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          Most heavy arms pulled out of planned Syria buffer zone      Cache   Translate Page      

Most heavy arms pulled out of planned Syria buffer zoneJihadists and Turkish-backed rebels in Syria's last major opposition stronghold have withdrawn heavy weapons from nearly all of a planned buffer zone, a monitor said Tuesday, a day ahead of deadline. The pullback is the first major test of a deal brokered by government ally Russia and Turkey last month to avoid what the United Nations warned would be the appalling humanitarian consequences of a major government offensive. Analysts had expected Ankara to have a difficult time enforcing the September 17 deal but by Tuesday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the heavy weapons pullout was nearly complete.



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Turkey said Tuesday it will search the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul as it investigates why journalist Jamal Khashoggi vanished there a week ago, an extraordinary ...
          INTERVIEW: Tord Gustavsen (new trio album The Other Side and UK tour 26 Oct to 16 Nov)      Cache   Translate Page      

It is over a decade since the Norwegian pianist TORD GUSTAVSEN first made gentle yet very distinctive waves with his piano trio. Now, after quartet albums and his vocal/piano/drums project What Was Said, he returns to the classic jazz piano trio format for a new ECM album, The Other Side, and an extensive UK tour which begins later his month and culminates in an EFG London Jazz Festival concert. Peter Bacon interviewed him by email.

LondonJazz News: It’s been 11 years since your last piano/bass/drums trio album, and in the interim period you have included saxophone and vocals in your group recordings. Why the return to the trio format for The Other Side, and why now?

Tord Gustavsen: It has not felt right until now. After the tragically early passing of bass player Harald Johnsen from my first trio, it did not feel right to just do a new trio with the same instruments. Also, the quartet with Tore Brunborg on saxophone, and the project with vocalist Simin Tander, were both formations that demanded full attention as bands and musical organisms, and that developed strongly over time. And then, when I started thinking that it could be time to do trio again – with the piano more in the main melodic foreground, it all had to mature into a situation where I could avoid thinking about how to "follow up’ the old trio, and instead just play, here and now, un-forced.

LJN: Most of your albums – and certainly all the piano trio ones – have been recorded in the depths of a Norwegian winter. Accident or design? And if by design, does the season play a vital part in affecting the mood of the music?

TG: This has happened mostly by accident, I think. January is a good month to record, though, because there is often not so much touring going on then. I really don’t know how much the season affects the music – but it’s fair to assume that there are some links…

LJN: Drummer Jarle Vespestad has been the constant in all your recordings. What makes him special?

TG: His extreme ability to combine attentive interplay and melodic focus with stable foundations and subtle groove. And his skills in dynamics – the ability to play extremely quietly over time when needed. And his sound – you can immediately hear that he is playing. And the fact that he actually likes my music enough to stick with it…

LJN: And tell us about Sigurd Hole, the double bassist on The Other Side. How did you meet and what does he bring to the trio?

TG: I met Sigurd a few years ago when he played with me in a project with choir and poetry recital in Norway, and I liked his playing a lot. Sigurd then joined my quartet when Mats Eilertsen left around 2014-15, and did some concerts with us, a tour of Australia and New Zealand, plus concerts in Norway, Poland, Turkey, Romania and the UK. After this, the focus shifted to the project with Simin Tander and the album What Was Said with world-wide touring in 2016 and 2017, with synth-bass and drones instead of traditional double bass.

Still, what we had started with Sigurd kept maturing under the surface, and when we took up trio playing in 2017 the interplay was already there, and has developed further into a musical relationship that I really cherish. Sigurd brings the right kind of musical patience and wisdom – and stable, yet inventive playing. And he has very special arco skills – that is, playing with the bow on the double bass with various techniques. And this adds new textures and also percussive elements to the soundscape.



LJN: Your own playing on The Other Side sounds to me not only like a further honing of your style, but also – in seeming contradiction – a broadening of it. Is that a fair hearing? Are there new influences that you feel you are bringing to your compositions and improvisations?

TG: I really appreciate you seeing it like this. In a way, there is nothing ‘new’ on The Other Side from my side as compared to what I have been doing with the quartet, with Simin Tander, and in my solo concerts the last couple of years. But then, if you compare it to the earlier trio albums, there is a substantial development.

I like the term "broadening" – it is not so much about linear development and leaving something behind, it is about including new ideas, stretching out, and returning to your main "themes" or musical "message" in ever new ways. I play more "orchestrally" on some tunes now, I play more abstractly on some tunes, I play even more reduced on some tunes, but there is also more dynamics. And still a basic contemplative approach. And I use some electronics and deep-end sounds (the album deserves to be listened to on good speakers and with the volume turned up to really hear the deep-end qualities and the textures produced by electronics on some tunes).

All this has been gradually growing in my playing during the 11 years since the last trio album, especially during the last five years. The influences come from many sources – for example from listening to electronic music, from playing Bach with a choir and a Norwegian fiddle player (!), from playing with Iranian musicians – and fundamentally from listening closely to classical piano players and being inspired by their touch and the way they shape timbre-colours.

LJN: You have included in the album your arrangements of other composers. Tell me about them and why you chose them.

TG: Hymns and chorals have always been an important part of my musical "self" – as a listener, as a non-dogmatic liberal church-goer, and as a performer. But they did not make their way into the albums under my name until What Was Said in 2016 (except for the one track Eg veit i himmerik ei borg on Extended Circle from 2014). It feels very natural now to combine original compositions and folk tunes and even the Bach chorals – it did not before… I guess we had to arrive at a point where we just played with it, and did not try too hard… and, concerning Bach, to a point where the respect for the great master turned into gratitude and freedom rather than anxiety and doubts as to what is "allowed". Of course, one can not "improve" Bach – his compositions are so complete and perfect. So, we had to arrive at a point where we could steal and borrow in the most unforced way and simply treat these amazingly good songs as just that; good songs to approach with a here-and-now attitude as jazz musicians approach their "standards".

Then, the hymns and chorals we play are also really important to me as texts, although we do instrumental versions. I often think of the lyrics when performing them – in a way we indirectly interpret or comment on the message of the texts. The Bach chorals are important in this way: O, Traurigkeit is a lament – expressing deep sorrow and longing for release. Jesu, meine Freude is about deep joy, the joy that lies under our ups and downs and embraces both suffering and celebration. And Schlafes Bruder is actually a song about welcoming death – but here our interpretation is more paradoxical. Jarle started playing a really uplifting groove during a rehearsal, and I just felt that this theme could perhaps fit, although quite far from how it’s usually played… and all of a sudden we were indirectly interpreting the choral as being about release in resurrection – about new life on The Other Side (sic.) of suffering, or moving towards the light…



LJN: You have described in a previous interview with me the idea that “a concert is a meditation”. Can you expand on that idea? And also, how does a recording differ from a concert – how does a listening audience in the room, or the absence of one, affect your performance?

TG: Both an album and a concert to me can have a structure almost like Prelude (opening up, purifying our minds and getting rid of distractions etc.); Kyrie (confession / openness / transparency / willingness to surrender); Gloria (celebration / deep joy); Agnus Dei (contemplation on the divine presence or the "sacred" incarnated in us here and now, whether or not one uses a word like God); Communion (companionship, shared presence); Sanctus (release and gratitude); Interludes (small spaces to take a breath); and Postlude (ending and re-affirmation). This parallell between mass and concert means a lot to me, although I don’t follow it in any strict way in normal concerts. Furthermore, playing itself equals meditating or praying to me – opening up, being vulnerable, stretching your mind outwards and observing the innermost vibrations at the same time, sometimes receiving gifts of insight, breathing deeply.

As for the audience, the most beautiful thing is when you can feel that they take part in all this – that we are on the journey together. But I can never be an entertainer – I will never be able to play for the audience first and foremost. I have to play for myself first and try to make the music I would have liked to listen to myself, and then expand the circle to include the audience and experience them. The other way round would not have worked for me. (pp)

The Tord Gustavsen Trio's The Other Side is now out on ECM.

Tour dates

26 October: The Tower Digital Arts Centre, Helensburgh
27 October: Howard Assembly Room, Leeds
28 October: Triskel ECM Weekend, Guinness Cork Jazz Festival
29 October: The Apex, Bury St Edmunds
30 October: St. George’s, Bristol Keyboard Festival
31 October: Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry
1 November: Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff
2 November: Turner Sims, Southampton
3 November: Lakeside Arts, Nottingham
16 November: Cadogan Hall, EFG London Jazz Festival

LINK: Tord Gustavsen Trio's website

ECM website

          Turkey to search Saudi Consulate for missing journalist      Cache   Translate Page      

ISTANBUL >> Turkey said today it will search the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul as it investigates why journalist Jamal Khashoggi vanished there a week ago, an extraordinary probe of a diplomatic post amid Turkish officials’ fears the writer had been killed inside the building.


          Turkey to search Saudi consulate for Jamal Khashoggi      Cache   Translate Page      
Riyadh open to examination of consulate, Turkey's foreign ministry says, a week after disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi.
          People in Turkey react to Jamal Khashoggi's disappearance      Cache   Translate Page      
Many Turks are unaware of Khashoggi's disappearance in Istanbul, Arab dissidents living there fear for their safety.
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Argentina’s Max Richeze finished in 1st place in action packed finish in the opening stage of the 54th Presidential Tour of Turkey in Konya on Tuesday. Richeze beat Ireland’s Sam Bennett to first position in a sprint involved several cyclists in the stage of 148.4km. Luxembourg’s Jeanne Pierre Drucker finished in 3rd place. Nicolas Roche […]
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Ingram Micro Inc., one of the largest value-added distributors in the Middle East, Turkey and Africa region, today announced a start of the distribution relationship with NVIDIA, a world leader in artificial intelligence computing technology. With this agreement, Ingram Micro is authorized to sell and promote NVIDIA's Deep Learning, GPU Virtualization and High Performance Computing solutions in the GCC countries (namely, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates), Turkey and South Africa....

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          Why is the Trump administration quiet on Jamal Khashoggi's alleged murder?      Cache   Translate Page      

Journalist Jamal Khashoggi is believed to have been tortured, murdered, and dismembered inside the Saudi consulate in Turkey. This image appears to show him entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last week. He hasn't came out, and is believed to have been murdered or disappeared by Saudi officials.

Other than a “I heard a report” from Donald, a “we're monitoring the situation closely” from James Mattis, and similar mumblings from others here and there, why is this tough-on-mideast-bad-guys administration so hushed on the apparent execution of the Saudi reporter who contributed to U.S. news organizations?

On MSBNC, Richard Engel says Istanbul security officials have two theories: One, they grabbed him and killed him inside the embassy. The other theory is that Khashoggi was the subject of an attempted rendition to Saudi Arabia, and he died in the process.

Here's the short version of why Trump and his version of the U.S. government isn't going to do anything about it.

MBS, the Sunni prince of Saudi Arabia, has powerful allies in the Trump administration like the president himself, and Ivanka Trump, and Jared Kushner, none of whom are likely to want to piss off their ally for personal financial reasons.

“If they can't find a body, it'll be difficult to make Saudi Arabia pay a price,” says Richard Engel in this two-way with Chuck Todd on Meet The Press. Read the rest


          ‘Royal Family Makes Sure’ Saudi Dissident Voices Aren’t Heard - Activist      Cache   Translate Page      
Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who went missing October 2 after having entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, was “a mild critic” of the Saudi government, peace activist Medea Benjamin told Radio Sputnik Tuesday. Nonetheless, “the royal family makes sure” dissidents are rarely heard, she said, even abroad.
          The Tiny Tots Concert Was a Nice (and Short) Distraction for My Pain-in-the-Ass Toddler      Cache   Translate Page      
The next Tiny Tots concerts happen December 7-8. by Leilani Polk
Shes really cool when shes not screaming.
She's really cool when she's not screaming. LP

Being a parent has proved particularly challenging of late. Much of this has to do with the fact that we're weaning our child off the bottle, and it’s been pretty much a cold turkey thing, save for the one we give her right before bedtime. But Penelope’s headstrong nature—which revealed itself in her first-ever meltdown the same week she officially turned 1—kicked into overdrive this past week, as has her tendency to scream bloody murder and literally fall onto the floor in fits of rage when she doesn’t get her way.

