Monday, February 1, 2016

US Envoy/NATO visit to Annexed Syria- Turkey under fire- PKK warns Barzani....

Lots going on present day- So a quick round up of interesting news items!

U.S. envoy visited Kurdish- Annexed Syrian north
This surely has to do with the impending move to create that continuous Kurdish area, annexed violently, from Syria. Covered in two previous posts:  "Kurds Gear Up for Major Offensive Against ISIS" aka Annexing Syrian Territory And Narrative Prep for NATO's Invasion of Syria via (NATO Occupied) Turkey

Brett McGurk, the United States' new envoy to the coalition it leads against Islamic State, speaks to reporters during a news conference at the U.S. embassy in the heavily fortified Green Zone in Baghdad, Iraq, December 9, 2015. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani
Brett McGurk, the United States' new envoy to the coalition it leads against Islamic State

- This is also a NATO visit. And, it is a significant visit!
"We can confirm that Special Presidential Envoy Brett McGurk completed a two day visit to northern Syria this weekend to assess progress in the campaign to degrade and destroy ISIL," the U.S. official said, using an acronym for Islamic State.

"This visit and the discussions he had are in keeping with the Special Envoy's efforts to continue looking for ways to increase coalition pressure on ISIL," the official said.

Fred Hof, a Syria expert with the Atlantic Council think tank, said to his knowledge this was the first declared visit to Syria (annexed territory) by a U.S. government official since the February 2012 closure of the U.S. embassy in Damascus.

The Syrian Kurdish official told Reuters McGurk landed at a Kurdish-controlled airport being used by U.S. military helicopters for logistical purposes and deliveries.

McGurk was received by officials including the prime minister of one of three autonomous regions, or cantons, the Syrian Kurds have set up in northern Syria.

In a statement posted on Youtube, Akram Hasso, head of the administration of Jazeera province, said McGurk's delegation was 17 strong and included representatives of France and Britain.

The trip by Brett McGurk, the U.S. envoy to the coalition against Islamic State, may anger neighboring Turkey ......
 I would say that visit is intended to send a message to Turkey’s leadership-

I want to share some picture’s at this time:
 
This isn’t Syria. If you thought it was, it would be understandable, but it's not.
 



Those images are from Turkey.  Can anyone really believe Turkey is not being covertly destabilized by NATO proxies the PKK and special forces from multiple other nations


"We were oppressed by both sides," Ramazan Duruk, 56, who lived under curfew for 12 days in the town of Silvan last November, told Human Rights Watch. "This should not be a war zone. The population lives here. We keep saying this to both sides."

Exactly as I'd mentioned previously- The PKK set up shop right in the residential areas in order to provoke a response from the Turkish government! But the regular Kurds that reside in that area are not blaming the Turkish government alone- They are saying both sides are oppressing them.

Covered that topic previously in this post: PKK’s War of Choice lacks Kurdish public support in Turkey- YPG Terror in Syria

Foreign nationals employed by the PKK as snipers? - One Serbian sniper was recently identified. This is not a first for this reporting, but, a first time mention at the blog. The Serbian embassy did not deny this news, their statement was something like this activity is not officially condoned and it is not part of their official business in Turkey
The statement indicated that the Republic of Serbia strongly opposes any participation of its citizens in any armed conflicts in third countries. "The National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia has passed a law that sharply sanctions any such activity. Bearing in mind that the allegations cannot and should not be in any case or way related to the official policy or activities of the Republic of Serbia and its institutions. The embassy expects to be officially informed about the case by the Turkish side so the relevant Turkish and Serbian institutions can work together on its clarification in the aim of the fight against terrorism," the statement from the embassy said.

Russia wants information from NATO and the Pentagon,  not Turkey, regarding cross border shelling
 
It’s self evident why the request is being made to NATO and the Pentagon. Since NATO and the Pentagon have been running the show out of their NATO occupied territory and NATO airspace. Jens Stoltenberg made it abundantly clear that it was NATO's airspace recently violated, allegedly.

Recall? NATO Confirms Russian Intrusion into NATO Airspace- SAA gains in Aleppo

Russia would no more ask Justin Trudeau for an explanation of Canada’s involvement in the middle east  then they would ask Erdogan? Neither leader is in charge of their occupied territories.
“Russian Defense Ministry is waiting for explanations from representatives of NATO and the Pentagon of the actions of Turkish military which the ministry accuses of shelling the Syrian territory, official spokesman Igor Konashenkov said on Monday”

Finally a warning to Iraq’s Kurdish leadership courtesy of the PKK
On 29 January, two improvised explosive devices (IEDs) targeted a gas pipeline in the Shwan area of Kirkuk province; the pipeline feeds power stations in Erbil and Chemchemal, Sulaimaniyah province.

