermath of this raid, and several other Doğan Media journalists have been threatened openly, even during live broadcast through social media messages.

Massive Payment Promised in Return for Attack against Journalist

One of the assailants, K.E., has stated that they were offered 100.000 TL in order to carry out the attack; and the cross-examination of the statements have revealed the planned assault as to how the assailants carried out close examination and surveillance prior to the attack and how they followed the journalist back home.

The assailants have now been released except for one who is now under arrest; and all of them have changed their statements after they have been taken to the court house of Istanbul and met the prosecutor.

One of the assailants’ statement reveals that they were taken to a disclosed location and someone who introduced himself as the district chairperson told them that there is a problem with the journalist Ahmet Hakan and he needs to be beaten. The 100.000 TL promised would be arranged through the Ottoman Organization district directorate by someone named Nezir.

The assailants claim that they were under the influence of drugs at time of the negotiation and that’s why they had accepted the offer; and they also stated that they were promised immunity and no-investigation as the request has come from the state but would only realize the gravity of the issue once taken to Directorate of Combat with Organized Crime.

K.E. also stated that they have been deceived and were subjected to a conspiracy and would file a legal complaint about a retired special-ops officer called Y.K.G. who has given them the orders and given false legal information.

New-Deep State Involvement?

According to the statements from the assailants, Y.K.G., who owns a cafe in Fatih district of Istanbul, invited them and gave the orders there. He told them that Ahmet Hakan says “dead” rather than “martyr” for soldiers, and he supports HDP (Peoples’ Democratic Party) and provokes people. He added “the secret service is in this, whole security department is in this, the Chief is in this. In the next two days you are to finish this and the package will arrive.”

The assailants explain the event of the night as follows, “On the night of 30th, YKG was angry as we could not carry out the orders, then he told us that Ahmet Hakan’s program ends at 8:30pm. We went to the back-exit and followed his car until they came to the street where he lives. When his car stopped, we crushed slowly and he came out of the car after his bodyguard and driver. The bodyguard was warded off by one of us and when we finished we went back to Y.K.G.”

One of the assailants U.A. tells in his statement that they “met with someone named N.Ö. at Y.K.G.’s cafe and he told them that the Ottoman Organization (pro-AK Party far right youth assembly) would be much better than the Nationalist Movement Party (Far Right political party in the parliament with the abbreviation MHP). Upon following Ahmet Hakan with a car, the aim was to start a fight after a minor traffic accident. Once outside of the car, he made a run for his house, fell down and then upon second attempt to run he was caught and pushed and fell again.”

“After getting caught, in detention room we decided to tell the authorities that we got into a fight after a traffic accident, then we were transferred to the Organized Crime Unit. We were told that Hakam was a traitor and we were doing this for the state, in the name of security.”

According to cross-examination statements, Ahmet Hakan was requested to be beaten in such a way that he would be unable to hold a pen and write again; and the Y.K.G. would talk of him as a traitor who provokes violence. And the assailants were promised that they would receive a hero’s welcome by the security forces, justice, people and everyone as well as the promised sum of money.

Ahmet Hakan’s lawyer Aslı Kazan Gilmore, commented on the change of statements in the courthouse and said, “The assailants have given consistent statements regarding who requested them to do what and how much was promised, and it is all in coherence with what seems to have happened; however the investigation at the courthouse seems to have changed a few things alongside the statements given. Now the assailants deny their statements; the aim is to hide those who are behind this attack.”

Sep 292015

Written by Turkish political analyst / blogger, Gürkan Özturan99GetSmart



The Turkish educational system suffers yet another blow; after last year’s signaling of a lifestyle indoctrination by President Erdoğan, this year’s new rules and regulations update seems to target the students’ future experiences and uses of free speech and questioning capacity. President Erdoğan had said “We have a problem with certain things, still. Thus we will tackle those problematic feelings by presenting [children with] a lifestyle, starting from as early as kindergarten onward.”

He had been talking about how the educational system was working in favor of “traitors” thus this was an open call for educational experts to work on new precautions to stop treason. The new rules and regulations that all children at school between the ages of 7 and 18 are subjected to now are as follows:

  • “National Values” is a recognized criteria that requires all pupils to comply with national and spiritual values; as well as present behaviors that follow general morality and customs. Failure in compliance results in expulsion from school.
  • Separatist, destructive, immoral, pro-violence content in the form of audio, textual, visual, video material will bring ultimate expulsion from school and the pupil will not be accepted back to schools anymore.
  • Students will only be allowed to miss 30 school days throughout the year; those who wish to become hafiz will not be required to comply with the 30 day limit.
  • Students who indulge in IT tools without the knowledge and control of the teacher will get disciplinary punishment.
  • Students who pester classmates through social media will get ultimate expulsion from school.
  • Students who share visual material that is shot at school, will be sent to disciplinary board.