So it was with both hope and trepidation that we brought her to the 10:30 am Tiny Tots Concert this past Saturday at Benaroya, where we had a playdate with her bud Fritz (and his parents). This included a pre-show reception in the grand lobby, where everyone was invited to enjoy activities (crafts, instrument introductions, and the like) prior to the show, but there were so many people and children there already enjoying said activities that we spent the whole time chasing her around as she tried to touch/grab/get into every possible thing already in use and chirping 'Hi!' all along the way (it's one of her few words), until Fritz and Co. arrived and we all headed into the 500-seat Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall.

I found out later that the 10:30 concert is the most popular (and packed) because it’s convenient for nap time, which was definitely my reason behind choosing it, and the room certainly filled up, the sounds of young voices (laughing, crying, shouting, screaming, burbling, and all manner of other noises that children 5 and younger make) filled the air.

Then the lights dimmed slightly to indicate the show was starting and out bounded John Turman, a Seattle Symphony horn player who serves as host for the concerts, and I’m pretty sure it was his gold sequined dinner jacket and matching high tops that kept so many eyes in that room glued to him. Also, his seemingly boundless and definitely infectious enthusiasm, which started with instructions on how to sing-along or respond to musical cues, and then the “Hello Song” followed by introductions of the musicians and the instruments that each would be playing—both Mae Lin and Brittany Boulding Breeden on violin, Sayaka Kokubo on viola, and Nathan Chan on cello. Each delivered a little musical number upon their entrance, with Chan performing a riff from the theme of the Harry Potter films and Jaws that were both recognized and appreciated—at least by the adults in the room.

Then, the program began, with Turman jumping and bounding and skipping around the stage, sometimes playing a guitar, pointing out the melodies, and walking the children through how to sing-along to them (for those old enough to take part), while the string players, in quartet chamber formation, performed shortened Mozart pieces that I’m pretty sure most of the kids in the room knew, if not from Baby Einstein, then from various other child-friendly programs that tap (free use) classical compositions, and/or from music-making toys (I have at least three that pipe Mozart): Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” as based on W.A. Mozart’s Twelve Variations, and The Marriage of Figaro, Overture (arr. FCM), before launching into the “Goodbye Song,” pretty much a reprise of the Hello song, as far as I could tell.

I spent much of the time watching my daughter’s round-eyed reaction to everything, and while I didn't feel like much more of an adult than when I started the day, it was quite nice to sit in a hall with her and her dad, listening to the finespun Mozart melodies, without her getting upset. And even if she had put up a fuss, there would have been plenty of other children around her doing different variations of the same thing.

The program was super short, a mere 30 minutes, but overall, it was a perfectly spent 30 minutes—just long enough to keep her distracted, not so long that she started getting antsy. Plus, Benaroya Hall is so close to Pike Place Market that after the show we wandered over, picked up some fresh flowers and bread, ate a Bavarian Meats cone (all meat, all of the time) before calling it a day.

The next Tiny Tots concert, The Winds: The Nutcracker, happens December 7-8.

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          Social media helps SAT-7 provide Christian resources to viewers      Cache   Translate Page      
International (MNN) -- Social media is transforming how some ministry organizations connect. SAT-7, a satellite TV ministry to the Middle East and North Africa, uses social media to build relationships with viewers. “We [are on] Facebook. So you’re watching a program and you have a question, you have a comment, a viewer can get on Facebook [and] ask questions. People interact with them and it’s in real time. It’s not like you have to wait weeks and weeks for your answer," SAT-7’s Vice President for Ministry Partnerships Dennis Wiens explains. “I think the value of Facebook is just incredible for a ministry like SAT-7. I think we have 1.9 million Facebook [users] that are friends with SAT-7. You think of the networks that those 1.9 million people represent.”

Social Media Benefits

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Millions of people across the globe have access to social media. To help engage viewers, SAT-7 has specific social media initiatives regarding the content it delivers through uncensored satellite TV. By answering viewers’ questions through social media, SAT-7 is helping people process what they learn. “For example, we broadcast live church services from Turkey or [the] Middle East or North Africa. As people watch that, probably over half of our viewership are not necessarily Christian. But, they’re curious,” Wiens shares.

“They’re drawn to what they see in the Christians. They’re drawn to these positive values. They’re drawn to the hope of the Gospel that they see in a Christian’s lifestyle.”

These curious people directly connect through social media, text, email, and other platforms to get a response while building a relationship with SAT-7. However, social media is not only useful in the MENA region. In the West, SAT-7 uses social media for development. Through social media, SAT-7 boosts awareness, prayer support, and can even raise resources. SAT-7 currently has developmental social media platforms in the United States, the United Kingdom, Europe, Canada, and even Brazil.

Encouraging the MENA Church

Still, social media does not always get a good rep, but people across the world have access to social media and texting. In places where Bibles cannot be purchased at a local store, social media may be the only Christian resource available.

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“As you look around the world, many people may never meet another Christian. Many do not have a church to go to. We are their church. We can broadcast, we can deliver church through social media platforms,” Wiens says. “I think if you want to be critical of a certain methodology, keep it in the context that you understand it, but don’t limit that to somebody across the world who has no other Christian resources. Don’t take their only resource away from them, which might be Facebook or WhatsApp or Telegram or SAT-7 broadcasts.” Would you help SAT-7 continue to reach people? Wiens asks that you would join in on what God is doing in the MENA region by praying. Pray for this area and the Christians, churches, and pastors there. Learn about the MENA Church and then advocate for it. Share your findings with friends. Finally, consider financially supporting SAT-7, hosting a SAT-7 event, and more. Financially support SAT-7 here! Click here to find more ways to get involved with SAT-7!

“In church, we hear a lot of times about closed countries. There’s no such thing because there are no boundaries anymore. Social media has taken away historic obstacles...of sharing messaging.”

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The Turkish government unveiled measures aimed at reining in double-digit inflation that has helped erode investor confidence in the country and contributed to a sharp depreciation of the currency this year.
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          An Extraordinary Move in Search for Missing Journalist      Cache   Translate Page      
Turkey said Tuesday it will search the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul as it investigates why journalist Jamal Khashoggi vanished there a week ago, an extraordinary probe of a diplomatic post amid Turkish officials' fears the writer had been killed inside the building. That Saudi Arabia would allow foreigners to enter...
          Why More Dictators Are Killing and Abducting Dissidents Abroad      Cache   Translate Page      

In Sheridan Circle on Washington’s Embassy Row lies a small plaque, little noticed by both tourists and locals, marking the spot where a car bomb killed Chilean diplomat-turned-think-tanker Orlando Letelier along with his American co-worker Ronni Moffitt in 1976. Letelier, since leaving Chile, had become a leading critic of Augusto Pinochet’s regime, and declassified documents later showed that the dictator had directly ordered the killing.

A dictatorship killing one of its citizens on the streets of a foreign capital is a brazen act but is by no means unheard of. Social scientists have traditionally defined a state as the entity that controls the use of physical force for domination within a given territory. But states, particularly those of an authoritarian bent, have frequently sought to project violence against dissidents and defectors far beyond their borders. An effective authoritarian state needs its most prominent critics to know that an ice ax in the back is still a possibility, even if they leave.

While it’s not exactly a new phenomenon, as Letelier and numerous other historical cases prove, the killing or abduction of foreign critics by authoritarian regimes appears to be alarmingly normalized today. Also alarming: Some of the countries where these crimes take place seem uninterested in doing anything to stop them.

Last week, Jamal Khashoggi, a prominent Saudi journalist and critic of its ruling royal family living in exile in the United States, visited the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to obtain a document related to his upcoming wedding. He has not been heard from since then, and Turkish officials reportedly believe he was murdered by a special team sent from Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia’s government has been brutal to dissidents and opponents, and technically speaking Khashoggi entered Saudi territory when he went inside the consulate building, but he had apparently been unconcerned, telling friends before his disappearance that he had been treated well during previous visits to Saudi embassies and consulates. His fiancée says he told her not to worry, since “they would not dare attempt anything within Turkey’s borders.”

Then again, perhaps no one should assume they are safe from a government that more or less took the prime minister of Lebanon hostage for several days last year. Ghanem al-Dosary, a London-based Saudi dissident, told the New York Times that Khashoggi’s disappearance was a message from the regime to its critics “that our hands can reach you wherever you are.”

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has demanded that the Saudi government prove its claim that Khashoggi walked out of the consulate unharmed. While a reasonable request, this umbrage is somewhat ironic given Turkey’s own pursuit of its critics abroad. Under Erdogan, the Turkish government has launched an aggressive crackdown on supporters of Fethullah Gülen, the influential and controversial cleric it accuses of orchestrating a failed 2016 coup. Thousands of accused Gülenists, including U.S. citizens, have been arrested, and the manhunt has gone global as well. Often, this is a matter of pushing foreign governments to extradite Gülenists back to Turkey, but sometimes the line between arrest and abduction has been blurred. In March, six Gülenists in Kosovo were shipped back to Turkey after being arrested over links to Gülenists schools, but Kosovo’s prime minister said he had not been aware of the operation, and local media dubbed it a “kidnapping.” In July, the government of Mongolia prevented what appeared to be an attempted abduction of a Gülenist school leader. Then there’s Gülen himself: Special counsel Robert Mueller is reportedly looking into allegations, corroborated by former CIA Director James Woolsey, that Turkish officials had met with former U.S. National Security Adviser and unacknowledged Turkey lobbyist Michael Flynn to discuss a plan to abduct the cleric from his compound in Pennsylvania and deliver him back to Turkey. And that’s not to mention the beating of protesters in Washington by Erdogan’s own bodyguards in 2017.

Of course, the most prominent recent attack by an authoritarian government on an exiled critic was the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in England in March, an attack that Vladimir Putin’s government has only half-heartedly tried to deny. According to a BuzzFeed investigation last year, U.S. authorities believe that as many as 14 people, including billionaire Boris Berezovsky, whose death had been ruled a suicide in 2013, had been killed by Russian secret services in Britain in recent years. Dozens more opponents of the Putin regime have been killed under suspicious circumstances abroad.

China has also been reaching across borders to pursue its critics. Prominent dissidents have been reportedly abducted from Thailand and sent back to China for detention. As for foreign-residing Uighurs—the Muslim minority that Beijing has recently been repressing in a brutal campaign that’s been dubbed a “cultural genocide”—the authorities’ preferred tactic appears to be threatening their families living within China unless they return home.

Last week also saw the bizarre disappearance and resignation of Meng Hongwei, the Chinese official who led Interpol, in what appeared to be a highly unusual move by a state government against the leader of a major international organization, all the more troubling since the exact charges against Meng have not been made public.

Numerous other examples abound. Two women are currently on trial in Malaysia over the killing—likely in cooperation, willing or not, with North Korean operatives—of Kim Jong-nam, brother of the current North Korean leader. The government of Iran stands accused by French authorities of orchestrating the attempted bombing of a meeting of a prominent exile group in Paris.

The response of the governments of countries where these incidents happen has often been muted—and that’s a problem. The British government’s tepid reaction to the 2006 poisoning of former FSB agent Alexander Litvinenko very well could have led Vladimir Putin to conclude there would be little consequence for pulling the same stunt there again.

Often diplomatic considerations are behind these muted reactions. France, for instance, is unlikely to press its case against Iran too hard, given that it’s currently trying to preserve what’s left of the 2015 nuclear deal.

It’s hard to make those sorts of excuses for President Donald Trump, who has spoken approvingly of how leaders like Putin, Xi Jinping, Kim Jong-un, and Erdogan conduct their business. When Putin suggested allowing Russian investigators to question 11 U.S. citizens he views as enemies, including former Ambassador Michael McFaul, in exchange for “cooperation” in the investigation of 2016 election interference, Trump called it an “incredible offer.” Trump was also reportedly reluctant and angry about the expulsion of Russian diplomats in response to the Skripal poisoning.

