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Erdogan owes his life to Putin, who prevented US-led coup in Turkey

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The Turkish coup was originally planned for August, when the Greek Government was 'scheduled' to enter a crisis and be itself couped. This way, the entire Balkan would have entered a critical phase, with an end result of installing puppet Governments subservient to the US and a new iron curtain between US controlled Europe and Russia.

There isn't a country that didn't know a coup was underway in Turkey (apparently with the exception of the Turks who were wondering why were there tanks on the Bosphorus bridge). The specific coup-date kept being moved and wasn't known, however CNN's Christiana Amanpour helped everyone narrow it down when she set up base in Ankara and Istanbul just two days before the coup.

The Pentagon has a special relationship with CNN, and typically lets them know when the US is coup-ing a nation, so they can set up camp and report live. CNN's Amanpour has managed to get herself banned from several countries; with good reason - when she shows up in a country, something terrible happens to that country. Turkey was no exception.

Russia, Iran, Syria.... were all aware of a US led coup in Turkey. For this purpose, official Moscow sent one of Putin's advisors to travel to Ankara. The trip was top secret, no one in Tehran, Damascus or even in Moscow was aware of it, only few select in Putin's inner circle.

Aleksandar Dugin was the man that was sent to Ankara to warn the Turkish leadership, but also to give them a massive list of people involved in the coup.

Star of David

Israeli forces murder Hamas militant in overnight raid in response to killing of rabbi

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Israel's security forces say they have killed a Hamas militant deemed responsible for the murder of Rabbi Michael Mark in a drive-by shooting. The raid was carried out overnight near Hebron, while a further two militants were arrested.

The man killed was identified as Mohammad Al-Fakih, who Israel says is a member of Hamas' armed wing, the Al-Qassam Brigades. The operation was jointly carried out by the Shin Bet (Israel's security agency), the Israeli Defense Forces and the Israeli police as they targeted a house in the village of Surif, near Hebron in the occupied West Bank.

"During the raid, the terrorist opened fire on our forces," the IDF said in a statement cited by the Jerusalem Post. "In response, the forces returned fire, and launched a number of anti-tank missiles at the structure in which he had barricaded himself."

The IDF subsequently used a bulldozer to partly demolish the building. When the troops eventually entered the house, they found Al-Fakih dead. A Palestinian woman received light injuries during the gunfire and was taken to hospital.


Pistol

Predictable: German "officials" call for change to constitution after Munich shooting; want military on streets, gun control

© Sven Hoppe/European Press Agency
Armed German police on duty at the main railway station in central Munich, Germany on New Year's Eve, after officials reported an imminent terror threat to the city.
The bodies of the victims of Munich's recent mass shooting barely cold, German "authorities" and politicians have wasted no time in calling for more police state measures and the further clamp down on access to gun ownership in Germany.

Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim Hermann is now pushing for going so far as to revise the German Constitutionso that limits placed on using the military domestically can be removed, allowing the German military to be used inside Germany for "large-scale terrorist situations."

The limits on Germany's military were put in place after World War II and in response to Germany's experience with the Nazi regime with all its excesses, totalitarianism, violence, and genocide.

Hermann stated that Germany is "an absolutely stable democracy" and, as such, Germans should be perfectly fine with having their military deployed on German streets.

Baden-Wurttemberg's Interior Minister also hinted at the possibility of changing the German Constitution in a manner similar to Hermann.

Social Democrats and Greens have criticized the statements as opportunism.

Eye 2

George Soros returns to funding Killary in effort to defeat Trump

George Soros is back.

The billionaire investor, who scaled back his political giving after a then-unprecedented $27 million spending spree to try to defeat George Bush in 2004, has quietly reemerged as a leading funder of Democratic politics — and as a leading bogeymanof conservatives.

Soros has donated or committed more than $25 million to boost Hillary Clinton and other Democratic candidates and causes, according to Federal Election Commission records and interviews with his associates and Democratic fundraising operatives. And some of his associates say they expect Soros, who amassed a fortune estimated at $24.9 billion through risky currency trades, to give even more as Election Day nears.

The 85-year-old Hungarian-born New Yorker had planned to attend his first-ever Democratic convention here to watch Clinton, with whom he has a 25-year relationship, accept the Democratic presidential nomination on Thursday. But an associate said he decided to cancel the trip this week because Soros, who recentlyreturned to active trading, felt he needed to closely monitor the economic situation in Europe.

Nonetheless, people close to Soros say he seems more politically engaged than he's been in years, motivated they say by a combination of faith in Clinton and fear of her GOP rival Donald Trump, who Soros has accused of "doing the work of ISIS" by stoking fears.

Info

Chinese troops in Indian State of Uttarakhand

© AFP 2016/ AAMIR QURESHI
Chinese troops entered the state of Uttarakhand last week, the government confirmed on Wednesday.

The area where the incursion took place is a demilitarized international stretch of 80 sq km in Barahoti, part of the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. The grazing area is claimed both by India and China and shepherds from both the sides are allowed to enter the area.

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat said he had flagged the matter with the central government after the incursion was reported.

Comment: Raising the tension: India moves nearly one hundred tanks and troops to Chinese border


Blue Planet

Putin calls for unified international doping controls

© Michael Klimentyev / Sputnik
Russian President Vladimir Putin addresses the meeting with the national Olympic team before its sendoff to the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. The Kremlin.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has called for the introduction of unified international standards for doping controls, and for both athletes and sports fans to have easy access to all necessary information. "Russia must show that it is fully committed to a clean and honest fight and that it is ready for a real partnership with the sporting world in its opposition to the use of doping," Putin said.

