Turkey’s Grisly Dances with the Islamic State

On October 10, Turkey woke up to the worst single terror attack in its history. The twin suicide-bomb attack in Ankara killed 97 and injured nearly 250 people, with more than 60 of the wounded being treated in intensive care. As of October 14, no one had claimed responsibility, but all indications pointed to the Islamic State (ISIS, or IS) — the same jihadists Turkey’s Islamist government once helped logistically, in the hope that they would facilitate Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s downfall and the establishment of an Islamist regime there.

In fact, the attack in front of the main train station in downtown Ankara looked like a bigger-scale version of a July 20 attack in Suruc, a small town on Turkey’s border with Syria. A Turkish-Kurdish suicide-bomber with ties to the Islamic State murdered 33 people at a pro-Kurdish meeting in Suruc, and paved the way for a spiral of violence that has since claimed hundreds of lives. Actually, since most of the deaths resulted mostly from Turkish-Kurdish clashes, the attacks may have claimed thousands: Kurdish militants’ casualties remain unknown. Since July 20, more than 150 Turkish police and military officers have been killed.

One of the two perpetrators of the Ankara bombings now is believed to be the brother of the Suruc bomber. The second suspect also has alleged ties with jihadist groups.


Paper Art

For artist Calvin Nicholls, paper art that comes in one of its two forms, two-dimensional and three-dimensional.

His technique seems to be a cross between drawing and sculpture. He uses fine lines of an intricate sketch, yet captures three-dimensionality of a statue.

This is a collection of some of his spectacular work. To view more of his art, visit his website calvinnicholls.com.99997 99998 99999

Obama förser turkarna med precisionsbomber… kommer att användas mot Kurderna….

Vad händer i Mellanöstern och USA idag?

US finally approves crucial ‘smart bomb’ sale to Turkey

Tolga Tanış – WASHINGTON

Source: US finally approves crucial ‘smart bomb’ sale to Turkey – MIDEAST

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The U.S. has decided to sell Turkey $70 million worth of “smart bombs,” a key item in a set of crucial weapon systems that Washington had been refusing to send to Ankara.

The Pentagon announced on Oct. 29 that the U.S. State Department approved the sale after the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA), part of the U.S. Department of Defense, told Congress late on Oct. 28 that Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) systems would be sold to Turkey, granting lawmakers 15 days for any block.

The Turkish military attaches great importance to the systems, especially amid the upsurge of clashes between the security forces and outlawedKurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) militants. Turkey is also a part of the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic…

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Once Upon a Halloween… (A short story by Chris Graham)

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A short story by Chris Graham

The light of the full moon reflected off the stark branches of the ancient oak, dead for the past six centuries, yet still standing, brooding alone on the hilltop.

A sweet looking young girl child with long curly blonde tresses stood, tied securely in front of it, the moonlight making her appear ghostlike as it shone onto her pale face and long white nightdress.

She was looking towards the village she had been brought from, each cottage showing candlelit windows surrounded by interwoven strands of garlic and a large consecrated wooden cross nailed to their doors.

As the last toll of the church midnight bell echoed into silence, she heard the first distant howl, then another, louder one in answer.

They were coming.

She had been discovered lost and abandoned in the nearby woods just the day before, so the village elders selected her to…

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Shaker Aamer ‘In Line To Receive Compensation’

Shaker Aamer could receive up to £1m in compensation from the British government following his release from Guantanamo Bay in Cuba.

Britain’s final detainee is spending his first weekend with his family in nearly 14 years after he arrived back in Britain yesterday following his release from the US prison.

Mr Aamer, 46, may now pursue legal proceedings which were initiated on his behalf, against the British security services and government departments for their alleged complicity in his transfer to Guantanamo Bay, and their failure to prevent it and his ill-treatment.

Referred to as detainee 239, Mr Aamer is said to be in poor health and is currently understood to be receiving medical treatment in a Harley Street clinic.


Halloween Blog Party!

Suzie Speaks

Halloween blog partyIt’s Halloween, and while many people are preparing for a party with their loved ones, or getting ready to go trick-or-treating and annoying their neighbours, I thought it would be a fun idea to host a virtual party here in the blogosphere.

For those of you who have never participated in a blog party before, the rules are simple (PLEASE READ THESE FIRST BEFORE POSTING)…

1. Choose your favourite post from your own blog. The subject of the post can be anything you like – blogging, food, parenting, life, travel, thoughts, photography… Note: This should be only one post at a time or it will get sent straight to the ‘spam’ folder and I may not be able to find you for a while. You can share up to three links, and for maximum impact I would suggest that you wait a little while in between posting them rather…

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VIDEO German Muslim: “Islam is coming to take over Germany whether you want it or not!” “Your daughters will wear hijab”

German Muslim threatens German man: “we will marry your daughters and they will wear hijab!”

The man, speaking in heavily accented but fluent German, is speaking to a German man with his face obscured….”Islam is coming to take over Germany whether you want it or not…not through war but by the fact that Germans don’t reproduce and Muslims have 7-8 children each…but not only that, your daughters will marry bearded Muslims and wear the hijab, their sons will wear a beard! The Muslims will have four wives and 27 children and what does the German man have? One child and maybe a little pet dog! The German has taken advantage of the Muslim for too long, just so he can drive his Mercedes…now Islam is coming and your daughters will wear the hijab! Ha! I can see the look of hate in your eyes!”