After days of silence over the alleged abduction and possible murder of Khashoggi, Trump, who often touts his close relationship with the Saudi royal family, finally acknowledged that there were some “pretty bad stories” going around about the journalist and U.S.
resident’s fate and said, “Hopefully that will sort itself out.” The Saudis are probably not too worried about a fierce U.S. response at this point.

But if we’re going to fault Trump’s rhetoric for contributing to the sense of impunity felt by authoritarian governments, we should also acknowledge Barack Obama’s covert drone campaign in Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia. This isn’t to draw any moral equivalence between the targeting of members of groups like al-Qaida, the Taliban, and ISIS and the murders and abductions of dissidents and journalists by dictatorships. But the targeted killing of a country’s enemies outside a declared battlefield was once considered exceptional, and the U.S. has helped make it routine.

More disturbing still may be the possibility that state violence is becoming globalized. The human rights community, more often than not, views the world in terms of distinct countries, classifying them as “free” or “unfree.” The much-maligned International Criminal Court is hamstrung by the fact that its jurisdiction is limited to only the countries that accept it.

Once upon a time, it was thought that globalization would undermine authoritarian systems in individual states as economic liberalization and new forms of communications overwhelm their defenses against outside influence. But the influence, of course, ended up going both ways. Today, we live in a world where China’s economic clout influences what classes are taught at U.S. universities and what movies are produced by Hollywood. The same internet that brings Western media into Russia allows the Russian state to influence elections around the world.

Authoritarian states clearly do not feel their authority is limited by state borders. So it’s no surprise they don’t feel their ability to inflict violence is limited either.


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          هل هو الهدوء قبل العاصفة في إدلب؟      Cache   Translate Page      

تظهر صورة ملتقطة من طائرة من دون طيار سحب مركبات مدرّعة وأسلحة ثقيلة لقوات المعارضة من إدلب في سوريا، كجزء من إنشاء منطقة منزوعة السلاح بموجب اتفاق سوتشي بين تركيا وروسيا في 8 أكتوبر/تشرين الأول 2018. 

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خيّم هدوء مخيف على محافظة إدلب السورية، الجزء الأكبر المتبقي من البلاد حيث تواجه جماعات مسلحة عديدة الحكومة السورية وحليفتها الروسية. اختفت الطائرات المقاتلة السورية والروسية التي كانت تقصف المنطقة بلا هوادة، وتهدد بتدفق جديد وحاشد للاجئين نحو الحدود التركية المغلقة والمحصّنة بجنود يطلقون النار على مَن يحاول اجتيازها من دون إذن.

رغم أن 3 ملايين مدني نكلت بهم الحرب يتنفسون الصعداء بحذر في إدلب، يهددهم خطر حقيقي إن استؤنف القتال. لن يتخذ أحد خطوات لحمايتهم، نظرا إلى تاريخ النظام السوري الحافل بالهجمات العشوائية، وتلك الموجهة ضد المدنيين في إدلب وغيرها.

بعد أشهر من المناورات الدبلوماسية والعسكرية والضغوط الدولية المستمرة، وقّعت تركيا وروسيا في 17 سبتمبر/أيلول خطة أوقفت هجوما وشيكا للنظام السوري وروسيا ضد الجماعات المسلحة في إدلب.

اتفق الطرفان على إنشاء "منطقة منزوعة السلاح" واسعة النطاق تمتد من 15 إلى 20 كيلومترا وتمر بشكل رئيسي عبر إدلب، وعلى تحديد جميع "الجماعات الإرهابية المتطرفة" هناك. كُلّفت أنقرة بتطهير المنطقة من هذه الجماعات بحلول 15 أكتوبر/تشرين الأول، ونزع جميع الأسلحة الثقيلة من الجماعات الأخرى. رحب النظام السوري في البداية بالصفقة، لكن في 8 أكتوبر/تشرين الأول، تعهّد الرئيس بشار الأسد "بتحرير جميع المناطق التي ما زالت تحت سيطرة الإرهابيين وإعادتها إلى رعاية الدولة السورية".

حتى لو التزمت تركيا بموعدها النهائي، لا تزال هناك أسئلة بارزة. أظهر التاريخ مرارا أن "المناطق الآمنة" نادرا ما تكون آمنة بالنسبة للمدنيين. هل ستجذب المنطقة أعدادا هائلة من المدنيين الهاربين من الهجمات السورية والروسية على المقاتلين الذين ترسلهم تركيا إلى شمال إدلب؟ إذا كان الأمر كذلك، كيف ستعمل مجموعات الإغاثة التي تعاني من ضغوط كبيرة بالأصل ومن ضائقات مالية متزايدة في إدلب؟ إذا شنت الحكومة السورية والجماعات المناهضة للحكومة معركة في المنطقة، هل سيسمحون للمدنيين بالفرار، وللإغاثة بالدخول، أم سيُحاصر المدنيون تحت وابل من القنابل؟ كيف سيتعامل التحالف السوري-الروسي مع المدنيين الذين سيبقون في مناطق في إدلب خارج المنطقة منزوعة السلاح؟

بينما تتصارع الأطراف المتحاربة في سوريا، بما فيها روسيا وتركيا، على النفوذ، عليها الالتزام بحماية المدنيين في جميع أنحاء إدلب وغيرها.


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jhfenton wrote:
Tue Oct 09, 2018 3:36 pm

I did open a position in VEGBX (Vanguard Emerging Market Bond Admiral Shares), Vanguard's active EM bond fund, when it went live last December.



Despite the fact that emerging market equities have tanked over that period, VEGBX has not. It is actually my best-performing bond fund over that period. (That is not saying much.)



(VEGBX is not connected in any way to VWOB/VGAVX, Vanguard's EM bond index funds. VEGBX is an active mutual fund. It has accumulated about $100 MM in assets.)



[Snip...]


VWOB and VEGBX certainly approach Emerging Markets in different ways, and I think cap-weighted indexing may be problematic when it comes to EM bonds. VWOB is of course a "Government" index, but there are govt.-owned corporations issuing bonds which are also included in it. I suppose VWOB would fall under "USD sovereign" in Nisi's graphic above, contrary to VEGBX. Anyhow, here's a look at their holdings as posted in their respective Vanguard profile pages. Of course there's that elephant in the room - maybe call it a panda:



(Market allocations as of 08/31/2018)


CODE: Select all

     VWOB/VGAVX                       VEGBX 

(Vang EM Govt Bond Index) (Vang EM Bond "active")

China 17.40% Mexico 8.30%
Mexico 8.20% Indonesia 8.10%
Brazil 5.70% Argentina 7.50%
Indonesia 5.70% Chile 6.20%
Russia 4.70% Guatemala 3.60%
United Arab Emi 4.60% Ukraine 4.20%
Saudi Arabia 4.20% Colombia 4.10%
Turkey 3.80% Hungary 3.50%
Argentina 3.60% Philippines 3.20%
Qatar 3.50% Russia 3.20%
Colombia 2.40% Brazil 3.10%
Philippines 2.00% Kazakhstan 3.00%
South Africa 1.70% Egypt 2.80%
Chile 1.60% Lithuania 2.50%
Lebanon 1.60% Trinidad & Toba 2.50%
Oman 1.50% India 2.20%
Egypt 1.40% Uruguay 2.10%
India 1.40% Dominican Repub 2.00%
Kazakhstan 1.40% El Salvador 1.90%
Malaysia 1.40% Romania 1.60%
Bahrain 1.20% South Africa 1.60%
Panama 1.20% Ghana 1.50%
Ukraine 1.20% Oman 1.50%
Dominican Repub 1.10% Peru 1.50%
Ecuador 1.10% Turkey 1.50%
Hungary 1.10% United States 1.50%
Peru 1.10% Angola 1.30%
Uruguay 1.00% Honduras 1.30%
Kuwait 0.80% Sri Lanka 1.30%
Poland 0.80% Bermuda 1.10%
Sri Lanka 0.80% Paraguay 1.10%
Croatia 0.70% Mongolia 0.90%
Nigeria 0.70% Senegal 0.90%
Venezuela 0.70% Panama 0.80%
Romania 0.60% United Kingdom 0.80%
Azerbaijan 0.50% Armenia 0.70%
Costa Rica 0.50% Croatia 0.70%
Angola 0.40% Lebanon 0.60%
Ghana 0.40% Saudi Arabia 0.70%
Ivory Coast 0.40% Serbia 0.60%
Jamaica 0.40% Venezuela 0.70%
Morocco 0.40% Qatar 0.50%
Pakistan 0.40% Jordan 0.50%
El Salvador 0.30% Ivory Coast 0.40%
Iraq 0.30% Latvia 0.20%
Kenya 0.30% Costa Rica 0.20%
Mongolia 0.30%
Paraguay 0.30%
Serbia 0.30%
Belarus 0.20%
Bolivia 0.20%
Gabon 0.20%
Guatemala 0.20%
Jordan 0.20%
Senegal 0.20%
Trinidad & Toba 0.20%
United States 0.20%
Vietnam 0.20%
Zambia 0.20%
Armenia 0.10%
Bahamas 0.10%
Bermuda 0.10%
Ethiopia 0.10%
Georgia 0.10%
Honduras 0.10%
Namibia 0.10%
Thailand 0.10%
Tunisia 0.10%

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Not to put too much pressure on Canada, especially given the current state of the neighbours, but it may be up to us to save the Olympics. Not the movement itself, of course. There are lots of Canadians like Beckie Scott and Dick Pound and others who are fighting the good fight on existential underpinnings like doping. And thank goodness for them.

But for the moment they appear to have lost that fight. In some ways, the Olympics don’t want to be saved.

When it comes to the 2026 Winter Games, though, Canada may be the only hope. There are only three potential bids, which the International Olympic Committee approved Tuesday: Milan and Cortina D’Ampezzo in Italy (which could be the last Winter Games in central Europe ever, if you think about it), Stockholm in Sweden (plus some sliding in Latvia), and Calgary (plus some events in Whistler, B.C.). Turkey, the autocratic bid, was dropped last week. You know what they say about scapegoat-based autocratic populism these days: they can’t win ’em all.

The IOC, meanwhile, insists there is no Plan B, which is the kind of thing you say when you have great options, right? Salt Lake City is definitely not just sitting there, ready to be an emergency Olympic host and give NBC two straight chances to make the most patriotic possible pile of time zone-friendly money.

But other than a last-ditch Mormon option, or maybe Barcelona, Canada appears to be the safest harbour left. The IOC was effusive, of course. Vice-president Juan Antonio Samaranch Jr. said in the IOC Session in Buenos Aires, “People might say that we only have three candidates. But let me tell you, we do have three candidates … that are extraordinary.” Of Calgary he said, “Calgary is a very big city, Canada is a very developed country, and they can do that any day of the week. There is no problem there.” Of Italy he said, “No doubt they can do the Games.” Of Sweden he said, “Again, it’s a very attractive concept.”

“Any of the three would be a good, trustworthy partner for us. Legacy, guaranteed everywhere. Legacy, I repeat, guaranteed,” Samaranch said. “Nothing that would come out of ’26 would make us feel ashamed in ’46.”

Read more:

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Very comforting. Toronto has successfully dodged this kind of question, because bids are hard, and getting trickier. The IOC had real trouble in 2022, which went to Beijing because the other option was Kazakhstan, which would have been the modern wagon-and-yak Olympics. Democracies dropped out of winter bidding because people have realized the Olympic Games cost a lot of money and leave you with exotic infrastructure investments whose usefulness expires with the Games. The last three Games — in Sochi, Russia, Rio de Janeiro, and Pyeongchang, South Korea — all left expensive and unwanted leftover behind.

But this time, democracies are back! Well, sort of. After every glowing review of a candidate, Samaranch would sigh and say, “politics.” In Sweden they are still sorting out the recent elections, but to this point there has been almost no government support for the bid. In Italy, it was supposed to be a three-city deal, and then Turin exited, so they are working with a plan that was literally reworked last month.

And Calgary will hold that Nov. 13 plebiscite with no vocal support from the mayor, the premier or the federal government. Still, Canada may be the best bet. Robert Livingstone, the Toronto-based journalist for GamesBids.com, predicted this was how the bidding would come out a year ago, and thinks Calgary has the best chance.

