Firefighters were battling a very large blaze in western Turkey overnight Monday that authorities say was intentionally set near a U.S./NATO base at Izmir. This installation is not the same one as Incirlik Air Base, hundreds of miles to the east. That's where the power was recently turned back on after a week-long 'siege' following Turkish military personnel using the base in the failed coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and several alleged plotters being arrested on base. However, the fact that Turkish authorities are saying the fire was intentionally set and that this arson may have been an act motivated by hatred of the U.S. military presence in the country says a great deal about the state of relations between Ankara and Washington.
An interesting thing happened on the way towards the market collapse a few weeks ago where instead of following the course of broken support levels after the Brexit event, equities turned and soared to new all-time highs. And in fact, stocks went so high, so fast that they even accomplished something only seen 12 times in the last 100 years.
Alexander Dugin, the controversial Eurasianist ideologue, has lately shown a knack for being in important places at 'coincidentally' interesting times. According to his Dugin's Guideline YouTube video published by the Katehon think tank he leads, Dugin was speaking live to Tsargrad TV from Ankara on Friday July 15, just hours before the coup d'etat began against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Dugin also mentioned in his video published five days ago that he met with Ankara Mayor Melih Gökçek, a friend and political ally of Erdogan's, just hours before coup plotters moved against the presidential palace and parliament.
On July 23 [N.S.] the Russian Orthodox Church celebrates the Deposition of the Precious Robe of our Lord Jesus Christ in Moscow, in memory of the acquisition of this sacred object in 1625. Before coming to Russia, this honored relic changed hands more than once. According to the Gospel account, one of the soldiers acquired His chiton [inner tunic] – the Lord’s Robe – by lot:They said therefore among themselves, Let us not rend it, but cast lots for it, whose it shall be: that the scripture might be fulfilled, which saith, They parted My raiment among them, and for my vesture they did cast lots (John 19:24).
For those who haven't overdosed on Okkupert, the Norwegian version of Red Dawn or Amerikayet, we bring you some sardonic humor courtesy of the Russian TV show "Yesterday Live" andone pissed off-at-PC and rapefugees Swede (who himself, is the son of immigrants from the former Yugoslavia). - JWS
After considerable disinformation in the hours after Friday's attack, and confusion about whether there were up to three shooters (not unlike the recent attack on police in Dallas),German authorities now say a single 18-year-old Iranian-German killed nine people at a Munich shopping mall, before turning the gun on himself.
It may be 1979 all over again as an autocratic, though democratically elected, ruler of a Muslim nation is apparently holding over 1500 American servicemen hostage at their own airbase. Tonight's update on Erdogan, the Turkey Coup, and the situation at the airbase.
With the resignation of David Cameron earlier this month, the world gushed at the thought of a new woman in charge of the United Kingdom. And while pundits have already tried to label her the Steel Lady after the first British PM Margaret Thatcher, the reality may be just a bit different as Theresa May is more likely to be a Prime Minister who serves the bankers far more than she serves the people.
Even if we set aside Washington's ongoing pants-ing at the hands of the despotic neo-Ottoman Sultan who accuses the Americans of being behind Friday's coup, or ignore the fact that D.C.'s 'moderate rebel' proxies are being crushed in east Aleppo, there's another turd in the Mideast hummus bowl as the Guerrilla Economist would say: Yemen. Namely, Saudi Arabia's losing war against Saleh loyalist and Houthi tribesmen that has gone beyond a mere debacle to become a potentially existential threat to the continued reign if not survival of certain haughty princes, led by the 31-year-old Mohammad bin Salman Al Saud.