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Q&A: Why unrest in Turkey affects the US - Europe - Stripes

Q&A: Why unrest in Turkey affects the US - Europe - Stripes

Q&A: Why unrest in Turkey affects the US

The horrific suicide bombings that killed 95 people at a peace rally in the Turkish capital on Saturday showcase a growing crisis for a crucial U.S. ally in a region that's on fire over conflicts that have proven too divisive and complex to resolve.
The United States has long looked toward Turkey as a rock in a storm because of its strategic location — bridging Europe and Asia and sharing borders with Syria and Iraq. In Syria, civil war rages into its fifth year, and the rampaging Islamic State has seized large portions of both Syria and Iraq. Not far beyond Turkey's borders, new violence spreads among West Bank and Gaza Palestinians.
Here are four questions about the complicated rifts revealed by Saturday's explosions outside a train station in Ankara and what's at stake for the United States:
Who would carry out such an attack and for what reason? 
No one has claimed responsibility, but there are no shortage of suspects. Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu quickly said it was either Kurdish separatist rebels or Islamic State militants, both recent targets of Turkish military strikes. Leaders of the largely Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party or HDP — which rocked Turkey in June by capturing enough votes to gain a bloc of seats in the parliament — are deeply suspicious of the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for failing to prevent the massacre.
Even the Syrian government would have a motive for destabilizing a neighboring giant that has called for the removal of Syrian President Bashar Assad. "The Turks have threats coming at them from multiple directions at a level of political complexity that even those of us who spend an inordinate time ... looking at Turkey have a hard time with," said Steven Cook, an expert on Turkish politics at the Council on Foreign Relations.
Why is the Turkish government a target of suspicion in the wake of the blasts?
Erdogan has for four years worked to consolidate power, suppress political freedoms and transform Turkey from a secular to an Islamic nation. With a parliamentary supermajority he could push through necessary constitutional changes. But those plans were dashed by the June election results, which failed to give Erdogan the mandate he sought. Instead, the results showed the Kurds a peaceful avenue of influence through democratic rather than violent means.
Machinations by Erdogan  has produced a second round of voting on Nov. 1, a sort of do-over, Cook said. But surveys show  the Kurdish HDP party will likely repeat its gains in June, and Erdogan's opposition fears a campaign of intimidation by the government in response. Journalists and academics have been jailed. The bombs exploded against this backdrop of suspicion and fear. Meanwhile, Turks are growing increasingly impatient with Erdogan's political maneuvering. "The country cannot be holding elections until Erdogan sees an outcome he likes," said Oguzhan Ozbas, an associate professor of business and expert on Turkey at the University of Southern California.
What's at stake for Turkey in the short term?
There's fear of growing instability in a nation of 80 million that is a member of NATO. If the government holds Kurdish rebels responsible for the bombings and the HDP is routed at the polls Nov. 1, it "would send a message predominantly to Kurds: You have played by the rules ... (but) you are not actually welcome to play politics," Cook said. Analysts worry that if Erdogan sees himself once again likely to be denied a supermajority at the polls, he will postpone the elections or even suspend the constitution — steps further polarizing the nation.
Meanwhile, Kurdish successes against the Islamic State on Syrian and Iraqi battlefields, while one of the few bright lights for the U.S. goal of defeating the extremist group, are heightening fears among Turkish nationalists of growing Kurdish power to carve out an independent state from parts of Turkey, Syria and Iraq.
Why is Turkey so important to the U.S.?
Turkey has struggled to control its borders with Syria, allowing jihadist recruits from Western countries a pathway to join the Islamic State and, in turn, providing the terrorists a way to the West potentially to the United States. Turkey has also been hit hard by one of the largest refugee movements since World War II, as more 2.2 million fleeing Syria and other conflicts enter the country on their way northward to Europe.
The U.S. has a direct interest in seeing stability for its ally, but it also has a traditional desire to see  rights of peaceful protesters safeguarded. "I think in this case, our strategic interests in the region ... and our commitment to democracy are probably on a head-on collision course," said Elizabeth Shakman Hurd, an associate professor of political science and an expert on Turkish politics at Northwestern University. "I think it's probably going to get darker (for Turkey), before it gets lighter."
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Shocking Map Shows How Many Mosques are in Each States : #patriotupdate @patriotupdate

