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A new chapter in Greece’s Middle East military strategy – The New Arab

Concerns about Turkey’s regional assertiveness have pushed Greece to adopt a more proactive foreign policy, with Athens building new military and diplomatic alliances. “Against the Iranian axis, a resounding and strong regional alliance has been formed. Greece, Cyprus, Egypt, Jordan, the Gulf countries, and the State of Israel are members of this alliance.” The statement …

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How the Kashmir dispute is playing out in the Eastern Mediterranean – The New Arab

With friction growing between Ankara and Athens, the longstanding alliance between Pakistan and Turkey has prompted Greece and India to consider the mutual benefits of a strategic partnership. In the modern era, the balance of geopolitical power is constantly shifting, with new alliances being formed and historical tensions coming to the fore once again. Pakistan …

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Yuri Bezmenov – All Interviews & Lectures HQ (1984-1983)

The cultural subversion of the United States, Europe and the rest of the world. This is the compiled version of all of Bezmenov’s lectures I could find. This is G. Edward Griffin’s shocking video interview, Soviet Subversion of the Free-World Press (1984), where he interviews ex-KGB officer and Soviet defector Yuri Bezmenov who decided to …

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US calls on reluctant foreign forces to leave Libya – Arab Weekly

NEW YORK -UNITED NATIONS – The United States on Thursday called for the immediate withdrawal of Russian and Turkish forces from Libya, after a deadline for them to leave was ignored. This appeal marked a firmer expression of US policy toward oil-rich Libya under the new administration of President Joe Biden. “We call on all …

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Turkey’s Eastern Mediterranean Strategy Is Not About Natural Gas – Foreign Policy

Turkey’s adventures abroad are about more than hydrocarbons. They’re a bold and expensive attempt at geopolitical revisionism. In an episode that has tediously repeated itself several times since July, Turkey’s seismic-survey ships and navy vessels clash with Greek authorities while probing for hydrocarbons in waters off the small Greek island of Kastellorizo. Turkey and Greece—perennial …

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U.S. government begins legal proceedings against Turkish hacker group – Ahval

The U.S. government is taking Turkish hacker group Ayyıldız Team to court in the United States, according to IndyTurk. The U.S. government lodged a request with the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York requiring social media companies Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Google to reveal details of the group’s social media …

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Turkey’s Frantic Gold Rush Points to a Financial Crisis Ahead – The National Interest

Ultimately, the demand for gold reflects the realities of political and economic life in Turkey. On the one hand, citizens try to preserve what little wealth they have. On the other, a predatory political elite seeks economic gain amid the chaos.

In all likelihood, ordinary Turks will bear the brunt of their government’s ill-advised economic policies and machinations involving gold. If the currency crisis deepens, then Erdogan may have to ban FX deposits and convert citizens’ savings at an “official”— i.e., below-market—exchange rate, letting hyperinflation and negative real rates do the work. On Nov. 20, Erdogan asked Turks to “register whatever you have under the pillow, both abroad and domestically, without any question.” It is unlikely that many Turks will respond.

Sarraj Heads to Rome Again as Turkey ‘Summons’ his Senior Military Officials – Asharq AL-awsat

Libya has witnessed a flurry of developments in recent days, capped on Thursday with Government of National Accord (GNA) chief Fayez al-Sarraj’s surprise visit to Rome – his second in a month. Italian media noted that the two-day visit was supposed to have been a formal trip. Sarraj was then expected to then travel to …

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Greece, Israel Seal $1.6 Billion Defense Deal – Voice of America

ATHENS, GREECE – Greece said Tuesday it had approved a landmark $1.68 billion deal with Israel, providing for the procurement of 10 state-of-the-art jet fighters and training of pilots as the government in Athens upgrades its defenses, mainly against its longtime foe Turkey. The deal, which both sides are set to sign in the coming …

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May Gulf reconciliation cut Turkey’s ties to Muslim Brotherhood? – Yetkin Report

When Saudi Arabia killed the dissident writer Jamal Khashoggi in its İstanbul consulate it, in fact, killed two birds with one stone. Not only the Kingdom silenced a dissident but it gave a message to all the dissidents fleeing Arab dictatorships that they should not feel safe in Turkey. There is a little known or …

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Turkish police clash with students protesting Erdogan-appointed university head – Reuters

ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkish police clashed on Monday with students who protested against President Tayyip Erdogan’s appointment of a new rector at one of the country’s top universities, saying the process was undemocratic. In a decree published on Saturday, Erdogan appointed Melih Bulu, who has a doctorate in business management, as rector of Bogazici University …

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(Out in the) cold Turkey – Eurasia Group | Top Risks for 2021 – Risk 7

Turkey narrowly averted a financial crisis at the end of last year. But Ankara’s fix was a Band-Aid and won’t last through 2021. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan approved a shift to more orthodox monetary policy in late 2020 with the appointment of a credible team and pro-market measures. Markets have given Turkey the benefit of …

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