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US Goes to Economic War Against NATO Ally Turkey: Time for a Civil Divorce? – Antiwar.com

As for NATO, the US should reconsider its own role, since the Russia as threat meme is radically overblown and the Europeans are well able to defend themselves, a responsibility they should have taken over years ago. In the meantime, the alliance should reconsider Ankara’s membership. The Erdogan government cannot be trusted and even its successor is not likely to abandon nationalistic objectives popular with the Turkish public. NATO’s southeast anchor against Moscow isn’t useful if Turks look more favorably on Russia than their nominal allies. It also is embarrassing to all if a member of the transatlantic alliance is oppressing its people at home and fomenting conflict abroad.

Of course, the US should not treat Turkey as an enemy, for it is not one. However, Washington should drop the illusion that Ankara is an ally. In practice, Turkey is a frenemy, a state with often contrary and sometimes hostile objectives, though willing to cooperate when interests coincide. In this way Turkey is similar to Russia, once the Washington Beltway’s Russophobia is stripped away. Disagreements are real, but not existential. Areas for cooperation exist, but are limited.

Why America Must Lead Again – Foreign Affairs

Rescuing U.S. Foreign Policy After Trump. By nearly every measure, the credibility and influence of the United States in the world have diminished since President Barack Obama and I left office on January 20, 2017. President Donald Trump has belittled, undermined, and in some cases abandoned U.S. allies and partners. He has turned on our …

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Could Iran, Turkey and others take advantage of US post-election doubts? – The Jerusalem Post

The usual shrill voices have been quiet for a few days, wondering like the rest of the world what might happen. Iranian and Turkish media are taking a “wait and see” approach to the US election. The usual shrill voices have been quiet for a few days, wondering like the rest of the world what might …

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Money, Politics and Turkey’s Gold Repatriation from London – Bullion Vault

Put simply, the Erdogan government has borrowed heavily from Turkey’s commercial banks, especially foreign currency loans. These will have been charged at a lower interest-rate than raising a loan in Lira, because the Lira is so unstable. But now the Lira has sunk even further, repaying those loans to the commercial banks has become much more expensive to Ankara.
 
What if it defaults, or threatens to? How about it has the commercial banks’ gold close at hand, rather than in a foreign jurisdiction where – who knows? – other lenders might also want repaying?

Eno Morales’ party claims victory in Bolivian election as former economy minister Luis Arce wins presidential vote – New Republic

La Paz, Bolivia: Exiled former Bolivian president Evo Morales celebrated as his former economy minister claimed victory in a presidential election that throws out the conservative US-backed interim government that took power a year ago after the leftist leader resigned and fled the country. Interim President Jeanine Anez, a bitter foe of Morales, conceded defeat, …

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Turkey, Not Trump, Threatens NATO and Europe – The American Spectator

Between 2013 and 2015, Ankara allowed the movement of jihadist fanatics across the Turkish border with Syria. This month, she dispatched around a thousand Syrian rebels and other hired characters to Azerbaijan, who’s using them in a war of annihilation against Armenia. There’s evidence to suggest there’s a contingent of Islamists among them. If so, then until Armenians dispatch them for good they will constitute a menace to their near enemies today — and to their far enemies, such as the free West, tomorrow. Turkey may well have gotten away with this even if she wasn’t a member of NATO, but how shameful and farcical and maddening is it that she is?

Greece as a bulwark of the West – ekathimerini.com

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis (l) talks with Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades at the EU summit in Brussels, on October 2. Greece, Cyprus and Israel form a security community of liberal democracies with common interests and values. [EPA] The recent visit by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo secured the future of Greek-American relations. Washington …

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The autocrats of the world are uniting – UnHerd

If Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is so determined to gild his nation’s Islamic credentials, why has he been cooperating with Beijing to extradite Uighur Muslim refugees? Why hasn’t he protested against Xi Jinping’s mass detention and reeducation camps? When not currying favor with Xi, Erdoğan has also been busy consulting with Vladimir Putin — …

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Be courageous in diplomacy, EU chief says, proposing new sanctions – Reuters

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The EU’s chief executive chided European Union governments on Wednesday for an ineffective foreign policy and proposed U.S.-style sanctions on human rights abusers around the world. Once able to boast of a soft power that helped transform communist neighbours into market economies, the EU increasingly finds itself unable to agree common positions …

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Erdogan thinks big – Turkey’s strongman, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, takes to the world stage – The Economist

He is posing as the voice of Muslims everywhere and of the global South PRESIDENT RECEP TAYYIP ERDOGAN likes to cut to the chase. Others may think the multilateral dispute over territorial waters, continental shelves and hydrocarbons in the Eastern Mediterranean, which has brought Turkey close to war with Greece, is complicated. For Turkey’s leader, …

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‘Ertugrul’ Reveals How Turkey’s Soft Power Conquered Pakistan – Foreign Policy

The TV drama “Ertugrul” reveals how neo-Ottoman fantasies are finding an enthusiastic audience in a country that struggles with Saudi and Western influence. When Esra Bilgic, the 27-year-old star of the popular Turkish television drama Dirilis: Ertugrul (“Resurrection: Ertugrul”), posted a picture of herself in a bralette and blazer on Instagram, she couldn’t have anticipated …

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Venezuela Fuels an Amazon Gold Rush With Petrodollars Drying Up – Bloomberg

 Mining area has more than tripled since March 2019, NGO says. Officials redouble work on mining camps as oil output plummets  U.S. sanctions and a collapsing oil industry are prompting Venezuela to step up its push into gold mining, including in protected areas of the Amazon. The amount of land used for mining has more than …

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