In December 2014 President Erdoğan had accused the educational system of training individuals who are departing from their mother tongue and are ashamed of their society and culture; defined this as a national problem of training and discipline. After the national elections on June 7, 2015, the opposition parties all demanded to take ministry of education to reverse the harm done during the single party rule of AKP in the past 13 years, regarding the curricula and rules & regulations that are applied to children. The current system of national education in Turkey dictates a way of life and ideology.

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Sep 102015

Written by Turkish political analyst / blogger, Gürkan Özturan99GetSmart


Turkey has been experiencing what seems to be a repeat of events from the many pogroms and national-lynching campaigns that the country has witnessed several times in the past century. Angry mobs took to streets under the leadership of AKP youth organizations, right after President Erdoğan said, “If a particular party [as I had wanted before the elections] had received 400 deputies in the parliament [out of 550], things would have been completely different,” – referring to the soldiers who were killed in clashes between Turkish Armed Forces and Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in the east of Turkey. The mobs, led by the leader of AKP Youth Movement and also a member of the parliament, attacked the Hurriyet Daily’s headquarters. The social media troll army and pro-government journalists described the events as the “democratic right to protest the corrupt media” and encouraged people to take to streets.

The violent attacks on the Hurriyet Daily received no response by the police, which has been terrorizing peaceful protesters that had criticized the government. Later, on the night of September 6th, the mobs started circulating around another critical media organization’s headquarters, the Zaman Daily. Using the excuse of protesting the killing of soldiers by PKK, they have started marching to the pro-Kurdish ‘People’s Democratic Party’ (HDP), which is a parliamentary party that has received 13+% of the national vote.

Attacks on the Kurdish Citizens


Ahead of upcoming elections, AKP has been meaning to gather more of the nationalist votes to sustain the will of Erdoğan, thus trying to steal votes from the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) by organizing nationalist events, and intimidating Kurds, socialists, leftists and other components of HDP in violent pogrom attempts, trying to push HDP down through the national election threshold of 10%. Even though the mobs have originally targeted the HDP as a party, not much later the Republican People’s Party (CHP) offices have come to be subject of some attacks too – even though some CHP voters have also supported the attacks!


Across the country, AKP youth organizations have attacked HDP and CHP offices, homes and shops of Kurdish citizens, in hundreds of towns. Thousands of people across the country have set fire to the HDP offices and the HDP headquarters in Ankara, while shouting “Allahuakbar” to justify the roots of their islamofascist attacks. On the streets, one young man has been stabbed to death by 6 others for speaking Kurdish on the phone, and thousands of people have been injured with swords, stones, clubs, sticks, etc. for being Kurdish or holding any of the other identities that the nationalist mobs deem as “treacherous”. The day after these attacks, HDP officials stated that the mobs knew exactly what to do, in what seems to be simultaneous and coordinated attacks. The information-centers of HDP offices, where the application documents for the upcoming election had been kept, has become the main target of arson, a day before the application deadline. When the leader of HDP, Selahattin Demirtaş, called the Governor of Ankara to ask for state protection of the headquarters, he received a “very disturbing and impolite response denying HDP the police protection or firefighting services”.


So far several Kurdish citizens have been reportedly killed in the pogroms, and districts of temporary workers who live in tents were set on fire, destroying their only housing. In the meantime, across the country, nationalist mobs are hanging onto flags and honking from their cars all night long, making rounds in predominantly Kurdish neighborhoods, thus implementing a psychological pressuring mechanism. It has been reported that the police do nothing against the attackers and in most cases, join and help the mobs.


In light of violent events, many citizens have started putting up Turkish flags on their windows and balconies, to show that “Turks are living in this household”, as the absence of a flag has come to be taken as a sign of non-Turkish, non-muslim residence. Also, in some neighborhoods massive flags have been put up at the entrance of streets as a show of force.

Nationalist Youth Denies Involvement

The hand gesture of “wolf” is common among Ülkü Ocakları members/supporters

The hand gesture of “wolf” is common among Ülkü Ocakları members/supporters

Amid violent attacks, when HDP offices are being set on fire one by one, the nationalist youth organization, “Ülkü Ocakları”, have made an announcement declaring that they have not supported nor taken part in what has been going on, and that it is the government-paid people pretending to be their members who try to take people to streets for violent attacks. Most of the participants of mobs have been photographed with the hand signal of the Ülkü Ocakları, which is the sign of a wolf head with fingers.

The Ülkü Ocakları released an official statement saying that they have only organized events to commemorate the soldiers killed at city squares and their groups did not participate any events that involved violence. The group has taken precaution against “undesirable” events from taking place and called for only peaceful, democratic manifestation at city-squares. Nationalist organization also condemned the attacks which they declare have been organized by the governing AKP and their paid-activists who pretend to use the nationalist symbols to lure in their supporters.

Erdoğan’s “deep throat”, who disseminates secretive information from the palace, had earlier tweeted that the nationalist Ülkü Ocakları would be blamed in mob-attacks that would be carried out by AKP’s youth organization “Ottoman Union”. The deepthroat Fuat Avni also states that the Ottoman Union’s members are mostly agents of the secret service, led by Canpolat who had been arrested while preparing for assassination of the Pope in 2006.