“I think the IOC really wants Europe, if available, with priority on Sweden,” he says. “Calgary wins if it’s the only city left in the race. Which could well happen, if the plebiscite goes ‘yes.’ ”

So will it? The IOC showed a very simple video that extolled the all-too-neat economics of the new Olympics, claiming it will be profitable and clean and will make your children want to exercise. Samaranch said “it’s our job to go out and make people understand that the inspiration, the good things the Olympic Games bring to a community, come with no significant financial risks to that community.”

No significant financial risks! None! It felt like he was selling insurance.

And as the IOC was extolling the new, cheaper, less monolithic New Norm process to keep the cost and negative impact of bidding down, a report from Japan’s board of audit said the Tokyo 2020 bid will cost up to $25 billion (U.S.), up from $7.3 billion (U.S.) in 2013.

The IOC contested this, saying some of the items put under the Olympic umbrella shouldn’t be counted. But as The Associated Press reported, some of the items under dispute included “barrier-free facilities for Paralympic athletes, training programs for volunteers, and advertising and tourism plans.” Also, the audit also said the budget did not include, uh, security costs. Or upgrading the existing buildings that will used during the Games. Or running the doping lab. Well, maybe that’s optional, now.

In Calgary, meanwhile, the security budget is two-thirds that of Vancouver 2010, which seems like the tip of an accounting iceberg. So the people of Calgary will have to decide on the same essential question every non-autocratic nation has to answer: How much do you trust the IOC? Experience would tell you, not much, right? Not much.

But Italy is rickety and Sweden ain’t Eden, and the IOC is sweet-talking promises like never before. Canada might be needed to save the Olympics. Unless the good people of Calgary decide that for all the promises, it’s not worth saving at all.


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ISTANBUL: Saudi Arabia on Tuesday agreed to let Turkish authorities search its Istanbul consulate as part of the investigation into the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a critic of the kingdom's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

There has been fierce speculation over what happened to Khashoggi, a Washington Post contributor who wrote for Arab and Western media, after he vanished last Tuesday following a visit to the consulate to obtain official documents.

While Riyadh claimed he had left the consulate after his visit, Turkish police said Khashoggi did not emerge from the building.

Government sources said police believe the journalist was killed inside the consulate, claims which Riyadh dismissed as "baseless".

"Saudi authorities said they were open to cooperation and that a search can be conducted at the consulate building," the Turkish foreign ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy said in a statement.

The search will take place as part of the official investigation, which was being conducted "in an intense manner", he said without giving any date.

Turkish police were looking into two private aircraft which landed at Istanbul's Ataturk airport on Tuesday at different times carrying 15 people of interest in the case, as well as the possibility that Khashoggi was kidnapped and taken aboard one of the planes, local media reported.

Previously the crown prince told Bloomberg that Riyadh would be ready to welcome Turkish officials to search the premises.

'Share CCTV footage'

Turan Kislakci, a friend of Khashoggi and chief of the Turkish-Arab Media Association, urged the Turkish authorities not to search the consulate.

"We ask the consulate and officials to share the footage of his exit. We don't want the search or inspection of the consulate. We don't have such a demand," he told AFP.

Ankara sought permission Sunday to carry out a search after the foreign ministry summoned the Saudi ambassador for a second time, Turkish television reported.

Riyadh's envoy in Ankara was first called to the ministry on Wednesday.

Khashoggi, a former Saudi government adviser, had been living in self-imposed exile in the United States since last year fearing possible arrest.

He has been critical of some policies of the crown prince and Riyadh's intervention in the war in Yemen.

Mystery team of 15

Police also said a team of 15 Saudis were sent to Istanbul and were in the building at the same time as Khashoggi.

Turkish security officials were working to identify the 15 individuals, English-language state broadcaster TRT World reported, adding that Turkish officials believe the Saudis may have taken the consulate's CCTV footage with them when they returned to Saudi Arabia.

According to pro-government daily Sabah, the team arrived in Istanbul on two private planes, one which landed after 03h00 (0000 GMT) on Tuesday while the second plane landed around 17h00 (1400 GMT) after Khashoggi entered the consulate.

The individuals checked into two hotels close to the consulate, the daily said.

Both planes later returned to Riyadh with one stopping in Dubai and the other in Egypt, Sabah reported, adding the police were looking into the possibility that Khashoggi was kidnapped.

The planes belonged to a company based in Saudi Arabia which has links to the state.

Istanbul police experts were analysing vehicles which entered and left the consulate, some of which were then seen on camera last Tuesday at the consul-general's residence, 200m away, the daily said.

The newspaper also claimed that Turkish employees at the residence were "hastily" told to take a holiday on the day Khashoggi went missing.

'Thorough' investigation

US President Donald Trump told reporters at the White House on Monday that he was "concerned", adding: "I don't like hearing about it. Hopefully that will sort itself out."

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on the same day called for "a thorough investigation of Mr Khashoggi's disappearance and to be transparent about the results" of the probe.

UN rights office spokeswoman, Ravina Shamdasani, on Tuesday echoed calls for "a prompt, impartial and independent investigation of the circumstances of Mr Khashoggi's disappearance and to keep the findings public" in comments to journalists in Geneva.

"We are 100% behind the American position. We expect a thorough investigation and total transparency from the Saudi authorities on what happened," European Union's foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini told reporters in Lisbon.

Meanwhile, in London, British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt met the Saudi ambassador on Tuesday to "seek urgent answers", according to a post on Twitter. — AFP
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Heather Nauert
Spokesperson
Department Press Briefing
Washington, DC
October 9, 2018



Index for Today's Briefing
  • INDONESIA
  • DEPARTMENT
  • SAUDI ARABIA
  • SAUDI ARABIA/TURKEY
  • MIDDLE EAST PEACE
  • ISRAEL
  • IRAQ
  • NORTH KOREA
  • CHINA
  • UNITED NATIONS
  • CHINA
  • AFGHANISTAN

    TRANSCRIPT:

    3:12 p.m. EDT

    MS NAUERT: Hi, everyone. Good afternoon. Nice to see you all. Okay, a couple announcements to start before we’re able to take a few questions today.

    First, I’d like to address the earthquake and tsunami in Central Sulawesi in Indonesia, and I’d like to say that the United States is coordinating closely with the Government of Indonesia to respond to the earthquake and tsunami that struck there. Since I spoke to you last week, the United States, through USAID, is now providing a total of $3.7 million in assistance through our partners to deliver essential relief items, including shelter kits, blankets, hygiene kits, solar-powered lamps, and other lifesaving aid. USAID is also airlifting heavy-duty plastic sheeting to Indonesia to provide for emergency shelter needs of up to 110,500 people. USAID has deployed a team of disaster experts to coordinate our humanitarian response efforts and is supporting a U.S. Forest Service emergency operations expert who’s on the ground providing technical support to the Government of Indonesia’s disaster response.

    The Department of Defense has provided three C-130s and has already transported nearly 30 – 63 metric tons of disaster relief supplies into the affected areas. The U.S. Government has also provided advanced technologies to help the Government of Indonesia map the disaster area.

    In addition, American companies have also mobilized to respond with financial donations, heavy equipment, transportation, and other humanitarian supplies. The U.S. citizens we were aware of in the affected areas have been evacuated. We have no reports of U.S. citizens who have been injured or killed by the earthquake or the tsunami, and we urge any additional U.S. citizens in the affected areas to contact their loved ones directly and update them on their social media status. If you’re in the affected area and need emergency services, please contact the local authorities.

    Next, I want to address something that the Secretary raised last week because nothing has changed. There are still 65 State Department nominees sitting in the United States Senate. That’s over a quarter of all the senior-level confirmable positions that the United States Department of State is tasked with using to achieve its diplomatic outcomes. There is bipartisan agreement that a fully staffed State Department is critical to American national security. The State Department has been criticized for having gaps in leadership positions, but now we’ve done our part to fix that; now the Senate needs to do its part.

    As the Secretary has said, these candidates are quality candidates. They’re not sitting on the Senate floor because of objections with respect to their quality, their professionalism, or their excellence and ability to deliver American foreign policy. The Secretary had addressed this last week, and he said we have members of the Senate for whom partisanship has now driven delay and obstruction of getting America’s diplomatic corps into every corner of the world. What Senator Menendez and other members of the Senate are doing to hold back American diplomacy rests squarely on their shoulders.

    And with that I’d be happy to take your questions. Anne, you want to go ahead?

    QUESTION: I wanted to ask about Jamal Khashoggi.

    MS NAUERT: Mm-hmm.

    QUESTION: Have you received any response from Saudi Arabia since Secretary Pompeo registered concerns regarding his disappearance?

    MS NAUERT: Sure. Let’s start out – first, I’d like to say I imagine that most if not all of you saw the statement that we put out last night. You probably also heard the President’s comments about it yesterday and also the Vice President’s tweet that he put out yesterday.

    From the Secretary on down, we have been engaged in this matter. This is something that we’ve been following. I understand that the President intends to speak with the Saudis, so I’m not going to get ahead of that conversation that the President may be having.

    In the Secretary’s statement, he said that we’ve seen conflicting reports about his status. We’re not going to make any judgments about what had happened to him. The United States is certainly concerned about his whereabouts. Senior officials at the State Department have spoken with Saudi officials through diplomatic channels about the matter. We call on the Government of Saudi Arabia to conduct a thorough and transparent investigation.

    QUESTION: It was nearly a week between his – first reports of his disappearance and that statement from Secretary Pompeo. Why was there such a delay between those two events?

    MS NAUERT: So are you assuming that taking time to put out a statement means that the State Department has not been doing anything? Is that your assumption?

    QUESTION: What was the State Department doing before the statement came out?

    MS NAUERT: The State Department was engaged at the highest levels and also at the working level and having conversations with Saudi Government officials, and I’ll leave it at that.

    QUESTION: And then so what was the reason behind that delay in the statement coming out?

    MS NAUERT: I wouldn’t – I wouldn’t call it a delay. The United States Government, as we handle situations in other countries as well, sometimes we decide to conduct our conversations and to conduct our diplomacy more privately than publicly because we feel that that could have the best outcome, and I’ll leave it at that.

    Okay. Hi, Lesley. Go ahead.

    QUESTION: Hi. Welcome back.

    MS NAUERT: Thank you.

    QUESTION: You must be exhausted, having just arrived.

    MS NAUERT: Kylie is here, I’m here, so we’re doing okay for so far.

    QUESTION: Just arrived last night. Yes.

    MS NAUERT: Yes.

    QUESTION: Has the U.S. seen any evidence that Jamal might be alive?

    MS NAUERT: We don’t know what has happened to him. We don’t have any information on that. That’s why I want to say we don’t want to make any judgments about what happened, and we call for a thorough and transparent investigation.

    QUESTION: You’ve called for a thorough and transparent inspection from the – investigation from the Saudis, but what about the Turks? Have you asked them for their evidence, if they’ve seen --

    MS NAUERT: I don’t have any information on that. I think that would be in the FBI’s lane and local investigators’ lane.

    QUESTION: But you said you – they – that on these diplomatic channels you’ve spoken to the Saudis, but what about the Turks?

    MS NAUERT: I don’t have any information on that. I would imagine that through the course of our conversations with the Turkish Government – we have many conversations with the Turkish Government – that this has certainly come up.

    QUESTION: But that would be – that would be P, yes?

    QUESTION: Did the Secretary --

    MS NAUERT: Just hold on. Hold on.

    QUESTION: On Friday, I saw on the Public Schedule that Mr. Hale had a meeting with the Turkish ambassador here at the State Department.

    MS NAUERT: I was out on Friday, so I don’t recall what was on his private – on his public schedule. I’d have to just double-check on that, okay?

    QUESTION: Okay. So --

    MS NAUERT: I’m not saying it didn’t happen. I’m just not aware of it if it did. I was out on Friday.

    Go ahead.

    QUESTION: Since this happened on Turkish soil, wouldn’t speaking to the Turks and being part of their investigation be absolutely key to --

    MS NAUERT: I did not say that we have not spoken with the Turkish Government. I just don’t have any information on it at this moment. Okay? If I have anything in addition for you, I’ll let you know.

