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Structural Indicators for Monitoring Education and Training Systems in Europe – 2019: Overview of major reforms since 2015

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The Eurydice report contains more than 35 updated structural indicators on education policies for the 2018/19 school/academic year in six policy areas: early childhood education and care (ECEC), achievement in basic skills, early leaving from education and training (ELET), higher education, graduate employability and learning mobility. It additionally provides a short overview of the major reforms since the start of the 2014/15 school/academic year in the said policy areas. The indicators provide information on the national policies and structures that contribute to achieving the  benchmarks  set  in  the strategic  framework  for  European  cooperation  in  education  and  training ('ET2020'). EU  and  Member  States’  performance  on  the  ET2020  benchmarks  are  analysed  in  detail  in the European Commission's Education and Training Monitor.The Eurydice project on Structural Indicators for Monitoring Education and Training Systems in Europe contributes to the contextual informationforthis  analysis.  It  provides  yearly  data  since  2015,  which  illustrate  the  main  policy  developments  in education and training systems across Europe. The 2019 update of the structural indicators covers all EU Member States, as well as Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Norway, Serbia and Turkey. (Summary: Eurodyce, DIPF author)
          

Turkish Military To Invade Golf On Sunday For A Quick Look Around

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has declared that Turkish military will invade the Turkish Airlines Open on Sunday afternoon "for a quick look".



"I have ordered Turkish forces to invade the golf on Sunday afternoon when they are finished shelling Syrians" Erdogan explained on Turkish State television. "Maybe my soldiers will hit some golf balls, eat some ice cream, execute some players, or maybe do some doughnuts in their tanks on the greens, who knows," he added.

"We want all our visitors to Turkey to have a great time this week, and to remember that I can do whatever the fuck I want when I want," Erdogan said.

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2019 Turkish Airlines Open Betting Preview And Expert Tips

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2019 Turkish Airlines Open Betting Preview and Tips

November 7th – 10th, 2019
The Montgomerie Maxx Royal, Antalya,, Turkey
Par: 72 / Yardage: 7,133
Purse: $7 million with $1,194,252 to the winner
Defending Champion: Justin Rose
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There's big money on offer but no Tiger Woods or Rory McIlroy in the field this week so it's left to Justin Rose to headline the betting at 8/1.  Rosey is the back the back defending champion but that up the road at the Regnum Carya. Pat Reed is 11/1 but worth a look in the win only market might be Shane Lowry at 16/1.  He didn't putt super last week in China but a T9 in GIR shows tee to green he's playing nicely and he's never been outside the top-25 in four visits to Turkey.

Doc's Top-5 Each Way Bets at the 2019 Turkish Airlines Open


Matthias Schwab 28/1


Seems to be still in his trend of missing every second cut but a T4 last week in a big WGC event is sure to have boosted Schwab's confidence and with a T2 in Germany and T4 in Italy you have to feel a win is coming soon.  T18 on his Turkey debut last year.

George Coetzee 40/1


Had to do a double take when I saw George listed at 40/1 this week.  Solo third at Golf National which a tough track for a big batter like George, then a T14 in Portugal and winner of the Vodacom Origins Of Golf on the Sunshine Tour last weekend.  Best of solo 5th in Turkey in 2016.  Maybe the bookies think Georgie and the rugby boys have been on the beer all week!

Danny Willett 30/1


I have to give Danny the benefit of the doubt after something went horribly wrong after a good first round in China was followed by a fall to dead last. He did speak about the heavy rough and getting flyers but that's done and dusted and he's back in Turkey this week where he's previously finished T11 and T4 on this week's Maxx Royal course and T7 last year on the Regnum Carya course.

Tom Lewis 50/1


I'm a big fan of Tom Lewis, he just seems to ghost in every now and again to contend in events.  T5 at the Alfred Dunhill was followed by a T8 in Portugal last time out.  I think he'll like the venue this week where the good putters always prosper.

Victor Perez 40/1


Victor has banked over €1.2 million in the last month with a win on the links in Scotland and T4 last week at the WGC HSBC Champions. In fact his three wins, including two on the Challenge Tour were all in the Autumnal months.  Debut here for the big Frenchman but I think he'll love it.


Long Odds Glory Shots

Nico Colsaerts 80/1:  Overpriced. Winner of the Open de France and T2 in Turkey in 2017.  Victor Dubuisson showed its all about par-5 scoring when he posted -16 for the par fives when he got it to -22 on the Maxx Royal to win in 2015.

Paul Waring 50/1: Four top-25 finishes on the bounce for Paul Waring with big cheques in Scotland (T3) and in China last week (T8)



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Discover the decentralization with the experts in the largest crypto owning country - Turkey

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The second of the most comprehensive Blockchain and cryptocurrency conference in MENA and Eurasia will take place during two days in Istanbul on February 20-21, 2020 with the best international names
          

Little Spectrum problem fixed

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Been offline for almost three days. Back on after Spectrum replaced the modem. Hurrah. Being without Internet is a lot like going cold-turkey off an addictive drug.
          

Get crispy, delicious turkey with these best turkey fryers

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Experience a culinary adventure and ditch the roasting pan. Turkey fryers give you a delicious main course that is crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside. Savor the flavor in each bite and enjoy guilt-free when you use peanut or canola oil. It's electric! Boogie woogie, woogie! Masterbuilt MB23012418 Butterball XL Electric Fryer Staff Favorite Large enough to accommodate a 20-pound turkey, this electric fryer uses less oil than traditional fryers. Featuring an extra-large wire basket, a built-in drain value for easy cleanup, and a breakaway cord for safety, this fryer will cook up a delicious meal for a few or a crew. $100 at Amazon Burnin' the midnight oil...or not Char-Broil Oil-Less Turkey Fryer This oil-less fryer offers a healthier option while taking the worry out of hot oil splattering. With infrared cooking technology, you will get a crispy on the outside turkey while the inside is juicy and delicious. Accommodates up to 16 pounds. $100 at Amazon ...
          

Ryan Newman in Mazola oil car at Phoenix

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 CONCORD, N.C. (Nov. 5, 2019) – The No. 6 Mazola Corn Oil® Ford will make its on-track debut this weekend at ISM Raceway (Phoenix). In honor of the occasion, Roush Fenway Racing will hold the #RFRGreatTurkeyFry on Sunday at the track with driver Ryan Newman helping to feed his team and friends a mouth-watering delicious […]
          

Turkey Trot 5K to benefit Serenity House

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The Victor Turkey Trot will start at 9:15 a.m. Nov. 28 at Town Hall, 85 E. Main St. Bib pick-up starts at 8:15 a.m.Runners can complete the 1-mile Fun Run or 5K for this Thanksgiving event. Registration costs $15 for adults, $10 for kids.Proceeds will go to the Serenity House of Victor Inc., a local care facility for the terminally ill. Visit bit.ly/thetrot for information.
          

Turkey captures Baghdadi's wife in Syria

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Turkey has captured a wife of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday, more than a week after the former Islamic State leader killed himself during a raid by U.S. special forces. Emily Wither reports.

          

Foster Farms donates Thanksgiving turkey to feed 100,000 facing food insecurity

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The company calls on others to join them in supporting West Coast food banks in the fight against hunger.
          

Close calls and near misses – the theme of ‘Fall Fest’ weekend in Penn’s woods

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Hunting for bears, deer, turkeys and grouse in Pennsylvania.

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Catholics, Orthodox Christians face threat of ethnic cleansing in northern Syria (Catholic Register)

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"The sudden withdrawal of American troops left not just the Kurds but also Syriac Orthodox and Syriac Catholic communities exposed," according to the report. "Turkey intends to ethnically cleanse a...
          

Turkey arrests al-Baghdadi’s sister, relative in Syria

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ANKARA, Nov 5 (XINHUA//APP):Turkey has arrested the sister of the dead leader of the Islamic State (IS) Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and her husband in Syria, the Turkish interior minister said Tuesday. They were captured in Azaz district of Aleppo city in northwestern Syria on Monday, Suleyman Soylu told reporters. The Turkish army and Turkey-backed Syrian […]
          

10 Printable Thanksgiving Games for Kids & Adults

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10 Printable Thanksgiving Games for Kids & Adults
 

Kids, teens and adults will enjoy these FUN printable Thanksgiving Games for Adults & Kids -- perfect for holiday gatherings!

Thanksgiving is right around the corner and one of our most visited posts is our "What's on My Phone" Gratitude Scavenger Hunt!

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So what better way to celebrate than with these games & activities that inspire FUN and cherished time with our favorite people!


          

[원서] Michael M. Gunter (auth.) - The Kurds Ascending The Evolving Solution to the Kurdish Problem in Iraq and Turkey-Palgrave Macmillan US (2008)

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Timeline Of U.S.–Syria Relations

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The U.S. decision to pull troops out of Syria that were assisting rebel forces has cleared the way for Turkey to ramp up military actions, escalating chaos in the region. The Onion provides a timeline of U.S. and Syrian relations.

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Justin Rose chasing rare hat-trick at Turkish Airlines Open

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Rose became world number one by making the first successful title defence of his career in Turkey last year.
          

Turkish inflation hits near 3-year low in October

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Turkey’s consumer price index fell to 8.55 percent year-on-year in October, official data showed on Monday, dragged down to its lowest level in nearly three years due to temporary measurement
          

EBRD to sell Istanbul bourse stake after jailed banker named CEO – report

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The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development will sell its 10-percent stake in the Istanbul stock exchange after Turkey named a banker convicted of breaking U.S. sanctions on Iran as its chief executive, Reuters reported.

The EBRD told the Turkish authorities that it would sell the shares as soon as possible, Reuters said on Wednesday, citing two unidentified people familiar with the plans.

Mehmet Hakan Atilla was released from U.S. custody earlier this year after being convicted by a New York court in January last year of helping to funnel billions of dollars of Iranian cash through the U.S. financial system while working as deputy CEO of Turkey’s state-run Halkbank.

Officials at the EBRD were not immediately available to comment, Reuters said.

The appointment of Atilla was the latest concern that the EBRD had over the running of the bourse, convincing it to sell its shares, the sources said. The appointment comes at a time when foreign investment in Turkey is in decline, hampering the government’s efforts to stimulate economic growth following a currency crisis and recession last year.

Turkish Treasury and Finance Minister Berat Albayrak, the son-in-law of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, named Atilla CEO last week. Atilla returned to Turkey in July.

The EBRD said last week it had the right to end the investment after Albayrak announced Atilla’s hiring.

New York prosecutors charged Halkbank two weeks ago with taking part in the sanctions-busting scheme. Erdoğan has said the accusations against Atilla and Halkbank were fabrications aimed at damaging his government and the country. 

https://www.reuters.com/article/usa-turkey-halkbank-ebrd/update-1-ebrd-to-sell-turkey-bourse-stake-after-former-halkbank-exec-named-ceo-sources-idUSL8N27F42A

          

Erdoğan likely to push Trump to reverse ‘double whammy’

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has repeatedly shown the ability to influence and manipulate U.S. President Donald Trump, though two resolutions passed by the U.S. House on Tuesday highlight the Turkish leader’s lesser influence among U.S. lawmakers. 

After a December 2018 phone call between the two presidents, Trump announced that U.S. troops would withdraw from Syria. The move was soon reversed, but it shocked Washington’s foreign policy establishment and led to the resignations of two key U.S. officials, Defense Secretary James Mattis and counter-Islamic State (ISIS) envoy Brett McGurk. 

After the two met during the June G-20 summit in Japan, Trump told reporters that he appreciated Turkey’s position on its purchase of Russian S-400 air defence missiles. In the months since he has refrained from applying the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act against Turkey, which its deal with Russia should have triggered. 

Last month, following another phone talk with Erdoğan, Trump again announced U.S. troops would be leaving Syria, allowing Turkey to go forward with its long-planned offensive against the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and its affiliate People’s Protection Units (YPG). Turkey views the YPG as an extension of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, which has led an insurgency in Turkey since 1984 and is labelled a terrorist group by the United States and European Union, as well as Turkey. 

“Erdoğan has learned to manipulate Trump and Erdoğan has been able to influence Donald Trump’s personal talking points,” said Aaron Stein, director of the Middle East programme at the Foreign Policy Research Institute. 

Stein said Turkish officials identified Trump as their preferred U.S. presidential candidate back in October 2016. “I thought Donald Trump would be an Islamophobe that would work against Turkish interests,” he said. 

“But the Turks rightly concluded that Trump was corruptible and not very smart, and therefore he was manipulable - he could be a transactional partner that would work toward Turkey’s interests,” Stein added. “It took three years, but they ultimately got it.”

The two leaders are set to meet in Washington on Nov. 13, and observers expect Erdoğan to seek to reverse or neutralise two House resolutions passed this week, which the New York Times described as a rebuke to Trump and one analyst described as a “double whammy” against Turkey.  

The first resolution marks an official recognition of the Armenian Genocide. The House move, which came on the anniversary of the birth of the Republic of Turkey, is not unprecedented. In 1975 and in 1984, the House also adopted resolutions acknowledging the Armenian Genocide. And in April 1981, President Ronald Reagan issued a Presidential Proclamation on the matter. 

The second House resolution, which like the first must be approved by the Senate to become binding, calls for sanctioning Erdoğan and other Turkish officials involved in the Syria offensive, as well as Turkish banks linked to the defence sector, and penalising Turkey for its purchase of Russian S-400 missiles.

Russian officials told Turkey on Tuesday that Syrian and Russian forces had successfully cleared the YPG from a strip of land along Turkey’s border, as per last week’s agreement between Erdoğan and Russian President Vladimir Putin, and that joint Russian-Turkish patrols could begin.

Stein said he expected Russia would soon integrate the YPG into the forces of Syrian President Bashar Assad, which would raise security issues for Turkey and give Assad and Putin some leverage over Erdoğan. 

Turkey’s offensive in northeast Syria has thus far displaced some 180,000 people, and many, including former U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power, have described Turkish actions there as ethnic cleansing, in part because Erdoğan has repeatedly expressed his desire to settle mostly Syrian Arab refugees in the area, much of which has had a Kurdish majority in recent decades. 

“Erdoğan has said he wants to move 2 million people into these areas. I think that would be tantamount to ethnic re-engineering,” said Stein.

Stein does not foresee Ankara being able to implement that plan, nor does he see a coherent Turkish approach in northeast Syria, but rather the significant influence of Russia. Reports this week have said Turkey is also considering buying Russian Su-35 fighter jets. Also this week, Pentagon officials said Turkey’s S-400s are expected to be operational by the end of the year. 

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has cautioned U.S. officials to think carefully before sanctioning Turkey and pushing Ankara further toward Russia. In the Washington Post last week, Ilhan Omar, a member of the House of Representatives, also argued against sanctioning Turkey, saying that while Turkey’s Syria offensive had been a disaster, sanctions tend to be incoherent and counter-productive. 

“I don’t understand the point of collapsing Turkey’s economy or even threatening to do it for an invasion of Syria,” said Stein, though he did understand punishing Turkey for its S-400 purchase. 

“Turkey has met the threshold for CAATSA sanctions,” said Stein, pointing out that Ankara even aired live video of the arrival of the S-400s, “rubbing the nose of the Americans in the faeces of this deal”.

There have been reports that Trump is negotiating with Turkish officials behind the scenes in an effort to secure the purchase of U.S.-made Patriot missiles to replace the S-400s. Still, most U.S. officials would prefer not to sanction Turkey. 

“People don’t want to alienate a NATO ally,” said Stein, who said it was possible Turkey would buy Patriots at next month’s summit. 

“But a negotiation entails a give and take on both sides, and Turkey never gives, it only takes,” said Stein, who thinks Turkish officials do not realise how few defenders they have left in the White House. 

“Erdoğan played his cards right,” Stein added. “He got another face-to-face meeting with Trump where he can present his case, and when he gets a meeting with Trump, Trump usually capitulates to his point of view.”


          

Turkey says Armenian genocide bill 'an insult', summons U.S. envoy

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Turkey slammed a U.S. decision recognising the mass killing of Armenians early last century as genocide and summoned the country's ambassador.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan  said the resolution, which passed the U.S. House of Representatives by 405 votes to 11 on Tuesday, was devoid of any truth. It was approved on the anniversary of the formation of the Turkish republic.

“We see such an accusation as the greatest insult made to our nation," Erdoğan said in a speech to his party deputies in parliament. “A country whose history is filled with stains of genocide, slavery and exploitation has no right to say something or to lecture Turkey.”

Turkey and the United States have been embroiled in a political dispute over a Turkish military incursion into northern Syria that began in early October. U.S. President Donald Trump paved the way for the operation by withdrawing troops from the border region, sparking criticism in Congress that he had abandoned the Kurds. Ankara says Kurdish forces that it has been battling in Syria are terrorists allied with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), an autonomy-seeking armed group in Turkey.

Most scholars recognise that genocide was committed by the Ottoman Empire from 1915. An estimated 1.5 million Armenians died. Turkey denies that such a slaughter took place and has lobbied governments and parliaments around the world to refrain from recognising the events as genocide.

The Turkish Foreign Ministry demanded an explanation from Ambassador David Satterfield during a meeting on Wednesday. Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said the resolution amounted to "revenge" for Turkey's military operation.

Earlier on Tuesday, the U.S. House also voted 403 to 16 to impose economic sanctions on Turkey for the Syria incursion. Kurdish People's Protection Unit (YPG) militants there have been staunch allies of the United States in the fight against Islamic State (ISIS).

“If we ignore history, then we are destined to witness the mistakes of the past be repeated,” Nancy Pelosi, speaker of the House, said before Tuesday’s vote. “Recent attacks by the Turkish military against the Kurdish people are a stark reminder of the danger in our own time.”

“If only Turkey had taken the lead to address sadness that haunts Armenians to this day over 1915. If only Turkey had taken the lead to address Kurdish grievances and abuses they suffered regardless of the militants of the mountains. If only Turkey had stayed out of Syria,” Ziya Meral, senior resident fellow at the U.K.-based Centre for Historical Analysis and Conflict Research, said in comments on Twitter.

The Turkish Foreign Ministry also criticised the House resolution envisaging economic sanctions on the country.

The bill “is incompatible with the spirit of our NATO Alliance,” the ministry said in a separate statement. “It also contradicts with the agreement reached on Syria with the U.S. Administration on 17 October,” it said in reference to an agreement on a cessation of hostilities in northern Syria reached with the White House two weeks ago.

U.S. officials have failed to discern the difference between a NATO ally and terrorists and “should understand that they cannot achieve anything with the threats of unilateral sanctions”, it said.

The sanctions bill envisages freezing the assets of senior Turkish political and military leaders and blocking their travel to the United States. It would prohibit arms transfers to Turkey if the weapons could be used in Syria, mandates an investigation of Erdoğan’s personal wealth and would impose punishment on state-run Turkish bank Halkbank.

Erdoğan said the resolution was aimed at targeting him, his family and his ministers directly, adding that he strongly rejected it.

The bill faces potential obstacles in the Senate, where leading Republicans have called for a delay in order to give time for the Trump administration to find a diplomatic solution with Turkey.


          

Turkish Islamic business group aims to triple U.S. membership

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Turkey’s biggest business group Islamic-leaning businessmen aims to more than triple its membership in the United States in one year, Dünya newspaper reported.

The Independent Industrialists’ and Businessmen’s Association (MÜSİAD), which has grown rapidly in Turkey since President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s ruling party won power in 2002, is seeking to increase its membership in the United States to 250 firms from 80, Dünya said citing Ayhan Özmekik, the group’s new head of U.S. operations.

MÜSİAD will expand its network of offices in the United States and locate them closer to Turks living in the country to help boost its popularity, said Özmekik, who runs the Park Café in west New York. For example, it will open an office in Paterson in New Jersey, where many Turks live, he said.

Turkey is seeking to expand annual bilateral trade with the United States to $100 billion from around $20 billion under targets outlined this year by Erdoğan and U.S. President Donald Trump. Relations between the two countries have suffered from bilateral tensions over Syria, Turkey’s detention of a U.S. pastor last year and the U.S. residence of Islamic preacher Fethullah Gülen, who Turkey blames for orchestrating a failed military coup in 2016.

MÜSİAD aims to open libraries at its offices in the United States, to help Turkish citizens residing in the country and to hold round table meetings to foster relations, Özmekik said, according to Dünya.


          

Erdoğan’s Syria deal with Putin cannot last, expert says

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Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdoğan struck a deal to clear northern Syria of Kurdish fighters at a triumphant summit in Sochi, Russia last week.

Despite the smiles and handshakes, the agreement probably will not last because neither leader can enforce its terms, Chris Miller, assistant professor at the Fletcher School and the Eurasia director at the Foreign Policy Research Institute, said in an article for Foreign Policy on Monday.

“Turkey and Russia may be committed, but it is unlikely that the other combatants will abide by the deal,” Miller said. “Start with the Kurds.”

Russia does not have the forces needed for a protracted campaign against the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) that Turkey labels terrorists threatening its security, and Moscow does not have much interest in reducing its fighting capacity, Miller said. Meanwhile, Syrian President Bashar Assad may be able to pressure the YPG to disarm, but he is unlikely to be willing, he said.

“Ankara is therefore wrong to think that the Syrian Kurdish question is closed. True, the joint patrols envisaged by the Putin-Erdoğan accord could keep YPG units away from the border. But as Turkey well knows, holding territory with an organised army is not the only way that Kurdish militias can wage war.”

Turkey started a military incursion into Syria in early October to combat the YPG and to set up a safe zone for the return of Syrian refugees, millions of whom are currently residing in Turkey. It sees the YPG as an extension of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which has waged a four-decade war for autonomy in southeast Turkey at the cost of about 40,000 lives, most of them Kurdish.

“Assad thinks he is winning. Turkey thinks its threats have won concessions. The YPG is on the back foot but is unlikely to give up. All sides think they can improve their position with further fighting,” Miller said.

“Trump’s withdrawal may have changed the balance of power in Syria, but the Putin-Erdoğan deal that resulted is unlikely to end the war.”

https://foreignpolicy.com/2019/10/28/putin-erdogan-deal-syria-kurds-agreement-war-continues/

https://foreignpolicy.com/2019/10/28/putin-erdogan-deal-syria-kurds-agreement-war-continues/

          

Baghdadi death should not mask Turkey’s illegal land grab – rights advocate

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The death of Islamic State (ISIS) leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi at the weekend may dominate headlines in the coming days, but the killing should not ignore Turkey’s illegal occupation of northern Syria, celebrated by U.S. President Donald Trump, said Rebecca Barber for the Interpreter.

International law dictates that one country cannot decide it needs a so-called “safe zone” in another country and then invade and claim it as theirs by virtue of its seizure, Barber, a human rights advocate for international NGOs, said in an article published on Monday.

“Not only has this flagrant breach of international law gone largely unchallenged by world leaders; worse, it’s been formally endorsed – first by the U.S. in the deal brokered by Vice President Mike Pence in talks with Turkish President Erdoğan on 17 October, and secondly by Russia, in its deal with Turkey last Tuesday.”

Erdoğan sent thousands of troops into northern Syria in early October to combat Kurdish militants allied in the U.S. battle against ISIS. His government aims to resettle more than a million refugees from Syria in the border area in a mass security and construction project that may threaten the local indigenous Kurdish population.

“That the plan has now been formally endorsed by both the U.S. and Russia conveys a message that international law is irrelevant and that Turkey can do whatever it likes,” Barber said.

India could now argue that it needs a safe zone in Pakistan to keep extremists away from the border with Kashmir, or Russia could say that its role in eastern Ukraine is a “safe zone” or peace corridor, Barber said, citing one unidentified commentator. The amount of such entities could become endless, she said.

https://www.lowyinstitute.org/the-interpreter/worrying-precedent-turkey-s-safe-zone

          

6 binden fazla ağır vasıta sürücüsü ile buluştu

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Türkiye'de 29 yıldır madeni yağların üretimi ve pazarlanması alanlarında faaliyet gösteren Total Turkey Pazarlama’nın, uzun yol sürücülerine yönelik gerçekleştirdiği 'TOTAL RUBIA Roadshow 2019' sona erdi.


          

11/3/2019: Worldwide: 13 killed in car bomb on Turkey’s border

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At least 13 people were killed and more than 30 injured in the Syrian town of Tel Abyad on Turkey’s border after an explosion in a market. Pro-Turkey fighters and civilians were among the dead and injured in the car explosion, which no one claimed...
          

DAILY ANNOUNCEMENTS-NOVEMBER 6, 2019

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MENU FOR WEDNESDAY:
  • Steak & Gravy
  • Dinner Roll
  • Pepp Pizza Pocket
  • Turkey Sandwich
  • Yogurt Lunch Meal
  • Fresh Veggie Mix
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Assorted Fruit Choice

MENU FOR THURSDAY:
  • Philly Cheese Steak

  • Dill Chicken Sandwich

  • Italian Sub Sandwich

  • Yogurt Lunch Meal

  • Onions & Peppers

  • Dragon Punch

  • Peppers & Tomatoes

  • Assorted Fruit Choice

  • Nacho Cheese Doritos


UPCOMING EVENTS:

Thanksgiving Break: November 27-29
December 20-Second Grading Period Ends
Christmas Break: December 23-January 3
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DAILY ANNOUNCEMENTS-NOVEMBER 5, 2019

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MENU FOR TUESDAY:
  • Taco Salad
  • Burrito with Cheese
  • Deli Bacon Wrap
  • Yogurt Lunch Meal
  • Lettuce & Cheese
  • Refried Beans
  • Steamed Corn
  • Assorted Fruit Choice

MENU FOR WEDNESDAY:
  • Steak & Gravy

  • Dinner Roll

  • Pepp Pizza Pocket

  • Turkey Sandwich

  • Yogurt Lunch Meal

  • Fresh Veggie Mix

  • Mashed Potatoes

  • Assorted Fruit Choice


UPCOMING EVENTS:

Thanksgiving Break: November 27-29
December 20-Second Grading Period Ends
Christmas Break: December 23-January 3
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DAILY ANNOUNCEMENTS-OCTOBER 30,2019

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MENU FOR WEDNESDAY:
  • Breaded Chicken Legs
  • Homestyle Biscuit
  • Grilled Chicken Sand
  • Turkey Sandwich
  • Yogurt Lunch Meal
  • Dragon Punch
  • Steamed Corn
  • Assorted Fruit Choice

MENU FOR THURSDAY: (HAPPY HALLOWEEN) 
  • Mini Cheeseburgers

  • Sloppy Joe Sandwich

  • Italian Sub Sandwich

  • Yogurt Lunch Meal

  • Baked Beans

  • Twister Fries

  • Assorted Fruit Choice

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Thanksgiving Break: November 27-29
December 20-Second Grading Period Ends
Christmas Break: December 23-January 3
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Fifty Years Ago This Week in West Rome - 11/3/1969 to 11/9/1969

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The annual East-West confrontation took place on Friday night, November 7th—but the outcome wasn't what Chieftains fans were hoping for. East Rome took the win with a 13-yard field goal with just two minutes left in the game, propelling them to a 16-13 victory over West Rome. That brought an end to the season for West Rome as the Gladiators took the 7-AA South region championship for the second year in a row. West Rome's first touchdown came via a pass from David Love to Thomas Crowley, while Alan Carrington ran the ball for the second touchdown. The Chieftains made one final  long pass attempt in the final seconds of the game, but the pass was intercepted by East Rome, securing the win for the Glads.

Ida Hutchings, Janet Webb, and Belinda Rodgers received letters of commendation for their outstanding performance on the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. They were among 39,000 students nationwide who scored int he upper 2% of all students taking the test. (It has been far too long since I last crossed paths with Ida Hutchings, who remained a member of my circle of friends through the 1970s--anyone know where she is now?)

Piggly Wiggly had center cut pork chops for 89¢ a pound, Shurfine tuna for 33¢ a can, and Atlanta Dairies ice milk for 33¢ a half-gallon. Kroger had fresh whole fryers for 25¢ a pound, Heinz ketchup for 25¢ a bottle, and collards for 29¢ a bunch. A&P had round steak for 95¢ a pound, Eight O'Clock coffee for 69¢ a pound, and corn for 8¢ an ear. Big Apple had ground beef for 55¢ a pound, Van Camp's pork & beans for 14¢ a can, and a five-pound bag of Dixie Crystals sugar for 39¢. Couch's had hen turkeys for 43¢ a pound, Ocean Spray cranberry sauce for 29¢ a can, and bananas for a dime a pound.

I don't even remember Minnie Pearl Fried Chicken at 901 Shorter Avenue, but apparently it was a going concern in 1969. Minnie Pearl was offering a free 10" lemon meringue pie with the purchase of any $1.25 fried chicken dinner. "Due to the fact that Minnie only baked 49,734 pies, limit of one per customer per day, please."

The cinematic week began with Battle of Britain (starring Michael Caine) at the DeSoto Theatre, Hell's Angels '69 (starring Tom Stern) at the First Avenue, File of the Golden Goose (starring Yul Brynner) at the Village, and The Longest Day (starring John Wayne) at the West Rome Drive-In. The weekend switch out brought The Last Summer (starring Barbara Hershey) to the DeSoto, My Side of the Mountain (staring Teddy Eccles) to the First Avenue, Sweet Charity (starring Shirley MacLaine) to the Village, and a double feature of She (starring Ursula Andress) and One Million BC (starring Raquel Welch) to the West Rome Drive-In. (That's quite a double-feature!)

The 5th Dimension held on to the number one slot for a second week with "Wedding Bell Blues." Other top ten hits included the double-A-sided single "Come Together/Something" by the Beatles (#s 2 and 3); "And When I Die" by Blood, Sweat, & Tears (#4); "Baby It's You" by Smith (#5); "I Can't Get Next To You" by the Temptations (#6); "Suspicious Minds" by Elvis Presley (#7); "Smile a Little Smile for Me" by the Flying Machine (#8); "Sugar, Sugar" by the Archies (#9); and "Take a Letter Maria" by RB Greaves (#10--and boy, would that song stir up controversy if it was released today!).

The Allman Brothers Band released their eponymous debut album this week in 1969. (The Macon band holds a special place in the hearts of many 1960s/1970s Chieftains because of a concert appearance at Berry College in October of 1970--I know that's what made me a fan of their music!)

Rod Serling's second fantasy anthology series, Night Gallery, made its debut on NBC on November 8th. To be fair, this was actually just a special showing of the pilot episode; the show wouldn't return as an ongoing series until December of 1970, thirteen months later.
          

Runner's Notes: Erie Runner's Club Turkey Trot info & theme

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Waitsfield Board to send LOT documents for legal review – or not

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After the Waitsfield Select Board voted to send documents related to a proposed tri-town local option tax (LOT) to its attorney for review, board members were asked to consider whether they wanted to reconsider that decision either at a special meeting or a regular meeting.

On October 21, the select board voted to send the memorandum of understanding (MOU) and bylaws that were created by a tri-town negotiating committee for a local option tax to the town attorney. The tri-town LOT would raise about $700,000 which would be invested in housing, transportation, community projects, recreation and marketing in The Valley.

Two select board members from each town served on that committee and drafted the documents. The Fayston Select Board and the Warren Select Board previously had their attorneys review the documents. Waitsfield initially deferred that process after the town realized that it could not bring a ballot item asking voters to adopt an LOT without amending the town’s charter. State statute allows voters in towns that were considered gold towns at a specific date to adopt an LOT. Warren and Fayston met that criteria. Waitsfield didn’t.

TIMELINE

The town has adopted a timeline for reviewing a charter change and plans to bring that as a ballot item to voters at Town Meeting in March 2020.

Select board member Darryl Forrest asked his fellow board members to move on sending the tri-town LOT documents to the town attorney, rather than wait until the town’s review of the charter change process has been completed.

He said that the document review by Warren’s and Fayston’s town attorneys had yielded important feedback and said getting that feedback from Waitsfield’s attorney was important to keep the tri-town LOT process moving.

Town administrator Trevor Lashua said that sending the documents now would be a reversal of policy that presents a back door way to review one proposal (tri-town LOT) before the town has voted on a charter change that could enable either a tri-town LOT or a Waitsfield-only LOT.

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WAITSFIELD-ONLY LOT

There is support from Waitsfield Select Board chair Paul Hartshorn and board member Sal Spinosa for exploring a Waitsfield-only LOT rather than the tri-town approach favored by Forrest and board members Kellee Mazer and Jon Jamieson.

“We originally agreed that we’d fully negotiate an MOU and we haven’t fulfilled our commitment by getting an attorney to review it,” Mazer said.

Forrest made a motion to send the documents to the town attorney, which Jamieson and Mazer supported, and Hartshorn and Spinosa opposed.

During discussion and after discussion of the motion there were heated words about what signal it would send to voters and whether the review meant the town was signaling its support for the tri-town proposal.

DISSERVICE

Mazer said she felt the board was doing a disservice to voters by not letting them understand the MOU and tri-town LOT proposal by continuing the review process. Jamieson said he had originally supported a two-step process of charter change, the legal review, but said he saw the need to keep the ball rolling and said he felt voters were smart enough to understand the tri-town LOT process, the Waitsfield charter change process and the notion of a Waitsfield-only LOT.

Spinosa suggested Forrest was trying to slip something by the board and voters and said that a legal opinion on the tri-town LOT documents was going to open up consideration of a Waitsfield-only LOT as well. Spinosa suggested that this could lead to a charter change, tri-town LOT and Waitsfield-only LOT being on the ballot next March.

Hartshorn, Lashua, Jamieson and Forrest corrected him and said that only the charter change would be on the ballot next year.

RATIFY OR OVERTURN

On Monday, October 28, select board members were asked via email if they could attend an October 30 special select board meeting to ratify or overturn the October 21 vote to send the documents to the attorney.

“The adopted select board rules and regulations allow for a special meeting to be called by the chair. A special meeting to either ratify the earlier action or overturn it provides the requisite clarity to address concerns about process and procedure without holding up the attorney’s review (if the action is ratified) or accruing legal expenses (if the action is not ratified),” wrote Lashua in an email to the board, noting that the agenda would be limited to the specific topic of the October 21 vote.

Asked whether board chair Hartshorn had requested the special meeting, Lashua said, “We were polling folks to see if they were available to potentially ratify or overturn that decision.”

NO QUORUM

Mazer, Forrest and Jamieson were unable to make the meeting and so there was no quorum.

Lashua said he’d heard from individual board members about their concerns about the October 21 vote.

The Valley Reporter reached out to Hartshorn with three phone calls seeking to know whether he made the request for a special meeting. He returned one call to The Valley Reporter’s business office at 7:40 a.m. October 30, and left no message.

Board members subsequently received an email asking them if a November 18 meeting with town attorney Joe McLean to discuss the MOU and bylaws would work. The October 21 motion called for sending the documents electronically to McLean, rather than have him drive from Burlington to Waitsfield for a meeting with the board.


          

Wichita to Host 2020 Women's VNL Home Matches

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Guthrie County New Opportunities Accepting Applications for Thanksgiving Packages

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The Man Who Popularized The 'Deep State' Doesn't Like The Way It's Used

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Mike Lofgren is the very definition of a civil servant. He was a congressional staffer for 28 years, with most of that time spent crunching numbers on the Senate and House budget committees.

He's moderate and mild-mannered, saying, "I was on the Republican side my whole career. I wasn't a culture wars Republican, basically a fiscal conservative in the manner of say, [President Dwight] Eisenhower."

Lofgren was turned off by the Tea Party Republicans who came into Congress in 2011, and decided it was time to quit. Three years later, Lofgren wrote an essay called, "Anatomy of the Deep State."

The essay is not partisan. Lofgren criticizes both parties, along with the national security community, Wall Street and Silicon Valley. And he takes pains to point out that he's not a conspiracy theorist.

His basic point is that big institutions, inside and outside of government, are so entrenched it's hard to bring any real change. Political options are limited.

"This is not to say it's the worst of all worlds," Lofgren said. "You sort of get a choice between Coke and New Coke."

His idea first gained traction among progressives who felt Republicans were pursuing a scorched-earth policy to thwart President Barack Obama.

In fact, Lofgren wrote his essay for the website of liberal commentator Bill Moyers, and also appeared on the PBS program he hosted.

The state of 'deep state'

Lofgren expanded his essay into a 2016 book called: The Deep State: The Fall Of The Constitution And The Rise Of A Shadow Government. The book got some favorable reviews, but didn't set the publishing world on fire.

Then President Trump took office.

"Unelected, deep state operatives who defy the voters, to push their own secret agendas, are truly a threat to democracy itself," Trump said at a rally last year, one of the many times he's invoked the term.

For the president and his supporters, deep state is shorthand for Democratic-leaning bureaucrats who want to undermine Trump.

Breitbart began extensive coverage to "deep state" stories around the time Trump entered office, and others have followed. In a search of TV transcripts, the term "deep state" appeared only 64 times in 2016, the year Lofgren published his book.

In 2017, it shot up to nearly 2,300 mentions, and surged to nearly 5,000 hits last year, many of them on Fox News.

And it's rarely, if ever, used the way Mike Lofgren intended.

"It's like I released this species into the wild and what it did, or maybe it's a Frankenstein, and what it does is not within my control," he said.

The idea of a conspiratorial deep state goes back centuries. Some trace it to ancient Rome. In recent decades, it has been used to describe countries such as Turkey and Pakistan, where the security forces were seen as dictating orders to elected governments.

Le Carre novel

Lofgren says he first encountered the term in a spy novel A Delicate Truth by John le Carre, who describes the hidden power brokers at work in Great Britain.

Now it pops up everywhere.

"Thank God for the deep state," said John McLaughlin, the former deputy director of the CIA. He spoke ironically, drawing laughs when he made the remark at a recent panel discussion at George Mason University.

But he was making a serious point as he spoke about government officials testifying before congressional committees at the impeachment inquiry.

"Everyone here has seen this progression of diplomats, and intelligence officers and White House people trooping up to Capitol Hill right now, and saying, 'These are people who are doing their duty,'" McLaughlin said.

When we caught up with McLaughlin a few days later, he said he had received some blowback for those comments. Then he went on to say:

"I think it's a silly idea. There is no 'deep state.' What people think of as the 'deep state' is just the American civil service, social security, the people who fix the roads, health and human services, Medicare."

Mike Lofgren, now retired at age 66, used to be one of those people when he was a Republican congressional staffer. Today, he says he's turned his back on the Republican Party.

"I am an independent who will not vote Republican until they demonstrate to me that they've purged Trumpism and that they're a sane party," he said.

Rachel Treisman is an intern on NPR's National Desk.

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Frozen Flagpoles, Sexy Leg Lamps, and the Red Ryder: Remembering “A Christmas Story” on its 35th Anniversary

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A Christmas Story should be remembered as a small film that had a very large impact.” – Caseen Gaines, author of A Christmas Story: Behind the Scenes of a Holiday Classic

The Digital Bits and History, Legacy & Showmanship are pleased to present this retrospective commemorating the 35th anniversary of the release of A Christmas Story, the humorous and now-classic Christmas-themed film based upon the writings of Jean Shepherd and directed by Bob Clark (Black Christmas, Porky’s).

Featuring Melinda Dillon (Close Encounters of the Third Kind), Darren McGavin (Kolchak: The Night Stalker) and Peter Billingsley (The Dirt Bike Kid) as Ralphie, A Christmas Story opened in theaters across North America 35 years ago this month, and for the occasion The Bits features a Q&A with a trio of historians and pop culture authorities who discuss the film’s enduring appeal. [Read on here...]

The participants are (in alphabetical order)….

Eugene B. Bergmann is the author of Excelsior, You Fathead! The Art and Enigma of Jean Shepherd (Applause, 2004). Bergmann’s other books include Rio Amazonas (Xlibris, 2001) and (as editor) Shep’s Army: Bummers, Blisters, & Boondoggles (Jean Shepherd, Opus, 2013). His blog is Shepquest: The World of Jean Shepherd (shepquest.wordpress.com).

Eugene Bergmann

Thomas A. Christie is the author of A Righteously Awesome Eighties Christmas (Extremis, 2016). Christie has written numerous other books, including The Spectrum of Adventure: A Brief History of Interactive Fiction on the Sinclair ZX Spectrum (Extremis, 2016), Mel Brooks: Genius and Loving It! (Crescent Moon, 2015), The James Bond Movies of the 1980s (Crescent Moon, 2013), The Christmas Movie Book (Crescent Moon, 2011), John Hughes and Eighties Cinema: Teenage Hopes and American Dreams (Crescent Moon, 2009), and The Cinema of Richard Linklater (Crescent Moon, 2008). His latest book, Contested Mindscapes: Exploring Approaches to Dementia in Modern Popular Culture is due for publication later this month from Extremis. He is a member of The Royal Society of Literature, The Society of Authors and The Federation of Writers Scotland. He is online at www.tomchristiebooks.co.uk.

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Caseen Gaines is the author of A Christmas Story: Behind the Scenes of a Holiday Classic (ECW Press, 2013). Gaines is a high school English teacher and co-founder of the Hackensack Theatre Company. His other books include The Dark Crystal: The Ultimate Visual History (Insight Editions, 2017), We Don’t Need Roads: The Making of the Back to the Future Trilogy (Plume, 2015), and Inside Pee-wee’s Playhouse: The Untold, Unauthorized, and Unpredictable Story of a Pop Phenomenon (ECW Press, 2011), and he has also written for The A.V. Club, Decider, Rolling Stone, and Vanity Fair. He is online at www.caseengaines.com and on social media @caseengaines

Caseen Gaines

The interviews were conducted separately and have been edited into a “roundtable” conversation format.

Michael Coate (The Digital Bits): How do you think A Christmas Story should be remembered on its 35th anniversary?

Eugene B. Bergmann: A Christmas Story is a well-deserved, perennial favorite for holiday viewing. It’s a very funny, clever, and, indeed, pointed commentary on the life and ways of kids. It also comments on the way Christmas has been so heavily co-opted by movies and our society as a whole. For these reasons A Christmas Story deserves a permanent place in American culture. It comments on our gift-oriented way of life, and it does its commenting in a subtle/funny way. Not only as Ralphie goes about promoting his BB gun desires, but as narrator, Jean Shepherd, comments while the family opens its Christmas morning gifts – he says their response is “unbridled avarice,” not the most appropriate way to celebrate the birth of Jesus.

The film should be recognized as a major expression of Jean Shepherd’s legacy. Those reading the opening titles will note four of them devoted to Shepherd: the film is based on his works; the incidents depicted come from his book of kid stories, In God We Trust: All Others Pay Cash; Shepherd co-wrote the film’s script; the voice throughout, of Ralphie as a grown-up, is that of Jean Shepherd.

Thomas A. Christie: I think there’s a good reason why A Christmas Story still enjoys such an esteemed reputation thirty-five years after it first appeared in cinemas, and that is the fact that it captures so perfectly the careful balance between wistful nostalgia for a bygone age and the actual realities of family life with all its idiosyncrasies and occasional absurdities. As the narrator perceptively points out, Christmas is the epicenter of any kid’s year, and we see all the trappings of youth being expressed in larger-than-life terms as though they were high drama. Though the movie may be set in the 1940s, it says so much about childhood that is universal that anyone from the early eighties could easily relate to it, and the characters were so genuinely likeable that even now they are fun to spend time with.