The Only Bookstore Set on Fire

During the pogroms, in the province of Kırşehir, the one bookstore of the city has been set on fire for containing material that is harmful to the national will; however the fact that the owner of the bookstore supported HDP might have also had an effect in this anti-intellectual stance. The owner of the bookstore, whose property has been damaged, has paid for a banner to be put in front of his burnt-shop saying “We are one and we will remain one in peace”.

East of Turkey, the Land of Civil War Imposed by State



In the east of Turkey, where clashes have been going on since the Suruç bombing of activists that has left 36 activists dead and riot police laughing at the victims in July 20th, a state of emergency has been declared in hundreds of locations which imposes a curfew. There are many citizens who have been killed by soldiers, police or special forces, and very little news makes it out of the city centers due to an imposed digital-lockdown which does not permit any phone or internet connection from the cities.

Several HDP deputies have gone to the cities in the east, in order to observe the situation and bring out news of the suppression. The level of suppression had increased to a new high after dozens of cities started declaring self-governance upon state terror. As of September 9th, the city is under siege with heavy weaponry and reports of tanks and helicopters are coming in; while leader of HDP Selahattin Demirtaş, the HDP ministers and 40 MPs are marching to the city of Cizre on foot to stop a massacre from taking place. One of the latest announcements, shared from the city by HDP deputy Ferhat Encu, is from the police announcement stating, “This will be the last night for you”.

In the light of calls for massacre and coordinated mobs, Demirtaş has made a long speech saying that the state officers who are employed as tools of the fallen government of AKP should immediately stop in their contributions to a dirty war, that there will be no one to protect them a few years from now, when they will all sit in jail for the crimes they have committed. Demirtaş also responded to the danger that citizens are in, saying that every living being has a right to self-defense and citizens should defend themselves with proportionate means when subjected to such pogroms. Upon Demirtaş’s call, some youth organizations have been reported to gather at HDP headquarters in Ankara against the daily attacks by thousands of police-escorted islamist nationalist mobs.

Preventing the Flow of Information, Control of Media Tools at Maximum

While for the last three months many Kurdish cities in the east have been subjected to an imposed news-censorship and cutting of phone/internet lines, on the night of September 8th, social media has been shut down – yet again – alongside censorship of hundreds of accounts. Moreover, the international journalist, Frederike Geerdink, who has written the book, “Kurdish Matters”, and reports from the Kurdish cities of Turkey, was arrested and announced to be deported. The pro-government media has started a smear-campaign to distort the image of the journalist, sharing her news with the headline suggesting that she was “a PKK supporting foreign activist”.

The soldiers who have been killed in the PKK’s landmine attack had been reported by their comrade, soldier Private Şahin Şimşek, had used social media to disseminate crucial information as to how the soldiers and their commanders were forced to leave the headquarters almost knowing that they would be subjected to an attack. Later on, Private Şimşek was reported to have committed suicide by the military officials, and later he was reported to have been killed in armed conflict, not giving details as to exactly how the conflict started or took place. Private Şimşek was one of the many Kurdish soldiers who got killed while serving in the military in the recent clashes.

Intent to Jail Kurdish Movement

The locations where there have been attacks against HDP and Kurdish citizens

The locations where there have been attacks against HDP and Kurdish citizens

Back in 1994, when Prime Minister Tansu Çiller faced a major economic crisis, she had also chosen the option to attack the Kurdish movement. The end result of the campaign was dozens of citizens killed, hundreds of repressive attacks by special forces and military, Kurdish politicians who stood up for peace were jailed. It took a decade for the clashes to calm down and it was only thanks to Erdoğan’s efforts that peace negotiations had begun. Right now, showing the Kurdish politicians of HDP as target and organizing mobs to attack them seem to take a path which reminds of 90s. Early September 10th, the prosecutors have called for the leader of HDP Selahattin Demirtaş’s political immunity to be lifted, which would pave the way to his imprisonment for “inciting violence”.

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Aug 212015

Written by Turkish political analyst / blogger, Gürkan Özturan99GetSmart


Turkey recently started a new digital crackdown on critical and independent media. However, the Turkish government has been involved in ‘online security’ policies as far back as 2007 with the law numbered 5651, Law Regulating Digital Publications, which has very quickly expanded from its original aim and started targeting political dissent and criticism. The law originally had been designed to punish those involved in child pornography, yet was later expanded to also protect national symbols at the first draft.

Over the years, the law numbered 5651 has experienced several revisions which always made the law even worse than it has been. The original version of the law foresaw a child-protective, mature content filter that would be compulsory for all users and everyone would have to pay extra for this “service” by the state. An estimated number of more than 90.000 websites have been blocked due to this law and many keep getting added on a daily basis. Turkey still is by far the worst country in filing content removal requests from world internet giants such as Twitter, Google and Facebook.