Independent energy company, Dana Gas, announced its gas plant at the Khor Mor field was offline for a few hours as a result.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, however a Kurdistan Region Government official in the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), which administers Erbil and Dahuk, Nadhim Harky, stated it would have been impossible for Islamic State to access the area since it falls within Kurdish-controlled territory.
 KDP states not Islamic State. Who could it have been?

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Narrative Prep for NATO's Invasion of Syria via (NATO Occupied) Turkey

If you haven't read this post- Read it first

NATO Confirms Russian Intrusion into NATO Airspace- SAA gains in Aleppo 

UPDATED- For the record "The Pentagon can confirm that Russia jet entered Turkish airspace" We are aware of reports and can confirm that yesterday another Russian combat aircraft violated Turkish — and NATO – airspace,” Pentagon spokesman Mark Wright told RIA Novosti in a written statement Saturday.
Russian intrusion as a pretext for NATO air support and move on Syria; Enabling NATO backed Kurdish militias to annex Syrian territory?

Hi Pen,
Yes, it is telling that Turkey is being described as NATO airspace. It is also convenient, as you say, that Erdogan will be in Latin America so he won't be able to interfere in NATO's moves as follows.

This looks like NATO is laying the narrative of 'Russia as the aggressor' in preparation for a NATO/Turkish military intervention into northern Syria.

If this happens, then I would expect moves by the US in Eastern Syria at the same time.

The US cannot allow Russia to prevail in Syria as its own (the US) prestige will diminish greatly and with that goes a lot of its power over its allies.

The US needs to keep the fighting alive and ongoing.
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  1. Hi James!

    You know what I'm thinking? I'm thinking this is the time NATO's army moves into Syria to connect the final leg of Syrian Kurdistan.

    The timing is perfect!

    By NATO's army I mean the Turkish military controlled by NATO-aka Deep State military PKK fighters and whatever NATO specials ops officers are available- from US, Canada, Britian, where-ever

    I mentioned in this post from Thursday January 28/16

    http://pennyforyourthoughts2.blogspot.ca/2016/01/kurds-gear-up-for-major-offensive.html

    " The powerful Syrian Kurdish YPG militia and its local allies (that would be all the previously mentioned persons) have drawn up plans for a major attack to seize the final stretch of the Syrian-Turkish border held by Islamic State fighters, a YPG source familiar with the plan said on Thursday"

    If your hunch is right James and it is extremely plausible as hubby says (standing here beside me, presently)I agree wholeheartedly because all the players are present and it all fits

    Now NATO has to set up air support aka protect Turkish airspace- It's the perfect cover for the PKK/YPG and their local allies to strike

    Let's see what plays out?
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Also James one last item

If this plays out- Turkey the nation state (not the NATO occupied state) will have "gone rogue"
Perhaps we are looking at the big move to really redraw the map?
Possible?
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  1. Check out some of these latest news items:
    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/syrian-civil-war-could-turkey-be-gambling-on-an-invasion-a6844171.html

    Syrian civil war: Could Turkey be gambling on an invasion?

    Kurdish forces, close to sealing the border, must beware - President Erdogan is unpredictable

    The Syrian war is at a crucial stage. Over the past year the Syrian Kurds and their highly effective army, the People’s Protection Units (YPG), have taken over half of Syria’s frontier with Turkey. The main supply line for Islamic State (Isis), through the border crossing of Tal Abyad north of Raqqa, was captured by the YPG last June. Supported by intense bombardment from the US Air Force, the Kurds have been advancing in all directions, sealing off northern Syria from Turkey in the swath of territory between the Tigris and Euphrates.

    Hmmmmmm

    I think this needs a post


    And here it is! Being curious about the news or should I say spin? Erdogan is out of the country - covered in the previous post

    Syrian civil war: Could Turkey be gambling on an invasion?

    Kurdish forces, close to sealing the border, must beware - President Erdogan is unpredictable 

    " The Syrian war is at a crucial stage. Over the past year the Syrian Kurds and their highly effective army, the People’s Protection Units (YPG), have taken over half of Syria’s frontier with Turkey. The main supply line for Islamic State (Isis), through the border crossing of Tal Abyad north of Raqqa, was captured by the YPG last June. Supported by intense bombardment from the US Air Force, the Kurds have been advancing in all directions, sealing off northern Syria from Turkey in the swath of territory between the Tigris and Euphrates"

    So much for the rubbish about porous borders... As previously stated

    Mentioned all this information two days ago:

    "Kurds Gear Up for Major Offensive Against ISIS" aka Annexing Syrian Territory


     The YPG only has another 60 miles to go, west of Jarabulus on the Euphrates, to close off Isis’s supply lines" (LIES, RUBBISH, GARBAGE- this move is a must to completely annex Syria's territory and have a continuous area for Israel 2nd,oops I mean Kurdistan) "and those of the non-IS armed opposition, through Azzaz to Aleppo. Turkey had said that its “red line” is that there should be no YPG crossing west of the Euphrates river, though it did not react when the YPG’s Arab proxy, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), seized the dam at Tishrin on the Euphrates and threatened the IS stronghold of Manbij. Syrian Kurds are now weighing whether they dare take the strategic territory north of Aleppo and link up with a Kurdish enclave at Afrin"

     So, it's going to be Patrick Cockburn delivering the 'lefty version' of  NATO Sykes Picot2- It figures?! I had mentioned the significance of  taking of Aleppo by SAA as a big "no can do" for NATO and their Kurdish backed militias- As recently as the post from earlier today. Also in a post from January 16/2016 Syrian Endgame Could Begin in Aleppo- Who Would Block This Pivotal Win?

     "Turkey could respond to this by accepting a fait accompli, conceding that it would be difficult for it to send its army into northern Syria in the face of strong objections from the US and Russia. But, if the alternative is failure and humiliation, then it may do just that. Gerard Challiand, the French expert on irregular warfare and the politics of the Middle East, speaking in Erbil last week, said that “without Erdogan as leader, I would say the Turks would not intervene  militarily [in northern Syria], but, since he is, I think they will do so”.
     Erdogan has been a good foot soldier, however, the last little bit has seen him out of the loop-
    And he is clearly being set up (narrative wise) exactly as I've mentioned "gone rogue"

    Omar Sheikhmous, a veteran Syrian Kurdish leader living in Europe, says that the Syrian Kurds “should realise that the Russians and the Syrian government are not going to go to war with the Turkish army for them”. He warns that the ruling Kurdish political party, the PYD, should not exaggerate its own strength, because President Erdogan’s reaction is unpredictable.
    The PKK/YPG don't need Russia or Syria to go to war with the Turkish Army on their behalf- NATO, has their back. And has had the knife in Turkey's back for some time now.

     It shall be interesting to see how this unfolds

NATO Confirms Russian Intrusion into NATO Airspace- SAA gains in Aleppo

1-Make of that what you will!
"A Russian SU-34 fighter jet violated Turkish ??? airspace yesterday (Jan. 29, 2016) at 11.46 a.m. local time in Turkey [0946 GMT]," the statement read.
***Yet, that didn't make the news rounds till 24 hours later? Or should I say it exploded on the msm once Erdogan left for Latin American- That's important
The Russian Ambassador to Ankara Andrei Karlov was also summoned over the incident, it added.
Speaking to reporters at Istanbul Atatürk Airport before his departure for Chile, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said the violation of Turkish airspace, which he also described as NATO airspace, was a result of Russian attempts to escalate existing tension in the region.
"Russia will have to bear the consequences if the violations continue," he said."
"NATO has confirmed the airspace violation: "I call on Russia to act responsibly and to fully respect NATO airspace," Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said"
"Russia must take all necessary measures to ensure that such violations do not happen again," he added.


As I've stated repeatedly- Turkey, like Canada, is NATO occupied- "Respect NATO airspace"

2-NATO warns Russia to 'fully respect' Turkish airspace

 Despite Israel's lying media headline....

Stoltenberg said in a statement

 "I call on Russia to act responsibly and to fully respect NATO airspace. Russia must take all necessary measures to ensure that such violations do not happen again,"
As I've stated repeatedly- Turkey, like Canada, is NATO occupied- "Respect NATO airspace"


3-NATO chief urges Russia not to violate NATO airspace again

Stoltenberg:  "I call on Russia to act responsibly and to fully respect NATO airspace. Russia must take all necessary measures to ensure that such violations do not happen again."
 Considering the Stoltenberg statement I have no doubt that the Russian jet shot down in November was shot down by the NATO fighters, most probably Americans, as part of a NATO operation.

Russia says:
 "There were no violations of Turkish airspace by aircraft of the Russian air group in the Syrian Arab Republic. Turkish authorities' statements of an alleged violation of Turkish airspace by a Russian Su-34 jet are naked propaganda," Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said.
 "None of these radars are able to establish the type and affiliation of an aircraft — whether it belongs to Russia or to the so-called US-led anti-ISIL [Daesh] coalition," Konashenkov told reporters.

We read NATO's leader label the alleged intrusion an intrusion in NATO's airspace.
While Russia denies any such intrusion at all, anywhere.
  
This feels like a distraction. Why? Perhaps because the SAA has made large gains in Aleppo?

