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Erdogan claims Mosul as Turkish, evidenced in 20th Century document

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Erdogan lays claim to Mosul as Turkish.
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan invoked on Monday an early 20th-century irredentist document that claimed the Iraqi city of Mosul as Turkish soil. Erdogan's remarks came amid the commencement of a long-anticipated operation by the Iraqi Army, Kurdistan's Peshmerga Forces and the US-led Coalition to liberate Mosul from the Islamic State (IS).

In Mosul "a history lies for us. If the gentlemen desire so, let them read the Misak-i Milli (National Oath) and understand what the place means to us," Erdogan declared. The Turkish president referred to an Ottoman Parliament-sealed, 1920 pact that designates Kirkuk and Mosul as parts of Turkey. Erdogan was speaking to the International Law Congress in Istanbul, according to the Kurdistan24 bureau there.

The Turkish President vowed his country would join both the Mosul operation that began in the morning and any talks regarding the Iraqi city's fate in the aftermath of its capture from IS.
© Misaki Mili
The map of Turkey according to the Ottoman Parliament-sealed, 1920 National Oath that designates today's Kurdistan Region, Mosul, Syrian Kurdistan, Aleppo, parts of the Balkans and Caucasus as Turkish soil.

Comment: As if the Middle East territory grab isn't messy enough...!


Russia deputy FM vows response to any new US sanctions with 'painful' measures

© Natalia Seliverstova / Sputnik
The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Smolenskaya-Sennaya Square in Moscow.
Moscow will find response measures that would be "painful" for Washington if the US decides to continue toughening its sanctions against Russia, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov told Russian MPs.

"If the US opts to further toughen sanctions in defiance of common sense and in disregard of its experience that has already been quite painful for them, then we will find measures in our toolbox that will have a painful impact, particularly in terms of America's positioning in the world," Ryabkov told the deputies of the Russian State Duma, ahead of a vote on a bill suspending the Russian-American deal on reprocessing weapons-grade plutonium.

The Russian deputy foreign minister also said that the US continues to issue threats "on a daily basis" concerning the imposition of new sanctions against Russia "under various pretexts." He added that 281 Russian legal entities and 81 officials, including a number of high-ranking figures, are now on the US sanctions list.

Eye 2

New emails: Abedin concerned Killary needs podium, 'cannot walk around' -- in 2009

In 2009, Abedin said Clinton would object to speaking with crowd on both sides or without podium

Emails obtained by Citizens United through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request and released on Tuesday suggest that walking around a stage may have been a challenging burden for Hillary Clinton as early as 2009.

In a 2009 email exchange between top Clinton aide Huma Abedin and Clinton Global Initiative employees Amitabh Desai and Ed Hughes, Abedin revealed that Clinton could not walk around the stage like her husband Bill Clinton and would need a podium for an upcoming address.

"Just want to make sure someone has coordinated with you on hrc speech set up," Abedin wrote. "She won't be able to give it in the round like [Bill Clinton] does walking around with microphone," she explained. "Are we able to set it up so shes speaking at a podium [sic]?"
© Wikileaks

Comment: Considering Killary managed to get though the second debate under just those circumstances, one must salute her doctors for coming up with just the right cocktail of meds to pull it off. Precision doping isn't just for cheating athletes!


Good luck with that! Ukraine's gas monopoly, Naftgaz, will demand $2.6bn from Russia for Crimean "assets"

© Valentyn Ogirenko / Reuters
A man walks past the headquarters of the Ukrainian national joint stock company NaftoGaz in central Kiev, Ukraine.
Ukraine's national oil and gas company Naftogaz and its six subsidiaries are planning to sue Russia for the loss of assets in the Crimea, according to a statement released by the group.

"Naftogaz has preliminarily estimated the damage to the group at $2.6 billion," the company says, stressing that the claim includes property of Naftogaz, Chornomornaftogaz, Ukrtransgaz, Ukrgazvydobuvannia, Ukrtransnafta, Gaz Ukrainy and Likvo. Naftogaz claims the seizure of Crimean energy assets owned by the group violates the bilateral agreement on promotion and mutual protection of investments, signed by the two governments.

"After the illegal invasion of Crimea and the occupation of the peninsula in 2014, the Russian Federation applied an ambitious and well-coordinated scheme of depriving Ukrainian companies of their property without paying compensation," the company says.