Since the general elections that ended 13-year-governing AK Party’s single-party rule on June 8th, the government has started military operations against own citizens. So far death toll is countable by the hundreds, and independent/critical media platforms are being subjected to censorship due to government intentions to control flow of information. Over a hundred news agency and newspaper websites have been closed down by government’s telecommunications authority and the decision of Gölbaşı courts in Ankara. The court mandates blocking access to websites do not even mention a reason for the decision. However, due to the latest update of the law numbered 5651, based on Article 8, the Prime Minister may request blocking access to a website due to national security reasons, and there is no further questioning necessary for the court.

The websites that are blocked appear with a line stating that it is a precaution against further escalation of violence; making up a new category of ‘preemptive censorship’ in the thick book of repressing media in the country. Majority of the censored media platforms have been quite active in the regions where military operations are taking place.

Even though the officials of the censored media platforms apply to courts demanding a reason for blocking of access, they return without any answers. Experts state that this proves a violation of the constitutional rights of citizens as well as international agreements, of which Turkey is a part.

Currently thousands of online platforms that have political criticism are officially banned in Turkey, yet many users circumvent the censorship mechanisms, thus reaching the sites. Yet, government’s plans seem to go a step further nowadays. In the past few weeks, when the military operations in the Kurdish dominated southeast have been at its highest, phone lines and internet access as a whole has been shut down and the cities lost communication with the world. When news finally reached out of the city borders, bodies were being counted and photos of ruined districts were revealed as well as short videos of journalists getting harassed by special forces personnel.

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Aug 012015

By James Petras, 99GetSmart

Netanyahu and Erdoğan

Netanyahu and Erdoğan


The rulers of the two most powerful authoritarian regimes in the Middle East are launching major wars to reconfigure the Middle East. Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu has declared war by proxy on Iran, announcing full-scale military mobilization within Israel (July 27 -29) and organizing the biggest political campaign of ultra Zionist Jews in Washington. The purpose of this two-pronged propaganda blitz is to defeat the recently signed US-Iranian agreement and start another major Middle East war. Ultimately, Netanyahu intends to take care of his ‘Palestinian Problem’ for good: complete the conquest and occupation of Palestine and expelling the Palestinian people from their homeland – the single most important foreign policy and domestic goal of the Jewish state. In order to do this, Israeli leaders have had to systematically campaign for the destruction of the Palestinians regional supporters and sympathizers – Iraq, Libya, Syria, Lebanon and Iran.

Erdoğan’s Multiple Wars

At the same time, Turkish Prime Minister Erdoğan has launched a major war against the Kurdish people and their aspirations for a Kurdish state. This has followed closely on several recent incidents beginning with the bombing (with cooperation from Turkish intelligence ) of a Kurdish youth camp, killing and wounding scores of young secular activists. Within days of the massacre of Turkish-Kurdish youth, Erdoğan ordered his air force to bomb and strafe Kurdish bases within the sovereign territories of Iraq and Syria and Turkish security police have assaulted and arrested thousands of Kurdish nationalists and Turkish leftist sympathizers throughout the country. This has all occurred with the support of the US and NATO who provide cover for Erdoğan’s plans to seize Syrian territory, displace Kurdish civilians and fighters and colonize the northern border of Syria – under the pretext of needing a ‘buffer zone’ to protect Turkish sovereignty. Such a massive land grab of hundreds of square kilometers will end the long standing support and interaction among Syrian, Iraqi and Turkish Kurdish populations who have been among the most effective opponents of radical Islamist groups.

Erdoğan’s newly declared war on the Kurds has complex domestic and regional components (Financial Times 7/28/15, p 9): Within Turkey, the repression is directed against the emerging electoral-political power of the Kurdish People’s Democratic Party. Erdoğan plans to discredit or outright ban this political party, which had won a surprising number of seats in the recent parliamentary election, call for new elections, secure a ‘majority’ in Parliament and assume dictatorial ‘executive powers’.

Regionally, Erdoğan’s invasion of Syria is part of his strategy to expand Turkey’s borders southward and westward and to provide a platform from which Turkey’s favorite jihadi clients can launch assaults on the secular government in Damascus and Aleppo. The bombing of Kurdish villages and camps in Iraq and Syria are designed to reverse the Kurd’s military victories against ISIS and will justify greater repression of Kurdish activists backing autonomy in southeastern Turkey.

Erdoğan is counting on Turkey’s agreements with the US and NATO for overt and covert collaboration against the Kurds and against Syrian national sovereignty.

Netanyahu’s Proxy Wars

Netanyahu’s multifaceted political offensive is designed to drag the US into a war with Iran. His strategy operates at many levels and in complex complimentary ways. The immediate target is the nuclear agreement recently signed between the White House and Iran. Part of longer-term strategy to destroy Iran includes the formation of a coalition of Middle East states, especially Gulf monarchies, to encircle, confront and provoke war with Iran. This political-military strategy is being pushed by leading Zionists within the highest circles of the US Government.