Caseen Gaines: A Christmas Story should be remembered as a small film that had a very large impact. The movie really is a series of vignettes of everyday life, but something about that simplicity made it so universal to everyone who saw it. When you think about the movies that really make a big splash today, they’re filled with special effects and major movie stars. The beauty of A Christmas Story is while, yes, writer Jean Shepherd and director Bob Clark had major successes prior to this film, and yes, several of the actors were very well-known at the time it was released, the enduring beauty of the movie lies in its story and accessibility. Who doesn’t know what it feels like to want something and consistently be told “no”?

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Bergmann: I didn’t see it when it opened in 1983. When I caught up to it soon after Jean Shepherd died in 1999, I failed to sufficiently appreciate it, but as my family and I have watched it every year since, as broadcast by Turner for 24 hours straight starting Christmas Eve, I’ve come to enjoy it a lot. My wife and I laugh at so many of the funny bits even though we’ve seen them so many times and know just when and how they are about to appear again. That’s how well done this film is.

Christie: It seems strange to believe now, given how enduringly popular A Christmas Story has been in the United States, but here in Britain it didn’t make all that much of an impact when it was first released. In the UK, arguably the best-remembered Christmas movie of 1983 was John Landis’s Trading Places – ironically, a feature that isn’t really considered to be a Christmas movie at all by most critics in the US. But though I didn’t see A Christmas Story until the film was around twenty years old or so, it had by then enjoyed such a stellar reputation within American popular culture that so much of its content was already familiar – Flick getting his tongue stuck to an icy flagpole, Ralphie’s titanic battle of wits with Scut Farkus, and of course Mr. Parker’s infamous “leg lamp.” So the film’s rock-solid cult following came as no surprise.

Gaines: I remember seeing A Christmas Story for the first time and thinking it was actually a very old movie, not made in 1983! I grew up loving the original Our Gang (Little Rascals) comedies, and thought there was a very similar energy to the movie. The flag pole scene was, of course, incredibly impressionable. I had heard of that rumor before seeing the movie, but never actually seen someone fall victim to it. As a black kid in suburban New Jersey, one might not think the film would strike such a strong chord, but it really did. I saw so much truth in all of those characters.

Coate: In what way is A Christmas Story a significant motion picture?

Bergmann: Many people respond to the film with nostalgia, but a perceptive viewer will see that it expresses a sensitive and witty view of the world of kids, families and holidays. It also presents Jean Shepherd’s overall philosophy of life – note that every scene (as we laugh at them all) is somehow a disaster: poor Flick with his tongue stuck to the pole; the dogs snatching Christmas turkey; the longed for BB gun nearly shooting Ralphie’s eye out, etc. The film’s director, Bob Clark, noted that A Christmas Story is “…an odd combination of reality and spoof and satire.” Jean Shepherd hated nostalgia. As the dogs go tramping toward the kitchen’s Christmas turkey, past the oblivious father, narrator Shepherd, presenting his ironic philosophy, says, “Ah, life is like that. Sometimes at the height of our revelries, when our joy is at its zenith, when all is most right with the world, the most unthinkable disasters descend upon us.”

As much as I and millions of others can appreciate the nostalgic aspects of the film, one should note that the metal sign that appears sideways and to which Ralphie attaches his BB gun target, is the cause of the ricochet that nearly shoots his eye out – the dastardly sign, proclaiming a long-gone product and era, is emblazoned with the lovely scripted words: GOLDEN AGE. I strongly suspect that – as all we viewers sigh in the warm glow of nostalgia during the ending, that sweet conclusion of mom and dad watching the snow fall and Ralphie in bed embracing his dangerous BB gun – that warm glow was probably mandated by the film studio as the only way to commercially end a story about Christmas.

Gaines: A Christmas Story is a significant motion picture because, somewhat ironically, it shows the power of radio and television. The stories that make up the film largely come from Jean Shepherd’s radio broadcasts and short stories, and it was by listening to the radio that Bob Clark first fell in love with Shep’s characters and childhood experiences. The movie really wasn’t a success when it first hit theaters, but thanks to cable television and the still-ongoing Christmas marathons, the movie found an ever-increasing audience. About as many people who watch the Super Bowl each year tune in, at some point, to the annual marathon. That’s fascinating.

Coate: In what way was Bob Clark an ideal choice to direct A Christmas Story, and where do you think the film ranks among his body of work?

Christie: Bob Clark had already made a huge contribution to Christmas cinema in the form of the wonderfully atmospheric Black Christmas in 1974 – a movie which became a cult classic for entirely different reasons, effectively launching the Christmas horror as a whole new subgenre and paving the way for films like Christmas Evil (1980) and Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984). Naturally A Christmas Story is a world away from the shadowy suspense of Black Christmas, and the sense of sheer warmth, nostalgia and childhood innocence make it about as far removed from Clark’s earlier work as it was possible to imagine. So in that sense, Clark demonstrated considerable range in presenting this diametrically opposed rendering of the festive season in comparison to his earlier work. It seemed appropriate, given his diversity as a filmmaker – lest we forget that this is the same director who brought us Breaking Point (1976), Murder By Decree (1979) and Tribute (1980), to say nothing of the raucous Porky’s (1982). Intriguingly, of course, Clark’s ill-fated attempt to recapture the magic of A Christmas Story in its belated sequel, It Runs in the Family (1994), was an object lesson in the futility of trying to catch lightning in a bottle.

Gaines: Bob Clark was an ideal choice, but you may not realize it based on his previous films at the time of A Christmas Story’s release. He truly understood what made those stories connect with the audience and, most importantly, he had this uncanny ability to draw great performances out of his actors and make moments that we’ve all seen in our everyday lives seem like a revelation on screen. Porky’s is obviously a very popular film of his, but it’s no surprise that when he passed away, most of his obituaries mentioned A Christmas Story first and foremost among his body of work.

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Coate: Where do you think A Christmas Story ranks among Jean Shepherd’s body of work?

Bergmann: Because the film encapsulates many of Shepherd’s ideas and humor in a form that millions enjoy, it’s valuable. A Christmas Story is the most visible and popular work of Jean Shepherd. His most ardent enthusiasts consider it a very good piece, but not his best claim to fame and the appellation “genius.” That belongs to his decades of improvised monologues and story-telling on radio that influenced aspiring young intellectuals of New York and surrounding territory. Slyly funny on his broadcasts, he taught us to observe, think, and appreciate American culture and the immensely quirky and delightful humanity around us. We listeners are indebted to him for helping to make us more perceptive observers of our world. For example, Jerry Seinfeld, in his “Season 6” DVD sets of his television show, commented, “He really formed my entire comedic sensibility. I learned how to do comedy from Jean Shepherd.”

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Bergmann: I’m not a good judge of how it ranks among Christmas-themed films because I’ve only seen tiny bits of a couple of the many recent ones – I suspect they’re no better than the average, mindless sitcom. I love A Christmas Story and I avoid the rest.

Christie: Certainly within the canon of Christmas movies throughout the 1980s, A Christmas Story can hold its head high. After a long wilderness period throughout the 1960s and 70s, where there was comparatively little in the way of Christmas-themed cinema (with most of the prominent festive features appearing on TV at the time), suddenly the genre burst back into life in the eighties, and by appearing early in the decade A Christmas Story is now closely associated with this renewal in public and critical interest. It may not have enjoyed the huge publicity of Santa Claus: The Movie (1985), displayed the gleeful subversiveness of Gremlins (1984) or the dark humor of Scrooged (1988), but its good-natured take on what it means to be a child during the tortuously long build-up to the festive season – having to impatiently endure school when all you can think of is the allure of opening Christmas presents – has cemented itself into the public consciousness for good reason. Certainly the movie’s regular marathon screenings over Christmas are understandable, given the way in which it has so successfully established itself across generations as a firm favorite with audiences.

Gaines: Christmas movies are so personal to so many people, so everyone will have a different answer to that question, but I clearly think A Christmas Story is one of the most significant Christmas-themed movies of all time. No other film that I know of has an annual 24-hour marathon, and let’s be honest, when you can make a sexy leg lamp and a Pepto-Bismol-colored pink bunny suit symbols of Christmas, you’ve done something right! It’s easy to turn a movie like Elf into a holiday classic; all the elements are there. But A Christmas Story is so beautifully honest and simple, and subversive at times, it’s great to see the legs the movie has had – pun fully intended!

Coate: What is the legacy of A Christmas Story?

Bergmann: The film’s popularity has resulted in a yearly-produced stage play in scores of towns, a musical Broadway production, many theme products, and the “A Christmas Story House” where parts of the film were made and where visitors can tour a recreation of the film house’s interior. There’s a popular book of reprinted A Christmas Story-related tales and a major behind-the-scenes, illustrated coffee-table book. Those are part of the legacy, but there’s also the importance of Shepherd as its creator.

For me the film’s legacy is that it may forever be by far the most prominently known vessel of Jean Shepherd’s world. As fine as it is, Shepherd deserves more recognition in America’s pantheon of creative forces. For those who care to hear his radio voice, one can find hundreds of complete broadcasts on the Internet – free or cheaply for sale on eBay and elsewhere. Acquire them so that at night, when the cares of the world are shoved aside, relax, open your sensibilities, and absorb the unique and always unexpected commentary by ol’ Shep. (One never knows what quirky mix will ensue.) Maybe he’ll tell a story, maybe he’ll comment on the passing scene, maybe he’ll describe his trip to headhunter country of Peru’s Amazon when he helped deliver 500 pounds of Luden’s cough drops to the natives, or maybe he’ll expertly render a little ditty on nose flute, Jew’s harp, or kazoo. Or maybe he’ll knock out a tune by thumping his knuckles on his head.

Long live Jean Shepherd and his A Christmas Story.

Christie: Fittingly enough, for a movie that is so closely associated with nostalgia, A Christmas Story has benefited from audience fondness of its backwards-looking recollections of the golden age of Christmas cinema in the 1940s and 50s as well as now being affectionately remembered by any children of the eighties who grew up with the film at the time. Thus its evocation of what it means to be a child in the approach to Christmas has never lost its relevance, just as its refusal to present too rose-tinted a view of family life (we see many of the disappointments as well as the joys of youth) feels commendably fresh given the occasionally saccharine tendency that the genre has to idealize hearth and home. As the narrator Ralphie himself wistfully admits, there would never be another Christmas quite like the one we see in A Christmas Story, and I’m sure that statement is true for many of the movie’s fans as well.

Gaines: A Christmas Story is proof that low-budget, small-scale movies can stand the test of time. It is such a testament to Jean Shepherd’s ability to recapture his youth into words, and Bob Clark’s ability to communicate that on screen, all through great performances. No one who worked on that film thought we would be talking about it 35 years later, but now everyone involved knows that 35 years from now, it will still be entertaining new generations of fans. That’s a legacy to be proud of.

Coate: Thank you – Eugene, Thomas, and Caseen – for sharing your thoughts about A Christmas Story on the occasion of its 35th anniversary.

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Bad Climate Science Debunked

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Recently, a paper published in a Chinese journal of science by Monckton, Soon and Legates attracted a small amount of attention by claiming that climate science models "run hot" and therefore overrepresent the level of global warming caused by human greenhouse gas pollution. The way they approached the problem of climate change was odd. The Earth's climate system is incredibly complex, and climate models used by mainstream climate scientists address this complexity and therefore are also complex. Monckton et al chose to address this complexity by developing a model they characterize as "irreducibly simple." I'm not sure if their model is really irreducibly simple, but I am pretty sure that a highly complex dynamic system is not well characterized by a model so simple that the model's creators can't think of a way to remove any further complexity.

The same journal, Science Bulletin, has now published a paper, "Misdiagnosis of Earth climate sensitivity based on energy balance model results," by Richardson, Hausfather, Nuccitelli, Rice, and Abraham that evaluates the Monckton et al paper and demonstrates why it is wrong.

From the abstract of the new paper:

Monckton et al. ... use a simple energy balance model to estimate climate response. They select parameters for this model based on semantic arguments, leading to different results from those obtained in physics-based studies. [They] did not validate their model against observations, but instead created synthetic test data based on subjective assumptions. We show that [they] systematically underestimate warming ... [They] conclude that climate has a near instantaneous response to forcing, implying no net energy imbalance for the Earth. This contributes to their low estimates of future warming and is falsified by Argo float measurements that show continued ocean heating and therefore a sustained energy imbalance. [Their] estimates of climate response and future global warming are not consistent with 29 measurements and so cannot be considered credible.

The Monckton model does not match observed temperatures, and consistently underestimates them. We don’t expect a model to perfectly match measurements, but when a model is wrong so much of the time in the same direction, the model is demonstrably biased and needs to be either tossed or adjusted. However, you can’t adjust an “irreducibly simple” model, by definition. Therefore the Monckton model is useless. And, as pointed out by Richardson et al, the basic values used in the model were badly selected.

Figure 2 from Richardson et al demonstrate the problem with bias. The pink band in the upper figure and the red/pink line in the lower figure show the Monckton model tracking across time from 1850, compared to several sets of actual observations. The irreducibly simple model may not be irreducibly wrong, but it is irreducibly useless.

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Monckton et al rely on the assumption that the Earth’s surface temperature varies by only 1% around a long term (810,000 year) average. This “thermostasis”, they argue, means that there are no positive feedbacks that move the Earth’s temperature higher. This ignores the fact that for that entire record one of the main determinants of global surface temperature, greenhouse gases, has also not varied from a fairly narrow range. But now human greenhouse gas pollution has pushed greenhouse gas concentrations well outside that long term range, and heating has resulted.

The Monckton model is contradicted by observation of global ocean heat content. However, recent Argo measurements of ocean heat content indicate significant warming over the last decade.

During recent years, the rate at which global mean surface temperatures have gone up has been somewhat reduced, and various factors have been suggested as explanations. Of these explanations, Monckton et al. assume only one of these to be true, specifically, that the climate models used by all the other climate scientists are wrong. They ignore other very likely factors. Monckton et al state that models used by the IPCC “run hot” without any reference to the fairly well developed literature that examines differences between observed temperatures and model ranges. They also misinterpreted IPCC estimates of various important feedbacks to the climate system.

I asked paper author John Abraham if it is ever the case that a simpler model would work better when addressing a complex system. "While simple models can give useful information, they must be executed correctly," he told me. "The model of Monckton and his colleagues is fatally flawed in that it assumes the Earth responds instantly to changes in heat. We know this isn't true. The Earth has what's called thermal inertia. Just like it takes a while for a pot of water to boil, or a Thanksgiving turkey to heat up, the Earth takes a while to absorb heat. If you ignore that, you will be way off in your results."

I also contacted author Dana Nuccitelli, who recently published the book "Climatology versus Pseudoscience," to ask him to place the Monckton et al. study in the broader context of climate science contrarianism. He told me, "In my book, I show that mainstream climate models have been very accurate at projecting changes in global surface temperatures. Monckton et al. created a problem to solve by misrepresenting those model projections and hence inaccurately claiming that they "run hot." The entire premise of their paper is based on an inaccuracy, and it just goes downhill from there."

This is not Nuccitelli's first rodeo when it comes to the Monckton camp. "It's perhaps worth noting that these same four authors (Legates, Soon, Briggs, and Monckton) wrote another error-riddled paper two years ago, purporting to critique the paper my colleagues and I published in 2013, finding a 97% consensus on human-caused global warming in the peer-reviewed climate science literature," he told me. "The journal quickly published a response from Daniel Bedford and John Cook, detailing the many errors those four authors had made. There seems to be a pattern in which Monckton, Soon, Legates, and Briggs somehow manage to publish error-riddled papers in peer-reviewed journals, and scientists are forced to spend their time correcting those errors."

Monckton et al cherry-picked the available literature, thus ignoring a plethora of standing arguments and analysis that would have contradicted their study. They get the paleoclimate data wrong, ignore over 90% of the climate system (the ocean), selected inappropriate parameters, and seem unaware of prior work comparing models and data. Monckton et al also fail to provide a useful alternative valid model.

Monckton et al failed in their attempt to demonstrate that IPCC estimates of climate sensitivity run hot. Their alternative model does not perform well, and is strongly biased in one direction. They estimate future warming based on “assumptions developed using a logically flawed justification narrative rather than physical analysis,” according to Richardson et al. “The key conclusions are directly contradicted by observations and 450 cannot be considered credible.”

Also of interest

Aside from the obvious and significant problems with the Monckton et al paper, it is also worth noting that the authors of that work are well known as "climate science deniers" or "contrarians." You can find out more about Soon here. Monckton has a long history of attacking mainstream climate science as well as the scientists themselves. To be fair, it is also worth noting that two of the new paper's authors have been engaged in this discussion as well. John Abraham has been eDebating Monckton for some time. (See also this conversation with me, John Abraham, and Kevin Zelnio.)

Author Dana Nuccitelli is the author of this recent book on climate science deniers and models.

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Just like that, it’s Thanksgiving season once again. Time to decide whether it’s ham or turkey for the big dinner, but more importantly, how you’re going to escape awkward conversations with Uncle Larry. To help usher in feelings of “togetherness,” Applebee’s latest $1 Neighborhood Drink of the Month is offering the perfect seasonal twist of vodka, Tropicana lemonade, and Ocean Spray cranberry juice.

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If you live in Downingtown, PA, no doubt you know how important—and fun—Thanksgiving can be. People from around the country come to visit their loved ones here. Potatoes are mashed, turkeys are stuffed and shoved into the oven, and apple pies are left on windowsills to cool for later enjoyment. But while Thanksgiving does have […]

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Recently, when I was asked why I don't write more about South Whitehall, I replied because politically it is hopeless. Although that is still my overall assessment, because for the first time in 900 years they're having a contested election, a post or two is not inappropriate.

What's stirring the pot over in the affluent township is two looming large developments. The gentleman farm on the northeast corner of CedarCrest and Walbert Aves. is proposing houses, while the motel at Rt.22 and Rt.309 is proposing apartments. In between these two proposals sit the comfortable Westfield and Deerfield neighborhoods. Although they themselves were developed from the original Jaindl turkey farms about 45 years ago, the folks there now decided that they're preservationists.

Three of the five commissioner seats are up for grab. It would be better if it was five of five, because the two remaining commissioners are also flawed. Although I attended almost every township meeting for two years between 2014 and 2016,  I don't recall any of the six candidates next Tuesday ever present.

South Whitehall has much more money than interest in local politics. They didn't notice that their taxes doubled in the last five years, but they are noticing these new building proposals. While turnout for Allentown's council race will be sparse next week, South Whitehall polls will be busy.

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Turkish Digital Lira is ready for launch in 2020?

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Made In America: How the U.S. Government Paid For Turkey's War in SyriaCritics say the Obama administration did not do enough to fight Bashar al-Assad. But the forces attacking Syrian Kurds are the fruit of an anti-Assad effort.



          

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11/6/2019: WORLD: TURKEY CAPTURES DEAD ISIS LEADER’S SISTER IN RAID

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Turkey captured the sister of dead Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi on Monday in the northern Syrian town of Azaz, a senior Turkish official told Reuters, and is interrogating her husband and daughter-in-law who were also detained. Rasmiya...
          

Punkins, Fodder, Plays, And Shows: First Friday Arts, November-Style

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"When the frost is on the punkin and the fodder’s in the shock, And you hear the kyouck and gobble of the struttin’ turkey-cock..." It sure sounds like James Whitcomb Riley's poem is EXACTLY about this time of year. We're leaving carved pumpkins behind and heading for the holiday where the turkey takes center stage. And since it's the first Friday of the month, we pause for the November edition of First Friday Arts. It's all listener-generated content; arts organizations get an email invitation to call 800-838-3760 with news of arts events coming to stages and galleries around the region.
          

Before The Turkey: Rogue Sounds For November

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We have yet to find a genre of music that Josh Gross does not like. Admittedly, we're not working very hard at it. We just enjoy bringing Josh--musician, performer, composer, and more--into the studio once a month for a segment we call Rogue Sounds. The segment features a short list of bands coming to play venues in the region, from the armories to hole-in-the-wall taverns.
          

Fifty Years Ago

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Thursday, November 6, 1969 Mrs. George Broce, of Buckeye, got the surprise of her life last week when a wild turkey flew into her yard. She got a .22 and put a bullet right through the neck – which is pretty good. The hen weighed about 10 pounds. – – – Several reports were received […]
          

Jon Capizzi Sets A New LS Stock Bottom End Record

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Jon Capizzi out of Michigan set the LS stock bottom end record at the Turkey Bash 2K19. The turbo LS-powered Mustang went a blistering 4.506 at 155.70 MPH in the 1/8th-mile.
          

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Thanksgiving Turkey Balloons

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Decorate the classroom or your home with these colorful turkey balloons. Make one or a whole flock of turkeys!

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Gratitude Turkey

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This paper bag turkey is a fun project for the whole family. Each of the colorful feathers lists something to […]

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Apple Turkeys

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These Apple Turkeys are fun for kids to make. They can be used as unique place cards for the Thanksgiving […]

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Paper Plate Turkey Hat

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This super cute hat is made from a paper plate. The adorable turkey face makes this a really fun Thanksgiving […]

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Veggies & Dip Turkey Cups

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Here’s a fun, healthy snack for kids. Add veggies and dip to a cup that’s dressed to look like a […]

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Brown Bag Turkey

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This brown bag turkey was inspired by an expensive store-bought version. Make one of your own using everyday household items […]

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Turkey Trot

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Create cute and easy turkeys to decorate for Thanksgiving or to use as place cards. Its bendable legs makes it […]

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New York: A City of Herbivores

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We understand why President Trump has changed his permanent residence from New York to Florida. It isn’t just the tax situation, though that certainly played a part. It must have a great deal to do with security. If you cannot walk the streets of the city without fearing an assault, if you fear for the safety of your wife and young son, it’s time to pull up roots. Even if you are not assaulted, you will be subjected to sneers, nasty looks, insulting remarks and other forms of raw prejudice. In the end, it’s about the appallingly bad manners of New Yorkers. 

It might be about the diversity. With a multitude of cultures you get a cacophonous multitude of manners. So you never know how or what to do to signal your membership in a group. 

Then again, perhaps it’s about food? Perhaps it’s about New Yorkers’ expressed preferences for Thanksgiving dinner. Over at the New York Post columnist Lauren Steussy explains that the last straw for her was a poll showing that New Yorkers favorite Thanksgiving food was… salad.

A city of herbivores… how pathetic can you get?

Steussy writes:

President Donald Trump had the right idea, getting out of this wasteland.

But it’s not the political leaders, or the high rent, or the dysfunctional MTA, or the summer trash vapors or winter slush that have me headed straight for the Lincoln Tunnel like a bat out of hell.

It’s the fact that New Yorkers’ preferred Thanksgiving dish is a heaping, fibrous, cold pile of salad.

A new House Method survey of Google searches broken down by state has revealed this dark truth. It found that salad, more than any other savory dish, is the most popular Thanksgiving meal among New Yorkers — not turkey, not mashed potatoes, not the yams with the marshmallows toasted on top, not even Brussels sprouts, which, admittedly, are salad-adjacent, but certainly not some disastrous bowl of arugula tossed with pathetic vinaigrette.

Vegans and vegetarians unite against the upcoming holocaust of turkeys. They are soon going to have a Save the Turkeys event. They will occupy turkey farms to stop the slaughter. And they will sit down to their Thanksgiving feast and demonstrate how virtuous they are by munching on the radicchio. 

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Turning Trump's Victory into Defeat

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In a better world the news would have emphasized the fact that the United States had murdered the leader of the Islamic State, the world’s most important terrorist, a mass murderer and torturer. And yet, to do so would have required the media and the Obamaphile left to praise President Trump. And we can’t have that.

It has been a thoroughly astonishing spectacle. From Saturday Night Live running a skit showing how Trump was coddling ISIS at the precise moment that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was blowing himself and three of his children up to the Washington Post being incapable of writing a correct headline.

The Post, the paper of record in Washington D. C. first headlined the story by calling al-Baghdadi a “terrorist in chief.” Then, someone decided that that would give Trump too much credit, so it changed the description to “an austere religious scholar.” Considering that the man was responsible for mass murder, mayhem, gang rape and sex trafficking, it seemed a bit too weak, even for the Post. It immediately provoked an outcry from Post readers. The paper changed the headline to “extremist leader.”

At the least, it does not inspire confidence in their journalism.

And then, at the World Series game last night in Washington, President Trump was roundly booed by Nationals fans. Obviously, these fans live in a deep blue city. Even the Washington suburbs are deeply blue… meaning that they are inhabited by government employees, thus, the kind of people that Trump has been attacking and that have, truth be told, been attacking Trump.

It is a pathetic spectacle, not a sign of patriotism. When you boo the president you boo the presidency. And it does not spell patriotism.

So, leftist politicians and media mavens started spinning as fast as they could. They said it was no big deal. ISIS is not defeated. Trump’s press conference was largely inferior to that of Obama when Osama bin Laden was killed. Trump lied about al Baghdadi’s whimpering. And besides, the credit all belongs to Barack Obama, who began the fight against the Islamic State.

You need to wonder how people are stupid enough to believe any of this, but apparently they are. Otherwise why would anyone overlook the obvious fact that the Islamic State was part of the Obama legacy?

Before Obama there was no caliphate. During the Obama years a caliphate grew and became more powerful. Its ability to show itself powerful in the face of the weak Obama policy attracted adherents from around the world. When Obama left office there was still a functioning caliphate. President Trump defeated the caliphate, captured large numbers of ISIS fighters, and ultimately, as of yesterday, eliminated the organization’s chief.

If you put that together and decide that Obama deserves credit for the death of al-Baghdadi you should go back on your meds.

And yet, James Clapper, former Director of National Intelligence said this on CNN:

What is going to be interesting is to the extent to which this negatively affects ISIS or does it galvanize ISIS, the remnants of ISIS, which still survives as an ideology and has franchises in other places besides Syria.

Since Trump might be credited with launching the raid, we are now told that ISIS is really an idea, that it exists elsewhere and that the death of its leader will embolden it. Was this what they said when the Obama administration killed bin Laden?

Or else, read Matt Stieb, in New York Magazine. He first needs to attack Trump, with mockery and ridicule:

The president, who appears to relish violet rhetoric, personal boasting, the defeat of his enemies, and the simplicity of a good vs. evil narrative, announced on Sunday morning that U.S. special forces had killed ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in a raid in northwestern Syria on Saturday. With such a natural lining up of his interests, Trump turned the event into a spectacle, even promoting the press conference on Twitter the night before.

Anytime President Trump speaks for 48 minutes straight, you can expect some pretty unhinged remarks; on Sunday, things started to get weird just 90 seconds in, when Trump described the ISIS leader “whimpering and crying and screaming all the way” to the back of a tunnel in his compound, where he detonated a suicide vest as he was surrounded by three of his children. The president, who did little to hide his enjoyment in the moment, said that “it was just like a movie.”

For those who have no faith in CNN, I will add that a commentator on that network, someone whose name escapes me, explained that Trump had done a great job detailing the raid to the public. The unnamed commentator thanked Trump for describing what happened so well that he and journalists would not need to spend weeks figuring itout for themselves.

Anyway, Stieb seems vaguely offended that Trump was dehumanizing al-Baghdadi:

Trump aim seemed to be dehumanizing al-Baghdadi, the terrorist responsible for the Yazidi genocide, systemized sex slavery within ISIS-controlled territory, and the deaths of thousands in the region. “He was a gutless animal,” Trump said, later adding that “he died in a vicious and violent way, as a coward, running and crying.” He employed one of his frequent, if incoherent, jabs at al-Baghdadi, claiming that he “died like a dog.” In a bizarre piece of symmetry, as Trump degraded the terrorist, he elevated a military canine involved in the raid: “Our K-9, as they call it — I call it a dog, a beautiful dog, a talented dog — was injured and brought back, but we had no soldier injured … We had nobody even hurt. That’s why the dog was so great.”

Tell me that that is not one of the most bizarre paragraphs you have ever had the misfortune to read. Stieb seems to suggest that there is something wrong with dehumanizing a mass murderer, a genocidal maniac, an inveterate homophobe and promoter of gang rapes and sex trafficking. Does he not understand that the propaganda war against ISIS is best advanced by showing its leader to be a sniveling coward? Apparently not.

The raid was named in honor of one Kayla Mueller, a young American woman who was captured by ISIS and who was raped repeatedly by al-Baghdadi himself for months on end… before being killed by an American missile. (via Maggie's Farm) Mueller’s parents did not have as many reservations as the American leftist media.

And then Thomas Friedman, in a column praising Trump, tries to argue that Obama got it right, that ISIS was produced by the Bush administration—you know, after Obama abandoned Iraq and Syria. And then, he dives into the moral equivalence trap and compares al-Baghdadi to Egyptian president Abdel Fattah el-Sissi:

Trump has never met a dictator he did not like. He is blind to the fact that the next al-Baghdadi is being incubated today in some prison in Egypt, where President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi of Egypt, whom Trump once actually called “my favorite dictator,’’ is not only rounding up violent Jihadists but liberal nonviolent journalists, activists and politicians. Their only crime is that they want to have a say in their country’s future and help to create an environment where they can realize their full potential — so they will not have to look for dignity, power, a job or a girl’s hand from extremist groups like ISIS.

True enough, el Sissi has been cracking down on dissent. You will recall that Egyptian dissidents are most often members of the Muslim Brotherhood or other terrorist organizations.  These have done their best to produce mayhem in the country. The Brotherhood is the godfather of Islamist terrorist organizations. If you know the difference between the Brothers and supposedly liberal journalists I will agree that we should distinguish the one from the other.

We might add that when a Brotherhood leader named Mohamed Morsi won the presidency of Egypt—before being overthrown by a coup lead by el-Sissi— the first  foreign leader to bless his victory with her presence was no less than America’s Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton. 

No one likes to mention it, but Brotherhood voter outreach contained active support for female genital mutilation. Before the election it was sending mobile infirmary vans into the poor neighborhoods of Cairo, the better to allow families to have their daughters mutilated without needing to undergo the indignity of having to go to a clinic or hospital.

Friedman neglects this point. He argues that pro-Iran militias and Syria conspired to help Trump to eliminate al-Baghdadi because they wanted to rid their nation of Sunni influence. He might have added that Sunni Turkey contributed too.

Friedman is sorely offended by the Trump administration’s wish to protect the oil wells, instead of protecting what he called “islands of decency.” A noble thought, offered by a man of surpassing virtue. And yet, where was he when Obama was selling out to Iran and to Islamist terrorist organizations like Hezbollah and Hamas? Was the Iran nuclear deal a way to foster decency? And where was Friedman and where was the Obama administration when the Iranian regime was shooting protesters in the streets during the Green revolution of 2009?

          

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Multicultural Fair: Empowering Communities, Quilting Stories

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Sharing cross-cultural stories is so important to developing civic engagement and participation in our communities. Creating safe environments is essential to discovering, exploring, and learning about our neighbors. We all share a set of collective stories about our families, cultures, and love for our traditions. Learning what is important to us will open the door for growth and cultural understanding. The Free Library's Multicultural Fair will aim to provide a venue for exchanging and quilting stories in our journey together.


An Emergent Idea
“Turning Outward” is a phrase that has been resonating in our professional library environment for quite some time during our in-house monthly trainings. Library staff are encouraged to follow the mission of the Free Library by advancing literacy, guiding learning, and inspiring curiosity. Library staff are more creative in developing programs and services with the purpose and the intention of lifting the community as a whole. The Professional Development Training: Skills for Community-Centered Libraries intends to provide the tools to engage in a two-way dialog; in addition to building “community capacity” and encouraging, more than ever, active participation from all community members. This Multicultural Fair Project was an emergent collective idea, from library staff and community leaders, to promote Cultural Civic Engagement in our community.


Yes! Getting together!
Identifying common objectives is pivotal in developing a meaningful and trusting relationship. During the two-month planning process, community partners, community members, and library staff shared their vision of the project and the potential resources that could be shared at this event. We all agreed that providing a cultural venue for exchanging information is a good platform to learn and explore what is available in our communities. Sharing a collective mission and vision is a great way to align end results and expectations.

Emilie Parker, Director of Education at The Rosenbach states: “The Rosenbach, a historic house located near Rittenhouse Square, will be displaying some highlights from its Spanish, Mexican, and Native American collections. In addition, you can participate in a variety of hands-on activities related to the Rosenbach's collections. The museum will also be raffling off free tickets to three of its exclusive Behind the Bookcase tours.”


Safe Spaces: Empowering Communities, Quilting Stories
Explore the richness and cultural experience right here in Philly at our Multicultural Fair! Join us for a half-day of cultural celebration and fun activities for the whole family in The Heim Center at Parkway Central Library on Friday, November 15 from 1:00-4:00 p.m.

  • Latin American Art Exhibit: Dali Prints presented by the Rosenbach Museum
  • Taino Culture presented by the Taller Puertorriqueño
  • Colombian Culture presented by Acción Colombia
  • African and Caribbean Communities presented by Africom
  • Turkey Culture
  • West Africa Culture
  • Chinese Calligraphy Workshop
  • Bomple Group presented by the Puerto Rican Institute of Music
  • Resource table presented by the Office of Immigrant Affairs
  • Health information table presented by Independence Blue Cross

Eventbrite registration at tinyurl.com/Multicultural-Fair-2019.

This is a free event!


Thank you to the support of the Division of Cultural and Civic Engagement of the Free Library, community organizations, library staff, and volunteers.


          

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Trap Turkey Shoot Sunday, November 24th, 2019 (Signups start 12:30PM; event starts at 1:00PM). This is our last official event for 2019 – all about having fun and being lucky. Prizes will be $10 Market Basket Gift Cards that you can apply towards Turkeys. It costs $5 to enter, which includes beverages/snacks and a raffle […]
          

Europe’s real problem when it comes to Turkey

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The European Union is there to end poverty. For member states and non-member states. At least, this is what the people in Brussels are telling us. Recently Volkswagen announced a new factory in Turkey and so some bureaucrats are stepping up against Volkswagen. We can say a lot that is wrong with the current situation […]
          

Russia & Turkey bypass the Dollar

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Russia and Turkey have put another knife in the back of the global dominance of the US Dollar. International transactions will happen from now on in Russian Rubbles and Turkish Lira. Last year the trade between the countries grew by 16% and passed the 25 billion mark. Turkey has the goal to increase the trade […]
          

Regional Studies Specialist

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Berlitz has an exciting opportunity for subject matter experts to deliver programs for our clients.

We are seeking individuals to conduct 4-day regional-specific training programs in 2020. Each regional program will be 4 days in length and will cover up to 10 countries depending on the region.

We need experts to conduct these courses on the following regions around the world:

Asia Pacific, Latin America, Middle East, and Turkey, Horn of Africa, Southern Africa, Northern Africa, Western Africa, Korean Peninsula, Eurasia (Russia).

The candidate must be able to design an interactive curriculum, which includes videos, case studies, and relevant activities, that will focus on the following information:

Training must include:

Current events and trends that affect the country/region today

Geopolitical information

Geography - important information connected to geographical data, such as population density, demographic characteristics, and annual precipitation patterns

History and culture

Government model and processes

Indigenous, ethnic, and religious groups

Urban and rural geography

Transportation and infrastructure

Economy

Natural resources

Other topics as applicable: Immigration and migration; civil war and regional/international conflict; nuclear proliferation; labor relations; country's relationship with the USA.

The successful candidates will have the following credentials:

Must be a US Citizen and have an excellent command of the English language

A minimum of a master's degree plus 30 semester hours in a relevant field of study from an accredited academic institution

A minimum of three (3) years of experience instructing adult learners to include academic settings as well as professional settings such as government agencies or offices

A minimum of two (2) years' experience in the field, countries for which they are delivering instruction

*Experience can be associated with teaching in academia, living or working with the region or serving as an analytic subject matter expert for the region.

Previous experience as an analyst, military service or government agency is desirable.

The selected candidates may reside anywhere in the US but must be willing to travel to designated locations to provide the content. Training program delivery, design and development hours and travel expenses will be paid per engagement.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)
          

Homer’s Illiad & Odessey the Trojan War and the Isle of Wight, 12 November

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12 November - Talk at George Street Centre

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Homer’s Illiad & Odessey the Trojan War and the Isle of Wight

Homer’s classics tell the story of The Trojan War. The greatest war of the ancient world.

This war lasted 10 years, the fields ran red with blood, and 100,000s perished.

A war fought between the Trojans led by King Priam, and the Archaean’s led by the mighty King Agamemnon, over the kidnapping of Queen Helen wife of Agamemnon’s brother Menelaus, by Paris son of King Priam.

Troy stood at Hissarlik in Turkey.

“But, what if, the accepted story of the greatest war of the ancient world - is Wrong !!! And if it is, what might this have to do with the Isle of Wight? History is a puzzle. Why not come along, consider the material being presented, and come to your own conclusions."

Tuesday November 12th 6.30pm – 8pm presented by Mike Lambert FRSA


          

Police find 41 migrants alive in truck in northern Greece

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Forty-one migrants, mostly Afghans, were found on Monday hiding in a refrigerated truck that was stopped by police on a highway in northeastern Greece after it was believed to have crossed into the country from neighboring Turkey.
          

US troop numbers in Syria remain stable despite announced withdrawal

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The withdrawal of American troops from Syria's northern border opened the way for Turkey's military incursion against Kurdish forces in the country.
          

Erdogan says Turkey captured wife of dead IS leader al-Baghdadi

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ISTANBUL, Anindita Ramaswamy (dpa)- President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday that Turkey captured a wife of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who died during a US military operation last month. While Erdogan didn't mention where or when she was detained, a senior Turkish official told dpa late Wednesday that she was taken into custody as part of a group of 11 Islamic State suspects in Hatay, Turkey, which borders Syria, on June 2, 2018.
Erdogan says Turkey captured wife of dead IS leader al-Baghdadi

The four women, one man and six children were caught "after weeks of 24/7 surveillance," he said. Among them was a woman who was later identified to be Asma Fawzi Muhammad al-Qubaysi, al-Baghdadi's first wife, the official added.
Another detainee, who identified herself as Leila Jabeer, was determined to be al-Baghdadi's daughter following a DNA test, the official said, citing a police report.
He also said that al-Baghdadi's DNA sample was provided by the Iraqi government.
Al-Baghdadi - proclaimed the caliph, or leader, of Islamic State in 2014 - died on October 26 in Barisha, in the north-western Syrian province of Idlib, near the Turkish border.
The detainees from Hatay are currently being held at a deportation centre inside Turkey, the official told dpa.
Criticizing the United States for launching "a very solid communication campaign" about al-Baghdadi's death, Erdogan said during a speech in Ankara: "We captured his wife. But, we did not make a fuss out of it. I announce it for the first time today."
The Turkish official wouldn't say why the information was not disclosed earlier.
"We discovered her real identity pretty quickly," he claimed of al-Baghdadi's wife.
"At that point, she volunteered a lot of information about [al]-Baghdadi and the inner workings of ISIS," he said, adding that this led to several arrests elsewhere.
"There may or may not be other high-value targets in Turkish custody. I am not at liberty to discuss ongoing investigations and intelligence operations," he added.
On Tuesday, Turkey said it had captured al-Baghdadi's sister Rasmiya Awad during a raid in Azaz, a Syrian town controlled by Turkish-backed rebels, as well her husband, daughter-in-law and five children.
Erdogan confirmed on Wednesday that al-Baghdadi's sister and brother-in-law were taken into custody "on the Syrian side."
Awad, 65, and her family had been living in the camp of container housing units for a year, according to Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a war monitor.
But Abdel Rahman raised questions about the timing of the arrests' announcements.
"The Turkish intelligence service was aware of her presence in the area [before capturing her]," Abdel Rahman said.
Hundreds of Islamic State members and their families remain in Turkish-controlled areas in northern Syria. "I expect in the coming weeks that Turkey will detain more [Islamic State] members in order to show it is active in the fight against terrorism," Abdel Rahman told dpa.
Turkey launched its incursion into north-eastern Syria on October 9 with a stated aim of fighting Islamic State and Syrian Kurdish militias it considers terrorists.
The Turkish military and its allied Syrian rebel groups took control of Azaz following Operation Euphrates Shield in 2016, Turkey's first incursion into northern Syria.
Azaz, in the Syrian province of Aleppo, lies 14 kilometres from the Turkish border. It is 80 kilometres away from Barisha, where al-Baghdadi was hiding out and eventually died.
US President Donald Trump announced al-Baghdadi's death on October 27, saying he blew himself up after he was trapped by US special forces in a tunnel within a compound in Barisha.
Trump and Erdogan will meet on November 13, both leaders confirmed after a phone call on Wednesday.
Trump also tweeted that Erdogan "informed me that they have captured numerous ISIS fighters that were reported to have escaped during the conflict – including a wife and sister of terrorist killer al Baghdadi."
The 48-year-old al-Baghdadi was reclusive and secretive. His only known public appearance was a sermon in July 2014 at a mosque in Mosul just after Islamic State captured the northern Iraqi city and declared its caliphate.
There are more rumours than concrete information about his family. The New York Times reported that al-Baghdadi had five brothers and several sisters, and was believed to have four wives, but couldn't confirm how many of them were alive.
One of al-Baghdadi's sons, Hudhayfah, was killed in 2018 in a suicide bombing in the Syrian city of Homs, the group announced at the time. He was believed to be 13.
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Wild Turkey Longbranch 1 Litro

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Wild Turkey Longbranch 1 Litro

Wild Turkey Longbranch pasa por un proceso patentado para filtrarlo a través de Mezquite de Texas y carbón de roble para refinar y suavizar el sabor, este proceso único da como resultado un whisky extraordinariamente equilibrado y suave con sutiles toques de dulzura ahumada.

El Director Creativo de Wild Turkey Matthew McConaughey y el Maestro Destilador Eddie Russell se enorgullecen de presentar Wild Turkey Longbranch.

Inspirado en las raíces de McConaughey en Kentucky y Texas, este small-batch Straight bourbon se refina con Texas Mesquite y carbón de roble - un método único que profundiza el sabor y la complejidad del whisky.

Wild Turkey Longbranch

Wild Turkey Longbranch

Para crear el sabor característico de Longbranch, McConaughey y Russell trabajaron en colaboración durante dos años de pruebas, perfeccionando un proceso patentado que combina dos métodos separados de filtración de carbón para dar a Longbranch un acabado suave y completo. El primer proceso de filtración utiliza carbón hecho de Roble Blanco Americano y el segundo carbón hecho de madera de Texas Mesquite, dando las notas de bourbon de dulzura ahumada.

Elaborado con Wild Turkey de ocho años, Wild Turkey Longbranch es un bourbon excepcional con un color dorado brillante y un aroma que es una mezcla equilibrada de vainilla y especias. Sabores de caramelo, pera y toques cítricos completan el paladar. El sutil y ahumado final es untuoso y suave, con notas de pimienta suave y roble tostado.



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Turkey announces five new drill activities in 2020

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In Turkey’s Annual Programme published on Monday, it was announced that five new drill activities for oil and natural gas are planned for 2020 which included the TRNC’s licensed blocks.
          

Fatih vessel is returning back to Turkey argues Greek press

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In the news report published in Greek press, it was claimed that Turkish vessel Fatih which has been conducting drill activities in East Med by the beggining of April routed back to Turkey.
          

