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The PKK is not a defeated army; things are much more complicated than that.

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When Johnny comes marching home again, Hurrah! Hurrah! We'll give him a hearty welcome then Hurrah! Hurrah! The men will cheer and the boys will shout The ladies they will all turn out And we'll all feel gay when Johnny comes marching home. ----------------------------------------- Marching song of the Northern Armies in the American Civil War (1861-1865). At that time the word "gay" only meant happy.
This song spoke of the welcome that surviving Northern soldiers would receive when they came home at the end of the war. Southern soldiers went back to the desolate aftermath of defeat.

And what should be sung for the returning thousands of PKK militants who have sacrificed years of their lives in a struggle, deemed to be terrorist by the Turkish, US, and EU governments?

Certainly the PKK was not defeated. Many of its goals for the Kurdish people seem to be on the verge of being realized. And  yet, they are not going home. Unwelcome in Turkey and officially unwelcome by the Baghda…

A voice of reason when it seems that no one listens

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Kemal Dervish, Turkey's renowned economist and revered statesmen, now vice-president of the Brookings Institute, calls for the only change of course that can keep Turkey from sliding into the chaos of its Arab neighbors. He argues that a return to the democratic path and the toleration of Turkey's diverse peoples by the Sunni Islamist dominated government is the only sure way to save the Turkish Republic. Read his full argument here.

The Turks and the PKK As Allies? ?? ??? ????

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On August 16, 2013, Soner Cagaptay, a senior fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East policy, published an article in the Atlantic entitled “The Muslim Brotherhood’s Fall Lands Turkey an Unexpected Ally: Kurds”.See the full article.
Turkey's grand scheme for the New Middle Eastern Order has collapsed. Its ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, which extended to other affiliates of the Egyptian center, have been cut off by the violent actions of the Egyptian army. In addition other promising projects of extending Islamic control throughout the region, have been compromised by the coup in Egypt. The Syrian opposition to Assad, which had been based in Cairo at a safe distance from the fighting in its own country, has now had to flee to Turkey to set up a new base.
Inside Syria itself, a most complex situation has developed in the east where the Kurds have set up a more or less autonomous region. Here the Kurds themselves are divided between the PKK militant faction, the PYD, which fin…

The Turks and the PKK As Allies? ?? ??? ????

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On August 16, 2013, Soner Cagaptay, a senior fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East policy, published an article in the Atlantic entitled “The Muslim Brotherhood’s Fall Lands Turkey an Unexpected Ally: Kurds”.See the full article.
Turkey's grand scheme for the New Middle Eastern Order has collapsed. Its ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, which extended to other affiliates of the Egyptian center, have been cut off by the violent actions of the Egyptian army. In addition other promising projects of extending Islamic control throughout the region, have been compromised by the coup in Egypt. The Syrian opposition to Assad, which had been based in Cairo at a safe distance from the fighting in its own country, has now had to flee to Turkey to set up a new base.
Inside Syria itself, a most complex situation has developed in the east where the Kurds have set up a more or less autonomous region. Here the Kurds themselves are divided between the PKK militant faction, the PYD, which f…

The Kurds and the Syrian Quicksand Box

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Syria is an area of conflict with porous boundaries both inside the country and along its national borders. But violation of those national boundaries by a foreign force raises the ante in the conflict. Of the many fuses attached to bombs that may detonate and bring down whatever stability is left, the plight of the Syrian Kurds is one of the most salient. 
The Kurds in Syria are divided between those who look to the PKK for help in their struggle against the regime of Bashar al-Assad, those who look to Iraqi Kurdistan for help in forming an autonomous region in the northwest of Syria, and those who want to be left alone. The Syrian government at the outbreak of the civil war declared definitively that "there is no Syrian Kurdistan", but then promptly withdrew military and most security personnel from the region, giving the Kurds at least a temporary autonomous zone. The Turks, perceiving that this might become another staging area for PKK attacks on Turkish soil, rattled the…