All the major Israeli political parties, and most Israeli voters support this dangerous policy against Iran. The Presidents of the 52 Major American Jewish Organizations in the US have been mobilized to bully, bribe and bludgeon the majority of Congress into following Netanyahu’s dictates. Every US Congressperson is being ‘visited’ and presented with propaganda sheets by leaders, activists and full time functionaries of AIPAC, the Jewish Confederations and their billionaire political donors. All the major US press and TV media parrot Netanyahu’s call for ‘war on the peace accord’ despite massive US public opinion against any escalation of the conflict.

At the highest levels of US Executive decision-making top Zionist officials avoid association with AIPAC’s public polemics and thuggish bluster, all the while promoting their own political-military ‘final solution’ … for eliminating Iran as an adversary to Israeli-Jewish supremacy in the Middle East. In the State Department and Departments of Commerce, Defense and Treasury, US-Israeli agents acting as special Middle East advisers, ambassadors and insiders push Netanyahu’s policies to undermine any normalization of relations between the US and Iran.

A recent proposal written by Professor Phillip Zelikow in the Financial Times (7/23/15, p. 9 ) entitled “To Balance (sic) the Nuclear Deal, Defeat ISIS and Confront Iran” is chilling.

The former ‘Executive Director of the ‘9/11 Commission Investigation Report’, uber-insider Zelikow promotes the formation of an ingenious coalition, in the name of fighting ISIS, but whose real purpose is to “confront Iranian ambitions”. Zelikow’s “coalition” includes Turkey, which will be assigned to attack Iran’s regional allies in Syria and Lebanon (Hezbollah) – all in the name of “fighting ISIS”.

The bland, bespectacled and most respectable Professor Zelikow lays out Netanyahu’s own bloody hit list down to the most minute detail – but tidied up with a thin veneer of ‘confronting ISIS’ to obscure his real agenda. This is no blustering AIPAC thug or open Neo-Con war monger beating the drums…

Zelikow’s ‘anti-ISIS coalition’ will ultimately go after the Iraqi Shia militia and their main supporters among Iran’s Revolutionary Guard – hewing closely to Netanyahu’s strategy!

Zelikow was a major inside advocate of the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Twelve years after the US invaded, occupied and destroyed Iraq, Zelikow pops up again to promote a policy of sending US combat troops to serve Israel’s regional interest. He writes, “The military side [of the ‘coalition’] will need more Americans on the ground to offer meaningful combat support among the coalition”. (FT ibid).

Zelikow is clearly aware of US public opinion in favor of diplomacy with Iran and against the US engaging in more ground wars in the Middle East, when he writes that a ‘military effort is not an alternative to diplomacy.” Zelikow and his bosses in the Israeli Foreign Office know any US military intervention with such a “coalition” would lead to the destruction of the US-Iran Agreement and another major ground war with US troops fighting for Israel once again!

Considering his position as a highly connected insider, Zelikow’s attempts to sabotage the Iran-US agreement presents a far greater danger to world peace than all the noisy lobbying by the 52 Zionist organizations active in Congress.

Zelikow has been a highly influential security adviser to the US Executive and State Department since the early 1980’s under Reagan. He was appointed ‘special adviser to the State Department’ in 2007, a position held earlier by Neo-Con operative Wendy Sherman and followed by war-monger, Victoria Nuland. In 2011 President Obama appointed him to the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board.

He came to national prominence when President Bush appointed him Executive Director of the 9/11 Commission where he directed the highly controversial (and highly censored) 9/11 Commission Report against much public opposition. The appointment was made after Bush first choice of Henry Kissinger had created a media storm – Kissinger was never a serious choice with an insider-gatekeeper like Zelikow waiting in the wings. He was a controversial choice because of his role as intimate advisor to Condaleeza Rice and his authorship of the notorious Bush national security strategy promoting pre-emptive war, published in September 2002.

Phillip Zelikow suppressed any discussion of Israel’s role as a major catalyst for US involvements in the Afghan and Iraq wars. As executive-director of the 9/11 Commission Report, Zelikow assumed the role of editor and censor. He ignored the history of Israeli Mossad operations in the US, especially in the run-up to the attack on September 11, 2001. The report made no mention of the fake ‘moving’ van filled with Israeli spies arrested on September 11, 2001 while celebrating and photographing the destruction of the World Trade Center complex. Nor did he discuss the quiet ‘deportation’ of the Israeli agents. The report contains no discussion of the scores of phony Israel “art students” who operated in South Florida around US military installations and in the vicinity of the apartment of the alleged 9-11 hijackers. They too were quietly arrested and deported.

He also suppressed discussion of the Defense Department’s ‘Able Danger Project’, which showed US intelligence awareness of the hijackers presence and activities much earlier dating back to 1997.

