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M6.3 Earthquake Strikes near Lesbos, Greece

Posted by feww on June 12, 2017

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Strong Earthquake Rattles Plomárion, Greece 

Magnitude: 6.3 Mw  [Magnitude and depth subject to revision EMSC]
Region: SOUTH OF THE ISLAND OF LESBOS/ NEAR COAST OF WESTERN TURKEY
Location 38.85 N, 26.31 E
Depth: 9km [As of Latest Revision]
Time: 2017-06-12 at 12:28:37.8 UTC
Distances:

  • 87 km NW of İzmir, Turkey [pop: 2,501,000]
  • 36 km SW of Mytilíni, Greece [pop: 28,400]
  • 15 km S of Plomárion, Greece [pop: 3,400]

Largest aftershock: 4.9 at 38.88N, 26.28E  [depth of 7km] at  12:31:39.1
FIRE-EARTH References: KMQ2 [061001]

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FIRE-EARTH Report: Turkey 13

Posted by feww on May 11, 2017

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“Sinjar on brink of major conflict between PKK, Turkey” —Observers

[Prepared by an affiliated team of political scientists.]

  • Reports Turkey 01 – 13 available from FIRE-EARTH PULSARS.

Background:

The Kurdistan Workers’ Party liberated Sinjar from ISIL terrorists, but now they face an  existential threat from the largest terrorist organization in the region –the Turkish military.

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FIRE-EARTH Report: Ottoman Empire 2.0?

Posted by feww on April 30, 2017

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FIRE-EARTH Report (Turkey 14): How Much Worse Could it Really Get, Before…

Background:

Erdogan government has again sacked about 4,000 more public officials in its latest purge related to July 2016 failed coup.

Additionally, more than 9,000 police officers were suspended and a further 1,000 arrested last Wednesday on suspicion of having links to the cleric Fethullah Gulen.

More than 160,000 employees both in the public and private sectors have now been sacked and up to 60,000 others arrested over the past 10 months.

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From Armenian Genocide to Kurdish Democide

Posted by feww on April 26, 2017

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FIRE-EARTH Report: From Armenian Genocide to Kurdish Democide (Turkey 13)

[Prepared by an affiliated team of political scientists.]

  • Reports Turkey 01 – 13 available from FIRE-EARTH PULSARS.

Background:

  • Once again, Turkey has targeted Kurdish fighters in Iraq and Syria killing about 100 fighters, in a blow against Kurdish forces battling ISIL terrorists in the region.
  • Three Kurdish groups are currently fighting the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) terrorists: The Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) fighters operating in Turkey, the Rojava Defence Units (YPG) fighters operating in northern Syria and the Peshmerga fighters that are in charge of security in Iraqi Kurdistan.

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Anniversary of the Armenian Holocaust Commemorated

Posted by feww on April 25, 2017

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Estimated 1.5 million Armenians exterminated by Turks

Armenians commemorated the 102nd anniversary of the Armenian genocide across Europe and the Americas. Thousands of demonstrators marched to Turkish embassies in Buenos Aires Los Angeles and Paris on April 24.

An estimated 1.5 million Armenians were exterminated within the Ottoman Empire and its successor state, the Republic of Turkey, between 1915 and 1923.

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FIRE-EARTH Report: Turkey 12

Posted by feww on April 17, 2017

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Turkey: Back to the Dark Past

[Prepared by an affiliated team of political scientists.]

  • Reports Turkey 01 – 12 available from FIRE-EARTH PULSARS.

 

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FIRE-EARTH Report: Turkey 11

Posted by feww on March 31, 2017

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Status Downgraded from ‘Watch’ to ‘Alert’

[Prepared by an affiliated team of political scientists.]

  • Reports Turkey 01 – 11 available from FIRE-EARTH PULSARS.

 

 

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FIRE-EARTH Report: Turkey 10

Posted by feww on March 13, 2017

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What Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Benito Mussolini, Donald Trump and Shinzo Abe Have in Common, and…

[Prepared by an affiliated team of political scientists.]

  • Reports Turkey 01 – 10 are available from FIRE-EARTH PULSARS.

