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