In October 2001, the first ‘anthrax attack’ occurred – first sickening and killing a photojournalist at a scandal sheet in Florida. National news programs featured an interview with … the re-packaged ‘al Qaeda’ and ‘bioterrorism’ expert Professor Zelikow (his lack of Arabic and scientific credentials notwithstanding …) who declared the anthrax to be ‘weapons grade’ and ‘definitely from a state sponsored military lab’, implying Iraq. (He was correct in the ‘military lab’ part of his declaration – only the facility was the US Weapons Lab at Fort Detrick. Zelikow’s role in accusing the embargoed and beleaguered regime of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein of the anthrax hysteria was crucial in the public build-up for the case to invade Iraq, echoed Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s call for the destruction of Iraq. Master-performance complete, ‘scientist’ Zelikow’s interview (among others) has disappeared from the ‘web’.

Zelikow’s ‘expertise’ (such as it is) and usefulness to Israel derives from his articles on the political usefulness of ‘false flags’ and catastrophes – events concocted or instigated by imperialist powers to push a traumatized public into unpopular wars and draconian domestic police state policies. His work has centered on the manipulation and exploitation of ‘events’ to push public policy – and include the Cuban Missile Crisis, the re-unification of Germany, policing Northern Ireland, (but not Middle East studies or bio-weaponry’). His expertise is in the historical use of the ‘public myth’- whether the Riechstag Fire or Pearl Harbor. In Foreign Affairs, November-December 1998, he co-authored an article with the current US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter, entitled Catastrophe Terrorism where a ‘watershed event’ could result in ‘horror and chaos’ pushing the US public to accept the destruction of ‘their civil liberties, wide-spread surveillance, detention and use of deadly force …

Zelikow continues to push the “false flag” script: In 2001 with the “anthrax hysteria” and now with the “Iran threat hysteria” … What is not surprising is that in both instances he hews closely to Israel’s strategic goal of utterly destroying countries, which have opposed Israel’s dispossession, occupation and expulsion of Palestinians – Iraq, Syria, Libya, Lebanon and now Iran.

Zelikow is a long-term, major asset for Israel, working quietly and effectively while the AIPAC bullies break down the doors of Congress. He never held a prominent position in the Cabinet or White House post like the brazen Zion-Cons Wolfowitz, Feith, Libby, Perle, Abrams and Levey who aggressively pushed the country into war with Iraq. Wolfowitz and company have scuttle back into obscurity under the cover of lucrative private positions while Zelikow continues to work inside pushing the Iran war agenda out of the limelight.

Zelikow’s role is far more discrete and important to Israel over the long haul than the loudmouths and thugs of AIPAC and other Zionist fronts. On the surface he pursues his academic and university administrative career (an excellent cover) while repeatedly inserting himself into crucial public discussions and quietly assuming strategic positions to advise on events or policies which have ‘turning point’ consequences and where his deep ties to Israel are never discussed.

Zelikow has one asset, which his bullying and blustering Zionist comrades lack and another which he shares with them. Zelikow is a great con-man – claiming knowledge about anthrax, Middle East relations, and military strategy. He spouts … pure unadulterated rubbish with authoritative finesse! …  Claiming legal and investigative expertise he controlled the 9/11 Commission Report and denied the American people any open and relevant discussion of the event. He even likened the Commission Report skeptics to ‘an infection’ within American public opinion – apparently relying on his ‘expertise’ in biological warfare …

What Zelikow does have in common with the raging bulls of Zionism is his constant resort to vituperation against any country or movement identified as a target by Israel. He consistently refers to the secular government of Syria (under attack by jihadi terrorists) as a “terrorist regime”. He calls the Iraqi militia fighting ISIS “Shia torture squads”. This is part of a build-up to push the US into ground war for Israel against Iran and its allies.

Unlike Turkey’s Erdoğan who uses his own armed forces to launch an all-out war to dispossess, terrorize and colonize ethnic Kurdish territories in Syria, Iraq and Turkey, Israel’s Netanyahu relys on his overseas (US) high level operatives to set in motion the wheels of war. Within days of attacks of September 11, 2001, Israel’s leading mouthpiece in the US Senate, Joseph Lieberman presented the roadmap for US wars for the next decade and a half – declaring that “the US must declare war on Iraq, Syria, Libya, Lebanon and Iran”, despite the complete absence of these countries’ involvement in the event.