 

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FIRE-EARTH Report: Turkey 09

Posted by feww on March 10, 2017

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Turkey Conducting another Round of Democide

UN investigators report some 2,000 people were killed by Turkish military in the country’s Kurdish southeast between July 2015 and December 2016. Turkish forces are accused of killings, serious human rights violations, disappearances and instances of torture and ill-treatment of detainees including rape.

[Prepared by an affiliated team of political scientists.]

  • Reports Turkey 01 – 09 are available from FIRE-EARTH PULSARS

 

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FIRE-EARTH Report: Turkey 08

Posted by feww on March 2, 2017

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Turkey’s Hidden ‘Treasures’

[Prepared by an affiliated team of political scientists.]

  • Reports Turkey 01 – 08 are available from FIRE-EARTH PULSARS.

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FIRE-EARTH Report: Turkey 07

Posted by feww on February 2, 2017

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Turkey Purges 150,000 Civil Servants and Counting

[Prepared by an affiliated team of political scientists.]

  • Reports Turkey 01 – 07 are available from FIRE-EARTH PULSARS.

 

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FIRE-EARTH Report: Turkey 06

Posted by feww on December 20, 2016

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Turkey Playing Both Sides of the Fence

[Prepared by an affiliated team of political scientists.]

  • Report is available from FIRE-EARTH PULSARS.

 

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FIRE-EARTH Report: Turkey 05

Posted by feww on December 14, 2016

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Turkey Slides into Fascism

[Prepared by an affiliated team of political scientists.]

  • Report is available from FIRE-EARTH PULSARS.

 

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FIRE-EARTH Alert: Turkey 04

Posted by feww on November 2, 2016

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FIRE-EARTH Alert: Turkey 04

  • Details of the Alert are available from FIRE-EARTH PULSARS.

 

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FIRE-EARTH Alert: Turkey 03

Posted by feww on October 25, 2016

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FIRE-EARTH Alert: Turkey 03

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FIRE-EARTH Alert: Turkey 02

Posted by feww on October 20, 2016

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FIRE-EARTH Alert: Turkey 02

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FIRE-EARTH Alert: Turkey

Posted by feww on October 14, 2016

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FIRE-EARTH Alert: Turkey

  • Details of the Alert are available from FIRE-EARTH PULSARS.

 

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Pope Francis Visits Armenian Genocide Memorial

Posted by feww on June 25, 2016

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The Armenian Genocide: The first genocide of the 20th century

Pope Francis paid tribute on Saturday to the 1.5 million Armenians massacred in 1915 genocide.

“Here I pray, with pain in my heart, so that never again will there be tragedies like this, so that humanity does not forget and knows how to overcome evil with good,” he wrote in the guest book at the Genocide Memorial and Museum in Yerevan on Saturday.

“May God protect the memory of the Armenian people! Memory cannot be stifled or forgotten! Memory is a source of peace and future!”

On Friday, he described the slaughter of ethnic Armenians by Ottoman Turks as an act of “genocide.”

“During a Mass marking the 100th anniversary of the deaths in April 2015, he said the events were “the first genocide of the 20th century,” echoing a phrase first used by Pope John Paul II in a 2001 joint declaration ahead of his own trip to Armenia,” said a report.

http://www.genocide-museum.am/eng/photos_of_armenian_genocide.php#

 

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NOTHING SHORT OF GENOCIDE: 10,000 Migrant Kids Missing in EU

Posted by feww on January 31, 2016

Fate of the migrant kids who don’t drown at sea…

At least 10,000 migrant children may have disappeared in Europe over  the past 24 months, said the EU’s police intelligence unit (Europol).

“We estimate that at least 26,000 unaccompanied children entered Europe last year – children who have risked everything to flee war, persecution and extreme poverty alone. They come from Afghanistan, Syria, Eritrea, Somalia and Iraq, among other places, seeking sanctuary,” said Save the Children’s CEO, earlier this month.

On Friday, IOM said an estimated that 55,528 migrants and refugees had crossed the Mediterranean to enter Europe during the first 28 days of 2016 – a rate of nearly 2,000 per day. The daily average is nearly equivalent to the total numbers for the month of January as recently as two years ago.

