Excerpt: “The ideological component of Turkish policy sometimes slips out through statements by its leaders. At a meeting two weeks ago of his AKP Party, Erdogan presented himself as a leader of the Muslim nation, even invoking the names of the great Sultans of Ottoman history, like Muhammad the Conqueror Selim I, and Suleiman. True, Turkish officials speak of using “soft power” for influence, but their government is getting drawn more deeply into Syria’s internal war, against the wishes of Turkish public opinion.” Click on title of headline for link to full article~
Excerpt: “Geopolitical risk is reflected more in the Brent price, whose premium over West Texas Intermediate is close to reaching a 1-year high. Currently, the front-month WTI-Brent spread is at $23/bbl,” said Marc Ground at Standard New York Securities Inc., the Standard Bank Group.
“Apart from the ongoing tensions over Iran’s nuclear program, the threat of a spillover of the Syrian civil war into other countries in that region is now raising concerns,” Ground said in a research note. “The market’s attention at present is captured by the escalating conflict between Syria and Turkey.” Click on title of headline for link to full article~
Excerpt: “Amid the growing alarm, German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said on Friday he has hastily scheduled a visit to NATO partner Turkey.
Mr Westerwelle, who is on a trip to China, said in a statement he would hold talks on Saturday with his Turkish counterpart Ahmet Davutoglu in Istanbul on “the situation in Syria and on the Turkish-Syrian border.”
“The Syria situation has escalated. That fills us with the greatest concern,” he said. “It is important that no one pours oil on the fire. We are counting on moderation and de-escalation.” Click on title of headline for full article~
Excerpt: “Mr. al-Assad’s forces also intensified air strikes and artillery barrages against Homs on Friday, a day after they took heavy losses trying to overrun the rebel-held Khalidiya district, opposition activists said.
“There are 50 bodies of soldiers and shabbiha (militia) on the streets in Khalidiya and regime troops cannot retrieve them,” said Ahmad Tarkawi, a local opposition leader.
“The situation remains tough. The regime is now using a multiple rings tactic to surround Homs.”
Homs, 140 kilometres north of Damascus, was the focus of world attention in February when a government siege pulverized rebel-held districts and killed hundreds of fighters and civilians. It is also a gateway to the mountains overlooking the Mediterranean, heartland of Mr. al-Assad’s minority Alawite sect.” Click title of headline for full article~
Excerpt: “The official Sana news agency also reported fighting nationwide and said dozens of rebels, which it called “mercenary terrorists”, had been killed.
The reports could not be independently verified but they indicate a rapidly intensifying conflict, with the death tolls of the past several weeks far exceeding previous months.
Although international attention has focused on the Turkish border in the past week, Aleppo and the city of Homs – north of Damascus and near the border with Lebanon – are being fought over and clashes take place almost daily in the suburbs of the capital Damascus as well as in the countryside.” Click on title of headline for full article~
Excerpt: “Biden boasted: “We are in the process now and have been for months in making sure that help, humanitarian aid, as well as other aid and training, is getting to those forces that we believe, the Turks believe, the Jordanians believe, the Saudis believe are the free forces inside of Syria.” Click on title of headline for full article~
Excerpt: “Diplomats said Turkey was flexing its muscles after Russia refused to condemn Syria at the United Nations last week when mortar shells fired by the Syrian army killed five civilians in a Turkish border village.
Birol Akgün, of Ankara’s Institute of Strategic Thinking, told Zaman newspaper: “This is a signal to both Syria and third parties, such as Russia and Iran.”
Russia is Syria’s closest ally and has supplied it with weapons as well as providing diplomatic and political cover in the UN security council. Turkey has called for President Bashar al-Assad to step down and has allowed limited supplies of weapons to be delivered across the border to the Syrian rebels.” Click on title of headline for full article~
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j3roG09O6T4 Full Vice-President Debate October 11,2012 Joe Biden vs Paul Ryan
There are no “mistakes” or gaffs when it comes to Biden. He does everything he’s programmed to do.
N4TM thoughts on the Debate:
I watched the debate last night, as well as reviewed it again this morning. There are the obvious comments on Biden’s behavior and inappropriate laughing that don’t need to be repeated. I would encourage those who were blinded by Paul Ryan’s blue eyes and miniscule biceps to think on some “facts” first. Joe Biden isn’t as dumb as he portrays himself to be; however, he’s become more annoying since joining forces with Barack Obama. Yes he’s rude and arrogant and he was that way as a Senator. I remember him as a Senator and he was brutal. He is like a bull in a China shop at all times. Remember 2008, when Joe Biden debated sweet, innocent, inexperienced, backyardagan “Esther” personified Sarah Palin? Joe was sharp, mean, gritty, and poised. He did not act like a buffoon during that debate. Biden was more qualified for “President” than Barack Hussein Obama; however, no one likes Joe as much as they do the Manchurian Obama. The Shadow Government hand picked Obama above Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton. Joe knows his “stuff” and he’s not ignorant. His mannerisms and postures where purposed and pre-programmed. He made Ryan look good especially through the first half of the debate. No one paid much attention to the gaffs made by Ryan when Biden was looking so overtly crazed. Ryan said the Ambassador to Libya should have had Marine security; Stevens did have Marine security those were the two that died, not to mention the CIA goon that was there texting the battle before he was killed. Ryan said there’s obvious Al Qaeda increase in North Africa; rightly so since the CIA and AFRICOM are the ones training them (that’s the US Government for those who don’t know). The US has been funding and arming “rebels” in North Africa and Syria. We are fighting a proxy war already in Afghanistan against Russia so what do you think the Syria/Turkey conflict is? Russia is supplying Assad’s military, “WE” (the US Government), are funding and arming the “rebels” in Syria. We are Turkey’s allies, Turkey is announcing Russia is ally of Syrian Government and arming Assad, who do you think will get sucked into a War if the US hits Syria? A German Foreign Minister “hastily” visited Turkey, it’s NATO Ally to discern the escalating situation…what do you think is happening there? When people are more worried about Joe Biden’s hideous giggle to miss the signals he gave in front of everyone then we are certainly doomed to be at the mercy of both of these administrations predetermined agendas and that is: to go to WAR. Both the Obama/Biden and Romney/Ryan tickets have the same stand on foreign policy issues and so their banter was pointless.
There was a snippet, I could not find, it was on the Today show and it had Biden’s list of topics that he “accidentally” flashed to the camera, read it-it was no accident. Here’s the Picture in still frame, click to enlarge to full size.