Ginger Orange Cranberry Sauce

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Recipe by me, photos by Rikki Snyder. I know this is very uncool of me, but I love canned cranberry sauce. Love it! When Thanksgiving is over and it’s on clearance, I always buy a few cans. I love the satisfying PLLLLOP! it makes as it comes out of the can and I love how it stands up on its own and how you can carve it up into slices, just like a turkey. It is a thing of beauty, cranberry sauce is. But just because I enjoy the canned stuff, doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate homemade cranberry sauce too. It’s kind of like apples and oranges, though. Two different things! And I love them for different reasons! Now, if you haven’t made your own cranberry sauce before, you might be thinking that it’s really complicated and not something you’d be able to do in your own kitchen. That’s what I used to think, anyway. But cranberry sauce is one of those magical things that seems like it should be really difficult, but it’s way easier than you’d think. Seriously, guys, if you have the skillset required to open up a can of soup and heat it on the stove, […]
          

(ISR-Shoham) Sr Dir HR Teva Israel

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Sr Dir HR Teva Israel **Date:** Nov 6, 2019 **Location:** Shoham, IL, 1111 **Company:** Teva Pharmaceuticals **Company Info** Teva is a global pharmaceutical leader and the world's largest generic medicines producer, committed to improving health and increasing access to quality health solutions worldwide. Our employees are at the core of our success, with colleagues in over 80 countries delivering the world's largest medicine cabinet to 200 million people every day. We offer a uniquely diverse portfolio of products and solutions for patients and we've built a promising pipeline centered around our core therapeutic areas. We are continually developing patient-centric solutions and significantly growing both our generic and specialty medicines business through investment in research and development, marketing, business development and innovation. This is how we improve health and enable people to live better, healthier lives. Join us on our journey of growth! **Job Description** HR Director for Teva’s Commercial business in Israel and overall responsibility for the HR in the cluster including Israel, Ukraine, Turkey, South Africa and SLE, covering over 900 employees. 1. Business Partnering & People Strategy + Collaborate closely with head of cluster to define and implement business-specific programs to ensure a culture of high performance, engagement and compliance across the region. + Define a long-term human capital plan to deliver the right capabilities in the right locations, with effective governance to identify and mitigate risk. Break the long-term plan into component and achievable parts with relevant metrics and milestones. + Support cluster leadership team in effectively deploying performance management and rewards processes/practices to drive required levels of employee accountability for desired performance results and ensure retention of top performers. + Ensure the cluster and country leaders have the right level of HR partnering to deliver similar people strategies and tactics to ensure achievement of business objectives and performance goals. 2. Talent Management & Organizational Capability + Develop and execute a plan to define, prioritize, and deliver current and future talent and capability requirements. + Ensure talent and succession practices are effectively executed across the cluster. + Coach Cluster Head, Country General Managers and local HR teams to ensure the appropriate level of focus is placed on assessing talent capabilities, planning succession, and taking action to develop talent. + Ensure critical positions are filled to meet requirements. 3. HR Service Delivery + Collaborate with HR colleagues regionally and globally to ensure that business decisions and actions are fully executed per the agreed upon plans. + Collaborates with HR community to ensure Teva HR standards are applied in decision-making and in all hire-to-retire actions. 4. Employee relations – enable employee relations and relationship with the union. **Qualifications** Experience + 10+ years of experience in Human Resources, in a director level capacity + Proven success as Human Resource Manager/Director in a multi-national company. + Ability to proactively translate changing business objectives to effective HR strategies + Experience leading an effective, relevant HR team that delivers integrated business solutions + Demonstrated matrix management skills, delivering results despite absence of actual execution authority Knowledge + Advanced knowledge of all facets of Human Resources – including talent acquisition, total rewards, talent assessment and development, culture and employee engagement, and performance management. + Appropriate academic background in HR/Industrial Management/Business Administration. Advanced degree preferred. + Ability to conduct business (verbally and in written communications) fluently in English. **Function** Human Resources **Sub Function** HR Business Partner / HR Manager / Generalist **Reports To** SVP,Growth Markets Innovation & IL, TR, Africa & IN, Corporate Teva Israel **Teva’s Equal Employment Opportunity Commitment** Teva Pharmaceuticals is committed to equal opportunity in employment. It is Teva's global policy that equal employment opportunity be provided without regard to age, race, creed, color, religion, sex, disability, pregnancy, medical condition, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, ancestry, veteran status, national or ethnic origin or any other legally recognized status entitled to protection under applicable laws. EOE including disability/veteran
          

Frozen Cranberry Salad

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Frozen Cranberry Fruit Salad

Frozen Cranberry Fruit Salad - delicious twist to traditional Thanksgiving cranberry sauce. An easy and delicious side dish or dessert! Cream cheese, cool whip, whole cranberries, pineapple, strawberries, coconut and pecans. Make ahead of time and keep frozen until ready to serve. A must for your holiday meal!
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Frozen Cranberry Fruit Salad in Muffin Cups

Today I am sharing a delicious twist on a traditional Thanksgiving cranberry sauce - Frozen Cranberry Fruit Salad. It is my favorite holiday cranberry recipe. I actually love this fruit salad year-round! Cranberries, pineapple, strawberries, pecans, and coconut. It is SO good! I love that this is served in muffin cups. It makes it so easy to serve. You can change up the muffin cup liners depending on the time of year. Such an easy and festive recipe!

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How to Make Frozen Cranberry Fruit Salad with Cool Whip

This Frozen Cranberry Salad is super easy to make. Start with beating some softened cream cheese with some sugar. I use a handheld mixer and it takes about a minute. Next, add a can of whole cranberries, chopped strawberries, crushed pineapple, pecans, and coconut. Mix it into the cream cheese mixture. Finally, carefully fold in some Cool Whip. Scoop the mixture into paper-lined regular muffin pans and freeze. To serve, remove the Frozen Cranberry Fruit Salad from the freezer about 10 minutes before eating.

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Frozen Cranberry Salad for Thanksgiving

This Frozen Cranberry Salad is perfect for your upcoming Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners. It is light and fluffy and full of amazing flavor! It can be a side dish or dessert. We've served it both ways. Either is delicious. Here are a few of our other favorite recipes that go great with this Frozen Cranberry Fruit Salad:





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Air Fryer Turkey Breast

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Air Fryer Turkey Breast Bone-In Recipe

Air Fryer Turkey Breast - hands down the best turkey I've ever eaten. SO tender and juicy. Cooks in under an hour! Bone-in turkey breast marinated in Italian dressing and Worcestershire sauce and cooked in the air fryer. Perfect for the holidays or any day of the week. The turkey meat is great for your holiday meal, casseroles, soups, and sandwiches. A must if you have an air fryer!
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Best Air Fryer Turkey Breast Recipe

Anyone else looking forward to Turkey Day in a few weeks? We love our Thanksgiving turkey. I have fallen in love with my air fryer, so I had to give a bone-in turkey breast a try before the big day. O-M-G! This is the BEST turkey I've ever eaten! Super tender and juicy. I didn't even brine the turkey and it was the juiciest turkey I've ever eaten. If you have an air fryer, you MUST make this for the holiday. Heck, I make this turkey almost monthly since I got my air fryer. It is so easy to make. The turkey meat is great for casseroles, soups, and sandwiches.

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How to Cook Bone-In Turkey Breast in the Air Fryer

Cooking a bone-in turkey breast in the air fryer is super easy. I started by cutting the ribs off of the turkey breast. You want to cut the ribs off of the breast so it will sit flat in the air fryer basket. I just used a pair of scissors and they came off in a jiffy. It was super easy to cut them off the breast.

Next, I marinated the whole turkey breast in some Italian dressing and Worcestershire sauce. I let it marinate overnight in the refrigerator. If you don't have that much time, just let it hang out in the marinade for at least an hour. 

Once the turkey breast has been marinated, remove it from the marinade and place in the air fryer basket. Cook the breast until it reaches an internal temperature of 165ºF. I suggest an instant-read thermometer to check the temperature. You don't want to serve raw turkey!

If you don't want to marinate the turkey, I suggest brining the turkey. Here is our favorite turkey brine: https://www.plainchicken.com/2013/11/brined-thanksgiving-turkey.html

I used the Philips XXL Air Fryer and was able to fit a 4.5-pound whole turkey breast in the basket.

How Many Minutes to Cook a Bone-In Turkey Breast Per Pound?

To reach a safe internal temperature of 165ºF, you want to cook your turkey breast about 12 to 13 minutes per pound. So, if you have a 4-pound bone-in turkey breast you will cook the turkey breast for about 50 to 55 minutes.

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What to Serve with Air Fryer Turkey Breast

This Air Fryer Turkey Breast was incredible. SO tender and juicy. I couldn't get over how easy it was to make. Beats the heck out of baking a turkey. I love that I can make a turkey any time of the year with ease. I know most of you will be making this Air Fryer Turkey Breast for your holiday meal. Here are a few of our favorite side dishes that go great with this delicious Air Fryer Turkey Breast:





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Easy Thanksgiving Appetizers

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Easy Thanksgiving Appetizers

15 Easy Thanksgiving Appetizers - something for everyone at your holiday table. Can make all of the recipes ahead of time and bake or reheat on Thanksgiving day. Makes the holiday stress-free. #thanksgiving #appetizer #partyfood
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Easy Thanksgiving Appetizers

Thanksgiving is right around the corner. We usually eat a later Thanksgiving dinner, so we need lots of snacks during the day! Today I am sharing 15 easy and delicious appetizers to whip up for the holiday. These are all tried and true recipes. They never let us down! You can make all of these recipes ahead of time and bake or reheat on Turkey day. I love easy make-ahead recipes like these! It makes the holiday less stressful.

Keep reading to get all the recipes. Click on each photo or recipe title to go directly to the post with the recipe.




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Taco Hissy Fit Dip - Football Friday

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Taco Hissy Fit Dip Recipe

Taco Hissy Fit Dip Recipe - You will definitely throw a hissy fit if you miss out on this dip! Crazy good! Ground beef, taco seasoning, Rotel diced tomatoes and green chiles,  sour cream, Velveeta, muenster cheese. Can mix together and refrigerate a day before baking. Serve with chips and veggies! It is always gone in a flash!
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Easy Mexican Taco Dip Recipe

I made this Taco Hissy Fit Dip for our tailgate last weekend and it was a HUGE hit! Warm sour cream dip loaded with taco meat, cheese, and Rotel tomatoes. I mean how could it not be good! We ate this with chips, but it would also be delicious in some tortillas. I honestly could make a meal out of this yummy taco dip!

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How To Make Taco Hissy Fit Dip

This Taco Hissy Fit Dip is super easy to make. Start with browning the ground beef. Drain the fat and add a packet of taco seasoning and a can of Rotel diced tomatoes and green chiles. Let that simmer for a few minutes and then remove from the stove and cool slightly. Next combine sour cream, cheeses, and the taco meat. Transfer the dip to a baking dish and bake. Easy peasy!

I used a package of Velveeta shreds in this dip. I buy it at Walmart. It works great for dips like this. If you can't find the shreds, just make sure to chop the Velveeta cheese into really small pieces.

Feel free to swap the ground beef for ground turkey. You could also try ground chicken if you prefer. Either way, it will still taste delicious!

Can Taco Hissy Fit Dip be Made Ahead of Time?

This Taco Hissy Fit Dip can be made in advance and refrigerated overnight. Just pop it in the oven when you are ready to start the party!

Can Taco Hissy Fit Dip be Made in the Crockpot?

Absolutely! You can mix up the dip and heat it in the slow cooker. I would let the dip cook a couple of hours on LOW to make sure it is heated through. This is a great way to keep the dip warm throughout the whole party.

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Taco Hissy Fit Dip is Great for a Crowd

You will most definitely throw a Hissy Fit if you miss out on this dip. It is SOOOO good! It is loaded with all of my favorite things - cheese and tacos! As I said, we served this with tortilla chips. It is also great with Fritos or some celery sticks. Here are a few of our favorite party recipes that go great with this Taco Hissy Fit Dip:





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Cranberry Pecan Sweet Potato Casserole

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Cranberry Pecan Sweet Potato Casserole - a must for your Thanksgiving dinner! Diced sweet potatoes tossed in brown sugar, orange juice, vanilla, pumpkin pie spice, and dried cranberries. Top the casserole with a crunchy topping of flour, brown sugar, pumpkin pie spice, butter, and chopped pecans. Can make in advance and refrigerate or freeze for later.
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Easy Cranberry Pecan Sweet Potato Casserole

Sweet potato casserole is a staple at our holiday meals. It just doesn't feel like Thanksgiving if we don't have this Cranberry Pecan Sweet Potato Casserole on the table. Diced sweet potatoes tossed in brown sugar, orange juice, vanilla, pumpkin pie spice, and dried cranberries. The casserole isn't topped with the traditional marshmallow topping. This casserole has a yummy pecan streusel topping. It is really, really delicious!

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How to Make Sweet Potato Casserole with Crunchy Topping

This Cranberry Pecan Sweet Potato Casserole is very easy to make. Start with peeling and chopping up 3 pounds of sweet potatoes. Next, toss the sweet potatoes with brown sugar, orange juice, vanilla, salt, pumpkin pie spice, and dried cranberries. Place the potato mixture into a baking pan and cover with foil. Pop it in the oven. While the potatoes are baking, make the crunchy pecan streusel topping. Combine flour, brown sugar, pumpkin pie spice, butter, and chopped pecans. Take the sweet potato casserole out of the oven, add the streusel topping, and put back into the oven. Super easy!

Can Cranberry Pecan Sweet Potato Casserole be Made in Advance and Frozen?

You can absolutely make this Cranberry Pecan Sweet Potato Casserole in advance. You can make it the night before and refrigerate it until you are ready to bake. Go ahead and make the streusel topping the day before as well and store it in the refrigerator. If baking straight from the refrigerator, you may need to add a few minutes to the cooking time.

You can also freeze this Cranberry Pecan Sweet Potato Casserole unbaked or baked for a quick side dish later. If freezing this unbaked, freeze it without the crunchy topping. Make the topping when you are ready to bake the casserole. To bake after freezing, thaw completely and bake as directed below.

To reheat this Cranberry Pecan Sweet Potato Casserole after freezing, thaw completely and reheat in the microwave or covered in the oven.

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The BEST Sweet Potato Casserole for Thanksgiving

As I said, this Cranberry Pecan Sweet Potato Casserole is a MUST for our holiday meal. We absolutely LOVE all the flavors in this casserole - orange juice, cranberries, pecans, and pumpkin pie spice. YUM! It is comfort food at its best! Here are a few of our favorite recipes from the blog that go great with this Cranberry Pecan Sweet Potato Casserole:




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Cornmeal Yeast Rolls

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Cornmeal Yeast Rolls - two favorites in one recipe! Cornbread meets yeast rolls! SO simple to make and they taste great! Perfect for your holiday meal, chili, soups, and stews. Flour, cornmeal, sugar, yeast, salt, water, butter, egg. Can make in advance and freeze for later. They make a delicious leftover turkey or ham sandwich!
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Easy Homemade Yeast Rolls

Homemade bread is one of my favorite parts of the holiday meal. I love homemade bread! The holidays are the perfect excuse to take a little extra time and whip up these Cornmeal Yeast Rolls. I know it sounds strange, but adding cornmeal to the bread dough is really delicious. All you need is a big slather of butter and you are set! These rolls are great with your holiday meal, chili, soups, stews. Try drizzling them with some honey for breakfast - AMAZING!

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How to Make Cornmeal Yeast Rolls From Scratch

I know baking with yeast can be a little intimidating, but I promise these Cornmeal Yeast Rolls are very easy to make. Start by combining flour, cornmeal, sugar, and yeast in the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with a dough hook. Heat some water and butter and add to dry ingredients. Mix until moistened. Add an egg and mix for several minutes until smooth. Let the dough rise. Form the dough into 18 balls. Place dough in a 9x13-inch baking dish, let rise again and bake. I like to brush the cooked rolls with some melted butter or honey butter. YUM!

The rolls will take about 1-1/2 hours total to rise. One hour on the first rise and about 30 minutes on the second rise. 

Can Cornmeal Yeast Rolls be Made in Advance and Frozen?

You can make these rolls ahead of time and freeze for later. When ready to serve, thaw completely and reheat in the microwave or covered in the oven. You can split the rolls between two 9-inch cake pans.  Perfect if you want to eat one pan and freeze the other pan for later. These rolls taste great fresh out of the oven and reheated.

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Yummy Homemade Yeast Rolls

I have a serious weakness for homemade bread and these Cornmeal Yeast Rolls are no exception. They are surprisingly simple to make and taste great! They will make a great addition to your upcoming holiday meal! I speak from experience when I say these make a mean leftover turkey or ham sandwich! Here are a few of our favorite recipes from the blog that go great with these yummy Cornmeal Yeast Rolls:







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basket of homemade rolls



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Yield: 18 rolls

Cornmeal Yeast Rolls

prep time: 25 mins + rising cook time: 15 mins total time: 40 mins
Cornmeal Yeast Rolls - two favorites in one recipe! Cornbread meets yeast rolls! SO simple to make and they taste great! Perfect for your holiday meal, chili, soups, and stews. Flour, cornmeal, sugar, yeast, salt, water, butter, egg. Can make in advance and freeze for later. They make a delicious leftover turkey or ham sandwich! #bread #homemadebread #thanksgiving #christmas #cornbread #yeast

ingredients:

  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup plain cornmeal
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 package (1/4-oz) active dry yeast
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 Tbsp butter, divided
  • 1 egg

instructions:

  1. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the dough hook, combine the flour, cornmeal, sugar, yeast, and salt. 
  2. In a small saucepan, heat water, and 2 Tbsp butter until warm (about 120°-130°F). Add to dry ingredients; beat until moistened. 
  3. Add egg to the dough and beat on medium speed for 5 to 6 minutes, until smooth and elastic.
  4. Cover mixing bowl and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  5. Punch down dough. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide into 18 pieces. Shape each piece into a ball. Place in a lightly greased 13x9-inch baking pan or two 9-inch cake pans. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 30 minutes.
  6. Bake at 400°F for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Melt remaining tablespoon of butter and brush over warm rolls. 

NOTES:

Can make in advance freeze for later.
To reheat after freezing, thaw completely and reheat in the microwave or covered in the oven.


MORE BREAD RECIPES:
Pimento Cheese Buttermilk Biscuits
Broccoli Cornbread
Cheesy Keto Biscuits
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Cheesy Squash Casserole

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Cheesy Squash Casserole - DELICIOUS side dish for the holidays or summer cookout. Even squash hates love this cheesy casserole! Squash, bell pepper, onion, flour, baking powder, milk, eggs, cheddar cheese, and Monterey Jack cheese. Can make in advance and refrigerate or freeze for later. A must for your holiday meal!
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Easy Squash Casserole Recipe

Thanksgiving is right around the corner. I am already looking forward to the holiday meal! I know turkey is the star of the meal, but I love all the side dishes! This Cheesy Squash Casserole is definitely going to be on our holiday table! Squash, onion, bell pepper, eggs, and tons of cheese! It is super easy to make and tastes great!

This Cheesy Squash Casserole makes a great side dish or vegetarian main dish! It is almost like a squash quiche without the crust. We love this recipe! It is great at the holidays and any other day of the year.

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How to Make Cheesy Squash Casserole

To make this Cheesy Squash Casserole, start by sauteing sliced squash, bell pepper, and onion in a large skillet. You want to cook it until it is nice and soft. Once the veggies are cooked transfer them to a strainer and press down to get all of the liquid out. Squash is very watery, you want to make sure to get as much of the liquid out as possible. Next, combine flour, baking powder, salt, milk, and eggs. Add the cooked squash mixture and the cheese. Transfer the mixture to a baking dish and pop in the oven. 

I used Monterey Jack and Cheddar cheese in this casserole. Feel free to kick it up with some Pepper Jack cheese if you want to kick it up a bit. You can also add a can of diced green chiles. YUM!

Can Squash Casserole be Made in Advance & Frozen

You can make this Cheesy Squash Casserole ahead of time and refrigerate overnight or freeze for later. To bake after refrigerating, let the casserole dish sit on the counter for 30 minutes before baking. To bake after freezing, thaw the casserole completely and bake as directed below.

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What to Serve with the BEST Squash Casserole

This Cheesy Squash Casserole is perfect for the holidays and any other day of the week. It is good for potlucks, cookouts, and dinner parties. It goes great with just about anything. Chicken, beef, pork, turkey. Here are a few of our favorite recipes from the blog that go great with this Cheesy Squash Casserole:




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UN policewoman recognized for ‘speaking up and speaking out’ on behalf of the vulnerable

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INTERNATIONAL, 5 November 2019, Peace and Security - At the core of peacekeeping lies the notion of shared responsibility, the UN peacekeeping chief said on Tuesday, presenting this year’s award for Female Police Officer of the Year, to a woman who “has made a career of speaking up and speaking out on behalf of all vulnerable populations”.

Police Major Seynabou Diouf has worked “tirelessly with her colleagues inside and outside the Mission to empower women, improve conduct, enhance protection, strengthen performance, and thereby build sustainable peace”, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Peace Operations chief, told the heads of UN police and police experts from 14 peacekeeping operations, gathered at the award ceremony at UN Headquarters in New York.

Major Diouf is one of over 1,400 female police officers serving under the UN flag, carrying out a complex range of tasks – from capacity-building and reform, to community-oriented policing, investigations, protection of civilians, and prevention of sexual and gender-based violence.

“That is impressive enough”, asserted Mr. Lacroix, “but they also provide the added value of gender perspectives and mainstreaming at all levels and at all phases of engagement with host-State institutions and communities”.

He cited examples in South Sudan where female officers are helping women and youth attain better living conditions within and outside camps for the internally displaced; the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) where they are helping to build capacity and accountability in internal security forces; and Mali by promoting confidence-building between citizens and the reconstituted internal defence and security forces.

“Our female officers are also operating in areas affected by the Ebola virus disease, ensuring the required level of security for relief and humanitarian operations”, he maintained.

And female officers are a key element in the sensitization and delivery of training on sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA) throughout all UN Missions.

“As part of female police officers’ networks, such as the one Major Diouf leads in MONUSCO [UN Stabilization Mission in the DRC], they help prevent, counter and investigate SEA-related offences, advancing the Organization’s zero-tolerance policy”, elaborated the peacekeeping chief. He congratulated Major Diouf “for her outstanding service” to the UN Nations and Congolese people and stated that “all UN police officers in the field and at the UN Headquarters are inspired” by her example to uphold the core values of the Organization.

Previous Awardees
  • 2018: Chief Supt. Phyllis Osei, Ghana, UNSOM
  • 2017: Assistant Inspector Annah Chota, Zimbabwe, UNISFA
  • 2016: Supt. Yvette Boni Zombre, Burkina Faso, MINUSCA
  • 2015: Chief Supt. Raluca Domuta, Romania, MINUSTAH
  • 2014: Inspector Shakti Devi, India, UNAMA
  • 2013: Commissioner Codou Camara, Senegal, MINUSTAH
  • 2012: Constable Rezi Danismend, Turkey, UNMIL
  • 2011: Deputy Supt. Shahzadi Gulfam, Pakistan, UNMIT

Mr. Lacroix also thanked her family for supporting her and making sacrifices during her long deployments. “The more women we have in peacekeeping, the more effective we all will be”, he concluded.

Going the extra mile

Top UN Police Adviser, Luis Carrilho, spoke about Major Diouf’s experience, noting that in her native Senegal she became the first female police officer to be honoured as a Gardien de la Paix, which was previously reserved for male officers.

“Since early in her career, she has shown her determination to make the extra effort, go the extra mile, to achieve her goals”, he spelled out, flagging that as the team leader of an SEA task force in Goma and president of the UNPOL Women’s Network, “she has demonstrated her commitment to giving women a voice and putting an end to SEA”.

“Her efforts have helped the mission to achieve zero SEA cases in 2018, compared to 140 cases between 2016 and 2017”, he attested, calling her “an incredible force for good in our ongoing efforts to root out SEA and ensure UN personnel at all levels perform to the highest standards”.

Motivated to do more

When Major Diouf learned that she had been selected to receive the award, she said she was proud, but also “humble to be recognized for something that has become almost second nature” to her and her life’s work.

“When I was young, I wanted to be a medical doctor but there was an urgent need to help support my family”, she told those assembled. “Being a police officer in the early years of female recruitment provided recognition and a decent salary, but it also allowed me to contribute to society in ways I had never thought possible”.

With this new accolade, Major Diouf says she now feels “motivated to do more” and will continue “to promote women's rights, speak out against sexual and gender-based violence, and fight marginalization and discriminatory customary and religious practices targeted at women and girls”.

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Police Commissioner Luis Carrilho looks on as UN Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, shakes the hand of Major Seynabou Diouf, UN Female Police Officer of the Year. (5 November 2019)

          

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Turkey has announced it will have a national digital currency issued by its central bank for 2020. President Tayyip Erdogan revealed economic recovery plans earlier this year for the struggling nation which has been crippled with debt and austerity measures. As part of the economic rescue package, the bank could begin issuing digital lira by next Christmas.
          

Al-Baghadadi: Sister of slain ISIS leader captured in Turkey

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Turkey has confirmed capture of the sister of slain ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in the northern Syrian town of Azaz, according to a senior Turkish official, who shared an image of Rasmiya Awad’s identity card. Not much is known about Awad, 65, but Turkey hopes her capture will lead to a wealth of intelligence […]
          

Extreme Networks Appoints Maan Al-Shakarchi as Regional Director of the Middle East, Turkey, and Africa (META) Region

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Extreme Sets Sights on Aggressive Growth and Expansion Plans across META READING, United Kingdom and DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Nov. 6, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Extreme Networks, Inc. (Nasdaq: EXTR), a leader in cloud-driven networking, today announced the appointment of Maan Al-Shakarchi as Regional Director of the Middle East, Turkey, and Africa (META) region. The appointment of Maan […]
          

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Porn. Panic. Ban.

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#PornBan. It’s like a rash, this impulse to ban porn all over the world – despite protests that are going viral. The Twitter hashtag #pornban sprung up in July 2015 as the Indian government blocked 857 porn sites, 1 and then backtracked a bit, 2 asking internet service providers (ISPs) to unblock those that don’t contain child pornography. Which makes service providers the arbiters of our constitutionally guaranteed right to freedom of expression, deciding what we may or may not see. Seriously?

The United Kingdom recently banned a number of sex acts online, 3 including female ejaculation, even while there were almost 250,000 hits on porn sites from IP addresses in the buildings housing parliament. 4 The UK government is now asking porn sites to collect proof 5 that their visitors are adults. Will this data be stored privately and not used for other purposes? A valid question in an age of mass surveillance, hacks on “cheating” sites 6 and hacker releases of private information, including sexual preferences. 7

Iceland 8 has been threatening to ban “violent” online porn since 2013. Indonesia 9 and Turkey 10 have blocked lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) content in the name of banning porn. The Philippines 11 has outlawed cybersex and cam girls, while a religious lobby in Australia 12 is pushing for anti-piracy laws to be extended to porn. Porn possession is illegal in Botswana, 13 Egypt 14 and Uganda. 15 And even as the Israel-Palestine conflict escalated in 2012, Hamas managed to ban “full” internet porn in the Gaza Strip. 16 Whatever that means.

Porn. Panic. Ban. That’s pretty much the policy response in many parts of the world.

But what is it about porn that terrifies so many governments, derails feminist sensibilities, offends the religious right, and attracts so many users? How can we change the way we “see” porn?

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Lesbian. Threesome. Squirt. Change the words and you change the lens. From the user’s perspective, porn leads to pleasure, not panic. That’s what porn has always been about, from ancient times, when it found its first mention in the word porneia. 17 This Greek word was varyingly defined as fornication, whoredom, promiscuity and adultery, all of which have two things in common: sex and pleasure. For most users, that’s what porn is really about: sexual pleasure. (Dirty, dirty.) Arousal. (Dirty, dirty.) Orgasm. (Dirty, dirty.) Problem is that in the parental gaze called policy, sex is kinda dirty. (Dirty, dirty.)

Problem is that in this global policy gaze, the sexual pleasure-seeker aka Porn User is always a man. Even though globally a quarter of porn viewers are women. 18 Make that 35% in Brazil and the Philippines, 24% in France, 23% in India and Argentina, and come on, Japanese women, you 17% laggards. 19 A 2015 survey of Pornhub and Redtube, 20 which gets 40 million viewers each month, shows that women like watching women. (And Kim Kardashian, James Deen, pussy-licking and rough sex.) “What immediately jumps out is that ladies prefer to take their time, with their average visits to the site lasting a lavish 10 minutes and 10 seconds, compared to men who go for just 9:22,” notes the cocky analysis. “Treat yourselves, ladies!”

So one gender gap is slowly closing as porn moves indoors from the publicness of peepshows and DVD parlours to the relative privacy of one’s own home. (We should be celebrating, not lamenting this “normalisation” of porn, no?) And don’t forget how notions of privacy shape behaviour here. No Peeping Toms. No looking over one’s shoulder. No idea of what we get off on so long as porn sites don’t start matching individual viewers to their viewing habits. Which means that even though “lesbian”, “threesome” and “squirt” are the top three terms that women searched for on Pornhub and RedTube in 2015, the data is anonymised and secure. (Hopefully.) No one’s going to land up at their doorsteps to blackmail them. (Hopefully.) They’re not going to be branded with the scarlet letter P, the digital equivalent of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s analog adulteress, 21 forced to wear the letter A in the 17th century.

Yes. Porn is becoming a bit of a Scarlet Letter – a private act portrayed as a public menace. Privacy is the right to be let alone, wrote Justices Warren and Brandeis of the United States (US) Supreme Court in their iconic 1890 essay. 22 That too was in a context when new media technologies – “instantaneous photographs”, “newspaper enterprises”, “mechanical devices” – were producing panic. Technological change has, of course, always given rise to panic: even the sewing machine was once thought to create deviant desires in women, as they rhythmically moved their legs up and down to its gentle whirr. And women, of course, have always been subjected to moral panics and moralistic privacy 23 when it comes to sexuality, notes law professor Anita L. Allen. One that is associated with “heightened modesty”, self-concealment, and chastity. (Don’t show yourself. Don’t watch other women. In short, no pornification.) Porn’s genteel cousin, erotica, has also faced similar panics. Remember the ban on D. H. Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover 24 in the 1960s?

Problem is, in the policy gaze, women are still stuck in the passenger seat when it comes to sex. It imagines the hubby coming home, all pumped up, and asking the missus to go beyond the missionary position. Just like he saw on his iPad mini. (Dirty, dirty.) You see? Man, driver. Woman, passenger. From the first utterance of porneia, men have been seen as the drivers of sex, women its passengers. Never mind that this is rooted in another P – Patriarchy – which insists that women must have no sexual desire, let alone know pleasure-enhancing postures. (Dirty, dirty). Never mind that many women still can’t refuse men sex, or get them to wear condoms. Never mind every inequality between men and women that pops up everywhere, including in the bedroom. If there was greater equality between the genders, fewer women would feign headaches when they don't want to have sex.

That’s gender inequality. That’s what we need to fix. But it’s so much easier to blame porn for patriarchy, no?

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Multi-million. Dollar. Industry. This is how anti-porn crusaders often refer to porn. It’s a magic bullet, this phrase, guaranteed to derail logic. Guaranteed to make folks see red. As if we’re not doing all sorts of things like buying biscuits and Maggi noodles and data connections from multi-million dollar enterprises.

Of course we’re all proponents of the small, the stand-alone, the artisanal. But. Can porn be damned just because it’s big business? Let’s stop eating Glucose biscuits first. And must we start loving all independent 25 or homemade porn, right from consenting cam girls to non-consensual hidden cam porn in cyber cafés? Nah. Like in other industries, porn production is “ethical”, when there are no unfair or exploitative contractual or labour practices. When performers are not being pushed to perform sex acts beyond the contract or without condoms. But that’s not enough. Porn is legit, first and foremost, if it’s based on consent. And consent cuts all the way down the line: from those who are paid to perform porn to those who freely turn their images into porn for private pleasure. That some of these images end up as non-consensual porn – often called revenge porn – is a problem that policy makers in some countries have finally begun to tackle, notably in the US where revenge porn is a crime in several states. 26

But try asking anti-porn campaigners to use consent as a yardstick. No. In the anti-porn worldview, ALL porn causes harm to ALL women: those who consume it and those who don’t. All porn objectifies and dehumanises women, never mind women who have starred as “personified” subjects! In this camp, there’s only one kind of porn – in which men treat women as instruments to satisfy their sexual desires. In which porn is the villain with a capital P, mutating “healthy” sexual desires and relationships into “unhealthy” ones. 27 It’s never about mutual pleasure or that there are as many kinds of porn as there are sexual desires. Including queer crip porn. 28 It’s rarely about porn performers who don’t see themselves as victims. Or the issues porn performers themselves raise. “My stage name is less about withholding parts of myself or maintaining privacy than it is a symbol of the idea that I am more than just my job or any other isolated slice of my identity,” says US porn performer, Stoya. 29 “Yes, there’s a paradox here in that I willingly engage in work that reduces me to a few sexual facets of myself but expect to be seen as a multifaceted person outside of that work. I participate in an illusion of easy physical access…”

If objectification is the charge that some feminists typically hurl at porn, addiction is its moralist cousin. In the digital porn discourse, access is often vilified as “addiction” with untold consequences. Portrayed as a drug. A petitioner to India's parliament argues that online porn must be banned before we turn into the equivalent of “Motherless or Fatherless America”. 30 This trend is “related to those ‘orphaned’ children, whose father or mother, though alive, are addicted to cyberpornography and don’t take any care of their children or the family,” the petitioner argues. Another #pornban petitioner in India's Supreme Court raises this bombast to untold heights. 31 “Nothing can more efficiently destroy a person, fizzle their mind, evaporate their future, eliminate their potential or destroy society like pornography,” he argues. “It is so terrible that many do not even recognize it until it is too late, and most refuse to admit it. It is worse than Hitler, worse than AIDS, cancer or any other epidemic. It is more catastrophic than nuclear holocaust, and it must be stopped.”

This #pornban petition goes on to hold online pornography accountable for increasing violence against women, an emotive charge (like “multi-million dollar industry”) that unites moralists and many feminists. Does porn cause rape? Or, as feminist Robin Morgan famously argued in the 1970s, is “porn the theory, rape the practice”? 32 No. Even those who campaign against porn warily agree there’s no evidence to back this charge. 33 In the 1990s, one research study looked at four countries where porn was freely available in the previous two decades, including “aggressive porn”. 34 In all four countries, the availability of pictorial porn – including violent porn – had gone from “extreme scarcity to relative abundance” in the study period. It noted that other studies have shown that “rapists' and nonrapists' immediate sexual reactions to presentations of pornography showed generally greater arousal to non-violent scenes.” It concluded that in none of the countries did “rape increase more than nonsexual violent crimes. This finding in itself would seem sufficient to discard the hypothesis that pornography causes rape.” 35

Disregarding such evidence, anti-porn feminists continue to insist that porn is an act of sexual violence, that porn is not “words” and “images”, that porn is not speech to be protected. 36 Not media. This positioning is, of course, part of the problem, since it exceptionalises porn, locating it in a category by itself, unlike other speech or media. But seriously, what is porn – composed of words, sounds and images, albeit of naked bodies – if not media? Innumerable studies indicate that there is no causal relationship between media representations and realities, that spectators hold diverse and different positions to what they view. 37 Do we hold on-screen rape depictions in feature films responsible for causing actual rapes? No. Do we hold on-screen depictions of murder responsible for causing actual murders? No. Then why hold on-screen porn responsible for real-life rape and sexual assault? Why blame the representation for the reality in this one case alone? What’s so unique about porn – another media representation – that it must be singled out thus? Are naked bodies inherently harmful? Or what?

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In a 2009 TED talk that went viral, Cindy Gallop, a 50-something fan of hardcore porn, described how she sees online porn. 38 “I have sex with younger men…” in their 20s, she says, “and encounter directly the effect of a flood of hardcore porn.” One of these effects is the misbelief that women love men coming on their faces, a porn staple. “There’s an entire generation growing up that believes that what you see in hardcore pornography is the way that you have sex,” says Gallop. “Hardcore porn has become sex education.” But why has hardcore porn become sex education? One, because it’s easily available. Two, because there’s no other sex education. Three, because we’re so puritanical about sex, we won’t talk about it to our kids. Ergo, vacuum. Enter, online porn. As a “mature experienced self-confident older woman,” Gallop is adept at telling her 20-something lovers: “No, thank you very much. I’d rather you did not come on my face.”

As a user, how would Gallop change porn? “Reorient, reeducate, rehabilitate” is her motto. In other words, resocialise minds, reshape headspaces, rewire neutrons away from the dungheap of patriarchy. Towards a more equitable gender-friendly porn. Sounds like sex-positive feminism to me. Her site 39 busts a bunch of porn myths including balloon boobs, while understanding that porn is play, a pleasure-enhancer, like sex toys. A form of sexual expression. In another TED talk that went viral, erotic filmmaker Erika Lust talks about how it’s time for porn to change. 40 Change. Not vanish. How it’s time to fight unethical porn with ethical porn, counter-porn, porn that makes women and transpersons 41 the subjects of their sexual journeys, pleasures and destinations.

That’s right. Change porn, not ban it. Think about it. Seriously. Think how we try to change other media representations – through critique, debate, dialogue and alternative representations. Not through bans, right? If policy makers understood porn as sexual expression, why would they want to ban it?

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So what should we really think about when we think about porn? Consent. We need to respect the consent of those who enact porn – if it’s given, even to enacting “rape porn”, dare we cavil? And we need to start getting justice for those who never dreamed they’d end up as digital porn – without their consent. Any image that turns into porn without consent can cause actual harm, not the imaginary variety – harm that wrecks lives, jobs, careers, relationships, self-image and identities. Harm that causes real damage, both on and offline. Harm that is harmful enough to be called out and punished as a crime. When actual rapes turn into digital porn, spreading from phone to phone, as is the case in Pakistan and India, that’s harm. And that’s three counts of consent being violated: one, in forcing sex without consent; two, in filming forced sex without consent; three, in circulating this clip without consent. When physical rape turns into digital porn we know one thing for sure: it’s time to start talking consent. It’s time to start talking harm.

If we really want to “do something” about porn, it’s time we stopped talking about its imagined harms. It’s time we started talking about actual harms. It’s time we started talking along the fault lines of consent.

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1 Government of India, Ministry of Communication & IT, Department of Telecommunications. (2015). DOT Order Blocking 857 Websites on Grounds of Decency and Morality. cis-india.org/internet-governance/resources/dot-morality-block-order-2015-07-31/view

2 Reuters. (2015, 5 August). India withdraws order to block pornography sites. Reuters. in.reuters.com/article/2015/08/05/india-porn-ban-idINKCN0QA0KK20150805

3 Saul, H. (2015, 13 September). UK porn legislation: What is now banned under new government laws. The Independent. www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/uk-porn-legislation-what-is-now-banned-under-new-government-laws-9898541.html

4 Withnall, A. (2015, 27 July). Porn in Parliament: Palace of Westminster computers made 250,000 attempts to 'access pornography last year. The Independent. www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/parliament-computers-made-250000-attempts-to-access-pornography-at-palace-of-westminster-10418449.html

5 Doctorow, C. (2015, 3 August). David Cameron will publish the financial details and viewing habits of all UK porn watchers. BoingBoing. boingboing.net/2015/08/03/david-cameron-will-publish-the.html

6 Elgot, J, Hern, A, & Weaver, M. (2015, 21 July). Ashley Madison adultery site hack: Will I be found out? The Guardian. www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jul/21/ashley-madison-adultery-site-hack-will-i-be-found-out-what-you-need-to-know

7 Fox-Brewster, T. (2015, 19 August). Location, Sexual Preference, Weight: Embarrassing Ashley Madison customer date published by hackers. Forbes. www.forbes.com/sites/thomasbrewster/2015/08/19/ashley-madison-breach-is-awful

8 The Economist. (2013, 23 April). Why does liberal Iceland want to ban pornography? The Economist. www.economist.com/blogs/economist-explains/2013/04/economist-explains-why-iceland-ban-pornography

9 Institut Pelangi Perempuan. (2014). Queering Internet Governance in Indonesia. erotics.apc.org/research/queering-internet-governance-indonesia

10 Tremblay, P. (2015, 27 April). 'Unnatural' porn becomes ticket to jail in Turkey. US News & World Report. www.usnews.com/news/articles/2015/04/27/unnatural-porn-becomes-ticket-to-jail-in-turkey

11 BBC News. (2012, 20 September). BBC outlaws cybersex and 'cam girls'. BBC News. www.bbc.com/news/technology-19659801

12 Turner, A. (2015, 24 June). Porn will be next on Australia's website blocking agenda. Sydney Morning Herald. www.smh.com.au/digital-life/computers/gadgets-on-the-go/porn-will-be-next-on-australias-websiteblocking-agenda-20150624-ghw60w.html

13 APA. (2015, 13 March). Botswana: Three arrested for cyber porn material. Star Africa. en.starafrica.com/news/botswana-three-arrested-for-cyber-porn-material.html

14 RT. (2015, 20 May). Egypt's top court bans porn sites, demands enforcement. RT Question More Live. www.rt.com/news/260609-egypt-ban-porn-websites

15 Strategic Initiative for Women in the Horn of Africa. (2015). Anti-pornography Act: Human rights activists and civil society organisations challenge the legality of the act in Constitutional Court, Uganda www.sihanet.org/news/anti-pornography-act-human-rights-activists-and-civil-society-organisations-challenge-legality

16 Daily Mail. (2012, 3 September). Hamas bans internet porn in Gaza Strip as Islamic hardliners crack down on Palestinian freedoms. www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2197876/Hamas-bans-internet-porn-Gaza-Strip-Islamic-hardliners-crackdown-Palestinian-freedoms.html

17 Biblehub. biblehub.com/greek/4202.htm

18 IANS. (2015, 1 August). Boys ain't having all the fun: Indian women watch more porn now. Hindustan Times. www.hindustantimes.com/sexandrelationships/boys-ain-t-having-all-the-fun-indian-women-watch-more-porn-now/article1-1375150.aspx

19 Pornhub Insights. (2015, 25 July). More of what women want. www.pornhub.com/insights/women-gender-demographics-searches

20 Ibid.

21 McCrum, R. (2014, 6 January). The 100 Best Novels: No 16 – The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne. The Guardian. www.theguardian.com/books/2014/jan/06/scarlet-letter-nathaniel-hawthorne-100-best-novels

22 Warren, S. D., & Brandeis, L. D. (1890). The Right to Privacy. Harvard Law Review, 4(5), 193-220. www.jstor.org/stable/1321160

23 Allen, A. L. (2000). Gender and Privacy in Cyberspace. Faculty Scholarship, Paper 789. scholarship.law.upenn.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1788&context=faculty_scholarship

24 Robertson, G. (2010, 22 October). The trial of Lady Chatterley's Lover. The Guardian. www.theguardian.com/books/2010/oct/22/dh-lawrence-lady-chatterley-trial

25 Morris, C. (2014, 17 January). The economics of being an independent porn star. CNBC. www.cnbc.com/2014/01/17/the-economics-of-being-an-independent-porn-star.html

26 End Revenge Porn. www.endrevengeporn.org/revenge-porn-laws

27 Massey, A. (2015, 3 April). Porn is not coming for our sex lives. Pacific Standard. www.psmag.com/books-and-culture/its-all-ok-you-can-watch-some-porn-right-after-you-read-this-article

28 Loree Erickson, Porn Star Academic. femmegimp.org

29 Stoya. (2014, 8 March). Can we learn about privacy from porn stars? New York Times. www.nytimes.com/2014/03/09/opinion/sunday/can-we-learn-about-privacy-from-porn-stars.html?hpw&_r=0

30 Prabhudesai, A. (12 June 2013). Petition to ban pornography by amending IT Act filed in Parliament. Trak.in. trak.in/random/ban-pornography-petition-1203

31 Singh, M. (2015, 10 July). Kamlesh Vaswani v. Union of India & Ors. One Law Street. onelawstreet.com/2015/07/pornography-ban-kamlesh-vaswani

32 Morgan, R. (1977). Going Too Far: The Personal Chronicle of a Feminist. New York: Random House.

33 Jensen, R., with Okrina, D. (2004). Pornography and Sexual Violence. National Online Resource Center on Violence Against Women. www.vawnet.org/sexual-violence/print-document.php?doc_id=418&find_type=web_desc_AR

34 Kutchinsky, B. (1991.) Pornography and rape: theory and practice? Evidence from crime data in four countries where pornography is easily available. International Journal of Law and Psychiatry, 14(1-2), 47-64. www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2032762

35 Ibid.

36 MacKinnon, C, & Dworkin, R. (1994, 3 March). Pornography: An Exchange. New York Review of Books. www.nybooks.com/articles/archives/1994/mar/03/pornography-an-exchange

37 Tait, S. (2008). Pornographies of Violence? Internet Spectatorship on Body Horror. Critical Studies in Media Communication, 25(1), 91-111. www.researchgate.net/publication/232838902_Pornographies_of_Violence_Internet_Spectatorship_on_Body_Horror

38 Gallop, C. (2009, 2 December). Make love, not porn. TEDTalk. www.youtube.com/watch?v=FV8n_E_6Tpc

39 Porn world vs Real world. makelovenotporn.com/myths/facial

40 Lust, E. (2014, 1 November). It's time for porn to change. TEDx Vienna. erikalust.com/ted-talk

41 Nadika, N. (2015, 1 April). Supporting ethical queer porn. The Orinam Blog. orinam.net/supporting-ethical-queer-porn

42 BBC News. (2015, 26 February). How a rape was filmed and shared in Pakistan. BBC News. www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-31313551

43 Nelson, D. (2015, 13 April). Indian campaigner inundated by gang rape videos. The Telegraph. www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/11533852/Indian-campaigner-inundated-by-gang-rape-videos.html

44 Datta, B. (2015, 29 May). Porn. Panic. Ban. GenderIT. www.genderit.org/feminist-talk/porn-panic-ban

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People who make military policy and amateurs who follow it alike are in something of a vacuum when it comes to naval warfare.  While the Navy is a very large share of the United States Defense Department budget, there have been so few skirmishes in the past fifty years or so that it is hard to get a reality check on the multi-billion dollar expenditures involved. The few incidents which have occurred, meanwhile, have taken on disproportionate importance.  