Shocking Map Shows How Many Mosques are in Each States : #patriotupdate @patriotupdate
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Obama will be the only person sticking to Iran deal | New York Post

Obama will be the only person sticking to Iran deal | New York Post

Obama will be the only person sticking to Iran deal

Sometime this week, President Obama is scheduled to sign an executive order to meet the Oct. 15 “adoption day” he has set for the nuclear deal he says he has made with Iran. According to the president’s timetable the next step would be “the start day of implementation,” fixed for Dec. 15.
But as things now stand, Obama may end up being the only person in the world to sign his much-wanted deal, in effect making a treaty with himself.
The Iranians have signed nothing and have no plans for doing so. The so-called Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) has not even been discussed at the Islamic Republic’s Council of Ministers. Nor has the Tehran government bothered to even provide an official Persian translation of the 159-page text.
The Islamic Majlis, the ersatz parliament, is examining an unofficial text and is due to express its views at an unspecified date in a document “running into more than 1,000 pages,” according to Mohsen Zakani, who heads the “examining committee.”
“The changes we seek would require substantial rewriting of the text,” he adds enigmatically.
Nor have Britain, China, Germany, France and Russia, who were involved in the so-called P5+1 talks that produced the JCPOA, deemed it necessary to provide the Obama “deal” with any legal basis of their own. Obama’s partners have simply decided that the deal he is promoting is really about lifting sanctions against Iran and nothing else.
So they have started doing just that without bothering about JCPOA’s other provisions. Britain has lifted the ban on 22 Iranian banks and companies blacklisted because of alleged involvement in deals linked to the nuclear issue.
German trade with Iran has risen by 33 percent, making it the Islamic Republic’s third-largest partner after China.
China has signed preliminary accords to help Iran build five more nuclear reactors. Russia has started delivering S300 anti-aircraft missile systems and is engaged in talks to sell Sukhoi planes to the Islamic Republic.
France has sent its foreign minister and a 100-man delegation to negotiate big business deals, including projects to double Iran’s crude oil exports.
Other nations have also interpreted JCPOA as a green light for dropping sanctions. Indian trade with Iran has risen by 17 percent, and New Delhi is negotiating massive investment in a rail-and-sea hub in the Iranian port of Chah-Bahar on the Gulf of Oman. With help from Austrian, Turkish and United Arab Emirates banks, the many banking restrictions imposed on Iran because of its nuclear program have been pushed aside.
“The structures of sanctions built over decades is crumbling,” boasts Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.
Meanwhile, the nuclear project is and shall remain “fully intact,” says the head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Agency, Ali Akbar Salehi.
“We have started working on a process of nuclear fusion that will be cutting-edge technology for the next 50 years,” he adds.
Even before Obama’s “implementation day,” the mullahs are receiving an average of $400 million a month, no big sum, but enough to ease the regime’s cash-flow problems and increase pay for its repressive forces by around 21 percent.
Last month, Iran and the P5+1 created a joint commission to establish the modalities of implementation of an accord, a process they wish to complete by December 2017 when the first two-year review of JCPOA is scheduled to take place and when Obama will no longer be in the White House. (If things go awry Obama could always blame his successor or even George W Bush.)
Both Obama and his Secretary of State John Kerry have often claimed that, its obvious shortcomings notwithstanding, their nuke deal with the “moderate faction” in Tehran might encourage positive changes in Iran’s behavior.
That hasn’t happened.
The mullahs see the “deal” as a means with which Obama would oppose any suggestion of trying to curb Iran.
“Obama won’t do anything that might jeopardize the deal,” says Ziba Kalam, a Rouhani adviser. “This is his biggest, if not the only, foreign policy success.”
If there have been changes in Tehran’s behavior they have been for the worst. Iran has teamed up with Russia to keep Bashar al-Assad in power in Syria, mocking Obama’s “Assad must go” rhetoric. More importantly, Iran has built its direct military presence in Syria to 7,000 men. (One of Iran’s most senior generals was killed in Aleppo on Wednesday.)
Tehran has also pressured Iraqi Premier Haidar al-Abadi’s weak government to distance itself from Washington and join a dubious coalition with Iran, Russia and Syria.
Certain that Obama is paralyzed by his fear of undermining the non-existent “deal” the mullahs have intensified their backing for Houthi rebels in Yemen. Last week a delegation was in Tehran with a long shopping list for arms.
In Lebanon, the mullahs have toughened their stance on choosing the country’s next president. And in Bahrain, Tehran is working on a plan to “ensure an early victory” of the Shiite revolution in the archipelago.
Confident that Obama is determined to abandon traditional allies of the United States, Tehran has also heightened propaganda war against Saudi Arabia, now openly calling for the overthrow of the monarchy there.
The mullahs are also heightening contacts with Palestinian groups in the hope of unleashing a new “Intifada.”
“Palestine is thirsty for a third Intifada,” Supreme Guide Khamenei’s mouthpiece Kayhan said in an editorial last Thursday. “It is the duty of every Muslim to help start it as soon as possible.”
Obama’s hopes of engaging Iran on other issues were dashed last week when Khamenei declared “any dialogue with the American Great Satan” to be” forbidden.”
“We have no need of America” his adviser Ali-Akbar Velayati added later. “Iran is the region’s big power in its own right.”
Obama had hoped that by sucking up to the mullahs he would at least persuade them to moderate their “hate-America campaign.” Not a bit of that.
“Death to America” slogans, adoring official buildings in Tehran have been painted afresh along with US flags, painted at the entrance of offices so that they could be trampled underfoot. None of the US citizens still held hostages in Iran has been released, and one, Washington Post stringer Jason Rezai, is branded as “head of a spy ring “in Tehran. Paralyzed by his fear of undermining the non-existent deal, Obama doesn’t even call for their release.
Government-sponsored anti-American nationwide events are announced for November, anniversary of the seizure of the US Embassy in Tehran. The annual “End of America” week-long conference is planned for February and is to focus on “African-American victims of US police” and the possibility of “self-determination for blacks.”
According to official sources “families of Black American victims” and a number of “black American revolutionaries” have been invited.
Inside Iran, Obama’s “moderate partners” have doubled the number of executions and political prisoners. Last week they crushed marches by teachers calling for release of their leaders. Hundreds of trade unionists have been arrested and a new “anti-insurrection” brigade paraded in Tehran to terrorize possible protestors.
The Obama deal may end up as the biggest diplomatic scam in recent history.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