Is he a prophet or just a highly successful agent? Zelikow will push for a ‘coalition’ of Middle East dictators and monarchs to fulfill Israel’s dream as dictated by Joseph Lieberman in September 2001. This is a dream of waging devastating war against Iran leading to its partition, similar to the de facto partition of Iraq, Syria and Libya, resulting in a Middle East forever ravaged by  sectarian strife, foreign occupations, balkanized and devoid of any possibility of regaining civilized life. Israel can then carry out its brutal final solution: the dispossession and expulsion of all Palestinians and establishment an expanded, purely Jewish state – surrounded by unspeakable destruction and destitution …


Erdoğan expands ‘Turkoman frontier’ into Syria and Iraq – despite the fact that Turkey has never shown any interest in the Turkoman minorities. To that end, he allies with ISIS terrorists to uproot Kurds, everywhere extending into Turkey. Erdoğan, like, Netanyahu, wants a ‘pure’ ethnic state – one Jewish, the other Turkish! Both brutal leaders have no regard for the sovereignty of neighboring states, let alone the security of their civilian populations. Both depend on the military support of the US. Both are in the process of igniting wider and more destructive wars in the Middle East. Netanyahu and Erdoğan want to reconfigure the Middle East: Turkey seizes Kurdistan and Syria; Netanyahu expands military dominance in the Persian Gulf through the destruction of Iran.

These two leaders appear to hate each other because they are so similar in arrogance and action …  But according to Professor Zelikow, the US will step in ‘god-like’ to ‘mediate’ the different power grabs among what he mindlessly refers to as the ‘partners of the coalition’

Jul 252015

Written by Turkish political analyst / blogger, Gürkan Özturan, 99GetSmart

Photo: AFP

Photo: AFP

The deadly suicide bombing on July 20th in Suruç, Turkey which left 32 young activists dead and dozens of others severely wounded has shaken the country. The moment of the explosion was captured on camera, and in the aftermath forensics investigation began. The bomber’s identity has now been confirmed to be a 20-year-old Mechanical Engineering student at Adıyaman University, Seyh Abdurrahman Alagoz, who had disappeared with his brother Yunus Emre Alagoz in 2014.

The two brothers had been on the “wanted list” with high suspicion of terrorist activities since their father had filed a complaint in November 2014. The two brothers allegedly left their home town of Adıyaman for Gaziantep and later for Kilis, from where they set out for a training camp in Syria. After the training camp in Syria, they illegally re-entered Turkey and visited their home without getting caught twice. It has also been figured out that the brothers went to Syria at the same time as Orhan Gonder, who had carried out a bombing attack in Diyarbakır two days before the 2015 general elections at an HDP rally.

Video of the initial explosion:

23 Suicide Bombers on Wanted Lists

A total of 18 families in Adıyaman have filed complaints and reported that their children have joined ISIS. A total of 23 names remain on the “wanted for possible terrorist activities” list of the Turkish police.

The suicide bomber Abdurrahman Alagoz is also reported to have been detained by the police earlier and then released, even though his name appeared on the Wanted list. An HDP member of parliament for the city of Kars stated that there are several local sources confirming this detention and possible camera footage and there will be an investigation. The Diyarbakır bomber had also been detained and released by the police prior to the bloody attacks.

In another note, the city of Adıyaman appears to be known for infamous bombers. The city of 250,000 inhabitants comprises Turkish, Kurdish, Sunni and Alevi people, with a high level of conservative lifestyles. In the most recent elections Adıyaman’s five representatives were divided into long-time governing Islamist AKP (4) members and members of the pro-Kurdish Socialist party HDP (1). The multiethnic and multi-religious city has mostly been peaceful until the “tagging” of Alevi Housesin recent years.

Islam Tea House: Frequent Address of Bombers

In the city of Adıyaman the Alagoz brothers had opened a tea house named “Islam” which was frequently visited by both Diyarbakır and Suruç bombers. According to the Daily Cumhuriyet, the tea house later was closed down after three months of operation by the municipality and police for lack of official papers, and now the building is being used as an advertising agency. Witnesses say that usually around 50 people would visit the tea house and police would surveil the vicinity 24/7.

When the tea house was first opened, local shop owners filed complaints out of suspicion and the tea house was raided, upon which the owners protested saying “We live in a Muslim majority country; is it illegal to grow beard?”

Neighboring shop owners also stated that during the deadly October 6-7 clashes, the tea house stayed closed for several days and it has been reported that the people hanging out there would say they were going to Kobane to join ISIS forces. They have been saying that mostly young people in their twenties would visit the tea house and families of the disappeared children would come to seek clues to there sons’ whereabouts.

The Adıyaman chairperson of the main opposition party CHP stated that they will file a report on the disappeared children and ISIS recruitments in the city. A CHP representative states that there are rumors of 300 people joining ISIS from the city of Adıyaman.

Photo: DÖDEF – Demokratik Öğrenci Dernekleri Federasyonu

Photo: DÖDEF – Demokratik Öğrenci Dernekleri Federasyonu


Photo: DÖDEF – Demokratik Öğrenci Dernekleri Federasyonu

Photo: DÖDEF – Demokratik Öğrenci Dernekleri Federasyonu


Photo: DÖDEF – Demokratik Öğrenci Dernekleri Federasyonu

Photo: DÖDEF – Demokratik Öğrenci Dernekleri Federasyonu


Photo: DÖDEF – Demokratik Öğrenci Dernekleri Federasyonu

Photo: DÖDEF – Demokratik Öğrenci Dernekleri Federasyonu


Jul 082015

By Gökçe Sandal, 99GetSmart


Istanbul’s LGBTI parade during ‘Pride Week 2015’ had earlier been declared unlawful by the Istanbul Governor, the reason being that Pride and the Islamic holy month of Ramadan coincided with each other. The Governor’s declaration outlawing Pride, combined with excessive police violence against the Pride-goers, added more flames to the already homophobic assessment of the mainstream pro-government media and resulted in boosting of prejudices and homophobia even further in the society.