While some naval history is too distant to be of much use, from the ramming battles between glorified rowboats of the Greeks, to the days of sails and cannons, it is fair, at least, to look at the experience of World War II, the last full fledged blue sea naval campaign in world history.  This experience has informed much of the current conventional wisdom regarding naval warfare, and while the lessons learned in World War II need to be updated to reflect technological advances that have taken place since then, they are too recent to safely ignore.

Among other things, World War II taught the lesson that the heavy armor of a battleship was no match for modern offensive weapons. 

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Battleships were the largest and most complex, and hence the most expensive warships of their time; as a result, the value of investment in battleships has always been contested. 
As the French politician Etienne Lamy wrote in 1879, "The construction of battleships is so costly, their effectiveness so uncertain and of such short duration, that the enterprise of creating an armored fleet seems to leave fruitless the perseverance of a people". The Jeune École school of thought of the 1870s and 1880s sought alternatives to the crippling expense and debatable utility of a conventional battlefleet. It proposed what would nowadays be termed a sea denial strategy, based on fast, long-ranged cruisers for commerce raiding and torpedo boat flotillas to attack enemy ships attempting to blockade French ports. 
The ideas of the Jeune École were ahead of their time; it was not until the 20th century that efficient mines, torpedoes, submarines, and aircraft were available that allowed similar ideas to be effectively implemented. The determination of powers such as Germany to build battlefleets with which to confront much stronger rivals has been criticised by historians, who emphasise the futility of investment in a battlefleet that has no chance of matching its opponent in an actual battle.
Large Warships In Existing Navies

Today, there are only two ships of the battleship class in the world, both in the Russian Navy, only one of which is in active service, the 28,000 ton Admiral Nakhimov commissioned in 1988 is currently undergoing refit and is out of service, and the 28,000 ton Pyotr Velikiy, of the same class commissioned in 1998 is in active service.  

The 14,564 ton Zumwalt class destroyer of the U.S. Navy, the largest warship in the U.S. Navy that is not an aircraft carrier or non-combatant logistics ship, and is is arguably misclassified as a destroyer deserves a battleship designation. Just three Zumwalt class destroyers have three have been built (and no more have been ordered). One was commissioned in 2016, one was commissioned in 2019, and one is awaiting a commission later this year. It cost $7.5 billion per ship of total cost to build and has been severely criticized:
Mike Fredenburg analyzed the program for National Review after Zumwalt broke down in the Panama Canal in November 2016, and he concluded that the ship's problems "are emblematic of a defense procurement system that is rapidly losing its ability to meet our national security needs." Fredenburg went on to detail problems relating to the skyrocketing costs, lack of accountability, unrealistic goals, a flawed concept of operations, the perils of designing a warship around stealth, and the failure of the Advanced Gun System. He concludes:

"The Zumwalt is an unmitigated disaster. Clearly it is not a good fit as a frontline warship. With its guns neutered, its role as a primary anti-submarine-warfare asset in question, its anti-air-warfare capabilities inferior to those of our current workhorse, the Arleigh Burke-class destroyers, and its stealth not nearly as advantageous as advertised, the Zumwalt seems to be a ship without a mission."
Indeed, only twenty navies in the world have surface warships (including aircraft carriers, but not transport ships) larger than a frigate: U.S. (111), Japan (48), China (33), Russia (20), India (14), France (14), United Kingdom (7), Norway (5), Italy (4), Taiwan (4), Netherlands (4), Denmark (3), Germany (3), South Korea (3), Egypt (3), Saudi Arabia (3), Spain (2), Brazil (1), Thailand (1), and Morocco (1).

Only seven of these countries (China, Russia, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Brazil, Thailand and Morocco) would plausibly be U.S. naval warfare adversaries in the foreseeable future (while many of the remaining thirteen countries would likely be allies of the U.S. in an future naval warfare in their region). These seven plausible adversaries have 62 large surface warships ships combined. Of these only China and Russia are really serious concerns militarily and they have 53 large surface warships combined.

The Russian fleet's large ships, moreover, are split between several global regions that are distant from each other in some case (Northern, Baltic, Black Sea and Pacific). The aircraft carrier, the battleship, one smaller cruiser, and six destroyers are in Russia's Northern fleet. One smaller cruiser and five destroyers are in Russia's Pacific fleet. One of its smaller cruisers and one of its destroyers are in Russia's Black Sea fleet. Three of its destroyers are in Russia's Baltic fleet.

Several other plausible U.S. naval warfare adversaries such as Iran and North Korea have submarines but no large surface combatants.

Currently, the U.S. has 20 aircraft carriers (11 "super carriers" of 100,000 tons or more, and 9 amphibious assault ships which can carry helicopters, Osprey aircraft, Harrier aircraft or F-35B aircraft of 40,000-45,000 tons), Italy has 2, Japan has 4, France has 4, Australia has 2, Egypt has 2, and Brazil, China, India, Russia, Spain, Thailand and the United Kingdom each have one. In all there are 42 aircraft carriers in active naval service in the world.

Five aircraft carriers (one each from the U.K., China, Russia, India and France in order of size) are between the size of a U.S. super carrier and the smallest U.S. amphibious assault ship ranging from 42,000 to 65,000 tons (and only four of these from the China, Russia, India and France, and the ten U.S. super carriers, allow for something other than a vertical landing). The other eighteen aircraft carriers range from 11,486 tons to 27,100 tons (eleven of which are restricted to vertical takeoff and landing aircraft such as helicopters and the MV-22 Osprey). All twenty-seven carriers under 42,000 tons and two larger aircraft (one from the U.S. at 45,000 tons and one from the U.K. at 65,000 tons) are restricted either to short takeoff vertical landing aircraft such as an F-35B or a Harrier, or to vertical takeoff and landing aircraft.

Eleven more carriers (including two that are only VTOL carriers) are undergoing sea trials or ordered: the U.S. 3, China 3, and South Korea, India, Italy and Turkey one each.

Currently, the U.S. has 22 cruisers (10,000 tons each) and Russia has 4 (one battleship with 28,000 tons and three cruisers with 12,500 tons) in active service. In all there are 27 cruisers in active naval service in the world. The U.S. cruisers are virtually indistinguishable from its destroyers and slightly inferior to them as they are older designs.

Currently, the U.S. has 69 destroyers (including 2 of the Zumwalt class), Japan has 44, China has 32, Russia has 15, India has 13, France has 10, the U.K. has 6, Norway has 5Taiwan has 4, the Netherlands has 4Germany has 3, Denmark has 3South Korea has 3Saudi Arabia has 3, Italy has 2, Egypt has 1, Morocco has 1, and Spain has 1. The largest destroyer in active service (other than the two Zumwalt class destroyers in active service) is 10,290 tons and many of which are considerably smaller. Some of the destroyer class ships are larger, more capable ships actually called frigates in an effort to make comparisons comparable. All ships classified as frigates for these purposes are under 5,000 tons, although a few particularly capable frigates between 4,000 and 5,000 tons are classified as destroyers. There are 219 destroyers in all of the world's navies combined.

In all there are 42 aircraft carriers over 11,000 tons and 7 other surface combatants over 11,000 tons in naval service in the world. Of those, 20 aircraft carriers and 2 other surface combatants are in the U.S. Navy and 1 aircraft carrier and 4 other surface combatants (one battleship and three cruisers) are in the Russian Navy. The other navies of the world have 21 aircraft carriers, only 10 of which are more than VTOL helicopter carriers. There are 244 other surface combatants bigger than frigates in the world in active naval service (of which 67 are in the U.S. Navy and 15 are in the Russian Navy).

The Japanese Naval Experience

The case that really brought this home for the Japanese was the sinking of the battleship Yamato.  This 71,000 ton ship with massive 18 inch guns was tough.  It  had previously survived a hit from a torpedo delivered by a U.S. submarine on Christmas Day in 1943, and two bombs that hit it in October of 1944, in the Leyte Gulf.  Two more 36,000 ton Japanese battleships, the Fuso and the Yamashiro, were sunk by naval gunfire and torpedoes in that same October battle.  Bombs damaged the 39,000 ton Japanese battleship Nagato in the battle of the Leyte Gulf badly enough to remove it from action. Ultimately, air power prevailed over the big guns and heavy armor of the pinnacle of the battleship era.  On April 7, 1945, the Yamato was sunk by carrier based U.S. aircraft and it took 2,498 Japanese sailors with it.  The 32,000 ton Japanese battleship Ise (already removed from service nine months earlier by a mine), and Japanese battleships Hyunga and Haruna were sunk by carrier based U.S. aircraft in July of 1945.

Japan had already lost its 32,000 ton battlecruiser Kirishima to 16” naval gunfire from the 47,000 ton American battleship Washington in 1942 in one of the last of the battles that went according traditional naval models of close range ship to ship combat, in this case, at a range of a mile and a half.  The 28,000 ton Japanese battleship Kongo was sunk by a submarine in November of 1944.  Its three sister ships were sunk by U.S. aircraft in World War II.

The American Naval Experience in World War II

Americans remember Pearl Harbor.  Yes, this carrier based air attack was a surprise.  But, a heavily armored hull did not prevent this attack from sinking the 32,000 ton U.S. battleship Arizona and three other battleships.  Four more battleships were seriously damaged, the 29,000 ton American battleship Nevada among them, although the Nevada was ultimately returned to service and survived further battle damage on multiple occasions.  Few naval strategists before Pearl Harbor had realized how vulnerable the fleet was to aerial attack.

The 33,000 ton American battleship Idaho ran aground off Okinawa in June of 1945.  American battleship Pennsylvania,  a sister ship of the Arizona, was taken out of action by enemy aircraft in August of 1945.

The 45,000 ton American battleship Indiana did exhibit the resilience in the face of damage which battleships are legendary for notwithstanding a mixed experience in real life.  It survived both a collision and a hit by a kamakazi pilot in 1944, and serious storm damage in 1945, yet survived until decommissioning in 1963.  The 45,000 ton South Dakota similarly sustained and survived repeated battle damage. The 56,000 ton American battleship Iowa likewise survived serious damage from shore fire sustained in March of 1944, and the 47,000 ton battleship Washington survived a 1942 torpedo hit from a Japanese submarine and a 1945 friendly fire incident.

The German Naval Experience in World War II

Germany’s 51,000 ton battleship the Bismark found its fate at the bottom of the sea in May of 1941.  The British Royal Air Force damaged the 40,000 ton German battleship Gneisenau to the point that it never again was useable as a battleship in 1942.  Sister German battleship Scharnhorst, however, survived in the face of a seemingly never ending barrage of hits sustained.

The Italian and Vichy French Naval Experiences in World War II

Both Italy and Vichy France both saw battleships destroyed in port before they were ever launched.  

The planned 48,000 ton battleship Clemenceau was destroyed in its French port during a bombing raid in August 1944.  The 36,000 ton battleship Dunkerque, in the hands of the Vichy French, was damaged sufficiently to be taken out of action, and lost one in seven of its crew members, in July of 1940, by a combination of British warship attacks and torpedoes in two separate incidents.

The 30,000 ton Italian battleship Duilio wasn’t actually sunk, but a British bombing raid in November of 1940 took it out of service for about a year, and the ship served only a brief secondary role in World War II thereafter.  The 46,000 ton battleship Vittorio Veneto was taken out of action by British aircraft in 1941, then by a submarine, and then 1943 by another aircraft.  The 47,000 ton Italian battleship Littorio was taken out of commission by British aircraft by June of 1942.

The Spanish Naval Experience in World War II

The 16,000 ton battleship Espana was sunk by a “friendly” mine in July of 1937 during the Spanish civil war, killing a third of the sailors on board.

The British Naval Experience in World Wars I and II.

While it predates World War II, it is worth recalling that the 22,000 ton British battleship Dreadnought (the second of that name launched in 1906) which became synonymous with the very notion of a battleship, sank only one enemy vessel, a German submarine, in all of World War I.  It achieved this end not with its ten 12” guns, but with a methodology as old as Greek naval warfare.  It rammed it.

German dive bombing planes took the 30,000 ton British battleship Iron Duke out of service on October 17, 1939.  It Italian airplane’s torpedo took the 38,000 ton British battleship Nelson out of service for a year on September 27, 1941.  The British lost the 42,000 ton battleship Prince of Wales in December of 1941 to an attack by Japanese aircraft, after having suffered serious damage from naval guns, which was repaired, earlier that same year.  The 33,000 ton British battleship Queen Elizabeth was removed from service when an Italian frogman bombed it while it was in harbor that same month.

          

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According to Nigerian writer Chinua Achebe, it's important to master the basics of writing, but there comes a time when you have to strike out on your own and teach yourself. Also, some Spanish idioms involving food: What does it mean to flip the tortilla or to eat turkey at a dance? Plus, a conversation about the difference between compassion and sympathy. Also recursive acronyms, bear-caught, leaverites, jonesing, mon oeil, Jane Austen's pins, high-water pants, and save your breath to cool your soup.

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Turkey taking new steps to tackle childhood obesity

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ANKARA Turkey will work to fight childhood obesity and related disorders through new measures in many areas, including schools, restaurants, and sports activities, said the nation’s top health official. Under the Turkish Health Ministry’s 2019-2023 Action Plan for Preventing Childhood Obesity, snack areas and vending machines in schools will work to provide healthier food. Underlining […]

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Erdogan: Turkey Captures Slain ISIS Leader al-Baghdadi’s Wife

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The first question that comes to mind is “Which wife?” Al-Baghdadi was known to have four wives, plus several ex-wives, one of whom was arrested in Lebanon in 2014, and freed a year later in a prisoner swap with al-Qaida. The 2nd question is “What part did the ‘intelligence gold mine’ obtained from the capture of al-Baghdadi’s elder sister days earlier play in the wife capture?” Suzan Fraser at the Associated Press connects some dots: “The ISIS leader blew himself up during an Oct. 26 raid by U.S. special forces on his heavily fortified safe house in the Syrian province

          

Thanksgiving Menu (with Make-Ahead Tips!)

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This is our classic Thanksgiving menu with everybody’s favorite holiday foods! Prepping for Turkey Day can cause a lot of stress and anxiety for many home cooks. Whether it’s your first time hosting Thanksgiving dinner for friends or family or you have just been asked to bring one or two dishes to someone else’s house, […]

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Cape Cod Sports Notices

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15TH TURKEY SHOOTOUT AND FOOD PANTRY DRIVEBlue Rock Golf Course in South Yarmouth and Create the Good will host the 15th annual Turkey Shootout and Food Pantry Drive on Nov. 23 and 24. Golfers can take part in either day, with proceeds going to Create the Good’s ongoing efforts to provide food for students in the Dennis-Yarmouth Regional School District. Registration is $40 per player ($20 for members). More information is available at Blue Rock Golf Course at [...]
          

Cape Cod Road Running Calendar

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BEF Run for Success, 5K/10K Run/Walk, 9:45 a.m. Nov. 9, Centerville Elementary School, 658 Bay Lane, also youth races, runreg.com/bef-run-for-success.Chatham in the Fall, 10K, Nov. 24, Monomoy Regional Middle School, 425 Crowell Road, Chatham, capecodathleticclub.org/2017-Chatham-in-the-Fall-10k/.Chatham Turkey Trot, 5K, 8 a.m. Nov. 28, 631 Main St., Chathtam, https://runsignup.com/Race/Events/MA/Chatham/ChathamTurkeyTrot. [...]
          

Turkey's Erdogan to meet Trump in Washington next week

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's office says Turkey's leader will travel to Washington next week for talks with U.S. President Donald Trump
          

Erdogan: Turkey captures slain ISIS leader al-Baghdadi's wife

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Turkish president says Turkey has captured wife of the slain leader of Islamic State group, al-Baghdadi
          

Steve Bell's If … the turkeys vote for the toilet

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Erdogan says Turkey captured Baghdadi’s wife in Syria

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Turkey has captured a wife of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Wednesday, more than a week after the former Daesh (ISIS) leader killed himself during a raid by U.S. special forces.
          

AVP - FinReg Governance Regulatory Program Manager

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AVP - FinReg Governance & Regulatory Program Manager FIN****** About BNP Paribas: BNP Paribas is a leading bank in Europe with an international reach. It has a presence in 72 countries, with more than 202,600 employees, of which almost 155,000 in Europe. The Group has key positions in its three main activities: Domestic Markets and International Financial Services (whose retail-banking networks and financial services are covered by Retail Banking & Services) and Corporate & Institutional Banking, which serves two client franchises: corporate clients and institutional investors. The Group helps all its clients (individuals, community associations, entrepreneurs, SMEs, corporates and institutional clients) to realize their projects through solutions spanning financing, investment, savings and protection insurance. In Europe, the Group has four domestic markets (Belgium, France, Italy and Luxembourg) and BNP Paribas Personal Finance is the European leader in consumer lending. BNP Paribas is rolling out its integrated retail-banking model in Mediterranean countries, in Turkey, in Eastern Europe and a large network in the western part of the United States. In its Corporate & Institutional Banking and International Financial Services activities, BNP Paribas also enjoys top positions in Europe, a strong presence in the Americas as well as a solid and fast-growing business in *********************************** Business Overview: The US Financial & Regulatory Reporting Department is responsible for the production of financial and regulatory reports and information required to ensure compliance to regulatory expectations as well as other internal monitoring requirements. The FinReg Governance and Regulatory Programs team is responsible for ensuring the on-going compliance of established governance framework, oversee internal and external audits, lead and deliver transformation and continuous improvement initiatives across the department. Responsibilities: The FinReg Governance & Regulatory Program Manager reports to the Head of FinReg Governance & Regulatory Programs and has broad-based responsibilities. They include: - Lead end-to-end implementation of changes across the organization. Efforts are largely related to regulatory remediation, automation, digitization, operational excellence / efficiency, process re-engineering, and other transformation and continuous improvement initiatives across FinReg. - Coordinate internal audits and regulatory review across the Wholesale and Retail divisions. Drive remediation efforts and implement end-to-end solution. - Understand and drive resolution of complex issues. - Program management support to include: - Establish program structure; define and enforce program governance. - Develop and maintain program/project plans, ensure on-time quality delivery of projects and activities assigned. - Work with SMEs to design and develop target processes, tools/applications, and control framework. - Monitor and report status to all stakeholders on a regular basis, consolidate and publish status reports. - Risks, issues and change management, escalate effectively. - Support ad hoc projects and topics, drive closure to decisions and outstanding issues. - Develop plans and cost estimates, prepare and present budgets and forecast as required - Schedule meetings, record and publish minutes. - Work closely with reporting team leads and stakeholders to prepare presentations for various meetings with senior management. Minimum Required Qualifications 8+ years of work experience in the field of accounting and / or in the financial services industry. - University Degree in Finance related subject preferred. - Experience with Foreign Banking Organization. - Regulatory and Financial Reporting experience. - Experience with Banking and/or Capital Markets products. - Ability to understand complex financial products and system architectures, including accounting business processes including financial and management reporting (IFRS and US GAAP), month-end closing process, regulatory reporting, entity consolidations and multi-currency accounting. - Ability to analyze complex problems and recommend practical and effective solutions. - Excellent written and oral communication skills, with the ability to explain complex issues clearly and concisely to audiences of varying technical or accounting levels. - Ability to work effectively in geographically dispersed cross-functional teams. - Strong Microsoft software Office skills (Excel, Word, Access, PowerPoint, Visio, Project). - Program and project management skills. Preferred Qualifications: - Management consulting, finance & accounting, audit, and regulatory reporting preferred. - Master's degree in Business Administration, Accounting, or related discipline FINRA Registrations Required: None BNP Paribas is committed to providing a work environment that fosters diversity, inclusion, and equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, gender, age, creed, sex, religion, national origin, disability (physical or mental), marital status, citizenship, ancestry, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, or any other legally protected status. US-NJ-Jersey City Standard / Permanent MISCELLANEOUS Bachelor Degree or equivalent (> = 3 years) At least 7 years Full-time Ability to share / pass on knowledge Ability to inspire others & generate people's commitment
          

Breville Combi Wave 3-in-1 Microwave

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I remember when we got our first microwave. I was a teenager. That should tell you a lot. It was a mammoth of a thing. Large enough to fit a 10-pound turkey in and cook. Except, it was just a microwave. Not a small feat for that time, but now they’re making these things fancier and more technologically advanced. They’re creating 3-in-1 machines that can use to microwave, air fry, and as a convection oven! This post is sponsored by Best Buy, but all opinions are my own. Breville Combi Wave 3-in-1 Microwave Interested in the specs of this gadget? Don’t worry, I got ya! Here are some of the amazing aspects of the Breville Combi 3-in-1 Microwave. Brushed stainless steel casing provides durability and style The exterior offers an attractive complement to your existing kitchen décor. Large 12.4″ turntable keeps food rotating By turning food items as they are prepared, the turntable ensures even, thorough cooking.1400W for powerful microwave cooking Defrost, cook and reheat your favorite foods and beverages, evenly and quickly. A variety of cooking programs to fit your needs Defrost, reheat, fish, bacon, popcorn, pizza, rice, chicken, meat, cake and butter/chocolate. Combi function Cooks faster alternating between […]
          

LETTER: Blundering untrustworthy President

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After President Erdogan of Turkey spoke to President Trump an inept decision was made by Trump to pull our military forces from northern Syria. This allowed Turkey to invade and attack the Kurds.Syrian Kurds have been loyal allies of U.S. armed forces since 2015 when they helped to clear ISIS from Syria at a significant cost to themselves. The Turkish invasion and displacement of the Kurds has allowed some ISIS prisoners to escape from prisons guarded by the Kurds, and it appears [...]
          

Comment on 8 Recent Dinner Winners! by Alicia

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Stir frys were always a bit hit in my house when I was a kid. I think that's the only way I would eat veggies combined. I am still not a fan of stews and my parents would make it for themselves and find something different for me and my sister. I think the taco bowl would be my favorite. I love Mexican food and it's also fun to make a taco bar set up so the kids could load up on what they like. Last night we had some awesome turkey meatballs and roasted brussel sprouts. I always hated brussel sprouts due to the fact that they are the hated vegetable on tv shows. I finally tried a brussel sprout dish like 5 years ago or so and now I love them! Roasted is the best.
          

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Staying unsettled and cold for much of central and western Europe, milder in the east Thursday Rain affecting northern Spain on Thursday, some of it heavy. Central and southern Spain should be dry with sunny spells, although sopme showers may affect far southern coasts and hills. Showers in the Balearics with further showers in Corsica and Sardinia. Heavy showers, some thundery for southern Italy and Sicily. Showers too for western Greece but dry for most. Turkey shoud be dry with good spells of sunshine. Rain and wind for the west of France, few showers in the east. Some heavy periods of rain in the Low Countries, these also affecting the far west of Germany. eastern Germany should be dry with sunny spells although Poland will too be dry. Some showers for Jungary but dry in Austria. Rain in western Switzerland. Denmark will have sunny spells and scatered showers. These scattered showers affecting the Baltic States too. Finland will be chilly and dry. A few showers in eastern Sweden but dry elsewhere. Mostly dry and chilly in Norway.

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Deadly car bomb in Turkish controlled border town.

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At least thirteen people killed in a bomb explosion in a town on the Syria-Turkey border; Fresh clashes between police and protestors on the streets of Hong Kong; And what European bee-keepers have to do to prepare their charges for the winter
          

SHIFT ATL to Host First Annual Turkey Trot

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Atlantic, IA – SHIFT ATL, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, will host a Turkey Trot on Thursday, November 28, 2019 with registration beginning at 7:30-a.m., in front of the Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce at 102 Chestnut Street. Races will begin at 8-a.m. sharp. Athletes of all ages and abilities are invited to enjoy either a 5k […]
          

Pompano Beach High School Hosts 4th International Summit

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Friday, January 25, 2019
Opening Ceremony and Parade of Nations for the fourth International Summit hosted by Pompano Beach High School, with more than 160 guest administrators, teachers and students from 13 countries, including Brazil, China, Egypt, England, France, India, Ireland, Nigeria, Peru, Poland, Switzerland, Turkey and Zimbabwe.
          

Roles Reverse as Students Grade Their Own Test…With Their Taste Buds at Annual Student Food Show  

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From sourdough grilled cheese with turkey to roasted garlic quinoa burgers, Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) students will put their taste buds to the test during the District’s Annual Student Food Show at Pompano Beach High School, on Friday, December 8, 2017.
          

Turkey’s Erdoğan back in the driver’s seat

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President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan may be as secure in his position as Turkey's leader as he has ever been, even after widespread international condemnation of his Syria offensive and what many saw as debilitating electoral losses earlier this year. 

Some 300,000 people have been displaced since Turkey launched a military operation in northeast Syria on Oct. 9, aiming to clear the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and its affiliate the People’s Protection Units (YPG) from its border areas. 

The European Union has suspended weapons sales to NATO-member Turkey and threatened sanctions. The U.S. House of Representatives has approved sanctions on Erdoğan and other Turkish officials for the Syria offensive, while a range of prominent figures and organisations have described actions by Turkey and its rebel allies as ethnic cleansing and war crimes, pointing to reports of white phosphorous use and roadside executions. 

There has been criticism at home as well. Main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu delivered a detailed criticism of the ruling Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) Syria policy on Tuesday, highlighting seven errors, including enabling the passage of foreign fighters to join Islamic State (ISIS).

But a survey out on Tuesday found support for Erdoğan had surged since the launch of the operation, with support for the president at 48 percent, the highest in 18 months. 

“Erdoğan has definitely taken advantage of the incursion,” Tezcan Gümüş, lecturer at the University of Melbourne and analyst of Turkish politics and democracy, told Ahval in a podcast. 

Several analysts have argued that Turkey’s Syria offensive was in large part a political move during difficult times. Gümüş pointed to Turkey’s significant economic downturn since a currency crisis that peaked in August 2018, the AKP’s electoral defeats in major cities, including Istanbul and Ankara, earlier this year, and the looming challenge posed by two former senior AKP members readying new political parties. 

“It was a very opportunistic move in terms of reversing the electoral slide and regaining its popularity -- and this rally around the flag strategy seems to have worked instantly for Erdoğan’s popularity,” he said. 

Gümüş, whose forthcoming book is about opposition parties in Turkey under authoritarian rule, points out that Erdoğan has two major advantages over predecessors like Adnan Menderes, prime minister from 1950 to 1960: he has de-fanged the military, which in previous eras would step forward to halt any slide toward authoritarianism, and implemented a presidential system that has given him unprecedented power. 

“Since the constitutional referendum in 2017, pretty much all the levers of the state and government are under the president,” said Gümüş. “The overwhelming power is in the hands of Erdoğan and there’s really nothing opposition parties can do.”

Gümüş points out that in the 12 months after the referendum, more than three-quarters of all new laws (77 percent) were made by presidential decree, without due process or parliamentary involvement. 

Some see Istanbul mayor Ekrem İmamoğlu as a potential challenger to Erdoğan, particularly in light of his landslide victory in the rerun mayoral vote in June, which many hailed as the beginning of the end for Turkey’s president.   

Yet Erdoğan has begun using his presidential powers to erode İmamoğlu’s influence, such as with a new draft law that would hand authority over all variety of development near the Bosporus Strait to a new national body, taking it away from the Istanbul municipality.

Gümüş expects Erdoğan to continue issuing decrees that whither away the power of opposition-controlled cities, in particular Istanbul, a key source of AKP patronage. İmamoğlu could push back against such moves in court, but can do little to reverse them.

“There’s a long ways to go for İmamoğlu to challenge Erdoğan, given that Erdoğan has vast control of the political landscape,” said Gümüş.

Strengthening Erdoğan’s position is the fact that critics are often silenced by criminal charges and the vast majority of Turkish media outlets are pro-government. This might explain why little has been heard in recent weeks from former economic czar Ali Babacan and the former prime minister, Ahmet Davutoğlu, both of whom recently broke from the AKP and had been expected to launch new parties this month. 

Gümüş wondered if they might bide their time until the nationalist wave of popularity passes and then try to capture the public’s attention. He could also see Erdoğan calling for early elections - none are scheduled until late 2023 - before the new parties are able to get their footing. 

“That could definitely happen given that he’s riding a massive wave of popularity,” said Gümüş. “But that would just mean he would win again.”

Besides Turkey’s still-troubled economy, the weak point in Erdoğan’s political armour may be the absence of support from Kurds, some 18 percent of the population. Much of Turkey’s Kurdish community supported the AKP in Erdoğan’s early years, particularly once the peace process started in 2013. 

But since the renewal of conflict with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in mid-2015, Turkish Kurds have seen many of their cities destroyed, many of their leading politicians indicted, arrested and jailed, and just this year the mayors of the three largest cities in Turkey’s mainly Kurdish southeast removed from office within weeks of electoral victories. 

Now Ankara is taking its fight to Kurds across the border in Syria as it sees the YPG and SDF as extensions of the PKK, which is labelled a terrorist group by the United States, the European Union and Turkey, 

“This has fomented a lot of distrust toward the government that they will do anything right by the Kurdish community,” said Gümüş. “The domestic Kurdish population arriving at some sort of political solution, I think that’s null and void at this time.”

Yet Erdoğan has been able to stay on top of Turkish politics for so long mainly because he is a shrewd political player; Gümüş expects him to remain in power for many years.  

“I definitely don’t see Erdoğan going anywhere, voluntarily or electorally,” he said. “Throughout Turkey’s multi-party history we do see precedents of what’s happening now, but Erdoğan is the only leader who’s been able to amass so much political power in his hands and wield it freely and unchecked.” 


          

An uncontrollable mess: The proliferation of state spyware

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Three NGOs and a digital rights platform from Germany including Reporters Without Borders (RSF Germany), The Society for Civil Rights (GFF), the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR) this month filed a criminal lawsuit against FinFisher, a German company that develops and markets the spyware called FinSpy, for illegally exporting their software to Turkey. The Munich public prosecutor has launched an investigation into the charges. 

The matter is not new for those who follow this field; reports of FinSpy's use against the opposition in Turkey have been circulating for years. This latest episode is based on the claim that the Turkish government planted the software on a fake website designed to attract people interested in, or involved with the Adalet website, which was originally created to facilitate the coordination of opposition during 2017 protest marches. 

According to the claims, this site contained an app that infected the users' devices with FinSpy, which has many capabilities that can completely undermine the privacy of the individuals who used their devices, opening up opportunities for the Turkish government to abuse information to put pressure on opposition figures. At this point, this is a claim that is still being investigated, but it is well known that intelligence agencies, governments, and even third parties routinely utilise spyware for multiple purposes.

Installing antivirus or privacy protection software is no guarantee against such tools, which are designed to evade such measures. Regardless of the result of the German court case, such tools will continue to proliferate in the foreseeable future. As early as six years ago, researchers from the Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto found servers operating FinSpy in 25 countries including Australia, Britain, Canada, Germany, India, Indonesia, Japan, the Netherlands, Qatar and the United States. 

In some cases, the sale and use of FinSpy happened through legal channels, but in an age when the proliferation of extremely complex and costly programmes such as nuclear weapons cannot be fully controlled, to suggest that uncontrolled proliferation of mere software is difficult as it is bound by legal frameworks would be ludicrous. There have already been multiple reports of state actors using FinSpy to monitor their populations and suppress dissent, as the Turkish example also suggests.

And FinSpy is by no means the only tool used by states for such purposes; another recent report of abuse, also revealed by the Citizen Lab in 2018 shows that spyware called Pegasus, developed by Israeli company NSO Group was used by a number of countries. Citizen Lab also found that at least 10 operators of the spyware "appear to be engaged in cross-border surveillance". In total, the report found Pegasus infections in 45 countries.

When it comes to the proliferation of surveillance software, states are not the only interested audience; from businesses to hacker groups (ethical or otherwise), from criminal organisations to terrorist organisations, there is an enormous and chaotic marketplace for such tools, and proliferation happens at every level. In the case of Pegasus, a former employee of NSO Group was charged with stealing the spyware and trying to sell it for $50 million over the dark web. 

Much of the code of FinSpy was found to have been copied and used by the hacker group StrongPity, which staged numerous "Man-in-the-Middle (MiTM)" attacks in recent years, especially in Turkey (but also in Belgium, Italy and Syria). In other words, FinFisher did not have to sell anything illegally to anyone; its code and methods could be compromised by one of many hacker groups. 

Proliferation does not only happen through illicit or illegal means. In 2016, it was found that Turk Telekom had used Sandvine/Procera Networks Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) devices to deliver FinSpy to users who wanted to download Windows applications. Similar claims were made for Telecom Egypt, as well. When the U.S.-based company Procera, which operates branches in Canada and Sweden, became aware through its engineers in Sweden that its products were used by Turk Telekom, senior technical engineer Kriss Andsten resigned, sending a company-wide email that said: "I do not wish to spend the rest of my life with the regret of having been a part of Erdoğan’s insanity, so I'm out." 

According to Forbes, the initial request by Turk Telekom through a proxy had been deemed legitimate by senior figures at the company. But it turned out that Turk Telekom did not just request usernames and passwords, but also the IP addresses of the users, as well as a list of sites they visited.

The strength of the software that was sold to Turkey was likened to a tool used by the National Security Agency in its capabilities by computer security researchers.

If you thought that the major threat to your privacy came from businesses and social media, consider the fact that the motivations of most businesses involve profit, and the legal tools at their disposal can only collect so much. While this is not taken lightly, it is the tip of the iceberg. What about tools built from the ground up to spy on your every activity, designed to avoid detection, tools capable of reading all your messages, including encrypted ones, tools capable of locating your location at any given time with great precision, tools that can not only access your most intimate personal information, but are capable of acting on your behalf using your own equipment?" Do not forget, these tools are primarily being used by state actors with vast resources, in addition to other groups.

Turkey has been accused time and again of abusing human rights, including the right to privacy. In all three examples above, Turkey was one of the top consumers of spyware. This is not a coincidence.

*My thanks to MiTM Labs (https://mitmlabs.com/) for the help in researching certain aspects of this article.

 

© Ahval English

The views expressed in this column are the author’s and do not necessarily reflect those of Ahval.


          

Halkbank shuns U.S. court again, stalling Iran sanctions case

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On Nov. 5, the money laundering and sanctions evasion case filed against Halkbank, one of Turkey’s largest majority state-owned banks, by United States prosecutors in New York continued in a new hearing.

There was little change in the status quo of the case. Representatives of Halkbank did not appear in court to argue against the charges filed against it after failing to show up for a previously scheduled summons on Oct. 22, a week after the initial charges were filed against it by federal prosecutors.

Instead, in a turn of events, litigators from King & Spalding appeared in court on its behalf after previously denying that it could speak on the bank’s behalf. In an unusual fashion, the King & Spalding attorneys led by Andrew Hruska continued that argument by insisting they would file motions on behalf of their client but while insisting that they still did not speak in any capacity beyond this move.

Ahead of the hearing, Hruska filed a motion that called for the recusal of Judge Berman and for the case to be dismissed on jurisdictional grounds. This argument echoed Halkbank’s own statements that given it’s lack of any branches or employees in the country, the United States lacked the jurisdiction to file an indictment. Instead, the defense requested that Halkbank be granted the right to a special appearance in this case where they did not have to physically appear in order to challenge the charges filed against them.

Quickly, Judge Berman expressed his doubts about the validity of these arguments. Initially, Berman asked why questioning the court’s jurisdiction is relevant at this point when the same questions asked were involved in the related cases of Hakan Attila, a Halkbank manager convicted for his involvement in the multibillion dollar scheme, and Reza Zarrab, whose case was the first in this ongoing saga.

Berman was equally skeptical about the defence’s filing for special representation in this case. When questioned about whether precedent existed for defendants being granted special representation in criminal cases within the Second District, where the Southern District of New York’s office operates from, Hruska acknowledged no authority existed granting that privilege. 

“Why would any court do that? Why would that make sense?” Berman asked the defence.

Federal prosecutors largely argued in line with Berman’s doubts about the legal strategy being pursued by Halkbank’s attorneys. “There’s certainly an air of gamesmanship here.” Assistant U.S attorney Michael Lockard said about Halkbank’s arguments for its continued refusal to appear in court and request for special appearance. “None of us are aware of any legal authority for that prospect.”

Lockhard’s assertion that Halkbank is engaging in a form of gamesmanship is supported by events inside and outside the case. Lockard told the court that federal prosecutors had their indictment physically delivered to its headquarters in Turkey through FedEx but were notified by the service that Halkbank refused to even accept the physical package. It is a obscure if still blatant attempt to even acknowledge the indictment filed from Manhattan.

Judge Berman himself cited an article in the New York Times on the day after the initial Halkbank indictment that reported previous negotiations between Halkbank and the U.S Department of Treasury over the size of any penalty for it’s sanctions evasion scheme.

These negotiations followed direct appeals by President Erdogan and his son-in law and Minister of Finance Berat Albayrak, to President Trump and his administration. These negotiations came to an end when prosecutors in Manhattan unveiled the indictment charging Halkbank on Oct. 15.   

Berman continued this line of argument by inquiring why a defendant that did not intend at all to appear in court would gin up it’s resources if it believed no case existed. He then went on to state with some exasperation that he does not understand what the defence hoped to achieve with this hearing given that the client was refusing to appear itself in court and that it’s arguments against appearance, jurisdictional ones and for fear of admitting acceptance of the charges, were already previously settled.

Even the defence at one point struggled to articulate whether Halkbank would appear in U.S court under any conditions. “Is your client prepared to say that if there is no waiving of it’s rights through its’ appearance, it would appear?” Judge Berman asked the defence.

The defence reiterated that it was not permitted to make that commitment on its client’s behalf without briefing it first.

At the end of the hearing, Judge Berman stated that the status quo of the case remains unchanged. Berman has granted the defense an extended window to brief Halkbank on the outcome of the hearing and determine what steps it would pursue next.

The deadline given by Judge Berman is Nov. 19 for the defense which would be followed by a government reply a week later by November 26. A short reply to that response would be allowed to be filed by December 2.


          

Syria offensive exposes Turkey’s disastrous counter-terrorism policy

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Turkey's problematic counter-terror efforts in northeast Syria have left it using detained Islamic State (ISIS) fighters to threaten Europe and possibly increasing the Kurdish threat along its border while losing the support of key allies like the United States. 

Turkish Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu told reporters on Monday that Turkey would return captured ISIS members to their countries of origin even if those countries had revoked their citizenship.

Blaise Misztal, a fellow at U.S. think tank the Hudson Institute, saw Soylu’s statement as akin to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's repeated threat to “open the gates” and let refugees flood into Europe. 

“It’s hard to see how that is anything more than an extension of the sort of blackmail that Turkey has been engaging in on Syrian refugees,” Misztal told Ahval in a podcast. “This is really a veiled threat against European countries.”  

Also on Monday, Turkey demanded Germany take back 20 ISIS members. 

Some 2,000 foreign ISIS fighters and 11,000 of their family members are being held in Kurdish-controlled detention camps in northeast Syria. Soylu also said Turkey was holding 1,200 ISIS detainees in Turkish prisons and had captured 287 ISIS members in northeast Syria. 

Launched on Oct. 9, Turkey’s Syria operation has killed at least 250 people, mostly Kurds, and displaced some 300,000 people, leading to fears of ethnic cleansing by prominent observers, including former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power. 

Turkey’s main military objective is decimating the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and its affiliate the People’s Protection Units (YPG), which it sees as an extension of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which has led an insurgency in Turkey since 1984 and is labelled a terrorist group by the United States and the European Union, as well as Turkey. 

Presidential Spokesman İbrahim Kalın said on Monday that a considerable blow had been dealt to the YPG and called on Western allies for support. 

“Turkey expects its allies, be it the U.S., EU or any other country, to assume a clear stance against all kinds of terror,” said Kalın. “Recognising the PKK as a terror group on paper is not enough. What you practice is important.”

U.S. forces visited the YPG in Qamishli, in northeast Syria, on Saturday and a source told Agence France-Presse that the United States planned to set up a military post there. The Wall Street Journal quoted U.S. officials as saying a U.S. convoy on Sunday saw artillery strikes landing close to its position near the town of Tel Tamr where fighting had intensified between Turkish and Kurdish forces.

This followed a recent incident when Turkish forces fired on U.S. positions in Kobani. Also on Sunday, the aid group Free Burma Rangers said one of its workers was killed and another wounded by a Turkish drone strike near Tal Tamr on Sunday.