VIDEO: Syrian Army Regains Areas in Aleppo, Crushes ISIS in Deir Ezzor

An army unit restored security and stability to Tannouzeh village northwest of the Air Force Academy in the eastern countryside of Aleppo, a military source announced on Saturday.
Earlier, army units fired intensively at centers and fortifications of ISIS terrorists in the villages of Jeb al-Safa- al-Seen, Jeb Ghabsheh and Tal Maskour in the same countryside.
The centers and sites with terrorists, weapons and vehicles equipped with machine guns present were all destroyed, the military source confirmed in a statement to SANA.
In the northern countryside, gatherings of terrorists were targeted, with their vehicles getting destroyed, in Hayyan town and Retyan village.
Another army unit destroyed vehicles and gatherings of Jabhat al-Nusra-linked terrorists in al-Mansoura village, 10 west of Aleppo city.
Inside the city, terrorist targets were hit in al-Lairamoun and Salah-Eddin neighborhoods.
UPDATED: Conveniently for the NATO propaganda machine Erdogan is in Latin America
 "We regard this infringement which came despite all our warnings in Russian and in English as an effort by Russia to escalate the crisis in the region," Erdogan told reporters before departing on a Latin American tour. "If Russia continues the violations of Turkey's sovereign rights, it will be forced to endure the consequences."
 Erdogan before departing for Latin America- in a message for the domestic audience, clearly. 

 Erdogan eyes expanding Turkey influence on Latin America tour- filed 12 hours ago

 Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday embarks on a major tour of Latin American countries in a bid to expand Ankara's ties outside its traditional sphere of influence.

Erdogan:
"Russia will have to face consequences if it keeps on such violations against Turkey's sovereignty rights," Erdogan told reporters at an Istanbul airport before leaving on a Latin America tour. "Such irresponsible steps do not benefit either the Russian Federation, or Russia-NATO relations, or regional and global peace."
Ideal time to ramp up the propaganda war
 
From earlier:

Zombies and PropaGUNDa: Brian Anse Patrick- Interview

Zombies and PropaGUNDa: Brian Anse Patrick- Interview

 Interview via Red Ice Radio with much thanks for providing it

 Zombies and Memetics (Memetics is more often referred to, here, as perception management or mind viruses)

 I've discussed the zombies that masquerade as living humans previously as far back as 08 when I ran into one of these sad creatures and the only descriptor I could think of was "zombie"  Watch out for zombies promoting genocidal theories!!! Since 08 I noticed the zombie meme being promulgated or promoted much more widely. Including but not limited too Zombie Drills, Zombie Alerts, Canada never becoming a safe haven for Zombies (though it really is!)
 , Zombie Apocalypse Revival- Numerology and 8888?  and numerous other posts here addressing the reoccurrence of  the zombie mind virus. So it was with much interest I decided to give this interview a listen. It's thought provoking. Give it a listen yourself and share some relevant thoughts?

In the first hour, Brian talks about the rise of the zombie phenomenon, which he calls the premier archetype of modern times. We compare the original, minion-like, brain-eating zombie under the control of evil forces with the modern day, mass society version of autonomy – braindead cogs plugged into a constant stream of entertainment and self-affirming social media.



Thursday, January 28, 2016

"Kurds Gear Up for Major Offensive Against ISIS" aka Annexing Syrian Territory

Love the lying  Haaretz headline. The NATO backed Kurdish militias alongside NATO special ops are making their move to annex Syrian territory- Period

There is not and never has been anything but  perverted war theatrics between Kurds and ISIS-  Yes, people die. People always die when a political agenda is being undertaken. I’ve said it repeatedly and I will say it again- Not caring what lies others want to believe. Choosing instead to see what is happening right in plain site. Annexation of Syrian and Iraqi territory. For Sykes Picot redux and the 2nd Israel. In Turkey the annexation process has just begun, but is definitely occurring.  I've stated these things plainly for so long now, yet, still people haven't caught on. I can't understand how that is possible?!

Let’s read the spin but face the reality

Pay attention to the truck the masked YPG is driving in! What is it?

Fighters from the People's Protection Units (YPG), ride on a pick-up truck during what they said was an offensive against Islamic State militants south of Kobani, Syria December 26, 2015

The exact same truck as ISIS drives. Coincidence? NO. Not at all. No coincidence. I've posted pictures here previously of YPG driving around in the same Toyota's as ISIS.  Cheer for Kurdish militias. Cheer for ISIS. Cheer for the destruction of Syria.  A classic controlling both sides of the fight in order to guarantee the outcome. Quite a twisted & perverted reality created by the elites for the masses.