    Hey, Carol.

    QUESTION: Hi. Can I ask a follow-up on Jamal Khashoggi?

    MS NAUERT: Sure.

    QUESTION: So the UK foreign secretary has said that if the reports are correct, “We will treat the incident seriously.” I wanted to ask why can’t – or why has not Secretary Pompeo said that if the reports are true and the Saudis, our allies, turn out to be cold-blooded killers, that there will be repercussions?

    MS NAUERT: I think that would be entirely a hypothetical question, and so if the Brits decide to comment that way, they’re more than welcome to do so. But we’re going to wait until the facts come out, and we call again for a thorough and transparent investigation.

    QUESTION: Will there be repercussions?

    MS NAUERT: Carol, I’m not going to get ahead or assume that anything happened. We’re calling for a thorough and transparent investigation. And again, let me say this one more time: I’ll leave it at that. I don’t have anything more for you on this today.

    QUESTION: Can you just confirm if it was Pompeo?

    QUESTION: Does the Secretary plan to speak himself with his counterpart in Saudi Arabia, and did he raise this question when he spoke with the crown prince last week?

    MS NAUERT: I can confirm --

    QUESTION: There was a readout --

    MS NAUERT: I can confirm that the Secretary has had phone conversations, but I don’t have any of the details. And some of those would just be private diplomatic conversations, which I will not be able to read out. Last time I’ll say this: I don’t have anything more for you on this today. If and when I have more, I will bring it to you. Okay?

    Go right ahead.

    QUESTION: On the Palestinians.

    MS NAUERT: Yes.

    QUESTION: Two quick --

    QUESTION: Is it okay? Can I have one more follow-up on Khashoggi, please?

    MS NAUERT: Sir, I don’t have anything --

    QUESTION: It’s in relation to what you just said.

    MS NAUERT: I don’t have anything more for you on that.

    QUESTION: Let me just --

    MS NAUERT: When I do, I would be happy to give it to you.

    QUESTION: Let me just ask my question, and you decide if you don’t want --

    MS NAUERT: Okay, I’ve not met you before, but go right ahead. Welcome to the State Department. And tell me your publication.

    QUESTION: Fadi Mansour with Al Jazeera. I’ve been covering this place for 10 years now, thank you very much.

    MS NAUERT: Pardon me?

    QUESTION: I’ve been covering this place for 10 years. I don’t come every day because I cover other places.

    MS NAUERT: Okay. Well, it’s nice to meet you. You’re welcome anytime.

    QUESTION: Yes. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to ask questions. So --

    MS NAUERT: Go right ahead. And this will be the last question on this. Go ahead.

    QUESTION: Thank you. So the fact that you called on the Saudis to carry an investigation, is the State Department assuming that Saudi Arabia is responsible for the whereabout of Khashoggi?

    MS NAUERT: We’re not assuming anything. Only because it was their consulate, we’re asking them to conduct an investigation.

    QUESTION: Thank you.

    MS NAUERT: Said, go right ahead.

    QUESTION: Yes, very quickly, U.S. envoy Mr. Greenblatt said that the Trump plan, the deal of the century, is heavily focused on Israeli security. Does that mean that you guys are giving up on the two-state solution, or you see the – you don’t see any, like, contradictions between focusing on Israeli --

    MS NAUERT: This is something that we have talked about for a very, very long time. We support that if both parties --

    QUESTION: And this was --

    MS NAUERT: -- if both parties can agree to it.

    QUESTION: Right.

    MS NAUERT: That hasn’t changed.

    QUESTION: But this was only yesterday. I mean, he went out of his way to say that it is focused on Israeli security. What does that mean to you?

    MS NAUERT: I’m not going to parse his words. I’d just refer you back to his comments. But our position has not changed. As the President has laid out, as he did not too long ago at the UN General Assembly, that we support a two-state solution if both sides can agree to that.

    QUESTION: And one quick question on a young American student who has been detained in Israel for the past five days because she supports BDS. Are you – can you share with us if you’ve done anything? Has she contacted the American embassy, or are you in touch with her? Do you know her whereabouts?

    MS NAUERT: We are aware of her case. Our embassy is providing consular access, as we would to all American citizens. We value freedom of expression. You and I have talked about this many times.

    QUESTION: Right. Many times.

    MS NAUERT: Also in cases where people don’t agree with local policies or even the United States policies. Ultimately, it is up to the Government of Israel to decide who it wants to let into the country. I don’t have anything more for you on that.

    QUESTION: But she – this young woman, Lara Alqasem, she has a visa. She was accepted at the Hebrew University. She was going there to study and so on. She – all of the stuff that she should have done was already done. Are you not concerned about that?

    MS NAUERT: Said, it’s ultimately up to the Government of Israel, or any country for that matter, to decide which individuals, which Americans, it wants to let in. Okay?

    Hi.

    QUESTION: Heather, the issue is not that she wasn’t allowed in. It’s that she’s being detained.

    MS NAUERT: Excuse me. Or being detained. I don’t have any information beyond that. Okay?

    Laurie, go right ahead.

    QUESTION: Hi. Nadia Murad, the Yezidi woman who was captured by ISIS and help captive, just won the Nobel Peace Prize, as probably everyone knows, and she spoke yesterday. And she did note one positive point, the start of de-mining in Yezidi areas, which I assume is related to Secretary Pompeo’s announcement in July at the Religious Freedom conference of extra money for de-mining in the northern Iraq religious minority areas. So they’re very happy with that, but overall it was a grim picture, and among her complaints was no justice for Yezidis. And you and others, including the UN, have recognized ISIS’s assault on the Yezidis as genocide, but the Iraqi Government hasn’t. Are you prepared to put any pressure on them to do so?

    MS NAUERT: I’m not familiar with her remarks. Of course, I’m familiar with who she is. She was one of the guests at our religious freedom ministerial that was held over the summer, and we were so proud to have hosted her here. My understanding is that the Vice President is meeting with her – I believe it’s today. The Secretary and I had a brief exchange about her becoming one of the co-winners of the Nobel Peace Prize, and we’re really proud of her. She’s a very heroic woman, who’s done so much to advance the cause of not just religious freedom but also freedom for women, especially freedom from sexual crimes.

    I don’t have her comments. I don’t have those remarks, so I’m just not going to comment on it beyond that.

    QUESTION: How about her call for an international criminal trial for those members of ISIS who have committed these crimes against Yezidis?

    MS NAUERT: I’m afraid I just don’t have anything for you on that today. Okay?

    QUESTION: South Asia?

    MS NAUERT: Okay, hi.

    QUESTION: Heather?

    MS NAUERT: How are you?

    QUESTION: Thank you. Welcome from (inaudible).

    MS NAUERT: Thank you.

    QUESTION: Okay, on North Korea, this trip – has Kim Jong-un submitted a list of nuclear facilities, or you got anything from him for evidence of nuclear list?

    MS NAUERT: We sure did. We made a lot of progress. As you know, we just got back last night from three – four countries in I think it was three days. So it was a very busy time. The Secretary and Chairman Kim discussed the four pillars of the Singapore summit. That was something that was important for them to do. They spent considerable time together. The Secretary and the President, of course, have referenced that since – the Secretary just over at the White House, speaking about this.

    Among the things they also discussed was an upcoming second summit that would be attended by our President and also Chairman Kim, and we look forward to working on all of the details of that. They also agreed to instruct their respective working level groups, led by Steve Biegun, our special representative, and also his counterpart who was named in North Korea, to start intensifying discussions on some of those four pillars that were laid out in the Singapore summit.

    As you know, Chairman Kim had invited inspectors to visit the Punggye-ri nuclear test site to confirm that it’s been irreversibly dismantled. We were pleased with that. And President Trump looks forward to continuing to build upon the trust that was first established at the Singapore summit.

    So we view it as making a lot of progress. We’re pleased with that.

    QUESTION: But North Korea has already destroyed Punggye-ri nuclear site and Tongchang-ri missile site. They --

    MS NAUERT: I think we can say this: We can affirmatively say that they invited a group of journalists out to watch something take place. Inspectors have not been there yet. So inviting inspectors to join, to take a look, and do their work is entirely different from what we’ve seen already.

    QUESTION: Is that happen for denuclearizations?

    MS NAUERT: I’m sorry?

    QUESTION: Is this have for the denuclearizations, for what you – U.S. exactly needed to, but -

    MS NAUERT: That would be a positive step forward, and Chairman Kim agreed to that, to have inspectors at that site.

    QUESTION: Follow up on --

    MS NAUERT: Okay. Go ahead. Let’s just – hold on, I’ll come back to you. Hi.

    QUESTION: So you’ve made progress on a Trump-Kim summit. Do you have any idea of, like, the timing on that? Like, will it be before the end of the year or sometime afterwards?

    MS NAUERT: Well, as the President has said – and I’m not going to get ahead of the President, of course, but the President has said he looks forward to seeing Chairman Kim soon. As you all remember, when we were planning for the Singapore summit, that takes time. There are a lot of details that are involved in pulling together a summit of that magnitude. We need to find a place that both countries can get to. We have to compare schedules – Chairman Kim’s schedule, the President’s schedule, the Secretary’s schedule, probably National Security Advisor Bolton’s schedule – a lot of schedules. We also have to identify a place that has the infrastructure that is needed to accommodate 5,000 journalists. I believe there are 5,000 that were accredited last time.

    So there are a lot of things that come into play here, and so we are hard at work at that. I know Steve Biegun looks forward to having follow-on conversations with his counterpart about some of those details that go into the summit. And as soon as we have something for you, we’ll let you know. Okay.

    QUESTION: So would you say that the – what you’re waiting for to announce even a time or a location for that, is it all just logistical, then?

    MS NAUERT: Well, Michelle, as I just said, and I’ll repeat it again: A lot goes into this. We start with --

    QUESTION: I heard that. Yeah. You don’t have to repeat it.

    MS NAUERT: We start with comparing schedules.

    QUESTION: You don’t have to repeat it.

    MS NAUERT: Okay.

    QUESTION: I’m trying to save you some time. So are you saying that it’s all logistical before you announce a date and time, or are you waiting for North Korea to do something?

    MS NAUERT: We are looking forward to having our second summit. The President is looking forward to doing that. The timing of that will ultimately be announced by the White House. It’ll be a White House led meeting. And when we’re ready to announce that, we will.

    QUESTION: But the question is --

    MS NAUERT: Yeah.

    QUESTION: -- since you listed all the logistics involved, are you simply waiting for logistics, or are you waiting for North Korea to do something related to denuclearization?

    MS NAUERT: We have not said anything about waiting for North Korea to do anything more -

    QUESTION: Okay.

    MS NAUERT: -- in order to have that summit. Okay. Nick.

    QUESTION: And when you say a lot of progress, since Punggye-ri is by many accounts an aging facility that’s already been destroyed, by allowing inspectors to come there and see this, which is not necessarily key to North Korea’s current and future nuclear program, why would you characterize that as a lot of progress?

    MS NAUERT: Michelle, I think that’s a very good step. I’ll go back and say it one more time. What you have seen were a bunch of journalists brought out to that site and you saw some sort of an explosion. Sending in inspectors to take a look around is an entirely different step and a step in the right direction, and we think that that’s progress, along with the other things that were addressed in the meeting.

    Nick, go ahead.

    QUESTION: Just as a follow-up to that, I think one of the big questions is what exactly the administration, Secretary Pompeo, President Trump, actually want to achieve from this summit. What’s the main – the headline goal for --

    MS NAUERT: I’m not going to get ahead of the President. The Secretary firmly believes – and I know that this is much to your dismay, to reporters’ dismay – that our negotiations are best handled in public, so I’m not going to get – negotiate it here with all of you from the podium, and I’ll let our experts do the negotiating and do their work and not get ahead of that.

    QUESTION: Heather --

    MS NAUERT: Hi.

    QUESTION: Follow-on on that. The first summit was about general commitments, complete denuclearization by Chairman Kim. Do you expect from the next summit to achieve broader agreement with the ways and --

    MS NAUERT: I’m not going to get ahead of what is being discussed at that summit, okay.

    QUESTION: Not what is being discussed, but what you expect.