“What the United States wanted was to avoid a confrontation with Turkish troops, it did not necessarily want to end the counter-terrorism partnership with the SDF,” said Misztal, who sees frictions between U.S. troops and Turkish and Turkish-backed forces lingering and even increasing as long as the U.S. mission in northeast Syria remains ambiguous. 

President Donald Trump has said U.S. forces will be staying in Syria to protect Kurd-controlled oil fields, but U.S. forces have continued the fight against ISIS. After the U.S. killing of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi last week, Bloomberg reported that the United States was looking into possible Turkish intelligence links to ISIS, particularly as the Turkish military has observation posts not far from Baghdadi’s hideout. 

Turkey’s focus on the PKK-YPG has left it blind to other forms of terrorism, said Misztal, pointing to an oft-ignored concern in regards to terrorism in northern Syria: what might happen to al-Qaeda-linked Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, a group with links to Turkey, once it is pushed out of Idlib by the forces of President Bashar Assad. “Where will they go? And what will (HTS’) relationship with Turkey look like?” he wondered. 

Misztal also cited reporting that ISIS cells still exist in Turkey today, that thousands of foreign fighters traveled through Turkey to join ISIS, and that Turkish intelligence sent weapons to rebels in Syria.  

“ISIS is a major national security threat for Turkey,” Yusuf Erim, political analyst for Turkish state broadcaster TRT World, told Ahval. "While many have tried to downplay Turkey's contributions in the fight against the terror group, the truth is Turkey has neutralised more ISIS terrorists than any other country.”

State-run Anadolu news agency said Turkey had killed 3,500 ISIS terrorists and arrested 5,500. Yet the annual U.S. State Department country report on Turkey, released on Friday, warned that it remained a transit point for foreign fighters and could serve as a corridor to replenish ISIS. 

The Turkish presidency condemned the report for not mentioning the SDF or YPG, and presidential adviser Fahrettin Altun announced early Tuesday that Turkey had captured the sister of ISIS leader Baghdadi. 

“There’s a certain myopia in the Turkish government about who’s really a terrorist,” said Misztal, pointing out that Baghdadi was killed in Idlib province, which is controlled by HTS. 

This shows the moral bankruptcy, said Misztal, of Turkey’s argument that it is laser-focused on the YPG and terrorism. Now, instead of having its ally, the United States, partnering with the YPG, Turkey faces the prospect of the Syrian Kurdish militia controlled by less friendly governments in Moscow and Damascus. 

“You’re not going to see Syria and Russia really want to stamp out the YPG in a way Turkey would want to,” he said, pointing out that Russia and Syria both made common cause with the PKK against Turkey in the 1990s. “Sometime down the road, they’re probably going to be more willing to arm the YPG, more willing to support the PKK inside Turkey, than the U.S. ever was.”

Already, SDF Commander Mazloum Kobani is now sitting at the negotiating table with the United States and Russia. "Turkey is not completely happy as there are still YPG elements in the region," said Erim, adding that Ankara reserves the right to resume military operations as needed.

Misztal pointed out that Erdoğan supported rebels seeking to topple Assad for years, and still supports Syrian opposition forces like HTS in Idlib. 

“It stands to reason that Assad will want to pay him back in kind, and have his own proxy force that he can deploy against Turkey,” said Misztal. “I think in the long-term Turkey is making its situation on the Syrian-Turkish border worse. It’s creating the conditions to enable the very thing it wants to prevent, which is the further strengthening of the PKK.”


          

Fate of Turkey's Halkbank uncertain ahead of critical hearing in sanctions-busting case

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On Nov. 5, the Southern District of New York in Manhattan will see a second hearing for Turkey’s majority state-owned Halkbank, which has been indicted for a multibillion dollar scheme that violated U.S sanctions against Iran. The case has proven to be another thorn in U.S-Turkey relations amid other serious disagreements between the two NATO allies.

Halkbank, one of Turkey’s largest lenders, was previously issued a summons by U.S prosecutors to appear in court on Oct. 22. but failed to appear. This absence prompted prosecutors to declare the bank a “fugitive”.

“Should Halkbank fail for a second time to appear pursuant to the Second Summons, the Court will consider any appropriate sanctions for knowing and willful noncompliance,” U.S. District Judge Richard Berman said in a court filing that day.

The choice to avoid appearing for it’s first hearing reflects the bank’s abstinence towards accepting responsibility for violating any U.S laws. Halkbank has based this assertion of innocence on claims that it’s lack of any physical presence in the United States renders the charges baseless.

There is reason to believe that Halkbank is being encouraged by Ankara to remain obstinate in resisting the charges. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has derided the case against Halkbank as part of what he called an “international coup attempt”.

Erdoğan is also believed to have raised the case with his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump in a meeting and was revealed to have met with Trump’s personal lawyer Rudolph Giuliani in 2017. In that encounter, a deal was discussed to exchange Pastor Andrew Brunson, who was detained in Turkey at the time, for Reza Zarrab, the Turkish-Iranian gold trader who was arrested in March 2016 and later became a witness for the U.S government against Hakan Attila, a Halkbank manager arrested for his part in the scheme. 

The stakes remain high for Halkbank ahead of the Nov. 16th hearing.

Previous international financial institutions discovered to have violated U.S sanctions have been slapped with billions in fines for their actions. The largest fine to this point has been an $8.9 billion penalty against France’s BNP Paribas for a scheme that moved an equivalent amount of money from Iran and other sanctioned entities through the American financial system.

Prosecutors in their indictment accused Halkbank of a scheme far larger - over $20 billion worth of illicit funds transferred to Iranian entities. John C. Demers, the Assistant Attorney General for National Security, underlined the gravity in the press release announcing charges against Halkbank on Oct. 15.

“This is one of the most serious Iran sanctions violations we have seen, and no business should profit from evading our laws or risking our national security,” Demers said at the time.

On top of the alleged crimes Halkbank can be fined for, it’s continued refusal to appear in U.S court could include an additional fine separate from any levied if the bank is found guilty.

For Halkbank, a fine similar to any of those imposed on European institutions that went awry of U.S law would be devastating.

In the last quarter recorded in 2019, Halkbank had a net income of about $54 million, according to S&P Global Intelligence. Even a fine akin to the previously largest one levied against BNP Paribas could have rippling affects across the Turkish banking sector.

The prospect of a large fine represents a dangerous blow to a still struggling Turkish economy, which has proved sensitive conflicts in Turkey’s relationship with the U.S.

Even before the indictment came on Oct.15, Halkbank’s board dismissed five officials and brought on former Istanbul mayor from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), while a former interior minister was brought onto the board of another state-owned bank, possibly as a means to exert control in the event of financial turmoil. The day after the Halkbank indictment Turkish regulators imposed limitations on traders’ ability to sell bank shares in a bid to protect the country’s largest banks.

Outside of the courtroom, there exists the possibility of other penalties for violating U.S. sanctions.

“The death penalty of sorts is by designating a foreign financial institution as a specially designated national (SDN), which means that they are completely barred from the US financial system. Not only that, no other foreign FI will want to have a relationship with an SDN because of the risk of violating sanctions themselves.” said George Voloshin, a sanctions expert and the head of the Paris office at Aperio Intelligence, a London-headquartered corporate intelligence and financial crime consultancy.

Another milder form of punishment that could still create difficulties for Halkbank is being barred from holding correspondent accounts at U.S institutions. This would complicate many transactions in U.S dollars and deter other banks from wanting to serve as intermediaries for the institution.

These penalties all come from the U.S Department of Treasury, which has yet to take action related to the Halkbank case. Voloshin, the sanctions expert, stated that the possibility of Treasury enacting it’s own penalties against Halkbank pending the result of a court trial remained.

“If the bank is convicted, it will likely be ordered pay a huge fine and may fall victim to any of these punishments including losing access to the U.S market for good,” he said.

The measures available from Treasury in this case include the designation under Section 311 of the USA PATRIOT Act or possibly the removal of Halkbank’s access to SWIFT if it became subject to American secondary sanctions. Of these two, Aperio Intelligence’s Voloshin believes that the latter is less likely to be applied if a conviction follows in this case. 

“[SWIFT’s] mandate does not consist of enforcing any given country’s economic sanctions against another country or countries.” Voloshin said, citing SWIFT’s status as a Belgian legal entity that does not require it to act directly in accordance to U.S sanctions regimes.

“For Halkbank, conviction might well result in a Section 311 designation and restrictions on it’s correspondent banking is more likely,” Voloshin said.


          

Is Turkey-Qatar alliance in danger?

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Pro-government Turkish news outlets have begun attacking Qatar-owned Al Jazeera’s coverage of Turkey’s Syria offensive, pointing toward potential trouble in the supposedly cosy Turkey-Qatar alliance. 

Turkey and Qatar have in recent years become close allies and strategic partners. When the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Saudi Arabia and their allies placed a blockade on Qatar in mid-2017, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan dispatched emergency food supplies and troops to Qatar and committed to expanding Turkey’s military presence there. 

When the Turkish lira tumbled in August 2018, Qatari Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani promised $15 billion in Qatari investment for Turkey. 

“Today, that seemingly unshakable alliance is now under threat – from within,” Turkish pro-government Daily Sabah said in an editorial on Monday, expanding on a similar complaint made in a lengthy analysis by state-run broadcaster TRT World at the weekend. 

“Al Jazeera English, Qatar's flagship news channel, has been spreading anti-Turkey propaganda,” said Daily Sabah. “Under the pretext of independent and objective journalism, the network has succumbed to bias and fake news to mis-portray known terrorists and fugitives from law as oppressed activists. Jumping on the Western media's Turkey-bashing bandwagon, the network smeared last month's Turkish operation into northeastern Syria.”

Turkey’s position is that the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and its affiliate the People’s Protection Units (YPG) are extensions of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, which has led an insurgency in Turkey for 35 years and is labelled a terrorist group by the United States and the European Union, as well as Turkey. 

This, Ankara argues, made the Kurdish entity along the Syrian border an existential threat and necessitated Turkey’s incursion, despite the fact that the SDF played a crucial role in the U.S.-led effort to defeat the Islamic State (ISIS). 

The TRT World analysis detailed anti-Turkey reporting in both Al Jazeera and Saudi-owned Al Arabiya, pinning the former’s as worse. 

“Al Jazeera English goes a step further and even describes the PKK parent organisation as simply ‘Kurdish fighters’- completely whitewashing it of its bloody history,” said the report

“By labelling the YPG as ‘Kurds’ or ‘Kurdish forces’, they are de-facto elevated to the role of representatives of the Kurdish people as a whole.”

Since its Oct. 9 launch, Turkey’s offensive in northeast Syria has led to hundreds of deaths and displaced some 300,000 people. International media and Western news outlets have in recent weeks charged Ankara with ethnic cleansing, war crimes and worse.

The SDF has used the word genocide to describe Turkey’s actions, as have a number of British newspapers and at least one U.S. senator. 

Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives appeared to doubly punish Turkey for its offensive, voting for sanctions against Erdoğan and other officials for the Syria offensive and passing a resolution to officially acknowledge the Armenian genocide, which Turkey officially denies. 

All of this appears to have put Turkey’s NATO allies in an uncomfortable position. The Times reported on Monday that the UN had decided against looking for traces of white phosphorous in a recent attack by Turkey-backed rebels, which it said suggests NATO members seem reluctant to investigate possible war crimes committed by Turkey and its partners in Syria. 

Daily Sabah went on to say that Al Jazeera had charged Turkey with deporting Syrian refugees, “without a shred of evidence”. Last week, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch said Turkey had been deporting Syrians and warned against any future returns to a conflict zone. 

The editorial said that while Al Jazeera Arabic continued to provide the necessary nuance on Syria, Al Jazeera English sought to reshape regional geopolitics. 

“A small group of people within Al Jazeera English are deliberately dismantling the network's own legacy and undermining the Turkey-Qatar partnership in an attempt to dictate the Gulf nation's foreign policy,” said Daily Sabah. 

Dr. Ali Bakeer, an Ankara-based political analyst, pointed out that he wrote an article for Al Jazeera English last month defending Turkey’s Syria offensive, so the site appears not to have taken a fully anti-Turkey position on the issue. 

Yet Bakeer did view Daily Sabah as a poor choice of medium for airing grievances between allies. “I think that whatever the problem regarding the coverage of Al Jazeera English, the Qataris would have certainly preferred that such an issue should have been conveyed through the appropriate channels,” he told Ahval. 

David Roberts, lecturer at King’s College London and non-resident fellow at the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington, sees Ankara being overly sensitive in this case, as about 90 percent of the time Al Jazeera staffers make their own editorial decisions.   

“I tend not to get excited about ‘Al Jazeera slanders x or y,’ kind of stories,” said Roberts, author of Qatar: Securing the Global Ambitions of a City State. 

“They are a bureaucracy and all bureaucracies are punchy and resilient in their own ways,” he explained. “I rarely believe that the Qatar government has forced Al Jazeera to do anything. I think it's more likely that Al Jazeera people decided by themselves, to curry favour with Qatari bosses, or they just thought their story was right.”

Either way, Turkey’s pro-government media is not taking any chances, perhaps because Turkey expects to open a new military base in Qatar by the end of the year. 

“The Turkey-Qatar partnership's future is at stake,” said Daily Sabah. “Before it is too late, Al Jazeera needs to weed out all individuals seeking to poison that alliance behind the smokescreen of independent journalism.”


          

Being Kurdish in Turkey

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Şirin is smiling in this photograph. He is posing like many other Kurdish youth: holding a phone in one hand, and throwing up a peace sign with the other. He is a handsome young man. The photograph seems to have been taken at a construction zone with plenty of greenery in the background. What is most striking about this picture is Şirin’s hopeful smile.

Şirin Tosun
Şirin Tosun

Şirin Tosun was 19 years old. This photograph may have been taken a few months before his death. He was working as a steward for a bus company based in the majority-Kurdish city of Diyarbakır in southeastern Turkey. To help support his family, he travelled with them to northwestern Turkey as a seasonal worker to harvest hazelnuts. One day, the weather was rainy, so he took a break from picking hazelnuts and went into the city with his friends. He and his friend were heading home at night, when a bus with a Diyarbakır license plate drove by them.

The bus stopped and they spoke Kurdish with each other. A group of six people passing by heard them speaking Kurdish, and began to attack Şirin and his friend for speaking Kurdish. After hurling insults and curses, they threw bottles. One of the people in the group fired at Şirin at close range, and Şirin sustained a head injury. After being hospitalised, he remained in intensive care for 50 days before passing away last week. A 19-year-old boy with a beautiful smile, Şirin was murdered for speaking his mother tongue.

Another Kurd, 74-year-old Ekrem Yaşlı, was also attacked for committing the “faux pas” of speaking Kurdish in Turkey last week. He was in the hospital to take care of his 71-year-old wife who was having eye surgery. When another caretaker heard them speaking Kurdish, he exclaimed, “This is the Turkish Republic” and struck the old man in the head with a soda bottle. None of the bystanders reacted to the 22-year-old attacker. Despite the elderly couple’s complaints and the huge gash in Yaşlı’s head, the case was closed because “tangible evidence was not found to support intangible claims.”

The same state that invaded my home with masks and Kalashnikovs because of Tweets I sent calling for peace decided that the gash on Yaşlı’s head was intangible. This is the Turkish Republic, after all!

We Kurds understand well what “This is Turkey” means. In the summer of 1996, I was sitting at the front of a bus travelling from Ankara to Diyarbakır that was attacked and almost set on fire. People from Diyarbakır remember this event well. When our bus crashed, we assumed that people were coming to help the victims, which included people in shock as well as some who had lost their lives. It turns out that the approaching voices we heard were actually coming to throw stones at us, and set us on fire. Having survived the front-end collision, I still remember crying, covered in shards of glass, hearing people I assumed were there to help saying, “Should we burn them?”

With the help of a few members of parliament in Ankara, our bus was taken to a police station, and the military guarded the group of 50 Kurdish people, including children and pregnant women, so we would not be set on fire. We left two days later. The voices of the people that tried to burn us saying, “This is Turkey,” continue to echo in my head until this day.

We hear the mantra “This is Turkey” at sporting events, when we travel to western Turkey for work or vacation, when we drive to southern beaches with our Diyarbakır license plates… we have always heard it.

These days, people are arguing over claims that Turkish novelist Aslı Erdoğan said, “Turks have been taught to hate Kurds.”

People have attacked her from both the right and the left, with the same sentiment of “This is Turkey.” It later became evident that Erdoğan had never made that statement. But the fact that she never said those words does not diminish their truth. It does not diminish the pain that people have been subject to for 100 years due to their differing identities, religions, beliefs, and ethnicities. It doesn’t change the fact that “Armenian” is used as a curse word, that Kurdish deaths are accepted…

I do not know what Turks have felt, or how they have been taught to insult and hate Kurds, and they will have to conduct some reflection and find the answer to this themselves.

But it is not just the Turks that are the problem. We Kurds have also been taught to hate ourselves. We were taught to hate our mothers, our fathers, our own language and culture. We were made to feel that we would only exist if we dedicated our existence to Turkishness. Kurdish children have grown up in this country with anger and pain, but everyone probably looked the other way.

Yes, “This is Turkey.” But do Turks want to continue living this way? Are you happy? Do you want to continue hating your neighbours, colleagues, classmates, hairdressers, doctors, teachers, and repairmen, simply because they refuse to give up their Kurdish identity? Has Şirin’s murder made the country better? Or the assassination of Armenian journalist Hrant Dink in 2007, because he was accused of “insulting Turkishness”? Is this the future you want for your children? Is our children’s fate destined to repeat the past century, where they are either to kill or be killed?

Don’t you realize that you are degrading Turkishness, rather than elevating it? Yes, this is Turkey, and I believe that there can be a Turkey where I don’t have to give up my Kurdishness. But many persistently insist on trying to this belief away from me.


          

Turkey’s green light in Syria now flashing yellow

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The initial rise in President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s popularity that greeted Turkey’s success in securing a green light from Donald Trump to attack the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and the People’s Protection Units (YPG) in Syria quickly transformed into cautious negotiations with other actors in Syria. 

Faced with economic sanctions that Turkey, and his political position, could not endure, Erdoğan agreed to a pause in the assault on the People’s Protection Units (YPG) forces to allow them to withdraw from the 32 km safety zone along the Syrian border with Turkey.

Subsequently, Erdoğan had to accommodate his ambitions to the agenda of Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, and by extension, Syrian President Bashar Assad’s goal to re-establish his control of the entire country.   And we can expect Iran to assist Assad in that and encourage a reconciliation of the YPG/SDF with Assad’s regime.  And though promised to depart, U.S. forces remains in northeast Syria with a mandate to secure potentially lucrative oil fields.

Military operations are expensive, and though the use of irregular militias reduces the casualties Turkey might face, the financial burden is not eased much by their use.  At the same time, foreign investors are still holding back on investing in Turkey, seen by many as less financially stable following the incursion into northern Syria than before.  The Turkish people overwhelmingly support Erdoğan’s efforts against the YPG, but the political gains may be fleeting if the economy does not show signs of improvement soon.  Also, by claiming success against the YPG, Erdoğan opens himself to a call from his opponents to focus on domestic economic issues now that he’s handled the terrorist abroad.

Economic growth will be hard to come by, in part due to the threat of sanctions.  Even if the U.S. Congress does not proceed with sanctions, either because the Senate under Mitch McConnell’s leadership won’t vote on sanctions or because President Trump blocks their implementation, the potential for sanctions will make foreign investors and domestic business hesitant to undertake new projects.  Business investors like predictability, and in U.S.-Turkey relations, that is in short supply.

There are other concerns as well.  The lopsided vote in the U.S. House of Representatives on an Armenian Genocide resolution, 405-11, shows that Turkey, or at least Erdoğan, has few friends remaining in the U.S. Congress.  The apparent lack of coordination with Turkey in tracking down ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, even though he was only 5 kilometres from the Turkish border, raises doubts about the degree to which the U.S. and Turkish militaries trust each other.  Among policy makers, some suspect, without evidence, that Turkey was at least aware of Baghdadi’s location, if not actively protecting him, much like suspicions some U.S. officials had about Pakistani military intelligence personnel protecting Osama bin Laden given his location near Pakistan’s military academy.  Such suspicions, speculation without evidence or merit, are corrosive in the relations between two nations. 

In response to the Baghdadi raid, Erdoğan recently hinted that Turkey could pursue terrorists in foreign countries and assassinate them, as the Americans did.  This ignores the fact that Erdoğan alone names those opponents as terrorists while Baghdadi was labelled a terrorist by every nation in the world.  To suggest that hunting down a vile murderer is akin to sending assassination squads after political opponents living abroad may play well with his most ardent supporters, but no reasonable person sees them as comparable in any way.  Any such, action undertaken in the U.S. would be destructive to what remains of positive U.S.-Turkish relations.

Turkey’s burgeoning partnership with Russia also calls for caution.  Turkey may engage in joint patrols with Russian forces in some border areas, but the anti-Assad militia fighters it uses as ground forces have already clashed with regime forces. 

Assad’s forces would certainly like to eliminate the opposition fighters that Turkey is using, and they for their part would like to re-ignite their actions against the Syrian regime. So Turkey now finds itself depending on Russia to work with it to secure its southern border as it had previously worked with the U.S. to restrain the SDF/YPG.  For how long the various sides can be held back from avenging themselves on others remains to be seen.

The YPG/PYD has already reached an accommodation of sorts with Assad’s regime. They know that plans for a semi-autonomous Kurdish enclave within northern Syria are dead, for now.  However, they to for Assad to use them as a counterweight against the anti-regime militias now supported by Turkey.  How they will operate against Turkish forces and its allied militias, as the U.S. would not allow, remains an open question.

Overhanging all of this is President Erdoğan’s commitment to return one million or more Syrian refugees from Turkey to Syria.  But to do so, he will need the agreement or at least acquiescence of the different factions and actors in northern Syria, as well as that of the refugees themselves.  Of course, he could try to force them back into Syria, but that would only intensify the denunciations of his policies by European, Arab (excepting Qatar), and North American politicians, and further reduce willingness for their nationals to invest in Turkey.

In sum, just as the death of Baghdadi does not solve the problem of ISIS, the green light from Trump to Erdoğan (better seen as the removal of multiple stop signs) does not signal an easy path forward for Turkey in Syria.  Without the U.S. as its partner, Turkey will increasingly enjoy the gentle and warm embrace of a partnership with Putin’s Russia.  Given all the curves in the road and the competing vehicles on the road, Erdoğan must proceed with caution to avoid a crash. 


          

Brave, independent and free: Ahval is two years old!

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Today Ahval is starting its third year.

Ahval aims to provide true, balanced, many-sided news and analysis, and brave and honest comment on Turkey and its place in the world at a time when the profession of journalism has been destroyed by its government and its propaganda machine.

We are now one of the main sources of news on Turkey and the feedback from readers is overwhelmingly positive. We hope to show that good, honest journalism can overcome the barriers of fear and oppression. 

When we started two years ago, our small team knew what awaited us. We knew we would have to fight slander, lies and suspicion in a hostile environment dominated by power, greed and self-interest.

We aimed to train a critical eye on those wielding political and economic power however and give space to a range of different, even opposing, views free from the self-censorship so prevalent inside Turkey. No matter what anyone has said about us, no matter what label they have tried to pin on us, we have focused on producing honest journalism.

In response, we have faced successive efforts to block access to our website, but we have shown that the ways to reach our readers cannot be exhausted. The bans and slander against us have only convinced us we are on the right track. 

A year ago, we expanded our output and launched the Ahval podcast series, covering topics from the economy, health, history, politics and the environment. In that short time, we have become the number one source of podcasts on Turkey, reaching the dynamic younger generation of Turks and Kurds.

In the last year, our pages have been visited more than 60 million times by more than 10 million people, more than two million of them from the United States and Germany alone. The number of unique visitors is close to 200,000 a day, or 4 million a month. Almost half of our readers are in Turkey, 15 percent in the United States, more than 10 percent in EU countries, and close to 10 percent from Arab countries.

Some 35 percent of our readers are aged between 25 and 34, 30 percent between 18 and 24; 17 percent between 35 and 44, and close to 15 percent between 45 and 54.

While conveying news and comment that we value from other sources, we have always tried to respect ethical rules and give references to these sources.

I give the floor to Ahval Turkish editor Ergun Babahan:
"Journalism has always been a troubled profession in Turkey. In the past, newspapers ignored the preferences of the people and kept within the boundaries set by the military General Staff. But there were still institutions and individuals trying to practice journalism.

“But not anymore. Professional dignity has been trodden on. The General Staff has been replaced by Erdoğan and the Presidential Palace. He is able to control all the media through his son-in-law and his son-in-law’s brother … Today there are only a handful of colleagues practicing journalism in Turkey and they face the constant risk of imprisonment.

“Self-censorship has reached its highest point in history. Such conditions increase the importance and value of publications based on objectivity and truth. Ahval is trying to do just that with its small staff.

“As we step into our third year, the response of our readers shows we are on the right track … A Turkey with a free press and true democracy is our greatest wish.''

Ilhan Tanir, the editor of Ahval English, shares his opinion:

“We have chased the news and tried to show what has happened, adding comment from experts without being trapped into becoming an activist publication. We have never censored ourselves and our journalism.

“When we have made mistakes, we have raced to correct and acknowledge them, so as to build the trust of our readers… When there has been good news about Turkey, we wrote about it, though good news sadly seems to becoming increasingly rare.

“We hope Ahval has become a trusted source of news and analysis about Turkey, both on the domestic and diplomatic fronts.”

Ahval Arabic editor Ghassan Ibrahim:

"Many Ahval readers believe it is a long-standing, well-established media website even though it has only been around for two years. Producing news in Turkish, English and Arabic also extends our reach and adds to our credibility. The crucial Arab perspective on Turkey and its relations with its Arab neighbours is often missing in Western media. The sources that we have in Ahval Arabic also feed into the Turkish and English sections of the site and enrich their coverage.”

I finished my article on the first anniversary of Ahval with these lines:
"We will continue to respond to all efforts to silence or discredit us with the quality content we provide to our readers and followers.”

As Ziya Paşa says: "A tree is known by its fruit.”

In an environment where many voices are silenced, printed media is dying and censorship has reached a peak, we are a pluralist meeting point for opinions and conflicting ideas.
We are not a venue for the propaganda of any interest group, political organisation, religious entity or power. We are only followers of the truth. 

As Ahval turns three, I would like to thank the Ahval team, our reporters and our contributors who share their courageous and independent opinions with our readers, for turning Ahval into a rising star.


          

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Five Items You'll Need for Your Perfect Turkey

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Whether you're into a traditional turkey feast or cooking up something a little more vibrant, we've got some goods to help you toward your perfect turkey. From roasters to basters, there's something for everyone on this list. Continue reading…
          

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Syria/Turkey: Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi's brother travelled in and out of Istanbul as his courier for months, Iraqi intelligence reports
          

Turkey Walking on Tightrope Held by US and Russia

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An Iranian expert of Turkish developments says Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is pursuing a policy of balancing power between the United States and Russia in Syria and is walking on a tightrope the two sides of which are controlled by Washington and Moscow. 

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Amid joint drill, Egypt, Greece, and Cyprus condemn Turkey’s Mediterranean violations

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According to Cyprus News Agency, the Cypriot Defence Minister Savvas Angelides said during the meeting that Turkey's illegal measures in Cyprus’ EEZ in the Mediterranean Sea, violates the sovereign rights of his country and the international law.

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Ultimate Make-Ahead Gravy (With VIDEO)

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Ultimate Make-Ahead Gravy Recipe from MomAdvice.com  Did you know that is possible to make your gravy recipe early and freeze it for the holidays. This gravy hack can be done by using turkey (or chicken) wings for your base. You won’t believe how delicious this recipe! I’m back with another make-ahead recipe for Thanksgiving Day today. This week I am […]
          

Best Skywatching Events in November 2019: Mercury Transit, ‘Demon Star,’ and More

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November skywatching events include a rare Mercury transit and an appearance by Algol. (Photo Credit: NASA / JPL-Caltech)

Autumn is in full swing right now: Leaves are falling off trees, pumpkin-flavored treats are everywhere, and Turkey Day is coming up. The night sky will also be treating us to some amazing […]

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Dine Out This Thanksgiving

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Leave the hassle at home and dig into these yummy Turkey Day meals at local restaurants.
          

Made In America: How the U.S. Government Paid For Turkey's War in Syria

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Matthew Petti

Security, Middle East

Reuters

Critics say the Obama administration did not do enough to fight Bashar al-Assad. But the forces attacking Syrian Kurds are the fruit of an anti-Assad effort.

Mounting evidence shows that Turkey is now using rebel groups paid for by a $1 billion U.S. taxpayer-funded program as its soldiers in a brutal war on the Kurdish-led forces in Syria—which were also armed and trained by America.

U.S. officials are describing these militants as “thugs, bandits, and pirates” as the Turkish-led Islamist forces are currently committing alleged war crimes against civilians and Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in Northeast Syria. Ironically, the United States armed many of these rebels as part of an effort to overthrow Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad. Critics say that there were warning signs along the way year after year. In fact, Turkish-backed fighters recently videotaped themselves using a U.S.-made anti-tank rocket against an SDF vehicle, perhaps itself supplied by the U.S. military.

“If a fighter was in a faction that received weapons from the CIA, and is still fighting today—and that’s a big if—he is most likely in the ranks of the Syrian National Army,” said Foreign Policy Research Institute Fellow Elizabeth Tsurkov, who has extensive contacts with Syrian rebels.

Anti-Russia and anti-Iran hawks believe that the United States could have ended the could have pre-empted the whole mess in Northeast Syria—Turkey, the Kurds, ISIS, and all—by taking out Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad. Now that the window of opportunity has passed, and as President Donald Trump doubles down on ending the “endless war” in Syria, anti-Assad hawks have shifted their attention toward using U.S. power to pressure the Syrian dictator into submission. But first, they have to clean up the image of the Syrian opposition.

The National Interest spoke to more than a dozen former officials, activists, and academics involved in U.S. policy towards Syria. Many were not willing to go on the record, but others were eager to point fingers for the current bloodshed and offer their own plans for the future of U.S. involvement.

Preying on Defeated Groups

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Why Christians Should Embrace Refugees and Not Politicians

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Doug Bandow

Security, Americas

Reuters

Christians should push for a more generous refugee/asylum policy to help respond to attacks on Mideast Christians.

It took President Donald Trump nearly two years to order American troops in Syria home. Or just to move them out of harm’s way, if not yet home. He was right to take that very limited step, despite the hostile tsunami against his decision.

The angry fulminations that characterized his critics—in the main their responses have been more emotional eruptions than considered arguments—well illustrate the need for an American exit from Syria, and elsewhere in the Middle East. Many policymakers appear to believe that America’s purpose is to settle that tragic nation’s brutal, bitter civil war: depose President Bashar al-Assad, promote moderate Islamists, oust Assad’s Iranian allies, constrain Russian influence, deter Turkish involvement, protect Syrian Kurdish forces, and more. Such an effort is not just bizarre hubris but overweening arrogance and sheer delusion, as evidenced by the succession of Middle Eastern geopolitical disasters orchestrated by Washington in recent years.

As if the foregoing list was not long enough, the president’s evangelical backers have added another duty: protect Christians from Turkey and other threats. It is an attractive mission. For years there had been a slow erosion of the Christian population in the faith’s birthplace. The environment is difficult, even hostile, to all religious minorities, and the West offers a hospitable home for those able to emigrate. Although most defenders of Christianity discourage such flight, lest faith disappears from its birthplace, it is impossible to criticize people for seeking a better, safer, and more satisfying life elsewhere.

However, in 2003 Western Christians proved themselves to be perhaps the greatest enemies of Middle Eastern Christianity. The Iraq invasion triggered sectarian strife, which killed hundreds of thousands of people, many of whom were Christians. More than half of the original Christian population fled, some to Kurdistan, others abroad, especially to Jordan, Lebanon, and Syria. This tragedy was reinforced by the rise of ISIS, an outgrowth of Al Qaeda in Iraq, which conquered much of the Nineveh Plains, then home to many religious minorities. No Iraq invasion, no Islamic State.

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Disappeared: Cambodia Interior Ministry blamed for missing Mexican educator Osman Karaca (video) *updated

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A Mexican woman and her friends have taken to social media to try and prevent the forced deportation to Turkey of her husband following his enforced disappearance from the streets of the Cambodia capital, Phnom Penh, earlier this week. In an emotional appeal to the international community, Grace Lalrinmawii Karaca, said eight counterterrorism officers from […]
          

Cutesy Turkey Craft Idea

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Cutesy Turkey Craft Idea Here again with another Cutesy Craft Idea!! I just love this Cutesy Turkey Craft Idea and it’s fun to have him out on display.  I also think that it would be fun to make several and use them as placeholders for a fun table setting, or as gifts for friends and...

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Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Dendias to visit the Russian Federation (Moscow, 6 October 2019)

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Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Dendias is travelling to Moscow, where, tomorrow, 6 November, he will meet with his Russian Federation Counterpart, Sergey Lavrov. The talks are to focus on, among other things, bilateral political and cultural relations and the prospects for further development of economic cooperation. The two Ministers will also discuss a wide range of regional issues, including recent developments in Syria, the Middle East and the Balkans, the situation in Ukraine, the prospects for the resolution of the Cyprus problem, Turkey’s illegal conduct in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Aegean and EU-Russia relations. Finally, they will discuss issues of global interest, including the migration/refugee issue. Statements to the press will follow, at about 11:20 (Greek time).
          

Alternate Minister of Foreign Affairs Miltiadis Varvitsiotis attends Friends of Cohesion Summit (Prague, 5 November 2019)

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A Joint Declaration on maintaining the level of funding for traditional policies, and in particular Cohesion Policy, in the new long-term EU budget was today adopted in Prague by the high-level representatives of the 17 member states participating in the Friends of Cohesion Group. Alternate Minister of Foreign Affairs Miltiadis Varvitsiotis represented the Prime Minister of Greece at the Summit. The Declaration sets out the will of the 17 member states to ensure a strong EU Cohesion Policy and to secure funding for the next programming period. Special emphasis was put on the decisive contribution of the Cohesion Policy to reducing inequalities in the Peripheries, as it has bolstered job creation, infrastructure and competitiveness. In his remarks, the Alternate Minister of Foreign Affairs sent a clear message regarding Greece’s position on the proposed reduction in funding for traditional EU policies. “We are asking Europe to continue to fund policies that change our lives, with infrastructure projects that contribute to growth, so that the poorest regions can converge with the European average,” he stated. Mr. Varvitsiotis noted that the Cohesion Policy and the Common Agricultural Policy initially absorbed about 80% of the EU budget, a percentage that gradually fell to 71% in the context of the current budget. “We believe that the total size of the MFF should come to 1.3% of the GDP of the EU-27, as expressed by the European Parliament, and that spending should be determined according to the spending needs of the EU,” he stressed. Referring to the ten-year crisis suffered by Greece, which saw its GDP fall by 25%, Mr. Varvitsiotis argued that maintaining funding for traditional policies at current levels provides significant “added value” in the lives of citizens. He underscored that the proposed further reduction of the relative share of the budget for both policies in the next MFF will have a negative impact on its effective implementation. “So it is necessary to maintain at least the current level of funding, in real terms, for the cohesion policy and the CAP in order to ensure their effective implementation,” he said on the issue, concluding that “there is a clear need for special provisions for the member states facing serious economic recession. Greece should be exempted from the proposed ceiling of 8% for the increase of cohesion funds in the next MFF.” Finally, at the luncheon following the meeting, Mr. Varvitsiotis once again had the opportunity to highlight the migration issue, stressing that it is not a problem Greece is facing alone, but a problem that concerns the whole Union. Mr. Varvitsiotis noted that Turkey’s exploitation of the migration issue concerns the whole of Europe. “Turkey’s threats to increase migration flows are threats against the whole European Union, and not just against Greece. This is a European problem, not a bilateral problem,” he underscored. Concluding, he said that the Union needs to find ways to return migrants not eligible for asylum to third countries, giving the example of Bangladesh. Specifically, he argued that the European Union is implementing development assistance programmes for various third countries, including Bangladesh, while it should combine these programmes with readmission agreements so that these countries can take back their citizens.
          

Alternate Minister of Foreign Affairs Miltiadis Varvitsiotis meets with Czech Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs for European Affairs Aleš Chmelař (Prague, 4 November 2019)

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Alternate Minister of Foreign Affairs Miltiadis Varvitsiotis met with the Czech Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs for European Affairs, Aleš Chmelař, during his visit to Prague on the occasion os the Friends of Cohesion Summit. During the meeting, they discussed the new European budget, Brexit, the refugee issue and EU enlargement in the Western Balkans. The Czech Deputy Minister underscored that bilateral cooperation on all levels, and mainly the economy, can be bolstered with the new Greek government. Mr. Varvitsiotis stressed that, with the election of the new government, Greece has changed its policy on the migration issue, underscoring clearly and in all directions that “we do not have open borders.” The Greek Alternate Minister of Foreign Affairs stated, among other things, that the Friends of Cohesion Summit will send a message that Cohesion policies cannot be considered obsolete, as the goal of these policies has yet to be achieved. “Cohesion policy makes citizens believe in Europe and changes their daily lives,” he noted, adding that a meeting has been scheduled with the diplomatic representations of the Visegrad countries, which will lead to the development of a fruitful dialogue. Similarly, the Czech Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs stressed that there can be no discrimination between traditional and newer policies in Europe. The meeting ascertained a convergence of views between the two sides on the allocation of funding, as they agreed that funding for Cohesion policies must, at the very least, be maintained at current levels. Regarding the issue of asylum and the Union’s migration policy, Mr. Varvitsiotis argued that it is necessary to increase border guarding and adopt a common European asylum policy, as this problem cannot be allowed to disproportionately burden front-line countries. He also underscored the necessity of the common policy on returns, noting that Turkey is taking advantage of migration flows for its own ends. “We cannot handle the migration issue effectively if we restrict ourselves to Greece and Italy. Europe must be united in order to manage this major problem,” Mr. Varvitsiotis stressed to his interlocutor, asking for proposals for managing the increased migration flows. On the same topic, the Czech Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs argued that “we cannot send the message that Europe is an attractive destination that has structures and mechanisms for hosting migrants. We have to address the countries of origin,” he noted, adding that stricter controls are necessary on the other side of European borders. Despite a difference of opinion on the asylum issue, Mr. Varvitsiotis highlighted that there is ground for the adoption of common policies. There was a discussion of FRONTEX, during which both agreed that FRONTEX can be made more effective, both on land and at sea. Finally, discussing enlargement, Mr. Varvitsiotis stressed that the goal for Greece is the coupled accession of Western Balkan countries to the EU, as Greece will, for the first time, have EU member states on all of its northern borders. There was also a convergence of views on this matter, as the Czech Deputy Minister expressed his favourable view of EU enlargement in the Western Balkans. “The accession process stabilises the region and strengthens the rule of law and institutions in the countries pursuing accession,” Mr. Varvitsiotis stressed. “We want to have good neighbourly relations with these countries, but we must be strict about their meeting the criteria for accession,” he concluded.
          

Cherry Hazelnut Wild Rice Pilaf

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wild rice pilaf with a spoon

This wild rice pilaf is a flavorful side dish that is worthy of a special occasion! Dried fruit and nuts add sweetness crunch to this easy recipe!   I am guilty of sharing only the attention-getting recipes, especially when the holidays are approaching. I like to share things like a big Greek Roasted Turkey, OvenContinue Reading

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Things to Do in Houston This Weekend: Children's Festival, Pioneer Day

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With Veteran's Day quickly approaching, the Mommy Poppins Houston team would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to all of our veterans for serving for our country so that we can continue to live in freedom. Your service and commitment to this country is appreciated greatly. You can pay tribute to our veterans this weekend too by attending one of the awesome Veteran's Day events around our city, like the City of Houston Annual Veteran's Day Celebration and the Veterans Day Tribute at Town Green Park, both happening on Monday.

Now that Halloween has passed and Thanksgiving is on the horizon, it's time to clear out that excess candy in preparation for all of the delicious turkey day leftovers that are sure to be filling your fridge. Instead of tossing it in the trash, we've rounded up several ways you can donate your treats in an extra sweet way. Now is also the time to start solidifying your Thanksgiving plans, and if you're intersted in skipping the typical day spent in the kitchen in favor of dining out, we have a whole list of kid-friendly restaurants open on Thanksgiving. Stuffing yourself silly has never been so easy!

Calendar looking a little light this month? In need of ways to entertain visiting family and friends? We've got you covered! Just check out our Fall Fun and Harvest Guide, event calendar, November GoList for even more family events and activities. 

You can also always submit your own event to our calendar to promote your upcoming event and stay on the up and up with everything happening around Houston when you subscribe to our free weekly newsletter.

That's enough chatting, though; it's time to check out this weekend's events!


          

Where To Go for a Kid-friendly Thanksgiving Dinner: 15 LA Restaurants Open for Thanksgiving

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If your idea of a fun Thanksgiving dinner is enjoying family and friends while someone else cooks, then you'll need a list of kid-friendly Thanksgiving Day restaurants! Because, let's face it: sometimes, an ideal Thanksgiving does not involve hours of shopping, prepping, cooking, and cleaning while the TV is blaring football. So, have your feast and eat it, too, while enjoying conversation with family and friends. You might even have time for some Thanksgiving family activities, since someone else will be cleaning the dishes.


          

Licorice

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Not to be confused with the anise-flavored North American candy, the licorice plant is a tall shrub with blue flowers, primarily cultivated in Greece and Turkey. The licorice herb is a member of the pea family. Its roots contain many therapeutic substances including phytoestrogens, flavonoids and glycyrrhizin.

The glycyrrhizin in licorice root stimulates the adrenal glands to produce certain hormones, increases interferon and reduces inflammation. Licorice can decrease the inflammation of the liver for those suffering with hepatitis. It’s often used to treat patients with chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia and other disorders affected by cortisol imbalances. Licorice is also effective in treating respiratory ailments by relieving sore throat, coughing, mucus buildup and fighting off viruses. Please note that the glycyrrhizin in licorice can raise blood pressure so avoid it if you have heart disease, kidney disease, liver disease, and hypertension or are pregnant. As always, talk with your doctor before taking this or any other herbal remedy.

There is another form of licorice that doesn’t contain glycyrrhizin and has a different medicinal effect on the body. Deglycyrrhizinated or DGL licorice is beneficial for the digestive tract. It improves the body’s production of substances that coat the stomach and esophagus, aiding conditions like heartburn, ulcers and inflammatory bowel disease. It works best when mixed with saliva, so take DGL licorice in chewable wafer form. This form can also help speed up the recovery of cancer sores.

The estrogen-like properties of licorice may be beneficial for menstrual and menopausal complaints, and licorice is currently being investigated for its ability to prevent or combat certain cancers. Topical licorice can be soothing for skin irritations like eczema.


          

Food Diabetes Myths

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3 Diabetes Myths

Having diabetes doesn’t mean you’re relegated to a life of boring food void of taste. You may have to follow stricter guidelines but you can still enjoy a wide array of great tasting nutritious foods.

If you have diabetes it can be a daunting task figuring out what are the best types of foods to eat and which ones to avoid. Then there’s the question of how much to eat and when.

It’s actually easier than you think and once you get the hang of eating a healthy diet you’ll be able to sit back and dig in to some of your favorite foods. Read on to find out how to make healthy food choices and just how easy it is to follow healthy diet.