One more thought! It's been reported that wages were cut by ISIS for Syrian 'fighters' so mercs were leaving, maybe for Libya?  Making it easier for PKK to 'fight' ISIS in Syria, no doubt. Funny how that worked out?
 The powerful Syrian Kurdish YPG militia and its local allies have drawn up plans for a major attack to seize the final stretch of the Syrian-Turkish border held by Islamic State fighters, a YPG source familiar with the plan said on Thursday.

Such an offensive could deprive Islamic State fighters of a logistical route that has been used by the group to bring in supplies and foreign recruits.
Annexation by any other name is still annexation. Concerns for Syria's territorial integrity? Where are they?  They must be in the the same place as concern for Iraq's and Turkey's territorial integrity and respect for existing borders. Israel must be waiting for the moment it can pounce on the rest of Golan.
But it could lead to confrontation with Turkey, which is fighting against its own Kurdish insurgents and sees the Syrian Kurds as an enemy. 

After a year of military gains aided by U.S.-led air strikes, the Kurds and their allies already control the entire length of Syria's northeastern Turkish frontier from Iraq to the banks of the Euphrates river, which crosses the border west of the town of Kobani. 
But Turkey says it will not allow the Syrian Kurds to move west of the Euphrates. 
The source confirmed a report on Kurdish news website Xeber24 which cited a senior YPG leader saying the plan includes crossing the Euphrates to attack the Islamic State-held towns of Jarablus and Manbij, in addition to Azaz, which is held by other insurgent groups. 
The source did not give a planned date, but said a January 29 date mentioned in the Xeber24 report might not be accurate.

The YPG has been the most important partner on the ground of a U.S.-led air campaign against Islamic State, and is a major component of an alliance formed last year called the Syria Democratic Forces, which also includes Arab and other armed groups. The alliance is quietly backed by Washington, even as its NATO ally in the region, Turkey, is hostile. 
 Ankara fears further expansion by the YPG will fuel separatist sentiment among its own Kurdish minority. (there was no separatist sentiment- approximately 50 percent of the Kurds voted for Erdogan) It (Turkey) views the Syrian Kurdish PYD as a terrorist group because of its affiliation to Turkish Kurdish militants.

The United States and Turkey have for months been discussing a joint military plan to drive Islamic State from the border, but there has been little sign of it on the ground. 
 Pretty sure I explained months back that this joint US/ Turkey plan was a no go- With the US just paying lip service to Turkey. While they stuck the knife in and turned it! 
July of last year Turkey: Creating "Safe Zones", Fighting for it's Survival, Turkey's letter to UN
 "Washington doesn't want a safe zone- And their 'fight' against ISIS has been a cover all along for the Kurdish/Israeli land grab. Turkey wants the safe zone because the leadership of Turkey understand exactly where that Kurdish land grab will lead..  To the destabilization and destruction of Turkey"
*The so called Geneva talks are going nowhere. By design

* Russia is now calling for talks in Germany Feb 11/2016 

 Russia said on Thursday it wanted to hold an international meeting on Syria -- including key players from the West and the Middle East -- in Munich next month.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov
 "There is an agreement in principle between Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Secretary of State John Kerry, and now we will propose to all the other participants of the international Syria support group a time and place -- Munich, February 11," state news agency TASS quoted deputy foreign minister Mikhail Bogdanov as saying.

 And finally!

 Velayati: Zionist regime seeking to disintegrate Islamic states
 Advisor to the Supreme Leader of Islamic Revolution Ali Akbar Velayati said that the Zionist regime policy is to based on disintegrating Islamic countries of the region by sowing discord among them.
 He made the remarks in a short interview with Turkish newspaper Aydinlik.
Velayati
 On the sidelines of an international conference dubbed on dangers of Takfiri groups in today's world, Velayati in reply to a question asked by Aydinlik correspondent concerning statement of the Israeli justice minister on establishment of a independent Kurdish government between Iran and Turkey, said that the regime will not reach this goal at all.
Velayati said that the aim of the Zionist regime is to establish a second or even a third Israel in the region and added that the aim of imperialists and the Zionists is partition the whole region.
He added 'Turkey is an important Islamic country, and we are opposed to disintegration of Turkey and they do not allow such an event to happen and we are all duty-bound to defend Turkey's territorial integrity.'
Related: The YPG-PKK Connection- Erdogan & Ocalan Had Agreed on Autonomy for Kurds in Turkey

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Children addicted to smartphones & tablets- Stunting emotional/social development

Children addicted to smartphones & tablets-
 Nearly half of youngsters are addicted to their tablets and smartphones, according to parents in a new poll.

Some 47 per cent of mums and dads said their children spend too much time in front of their screens, while 43 per cent said this was akin to emotional dependency.