In March, Naftogaz said it was planning to sue Russia over the Crimean assets, and that it would seek international investment arbitration.

Earlier this year, Naftogaz announced the start of compensation negotiations over the nationalizing of Chornomornaftogaz and Ukrtransgaz, which formed one enterprise after Crimea held a referendum to join Russia two years ago.

On March 16, 2014, the referendum asked the people of Crimea whether they wanted to join Russia, or if they wanted to restore the 1992 Crimean constitution and Crimea's status as a part of Ukraine. The referendum took place five days after the Crimean government declared the independence of the Republic of Crimea. The vast majority voted in favor of Crimea seceding from Ukraine and rejoining Russia.

Comment: Pretty rich of Naftogaz considering its core infrastructure would not have existed without funding from the Soviet Union. Not to mention that Ukraine owes Russia over $3 billion plus interest in loans.

Moscow: Interest on Ukraine's $3B overdue debt is $683,333 per day

Snakes in Suits

Former UK foreign secretary Straw admits Iraq invasion caused rise of ISIS

© Stefan Wermuth / Reuters
Former Foreign Secretary Jack Straw has admitted the 2003 invasion of Iraq played a hand in destabilizing the country and laid the groundwork for sectarian violence and the rise of Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL).

"I have a very heavy sense of responsibility because I was one of the senior ministers who made or recommended that decision [to invade Iraq] to the House of Commons," he said in an interview with Sky News.

Straw, who had also served as home secretary in the late 1990s, stressed he had made the recommendation to go to war in good faith, believing there were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.

"Had we known then that there was no known WMD there, there would have been no justification for it," he said.

Comment: Apparently no one is listening to Straw: The Chilcot inquiry into Iraq was pointless: Britain continues beating war drums over Russia

Others are saying the same thing:


Obama: Vote rigging is impossible so long as it's in favor of Hillary Clinton

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Is rigging the U.S. election possible?

Obama says it is not possible:
Obama was asked about Trump's voter fraud assertions on Tuesday [..] He responded with a blistering attack on the Republican candidate, noting that U.S. elections are run and monitored by local officials, who may well be appointed by Republican governors of states, and saying that cases of significant voter fraud were not to be found in American elections.

Obama said there was "no serious" person who would suggest it was possible to rig American elections, adding, "I'd invite Mr. Trump to stop whining and go try to make his case to get votes."
That is curious. There are a lot of "non serious" persons in the Democratic Party who tell us that Russia is trying to manipulate the U.S. elections. How is it going to do that when it's not possible? Moreover - Obama himself suggested that Russia may interfere with the U.S. elections: Obama: 'Possible' Russia interfering in US election

Is rigging the election only impossible when it is in favor of Hillary Clinton? This while rigging the elections in favor of Donald Trump, by Russia or someone else, is entirely possible and even "evident"?



Britain key facilitator in 'allowing corrupt money to flow globally'

© Mike Coppola / AFP
A view of Virgin Gorda during Summer Sizzle British Virgin Islands 2016. Mike Coppola
A view of Virgin Gorda during Summer Sizzle British Virgin Islands 2016.
Britain is a key facilitator of corrupt money flows across the world, according to a leading anti-corruption academic.

Professor Paul Heywood of Nottingham University told Parliament's International Development Committee (IDC) the role of Britain and the City of London "in allowing corrupt money to flow should not be underestimated."

A report published by the committee on Wednesday called on Britain to persuade overseas territories to create public registers of beneficial ownership in a bid to tackle corruption.

It urged the government to do more to combat the lack of transparency in its overseas territories else it risks hampering global anti-corruption efforts.

Failed attempts to convince overseas dependencies and territories, such as the British Virgin Islands, to create such registers were described as a missed opportunity to fight money laundering.

Comment: Direct take-over of the British Virgin Islands would just send the tax evaders packing to another tax haven. What Britain needs to do is take the Putin approach: Russian oligarchs receive Putin's ultimatum: Voluntarily structure your business to support the country or face losing it


U.S. installing more military bases in Argentina under trojan horse of 'scientific research' and 'security'

© Nicholas Kamm/Agence France-Presse
Barack Obama meets with Argentinian President Mauricio Macri at the Casa Rosada presidential palace in March of 2016.
What is the Purpose?