During the same period IOM has recorded some 244 deaths at sea [global total of 361 fatalities,] as well as at least a dozen more deaths of migrants and refugees who died either after reaching Europe or traveling to a launch point in Turkey. By comparison, total deaths on Mediterranean Sea routes were 12 in 2014 and 82 last year.

Just hours after IOM released its latest statement, 39 more migrants and refugees including 10 children drowned on Saturday trying to cross the Aegean Sea from Turkey to Greece.

In May 2015, Italian authorities warned that about 5,000 children had disappeared from asylum reception centers since the previous summer.

In Sweden, about 1,000 unaccompanied refugee children and teens had gone missing by October last year, within a month of arriving in the southern town of Trelleborg, officials have admitted.

In 2015, a total of 1,047,844 refugees and migrants arrived in Europe [Greece, Bulgaria, Italy, Spain, Malta, as well as Cyprus] including 1,011,712 by sea, with at least 5,394 fatalities recorded globally, said IOM’s Missing Migrants Project.

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Turkish Offensive on Kurdish Areas Threatens 200,000 Lives

Posted by feww on January 21, 2016

Democracy cannot exist without freedom of expression

Onslaught on Kurdish areas in Turkey putting tens of thousands of lives at risk —Amnesty

“The Turkish government’s onslaught on Kurdish towns and neighborhoods, which includes round-the-clock curfews and cuts to services, is putting the lives of up to 200,000 people at risk and amounts to collective punishment,” says Amnesty International.

“Cuts to water and electricity supplies combined with the dangers of accessing food and medical care while under fire are having a devastating effect on residents, and the situation is likely to get worse, fast, if this isn’t addressed,” said Amnesty International’s Europe and Central Asia Program Director.“In some areas, crippling curfews that don’t allow people to leave their houses at all have been in place for more than a month, effectively laying siege to entire neighborhoods. It is imperative that the Turkish authorities ensure that affected residents are able to access food and essential services.”

Amnesty cites numerous reports of Turkish security forces preventing ambulances from entering areas under curfew. In one incident, body of a man killed during clashes in Silopi was left to decompose at the family’s home for 12 days before authorities allowed it to be collected.

Meanwhile the Turkish dictator has vowed to punish treasonous’ academics for defending human rights.

Turkish president vows ‘treasonous’ academics will pay the price

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has stepped up his harsh rhetoric against academics who called for an end to military operations in Turkey’s southeast, warning that they would pay the price for “falling into a pit of treachery,” said a report.

“I’m saying frankly: This mindset which gives a self-styled fatwa to the terror organization’s attacks on public servants, which simply says ‘it would be better if it didn’t do so’ in response to the killing of civilians, disgusts me,” Erdoğan said.

Prosecutors have launched a major investigation into more than 1,200 academics who signed a petition denouncing military operations in the southeast, with at least 18 being detained so far. The EU and the United States have both denounced the probes in unusually strong statements.

The Turkish dictator, speaking at his presidential palace, said the academics’ “masks have fallen off,” showing their “real and ugly faces.”

“They spit out hatred of our nation’s values and history on every occasion. The petition has made this clearer.”

“Do you think you can disrupt the unity of this nation? Do you think you can continue to have a comfortable life with a salary from the state, without paying a price?” Erdoğan said.

“In a state of law like Turkey, so-called academics who target the unity of our nation have no right to commit crimes. They don’t have immunity for this.”

All those detained in the probe into the petition last week have since been released but they still face investigation and eventual trial.

Academics support colleagues under probe in Turkey

Hundreds of Turkish academics have expressed solidarity with their colleagues suspected of terrorism crimes after signing a petition to call for an end to ongoing violence in southeastern Turkey in a statement sent to the Hürriyet Daily News.

“Democracy cannot exist without freedom of expression,” said the statement signed by 610 academics from various universities including some in the United States, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Austria and Turkey.

“We, the undersigned academics, believe that freedom of expression is the core element of academic life… we think that the reaction of the government and the Higher Education Council [YÖK] toward the petition entitled ‘We shall not be a party to this crime’ signed by over 1,000 academics is wrong and disturbing,” the statement said.