There are 3 common myths about what you can and cannot eat when living with diabetes:

Myth #1 - You must avoid sugar

The fact is that you can enjoy your favorite sweet treats on occasion. As long as you fit in your favorite desert as part of a healthy diet and exercise program you should be fine.

Myth #2 - High protein diets are best

Again, moderation is the key here. Too much protein can be counterproductive. Studies have found that excess animal protein can cause insulin resistance. The body needs carbohydrates and fat in addition to protein to function properly.

Myth #3 -You cannot eat “normal” food. You have to eat special diabetic food.

Expensive diabetic food offers no additional benefits than normal healthy foods that can be purchased at any supermarket. Good eating principles are the same whether you have diabetes or not.

Following a healthy diet should include the following components:

What to eat:

Foods with a low glycemic index are best. That means they release energy slowly into the body over time providing a steady stream of carbohydrates rather than foods that provide a quick burst of energy followed by a crash. In addition to eating foods with a low glycemic index you should make sure they are filled with potassium, calcium, fiber, magnesium, and vitamin-A.

There is a list of diabetes “super foods” that provide balanced nutrition and a low glycemic score. These foods include beans, dark green vegetables, citrus fruits, sweet potatoes, berries, tomatoes, non-breaded fish, whole grains, nuts, and low fat yogurt/milk. These are just a few of the thousands of great foods you can enjoy.

The American Diabetes Association recommends cutting your plate into three sections:

  -- The largest section should be filled with non-starch vegetables such as spinach, carrots, green beans, broccoli and tomatoes.

  -- The second section should have starch-based foods such as whole grains, brown rice, cooked beans, sweet potatoes, potatoes, and   oatmeal. This section should be smaller than the non-starch vegetable section.

  --The third section should have protein based foods such as chicken, turkey, fish, lean cuts of meat, and eggs. Add a glass of low fat milk or a piece of fruit to top off the meal. For great diabetes check out these great recipes.

 When to eat

Timing is everything. Eating small meals every two to three hours is critical to keep blood sugar levels regulated. Going too long between meals leads to binging and blood sugar fluctuations. Eating 5-6 small meals is a great way to keep blood sugar in check and you’ll lose weight and speed up your metabolism.

How much to eat:

Calories are units of energy that provide nutrition to the body. It is important for people with diabetes to watch what they eat as well as how much.A diet between 1800-2200 calories split into 5-6 balanced meals is what is recommended by diabetes and nutrition experts. Staying within this number is especially important for those who suffer from type 2 diabetes that is caused by poor overall health and obesity. Newly diagnosed type 2 diabetics may be put on a restricted diet of approximately 1600 calories to promote weight loss. After optimal weight loss is achieved they are then put on a maintenance diet that helps keep the weight off.

For more details the American Diabetes Association has a very informative website with dietary guidelines, sample menus and ways to connect with others who have diabetes.


          

A woman used a power washer to transform her driveway into viral works of art

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Dianna Wood used a power washer to transform her driveway by drawing art into the dirt. She posted photos on Facebook, where they went viral. She told Insider she's happy the photos are bringing people joy. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Power washers have something of a cult following, from a popular "Power Washing Porn" subreddit with 825,000 members to YouTube compilations of power washers at work. People love the satisfaction of watching the concentrated streams of water wash away dirt, leaving behind a clean, bright surface. One North Carolina resident's power washer driveway art attracted the attention of not only power washer enthusiasts, but people around the world. Here's how she transformed her driveway into a viral work of street art.Dianna Wood doesn't have any formal art training, but says she's done "crazy art things" since she was about 5 years old. Wood, who lives in Burlington, North Carolina, retired a few years ago. When her husband bought her a power washer for her birthday, she cleaned everything in sight. "There is something so therapeutic about seeing dirty siding, fences, bricks, and cement go from yuck to clean," she wrote on her blog, The Wood's Secret Garden. When she saw how long it would take to fully clean her driveway, she decided to turn it into an art project, instead. Wood took advantage of the driveway's dirty pavement, using the power washer to remove residue with artistic flair. She started creating word art, writing out words like "love," "truth," and "hope" in different fonts. All of Wood's power washer art was completely free hand — no stencils involved. Wood kept experimenting, using the power washer to draw lifelike woodland creatures. She drew an owl, complete with ruffled feathers and alert eyes. She used the tip of the power washer like a paintbrush. "I raise and lower the tip and turn the angle of it (like you would a fan paintbrush or a calligraphy pen or a can of spray paint), in order to achieve different gradations of clean," she told Insider. When she posted pictures of her power washer driveway art on Facebook, they went viral. Her original post has been shared over 165,000 times. "I am not really wired for all this attention," she said. "But I am happy my art seems to be bringing so many people, from all over the world, joy." Read more: This artist recreates iconic paintings and hides them in abandoned locations, and the contrast is stunning 14 breathtaking photos of Turkey's rainbow-colored neighborhoods This French artist transforms famous landmarks into optical illusions
          

Chryso yeni teknolojilerini ARCHİTECT@WORK TURKEY’de tanıttı

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Take the Black Podcast: Let’s get hyped for House of the Dragon!

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Welcome to another exciting episode of Take the Black Podcast with House Razor, the uncooked bag of giblets that Take the Black Live with House Selcke forgot to take out of his Thanksgiving turkey. This week, we explore our feelings about the recently announced Game of Thrones prequel series, House of the Dragon! After we’re done […]

The post Take the Black Podcast: Let’s get hyped for House of the Dragon! appeared first on Winter is Coming.


          

Jimmy Doherty

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Introducing BBKA Patron – Jimmy Doherty   Jimmy Doherty is a natural choice to be the first new Patron of the BBKA in the Twenty-first century. Jimmy has had a keen interest in insects since he was a young boy. With stints working at a wildlife park in his teens and later working as an Entomologist in his Twenties at London’s Natural History Museum, to read for his PhD in Entomology and starting a 140 acre farm, Jimmy has an active interest in food and the outdoors all his life. Bees Jimmy has a great interest in bees and has even travelled to Nepal and spent time with the honey hunters there. He is also President of the Rare Breeds Survival Trust. Farmer ‘Jimmy’s Farm’ in Suffolk is home to all sorts of native livestock including pigs, cattle, sheep, goats and turkeys. He also encourages food provenance and local food supply chains in his onsite restaurant. Combining his ethos of small scale farming; beekeeping; rearing of native breeds and t...

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Turkey Keyman Fuat E

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Wow Find My Dancing Turkey

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G4E Turkey Eggs Rescue

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Wow Thanksgiving Missing Turkey Escape

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Afterschool in the Woods

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Event date: November 21, 2019
Event Time: 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Location:
6201 Parrish Avenue
Hammond, IN 46323
Description:
Nature is amazing and there’s so much to learn! Join us each moth as we discover new nature things together! For kids of all ages!
3rd Tuesday of the month September 19 2019 -March 19 2020 from 4-5 PM (No December program)
Full list of dates and themes:
September 19 Animal on the Move
October 17- Animals Show Offs
November 14- Talkin’ Turkey
(No December program)
January 16- Winter Weather Wonders
February 20- Green in Winter?
March 19- Spring Begins

          

Use of Force Training

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Airmen from the 39th Security forces Squadron conduct and participate in Use of Force Training, Oct. 23, 2019, at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey. Use of Force is the process in which a Security Forces member takes to appropriately counter and match an individual or situation. (U.S. Air Force video by Staff Sgt. Eric Mann)
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Five Items You'll Need for Your Perfect Turkey

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Whether you're into a traditional turkey feast or cooking up something a little more vibrant, we've got some goods to help you toward your perfect turkey. From roasters to basters, there's something for everyone on this list. Continue reading…
          

FRUNdsgiving Fun Run & Dinner November 20th 6pm-8pm UAR North, Troy

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You’ve heard of Friendsgiving? Well, we all know running friends are the best friends so what better way to celebrate the month of thankfulness with a fRUNdsgiving fun run and dinner?!? We”ll provide the turkey, … more »
          

UkrInform: Zelensky, Erdogan in phone call discuss free trade agreement

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U.S. President Volodymyr Zelensky held a phone conversation with President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the president’s press service reported on Wednesday evening. Read more here.

The post UkrInform: Zelensky, Erdogan in phone call discuss free trade agreement appeared first on KyivPost.


          

Ankle Injuries Common During Turkey Day Family Football Fun

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Foot and ankle surgeons warn not to underestimate the seriousness of ankle sprains.   Courtesy of Anant P. Joshi D.P.M Advanced Foot Care   Every Thanksgiving, families across the United States gather to play one of America’s greatest pastimes, touch football. While most of these games end with everyone enjoying their turkey dinner, more than […]
          

CNS' Syria Withdrawal Coverage Becomes A Little Less Pro-Trump

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CNSNews.com's interest in defending President Trump over withdrawing U.S. troops from northern Syria, thereby permitting Turkey to attack the Kurds that once were U.S. allies, has waned as the media in general has lost interest in the story.

On Oct. 21, Patrick Goodenough detailed a backtracking on Trump's withdrawal (though, of course, he didn't call it that): "As U.S. troops are being redeployed from Syria to western Iraq, there were indications at the weekend that President Trump may be prepared to leave a residual force across the border in eastern Syria, in a bid to keep a lid on ISIS and help to ensure that oilfields in the area to not fall into hands of the Iranians, whose forces are in Syria to bolster Bashar Assad’s regime." The same day, James Carstensen touted a German plan to create an "internationally controlled security zone" in Syria.

More stuff came in over the next couple days:

  • Goodenough reported on a "bipartisan Senate bill" seeking to move U.S. military operations out of Turkey .
  • Dimitri Simes reported on a Turkish pact with Russia to attack the Kurds.
  • Goodenough went for the default pro-Trump narrative by highlighting how "The U.S. special envoy for the Syrian conflict pushed back Tuesday on the charge that, had President Trump not pulled back a small number of U.S. troops from northeastern Syria this month, Turkish forces would not have crossed the border to attack Syrian Kurdish fighters."
  • A follow-up story by Goodenough reported how "Russian troops rolled into Kobane in northeastern Syria on Wednesday, on a mission to oversee the withdrawal of Syrian Kurdish fighters and their weapons from the area in line with an agreement reached by the Russian and Turkish presidents a day earlier."
  • Goodenough also repeated an attack line from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that the Obama administration "invited" the Russians to intervene militarily in the Syrian civil war by having "them come in and pretend to be chemical weapons inspectors."

CNS then turned the narrative to the U.S. trying to capture Syrian oil:

Then things flipped back to Goodenough making Turkey the bad guy:

Meanwhile, CNS did publish an op-ed by conservatives Ken Blackwell and david Phillips asserting that "Turkey is practicing genocide again" in northern Syria and that "by allowing ethnic cleansing to remove the Kurds from northern Syria, the U.S. may be seen as an accomplice to Erdogan’s war crimes." But it also published a couple of pieces by managing editor Michael W. Chapman trying to retroactively justify Trump's withdrawal by dismissing the Kurds as terrorists and, perhaps even worse, a bunch of commies.

In the first, on Oct. 23, Chapman ranted:

Although many liberal news outlets and some politicians have described President Donald Trump’s decision to pull U.S. troops out of Syria as a “betrayal” of the Kurds, our allies in fighting against ISIS in the region, it is important to note that the Kurdistan Worker’s Party, or PKK, is a “Marxist-Leninist separatist organization” that was designated as a “Foreign Terrorist Organization” by the U.S. State Department in October 1997.

The next day, Chapman served up a somewhat altered version of the first article that walked back that one a bit:

Although many liberal news outlets have described President Donald Trump’s decision to pull U.S. troops out of Syria as a “betrayal” of the Kurds -- our allies in the fight against ISIS -- the Kurds who make up the People's Protection Units (YPG), are a direct offshoot of the Kurdistan Worker's Party (PKK) in Turkey, which was designated a terrorist organization in 1997.

This does not apply to all the Kurds in Syria but specifically to those in the YPG.

But as actual foreign policy experts point out, the links between the PKK and the YPG are not as clear-cut as Chapman portrays them; the YPG denies direct links with the PKK though there is some overlap and shared goals. Perhaps Chapman can write another article walking back things a bit more.


          

Mild Abandon—week of November 7

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Gang of Turkey's Shows This Bobcat Who's In Charge in The Wild

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US says reports Turkey misused US-supplied weapons in Syria are 'credible'

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The US is investigating whether Turkey violated agreements with Washington about the use of US-provided weapons and equipment, including whether Ankara improperly transferred US-supplied weapons to its proxies in Syria, groups that some US officials say may have committed war crimes as part of the Turkish-led incursion targeting America's Kurdish allies.

          

One of ISIS leader al-Baghdadi's wives has been captured by Turkish forces in Syria - Daily Mail

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  1. One of ISIS leader al-Baghdadi's wives has been captured by Turkish forces in Syria  Daily Mail
  2. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi: Turkey 'detains dead IS leader's wife'  BBC News
  3. Wife of killed Isis leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi captured, says Turkey  The Guardian
  4. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi: Former IS leader's wife captured by Turkish forces  Sky News
  5. One of Baghdadi's wives was secretly captured before ISIS leader 'died like a dog'  Mirror Online
  6. View full coverage on Google News

          

30+ Funny Thanksgiving Riddles That Will Keep You Busy For Hours

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What’s black and white and read all over? This page full of Thanksgiving riddles! From head-scratchers to real groaners, these fun kid-friendly plays on words will keep you busy for hours. OK, at least an hour. Read slowly. 1. What has feathers and a beak but it is dressed? A Thanksgiving turkey 2. Where do […]

The post 30+ Funny Thanksgiving Riddles That Will Keep You Busy For Hours appeared first on Scary Mommy.


          

KWPT Commission Meeting November 14 in Scott City

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KWPT Commission Meeting November 14 in Scott City

PRATT – The final Kansas Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KWPT) Commission meeting for 2019 will be held on November 14 at the William Carpenter 4-H Building in Scott City. The public is invited to the meeting, which begins at 1:30 p.m., recesses at 5 p.m., and reconvenes at 6:30 p.m. for a public hearing. Time will be set aside for public comment on non-agenda items at the beginning of both the afternoon and evening sessions.

The afternoon session will begin with an agency and state status report, followed by general discussion on the following topics: Recovering America’s Wildlife Act update and resolution signing, Little Jerusalem grand opening update, Scott riffle beetle update, duck hunting zone boundaries, and webless migratory bird regulations.

Workshop topics – items that may be voted on at a future commission meeting – will follow, with big game and public land regulations presented. 

Commissioners will then recess by 5 p.m. and reconvene at 6:30 p.m. to vote on the following: electronic licensing, threatened and endangered species regulations, nongame species regulations, fishing regulations, 2020-2021 spring and fall turkey hunting regulations, and state park regulations.

Dates for 2020 Free Park Entrance and Free Fishing Days will also be set by Secretary’s Orders during the Public Hearing portion of the meeting.

If necessary, the Commission will reconvene at 9 a.m. at the same location, November 15, 2019, to complete any unfinished business. Should this occur, time will again be set aside for public comment on non-agenda items.

Information about the Commission, including the November 14, 2019 meeting agenda and briefing book, can be downloaded at ksoutdoors.com/KDWPT-Info/Commission. A live stream of the meeting can be viewed at ksoutdoors.com/KDWPT-Info/Commission/Current-LIVE-Commission-Meeting.

If notified in advance, the Commission will have an interpreter available for the hearing impaired. To request an interpreter, call the Kansas Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing at 1-800-432-0698. Any individual with a disability may request other accommodations by contacting the Commission secretary at (620) 672-5911.

The next KWPT Commission meeting is scheduled for Thursday, January 9, 2020 at the Riverside Community Building in Iola.

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US says reports Turkey misused US-supplied weapons in Syria are 'credible'

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The US is investigating whether Turkey violated agreements with Washington about the use of US-provided weapons and equipment, including whether Ankara improperly transferred US-supplied weapons to its proxies in Syria, groups that some US officials say may have committed war crimes as part of the Turkish-led incursion targeting America's Kurdish allies.

          

US notifies UN of its withdrawal from Paris climate accord

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The United States has formally notified the United Nations of its intention to withdraw from the Paris Agreement. The notification begins a one-year process of exiting the global climate change accord, culminating the day after the 2020 US election. The agreement brought together 188 nations to combat climate change. Announcing the plan last month, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the agreement had imposed an “unfair economic burden” on the United States. The Paris agreement committed the US and 187 other countries to keeping rising global temperatures below 2C above pre-industrial levels and attempting to limit them even more, to a 1.5C rise. The decision to withdraw – taken by President Donald Trump – made the US the world’s sole non-signatory and prompted high-level efforts by the European Union to keep the agreement on track. A report issued in December 2018 by the Institute of International and European Affairs suggested President Trump’s decision to leave had done “very real damage” to the Paris agreement, creating “moral and political cover for others to follow suit”. The report cited the examples of Russia and Turkey, which both declined to ratify the deal despite signing. The US issued its formal notification on the first day it was possible to do so, firing the starting gun on the long process of extricating the country from the 2015 agreement. The withdrawal is still subject to the outcome of next year’s US presidential election – if Mr Trump loses, the winner may decide to change course. But scientists and environmentalists fear the effect the Trump administration will have on climate protections in the meantime. It has conducted what critics have called a seek-and-destroy mission against US environmental legislation. Mr Trump promised to turn the US into an energy superpower, and has attempted to sweep away a raft of pollution legislation to reduce the cost of producing gas, oil, and coal. He characterised former US President Barack Obama’s environmental clean-up plans as a war on American energy. Announcing his decision to withdraw, last year, Mr Trump said: “I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris. I promised I would exit or re-negotiate any deal which fails to serve America’s interests.” But reports suggest the Trump administration made no effort to renegotiate the Paris agreement, waiting instead until the first possible day to exit. The US contributes about 15 per cent of global emissions of carbon, but it is also a significant source of finance and technology for developing countries in their efforts to fight rising temperatures. What was agreed in Paris? Climate change, or global warming, refers to the damaging effect of gases, or emissions, released from industry and agriculture on the atmosphere. The Paris accord is meant to limit the global rise in temperature attributed to emissions. Countries agreed to: Keep global temperatures “well below” the level of 2C (3.6F) above pre-industrial times and “endeavour to limit” them even more, to 1.5C Limit the amount of greenhouse gases emitted by human activity to the same levels that trees, soil and oceans can absorb naturally, beginning at some point between 2050 and 2100 Review each country’s contribution to cutting emissions every five years so they scale up to the challenge Enable rich countries to help poorer nations by providing “climate finance” to adapt to climate change and switch to renewable energy

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The reasons behind seasonal food marketing

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McDonald’s McRib, the famous fast-food “barbecue” sandwich with a cult following, is back for a limited time. This is one of the most popular seasonal items on the American menu along with Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Latte.

Similar endeavors of other fast-food chains include seasonal turkey sandwiches from Subway, Dunkin’s slew of pumpkin-flavored treats, Coca-Cola’s Christmas trucks, and others.

Why are seasonal items all the rage?

Well, limited-time offers tend to affect the psyche. Seasonal food marketing is a strategic way to ensure customers crave items that they cannot get around the year.

Limited-time offers and exclusive products attached to different seasons have a dual impact. Seasonal marketing is all about creating campaigns that align with the latest trends, events, and holidays. Targeting these big occasions, identifying appropriate opportunities, and creating a brand message is an effective way to capitalize on them.

Consumer behavior changes with a changing season, and marketers pay close attention to them. They offer a unique opportunity for brands to create a deep and meaningful connection with their audience.

Holiday items offer consumers of fast-food chains some variety, particularly as they must rely on familiarity all year long. Specialty items are exciting, and even if they come back every year, it helps consumers associate the product with a special occasion.

The science behind seasonal marketing

Seasonal marketing employs basic supply and demand economics. Scarcity increases demand, and limited-time releases build hype and provide customers with unique, seasonal offerings create excitement for the menu along with celebrating each season.

Pumpkin spice and fall now go hand in hand. It smells of autumn and signifies Halloween and Thanksgiving. Starbucks is not only the brand to use the pumpkin spice craze, but it is the leading one.

Across the food brands, we have a plethora of fall delicacies to choose from: pumpkin spice cereal, pumpkin spice lattes, and even pumpkin-flavored craft beer. In a few short weeks, the seasonal marketing flavors will change into yule log, peppermint, and gingerbread.

Seasonal marketing and trends

In the age of social media, trends are highlighted and have even more impact than before. Pumpkin spice is now an established fall marketing flavor. Changing demographics and swift social change may have this flavor evolve further.

Relying on analytical data is imperative here. The ebb and flow of trends will inform future decisions. Marketers today use predictive analyses to understand their audience better and see where trends are going.


          

Erdogan to meet Trump in Washington next week as tensions flare

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Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will travel to the United States next week to meet US President Donald Trump, the Turkish presidency said Wednesday, amid heightened tensions between the two countries.

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Erdogan: Turkey arrested slain ISIS leader Baghdadi’s wife, other relatives

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Turkey's president on Wednesday announced the country's forces had captured multiple relatives of slain ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, including one of the terrorist's wives -- but he also used the occasion to needle the United States for making 'a fuss' about the mission that resulted in the most-wanted militant's death.

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No Senate action on Turkey sanctions during Erdogan’s U.S. visit

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"I don't think it's a good idea to have a hearing on that bill while [Erdogan] is here," Sen. Jim Risch says.
          

Senators urge Pompeo to impose sanctions if Turkey violates ceasefire

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“Given the stakes, time is of the essence," the senators say.
          

Explorer's Club at Canyon Hills

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Event date: November 21, 2019
Event Time: 03:00 PM - 04:30 PM
Location:
400 Scout Trail
Anaheim, CA 92807
Description:
Join the Explorer's Club to learn about TURKEYS with a fact discussion, jokes, snacks, and a themed-craft! Ages 6-9.
          

Craftsgiving at Ponderosa

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Event date: November 21, 2019
Event Time: 05:30 PM - 07:00 PM
Location:
240 E Orangewood Avenue
Anaheim, CA 92802
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If you think your turkey is going to be tasty, come to this program! It will be craftilicious! All ages are welcome.
          

SLOWE COOKING: Side dishes play essential role in holiday meals

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It’s time to start thinking of side dishes for holiday meals. Sweet potatoes always come to mind because they are a very compatible side dish for a turkey or ham dinner. There are many ways to prepare them.One of the easiest is to roast them in the oven. The recipe below describes roasting the potatoes, then seasoning them with a butter/honey/ hot sauce preparation. Not one for liking hot sauce as much as some, I’d carefully add the hot sauce, a little at a time, and [...]
          

Turkey's Erdogan to meet Trump in Washington next week

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Erdogan's planned trip to Washington had been put into doubt following votes in the U.S. House of Representatives aiming to sanction Turkey and to recognize the mass killings of Armenians a century ago as genocide.
          

Warner, Collins express concerns about escape of ISIS detainees in Syria

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ISIS terrorists in Syria escaped from detention facilities that had been run by America’s Kurdish partners in the Syrian Defense Forces following the withdrawal of U.S. troops and subsequent incursion by Turkey.

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The Empire Strikes: St. Augustine City Commission, developers want to appoint mayor. (My column in November 5, 2019 Folio Weekly)

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Here's my latest column in Folio Weekly, just in time to mark the 20th anniversary of our moving to St. Augustine on November 5, 1999.  

Contributions gratefully accepted to support my zealous advocacy and investigative reporting in St. Augustine.  

www.gofundme.com/edslavin

Please share with friends and family.  

Thank you!

With kindest regards, I am, 

Sincerely yours,

Ed Slavin
Box 3084
St. Augustine, Florida 32085-3084
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The Empire Strikes

St. Augustine City Commission, developers want to appoint mayor

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“We must especially beware of that small group of selfish men who would clip the wings of the American eagle in order to feather their own nests.” So said Franklin Roosevelt in his 1941 “Four Freedoms” speech.
At its Oct. 28 meeting, the St. Augustine City Commission aired a proposal to amend the City Charter to allow mayor and vice-mayor to be appointed by city commissioners instead of the voting public. That’s right. St. Augustine’s burghers want to rig the rules against us citizens. First they wanted to allow nonresident business owners to vote (which is illegal). Now they want an end to elected mayors. The Establishment doesn’t want to see another reformer like Nancy Shaver in office.
In response, I’ve asked the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division to investigate. Since the 1980s, St. Augustine citizens have voted twice to elect their mayors. There’s no need to insult voters by asking the question a third time.
St. Augustine residents first elected their mayor in 1812 under the landmark Spanish Constitution.  That soon ended, and commissioners took appointed turns as mayor in the bad ol’ days, when Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. called St. Augustine “the most lawless city in America.” Long trains of abuses by successive city managers include dumping a landfill in a lake, polluting our saltwater marsh, seeking to develop buildings on top of old garbage dumps, racist annexations diluting minority voting strength; First Amendment violations harassing artists, musicians and journalists—all dutifully reported for decades in Folio Weekly.
Then, after four (white, male) city commissioners deposed Ramelle Petroglu, St. Augustine’s first woman mayor, in 1985, residents voted—twice—to amend the City Charter to protect their right to vote for mayor. During 2014-2018, residents thrice elected a reform mayor, Nancy Shaver, who served with honor for 1550 days. She asked questions, demanded answers and expected democracy in St. Augustine. The New York Times reported in 2017 how she was the object of a “money bomb” from Sheriff David Shoar. After suffering a stroke in February, Shaver resigned and was replaced by Tracy Upchurch, ad interim.
Now opponents of reform (and democracy) want “their” town back. They’d like to curtail residents’ constitutional right to vote for mayor, lest they elect the wrong woman again. They want the mayor to be a “team player.” A “team player” in government and business parlance means one who willingly keeps wrongdoing secret.
Mayor Upchurch pushed back against the proposal, observing that the elected mayor’s position is a check and balance on the St. Augustine City Manager. Commissioner Nancy Sikes-Kline agreed.
Who wants to “rotate” awkward commissioners into the mayor’s seat? Enter Vice Mayor Leanna Freeman, an 11-year commissioner who has never run for mayor, but wants it on her resume. Freeman often blocked Nancy Shaver, even challenging her over a bathroom break and a 450th-commemoration forensic compliance audit. In short, a real team player.
What’s next? Commissioners must hold two public hearings before putting this turkey on a March 2020 primary ballot. If passed, there would be no more elected mayors in St. Augustine, only rotating figureheads. If this sounds like a bad idea to you, speak out 5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12 and Monday, Dec. 9. The swing vote is Commissioner Roxanne Horvath, an architect who initially seconded Mayor Upchurch motion to “table” the idea and to “send it into outer space forever.”
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Slavin is a veteran watchdog and editor of the Clean Up City of St. Augustine blog.




          

Pouty Public Works Director DEMOTED BY City of St. Augustine (SAR)

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No matter how City Manager JOHN PATRICK REGAN tries to spin it, he's just demoted his old friend, MICHAEL G. CULLUM, P.E.

CULLUM is the man who on January 31, 2019 asked me to "step outside" when I publicly questioned the purchase of 91-93 Coquina Avenue, a/k/a "FREEMAN's FOLLY," a putative flood control expenditure about which he lied to Mayor Nancy Shaver and Commissioners.

CULLUM never apologized.

City Manager JOHN PATRICK REGAN, P.E. then had the effrontery to tell me that I needed to "reset my relationship" with CULLUM.

Looks like REGAN's  the one who has "reset [his] relationship" with CULLUM, removing him from a Director's chair.

CULLUM, REGAN and FREEMAN all recently skated on state ethics charges. 

CULLUM's response, printed in the St. Augustine Record on October 31, 2019, was to retaliate by publicly disparaging the complainant, Susan W. Rathbone, for filing a "frivolous" complaint.  I asked the City to produce any documents supporting his view.  None were produced.  

CULLUM's pay has been reduced be nearly $25,000 annually.

His new title is "Chief Resiliency Officer."

Perhaps it will come with a "charisma bypass," ethics classes and customer service training.  

CULLUM has two engineering degrees from UF.  Only about 5% of U.S. engineers have Master's degrees.

CULLUM has ability, but lacks ethics and candor.

He also seems to lack social skills -- not an uncommon trait among engineers, in my experience.  

Footnote: When I was in Houston, appearing before a USDOL Administrative Law Judge, trying the first environmental whistleblower case  ever tried against that NASA Johnson Space Center, learned Martin Marietta lawyers tried to portray the problem as my engineer client's alleged lack of social graces, rather than Martin Marietta's retaliation for whistleblowing about  a too-high touch temperatures on a devilishly clever but potentially dangerous biomedical engineering device used in the Space Shuttle for drying astronaut blood samples.

So I questioned my client's supervisor, an engineer who has immigrated from Turkey, whose four-syllable Turkish surname the ethnocentric, hopelessly provincial Baker & Botts defense lawyer refused to try to pronounce.  

I pronounced the supervisor's name correctly, first time, every time, repeatedly, and built a rapport. 

Then I got his candid one-word admission about the reputation of engineers for social skills.

I said, "Dr. Yalcinkaya, from your earliest days in engineering school in Turkey until your studies in America until now, have you ever heard a term used to describe engineers?"

He did not even answer "yes" or "no."

Instead, he said firmly, quickly and without any sign of  hesitation,"Nerds!"

I thanked Dr. Yalcinkaya profusely.  I had no further questions and I sat down.











City puts focus on resiliency

Former St. Augustine Public Works Director Mike Cullum has been named the city’s chief resiliency officer. He’ll oversee special projects related to sea level rise and flooding. The city’s former Mobility Program Manager Reuben Franklin Jr. is now the city’s public works director. [PETER WILLOTT/THE RECORD]

By Sheldon Gardner
Posted Nov 4, 2019 at 5:19 PM
St. Augustine Record

The city of St. Augustine has shifted a few key leadership roles, including creating a chief resiliency officer to focus on sea level rise and flooding issues.

Mike Cullum, who had been the public works director, is now the chief resiliency officer.

The problems associated with sea level rise and flooding have gotten more attention from government officials at the state level, with Julia Nesheiwat becoming the state’s first chief resilience officer.

The city of St. Augustine also has been investing resources in strengthening infrastructure against flooding and planning for sea level rise.

City Manager John Regan said he realized within the past couple of months that the city needed to create a different position to focus on the issue.

“It really needed its own independent person in charge of it,” he said.

Cullum, who will report to Regan, will lead major efforts on flood reduction, such as flood improvements focused on Lake Maria Sanchez and at 91 and 93 Coquina Avenue.

“Also, he’s working on long-term legislative strategies to create funding for bigger solutions to sea level rise though Congress and the state of Florida,” Regan said.

Cullum said that he’ll work with city departments to make projects more resistant to flooding.


Cullum worked for the St. Johns River Water Management District for more than 20 years and at one point was the lead technical person on sea level rise for the district, he said.

He became public works director in 2018.

Mayor Tracy Upchurch said he thinks creating the role is a positive step and will give the city a point person to work on these issues.

“It illustrates how seriously the city takes this,” he said.

Upchurch recently attended a summit of Florida mayors in Washington, D.C., hosted by the American Flood Coalition, an event that focused on sea level rise.

Alec Bogdanoff, Florida resilience manager for the American Flood Coalition, named some other local governments that have a resiliency officer or something similar, such as Miami and Palm Beach County.

“The reality is that sea level rise is something that touches across many departments in municipalities, so identifying a chief resiliency officer allows them to have a point person who coordinates across all facets of the city,” Bogdanoff said.


The department changes have also meant salary changes, though there’s been no overall budget increase for the city, Regan said.

Culllum’s pay has been reduced from $112,250 to $87,500 a year along with the role change, said Donna Hayes, the city’s human resources manager.

Reuben Franklin Jr., the former mobility program manager, is the new public works director.

Over the past couple of years, Franklin has set up a work plan that can be spread among engineers in public works, and the city doesn’t plan to hire another mobility manager, Regan said.

“The past two years Reuben has done a really good job of getting organized,” Regan said.

Franklin said mobility will still be a major focus for the city. One of the top projects underway is a redesign of King Street.

Franklin’s salary is increasing from $91,559 to $95,000.


The city is also splitting off its utility work from Public Works and creating a Utility Department. Public Works will cover street and ground maintenance, and mobility and parking operations, according to the city.

Todd Grant, former deputy public works director, is now the Utility Department director. His salary is increasing from $86,284 to $95,000.

The city plans to create an engineering manager position that can be filled from within existing ranks instead of having a deputy public works director.

“Every so often you have to adjust the organization hierarchy (to support what you’re doing),” Regan said.



          

DEMOCRACY UNDER SIEGE: The urgency of preserving and protecting voting rights in St. Augustine, Florida

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Who should pick St. Augustine's Mayor? 
You? 
Or them?


Some St. Augustine Commissioners, developers, want to divest you of your vested voting rights to vote for Mayor.

St. Augustine burghers demand to rig the rules against citizens. First they wanted to allow nonresident business owners to vote (illegal). Now they want an end to electing Mayors. The Establishment demands to prevent St. Augustine from ever again electing a reformer quite like Nancy Shaver, ending the threat to the livelihood of those who look to government as a cash register, or "an annex to their own affairs," as FDR put it.  

In response, I've asked USDOJ Civil Rights Division to investigate St. Augustine City Commission's October 28 move toward eliminating cherished rights to vote for Mayor, 

Beware "a small group of selfish [people] who would clip the wings of the American eagle in order to feather their own nests." So said Franklin Roosevelt in his "Four Freedoms" speech in 1941. 


In a democracy, one needs damn good reason to wall off voting, or any of our system's "checks and balances." 

"Good fences make good neighbors," as Robert Frost put it:  
"Before I built a wall I'd ask to know
What I was walling in or walling out."


There is NO principled reason for walling out vested rights to vote for St. Augustine Mayor,

As Mayor, Nancy Shaver served as the accessible conscience of our community, presiding at meetings, representing the City, and serving as a "bulwark against oppression," as Justice Wiliam Rehnquist said about jury trials. 

Since the 1980s, St. Augustine voters voted, twice, to elect our Mayors.  There's no need to insult or second-guess voters with a third ballot.  

St. Augustine residents first elected their Mayor in 1812 under the landmark Spanish Constitution.  Voting rights for Mayor were later deleted  and Commissioners rotated as Mayor by vote of Commissioners in the bad 'ole days, when Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. called St. Augustine :the most lawless city in America in 1964.   Long trains of abuses by successive City Managers include dumping a landfill in a lake, polluting our saltwater marsh, seeking to develop buildings on top of old garbage dumps, racist annexations diluting minority voting strength; First Amendment violations harassing artists, musicians and journalists -- all dutifully reported for decades in Folio.

Lessons learned: After four (white, male) Commissioners deposed Ramelle Petroglu, the City's first woman mayor, in 1985, residents voted -- twice -- to amend their Charter to protect their right to vote for Mayor.  During 2014-2018, residents thrice elected a reform Mayor Nancy Shaver, who served with honor for 1550 days. She asked questions, demanded answers and expected democracy in St. Augustine.  The New York Times reported in 2017 how she was the object of a "money bomb"  from Sheriff David Shoar. 

She had a stroke, resigned and was replaced by former Mayor Tracy Upchurch, ad interim. 

"We get to overthrow our government every two years," as the character "Josh Liman" said on The West Wing.  Who could be against that?   Opponents of reform want "their" town back.  They'd like to residents' constitutional right to vote for Mayor, without ever doing any constitutional law research.  They have two hollow arguments, data-free, solving non-existent problems:

  • "Confusion": some of you are "confused" that we have a "strong Mayor," when we have a "strong City Manager" form of government.
  • Only "team players" will be Mayor, thereby ending "turbulence" (read: "Democracy.")

"Team player" is NO qualification to be Mayor.  A "team player" in government and business parlance means one who willingly keeps wrongdoing secret.  When Pentagon cost analyst A. Ernest Fitzgerald in retaliation for his truthful Congressional testimony -- candid answers about C-5A cargo aircraft cost overruns -- President Richard Milhous Nixon gave tape-recorded orders to fire him, stating he was not a "team player."  Case law is replete with examples of "team players" in coverups of crimes.  We want honest representation, not an oath of omertà.  https://cleanupcityofstaugustine.blogspot.com/2019/10/city-of-st-augustine-establishment.html

I agree with Mayor Upchurch: the elected mayor's position is a check and balance on the City Manager. Commissioner Nancy Sikes-Kline agrees  . 

  • Any "confusion" is de micromis.  Checks and balances on the power of the City Manager are provided by an elected Mayor, our chosen leader. 
  •  There is a long list of cities with strong city manager form of governments AND elected mayors.  

Who wants to "rotate" Commissioners into the Mayor's job, like the old "Queen for a Day" tv show (as in deeply-dysfunctional St. Augustine Beach)?  

  • An eleven-year Commissioner who never ran for Mayor, but wants it on her resume.  Vice Mayor Leanna Sophia Amaru Freeman, local divorce lawyer, had ethics charges dismissed last month in Tallahassee, with NO testimony at a one minute and 16 second Florida Ethics Commission hearing that cleared her of ethics charges of conflict of interest for not recusing herself from voting on a dubious land purchase.   (Freeman bragged on Facebook she would increase neighboring Davis Shores property values, including her own.  Citing dozens of academic articles, de hors the record, the Florida Ethics Commission developed no actual appraisal or testimony, relying on "warm fuzzies" from City officials.  Freeman and the "Gang of Four often blocked Nancy Shaver, even on a bathroom break and a 450th commemoration forensic compliance audit.  Freeman's a close ally of former Mayors LEN WEEKS and JOE. BOLES, who have a long-term no-bid lease on 81 St. George Street City property at 1/5 market rent (Folio, August 2014, http://folioweekly.com/THE-BLOGGER-THE-LEASE-AND-THE-ST-AUGUSTINE-MAYORS-RACE,10719)
  • Steve Cottrell, St. Augustine Record columnist, reclusive former unelected mayor of Nevada City, California (pop. 3068), who's demanded since 2015 we stop electing Mayors here. 
  • Developers and campaign contributors, who support Commissioner JOHN OTHA VALDES, a third generation Florida contractor/ developer who describes himself as a "fixer -- I fix things," https://cleanupcityofstaugustine.blogspot.com/2018/07/the-fixer-john-otha-valdes-makes.html, who moved to St. Augustine from Saudi Arabia after selling his company to Saudi and British partners, who --
  • claimed 100% homestead property tax exemption while renting his garage apartment on AirBnB as "oceanfront" property in Lincolnville. 
  • was fined only $224 by Code Enforcement Board after an illegal demolition after being denied a permit, saying "I can make it fall down.: 
  • testified in support of controversial zoning favors as a candidate.
Commissioners ignored repeated requests to create the City's first-ever Charter Review Commission (recommended by City consultant, Gulf Coast State University Prof. Robert E. Lee, Ph.D., a former city manager who in 2015 recommended one, after Commissioners imported him to lecture them about becoming "team players"). 

No response to my suggestions to allow votes on charter amendments creating an Ombudsman, Inspector General, ethics commission, lobbying disclosures or other improvements that will preserve, protect and enhance liberty.  Why wonder why?

What's next?

Commissioners must hold two (2) public hearings before  putting this turkey on a March 2020 primary ballot. If passed, there would be no more elected Mayors, only rotating figureheads.  

Speak out Tuesday, November 12, 2019 and Monday, December 9, 2019 at 5 pm.  The swing vote is Commissioner Roxanne Horvath, an architect, who initially seconded Mayor Upchurch motion to "table" the idea and to "send it into outer space forever."  (She wants more discussion.)






          

11/08/2019 - Turkey Dinner St. Thomas' Episcopal Church

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Turkey dinner with all the fixings, mixed green salad Pumpkin, apple, and chocolate desserts Coffee and beverages included
          

Foster Farms donates Thanksgiving turkey to feed 100,000 facing food insecurity

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The company calls on others to join them in supporting West Coast food banks in the fight against hunger.
          

Story Hour

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Event date: November 21, 2019
Event Time: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Location:
313 N Paseo de Oñate
Espanola, NM 87532
Description:
Join Tammy for Story Hour she will be reading
"The Berenstain Bears and the Prize Pumpkin"
then stick around for a fun 3D Turkey Craft. for more information please call.
          

Guterres in Turkey: UN to study ‘new settlement areas’ plan for Syrian refugees

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday presented UN Secretary-General António Guterres with a plan for resettling hundreds-of-thousands of Syrian refugees, in the wake of the country’s offensive into northeastern Syria last month to remove Kurdish forces, aimed at creating a so-called “safe zone” along the border for returnees. 
          

Erdogan: Al-Baghdadi’s inner circle trying to enter Turkey

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ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey’s president says members of slain Islamic State group leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s “inner circle” are trying to enter Turkey from Syria. Recep Tayyip Erdogan also says the number of people with family ties to al-Baghdadi who’ve been caught by Turkey “is close to reaching double digits.” Erdogan’s comments Thursday were […]
          

It's impossible to beat Isis with Erdoğan in power

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Turkey's authoritarian president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, is in Washington to participate in a conference regarding strategies to defeat the Islamic State militant group (ISIS). That's like inviting Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei to a conference about fighting anti-Semitism.
          

Turkey Lurkey: Session A

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Event date: November 21, 2019
Event Time: 09:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Location:
2800 Grays Road
Prince Frederick, MD 20678
Description:
Come and learn all about the amazing turkey! We will have games, a hike, and a craft to help us explore nature the way turkeys do. Naturalist in Charge: Lindsay Hollister.
          

Turkey Lurkey: Session B

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Event date: November 21, 2019
Event Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location:
2800 Grays Road
Prince Frederick, MD 20678
Description:
Come and learn all about the amazing turkey! We will have games, a hike, and a craft to help us explore nature the way turkeys do. Naturalist in Charge: Lindsay Hollister.
          

3 Easy Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes

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Thanksgiving is synonymous with turkey and stuffing. So, what do you do when you are a vegan and the turkey… The post 3 Easy Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes appeared first on Organic Facts. Source: Organic Facts
          

Anex Tour представит на «Интурмаркет-2020» коллекцию стран и отелей

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Anex Tour представит на «Интурмаркет-2020» коллекцию стран и отелей

Туроператор Anex Tour примет участие в работе выставки «Интурмаркет — 2020», где представит страны и отели, которые предлагают российским туристам в рамках своих программ.

 

 

»Мы хотим презентовать на выставке все направления, по которым работаем. Больше всего будет представлено отелей Турции, а также Испания, Таиланд, Доминиканская Республика и другие страны, — говорит генеральный директор головной компании Anex Tour в Турции Вурал Карасу. — Мы выбираем «Интурмаркет», так как считаем, что именно здесь вы можете почувствовать пульс российского рынка, одного из самых быстрорастущих в мире».

XV международная туристическая выставка «Интурмаркете-2020» состоится 12–14 марта 2020 года в Москве на новой площадке — в ЦВК «Экспоцентр».

До встречи на «Интурмаркет»!

 

Материал подготовлен редакцией www.trn-news.ru


          

Китай вошел в число самых популярных направлений на новогодние праздники у россиян

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Хайнань вошел в число самых востребованных направлений у россиян

По данным туроператора TEZ TOUR, остров Хайнань вошел в число самых востребованных направлений у российских туристов на предстоящие новогодние даты. Количество заявок на туры в южную провинцию Китая у клиентов туроператора на зимние праздники даты уже превысило аналогические показатели прошлого года на 143%. Возросшая популярность направления, по мнению специалистов TEZ TOUR, объясняется увеличением числа прямых рейсов из Москвы и крупнейших региональных городов России, активной безвизовой политикой региона, а также климатическими особенностями китайской провинции, позволяющими отдыхать на курортах острова круглый год.