Damaging children one smartphone and tablet at a time- Making anti social miscreants out of your own offspring. That’s not helping your children, it’s harming them. And it’s harm you as a parent are responsible for.



Is Technology Ruining Our Ability to Read Emotions? Study Says Yes

“The researchers provided sixth grade students with a pre-test to establish their baseline abilities to read emotions. The students were shown photographs and videotaped scenes where the audio was silenced. The participants were then asked to infer people’s emotional states based on facial expressions and non-verbal cues.

Half the students were then sent away to a camp where they lacked access to digital media. They spent their time doing traditional camp activities – hiking, archery, and learning about nature. The control group went about their daily activity as usual including their normal access to digital media (which for these students averaged about four and a half hours on the typical school day).

After five days, both groups participated in a post-test. The kids who went to camp showed significant improvements in their abilities to recognize emotions. The control group only showed a slight improvement. The authors concluded that the increased face-to-face interaction improved the campers’ social skills”
Oblivious
that image is embedded in your child's brain- think that's healthy?

Children outdoors

These problems being reported on? They are real. I see them every day. Poor communication. Small children, toddlers, with their faces planted in their mommies cell phone or Ipad. Mommies are generally worse then daddies, sadly. It’s twisted. There is an entire whole huge, real world , all around us. The world that sustains us all. And far too many of us are not participating in it. Often, I walk. In a number of different places and spaces. It is rare to see a child walking with their parents engaged in the real world.  It is rare to see (un)accompanied children in the woods admiring the beauty all around them. It is rare to see any children interacting with nature. Anywhere. Just admiring all there is to admire. It’s not healthy. It is abnormal. On the occasion when I do see a family all together walking, the kids always appear happier and carefree when compared to the children I see having their vibrance & exuberance destroyed by electronic devices. And society is and will continue to suffer for this. Sorry if this is offensive to anyone. It’s not intended to be. It’s just an observation of the world I see around myself. The real world. The one I actually pay attention to and actively participate in.


One last observation.
When we woods walk and we do run into parents and children, over all I find the children happier and chattier. Freely so.  Just animated & brimming with energy.  Like the picture I borrowed from another blog. That little boy portrayed perfectly the happy children we see out of doors- with their families. Having a great time.
When we see the children with their faces planted in a device- they don't look up and if they do their eyes have a distant weird glazed over look. Sigh...


borrowed from here

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

The YPG-PKK Connection- Erdogan & Ocalan Had Agreed on Autonomy for Kurds in Turkey

 Prior to the PKK suddenly ending the ceasefire!

Cause Turkey ain't talkin' trash when it's elected government speaks of the ties between PKK and YPG. Erdogan thought he was playing in the big leagues. Turkey being a NATO member. Erdogan forgot Turkey is a member of NATO out of convenience and nothing more.

Btw: this wouldn't be the first time the US double crossed Turkey-  Turkey wanted reassurances way back, when the US attacked Iraq. And those reassurances were not delivered despite Paul Wolfowitz's  understanding ways!  Pt2: Kurd/ISIS symbiosis and the Impending destabilization of Turkey


2nd: Someone by the moniker of Paveway Mk IV had left some commentary regarding PKK/YPG and other assorted alphabet groups- If I understood correctly what Paveway was contending, Barzani was the string puller in this entire situation- Or at least most of it. Admittedly the Kurdish issue is complex, however, from all my reading and writing I can only conclude Barzani is being pushed out- It surely appears to me that Barzani will most likely be gone by years end. Barring anything outside of the remaking the middle east agenda playing out as I expect it too so far   Barzani's troubles... *He has a good relationship with Erdogan and Turkey. *Oil revenues are way down and there are financial troubles aplenty in Iraqi’s Kurdish region. *Not the least of which is the trouble with all the Kurdish refugees from Syria. * Goran is a destabilizing force in Iraq's kurdish area.  You can read Paveway's comments here  Paveway left nothing that would substantiate his claim , so, I don't know? I have previously demonstrated a strong connection between PKK and YPG. Barzani is not included in that partnership. So here is yet another article regarding that connection.  The main reason the YPG wouldn’t bother with a push southward is due to the fact they have another goal. I’ve written plenty about this previously. One post that ties much of this together - A Sober Look at the West's Kurdish Allies
 