On May 18, 2016, the Argentine government and the U.S military reached an agreement, which granted the United States permission to build two new bases in the Tierra del Fuego region and on the triple border between Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay. While many officials are asserting that the Tierra del Fuego base would be used mainly for scientific work, the U.S. strategy actually has two main objectives. First, Washington is creating National Security Bases (NSB) for defense and strategic purposes. Secondly, the United States is establishing stations for joint military exercises, which are providing security resources and conducting training operations not only for Argentina, but for the rest of Latin America as well. However, the installation of these bases is inherently controversial. The head of the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR), Ernesto Samper has called for the U.S. military bases to "leave the continent."[i] Instead, Samper is seeking improved U.S-Latin American relations through diplomacy and dialogue, but building military strategic bases is nothing new to U.S. foreign policy. As noted by Aliana Navarez, a writer for Pulsamerica, "US bases installed in Central America and the Caribbean, added to those in Colombia, Peru, Chile and Paraguay, plus NATO in the Falklands and the British detachment in [South] Georgia Islands, all host multiple benefits to North America and its local allies."[ii] For example, in 2009, the Colombian government and the U.S military signed the 2009 Defense Cooperation Agreement to build land bases in Tolemaida and Larandia, as well as sea bases in Cartagena and Bahia Malaga. Opposition to this agreement was immediately raised in South America, even though the United States claimed that their purpose was to facilitate anti-drug operations in the area. In Colombia, the United States has continued to cooperate with the Santos Administration on bilateral security issues related to the recently-ended Colombian armed conflict with the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia - FARC) and Ejercito de Liberación Nacional (National Liberation Army - ELN).

Bad Guys

What Hillary Told Goldman: The Asia-Pacific-Pivot Still A Priority

© Corbett Report
The text of Hillary Clinton's speeches to Goldman Sachs have now been published. Go ahead, read them for yourself. It's perfectly legal to do so, despite what the mainstream media liars would like you to believe.

When you do, you will find a transcript of an interesting conversation between Hillary and Lloyd Blankfein (yes, that Lloyd Blankfein) that took place in October 2013 at Goldman's "Builders and Innovators Summit" in Arizona. After drawing on her expertise to enlighten the audience about diplomatic hotspots and trends in American foreign policy, Clinton focuses in on the South China Sea:
"48 percent of the world's trade, obviously that includes energy but includes everything else, goes through the South China Sea. Some of you may have seen the long article in the New York Times Magazine on the South China Sea this past weekend, an issue that I worked on for the entire time was in the State Department because China basically wants to control it. You can't hold that against them. They have the right to assert themselves. But if nobody's there to push back to create a balance, then they're going to have a chokehold on the sea lanes and also on the countries that border the South China Sea."

Magic Wand

Making nice? Obama upgrades Russia from 'regional power' to 'important country'

© Carlos Barria/Reuters
When it comes to commenting on Russia, Barack Obama and facts have long been strangers. But Tuesday's complete reversal of his previous opinion on the country's strength was still astounding.

The US president has had a few notable things to say about Russia in recent years. For instance, how it's a "regional power [that] doesn't make anything" with its "economy in tatters" which is "isolated." He also believed for a long time that it had no immigrants - despite being the second most popular migration destination in the world.

This week, Obama has suddenly changed his stance. And Russia has been upgraded, in his estimation, from a puny Danny De Vito to a towering Arnold Schwarzenegger. He told reporters in Washington how "we think that Russia is a large, important country with a military that is second only to ours."

Now, while his new stance is a bit more accurate, not to mention sure to go down well in Moscow, it also confirms how all over the shop Obama is when it comes to understanding Russia.

Fragile history

Especially if you consider what he said next. Obama criticized Donald Trump for flattery toward a Kremlin supremo, which Obama said was "unprecedented" in US politics. Completely forgetting the time when a gravely ill Franklin D. Roosevelt travelled to Tehran to meet Josef Stalin, who refused to venture to Cairo. His successor, Harry Truman, later agreed to visit Yalta for the post-World War II peace conference because the Soviet leader didn't fancy flying.

Comment: Russia Checkmates US in Syria: Expect More Terrorism, Not Nuclear War