    MS NAUERT: My job is not – my job is not to lay out what our policy will be.

    QUESTION: Because we see your goal; we don’t see your method. So --

    MS NAUERT: And – okay, so that’s a fair point. You see our goal, but you don’t see our method. That is something --

    QUESTION: Do you want to do it – work in progress, step by step, or do you want to have a deal --

    MS NAUERT: That is something that we will discuss --

    QUESTION: -- with everything inside?

    MS NAUERT: We will discuss that with the North Koreans and not the broader public, not the media, because we believe that negotiations – some of these complicated negotiations – are best handled between our country and theirs. And our objective is to get to the fully, final, verified denuclearization of North Korea. We are working hard toward that goal. We think we’ve made progress and we’ll continue working toward that goal.

    QUESTION: Ambassador Haley --

    MS NAUERT: Hi. Go ahead. Hi.

    QUESTION: India.

    QUESTION: Welcome back.

    MS NAUERT: Thank you.

    QUESTION: So Secretary Pompeo did not meet with the Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday. Could you please shed some light on what happened? And what is – what was the reason given – provided by Chinese Government? Because it’s a understanding that arrangements were being made for this meeting to happen.

    MS NAUERT: We never announced any specific meetings ahead of our trip to China. Is it not every time that the Secretary would go to any given country that he would be meeting with the president of that country. Sometimes he does; sometimes he doesn’t. And so that was just a reflection of this trip, but I know the Secretary had good, constructive meetings with his Chinese counterparts that he met with yesterday.

    QUESTION: Ambassador Haley --

    QUESTION: Has the U.S. asked to such meeting to happen? Has the United States asked China – ask Chinese Government to arrange a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping?

    MS NAUERT: Not to my knowledge. Anything going forward, we’ll let you know when we have that planned.

    QUESTION: Would you characterize U.S.-China relationship as a strategic competitor?

    MS NAUERT: Well, look, they’re certainly a competitor. It’s a complex and broad-based relationship that we have with China, as you all saw in the comments and exchanges between the Secretary and his counterparts. We have areas of common interest. North Korea is one of them. Working to combat illegal narcotics is another area where we work well together. We also have areas of disagreement and areas where we have challenges, and we’ll keep working together on that. It’s obviously an important relationship that we need to work hard to maintain. Okay.

    QUESTION: Ambassador Haley --

    MS NAUERT: Yeah. Yes, go ahead.

    QUESTION: Ambassador – very quickly. Was the Secretary surprised that Ambassador Haley resigned? Does he have any comment? Could you share with us what was his reaction?

    MS NAUERT: Well, I think the Secretary addressed that from the White House today, in which he talked about what a great partner Ambassador Haley has been. The Secretary and Ambassador Haley have worked very well together since the beginning of this administration, but I would say more closely once he became Secretary of State. At the working level, from my level, her team and Ambassador Haley have been wonderful to work with. Sorry to see her depart. This happens, of course, in administrations. The Secretary, I think, is sorry to see her depart as well.

    I’m not going to get into who knew what when and all of that. What is ultimately important is that the President knew about her decision well in advance. They had those conversations. I’m not privy to those conversations, so I’d have to refer you to the White House for that. We’re sorry to see her go and thank her for all her incredible service that she’s done on behalf of the U.S. Government and on taxpayers at the United Nations.

    QUESTION: May I just follow up?

    MS NAUERT: Okay. Okay.

    QUESTION: A follow-up?

    MS NAUERT: Last question. I’m going to have to go.

    QUESTION: So we saw the exchange of rhetorics when Secretary Pompeo was in China. Would you say those tensions now between United States and China would spill over to your cooperation on North Korea at this very critical time?

    MS NAUERT: We don’t think so, because China again and again has said to us, publicly and privately, that they are committed to the denuclearization of North Korea. They understand that; they recognize that. They recognize the importance of that matter. We don’t think they’re backing away. What we do say, though, is that countries including China and Russia can always do more. They can do more, but they are also one of the countries that had voted for UN Security Council resolutions, and so we expect those to uphold those.

    I’ll do one last question. Nazira, hi.

    QUESTION: Welcome back.

    MS NAUERT: Were you at the White House earlier today?

    QUESTION: Yes.

    MS NAUERT: Did I see you?

    QUESTION: Yeah.

    MS NAUERT: I thought I saw your yellow over there.

    QUESTION: Yeah.

    MS NAUERT: She gets around.

    QUESTION: Okay. Thank you.

    MS NAUERT: Thank you.

    QUESTION: Heather, I have two question, one question regarding Afghan delegation. Dr. Abdullah was here. What is their – do you think that they have any achievement? Do they meet any high officials, U.S. authority?

    MS NAUERT: I’m afraid I don’t have any information if – as to whether or not Dr. Abdullah was here at the State Department or here in Washington. I can look --

    QUESTION: He was in New York. I’m asking about General Assemblies at the – New York.

    MS NAUERT: Oh, he was in – oh, at the General Assembly.

    QUESTION: Did he have any meeting with the Secretary of State or either President Trump?

    MS NAUERT: I don’t recall that. It seems like that was a year ago even though that was only two weeks ago, so I’m so sorry. My apologies.

    QUESTION: (Off-mike.)

    MS NAUERT: I will have to check – double-check to see if he had any meetings with U.S. officials.

    QUESTION: Two weeks ago.

    MS NAUERT: Okay. I’ll check on that for you.

    QUESTION: Yeah. The next question, Ambassador Khalilzad.

    MS NAUERT: Yes.

    QUESTION: He is in Afghanistan and he traveled to Pakistan. Do you think that useful for Afghanistan, Khalilzad mission?

    MS NAUERT: I think it’s extremely helpful to have Ambassador Khalilzad out on travel. This is part of our team on the field, having our people do what they do best, and that is going out and conducting American diplomacy around the world. He is leading an interagency delegation to Afghanistan, to Pakistan, to the UAE, to Qatar, and also to Saudi Arabia. It’s a fairly lengthy trip. His mission there is to coordinate our U.S. efforts to bring the Taliban to the negotiating table. This is still Afghan-led, Afghan-owned. Our policy has not changed in any way. But we’re proud and pleased to have him out there advocating on this behalf and we’ll be working in close coordination with the Afghan Government.

    I’ve got to go, guys. We’ll see you again real soon. Thanks.

    (The briefing was concluded at 3:37 p.m.)


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          Saudis to Turkey: Search our consulate for missing WaPo columnist, dissenter      Cache   Translate Page      

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Where in the world is Jamal Khashoggi? The Washington Post columnist and gadfly to the Saudi royal family disappeared a week ago after entering the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul to settle some paperwork. Turkey has demanded answers about what happened to the exile in the building, and the government has summoned the Saudi ambassador twice to get them.

The Saudis insist that Khashoggi left the consulate alive, and today they agreed to allow Turkish authorities to search the consulate — a rare concession of diplomatic sovereignty:

Saudi Arabia has agreed to let Turkish authorities search the kingdom’s Istanbul consulate after prominent journalist and Riyadh critic Jamal Khashoggi went missing last week, the Turkish foreign ministry said Tuesday.

“Saudi authorities said they were open to cooperation and that a search can be conducted at the consulate building,” the ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy said in a statement.

Aksoy added the search will take place as part of the official investigation, which was being conducted “in an intense manner”, though he did not say when.

Khashoggi, a Washington Post contributor who had been published in the Arab and Western media, vanished last Tuesday after visiting the consulate to obtain official documents.

The agreement came after Turkey’s strongman leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan demanded that the Saudis prove that Khashoggi left the consulate alive. The Washington Post reports that a new theory has emerged with Turkish authorities — that the Saudis used diplomatic security to bring in a hit squad to kill Khashoggi after luring him to the consulate:

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan demanded Monday that Saudi Arabia prove that journalist Jamal Khashoggi left the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on his own, as Saudi officials have repeatedly asserted, after he disappeared last week while inside the mission.

Erdogan’s comments were his most direct suggestion yet of potential Saudi culpability in Khashoggi’s disappearance. But other Turkish officials have said they believe that Khashoggi was killed by Saudi agents inside the consulate. …

Turkish officials have said they believe Khashoggi, 59, a critic of the Saudi leadership and a contributor to The Washington Post’s Global Opinions section, was killed by a team of 15 Saudis flown in specifically to carry out the attack. Saudi authorities have called the allegation “baseless.”

If so, the plot sounds like something right out of Goodfellas:

A report Monday in the daily newspaper Sabah said investigators were also focused on a convoy of diplomatic vehicles that departed from the consulate on the day Khashoggi vanished. A U.S. official said that Turkish investigators believe Khashoggi was probably dismembered and his body removed in boxes and flown out of the country.

The US has begun its own diplomatic throat-clearing on Khashoggi. Donald Trump commented on the disappearance in his press conference yesterday, saying “I do nor like it” and expressing hope that the issue will “sort itself out.” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo pushed the Saudis a little harder to sort it out themselves, calling for “a thorough investigation of Mr. Khashoggi’s disappearance and to be transparent about the results of that investigation.”

Senate Foreign Relations Committee member Lindsey Graham issued a similar and bipartisan warning to the Saudis on Twitter yesterday:

For the moment, the Saudis are insisting that they had nothing to do with Khashoggi’s fate, whatever it might be. Their ambassador to the US insists that he personally had a friendly relationship with Khashoggi and remained in contact whenever both of them were in Washington. That doesn’t negate the fact that Khashoggi disappeared at or about the time he was supposed to be inside the consulate, and those circumstances don’t leave a lot of room for other suspects. The Turks would have little incentive to bump off a critic of the Sauds, although they would have every incentive to make the Sauds the villains. It could have been a random murder — but if that was the case, where’s the body? Assuming, of course, that Khashoggi is actually deceased rather than having been spirited back to Riyadh.

The next step will be the search, which is almost certain to produce nothing. If there was evidence of a crime there, it will have been cleaned up days ago. If the Sauds conducted a hit on Khashoggi, they’ll have to hope that no one talks and their allies eventually forget about it. But if they did bring in a hit squad to conduct a murder, the members of that team had better get their affairs in order tout suite. The Sauds won’t want any potential loose ends.

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          Why is the Trump administration quiet on Jamal Khashoggi's alleged murder?      Cache   Translate Page      

Journalist Jamal Khashoggi is believed by some to have been tortured, murdered, and dismembered inside the Saudi consulate in Turkey. Others think he was kidnapped by Saudi officials and is still alive.

This image appears to show him entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last week, when he was last seen by his fiancé or anyone else who's talking.

Other than a “I heard a report” from Donald, a “we're monitoring the situation closely” from James Mattis, and similar mumblings from others here and there, why is this tough-on-mideast-bad-guys administration so hushed on the apparent execution of the Saudi reporter who contributed to U.S. news organizations?

On MSBNC, Richard Engel says Istanbul security officials have two theories: One, they grabbed him and killed him inside the embassy. The other theory is that Khashoggi was the subject of an attempted rendition to Saudi Arabia, and he died in the process.

Here's the short version of why Trump and his version of the U.S. government isn't going to do anything about it.

MBS, the Sunni prince of Saudi Arabia, has powerful allies in the Trump administration like the president himself, and Ivanka Trump, and Jared Kushner, none of whom are likely to want to piss off their ally for personal financial reasons.

“If they can't find a body, it'll be difficult to make Saudi Arabia pay a price,” says Richard Engel in this two-way with Chuck Todd on Meet The Press. Read the rest


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Riyadh open to examination of consulate, Turkey’s foreign ministry says, a week after disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi.

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NEW YORK (AP) - The recent death or disappearance of three journalists in Turkey, Bulgaria and Mexico illustrate the growing dangers to reporters who are...
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NEW YORK – Journalists are familiar with the risks of reporting from war-torn lands, but the recent death or disappearance of three people in Turkey, Bulgaria and Mexico illustrates the growing dangers to reporters targeted for practicing their craft.

Authorities in Turkey are searching for Jamal Khashoggi, a contributor to The Washington Post who has been missing since walking into the Saudi Arabian consulate last week in Istanbul. There are concerns that Khashoggi, who has written critically of the Saudi regime, may have been killed there.