The statement came amid a criminal complaint against a group of people, including 15 academics out of a total of 1,228 who signed the petition to call for peace, as well as overt death threats by ultranationalist mafia boss Sedat Peker that directly targeted the academics. The scholars also demanded state protection as they said “our lives are in danger” in a criminal complaint filed with the Istanbul Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office.

“We will let your blood flow in streams and take a shower in your blood,” Peker, a well-known convicted criminal, said in a message posted on his personal website on Jan. 13. The message titled as “The So-Called Intellectuals, The Bells Will Toll for You First” was posted just a day after President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan called more than 1,000 Turkish and international academics as “poor excuses for intellectuals.”

The statement from the 610 also said public debate and criticism were the basic tenets of democracy, whereas silencing and persecuting dissent were the hallmarks of authoritarianism.

“The attempt to punish the academics who express their opinions regarding the burning problems which are currently affecting the country constitutes a blow to academic freedom. Social progress is bound to be impeded by such an attack,” it added.

At least 40,000 people have been killed in the Kurdish conflict since 1984, Turkish govt says.

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Iraqi PM Demands Withdrawal of Turkish Battalion Near Mosul

Posted by feww on December 5, 2015

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Turkey protecting terrorists partners in Mosul?

Iraqi Prime Minister has condemned a Turkish military incursion into its northern territory, demanding their immediate withdrawal.

The incursion of “around one armed battalion [up to 300 troops] with [dozens] of tanks and cannons” into the Nineveh Province was a violation of Iraq’s sovereignty, said Mr Abadi in a statement released on December 5.

Turkish officials claim the troops were deployed on Friday (December 4) as part of a “routine exercise” to train Iraqi troops near the city of Mosul, which was captured by Daesh terrorists 16 months ago.

Iraq’s Foreign Ministry has described the troops movement into the northern Iraqi province as an “incursion,” rejecting the Turkish claim and asserting that the military operation was not coordinated with the federal government in Baghdad, said reports.

“The Turkish sources maintained that Turkey already had troops in Iraq’s autonomous Kurdistan region, and the United States and other countries involved in fighting IS there were aware it was moving some troops to the Mosul area,” said a report.

“U.S. officials in Washington said they were aware of Turkey’s move, but it was not coordinated with the anti-IS coalition operating in northern Iraq.”

Turkey stands accused of buying stolen oil from Daesh terrorists [aka, Islamic State, ISIL.] The large scale illegal oil trade is helping the terrorist to rake in about 3 million dollars per day.

Daesh kidnapped 49 staff from the Turkish consulate in Mosul after seizing control of the city in June 2014; however, they released everyone unharmed three months later, AFP reported.

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Russian military presents “proof” of Turkey’s role in ISIL oil trade

Posted by feww on December 2, 2015

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The “NATO-protected” ISIL targets that coalition airstrikes in Syria avoided for more than 14 months

Media briefing “Russian Federation Armed Forces fighting against international terrorism. New data”

Satellite and aerial images taken on November 14, show 3,722 oil tankers, trucks and trailers waiting to carry oil stolen by ISIL, AlNusra Front and affiliated terrorist groups into Turkey, says the report.

“The fleet of terrorist [vehicles] features up to 8,500 tanker trucks which transport up to 200,000 barrels of oil daily [into Turkey.]”

Hundreds of oil tanker trucks cross the Turkey-Syria border each day, carrying oil stolen by the terrorists to the Batman refinery in Turkey.

Some of the oil, stolen from both Iraq and Turkey, is transported to two of Turkey’s Mediterranean ports and from there exported to other countries.

ISIL rakes in about three million dollars per day from the illegal oil trade, said the report.

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Earthquake Rattles Central Turkey

Posted by feww on November 29, 2015

M5.0 quake strikes near Hekimhan, Turkey

Centered at 38.8ºN, 37.84ºE, the quake occurred at a depth of about 22km, and was followed by dozens of small aftershocks, reported EMSC.