The Kurds and the Syrian Quicksand Box

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Syria is an area of conflict with porous boundaries both inside the country and along its national borders. But violation of those national boundaries by a foreign force raises the ante in the conflict. Of the many fuses attached to bombs that may detonate and bring down whatever stability is left, the plight of the Syrian Kurds is one of the most salient. 
The Kurds in Syria are divided between those who look to the PKK for help in their struggle against the regime of Bashar al-Assad, those who look to Iraqi Kurdistan for help in forming an autonomous region in the northwest of Syria, and those who want to be left alone. The Syrian government at the outbreak of the civil war declared definitively that "there is no Syrian Kurdistan", but then promptly withdrew military and most security personnel from the region, giving the Kurds at least a temporary autonomous zone. The Turks, perceiving that this might become another staging area for PKK attacks on Turkish soil, rattled t…

Too many secrets, the meltdown of information security

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The unprecedented action of the US government to shut down embassies and consulates in the whole are of the Middle East is indicative of the jitters all governments must feel about the security of their operations after the leaks from the US defense and security agencies. The massive hemorrhage may mark the end or grave decline of the ability of governments and other organizations to secure their date. Transparency may not come as a virtue, but as an consequence of changing technology and attitude of workers in formerly secure areas. 
Sneakers is a 1992 filmed in late 1991 and released in 1992. In it two college student pull a prank by raiding bank accounts of people they did not like (Richard Nixon) and sending the money to causes that Nixon did not like. One was caught by the police and spent time in jail, eventually working for the Mafia as a computer genius. The other started a security company. The mafia hacker had a business card that said simply "Too many secrets". 
Too…

Too many secrets, the meltdown of information security

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The unprecedented action of the US government to shut down embassies and consulates in the whole are of the Middle East is indicative of the jitters all governments must feel about the security of their operations after the leaks from the US defense and security agencies. The massive hemorrhage may mark the end or grave decline of the ability of governments and other organizations to secure their date. Transparency may not come as a virtue, but as an consequence of changing technology and attitude of workers in formerly secure areas. 
Sneakers is a 1992 filmed in late 1991 and released in 1992. In it two college student pull a prank by raiding bank accounts of people they did not like (Richard Nixon) and sending the money to causes that Nixon did not like. One was caught by the police and spent time in jail, eventually working for the Mafia as a computer genius. The other started a security company. The mafia hacker had a business card that said simply "Too many secrets". 
Too…

Blind driver: who is in charge of Turkey's foreign and domestic policies: Gezi Park, Kurds, Syria, etc.?

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On August 4, 2013 an editorial in the Guardian reflected on the unraveling of Turkish democracy and its effect on Turkey and its international partners (and enemies). It began with a reflection on the sacking of Yavuz Baydar the ombudsman of Sabah, a newspaper that closely follows the ruling party's political line. His crime, to tell the truth honestly as he saw it.

"Seeing 30 brave writers and columnists thrown out of work after Taksim breeds only cynicism. This isn't what Europe means by democracy; and it is not what Turkey should mean by it either," writes the editor, But he goes on to cite many of the disturbing tendencies of Prime Minister Erdoğan's government. See the Guardian article.

Supporting the use of violent force against peaceful protesters, which even Turkey's President Gul condemned. Of course there were other protesters that were not so peaceful, but from all reports the vast majority were.


Blaming  the protests by hundreds of thousands of Turks…

Blind driver: who is in charge of Turkey's foreign and domestic policies: Gezi Park, Kurds, Syria, etc.?

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On August 4, 2013 an editorial in the Guardian reflected on the unraveling of Turkish democracy and its effect on Turkey and its international partners (and enemies). It began with a reflection on the sacking of Yavuz Baydar the ombudsman of Sabah, a newspaper that closely follows the ruling party's political line. His crime, to tell the truth honestly as he saw it.

"Seeing 30 brave writers and columnists thrown out of work after Taksim breeds only cynicism. This isn't what Europe means by democracy; and it is not what Turkey should mean by it either," writes the editor, But he goes on to cite many of the disturbing tendencies of Prime Minister Erdoğan's government. See the Guardian article.

Supporting the use of violent force against peaceful protesters, which even Turkey's President Gul condemned. Of course there were other protesters that were not so peaceful, but from all reports the vast majority were.


Blaming  the protests by hundreds of thousands of Turks…

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Democracy unfolds its dark side in Turkey. Almost a hundred years of development are in peril.

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