From today:Atlantic Council- I’ll highlight the interesting bits:
In mid-July 2012, the Syrian government withdrew its forces from a large amount of territory along the Turkish border. This move allowed the Democratic Union Party (PYD), a Kurdish nationalist group linked to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK)—a US- and Turkish-designated terrorist group—to take administrative and military control over the self-declared cantons of Efrin, Kobani and Jazira, collectively named Rojava. The link between the PYD and PKK challenges Turkey’s interests in Syria and, by its own estimate, its national security.
To support the PYD’s political and military efforts in Syria, Kurds from Turkey, Iran, and Iraq ( In Iraq's mountainous areas-where the PKK is located) have travelled to Syria to join with the People’s Protection Units (YPG), the PYD’s militia. The growing sense of cross-border pan-Kurdish nationalism has contributed to the resurgence in violence in Turkey’s southeast, following the break-down of peace talks in mid-July 2015 between the Turkish government and the PKK. In an interview with the International Crisis Group, an unidentified PKK member underscored the importance of Rojava, describing the war in northern Syria as a historic opportunity to implement its program of “democratic self-administration,” a system of governance based on imprisoned PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan’s teachings.
As I've stated Turkey has legitimate concerns for it's territorial sovereignty!
Between 2013 and late 2014, the Turkish government tolerated the cross-border movement of Kurds and a small number of radical leftist Turks. Ankara acted out of deference to the then ongoing peace talks with Öcalan and welcomed the large exodus of PKK-allied Kurds for strategic reasons. The government considered the YPG-ISIS war a net positive, given that two entities hostile to Turkey were killing one another.
So, Ankara was happy to let the kurds go to Syria to make trouble because they wouldn't be making trouble in and for Turkey
During this time period, Turkish security forces refrained from conducting military operations in Kurdish-majority areas and the presence of PKK fighters was tolerated in urban areas. A key turning point, however, came in September 2014, when the Islamic State (ISIS or ISIL) besieged the town of Kobani. In response, the Turkish military sealed the porous Turkey-Syria border that Kurds had been using to fight and trade with their counterparts in Rojava.
For the obvious reason that Turkey didn't want them back- They would only stir the pot, in Turkey. And this claim about Turkey's so called "porous" border is not credible either. It seems more likely that Turkey has been impeding the free flow of Kurdish fighters into and out of Syria. As I've mentioned the Kurdish fighters pour into Syria via Iraq.
"Despite the tightened border, ( so much for the US claims about "porous borders") Kurds from Turkey remain well represented in the YPG, further underscoring the group’s links to the PKK"
"In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Kurdish fighter Zind Ruken expanded on the PKK-YPG relationship. “Sometimes I’m a PKK, sometimes I’m a PJAK [the PKK-allied affiliate, active in Iran], sometimes I’m a YPG. It doesn’t really matter. They are all members of the PKK.”
This is not shocking to me. I've already stated this destabilization will pick up between Turkey and Iran-  With PKK Kurds moving between the  nations. The PKK has drug smuggling routes aplenty to use enabling the fighters to traverse the terrain.  Three Cheers for the PKK? Or EXCLUSIVE: Former top PKK commander Osman Ocalan speaks. I've written about this repeatedly! 