Elsewhere, Bulgarian national radio reported an arrest Tuesday in the death of television reporter Viktoria Marinova, host of a show that reported on the alleged misuse of European Union funds by a Bulgarian building company.

And in Mexico this past week, journalist and activist Sergio Martinez Gonzalez was shot and killed by two people on a motorcycle as he ate breakfast with his wife at a cafe.

The Committee to Protect Journalists reports that 43 journalists have been killed in the line of their work so far in 2018. Last year, there were 46 deaths for all of 2017. The numbers aren’t that unusual and, in fact, have been higher: 73 in 2015 and 2013, 74 in 2012, the committee said.

What’s different is the way they are losing their lives. At least 27 journalists have been individually slain so far this year, compared with eight losing their lives in the crossfire of violent conflicts, CPJ said. Of all the journalists killed since 1992, 848 were individually killed and 1,322 were lost in crossfire, CPJ said.

“Conflict deaths are one thing, targeted assassinations another,” said Bruce Shapiro, executive director of the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma at Columbia University.

Similarly alarming is the spread of slayings into Europe, as opposed to countries like Mexico, where drug violence has made journalism risky for years, said Robert Mahoney, CPJ deputy executive director.

Besides Marinova’s death in Bulgaria, Jan Kuciak was found shot to death in Slovakia after investigating tax fraud among people close to the ruling party. In Malta, investigative reporter Daphne Caruana Galizia was killed after reporting frequently on government corruption for her blog.

“There are crooks everywhere you look now,” she wrote right before her death. “The situation is desperate.”

The killing of five staff members at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland, by a gunman in June brought the threat home to the United States. Meanwhile, the United Nations has been involved in seeking the release from prison in Myanmar of Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, Reuters reporters who had been investigating the killing of 10 Rohinga Muslim men and boys.

“It’s safe to say there is a pervasive worldwide threat directed to journalists and a perceived immunity for attacks,” Shapiro said. “And I think that’s very dangerous.”

The European cases appear to speak to the power of oligarchs involved in shady activities who act across borders without consequences, he said.

While careful not to place blame on President Donald Trump, experts say his attacks on the press as the “enemy of the people” have a corrosive effect that is noticed around the world. Journalists who may not have felt physical danger often find themselves the targets of threats and harassment online.

“We are conditioned to expect the United States to speak up for press freedom around the world and to defend it, not to belittle the press,” Mahoney said.

Journalism organizations have recognized the threat and have taken steps to protect reporters, the experts said.

“If there is an upside to this, I think that people who stand for democratic values are beginning to understand that scapegoating journalists and scapegoating the media is a step toward authoritarianism,” Shapiro said.


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Hungarian security and Turkish stability are directly linked, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said after talks with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Budapest on Monday. Orbán said Hungarian foreign policy must look to three cities: Ankara, Moscow and Berlin, three great powers around which Hungary has revolved for many centuries. Orbán expressed appreciation to Turkey for accommodating several million refugees that arrived via neighbouring countries and thanked the Erdogan for “fully meeting” Turkey’s agreement with the European Union, which he said was another precondition for European security. On another subject, Orbán said that Hungary and Turkey would raise the level of...
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The Turkish state and their allied gangs occupying Afrin have pillaged the city and continue to inflict inhumane attacks against the civilian population. Turkey increases the attacks with each passing day to change the demographic make up of the region. The invading Turkish state has used all the technologies for war at their disposal and carried out barbaric attacks to pillage Afrin, and the inhumane attacks by them and their allied gangs, the abductions, pillaging, rapes and murders targeting the cityÂ’s residents know no bounds. FORCED MIGRATION AND SETTLING GANG FAMILIES IN THE CITY The invading Turkish state has been...
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Turkey has demanded that Saudi Arabia allow police to search the Istanbul consulate where a prominent Saudi journalist disappeared last week. Yasin Aktay, a presidential adviser, said Saudi Arabia had not yet agreed to let investigators search the...
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Turkey said Tuesday it will search the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul as it investigates why journalist Jamal Khashoggi vanished...
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"Hillary Clinton criticises Tory MEPs over failure to censure Hungary Former presidential nominee says Conservative party has come long way from Churchill Hillary Clinton has delivered a stinging attack on the Conservative party for the failure of Tory MEPs to censure Hungary’s authoritarian leader, Viktor Orbán. ..... In her address on Tuesday, Clinton expressed concern about attacks on human rights globally, and said countries such as Hungary and Turkey were not real democracies, “just illiberal ones”. “I hope the EU and the people of Europe will resist the backsliding we are seeing in the east. It’s disheartening to watch Conservatives in Brussels vote to shield Viktor Orbán from censure, including British Tories,” she said." ..... With respect to Europe and the US, Clinton had strong words on immigration policies, calling for an end to the latter’s “cruel abuses at the border”. “Here in Europe, I add my voice to those warning about the risk of giving up on Schengen and the great benefits freedom of movement can deliver,” she said. .... “Our goal should be to to build societies that are secure and welcoming, where everyone counts and everyone contributes – people who are newcomers to our lands and people who have lived in the same place for generations.” Clinton, who stood unsuccessfully against Donald Trump in the 2016 US presidential campaign, said such a goal was made harder by the current US administration and the state of Europe. She described the US as being in crisis." https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/oct/09/hillary-clinton-criticises-tory-meps-over-failure-to-censure-hungary
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The Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul will be searched by Turkish authorities as they attempt to find a missing journalist.
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Mr. Krenesky should pursue contacting the State Attorney General’s Office for them to conduct an independent investigation of the administration and Jack Betkoski since he is the chair to the Economic Development Commission and is a member of Betkoski Brothers LLC. It seems there is a personal tie with the other two turkey's in the administration which would include Jack since he is Peters Brother. Why they are fighting so hard for Mr. Trepca to get the incentive when he shouldn't! Didn't Peter and Jack take a substantial personal loan from Mr. Trepca?
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ANKARA (Reuters) – Saudi Arabian officials invited Turkish experts and related officials to visit its consulate in Istanbul, Turkey’s state-owned news agency Anadolu said on Tuesday, following the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi a...
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the Turkish security forces arrested at least 90 suspected members of the PKK organization in southeast Turkey, local media said.
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Saudis are said to have lain in wait for Jamal Khashoggi  —  ISTANBUL — As Jamal Khashoggi prepared to enter the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2, a squad of men from Saudi Arabia who investigators suspect played a role in his disappearance was ready and in place.


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Turkish Officials Say Khashoggi Was Killed on Order of Saudi Leadership  —  ISTANBUL — Investigators are examining the movements of Saudi officials who flew to Istanbul and went to the Saudi Consulate there on the same day that a Saudi dissident journalist disappeared after going to the building …


          10/10/2018: WORLD: Erdogan demands Riyadh ‘prove’ journalist left consulate      Cache   Translate Page      
Turkey’s President has demanded that Saudi officials prove their claim missing journalist and Riyadh critic Jamal Khashoggi left the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, as the US called for a thorough probe into his disappearance. Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s...
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Rain in eastern Spain and the Balearics, fine in much of central Europe Tuesday Dry with sunshine in the north and west of Portugal and Spain but showers, perhaps locally heavy and thundery in the south and east will extend east across into the Balearics and towards Corsica and Sardinia. Spells of sunshine for Italy and the Adriatic and while a few showers will crop up they will be mostly light. Sunny spells for Greece and Turkey but with a scattering of light showers. Heavy, possibly thundery showers in the south of France but much of France, together with the Low Countries, Germany and Poland will be dry with a good deal of sunshine. Austria, Switzerland and other central parts, across to the Black Sea coast will be dry too, with a fair bit of sunshine. Breezy across Norway, Sweden and Finland with some rain at times but Denmark and the Baltic States will stay dry with hazy sunshine. Temperatures hold at the low to mid 20s in central and southern areas, locally a shade warmer in the south of Portugal, Spain and Turkey but becoming cooler further north and rather cold in Northern Scandinavia.

Wednesday A few showers over southern coasts of Spain and Portugal with rain into northwest Spain. Fair for most of Spain with lots of sunshine. Showery bursts of rain in the balearics. Unsettled with rain in Sardinia and Corsica. Italy will have a mix of sunshine and showers. fair for Greece with plenty of sunshine. Some showers affecting the south of Turkey. Rain and some cloud in France, heavy in the west. The Low Countries and Germany should be dry with good spells of sunshine. Staying fine in Austria and Hungary with more sunshine. Scattered showers over the southern Alps. Fine weather and breezy conditions for Denmark. Plenty of sunshine for the Baltic States and Finland. A fine day in Sweden with more sunshine. Scattered showers in northern Norway but good spells of sunshine in the south.


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          Comment on US Dollar & Emerging Market Stocks: Big-Fat Gains Turn to Big-Fat Losses by Crysangle      Cache   Translate Page      
I don't think it is possible to say. Europe is on autopilot for now, but you have Brexit and Italy both capable. Then the middle east which is endless, standing out to me beyond the known conflict is the pressure being put on Iran towards the winter (which is active time) and the window of max US oil production that is now open...the sort of circumstances that keep me up late often. Turkey is such an oddball, it is either getting on with everyone or no-one, but they got a good mood going now "Turkey’s private sector has agreed to cut prices on its goods by at least 10 percent across the board..." http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkey-vows-all-out-war-on-inflation-137689 or something :-/ South America is worth watching also, for what is already known , plus the Brasilian election might lead to unrest...and that is all possible contagion to Europe and US. Equally the US might have its own market problems, but those are somewhat known so I don't think the US is going to be main catalyst...tech trouble and housing/slowdown seem most obvious to me but the first is almost run of the mill, and the latter takes time... but who knows , I'm just rambling out loud coz you asked, probably without helping really :-) .
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A few years ago we had a number of turkeys occupy our pool area. After trying a number of things we turned up the volume of our outdoor speakers to max & played hard rock .... they were gone in an hour!
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ANKARA, Turkey —A week after dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi entered Saudi Arabia’s consulate in Istanbul for some routine paperwork, the mystery over his disappearance remains unresolved: Turkish officials allege he was killed in the compound; the Saudis say he left the building unharmed. The case has alarmed human rights activists concerned over Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s crackdown on dissent and strained already-tense relations between Turkey and Saudi Arabia. The United States and other Saudi allies have taken a cautious […]
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Turkey said on Tuesday that it would search Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul where Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi vanished last week, and close ally Britain called on Riyadh to provide "urgent answers" over his disappearance.
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          HOW U.S. BANKS TOOK OVER THE FINANCIAL WORLD / THE FINANCIAL TIMES OP EDITORIAL      Cache   Translate Page      

How US Banks took over the financial world

Ten years after the global financial crisis, Europe’s banks are in retreat

Martin Arnold in London


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Three days before Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy in September 2008, Bob Diamond was ushered into a large conference room with “buyer” hand-written on the door at the New York Federal Reserve Bank in Manhattan.

As the Barclays boss closed on a deal for Lehman, Mr Diamond says that the opportunity looked “wonderful” — even if he remains frustrated that he could not reach agreement before it collapsed which, he says, may have saved the world from the worst of the financial crisis. In the end, Barclays bought much of Lehman’s US operations out of bankruptcy.

At that time, Barclays was among the European banks riding high even as the US banking system went into meltdown, with ambitions to be among those left to pick over what was left after the subprime crisis had run its course.

A few months earlier, Royal Bank of Scotland had become the world’s biggest bank by assets by outbidding Barclays to acquire Dutch rival ABN Amro.




But as shares in the biggest US banks were being pounded by waves of panic about which might collapse next, few could imagine then how the implosion of the debt-fuelled housing bubble would ultimately result in the US financial sector surging back stronger than ever.

Over the next decade, Wall Street’s top groups would go on to establish a seemingly unshakeable dominance in global corporate and investment banking.

European banks, meanwhile, have been forced into a steady retreat — weakened by the subsequent eurozone debt crisis and overtaken in the global rankings by resurgent US rivals as well as the even faster growing Chinese state-owned banks.

According to figures compiled by the Financial Times, the top five European banks — HSBC, RBS, BNP Paribas, Barclays and Deutsche Bank — made close to $60bn of combined net profits in 2007. This was a fifth higher than the earnings of their main US rivals: JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America, Citigroup, Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs.

