US warns Turkey against Venezuelan ‘blood gold’
Laurie Mylroie | – 10 Feb 2019 – WASHINGTON DC (Kurdistan 24) – The US Treasury Department’s Assistant Secretary for Terrorist Financing, Marshall Billingslea, visited Turkey last week. His primary concern was enforcing sanctions on Iran, but while there, he warned Turkish business leaders against trading in Venezuelan “blood gold,” Bloomberg News reported on Friday.
Bloomberg News 8. Februar 2019, 11:10 MEZ – A member of a military transportation agency unload gold bars from a plane for transport to the Central Bank of Venezuela in Caracas.
Two months after Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro visited his counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara, a mysterious company called Sardes sprang into existence.The firm started business with a bang in January of 2018, when it imported about $41 million worth of gold from Venezuela, the first such transaction between the two countries in records that go back 50 years. The next month its volume more than doubled, with Sardes transporting almost $100 million worth to Turkey.
MESOPOTAMIA NEWS TODAYS REPORT BRUSSELS : WHILE BRUSSELS CRITIZISES TRUMP THE EU DOES NOT DO EVERYTHING FOR KURDS! European court offers little solace to victims of Turkish state violence
Amberin Zaman February 7, 2019 – Article Summary – The European Court of Human Rights has ruled the first of many cases filed on behalf of the 130 people killed in state-sponsored violence in Cizre inadmissible because the plaintiffs had not taken their case to Turkey’s Constitutional Court.
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) pronounced its judgment on a case seen as a litmus test for justice in the face of the orgy of state-sponsored violence that unfolded in the town of Cizre during blanket curfews imposed in response to Kurdish militants’ attempts to declare self-rule in towns and neighborhoods across Turkey’s mainly Kurdish southeast.
MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : SOCIALIST COMRADE MADURO GIVES THE NATIONAL GOLD TO SULTAN ERDOGAN
Corina Pons, Mayela Armas – CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s government last year sold 73 tonnes of gold to Turkey and the United Arab Emirates without the required approval of the opposition-led National Assembly, an opposition legislator said on Wednesday.
Of that total, Abu Dhabi investment firm Noor Capital bought the largest amount, 27.3 tonnes of gold, opposition legislator Carlos Paparoni told a news conference, without providing evidence. Paparoni also said a Turkish firm bought 23.9 tonnes of gold last year.
by Scott Lucas | Feb 7, 2019 | Eaworldview – Turkey has maintained pressure on the US over Kurdish-controlled northern Syria, a day after President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said — amid Donald Trump’s order to withdraw all 2,000 American troops — “There is no satisfactory plan that is put before us concretely yet.”
NORTH KURDISTAN (TURKEY) – As Greek PM visits Turkey, Erdogan calls for peacefully resolving disputes
ANKARA, Turkey — 7 Febr 2019 – AL MONITOR – Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras concluded his visit to Turkey today with no deal to settle any of the disputes between the rival nations. But both he and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan sent unusually positive signals of their aim to improve ties.
“The president told me that we have nothing to sign today, but he added that maybe we will have the next time we meet,” Tsipras told reporters at the press conference with Erdogan. He spoke of the occasions when he has managed to de-escalate confrontations by calling Erdogan, and that Erdogan always took the call. More via www.mesop.de
Erdogan equates PKK, pro-Kurdish opposition to court nationalist voters
Amberin Zaman February 4, 2019 – AL MONITOR – Article Summary As municipal elections near, the Turkish president is ramping up his rhetoric against his pro-Kurdish opposition, equating Turkey’s third largest party with groups Ankara considers terrorists. The criminalization of Turkey’s democratically elected Kurdish politicians is continuing full swing with the country’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, accusing the country’s largest pro-Kurdish block of being “equal to” the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).
1 Febr 2019 sputnik – Laut einer Äußerung des Direktors der nationalen Nachrichtendienste der USA, Dan Coats, im Aufklärungsausschuss des US-Senats belasten die regionalen Ambitionen der Türkei, das Misstrauen gegenüber den USA und der wachsende Autoritarismus der türkischen Führung die bilateralen Beziehungen.
Im Interview mit Sputnik nehmen türkische Experten Stellung zu den Äußerungen des Chefs der nationalen Nachrichtendienste der USA, zu den Gründen des wachsenden Misstrauens in den türkisch-amerikanischen Beziehungen und zu Fragen, bei denen die Auseinandersetzungen zwischen den beiden Ländern am stärksten dominieren.
MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : ERDOGAN LEGALIZES IT ! – Turkish President Erdogan Legalizes Drugs Contrary to His Islamic Faith
1 Febr 2019 – THE ARMENIAN WEEKLY
Pinar Tremblay, a Turkish reporter for Al-Monitor news website, exposed President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s recent announcement to legalize the plantation of cannabis (a form of marijuana).
Tremblay wrote in the January 24 issue of Al-Monitor that the Turkish leader has been an outspoken opponent of selling or using alcohol, tobacco, and drugs due to his Islamic beliefs, however, he has now decided to advocate the plantation of cannabis in order to boost the country’s failing economy and provide farmers with additional income on the eve of municipal elections in Turkey.Tremblay explained that for decades the Turkish government burned cannabis fields using the excuse that this was a fight against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). Erdogan is now presenting the plantation of cannabis as resistance to the West.