The reason for the sudden ban was stated to be the parade’s coinciding with the holy month of Ramadan. This statement declares a division between the faithful, moral Muslims, and the members and/or supporters of the LGBTI groups, and defines the two camps as two naturally conflicting identities that cannot coexist. Therefore the statement strengthens the preconceived idea of these two identities as two distinct groups and leads to increased tensions between the two groups. The religious reasoning behind the ban has brought about discussions about the “people of Loot”, a tribe that in Islamic belief was wiped out by Allah due to their practice of homosexuality.

Only a week after the events that took place in Istanbul – the police intervention into Pride –, the Ankara-based ‘Young Islamic Defense’ group hung posters all over the capital, with the following Hadith passage: “Whoever you find doing the deed of the people of Loot, kill them.” This open call for massacre and hate crime is directly targeting the members of the LGBTI groups in Turkey, as the poster has a photo from the previous week’s parade in its background.

The group has also posted a manifestation on their website which declares the LGBTI members to be remnants of the Loot tribe that need to be destroyed, thus encouraging various kinds of hate crimes by justifying them on the grounds of religion.

Even though homosexuality is not conceived of as a crime in Turkey, it is not recognized, or even referred to, in the laws. In addition, general public awareness of and tolerance towards the LGBTI movement in Turkey is not very high. The state’s own interruption of the movement legitimizes these negative views held by the public and provides a freer environment for hate speech, while making LGBTI people all the more vulnerable to actions that may result from this atmosphere charged with hate and intolerance.

Mar 172015

Written by Turkish political analyst / blogger, Gürkan Özturan:


Turkey’s parliament has been rocked by the infamous national security bill over the past few weeks. The government has tried all methods to pass the bills, disregarding the constitution and international agreements Turkey is a signatory to. The new bill has been especially criticized for the legal impunity it supplies to the police and its declaring any citizen to be a potential criminal. A second bill has now been brought to the parliament floor, regarding prison guards.

The new prison bill’s 19 articles have already been passed without much debate or anyone really noticing. Since most members of the parliament are busy preparing for the election period, very few members take the time to study and evaluate the new bill. According to the new prison guards bill, guards will be allowed to use trained dogs, teargas (though it is prohibited from indoor use), pressurized water, and firearms against prisoners “if need be.”

The new bill is considered a declaration of war against prisoners and lawyers have expressed their concerns, recalling the massive deaths in prisons due to security operations that targeted prisons prior to AKP’s rule. The draconian bill on the parliament floor has implications that disregard the right to life and many other rights, especially combined with the isolation system in individual cells used in Turkish prisons, the scope of the bill can be considered very worrisome.

The official reason on the draft page states that the bill was written to “improve individuals who have shown social inadaptability.” The bill foresees the use of firearms, teargas, pressurized water, and trained dogs to assault prisoners in cases of revolt, resistance, escape, attempted escape or disturbances. One article in the bill also contains a special clause which will enable guards to use maximum measures in case of passive resistance from prisoners, and a warning message is not necessary for application of these measures.

When to use weapons in prisons?

Guards and “other security personnel” will be allowed to shoot prisoners if there is a tendency not to submit items which might be of use in case of resistance. Security forces will be allowed to use serial-shooting if there is attempt at assault on security forces. According to the bill, security forces may shoot a prisoner if he were to resist strip search or torture, or if the prisoner starts a hunger strike. One other clause concerns the surveillance cameras installed in prison cells. Prisoners break the cameras, which leave no “dark” spots, since they violate prisoners’ privacy. According to the new bill, guards will be allowed to use firearms if a prisoner breaks the camera in his cell.

Other measures in the bill vary from pressurized water, trained dogs to assault prisoners, and “powders” which remind one of chemical weapons. Not only does this bill allow security personnel to use several types of arms against unarmed prisoners, but also contains measures to guarantee impunity. The identities of armed-forces personnel who participate in such “interventions” against prisoners will be kept secret under the bill.

Remembering “Operation Return to Life” from 2000

The bill reminds one of an infamous operation in Turkish prisons in the year 2000, when 20 prisons were raided by armed forces, dozens were killed instantly, dozens of others were raped, and hundreds were left mortally wounded by chemical weapons. One victim of chemical powders described the feeling she experienced during the operation, saying “there was no fire, but we felt the flames under our skin.” Lawyers now refer to this as one of the darkest pages in the history of Turkish prisons and warn of the dangers and risks of having a bill that will allow even harsher treatment of prisoners.

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