 

 

Также в рейтинг популярных направлений на зимние праздничные даты, согласно данным туроператора, вошли Объединенные Арабские Эмираты, Турция, Таиланд, Египет, Испания, Австрия, Италия и Андорра.

При этом, самым доступным направлениями на период новогодних дат стала Турция. Стоимость туров в Турцию у туроператора TEZ TOUR на период новогодних праздников с авиаперелетом, размещением в отеле 3* на 6 ночей и питанием «завтраки» начинается от 18 400 рублей на человека.

Стоимость аналогичного тура в Китай (Хайнань) на новогодние даты с авиаперелетом в Санью, по данным TEZ TOUR, начинается от 29 300 рублей за тур в ОАЭ — от 38 000 рублей, в Таиланд — от 55 000 рублей на человека. Пляжный отдых в Египте с авиаперелетом в а/п г. Каир и размещением в отеле 4* на 6 ночей обойдется от 32 500 рублей. В число наиболее доступных направлений для горнолыжного отдыха вошли Болгария, Австрия и Андорра. Так стоимость туров на горнолыжные курорты Болгарии на предстоящие новогодние даты с авиаперелетом и размещением в отеле 4* начинается от 28 000 рублей, Австрии — от 34 200 рублей, Андорры — от 36 000 рублей.

Для экскурсионного отдыха самым доступным направлением стала Италия. Недельный тур с перелетом в а/п Римини и проживанием в отеле 3* на базе «завтраков» начинается от 20 100 рублей.

 

Материал подготовлен редакцией www.trn-news.ru


          

DIY Turkey Spinner Craft: A Thankfulness Activity for Kids

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DIY Turkey Spinner Craft: A Thankfulness Activity for Kids

If you’re looking for a DIY Turkey Spinner Craft for holiday fun, you’re not going to want to miss this. Not only does this work on your child’s fine motor skills but it also helps them write out all the things that they’re thinking for as well. Read on to see how easy it is to make this simple Thanksgiving holiday craft. This is the perfect Thankfulness Activity for kids!

Simple Thanksgiving Holiday Craft

 Sitting around as a family and creating holiday crafts is always a lot of fun.

Continue reading DIY Turkey Spinner Craft: A Thankfulness Activity for Kids at ConservaMom.


          

Turkey ‘captures wife of dead IS leader Baghdadi’

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan made the claim during a speech in Ankara.
          

Ironman 70.3 Turkey yarışları başladı 

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 ANTALYA'nın Serik ilçesinde düzenlenen Ironman 70.3 Turkey yarışları başladı.
          

Erdogan: Turkey captured slain IS leader al-Baghdadi's wife

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ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey has captured a wife of the slain leader of the Islamic State group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Wednesday.

Erdogan made the announcement while delivering a speech in the capital of Ankara but gave no other details. He did not say when or how the woman was captured or identify her by name.

A senior Turkish official, however, said the woman was among a group of 11 Islamic State suspects detained in a police operation in Turkey's Hatay province, near the border with Syria, on June 2, 2018.

The official identified her as Asma Fawzi Muhammad al-Qubaysi and said she was al Baghdadi's first wife. A subsequent DNA test confirmed that another suspect who identified herself as Leila Jabeer, was al Baghdadi's daughter, the official said, adding that the IS leader's DNA sample was supplied by the Iraqi government.

The detainees were being held at a deportation center in Turkey, the official said. He provided the information on condition of anonymity in line with government protocol.

According to the official, al Baghdadi's wife "volunteered a lot of information about Baghdadi and inner workings" of the IS. The information obtained led to a series of arrests elsewhere, he said.

Al-Baghdadi was known to have four wives, the maximum number he can have at one time under Islamic law.

"We caught his wife, but we didn't make a fuss about it. I am announcing this today for the first time," Erdogan said, while criticizing the United States for leading a "communications campaign" about Baghdadi's slaying.

The IS leader blew himself up during an Oct. 26 raid by U.S. special forces on his heavily fortified safe house in the Syrian province of Idlib.

Erdogan's announcement came just days after Turkish forces captured...


          

Turkish President Erdogan says Turkey has captured a wife of Islamic State group's slain leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

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ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish President Erdogan says Turkey has captured a wife of Islamic State group's slain leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.


          

The Best Turkey Gravy You Have Tasted!

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This Turkey Gravy recipe uses a super easy, pre-cooked gravy broth along with deliciously browned turkey drippings to make the best homemade gravy you have ever tasted!
          

Cranberry Relish: Great on Turkey!

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Cranberry relish is a sweet, tart, citrus relish that can be used in so many ways! Use it in place of cranberry sauce for the holidays, on top of pancake for breakfast, baked brie for an appie, or even ice cream for dessert. This versatile side dish is great to have in your freezer!
          

#Turkish company loses #UDRP for Pepee.com

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 DomainGang.com: A Turkish company filed a UDRP against the domain Pepee.com. The domain was registered several years before the Complainant’s trademark registration. Pepee is a diminutive name for Jose, Joseph, or Giuseppe. The Complainant is Düş Yeri Bilişim Teknoloji ve Animasyon Anonim Şirketi, Turkey, and the Respondent was represented by ...
          

Crafty Kids at the Children's Branch Library

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Event date: November 21, 2019
Event Time: 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Location:
200 West Aztec Avenue
Gallup, NM 87301
Description:
Family-friendly crafts for all skill levels.
This Week's Craft: Pinecone Turkeys
          

Press report from Turkey: Releases in the shade of firings, detentions and hearings

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ISTANBUL – Targets of rights violations, media workers experienced heavy repression once again along with Turkey’s military operation against north-eastern Syria. Many journalists were fired, detained, arrested, and sentenced to jail and fines. The prominent development in October 2019 was the releases of nine imprisoned journalists. Reported by Hasan Özhan ...

Press report from Turkey: Releases in the shade of firings, detentions and hearings yazısı ilk önce Gazete Karınca üzerinde ortaya çıktı.


          

Turkey captures Baghdadi’s wife and sister

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According to various Turkish news media, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that the late ISIS leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s wife and sister have been captured in Syria. However, it is not clear which of his wives was arrested because Baghdadi had many wives. His sister that was captured has been identified as Rasmiya Awad. […]
          

Pringles unveils turducken-flavored chips for an even crispier #Thanksgiving feast

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Put down the turkey baster. Empty your cabinets of cranberry sauce. While you're at it, just forgo cooking entirely and stuff your cornucopia full of chips. Pringles has unveiled a seasonal ...
          

Pringles unveils turducken-flavored chips

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Pringles has unveiled a seasonal food-flavored chip feast, and it's poised to replace the whole Thanksgiving spread. (CNN) - Put down the turkey baster. Empty your cabinets of cranberry sauce. While ...
          

Turducken Pringles will go on #Sale tomorrow

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For others, a crime against Thanksgiving dinner. For most people, it's a cooked chicken, stuffed inside a duck, which is itself stuffed in a turkey. And now it's a Pringles flavor. That's right, you ...
          

Pringles coming out with ‘#Thanksgiving’ flavored chips

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(CNN)– You don’t have to spend hours basting a turkey to get the taste of Thanksgiving. Pringles is releasing a turkey-flavored version of its popular chip. It’s part of what it’s calling the ...
          

Pringles unveils turducken-flavored chips for #Thanksgiving

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Put down the turkey baster. Empty your cabinets of cranberry sauce. While you’re at it, just forgo cooking entirely and stuff your cornucopia full of chips. Pringles has unveiled a seasonal ...
          

【聖誕節2019】10+高CP值聖誕大餐推介 酒店、餐廳應有盡有

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一年一度聖誕節,又是藉口讓大家瘋狂吃聖誕大餐的時候,如果嫌聖誕自助餐沒新意,不妨考慮套餐式的聖誕大餐,編輯精挑細選以下10多間聖誕大餐,CP值高之餘,各國料理同時應有盡有。 聖誕大餐推介:香港嘉里酒店紅糖中菜聖誕大餐中國菜的聖誕大餐大家有沒有試過?為了慶祝佳節,香港嘉里酒店紅糖的中菜行政總廚余偉經師傳呈獻一系列節日菜式,讓您與摯愛親朋一同享用。紅糖八道菜冬至套餐會於12月22、24及25日推出,並主打八道菜式,包括蟹肉桃膠燴燕窩、花膠鮑魚扒時蔬等。價錢:12月22、24及25日:$3688/4位起地址:香港紅磡嘉里酒店7樓 聖誕大餐推介:Chaiwala新派印度聖誕大餐Chaiwala推出聖誕嚐味餐單,為聖誕佳節更添喜悅,帶來一個充滿異國風情的聖誕夜。主打多款新派印度菜式,包括洋蔥香汁烤帶子Bhunma Roast Scallops和伴上清涼Jal jeera醬及各式餡料的印度小脆餅Hare Moon Pani Batasha,散發濃郁印度香料香氣;主菜選擇中的炭烤牛肋骨Tandoori Beef Ribs以地道泥窟香料腌製,放於印度傳統泥窟爐炭烤,十分惹味;至於欲一嚐南印風味的客人,可品嚐以多種南印香料炮製的炭燒龍蝦Lobster Nerulli;而伴以入饌的選擇則有混入藏紅花的巴斯馬蒂香米Dum Kersari Pulao,以及黑加侖子印度烤餅,最後更有沾上印式煉奶的甜點Baked Jamun及荔枝杏仁布甸Litchi Ki Tehri為聖誕畫上完美句號。價錢:12月24及25日:$580/位地址:中環雲咸街43-55號地庫 聖誕大餐推介:Pirata意式地道聖誕大餐作為與摯愛家人聚會熱點的Pirata,為聖誕佳節精心設計五道菜的聖誕嚐味餐單,帶給大家一個意式地道聖誕。餐單以多款適合一家大小分享的前菜打頭陣,包括Pirata招牌菜式水牛芝士伴蕃茄Burrata With Tomatoes、吞拿魚小牛肉Vitello Tonnato及經典肉丸My Mama’s Meatballs;主菜選擇則有多汁軟嫩的牛腹扒The Butcher’s Cut以及黑松露闊扁麪Tagliatelle with Black Truffle,而讓人無比期待的甜品則是備受喜愛的自家製Tiramisu,醇厚香濃而不甜膩,為豐盛大餐完美作結。價錢:12月24及25日:6pm-730pm:$520/位830pm後:$680/位地址:灣仔軒尼詩道239號29-30樓 聖誕大餐推介:The Optimist西班牙風味聖誕大餐The Optimist亦為聖誕佳節準備了豐富美味的聖誕嚐味餐單,其中包括脆炸蘑菇薯餅Mushrooms Croquette及外脆內嫩的烤牛肩扒Grilled Flat Iron,讓客人沉醉於極富西班牙風味的聖誕大餐之中。價錢:12月24及25日:6pm-730pm:$520/位830pm後:$650/位地址:灣仔軒尼詩道239號 聖誕大餐推介:MEATS食肉獸聖誕大餐MEATS於這個聖誕準備各式各樣的肉類佳餚,讓各位食肉獸大快朵頤。五道菜聖誕嚐味餐單首先奉上一系列惹味小菜,例如香烤加利西亞八爪魚Galician Octopus、牛肉他他Beef Tartare及灑上可可碎的雞肝醬Chicken Liver Pâté,讓親友一同分享;隨之呈獻的是讓節慶晚宴昇華的主菜,包括佐以紅椒堅果醬的烤豬腩Porchetta,外脆內嫩的口感叫人欲罷不能,節慶經典烤火雞Roasted Turkey亦是另一不容錯過之選;最後這頓滋味晚宴以甜品牛奶焦糖芝士蛋糕Dulce de Leche Cheese Cake甜蜜作結。價錢:12月24及25日:$480/位地址:中環蘇豪士丹頓街28-30號地下 聖誕大餐推介:Madame Ching東方風味聖誕大餐欲度過一個非凡聖誕的客人,Madame Ching充滿東方氣息的聖誕嚐味餐單正是最佳選擇,以一系列富有亞洲特色的美饌作前菜,包括以自家製五香煙燻牛肉作餡料嶄新演繹北京填鴨的菜式Not a Peking Duck、油甘魚薄片Hamachi Crudo以及比目魚Turbot,讓客人食慾為之一振;節慶盛宴的主角包括軟腍嫩滑的烤鴨拼乳豬Roast Duck and Suckling Pig,伴以XO醬四季豆Long Beans XO及烤小紅蘿蔔Roast Baby Carrots這兩款時令配菜,更添滿足喜悅;聖誕晚宴以Madame Ching的招牌阿華田撻Ovaltine Tart作甜品,讓嗜甜的客人滿載而歸價錢:12月24及25日:$480/位地址:灣仔星街5號地下 聖誕大餐推介:TokyoLima日式聖誕大餐適逢聖誕佳節,一向以滋味日系秘魯菜及熱鬧慶典氛圍俘擄客人的TokyoLima,再度推出節慶餐單及活動,由行政總廚Arturo Melendez設計的聖誕嚐味餐單呈獻九道菜,定必讓客人滿載而歸。洋溢異國風情的菜式包括多款秘魯傳統檸汁醃魚生如La Causa、T-3及Just “Ceviche”,隨之奉上的是為味覺帶來驚喜刺激的菜式,有如澆上薄荷阿根廷青醬的辛香油甘魚Spicy Hamachi及伴以香滑薯蓉的香烤鱸魚Sakana;主菜選擇亦讓人眼花繚亂,其中包括以芥末黑椒醬烹調的燒烤西冷牛扒Beef “Gift”和澆上秘魯黑辣椒醬的慢煮火雞胸;而甜品則有蘋果批及肉桂雪糕,甜而不膩,讓客人盡享節慶饗宴。價錢:12月24及25日:6pm-730pm:$580/位830pm後:$680/位地址:中環擺花街18-20號地舖 聖誕大餐推介:Maison Libanaise黎巴嫩聖誕大餐餐廳主廚Jad Youssef認為對聖誕節的家庭最美好的回憶,包括有Lamb àl’oriental,靈感來自他母親為聖誕節做飯準備的燉羊腿的回憶,於是塑造了是次懷舊的黎巴嫩聖誕大餐餐單。菜單上的其他菜餚包括大麥沙拉配烤哈洛米,石榴,蔥,薄荷和蘇丹娜,以及黎巴嫩牛奶布丁Mouhalabieh。價錢:$498/位 (2位起)地址:中環些利街10號 聖誕大餐推介:香港嘉里酒店節日聯歡派對大餐如果不想跟人在街逼,可以挑選香港嘉里酒店全新推出專屬節日的聯歡派對大餐,讓您安坐家中便可以品嚐各款節日美食。派對大餐包括原隻楓糖烤火雞、芥茉醬煙燻火腿,以及一系列傳統聖誕菜式包括煙燻三文魚及西班牙黑毛豬火腿等。嘉里節日聯歡派對套餐($1,888)楓糖烤火雞 5-6公斤傳統鼠尾草及香蔥麵包餡料 500克百里香蜜糖烤蔬菜 500克蜜餞抱子甘藍、粟子和煙肉 500克四季豆、松露香蔥牛油 500克松露薯蓉 800克砵酒小紅莓果醬 200克火雞醬汁 300克嘉里豪華節日聯歡派對套餐 ($2,288)芥茉醬煙燻火腿 3-4公斤百里香蜜糖烤蔬菜 800克蜜餞抱子甘藍、粟子和煙肉 800克四季豆、松露香蔥牛油 800克松露薯蓉 1000克蘋果玉桂醬 300克蜜糖波旁肉汁請於最少72小時前親臨聖誕專櫃或瀏覽香港嘉里酒店網上商店預訂https://www.buys.hk/kerry-hotel/html/goodies-2019-zh.html*由12月1-31日供應 聖誕大餐推介:W酒店聖誕狂歡大餐沉醉炫酷節日慶祝,W酒店的KITCHEN餐廳推出多款派對套餐,讓一眾饕客能盡情投入玩味美食派對體驗,包括無限任添鮮味爆發海鮮,包括龍蝦、即開生蠔、阿拉斯加皇帝蟹腳及黃鰭吞拿魚等,而盛宴又怎少得傳統美食呢?限定傳統烤火雞、精選熱葷如法式焗龍蝦、羊架、鵝肝等惹人垂涎的美食、聖誕木頭蛋糕及傳統意大利聖誕蛋糕,都是餐廳會提供的聖誕派對套餐,趕快相約摯親好友蒞臨KITCHEN歡聚炫享節慶時刻!推薦閱讀:➤ 2019酒店聖誕自助餐早鳥優惠🍾提早訂枱約男朋友、閨密過聖誕!➤ 2019實用聖誕禮物10大推薦!$300 budget 交換禮物綽綽有餘! Follow us on: * Facebook: CosmoHK * Instagram: @cosmopolitan_hk * YouTube: CosmopolitanHK
          

وظائف براتب ألفين و660 دولار أمريكي في تركيا

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قالت وسائل إعلام تركية أن شركة طيران الإمارات ومقرها دبي حفل استقبال نهاية ديسمبر المقبل، لاختيار مرشحين للعمل ضمن طواقمها بمتوسط رواتب تبلغ

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شروط الحصول على الجنسية التركية من الأصول العثمانية

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 يجب التمييز بين العوائل المسجلة في قيد النفوس لدى الدولة التركية بعد نشوئها عام 1923 و العوائل الغير مسجلة إذ أن العوائل المسجلة في قيد نفوس

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Report: Turkey nearing purchase of Russian Su-35 fighter planes

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Washington (UPI) Oct 29, 2019
Turkey is nearing the purchase of between 36 and 48 Su-35 fighter planes from Russia, Turkish government sources confirmed. The figure of 48 planes would comprise two squadrons of the plane, and would complement the S-400 missile defense system that Turkey, a NATO member, purchased from Russia earlier this year and delivered in August. The plane and missile system are part of a c
          

Vaping Could Be Just as Harmful to Your Teeth and Gums as Smoking

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VapingCouldBeJustasHarmfultoYourTeethandGumsasSmoking

The electronic cigarette (e-cig), the much-acclaimed smoking alternative, has recently been linked to hundreds of lung-related illnesses and deaths among otherwise healthy young adults. But dentists were actually among the first to sound alarm bells on the potential harm of “vaping,” particularly to dental health.

If you're vaping as a substitute for smoking, you may be trading one set of oral health risks for another. Many dentists believe vaping may be no safer for your mouth than traditional tobacco.

An e-cig is a small, handheld device that holds a mixture of water, flavoring and chemicals. The device heats the liquid until it becomes a gaseous aerosol the user inhales into their lungs. Proponents say it's a safer and cleaner alternative to smoking. But, like cigarettes, vaping mixtures can contain nicotine. This chemical constricts blood vessels, decreasing nutrients and infection-fighting agents to the gums and increasing the risk of gum disease.

And although vaping flavorings are FDA-approved as a food additive, there's some evidence as an aerosol they irritate the mouth's inner membranes and cause mouth dryness similar to smoking. Vaping liquids also contain propylene glycol for moisture preservation, which some studies have shown increases a buildup of plaque, the bacterial film most responsible for dental disease.

All of these different effects from vaping can create a perfect storm in the mouth for disease. So, rather than switch to vaping, consider quitting the tobacco habit altogether. It's a solid thing to do for your teeth and gums, not to mention the rest of the body.

As we commemorate the Great American Smokeout on November 21, this month is the perfect time to take action. Here are some tips to help you kick the habit.

Don't try to quit all at once. Your body has developed a physical connection with nicotine, so quitting “cold turkey” can be extremely difficult and unpleasant. Although different approaches work for different people, you may find it easier to overcome your habit by gradually reducing the number of cigarettes you smoke each day.

Enroll in a cessation program. There are a number of step-by-step programs, some involving medication, that can help you quit smoking. Talk to us or your doctor about using a cessation program to end your tobacco habit.

Seek support from others. Beating the smoking habit can be tough if you're trying to do it solo. Instead, enlist the help of family and friends to support you and keep you on track. Consider also joining a supervised support group for quitting smoking near you or online.

Smoking can harm your dental health and vaping may be just as harmful. Distancing yourself from both habits will help you maintain a healthier smile and a healthier life.

If you would like more information about the effects of vaping and tobacco use, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Vaping and Oral Health” and “Smoking and Gum Disease.”


          

Iowa high school football rewind: Benton Community rallies around cancer-stricken head coach

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CEDAR RAPIDS — His voice was raspy, he wasn’t feeling the best, but at least he was there. Just as he was for all 10 of his team’s games this season.

The Benton Community Bobcats gave first-year head football coach Jeff Zittergruen quite a ride this season. They won their Class 2A district, tying with West Marshall and Nevada but earning a tiebreaker that allowed them to get into the state playoffs and host a first-round game.

Benton lost Friday night to defending champion Monroe PCM, 34-8. It hurt but couldn’t dampen all that was accomplished.

“I’m so blessed to coach these guys,” Zittergruen said. “They are great kids, we definitely are a family. We have 11 seniors that have given a ton to this program. I value everything that has gone on this year.”

Zittergruen, promoted from his assistant’s job, found out last spring he had thyroid cancer. A surgeon removed the gland but more cancer was found in his neck just as practice was about to begin in August.

Radiation treatments zapped his strength and energy and intermittently kept him from being able to teach and attend practices throughout the fall. But he made it to each and every game.

His Bobcats won eight of them.

“It definitely gave me something to keep my mind off things,” Zittergruen said. “Good support system at home. My wife has been amazing, my kids and coaching staff, for sure. There are days where I just can’t physically do it, and they pick up the slack, and we don’t miss a beat. Definitely everyone around here has been amazing with it.”

Zittergruen’s assistant coaches are Casey Krull, Sean Bredl, Josh Hoeck, Zach Samson, Garrett Albers and Kory Winsor. Give them a ton of credit.

Same goes for the players. They rallied around their stricken coach, and it made them a better team.

“Really, it brought us all together,” said senior wide receiver-defensive back Turner Schroeder. “Our chemistry was so good. Him missing school, missing practices ... it is great to have him here on Friday nights, because we know how tough it is for him. He battles every day, so we’ve got to do the same, go to work every day.”

A look back

 Zach Greiner rushed 16 times for 169 yards and added 7.5 tackles in North Tama’s 16-6 first-round win Friday night over Central Decatur in Class A. Gabe Kopriva and Skyler Staker had the touchdowns for the third-ranked Redhawks (10-0).

 Zach Opheim rushed for 192 yards as Grundy Center beat Belle Plaine, 28-14, in Class A. The teams played in the regular-season opener way back in August, with GC winning (also at Belle Plaine), 29-12. Those were two of the Plainsmen’s three losses this season. Lisbon was the other.

 Noah Beck rushed for 301 yards and four touchdowns, but it wasn’t enough for BGM, which dropped its Class A first-rounder to Earlham, 50-34. The Bears end their season at 8-2.

A look ahead

Eleven teams from The Gazette area remain alive in the playoffs: Cedar Rapids Kennedy in Class 4A, Solon and Western Dubuque in 3A, Waukon, West Liberty and Williamsburg in 2A, West Branch and Iowa City Regina in 1A, MFL MarMac and North Tama in A, and HLV and Turkey Valley in 8-Player.

Urbandale is the quarterfinal team with the worst RPI, that a 12 in Class 4A. Then it’s Iowa City Regina (11 in 1A) and Williamsburg (11 in 2A).

Ankeny Centennial is the team with the highest RPI not to survive the first round. The Jaguars were a 4 in 4A.

Comments: (319) 368-8679; jeff.johnson@thegazette.com


          

Farming For Profit And Pleasure A Manual On The Wild Turkeys Grouse Quail Or Partridges Wild Ducks And The Introduced Pheasants And Gray Methods Of

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US Could Sanction Spain Over Maduro Support

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US Could Sanction Spain Over Maduro Support

The U.S. is targeting the aid that the Bank of Spain grants Maduro by allowing the Central Bank of Venezuela to make transfers

  The U.S. government is considering sanctioning Spain because the Socialist Pedro Sanchez, like Russia, China, Turkey, and Iran, has helped Nicolas Maduro to evade international economic measures. According to Bloomberg, the Treasury Department is examining economic sanctions for the European country, which, if implemented, would be a severe blow to the Spanish economy. LATEST: […]

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Turkey captures wife of slain ISIS leader, al-Baghdadi

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Turkey captures wife of slain ISIS leader, al-Baghdadi



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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has stated that his country's forces have captured one of the four wives of the slain leader of the Islamic State group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, days after it captured the elder sister, Rasmiya Awad.  
 
Erdogan made the announcement while delivering a speech in the capital of Ankara, in which he also criticised the United States for making a fuss over the killing of Baghdadi.
Quote:“The United States said Baghdadi killed himself in a tunnel. They started a communication campaign about this. But, I am announcing it here for the first time: We captured his wife and didn’t make a fuss like them. Similarly, we also captured his sister and brother-in-law in Syria” Erdogan said.
Erdogan gave no other details. He did not say when or how the woman was captured or identify her by name. The IS leader blew himself up during an Oct. 26 raid by U.S. special forces on his heavily fortified safe house in the Syrian province of Idlib.  
 
Erdogan’s announcement comes just days after Turkish forces captured al-Baghdadi’s elder sister, identified as Rasmiya Awad, in the town of Azaz, in Aleppo province in northwestern Syria.
          

项目频道 - 大众汽车最后一辆甲壳虫海报,致敬经典

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1960年,大众甲壳虫通过一系列平面印刷广告进入美国汽车市场。其中包括《Think Small(想想小的好)》和《Lemon(柠檬)》等。广告为大众甲壳虫汽车找到了区别于当时市场的独特定位,同时强调了大众汽车的质量和信誉。


1960年 Lemon 柠檬

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这是1960年威廉·伯恩巴克为大众甲壳虫所创作的最为经典的平面广告之一。

Lemon柠檬意为不良品、次品,通常用来描述生产缺陷。广告直接自称这款车子是不让人满意的,以此来表现大众对产品质量要求的严格。不自夸甲壳虫的质量优质以及生产过程的严格把关,反而宣称看起来如此完美的车子依然是不令人满意的,就算它仅仅有着一点点肉眼完全无法感觉到的伤痕。


文案:Lemon 柠檬

The Volkswagen missed the boat.

The chrome strip on the glove compartment is blemished and must be replaced. Chances are you wouldn’t have noticed it; Inspector Kurt Kroner did.

There are 3,389 men of our Wolfsburg factory with only one job; to inspect Volkswagens at each stage of production. (3,00 Volkswagens are produced daily; there are more inspectors than cars.)

Every shock absorber is tested (spot checking won’t do), every windshield is scanned. VWs have been rejected for surface scratches barely visible to the eye.

Final inspection is really something! VW inspectors run each car off the line onto the Funktionsprüfstand (car test stand), tote up 189 check points, gun ahead to the automatic brake stand and say “no” to one VW out of fifty.

This preoccupation with detail means the VW lasts longer and requires less maintenance, by and large, than other cars. (It also means a used VW depreciates less than any other car.)

We pluck the lemons; you get the plums.


这辆甲壳虫没赶上装船启运。

仪器板上放置杂物处的镀铬有些损伤,这是一定要更换的。你或许难以注意到,但是检查员克朗诺注意到了。

在我们设在沃尔夫斯堡的工厂中有3389名工作人员,其唯一的任务就是:在生产过程中的每一阶段都去检查甲壳虫(每天生产3 000辆甲壳虫;而检查员比生产的车还要多)。

每辆车的避震器都要测验(绝不作抽查),每辆车的挡风玻璃也经过详细的检查。大众汽车经常会因肉眼所看不出的表面擦痕而无法通过。

最后的检查实在了不起!大众的检查员们把每辆车像流水一样送上车辆检查台,通过总计189处查验点,再飞快地直开自动刹车台,在这一过程中,50辆车总有一辆被卡下“不予通过”。

对一切细节如此全神贯注的结果是,大体讲大众车比起其他车子耐用而不大需要维护 (其结果也使大众车的折旧较其他车子为少)。

我们剔除了柠檬(注:残次品);而你们得到了李子(注:合格品)


59年过去,大众正式宣布甲壳虫型号汽车停产。墨西哥工厂的最后一辆甲壳虫将会被带到位于Puebla的博物馆,以保留其历史地位。

当年为甲壳虫制作系列平面广告的DDB,也再次为其制作了一张致敬《Lemon》的平面海报《Lime(青柠)》。再见传奇!


2019年 Lime 青柠

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文案:Lime 青柠

The Volkswagen missed the boat again.

If you think there is a problem, you're wrong. The chrome strip on the glove compartment, interior design... Everything is OK. This time a completely perfect iconic model, down to the last detail!

But Kurt Kroner's grandchildren have rejected it just the same way as 60 years ago. There are many hi-tech quality control processes is our factory to inspect Volkswagen at each stage of production. All parts completely tested and scanned. But final inspection is really something the second time! Our inspection run each car off the line onto the car test stand and say "no" to one Volkswagen.

But this time, they do not call it a "lemon". As it is understood from the sour faces of our inspectors, it has a bitter taste. Because this is the last ever Beetle. So this, and only this time, it is a "lime".

This historical title means this is a bitterest news in car history. The "lime" will never go on the road, meaning the legendary Volkswagen model lives on forever.

We have picked the lime, you can see it in our Volkswagen museum in Puebla forever.


这辆甲壳虫又没赶上装船启运。

如果你觉得它出现了问题,你便错了。仪器板上放置杂物处的镀铬、内饰设计……一切都完好无损。这次的甲壳虫是一个完美的模型,精确到每个细节。

但检查员库尔特·克朗诺的后代拒绝让这辆汽车上船,和60年前一样。我们工厂里配备了很多高科技的质量控制流程,为的是在生产的每个阶段,检查大众汽车的所有零件。所有部分都经过全面测试和扫描。

最后,我们又做了一次了不起的检查。我们把每辆车都开到汽车测试台上,然后对这辆大众汽车说“不”。

但这一次,他们并没有叫它“柠檬”。从我们检查人员的酸涩的表情可以看出,这比检查出纰漏还要苦涩。因为这是最后一辆甲壳虫。所以这一次,只有这一次,我们把它叫做“青柠”。

这个具有历史意义的名字意味着这是汽车史上最痛苦的消息。“青柠”永远不会上路,这意味着传奇的大众车型永垂不朽。

我们已经采下了青柠,你可以在普埃布拉的大众汽车博物馆永远看到它。


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Advertising Agency: Medina Turgul, İstanbul, Turkey
Executive Creative Director: Ertuğ Tuğalan
Creative Director: Emre Altundağ
Creative Group Head: Burcu Günister
Copywriter: Emre Altundağ
Art Director: Burcu Günister
Account Team: Zeynep Kızılcan, Fuat Cemiloğlu

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US Officials Believe Turkey Violating Agreement on Use of US Arms

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US Officials Believe Turkey Violating Agreement on Use of US Arms | Evidence of arms' misuse is 'credible'

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A Wife of al-Baghdadi Is Captured by Turkey, Erdogan Says

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Galati Declaration Issued on Sturgeon Conservation in the Danube Basin and Black Sea

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Sturgeons are one of the most endangered species on the planet © unknown30 October 2019, Galati (Romania) - The first ever joint discussion of sturgeon conservation issues among representatives from the Danube Basin and the Black Sea countries has resulted in the Galati Declaration on Sturgeon Conservation in the Danube Basin and Black Sea. The Declaration puts forward key messages to decision-makers from all relevant institutions and other stakeholders as a basis for shaping future actions and the way forward to saving sturgeons from extinction. More importantly, the document will serve as an implementation guide for the Pan-European Sturgeon Action Plan under the Bern Convention and EU Habitats Directive.
 
READ GALATI DECLARATION
 
The 120 delegates to the International Conservation of Danube Sturgeons Conference: A Challenge or a Burden, represented fisheries, water and environmental administrations, the scientific community and civil society from Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia, Hungary, Moldova, Ukraine, Georgia, Turkey, Croatia, Slovenia, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, France, Italy, Belgium, Denmark, Canada and the European Commission.
 
"Conference participants confirmed the urgent need for regional collaboration on a long-term fishing ban, effective measures against poaching, limiting bycatch in commercial fisheries and, to ensure that we do not lose the species while trying to save them from extinction, rearing these fish in scientifically controlled facilities in several countries to release them into rivers where populations have crashed or vanished altogether. Other measures highlighted at the meeting are the need of engaging fishing communities in sturgeon conservation and protection of remaining sturgeon habitats for spawning, breeding or overwintering. Only if all relevant stakeholders work together within countries and across borders can these amazing fish be saved from extinction". - Peter Gammeltoft, Chair of the Danube Sturgeon Task Force
 
The conference was jointly organised by "Dunarea de Jos" University of Galati (Research and Development Centre for Sturgeon, Aquatic Habitats and Biodiversity), the DSTF (Danube Sturgeon Task Force), the Romanian Ministry of Water and Forests, the Romanian Ministry of Environment, NAFA (Romanian National Agency for Fisheries and Aquaculture), WSCS (World Sturgeon Conservation Society) and WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature), and took place under the patronage of the Romanian Presidency of the EUSDR (EU Strategy for the Danube Region) and the Romanian Academy from October 28-30.
 
For more information:
Beate Striebel
WWF Network Sturgeon Strategy Coordinator,
WWF Central and Eastern Europe
bstriebel@wwfcee.org
+43 1 524 54 70 0
 
Background
According to the IUCN, today sturgeons are one of the most endangered species on the planet.
WWF-CEE's long-term sturgeon strategy is to re-invigorate and re-establish healthy, stable populations of this key Danube species, and protect the Green Heart of Europe for nature and people. Currently, there is a complete ban of sturgeon fishing in the Danube and the Black Sea. However, larger fish that swim upstream to reproduce still fall prey to poaching because of the high price their caviar and meat fetches on the black market. Sturgeons are long-lived and reproduce only a few times in their life. We must make sure their habitats are protected and they are allowed to grow and thrive, or we risk losing a species which has survived over 200 million years.
          

[COMMENT] Alamos Gold Inc (AGI-T)

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U.S. Senators urge State Department to sanction Turkey if it is breaking Syria agreement

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Bipartisan U.S. Senators have urged President Donald Trump’s administration to investigate reports that the Turkish military has violated an agreement with Washington to halt its military operation in northeast Syria and to respond with sanctions if they are true.

Republican Senators Lindsey Graham and Marsha Blackburn and Democratic Senators Chris Van Hollen, Richard Blumenthal and Jeanne Shaheen told Secretary of State Mike Pompeo “time is of the essence” to look into the reports and impose measures against Turkey, Reuters said.

The United States and Turkey reached an agreement on Oct. 17 to halt the Turkish military operation against Syrian Kurdish-led forces that had played a key role in the U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State.

The agreement left a 30-km deep, 120-km-wide area under direct Turkish control, but warned that the United States would impose devastating sanctions if Turkey breached the terms of the deal.

This week, outlets including the Wall Street Journal reported that Turkish forces had advanced beyond the reach of the zone to the edge of Tel Tamr, a strategic town held by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces and Syrian government forces.

“On several occasions, President Trump has threatened to ‘destroy Turkey’s economy’ should Turkey violate its obligations,” the senators wrote in the letter.

“In keeping with this position, we ask that the administration take swift measures to enforce the October 17 agreement with tough economic sanctions,” they said.

Meanwhile, a motion passed by the House of Representatives last week to sanction Turkey over its military operation will not move to the Senate until after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s visit to Washington on Nov. 13, a report in Politico said.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-turkey-senate/u-s-senators-press-for-sanctions-on-turkey-if-it-is-violating-syria-ceasefire-idUSKBN1XG2Z7

          

Cultura - Luoghi - La Cappadocia, i camini delle fate ed un po’ di storia (tanogabo)

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tanogabo scrive nella categoria Cultura che: Le peculiarità geologiche del sito hanno fatto sì che i suoi paesaggi siano spesso descritti come “lunari”. La formazione geologica tipica, un tufo calcareo, ha subito l’erosione per milioni di anni, acquisendo forme insolite ed è abbastanza tenero da consentire all’uomo di costruire le sue abitazioni ricavandole dalla roccia, dando vita a insediamenti rupestri, piuttosto che a edifici innalzati
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Syrian Ingrates Throw Stones - Turk Patrol

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. . Syrians think Turkey deserves stones, not thanks, for invading their country. What the... Russians are along to protect the Turkish patrol from serious conflict and real gunfire. Shots to Turkish heads would not be wise at this point, do you not agree? Turks are finding out that War is Hell. -
          

Thanksgiving Celebration Prix Fixe at Copperleaf Restaurant Bar

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Erdogan: Turkey arrested slain ISIS leader Baghdadi’s wife, other relatives

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Turkey's president on Wednesday announced the country's forces had captured multiple relatives of slain ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, including one of the terrorist's wives -- but he also used the occasion to needle the United States for making "a fuss" about the mission that resulted in the most-wanted militant's death.
          

Comment on Instant Pot Turkey – Cooking a Whole Turkey by Ayngelina

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I don't as I have always just cooked it in the oven because I like a crispy top, but I think I must change this this year!
          

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Comment on Specialty Mystery Box Tool Giveaway (11/2019) by Evan

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Mystery & Construction - What did the turkey say to the computer? - What? - “Google, google, google.”
          

Egypt- Automotive market anticipates impacts of eliminating customs on Turkish-origin cars

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(MENAFN - Daily News Egypt) The car market is anticipating the impacts of eliminating customs on Turkish-origin cars, as part of the Free Trade Agreement between Egypt and Turkey.M...
          

Monetary transmission mechanism in Turkey and Argentina

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Monetary transmission mechanism in Turkey and Argentina Cambazoğlu, Birgül; Güneş, Sevcan Monetary transmission mechanism, which is used by central banks to affect consumption, investment and saving decisions of both households and firms, has been subject of many theoretical and empirical studies. It seems that there is a consensus that monetary policy affects real economy in the short run. But on the other hand, the question “how it actually does” has been discussed by many economists for several years. The reason for this is that the countries which are at different stages of development also have financial systems at different levels. While in industrialized countries, the capital market system is more effective in the financial system; in developing countries, banking system is dominant in the financial system. From this viewpoint, this study tries to answer the question “which of the two channels of transmission mechanisms is effective in the two developing countries, Argentina and Turkey, “money channel or credit channel (which is not alternative but complementary for money channel)”. VAR model is used to identify relative strengths of different monetary transmission channels in each country by five macroeconomic variables which are stated in the following order: overnight rate, bank deposits, bank loans, consumer price index and industrial production index. The data period of these variables ranges from 2003:01 to 2010:08. The paper proceeds as follows: Section I provides theoretical background of the money and credit channels of transmission mechanism. Section II summarizes recent empirical studies. Section III describes variables and discusses the empirical findings of the model. Section IV provides concluding remarks.
          

Urban renewal as an urban hegemony project

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Urban renewal as an urban hegemony project İçli, Gönül; Kaya Özçelik, Pınar Urban renewal can generally be defined as the transformation/renewal of some parts of the city that has grown old, become vacant or lost functon in time. In the related literarure in Turkey, urban renewal and urban transformation can often be used interchaneably in the same meaning.
          

U.S. senators press for sanctions on Turkey if it is violating Syria ceasefire

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Republican and Democratic U.S. senators asked President Donald Trump's administration on Wednesday to let them know - and to respond with touch sanctions - if reports are true that Turkey is violating a ceasefire agreement in Syria.

          

Sweet on Trader Joe's Sunday: A Flock of Milk Chocolate Turkeys

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Trader Joe's A Flock of Milk Chocolate Turkeys review
Well, there is no way you can pass by a box of these turkeys and not add them to your cart. Go ahead, I dare you! Apparently, they were just brought out to the floor and elicited many squeals from the cashiers at my store when I bought them for our review.

What you get is a package of 4 milk chocolate turkeys for $3.99.  Basically, a buck per turkey. The chocolates are hollow.

Trader Joe's A Flock of Milk Chocolate Turkeys review


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Blueberry Ricotta-Goat Cheese Crostini from The Pioneer Woman Cooks, The New Frontier

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Blueberry Ricotta-Goat Cheese Crostini from The Pioneer Woman Cooks, The New Frontier
Keep reading for more on this recipe!

Can you fangirl over a friend? In my case, yes. My friend, Ree, has once again graced our kitchens with a beautiful cookbook. This one is called The Pioneer Woman Cooks, New Frontier: 112 Fantastic Favorites for Everyday Eating.


The Pioneer Woman Cooks, The New Frontier
Like Ree's previous cookbooks, this one is filled with gorgeous photography...scenes from the ranch to step-by-step recipe photos.

Can we talk about a few of these recipes, please?

Butterscotch Lava Cakes. Y'all, I about fainted when I saw this recipe.

Green Macaroni & Cheese!

Carrot Cake French Toast Casserole...that sounds very dangerous and like something I want to eat every day of my life.

There are a few Instant Pot recipes included, and I love that Ree offers an alternative if you don't own one.

Blueberry Ricotta-Goat Cheese Crostini from The Pioneer Woman Cooks, The New Frontier
These blueberry crostini are perfect if you're having a, as we call it, "snacky dinner," or having people over for cocktails. The crispy, buttery crostini, the sweet blueberries, the creamy and tart cheese, the tangy balsamic glaze, the fresh basil....it all WORKS. This would make such a lovely and refreshing Thanksgiving appetizer before going all-in on the turkey and dressing. 

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NBA’s Enes Kanter calls out Ilhan Omar over Turkey sanctions vote

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But Boston Celtics center Enes Kanter tore into Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) on Tuesday night for not voting in favor of a bill to place economic sanctions on Turkey for its military campaign against Kurdish forces in northern Syria. Kanter, who is Turkish and has long been a vocal critic of Turkish President Recep Tayyip …
          

Turkey: Delivery of 2nd Russian S-400 Batch May Be Delayed

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‘Castle of Dreams’ Walks Off With Two Awards in Turkey

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Left Party: Norway should recognise Autonomous Administration

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Turkey bombing village of Kasimiye

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Turkish invaders are bombing the village of Kasimiye with howitzers and mortars.
          

Turkey invasion protested in Mulhouse, Hamburg and Saarbücken

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The protests of the invading Turkish state against North East Syria were protested in the cities of Muhlouse, Hamburg and Saarbücken.
          

Demos protesting Turkey invasion of NE Syria around Europe

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The invasion of the Turkish state against North East Syria was protested in Heilbrornn, Bonn, Nuremberg and Marseille.
          

Tribes in Manbij: We stand beside our defense forces

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The tribes in Manbij said that Turkey is trying to re-activate ISIS and said they would stand beside the forces defending the region.
          

Norwegian Red Party youth branch protested Turkey aggression

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The Norwegian Red Party's youth organization Central Executive Board condemned the Turkish state invasion of northern Syria and demanded the immediate withdrawal of troops.
          

Latest World News, World News, Current Affairs, Daily Current Affairs

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Tweets For Today

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Picture Of The Day

Posted: 06 Nov 2019 10:24 PM PST

A B-2 Spirit Stealth Bomber, assigned to the 509th Bomb Wing, Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, sits on the flight line, Oct 24, 2019. Consistent training and exercising validates the B-2Õs ability to respond to challenges all over the globe. (Sr. Airman Thomas Barley/Air Force)

WNU Editor: The above picture is from this photo-gallery .... Best photos of the week: Nov. 4, 2019 (Defense News).