'Expect Israeli strikes on Russian arms shipment to Syria-Hezbollah'

'Expect Israeli strikes on Russian arms shipment to Syria-Hezbollah'
U.S. officials tell The Wall Street Journal: Another round of Israeli airstrikes could target a new Russian transfer of Yakhont advanced anti-ship missiles in the near future • Russia moving more quickly than previously thought to deliver S-300 surface-to-air defense systems to Syria • CIA Director John Brennan in Israel to coordinate policy.
Shlomo Cesana, David Baron, Daniel Siryoti and Israel Hayom staff
The Guards guided-missile cruiser Varyag at sea  
 Photo credit: Wiki Commons 

How Can I Get Over My Fear About Death? Billy Graham Answers - Crossmap Christian Blogs

How Can I Get Over My Fear About Death? Billy Graham Answers - Crossmap Christian Blogs

How Can I Get Over My Fear About Death? Billy Graham Answers

By Billy Graham - Billy Graham Evangelistic Association On October 11, 2015


One of my best friends (only 28) was killed in an accident recently, and I'm having a hard time dealing with it. It's not just that I miss him, but I've never thought much about death before, and it's got me scared. How can I get over my fears?


I'm sorry for your friend's death; down inside we all know death is real, and yet it's still a shock when it unexpectedly happens to someone close to us. This is especially true when that person is young, as was your friend's case. The Bible says, "The life of mortals is like grass ... the wind blows over it and it is gone" (Psalm 103:15-16).
How can you deal with your fears? One way would be to deny them or try to put them out of your mind-and in reality, that's what many do. We may talk ourselves into believing death isn't real, or that the grave is the end and nothing exists beyond it. Or we may try to forget about it and lose ourselves in entertainment or busyness or drugs. But none of these truly answers our fears and doubts.
Instead, the only real answer to our fears about death is to discover what God has promised us in Jesus Christ. God made us-and He made us not only for this life but eternity with Him in Heaven. Now He offers this to us as a free gift-free, because Jesus Christ paid for it through His death for us.
But like any other gift, it must be received. Don't live in fear, but turn to Christ and receive Him into your heart. "For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord" (Romans 6:23).(c) Billy Graham Evangelistic Association