As for Ocalan's 'anarchism' His so called anarchy reeks of OWO tyranny rhetoric. Globalist mumbo jumbo. I've read some of it myself and come away unimpressed by it.
The YPG’s casualty data confirms linkages between international PKK-linked groups. Kurds from Turkey total 49.24 percent of the YPG’s self-reported casualties between January 2013 and January 2016, according to an ongoing Atlantic Council study. YPG martyrdom notices show that 359 Turkish citizens, 323 Syrians, 32 Iranians, seven Iraqis, two Australians, two Azeris, and a person from England, Germany, Greece, and the United States each have been killed fighting with the group since January 2013. To be sure, there are methodological problems with the data: The two authors relied on self-reported numbers and have not been able to cross-reference this information with the PYD.
Nonetheless, the casualty data closely reflects known YPG offensives, including the 2014 clashes around Ras al-Ain with the Nusra Front, the battle for Kobani in September 2014, and the 2015 YPG-led offensive towards the Euphrates river and Ain Issa, a town near ISIS’s de facto capital of Raqqa. According to the data, the battle for Kobani accounted for 38.95 percent of overall casualties and 44.4 percent of the Turkish Kurds killed with the YPG between 2013 and 2016.
During the battle for Kobani, the US-led anti-ISIS coalition worked closely with the YPG to direct airstrikes. Since then, the coalition has retained its close links with the group, deploying up to 50 special operations forces inside PYD-controlled territory and reportedly staffing an airfield inside Syria to ferry supplies to Kurdish-controlled territory. Backed by coalition airstrikes, the YPG has made considerable advances against ISIS and now controls 265 miles of territory along the Turkish-Syrian border.
The Turkish government views this collaboration with suspicion, owing to the YPG’s relationship with the PKK. Officially, Turkey makes no distinction between the YPG and the PKK. However, Ankara’s actions suggest that the government tolerates the US-YPG partnership. US aircraft based at Turkey’s Incirlik Air Force Base fly strike missions in support of the YPG in Syria just as the Turkish Air Force bombs PKK targets in northern Iraq and southeastern Turkey.
The Turkish government is right to view this collaboration with suspicion. What choice do they have but to tolerate the US aircrafts based at Incirlik? Incirlik is a US airbase and Turkey is NATO occupied.
While the US-YPG partnership has put considerable pressure on ISIS, the PYD’s political ambitions inside Syria (matching closely with those of the PKK) pose a longer term threat to Turkish security. This threat has grown more immediate in recent months, following the collapse of a two-year-old ceasefire in July between the PKK and the Turkish government.
According to the International Crisis Group, between July and mid-December 2015, “Violence claimed the lives of 194 security officials, at least 221 PKK insurgents and as many as 151 civilians.” Much of the fighting has taken place in urban areas between the PKK’s youth group, the YDG-H, and Turkish security forces. In recent weeks, the YDG-H has rebranded itself as the YPS (Civil Defense Units), which now flies a flag identical in design to that of the YPG, albeit with different colors.
For now, the PYD remains focused on its political project inside Syria, which requires a YPG-Turkey ceasefire. Open hostility risks opening another front against the Turkish military while its forces are deployed against ISIS. PYD successes in Syria, however, have influenced the PKK’s overarching ambitions in Turkey and, in turn, the Turkish government’s assessment of the threat they pose.
The PKK’s involvement in two overlapping fronts shape this assessment. The first front remains inside Turkey against Turkish security forces for what the Democratic Society Congress (a PKK-linked Kurdish group inside Turkey) recently called the formation of autonomous regions based on cultural, economic, and geographic ties. The second hinges on support for the PYD’s project inside Syria via the YPG. This investment and possible PKK-YPG cooperation suggests similar political ambitions in Turkey and Syria, and is disturbing to the Turkish government.
How the relationship between the Turkish state and the PKK develops largely depends on how the PKK approaches—and defines—autonomous governance in Turkey. 
"Before the collapse of the peace process, leaks about the state of the peace talks suggested that Öcalan appeared willing to support a proposal backed by Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) to transition to a presidential system in exchange for some semblance of democratic autonomy. The move would have helped resolve the issue peacefully by addressing key Kurdish demands (beyond those espoused by the PKK) for greater political and cultural autonomy. The AKP supported the premise of this potential compromise, although many details needed to be worked out before implementation"
Before the Kurds turned their back on the peace process, by ending the ceasefire, the AKP party had offered the Kurdish leader some type of democratic autonomy for the Kurds. Reread that bolded, highlighted section! Instead of taking the offer with an eye to future negotiations, the PKK ended the ceasefire! WHY????? What other players did not wish to see a strong, united Turkey? A peaceful solution worked? I would suggest and quite safely so, the US and Israel as two parties actively promoting and participating in a violent destabilization of Turkey. We know the US is very big on remaking the ME. Israel is certainly another party who would not want to see a peaceful resolution to this issue. We all know Israel wants the 2nd Israel- Kurdistan aka “Second Israel”- Ethnic Cleansing the Indigenous of the Middle East or Kurdistan. NATO’s new Southern Flank? With Turkey and Iran divided and weakened by  Kurdistan/Israel 2.0

And we didn't need the Israeli justice minister to tell us this was Israel's desired outcome!
It's been so obvious for years now, that disinformation/limited hangouts posted on so called alternative sites talkin' it up are way too late to the party!
The PKK leadership in Kandil refuses to return to peace talks unless the Turkish government addresses the group’s demand for “democratic autonomy.” Today, the PYD continues to pursue this vision in Syria, pushing to unite the Kobani and Jazira cantons with Efrin (a disconnected piece of Kurdish-administered territory opposite Turkey’s Hatay region).
The Atlantic Council’s casualty data shows a clear shift in casualties in late 2015 towards the western front near the Tishreen Dam, compared to a few months earlier, when YPG fighters were dying near Ain Issa. The trend suggests that the YPG intends to expand its territory east of Efrin and west of the Euphrates—directly challenging Turkish interests in northern Syria, but in line with the group’s longer-term ambitions in northern Syria.
The synergies between the PKK and PYD’s overarching political goals pose a longer-term problem for Turkish interests in Syria. The violence in Turkey’s southeast contributes to these problems and hastens unilateral declarations of autonomy in Kurdish districts and towns inside Turkey. The United States is now involved in this unfolding conflict through its support for the YPG. Absent a return to Turkish-PKK peace talks that address the autonomy question, these dynamics point to continued violence and, more broadly, considerable friction between the United States and Turkey over the PYD and PKK’s longer term political endgame.