Majority Of U.S. Voters Say President Trump Will Be Re-Elected In 2020 Despite Impeachment Process

Posted: 06 Nov 2019 10:16 PM PST

U.S. President Donald Trump sits for an exclusive interview with Reuters journalists in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, U.S. December 11, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Daily Mail: Comfortable majority of voters say Trump WILL be re-elected in 2020 despite impeachment process – including one-third of Democrats

* A new poll found that 56 percent of registered voters believe President Trump will win again in 2020
* That includes 85 percent of Republicans, 51 percent of independents and 35 percent of Democrats, according to the Politico/Morning Consult survey
* Pollsters found that voters believed that Trump's voters were twice as likely than Hillary Clinton's to be 'very motivated' to go vote
* Another poll found that the percentage of voters who believe Trump should win re-election hasn't significantly changed since the impeachment inquiry opened

A majority of registered voters believe President Trump will win again in 2020.

A new Politico/Morning Consult poll found that 56 percent of all voters said Trump will be re-elected next year. The president obviously has an edge with Republicans, with 85 percent saying a Trump 2.0 is happening.

But a majority of independents - 51 percent - agreed. Even a third of Democrats, 35 percent, said they believed there would be four more years of President Trump.

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WNU Editor: He will be difficult to defeat. President Trump has the advantage of the incumbency and the bully-pulpit. The economy is also doing well, and his base overwhelmingly supports him. The Democrat candidates for President are also not inspiring, and I have trouble seeing them being able to attract independent voters. But the election is still far away. A lot can happen in 12 months.

Should CIA Director Gina Haspel Protect The Ukraine Whistleblower From President Trump?

Posted: 06 Nov 2019 10:10 PM PST

CIA Director Gina Haspel is sworn by U.S. Vice President Mike Pence as President Donald Trump looks on and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo holds the bible during ceremonies at the headquarters of the Central Intelligence Agency in Langley, Virginia, U.S. May 21, 2018. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque © Reuters

NBC: Intel officials want CIA Director Gina Haspel to protect Ukraine whistleblower from Trump

As Trump allies denounce the whistleblower, pressure is building on CIA Director Gina Haspel to take a stand, say current and ex intelligence officials.

WASHINGTON — As President Donald Trump and his allies continue to denounce the CIA whistleblower whose complaint led to an impeachment investigation, pressure is building on the spy agency's director, Gina Haspel, to take a stand on the matter, current and former intelligence officials tell NBC News.

"It will be incumbent on her to protect the whistleblower — and by extension, the organization — moving forward," Marc Polymeropoulos, a recently retired CIA officer who oversaw operations in Europe and Russia, said in an interview. "This is a seminal moment for her leadership, and I'm confident she will do the right thing."

So far, Haspel has been publicly silent as Trump has railed about the whistleblower, a CIA analyst, on Twitter. So has the director of national intelligence, Joseph Maguire.

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WNU Editor: There is a problem with this "CIA analyst". He was removed from the White House for lying and leaking. He is implicated in filing a complaint against President Trump and Ukraine that has led to this impeachment inquiry, even though his complaint is at odds with the transcript that was released. He is a well known Democrat activist who is closely affiliated with former Obama intelligence officials whose opposition to President Trump is well known. Bottom line. This is a person who has used his CIA position to pursue a political agenda against the President and his policies. In this context, this is someone that I am sure CIA Director Gina Haspel does not want to step in and defend.

Democrats' 'Star Impeachment Witness' Admits He Was Not On The Trump-Ukraine Call, And That His Sole Source Of Information Was From The NY Times

Posted: 06 Nov 2019 09:17 PM PST


Zero Hedge: Democrats' 'Star Witness' Admits He Wasn't On Trump-Ukraine Call, Sole Source Was NY Times

House Democrats have released the latest in the series of heavily-redacted transcripts of the secret hearings they had undertaken in recent weeks - that of Bill Taylor - the top US diplomat in Ukraine - ahead of his public testimony next week.

As The Hill notes, Taylor is viewed as a key witness who previously testified in meticulous detail about what he considered an effort by Trump and his allies to pressure Ukraine into opening investigations that would benefit Trump politically.

In leaked copies of his 15-page opening statement, Taylor voiced concerns that the Trump administration had withheld nearly $400 million in aid as leverage to get Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to open investigations into interference in the 2016 election and former Vice President Joe Biden, one of his leading 2020 political rivals.

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WNU Editor: When you listen to the main stream media they are saying that Ambassador Bill Taylor is a critical witness to President Trump's demand for a quid-pro-quo from the Ukraine government on military aid and an investigation on the Bidens .... Why William Taylor's testimony is central to the impeachment inquiry (PBS). But when you read his transcript .... READ: Testimony Of William Taylor, Acting U.S. Envoy To Ukraine (NPR), the story is very different where he admits that his source of information comes SOLELY from the New York Times?!?!?! You gotta be kidding me. His sole source of information that he is basing his testimony on is from the New York Times?!?!?! It is not surprising that the main stream media is ignoring this critical admission. Kudos to the above post from Zero Hedge and The Federalist .... Testimony Transcript Shows William Taylor Never Talked To Trump, Wasn't Even On July 25 Phone Call (The Federalist) for their summary and analysis on Bill Taylor's testimony. As for the Democrats hoping that he will be their "star witness" next week, my advice to them is that they find a better witness.

Saudi Arabia Recruited Twitter Workers To Spy On Critics Of Saudi Regime

Posted: 06 Nov 2019 08:47 PM PST



CNBC: Justice Department charges two former Twitter employees with spying for Saudi Arabia

* The Department of Justice on Wednesday charged two former Twitter employees for spying on users on behalf of Saudi Arabia.
* The charges allege that Ali Alzabarah and Ahmad Abouammo used their employee credentials to access information about specific Twitter users, including their email addresses, birth dates, phone numbers and internet protocol addresses.

The Department of Justice on Wednesday charged two former Twitter employees for spying on users on behalf of Saudi Arabia.

The charges allege that Ali Alzabarah and Ahmad Abouammo used their employee credentials to access information about specific Twitter users, including their email addresses, birth dates, phone numbers and internet protocol addresses. A third individual, Ahmed Almutairi, was also charged for acting as an intermediary between the Twitter employees and the Saudi government, the Justice Department said.

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More News On Saudi Arabia Recruiting Twitter Workers To Spy On Critics Of Saudi Regime

US: Saudis recruited Twitter workers to spy on users -- AP
Two former Twitter employees accused of spying for Saudi Arabia -- Euronews/Reuters
Former Twitter employees charged with spying for Saudi Arabia -- The Hill
Saudis recruited Twitter workers to spy on critics of Saudi regime, U.S. charges -- NBC
Twitter employees recruited by Saudi Arabia to spy on kingdom's critics, US prosecutors say -- The Independent
Former Twitter employees charged with spying for Saudi Arabia by digging into the accounts of kingdom critics -- The Washington Post
Three charged in US with spying on Twitter users for Saudi Arabia -- Twitter

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- November 6, 2019

Posted: 06 Nov 2019 04:00 PM PST

Jesse Barajas searches for the remains of his brother José, who was was dragged from his ranch on 8 April 2019 and has not been seen since, last month near the town of Tecate. Photograph: Emilio Espejel/The Guardian

Tom Phillips, The Guardian: 'The disappeared': searching for 40,000 missing victims of Mexico's drug wars

José Barajas, who was snatched from his home, joins the ever-swelling ranks of thousands of desaparecidos, victims of the drug conflict that shows no sign of easing

As he set off into the wilderness under a punishing midday sun, Jesse Barajas clutched an orange-handled machete and the dream of finding his little brother, José.

"He's not alive, no. They don't leave people alive," the 62-year-old said as he slalomed through the parched scrubland of tumbleweed and cacti where they had played as kids. "Once they take someone they don't let you live."

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Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- November 6, 2019

Deadly ambush shows Mexico lost control of area -- Peter Orsi and Maria Verza, AP

The epic struggle behind Iraq's protests -- CSM Editorial

A Month of Anti-government Protests in Iraq -- Alan Taylor, The Atlantic

As US dithers over human rights, China opens its arms to Prabowo Subianto, the Indonesian defence minister with a chequered past - Amy Chew, SCMP

From Singapore to Sweden, China's overbearing campaign for influence is forcing countries to resist and recalibrate relations with Beijing -- Drew Thompson, SCMP

New Silk Road money is paving the Old Silk Roads -- Alexander Kruglov, Asia Times

Why India pulled out of the RCEP free trade deal -- Rahul Mishra, DW

Why is India's pollution much worse than China's? -- BBC

One year to go for Tanzania's President Magufuli and the reviews are mixed -- Cristina Krippahl, DW

Study: Russia's web-censoring tool sets pace for imitators -- Tami Abdollah, AP

UK election campaign: Who wants what on EU issues? -- Rob Mudge, DW

Explainer: Chile's constitutional conundrum - To change or not to change? -- Natalia A. Ramos Miranda, Reuters

Revisiting the End of the Cold War -- John Lewis Gaddis & Elmira Bayrasli, Project Syndicate

Why Are So Many Countries Witnessing Mass Protests? -- The Economist

World News Briefs -- November 6, 2019

Posted: 06 Nov 2019 03:36 PM PST

An Iranian flag flutters in front of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) headquarters in Vienna, Austria September 9, 2019. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger/File Photo

Reuters: Iran fuels centrifuges, resumes uranium enrichment at Fordow

DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran resumed uranium enrichment at its underground Fordow nuclear facility, the country's Atomic Energy Organisation (AEOI) said on Thursday, further stepping away from its 2015 nuclear deal with major powers.

The agreement bans enrichment and nuclear material from Fordow. But with feedstock gas entering its centrifuges, the facility, built inside a mountain, will move from the permitted status of research plant to being an active nuclear site.

"After all successful preparations ... injection of uranium gas to centrifuges started on Thursday at Fordow ... all the process has been supervised by the inspectors of the U.N. nuclear watchdog," the AEOI said in a statement, Iranian media reported

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MIDDLE EAST

Turkey's Erdogan speaks with Trump, to visit Washington next week.

Houthis fire missiles at Yemen's Mokha port, military coalition says.

Iraqi security forces break up protests in Battle of the Bridges.

Civilian deaths as Idlib hospital struck by Russian air raids.

Turkey says Kurdish fighters still remain in safe zone near Syrian border.

Iran begins process of fuelling centrifuges at Fordow.

Riyadh has 'open channel' with Yemen rebels: Saudi official. Riyadh in talks with Yemen rebels, Saudi official says.

Lebanon protesters seek to shut down key state institutions.

World Bank urges Lebanon to form govt, warns of recession.

Jordan police arrest man after stabbing attack at popular tourist site.

ASIA

China urges re-elected Canadian government to free Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou.

Over a dozen killed in attack in Thailand's Yala province. 15 defense volunteers killed in Thailand attack. 15 killed in suspected rebel attacks in Thailand's south.

Tajikistan: 17 killed in border outpost attack. ISIL blamed for deadly attack on Tajik border outpost.

Two suspected suicide bombers from Egypt killed in Philippines.

Hong Kong protesters don Guy Fawkes masks to mark month since mask ban. Water cannons deployed in Tsim Sha Tsui as Hong Kong protesters wearing 'V for Vendetta' masks test new 'flash mob' tactic of assembling at short notice.

Pro-Beijing lawmaker Junius Ho stabbed in Hong Kong.

Facebook video shows PNG police kicking, hitting and stomping on group of men.

Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy announces Saturday return.

South Korea promotes DMZ 'peace zone' with new video.

AFRICA

At least 37 killed in attack on Canadian miner Semafo convoy in Burkina Faso.

Water crisis builds in Egypt as dam talks falter, temperatures rise.

France says its troops killed a leading jihadist in the Sahel.

10 civilians killed in militia attack in eastern DRCongo.

Sudan rebels insist new parliament be formed only after peace deal.

UN calls for action as Somalia floods affect 200,0000 children.

US Nile talks 'not a negotiation', says Ethiopia.

Two killed in strike on Libya police station: ministry.

Libya migrant attack: UN investigators suspect foreign jet bombed centre.

Mozambique detains elite police chief over election observer's murder.

EUROPE

Mike Pompeo carries divisive US messages to Germany.

Sweden charges man with spying on Iranian exiles.

Johnson tries to shake off rocky start as UK election begins.

PM's election campaign launch marred by gaffe, resignation and doctored video.

Spain's far-right Vox surges in wake of Catalan independence protests.

Local German conservatives cause uproar with call for talks with far right.

Putin: New weapons will offer Russia reliable protection.

EU urges faster Greece vetting of migrants as arrivals soar.

Hungarian mayor resigns after yacht orgy video.

Netherlands: '4,000 schools shut' in teacher strike.

Italy to become first country to make studying climate change compulsory in schools.

AMERICAS

Exclusive: Brazil likely to vote with U.S. against Cuba at U.N. over embargo.

US Diplomat had 'clear understanding' of Ukraine quid pro quo.

McConnell says Senate would acquit Trump if trial held today.

Democrats win control of Virginia Legislature. Democrat declares upset victory in Kentucky governor race.

Heavily armed hitman of rival El Chapo cartel is arrested over Mormon massacre after a stand-off at the US border where he held two HOSTAGES as heartbreaking photos show devastated relatives visiting the scene of the massacre.

Mexico ambush: Boy, 13, walked 23km for help after gun attack.

United States sanctions 5 Venezuelan officials.

Chile: president promotes minimum wage hike to quell unrest.

Chile's Pinera resists call to resign over protests.

Chilean protest footage captures police officers on fire after molotov cocktail explosion.

Thousands of Bolivians march over disputed election.

TERRORISM/THE LONG WAR

Pakistan failed to stop terror groups from recruiting & raising funds, US report сlaims.

German man fighting for Kurds killed in Syria.

Turkey captured al-Baghdadi's wife and didn't make fuss like US – Erdogan.

ECONOMY/FINANCE/BUSINESS

Wall St. ends near flat; healthcare shares gain but trade deal delay weighs.

Europeans look to China as global partner, shun Trump's US.

Xi Jinping's Brazil trip 'may be too soon' for China to sign partial US trade war deal.

Macron in China: Xi hails $15 billion trade contracts as 'strong signal of free trade'.

Michael Jackson's iconic moonwalk socks are tipped to sell for over $1MILLION at auction... more than a decade on from his passing.

Israel Expects To Be Engaged In A Major War Very Soon

Posted: 06 Nov 2019 03:01 PM PST

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Michael Oren, The Atlantic: The Coming Middle East Conflagration

Israel is bracing itself for war with Iranian proxies, as Tehran escalates its provocations. But what will the United States do if conflict comes?

The senior ministers of the Israeli government met twice last week to discuss the possibility of open war with Iran. They were mindful of the Iranian plan for a drone attack from Syria in August, aborted at the last minute by an Israeli air strike, as well as Iran's need to deflect attention from the mass protests against Hezbollah's rule in Lebanon. The ministers also reviewed the recent attack by Iranian drones and cruise missiles on two Saudi oil installations, reportedly concluding that a similar assault could be mounted against Israel from Iraq.

The Israel Defense Forces, meanwhile, announced the adoption of an emergency plan, code-named Momentum, to significantly expand Israel's missile defense capacity, its ability to gather intelligence on embedded enemy targets, and its soldiers' preparation for urban warfare. Israeli troops, especially in the north, have been placed on war footing. Israel is girding for the worst and acting on the assumption that fighting could break out at any time.

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WNU Editor: The Syrian conflict, unrest in Iraq, and the Yemen war is where the focus in the Middle East is right now. Another Hezbollah - Israel and/or Hamas - Israel war is not on people's radar.

Media Upset That Trump's Son Tweets Name Of Alleged Whistleblower Even Though His Name Was Revealed Last Week

Posted: 06 Nov 2019 01:00 PM PST


AFP: Impeachment: Trump's son tweets name of alleged whistleblower

Washington (AFP) - President Donald Trump's son published on Wednesday the name of the alleged anonymous whistleblower whose complaint fired the impeachment inquiry against Trump, breaking strict conventions for protecting officials who reveal wrongdoing in government.

Amid calls by the president himself to expose the whistleblower, Donald Trump Jr. tweeted the name of a CIA analyst which has circulated online for weeks, and linked to a Breitbart news article implying the person was pro-Democrat and anti-Trump.

AFP could not independently verify the whistleblower's identity and is not publishing the name.

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WNU Editor: This is actually old news. The identity of the "whistle-blower" was revealed last week .... The Identity Of The Anonymous 'Whistleblower' Who Triggered Impeachment Proceedings Against President Trump Is Suspected To Be A Well Known Democrat Activist (October 31, 2019). A picture of the "whistle-blower" is below.

Special Operations Air Force Member Goes Missing During Training Jump Over Gulf Of Mexico

Posted: 06 Nov 2019 12:40 PM PST

The airman was a part of the 24th Special Operations Wing at Hurlburt Field in in Okaloosa County, Florida. He disappeared four miles south of the field over the Gulf of Mexico

Daily Mail: Desperate search launched for airman who fell out of Special Operations military plane 1,500 feet over the Gulf of Mexico and was last seen treading water after deploying his parachute

* A search is underway for a staff sergeant in training who disappeared into the Gulf of Mexico Tuesday afternoon during a training exercise
* The unidentified Air Force airman was from the 24th Special Operations Wing at Hurlburt Field in Okaloosa County, Florida
* He exited a C-130 four engine aircraft around 1.45pm from a height of 1,500 feet
* He deployed his parachute and was last seen treading water in the Gulf, approximately four miles south of Hurlburt Field
* As the aircraft turned to retrieve the man, crewmen lost sight of him
* Several vessels, three Air Force aircraft were deployed in the search
* The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and Coast Guard are also on the scene

A desperate search is underway for a missing airman who disappeared into the Gulf of Mexico after suffering a parachute-jump mishap while exiting a Special Operations military plane.

The unidentified Air Force airman from the 24th Special Operations Wing at Hurlburt Field was exiting a C-130 four-engine aircraft over the Gulf of Mexico during a training exercise around 1.45pm Tuesday when he suddenly vanished into the water below.

'The fall happened during a parachute-jump training exercise out of Hurlburt Field,' a report from the Air Force Times said.

The Coast Guard said the airman was a staff sergeant in training and fell out of the aircraft at 1,500 feet, according to WEAR.

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More News On A Special Operations Air Force Member Going Missing During A Training Jump Over The Gulf Of Mexico

Special tactics airman missing in Gulf of Mexico; search underway -- Air Force Times
Airman who fell from plane above Gulf of Mexico still missing -- NBC
Mobile area Coast Guard continue search for airman who fell from plane into Gulf of Mexico -- Al.com
Air Force member goes missing during training jump over Gulf of Mexico -- CBS
Airman fell from C-130 military aircraft while training over the Gulf of Mexico -- Defence-Blog
Coast Guard, Air Force, local agencies searching for a airman in the water near Destin -- FOX 10

ISIS Launched A Failed Attack On A Tajikistan Border Outpost With Uzbekistan

Posted: 06 Nov 2019 11:00 AM PST


DW: Tajikistan: 17 killed in border outpost attack

Twenty masked gunmen launched a failed attack on a Tajik outpost on the border with Uzbekistan. The rare attack was quashed when border forces launched a counter operation and killed most of the raiders.

At least 17 people were killed in an overnight raid by armed men on an outpost on the border between Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, Tajik authorities said on Wednesday.

"An armed group of 20 unknown masked individuals attacked a border outpost … using firearms," said Tajikistan's national security committee, according to Russian state-run news agency TASS.

Tajikistan's border forces said the assailants were members of the "Islamic State" (IS) militant group in Afghanistan.

At least five of the gunmen were detained and later provided critical intelligence during interrogations, authorities said.

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WNU Editor: I agree with this analysis .... Reported Attack In Tajikistan Could Have Broad Implications For Central Asia (RFE).

More News On Today's ISIS Attack On A Tajikistan Border Outpost With Uzbekistan

Many dead in Tajikistan 'firefight with IS' -- BBC
Fifteen IS jihadists killed in Tajikistan border attack -- AFP
Tajikistan: 17 killed in attack on border checkpoint -- Eurasianet
ISIL blamed for deadly attack on Tajik border outpost -- Al Jazeera

World Leaders Warn Iran To Stick To Nuclear Deal

Posted: 06 Nov 2019 10:24 AM PST



ABC News Online: World leaders warn Iran to stick to nuclear deal, as it begins injecting uranium gas into centrifuges

World leaders have called on Iran to fulfil the terms of its 2015 nuclear deal, after it begins injecting uranium gas into centrifuges at its underground Fordow nuclear facility.

Iran has begun to further distance itself from a 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers that curbed its atomic work, local media reported on Wednesday (local time).

The deal bans nuclear material from Fordow and, with the injection of uranium gas into its centrifuges, the facility will move from its permitted status of research plant to become an active nuclear site.

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WNU Editor: Aside from their rhetoric that everything is still OK .... Long way before JCPOA collapses, says Rouhani's chief of staff (MEHR News Agency), the Iranians are becoming more and more nervous .... Exclusive: Iran briefly held IAEA inspector, seized travel documents - diplomats (Reuters).

          

Sole Charge Nanny

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Sole Charge Nanny
Istanbul
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£1000 per week net

Sole charge nanny sought for baby boy of 1yr. Working 6 days 12 hours per day. Separate bedroom and bathroom offered in large family home. Pet friendly as 3 dogs and 2 cats (kept outside). Fully staffed home. Looking for a nanny to plan fun and engaging activities, cook for the baby and accompany family on holidays. August start offering £1000+ per week depending on experience.

Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Salary: £1000 Pwn
Hours: Full-time
Type: Permanent
Starting: Immediately
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Comment on Jalapeno Cranberry Chutney {THM FP, Sugarless} by Jalapeno Cranberry Vinaigrette | Wonderfully Made and Dearly Loved

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Volkswagen Genuine Parts: School, Office

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Executive Creative Director:Ertug Tugalan
Creative Group Head:Ferhan Dayioglu
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Art Director:Ferhan Dayioglu
Account team:Zeynep Kızılcan, Fuat Cemiloğlu

          

GPL Story Time

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Event date: November 21, 2019
Event Time: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Location:
Gadsden, AL 35999
Description:
GPL Story Time
When: November 7, 14, & 21, 10AM
Where: GPL Children’s Department

November 7-Celebrate Children’s Book Week! Potato Pants by Laurie Keller
November 14-How to Catch a Turkey by Adam Wallace & Andy Elkerton
November 21-Thanksgiving Day Thanks by Laura Malone Elliott

For additional information on these programs, please call 256.549.4699, ext. 2118.

          

GPL Teen Crafts

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Event date: November 21, 2019
Event Time: 03:30 PM - 05:00 PM
Location:
Gadsden, AL 35999
Description:
GPL Teen Crafts
When: November 7, 14, & 21, 3:30-5PM
Where: GPL Teen Zone

November 7-Pumpkin Pie Bath Soak
November 14-Grateful Tree
November 21-Book Turkey

For additional information, please contact the Teen Zone at 256.549.4699, ext. 2122,
or nicole@gadsdenlibrary.org.

          

The Trump Sycophant ‘Softball Question of the Year’ Award Goes to Fox News – Again

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Donald Trump is turkey-neck deep in an impeachment inquiry that is accumulating evidence faster than it can be processed. At any other time in history, this much proof of criminal behavior and obstruction of justice would have been more than sufficient to shame the president from ever showing his face in public. He would have […]
          

Iranian parliamentary delegation meets with Qatari speaker in Turkey

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Iranian parliamentary delegation meets with Qatari speaker in TurkeyTEHRAN, Oct. 30 (MNA) – An Iranian parliamentary delegation led by Fatemeh Zolghadr held a meeting with Qatar's Speaker of the Shura Council Ahmed bin Abdullah bin Zaid al-Mahmoud in the city of Rize, Turkey on Wednesday....
          

CACI Seeking Language and Cultural Specialists

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Newly Awarded Multi-million dollar prime 5 year language contract Now Hiring!

If you are working or aspiring to work in today's United States Intelligence Community...NOW is the time to CACI! The Intelligence Solutions Team has immediate opportunities for TS/SCI-cleared Area Studies Instructors in the Following languages: Russian, Chinese, Korean, and Japanese. Positions will be available at Ft. Meade, MD and require some travel.

Area Studies Instructors shall develop and deliver Area Studies seminars/brown bags, and other formal and informal training in English and/or a foreign language based on customer requirements, using a variety of synchronous and asynchronous techniques for foundational, intermediate, and advanced training. Employ various teaching methods to provide maximum effectiveness and to allow flexibility in the training. Blended learning techniques may include a combination of eLearning tools, lectures, classroom discussions, team exercises, readings, case studies, role plays, and demonstrations of required skills through work- related tasks.

Job Description:

·       Develop and deliver foundational-level and intermediate-level Area Studies seminars in English and/or a foreign language using Contractor-provided and/or Government-provided documentation, including assessment plans, instructor guides and student materials;

·       Collaborate and coordinate with Area Studies Program Coordinators and Government personnel to ensure successful delivery of training;

·       Conduct research to determine the best vehicle for providing the Area Studies training (academia, Government experts, private contractors, etc.);

·       Research availability of online Area Studies foundational training and recommend to Government the inclusion into training roadmaps;

·       Work as part of a teaching team, as required;

·       Use classroom technology such as SmartBoard/Symposium, audio/video/DVD components, and computer applications, such as Microsoft Office;

·       Collaborate and coordinate with stakeholders to ensure relevance and currency of curriculum;

·       Analyze student feedback for courses in order to identify possible areas requiring change/improvement (content, speakers and/or other instructors, and delivery methodologies);

·       Ensure learning assessments correlate with or directly support unit/topic/course objectives;

·       Analyze feedback from Area Studies speakers and/or other instructors about the students and content in order to identify possible areas requiring change;

·       Work with language and area studies experts across academic, federal and private sectors in order to keep abreast of best practices and make recommendations to Government; incorporate that information in curricula and in teaching practices;

·       Collect, compile, and provide metrics regarding the curriculum to the Government;

·       Tailor approaches in accordance with student learning styles and strategies;

Required Skills/Experience:

****A current TS/SCI security clearance with a Polygraph is required****

·       M.A. or M.S. in Language or Area Studies or a discipline directly related to Area Studies field;

·       Five (5) years experience the last ten (10) years, in teaching and/or developing training on topics of interest to the Government and Intelligence Community, such as history, technology, finance, economics, military, geopolitics, transnational issues and social organizations;

·       In lieu of the Master's Degree, a B.A./B.S. in Language or Area Studies or a discipline related to the required topic/region, and an additional two (2) years of directly related work experience teaching or developing training may be substituted;

·       If training is to be taught in language other than English: Speaker with native capability and a minimum ILR proficiency level 4 in reading, listening and speaking in the standard form of the language to be taught and a minimum ILR proficiency level 2 in reading, listening, speaking and writing in English OR a speaker with native capability in English and a minimum ILR proficiency level 3 in reading, listening and speaking in the standard form of the language to be taught. Skill levels must be documented within the last 3 years;

·       Three (3) years experience within the last ten (10) years, in developing, managing and coordinating training utilizing ISD standards;

·       Three (3) years experience within the past ten (10) years, developing and teaching courses for both face-to-face and eLearning delivery;

·       One (1) year experience within the last five (5) years, working in a cross-cultural environment;

·       Five (5) years experience within the last fifteen (15) years, in SIGINT, military intelligence and/or the Intelligence Community Operations performing work directly concerning the Far East (to include China, Korea, Japan and Nepal), the Near East (to include AF/PAK, India, Afghanistan, Iran, Turkey, Middle East nations, Arabic-speaking North Africa), the Americas, Europe, Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Global Issues.

 

Candidate must be willing to travel up to 15% of the time.

 

Interested candidates are encouraged to email their resume highlighting their DLPT scores as well as their experience teaching and/or developing training on topics of interest to the Government and Intelligence Community to Mr. Frederic Hairson, Lead Technical Recruiter, at Freddie.Hairson@CACI.com.


          

Turkey: Insurance market open to development - EY

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V4: Erdogan arrives in Budapest for a meeting with Viktor Orban

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is the second major world leader to visit Budapest for meetings with Prime Minister Viktor Orban in only 8 days, after the visit by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Erdogan was welcomed by his counterpart, Hungarian President Janos Ader, and will meet Orban later this afternoon, reported the V4 news agency. Their meeting is expected to focus on the two countries' political and economic relations and the situation in Syria, which has a significant impact on the issue of migration.

Turkey is Hungary's ally in NATO and Europe's most important ally in stopping migration. Hungary strives for good relations with all of its allies and all major powers. The three million immigrants currently held up in Turkey would cause insurmountable difficulties in Europe if the Turks decided not to provide for them, Hungary's state news agency quoted the minister as saying, the head of the Hungarian Prime Minister's Office Gergely Gulyas said ahead of the visit.

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French President Macron dunked on Trump for pulling out of Syria without telling his NATO allies

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  • French President Emmanuel Macron gave a blistering interview to The Economist about his dissatisfaction with NATO and the European Union.
  • He slammed President Donald Trump for withdrawing from Syria without consulting NATO last month, saying that there was "no co-ordination whatsoever of strategic decision-making."
  • NATO countries including France, Germany, and the UK still have forces in Syria. Macron said the Syria withdrawal represented the "brain-death of NATO."
  • Trump has for years complained that about what he sees as the US' outsized financial role in NATO, and has threatened multiple times to pull out of the alliance.
  • Macron also said the European Union is "on the edge of a precipice," and partly blamed Trump for not having its back in the face of Russian and Chinese aggressions.
  • Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.

French President Emmanuel Macron has slammed US President Donald Trump for unilaterally withdrawing from Syria — a decision that has upended power structures in the Middle East — without even telling his NATO allies.

"You have no co-ordination whatsoever of strategic decision-making between the United States and its NATO allies. None," Macron told The Economist in an article published Thursday, referring to Trump's troop withdrawal from Syria last month. 

See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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Turkey: Avrupa Birliği ile Amerika Birleşik Devletleri Arasında Neler Oluyor: Airbus Davası Ekseninde Gümrük Düzenlemeleri ve Uluslararası Ticaretin Seyri - BASEAK

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Episode 23: Llego el pavo

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Re: Ana Mardoll's Ramblings: Open Thread: Fallen Leaves

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I watched Fantastic Fungi, a documentary film (with some speculative CGI) on the many wonders of fungi and their prospects for things from bioremediation and pest control to versatile medicie, centered on famed mycology expert Paul Stamets. I saw Stamets present at the Bioneers Conference in 2004, where he spoke so persuasively about the world-changing potential uses of fungi that my high school classmates were fangirling and seeking his autograph. Fifteen years later, he hasn't saved the world but continues to innovate and spread the word. The film features bountiful, amazing time-lapse footage of beautiful mushrooms emerging from their substrate and less-beautiful molds doing their grisly decomposition work. But I don't know how to feel about some other parts of it. Stamets talks about how he trained himself to stop stuttering as a young man after a mind-expanding experience caused by an unintended mega-overdose of hallucinogenic "magic mushrooms," and how turkeytail fungus capsules cured his elderly mother's untreatable cancer. How harmful is it to portray such miracle cures, with the presumed implication that many other people could do the same if they tried, when I expect that's untrue? I don't have those particular afflictions, so I'm not sure. But it brought to mind a remembered seminar speech by Juan Pablo Culasso, a renowned South American 'birdwatcher' and nature ⁹soundtrack recordist who's blind and experiences birds in wild places through their amplified sounds. The seminar made me feel a bit inspired by learning about someone doing something I hadn't known was possible, and a bit ashamed of being inspired. But I also felt miserable at this refutation of my belief and assertion that the field biology career I wanted has proven unfeasible with my visual impairment, thinking and being told that I could have had a career like his if I had tried harder and not given up. So I imagine some people feel similarly about stories involving *their* disabilities .

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IRAQI KURDISTAN: Zewka villagers forced to choose between bombing or flooding.

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IRAQI KURDISTAN: Zewka villagers forced to choose between bombing or flooding. Kathy Kern Thu, 10/31/2019 - 12:57

Displaced students from Zewka, try to keep up with their studies in desperate conditions.

Displaced students from Zewka try to keep up with their studies in desperate conditions.

“If we go back, we will be bombed; if we stay here, we will be flooded,” Pur Aish [Auntie]  told members of the CPT Iraqi Kurdistan. “What kind of choice is that? What did we do?” she asked. She was speaking about her village, Zewka, near the Iranian border, after the whole village was displaced by Turkish bombing.

Pur Aish sits in the thin walled tent, her new accommodation.

Pur Aish sits in the thin walled tent, her new accommodation.

The warplanes and drones of the Turkish Air Force bombed Zewka 24 times overnight on 26 September. The next morning all 20 families—about 100 children, women, and men—fled from their village down the mountain with only the belongings they could carry.

Pur Aish explained that autumn rains and winter snows will soon make it too dangerous to remain in this makeshift camp. Yet the threat of Turkish bombardment makes it too dangerous to return to their homes in the mountainside village. 

This attack was the third time Zewka has been displaced by bombardment since 2011. But it was the first time Turkey has bombed them.  Zewka lies near an Iranian military outpost on the Iraqi Kurdistan side of the mountain. Previously they have been bombarded by the Iranian military.   

A displaced village also means a displaced school.  Organizations have provided two small tents, three white boards, and nine desks for the children’s school. The students receive instruction under the flimsy canvas or at desks by the river. Any rain means school is cancelled and they must stay home.   

Team members, Kamaran Osman and Weldon Nisly visited the village on 19 October. They met teacher Awat, the Zewka school headmaster, in the city of Qaladze, who rode with them to the displaced village and school.

Due to lack of space, two girls from Zewka sit
at a desk outside, near the river that will soon flood

The school’s four teachers, including teacher Awat, live in Qaladze and drive the hour-long trip over the mountain early each morning in time for school to begin at 8:00 a.m. At noon the classes end and the teachers begin the tiring journey home again.

The teachers spend most of their meager salary on transportation to and from the camp. They pooled their money to purchase a 1980s-model four-wheel-drive Toyota to drive across the mountain in all but the worst weather. They know that if they do not show up, the children will not have school. “I am coming here to teach because I love these students,” one teacher said. The other teachers echoed his sentiment. They all vowed to continue teaching the children in this makeshift school. 

“How is it possible for these children to learn in this life-threatening situation?”

The teachers emphasized how hard it is for children to learn when they are traumatized by bombings and displacement. “How is it possible for these children to learn in this life-threatening situation?” Teacher Pishdar asked CPT. Another teacher said, “The children of Zewka need a safe and stable school with adequate resources so they can get the education they deserve.” 

Water is another significant concern for the displaced village. Their primary source of water is the river, which is polluted with human and animal waste. They drink the river water and use it to cook, wash dishes and clothes, and bathe their children. Their children often play in the river and are suffering from skin rashes and diseases. 

Zewka village calls on Turkey to stop bombing. They also call upon their own government and international humanitarian agencies to provide aid so they no longer face the terrible choice of facing bombs or floods. 

CPT echoes the concerns of Zewka’s people, calling on the international community to tell Turkey to stop bombing them and all others who suffer the ravages of war.

CPTers Kamaran and Weldon stand with the students and staff
of the displaced village school.
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Επίγειος Παράδεισος (It Must Be Heaven)

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ItMustBeHeaven1Γαλλία/France, Γερμανία/Germany, Καναδάς/Canada, Τουρκία/Turkey, Κατάρ/Qatar, Παλαιστίνη/Palestine, 2019, εγχρ./col.

Σκην./Dir.: Elia Suleiman | Σεν./Scr.: Elia Suleiman | Φωτ./Cin.: Sofian El Fani | Μοντ./Ed.: Véronique Lange | |Ηθ./Cast: Elia Suleiman, Ali Suliman, Gael García Bernal, Grégoire Colin, François Girard, Alain Dahan | Παρ./Prod.:  Abbout Productions, Possible Media, Possibles Média, Rectangle Productions, Wild Bunch | Διάρκεια/ Dur.: 97’

O σκηνοθέτης Ελία Σουλεϊμάν δραπετεύει από την Παλαιστίνη σε αναζήτηση εναλλακτικής πατρίδας, για να ανακαλύψει ότι η Παλαιστίνη τον ακολουθεί παντού. Η υπόσχεση μιας νέας ζωής μετατρέπεται σε μια κωμωδία παρεξηγήσεων: όσο μακρυά και να ταξιδέψει, από το Παρίσι ως τη Νέα Υόρκη, πάντα κάτι του θυμίζει τη γενέθλια γη. Από τον βραβευμένο σκηνοθέτη Ελία Σουλεϊμάν, ένα κωμικό έπος που διερευνά θέματα ταυτότητας, ιθαγένειας και την αίσθηση του ανήκειν, με την οποία ο Σουλεϊμάν θέτει το θεμελιώδες ερώτημα: πού βρίσκεται το μέρος που μπορούμε ειλικρινά να αποκαλέσουμε «σπίτι»;

Η ταινία διακρίθηκε στο Φεστιβάλ των Κανών με την Ειδική Μνεία της Κριτικής Επιτροπής και το Βραβείο FIPRESCI.


          

How to make Perfect Gravy from a Brined Turkey

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I love brined turkeys—they are always incredibly moist, flavorful and juicy. But most gravy recipes out there use the pan drippings, which in the case of brined turkeys can make your gravy unbearably salty if you’re not careful. That doesn’t mean you have to choose between a moist and juicy bird or a robustly flavorful […]
          

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — It’s been a longstanding tradition in America for the sitting president to “pardon” a turkey in the week leading up to...

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#7BC Tyler Courtney of Indianapolis, Ind. has 16 wins so far during the 2019 USAC National season, tying him for the eighth most prolific season in the history of the club.

COURTNEY SETTING USAC RECORDS IN DREAM 2019 SEASON

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (November 5, 2019)………Tyler Courtney’s  2019 USAC season has been a memorable one on numerous fronts, not the least is the number of wins he’s collected as the tour moves into November and the final month of the racing year.

Entering this week’s Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction at California’s Perris Auto Speedway on Nov. 7-8-9, Courtney has already garnered 16 total USAC National feature victories – once in Silver Crown, seven times in the AMSOIL National Sprint Cars and eight instances in the seat of a NOS Energy Drink National Midget.

Courtney’s total, thus far, has placed him in the upper echelon of USAC’s greatest individual seasons.  And, with that, 11 National events (6 Midget, 5 Sprint) over the next handful of weeks remain, providing him an opportunity to chase down J.J. Yeley’s record of 23 National wins in 2003 if he catches figurative fire and blitzes through the month.

The Indianapolis, Ind. native’s 16 wins ranks as the eighth most prolific season, in terms of victories, the series has ever seen, equaling the defending AMSOIL National Sprint Car champion with Rich Vogler’s 11 Midget and 5 Sprint win campaign of 1978.

Additionally, Courtney became just the fifth driver to win at least 15 USAC National races and win in at least three National divisions in a single season, joining A.J. Foyt (1961-64), Parnelli Jones (1964), Jay Drake (2000) and Yeley (2003).

Courtney remains the lone driver to pick up wins in all three USAC National divisions in 2019 with an historic victory during May’s Hoosier Hundred in Silver Crown competition, plus Midget wins twice in Ocala, Fla., and once each at Kokomo, Ind., Granite City, Ill., Bloomington, Ind., Fairbury, Neb., Ohio’s Eldora Speedway and at Haubstadt, Ind.  Plus, he tallied sprint scores thrice at Eldora, and singularly at Port Royal, Pa., Plymouth, Ind., Terre Haute, Ind. and Kokomo, Ind.

Up next for him to tackle are the Nov. 7-8-9 Oval Nationals at Perris with the Sprint Car, then doubling in both the midget and sprint for two-straight nights at Arizona Speedway in San Tan Valley for the 52nd Western World Championships presented by San Tan Ford on Nov. 15-16, which concludes the sprint season where he enters trailing point leader C.J. Leary by 47 points.

Following that, it’s all about California sunshine and midget racing as the inaugural Elk Grove Ford Hangtown 100 commences on Nov. 19-20 at California’s Placerville Speedway, followed by a stop at Bakersfield Speedway for the November Classic on Nov. 23 and the midget season closer, Nov. 28, for the 79th edition of the Turkey Night Grand Prix at Ventura Raceway.

 

MOST USAC NATIONAL WINS IN A SINGLE SEASON:

2003: J.J. Yeley

(23 National / 24 Total)

4 Silver Crown, 13 National Sprint & 6 National Midget

 

1961: A.J. Foyt

(19 National / 19 Total)

4 Championship Car, 6 National Sprint & 9 National Midget

 

1964: A.J. Foyt

(18 National / 18 Total)

10 Championship Car, 5 National Sprint & 3 Stock

 

1964: Parnelli Jones

(18 National / 18 Total)

2 Championship Cars, 8 Stock, 1 National Sprint & 7 National Midget

 

2000: Jay Drake

(17 National / 19 Total)

1 Silver Crown, 10 National Sprint & 6 National Midget

 

1988: Rich Vogler

(17 National / 18 Total)

16 National Midget & 1 National Sprint

 

1967: Mel Kenyon

(17 National / 17 Total)

17 National Midget

 

1978: Rich Vogler

(16 National / 16 Total)

11 National Midget & 5 National Sprint

 

2019: Tyler Courtney

(16 National / 16 Total)

1 Silver Crown, 7 National Sprint & 8 National Midget

 


          

The Boss Hogg from Sweet Smoke BBQ

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Brisket [Whole 12-15 lb.]  Smoke Temp 200° | Internal Temp 195° | Cook Time 13-15 hrs. | Rest Time 2 hrs. Turkey Breast [Whole 4-6 lb.] Smoke Temp 235° |…
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Turkey Becomes the Latest Nation to Work on Digital Fiat

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Trade wars, sanctions, fear from private and decentralized cryptocurrencies. Regardless of the motive, a number of governments have recently taken the path of creating their own digital money. Turkey has become the latest country to announce plans for the issue of a “blockchain-based” national currency. Also read: China Removes Bitcoin Mining From Unwanted Industries List […]

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Turkey’s minimum wage not enough to buy food, trade union says

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A typical four-member family living off the minimum wage would not be able to make ends meet, with even basic food expenditure exceeding the minimum wage, Turkey's biggest trade union confederation.

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Syrian Refugees Who Resettled In Turkey May Have To Move Again

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Turkish troops invaded northern Syria after the U.S. moved troops out of their way. Turkey says it might move more than a million Syrians back over the border into the "safe zone" it's creating.
          

Adult Recreation Center's Thanksgiving Luncheon (11/20/2019 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM)

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The Roswell Adult Recreation Center is celebrating its 42nd year of their Thanksgiving Luncheon! This event is free and open to persons 50+. Cook up your favorite dish to share and come celebrate with us! Turkey, dressing, beverages, and...
          

Tayyip Erdogan says Turkey has captured Baghdadi's wife in Syria

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"The United States said Baghdadi killed himself in a tunnel. They started a communication campaign about this," Erdogan said. "But, I am announcing it here for the first time: We captured his wife and didn't make a fuss like them. Similarly, we also captured his sister and brother in law in Syria," he said in a speech at Ankara University.
          

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