The Russian head of state was speaking at the Kremlin, where he was meeting with more than 150 athletes who will soon depart for Rio de Janeiro to take part in next month's Olympic Games. However, he was scathing about the fact that a number of clean Russian athletes will be denied the opportunity to represent their country at the Games. "A number of Russian athletes have unfairly suffered and there was no concrete evidence of doping against them," he said, while also mentioning that the absence of dozens of Russian athletes would only serve to make the events less interesting.

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) banned 67 Russian athletes from competing in Rio, with only the US-based long jumper Darya Klishina being allowed to represent Russia. "Russia cannot agree with the absolute disqualification of our track and field athletes," Putin said, adding that this was "open discrimination" and that they would fight to clear their names.

Light Sabers

Trump makes fun of Hillary's middle name and blasts her for needing to take naps throughout the day


Comment: Trump is displaying clear immature behavior by making fun of Hillary's last name, like a grade schooler at recess, but it is interesting to note that Hillary apparently needs to take naps throughout the day and has "low energy". Her batteries must not last very long before needing to be recharged.


Before Mike Pence and Donald Trump hit the stage Monday afternoon, their crowd was already chanting 'Lock her up!' - a slap at the presumptive Democratic nominee for president.

By the time Trump was through with his first post-convention campaign stop, he had one-upped them by giving Hillary Rodham Clinton a new nickname.

'Why did Hillary get rid of her middle name? Huh? Hillary?' he asked a capacity crowd in a ballroom at a Roanoke, Virginia hotel. 'No, but why did she get rid of it?'

'Hillary - "Rotten" Clinton!' he said. '"Rotten" Clinton. Hillary Rotten Clinton, right?'

'Maybe that's why. It's too close.'

Cross

Poroshenko's overthrow might be triggered by Ukrainian Cross Procession ceremony

Petro Poroshenko is hated by the people because of their falling living standards, by the Nazis because he is a tycoon and the son of a Jew, and by his oligarch colleagues because he is the one who controls the country's dwindling financial resources

Preparations for the overthrow of Petro Poroshenko are in full swing in Kiev. The listless political campaign that made no headway around the theme of early parliamentary elections for the last six months, has congealed into "Azov" Nazi demonstrations, while trade unions are unhappy with the sudden fall in living standards.

The explosion of Alyona Pritula's car, killing journalist Pavel Sheremet, triggered a media campaign reporting that the police were "illegally watching" him....

The attack on the Cross Procession for Peace, organized by the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate, could provoke Nazi-led street riots. Two sections of the Cross Procession are headed to Kiev from different directions - from the Svyatogorsky Monastery in the East and the Pochaevsky Monastery from the West.

Opponents of the Kiev government believe the Cross Procession could gather up to 1,5 million on the streets of Kiev. Even if this figure is exaggerated, dozens or even hundreds of thousands of Orthodox anti-fasсists agitating against war are the legal political alternative to the regime that tried to avoid its appearance by prohibiting the tame Communist Party of Ukraine, shutting down the opposition mass media and expanding repression against active anti-fascists.

Comment: More news on the Cross Procession from Voices from Russia:
Despite multiple provocations by ultra-right gangsters and ruthless government pressure, the all-Ukrainian HOLY PROCESSION of Peace, Love, and Prayer for the Ukraine is approaching Kiev. The procession, blessed by Metropolitan Onufry Berezovsky of Kiev and all the Ukraine, started on 9 July at two holy Lavras, ‪Pochaev in the west and‪ ‎Svyatogorsk in the east. Both columns of believers have already marched hundreds of kilometres on foot and are due to enter Kiev and meet in the centre of the city on 28 July, the very place and day where and when St Vladimir baptised Rus 1,028 years ago. The MVDU tried to block and ban the procession "for safety reasons" as they "can't guarantee the participants' security". The march goes on anyway, with an unambiguous submission to God's will. Many expect that the holy procession will be a long-awaited turning point in the Ukrainian conflict.



Snakes in Suits

Yemen conflict: UK told to reverse policy, investigate alleged Saudi crimes again

© AP Photo/ Hani Mohammed
New UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson is under pressure from lawmakers to reverse British policy and support an independent investigation into alleged Saudi breaches of international law in Yemen.

In a letter to Johnson, Stephen Twigg, the chairman of the International Development Committee, called for an investigation after the Foreign Office made a series of corrections to previous oral and written statements made by ministers in regards to the Saudi military offensive.

While previous statements ensured MPs that Saudi Arabia, a key British ally, had not breached international humanitarian law (IHL) in Yemen, the corrections seemed to backtrack on earlier statements, with the revisions saying the UK government was unable to assess whether such breaches had occurred.

Comment: British High Court rules to conduct full legal review of UK's supply of illegal weapons for Saudi Arabia's atrocities in Yemen


Dollar

NGO calculates UK licensed £3.3bn in arms to Saudi in first 12 months of Yemen bombing

© Russell Cheyne / Reuters
Britain licensed billions in arms sales to its theocratic ally Saudi Arabia in the first year of the war in Yemen despite concerns over civilian deaths, according to Campaign Against the Arms Trade (CAAT).

Drawing on newly released figures from the UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) department, CAAT argues that despite repeated warnings between April 2015 and March 2016, the government has done nothing to stop the trade.

The organization calculates that exports to the Saudi regime include £2.2 billion ($2.9 billion) of 'ML10' licences for military aircraft, £1.1 billion of 'ML4' licenses for munitions such as missiles and bombs and a further £430,000 of 'ML6' licenses for armored vehicles including tanks.