EQ Details

Magnitude: 5.0Mb (body wave magnitude) [4.9Mw: USGS/EHP]
Region: CENTRAL TURKEY
Date & time: 2015-11-29 00:28:08.0 UTC
Location: 38.8ºN, 37.84ºE
Depth: 22km
Distances:

  • 202 km N of Gaziantep, Turkey / pop: 1,065,975 /
  • 68 km NW of Malatya, Turkey / pop: 441,805 /
  • 8 km W of Hekimhan, Turkey / pop: 13,946 /

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Russian Warplane Shot Down near Syria-Turkey Border

Posted by feww on November 24, 2015

UPDATE: The Russian Defense Ministry has confirmed the Russian Su-24 military plane was shot down by a Turkish F-16 over Syrian territory. The plane was attacked while returning to Khmeimim airbase, said the Ministry, adding that the plane did not violate Turkish air space.

Report compiled by a reader

Turkey says it shot down Russian warplane

Excerpts from various reports

Turkish military: The Russian pilot had been warned at least 10 times  over five minutes the plane had violated Turkish airspace. Two of F-16 fighter jets shot down the plane.

Turkish PM Ahmet Davutoglu: Turkey has the right to respond to violations of its airspace.

Russian President Vladimir Putin: Turkey has stabbed Russia in the back by shooting down our warplane. They have acted as an accomplice to the terrorists. The plane was flying 1 km away from the Turkish border and posed no threat to Turkish national security.

Russia noticed of the flow of oil from Syrian territory under the control of terrorists to Turkey, Putin said.

Apparently, IS now not only receives revenue from the smuggling of oil, but also has the protection of a nation’s military, Putin said. This may explain why the terrorist group is so bold in taking acts of terrorism across the world, he added.

The incident will have grave consequences for Russia’s relations with Turkey, Putin warned.

The fact that Turkey did not try to contact Russia in the wake of the incident and rushed to call a NATO meeting instead is worrisome, Putin said. It appears that Turkey want NATO to serve the interests of IS, he added.

Putin said Russia respects the regional interests of other nations, but warned the atrocity committed by Turkey would not go without an answer

Russian Defense Ministry: A Russian Su-24 fighter has been shot down in Syria. The aircraft was flying at the altitude of 6,000 meters within the Syrian airspace.

“Today an aircraft from the Russian air group in the Syrian Arab Republic crashed on the territory of Syria supposedly shot down from the ground.”

“During all the flight time, the aircraft was flying only within the borders of the Syrian territory. That was registered by objective monitoring data.”

MSM: Footage posted online allegedly shows Russian pilots from the downed jet laying motionless, possibly dead on the ground and surrounded by Syrian Turkmens.

UK Foreign Office: “Clearly this is a very serious incident, but it would be unwise to comment further until we have more certainty on the facts.”

Internet: Turkish PM has requested extraordinary NATO council meeting to inform members of downing of Russian jet. Meeting scheduled for 5pm Brussels time.

History: This was the first time a NATO country has shot down a Russian or Soviet war plane since the 1950s.

Added by Moderator

Francois Hollande: Was it something I said? The French President had called for both Washington and Moscow to set aside their policy divisions over Syria and “fight this terrorist army in a broad, single coalition.” Unknown to him, those “policy divisions” are clearly irreconcilable.

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Death Toll Rises to 86 in Ankara Bombing Massacre

Posted by feww on October 10, 2015

Pro-Kurdish HDP party pins Ankara bombing massacre on President Erdogan

Two massive explosions at a peace rally in the Turkish capital Ankara have killed at least 86 people and injured 186, authorities said.

The deadly explosions happened shortly after 10:00 local time, targeting Turkey’s pro-Kurdish opposition Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), ahead of a peace rally.

Eyewitnesses said the explosions were carried out by suicide bombers and that there were no police personnel present near the crime scene when the bombing occurred. The riot police arrived at the scene about 15 minutes later, according to HDP Foreign Affairs Commission.

The HDP has also accused the Turkish police of firing teargas on the people who were helping the injured.

The leader of pro-Kurdish HDP party has blamed the “State.” On Thursday, he had accused the Turkey’s President Erdogan for the assassinations of two people in Kurdish regions, earlier this week.

“Selahattin Demirtaş, the co-chair of the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), has claimed that the special operations forces who were sent by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and the National Intelligence Organization (MİT) to predominantly Kurdish regions are committing murders in those areas,” said a report.

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