By 2017, the picture had changed drastically. The net profits of European groups had shrunk over two-thirds to $17.5bn, more than a quarter below the $24.4bn that JPMorgan earned on its own last year. Indeed, JPMorgan’s $380bn market capitalisation exceeds that of its five European rivals combined.

Between 2006 and 2016, the top five US banks gained 6 percentage points of market share in global wholesale banking revenues, while the top five Europeans have lost 4 percentage points, according to research by Oliver Wyman and Morgan Stanley.



Senior bankers trace the contrasting fortunes back to the different responses to the crisis on each side of the Atlantic.

The US, led by Treasury secretary Hank Paulson, forced its big banks to go on a crash diet by forcibly injecting government funds and blocking them from repaying it — or from paying dividends and bonuses — until they had passed a stress test.

“It totally stabilised the US system,” says Paul Achleitner, Deutsche Bank’s chairman and a former colleague of Mr Paulson at Goldman. “It allowed them to radically write off all kinds of stuff that they had there, and yes, they replenished. Over here [in Europe], you couldn’t possibly do any of the above.”

Bankers such as Mr Diamond and Mr Achleitner say Europe is now making a big strategic mistake by leaving itself exposed to increasingly blatant US economic nationalism, particularly under Donald Trump’s presidency. 'If you’re a bank, you’re bad, so let’s penalise you.'



Bob Diamond, former Barclays chief executive. © Charlie Bibby/FT“



As American banks have shown through history, they go hot and cold on commitment to markets outside the US,” says Bill Winters, the former JPMorgan executive now running the emerging markets lender Standard Chartered.

“So I think it would be imprudent for Europe to find itself in a position where their conduits to international capital markets are entirely companies that do not have a vested interest in the local economy.”

Others share the mounting concerns that US banks will retreat in the next crisis, leaving European companies with less access to funding.


Frédéric Oudéa, chief executive of Société Générale  Deutsche Bank chairman Paul Achleitner

Bill Winters, former JPMorgan executive


“For European industry to have to rely on American banks for the raising of capital, for mergers and acquisitions, for intermediation of equity and investment is geopolitically somewhat challenging,” says Andrea Orcel, head of UBS’s investment bank, which has retrenched significantly since the crisis.

He describes UBS as a “little” David against Goliath. “David can win, but your challenge is a little bit steeper.”

European politicians, however, mostly seem untroubled, showing little sympathy for the continuing struggles of regional banks that are still considered politically toxic. Even the companies that rely on bank finance seem unfazed. Corporate treasurers point out that banks are queueing up in Europe to provide access to cheap funding.

Multinational companies typically have a stable of at least a dozen banks — a mix of local and international lenders that can support global operations — to meet financing needs. “European banks have retrenched, but others have stepped in to pick up the slack,” says Sarah Boyce at the UK’s Association of Corporate Treasurers.

But Ms Boyce, the former director of treasury at British chocolate maker Cadbury, says there is risk of complacency when banks are queueing up to service companies as they are now.

“In the last crisis everybody took their ball home and retrenched to their domestic market,” she says. “There is a real risk the American banks will do exactly the same in the next crisis.”

In the past decade, the five European banks tracked by the FT have shrunk their revenues by 20 per cent, their assets by 15 per cent and their workforce by almost 30 per cent. Meanwhile, their five Wall Street rivals have grown their revenues by 12 per cent and their assets by 10 per cent, while their headcount has shrunk by less than 10 per cent.


There are some who believe that Europe’s shrinking banks should be celebrated. Sitting in the peaceful courtyard of Oxford university’s All Souls College, where he is warden, Sir John Vickers says: “You had in effect a huge taxpayer-backed subsidy for risk-taking and that ended in tears. So pulling back from that is directionally a good thing.”

“The [banks’] balance sheets got so overblown with a lot of activities which I believe were completely unproductive so there is no social loss or economic loss in their disappearance,” says Sir John, who chaired the commission that drafted Britain’s policy response to the 2008 crisis.


Sir John Vickers: 'You had in effect a huge taxpayer-backed subsidy for risk-taking and that ended in tears. So pulling back from that is directionally a good thing.' © Charlie Bibby/FT



RBS remains the most extreme example of a European bank in retreat. For a spell in 2008, it was the world’s biggest bank by assets until being bailed out by Gordon Brown’s Labour government a month after Lehman collapsed.

Since then, RBS has been engaged in a drawn-out restructuring, shedding more than 60 per cent of its assets and 70 per cent of staff.

Ewen Stevenson, finance director at RBS, says the European corporate and investment banking market suffers from “an excess of capacity” that drags the profitability of most banks in the region down below their cost of capital, meaning that they are destroying value.

“So it is a concern, but it is a multi-faceted problem that I don’t think would get solved just by insisting that European investment banks continue to exist at scale,” he says.

As well as being slower to flush toxic assets out of their balance sheets, European banks have also suffered from the political stigma around the sector in the aftermath of the crisis.

“Across much of Europe you saw almost the application of biblical justice, which is if you’re a bank, you’re bad, so let’s penalise you, as opposed to let’s make you healthy again,” says Mr Diamond, who was pushed out by regulators as Barclays chief executive in 2012 and now runs private equity funds that buy assets from banks.

Since the crisis, most European countries have introduced bank-specific taxes and laws, such as the bonus cap and the Mifid II investor-protection rules, which do not apply in the US.

But Andrew Tyrie, the former chairman of the Treasury committee of backbench MPs who now chairs the Competition and Markets Authority, says the UK had little choice but to rein in its banks after the crisis because they had grown so large relative to the size of the British economy.

“As a proportion of GDP the US banking sector is much smaller than that of the UK, so the price of a regulatory mistake may be relatively less severe,” he says.




The US government is now unwinding parts of its post-crisis financial regulation, such as the Volcker rule restricting proprietary trading by banks, but Mr Tyrie says Britain must be wary of following suit.

“The UK cannot afford to allow any such reconsideration to weaken vigilance over systemic risk,” says Mr Tyrie, who chaired a parliamentary commission on bank reform.

There are structural reasons for the outperformance of US banks, which benefit from a dominant position in a homogeneous domestic market that boasts the world’s largest investment banking fee pool.

Europe has no truly pan-European banks, its economic growth remains sluggish, and the eurozone banking union is unfinished. Added to that, Brexit now looks set to further fragment the market.

Frédéric Oudéa, chief executive of Société Générale points out that US banks can charge triple the fees for an initial public offering and 30 per cent more for bond issues than in Europe. “I would not call it an oligopoly, but it is not far off,” he says.

At a time when the US is using sanctions against countries like Russia, Iran and Turkey as a way to harness the dominance of the dollar in international trade and achieve its foreign policy goals, some argue that strong, global banks are more important than ever for Europe.

Mr Achleitner says he has been asking politicians in Berlin if they are happy leaving the US to be the world’s financial policeman since he became chairman of Deutsche Bank six years ago.

His questions grew louder when the US panicked investors in 2016 by threatening Germany’s biggest bank with a $14bn fine for alleged mortgage securities mis-selling before the crisis.

“Six years ago they were quite indifferent to the question if we need big international banks in Germany,” says the Deutsche Bank chairman. “In the current political environment this position has changed fundamentally.”

For 60 years, most Europeans have assumed that their strategic interests are aligned with the US, but Mr Achleitner says this is now changing. “The hard-nosed fact is there may be elements where it deviates and they just become much more accentuated under the current US president,” he says.


Additional reporting by Patrick Jenkins
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Not to put too much pressure on Canada, especially given the current state of the neighbours, but it may be up to us to save the Olympics. Not the movement itself, of course. There are lots of Canadians like Beckie Scott and Dick Pound and others who are fighting the good fight on existential underpinnings like doping. And thank goodness for them.

But for the moment they appear to have lost that fight. In some ways, the Olympics don’t want to be saved.

When it comes to the 2026 Winter Games, though, Canada may be the only hope. There are only three potential bids, which the International Olympic Committee approved Tuesday: Milan and Cortina D’Ampezzo in Italy (which could be the last Winter Games in central Europe ever, if you think about it), Stockholm in Sweden (plus some sliding in Latvia), and Calgary (plus some events in Whistler, B.C.). Turkey, the autocratic bid, was dropped last week. You know what they say about scapegoat-based autocratic populism these days: they can’t win ’em all.

The IOC, meanwhile, insists there is no Plan B, which is the kind of thing you say when you have great options, right? Salt Lake City is definitely not just sitting there, ready to be an emergency Olympic host and give NBC two straight chances to make the most patriotic possible pile of time zone-friendly money.

But other than a last-ditch Mormon option, or maybe Barcelona, Canada appears to be the safest harbour left. The IOC was effusive, of course. Vice-president Juan Antonio Samaranch Jr. said in the IOC Session in Buenos Aires, “People might say that we only have three candidates. But let me tell you, we do have three candidates … that are extraordinary.” Of Calgary he said, “Calgary is a very big city, Canada is a very developed country, and they can do that any day of the week. There is no problem there.” Of Italy he said, “No doubt they can do the Games.” Of Sweden he said, “Again, it’s a very attractive concept.”

“Any of the three would be a good, trustworthy partner for us. Legacy, guaranteed everywhere. Legacy, I repeat, guaranteed,” Samaranch said. “Nothing that would come out of ’26 would make us feel ashamed in ’46.”

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Very comforting. Toronto has successfully dodged this kind of question, because bids are hard, and getting trickier. The IOC had real trouble in 2022, which went to Beijing because the other option was Kazakhstan, which would have been the modern wagon-and-yak Olympics. Democracies dropped out of winter bidding because people have realized the Olympic Games cost a lot of money and leave you with exotic infrastructure investments whose usefulness expires with the Games. The last three Games — in Sochi, Russia, Rio de Janeiro, and Pyeongchang, South Korea — all left expensive and unwanted leftover behind.

But this time, democracies are back! Well, sort of. After every glowing review of a candidate, Samaranch would sigh and say, “politics.” In Sweden they are still sorting out the recent elections, but to this point there has been almost no government support for the bid. In Italy, it was supposed to be a three-city deal, and then Turin exited, so they are working with a plan that was literally reworked last month.

And Calgary will hold that Nov. 13 plebiscite with no vocal support from the mayor, the premier or the federal government. Still, Canada may be the best bet. Robert Livingstone, the Toronto-based journalist for GamesBids.com, predicted this was how the bidding would come out a year ago, and thinks Calgary has the best chance.

“I think the IOC really wants Europe, if available, with priority on Sweden,” he says. “Calgary wins if it’s the only city left in the race. Which could well happen, if the plebiscite goes ‘yes.’ ”

So will it? The IOC showed a very simple video that extolled the all-too-neat economics of the new Olympics, claiming it will be profitable and clean and will make your children want to exercise. Samaranch said “it’s our job to go out and make people understand that the inspiration, the good things the Olympic Games bring to a community, come with no significant financial risks to that community.”

No significant financial risks! None! It felt like he was selling insurance.

And as the IOC was extolling the new, cheaper, less monolithic New Norm process to keep the cost and negative impact of bidding down, a report from Japan’s board of audit said the Tokyo 2020 bid will cost up to $25 billion (U.S.), up from $7.3 billion (U.S.) in 2013.

The IOC contested this, saying some of the items put under the Olympic umbrella shouldn’t be counted. But as The Associated Press reported, some of the items under dispute included “barrier-free facilities for Paralympic athletes, training programs for volunteers, and advertising and tourism plans.” Also, the audit also said the budget did not include, uh, security costs. Or upgrading the existing buildings that will used during the Games. Or running the doping lab. Well, maybe that’s optional, now.

In Calgary, meanwhile, the security budget is two-thirds that of Vancouver 2010, which seems like the tip of an accounting iceberg. So the people of Calgary will have to decide on the same essential question every non-autocratic nation has to answer: How much do you trust the IOC? Experience would tell you, not much, right? Not much.

But Italy is rickety and Sweden ain’t Eden, and the IOC is sweet-talking promises like never before. Canada might be needed to save the Olympics. Unless the good people of Calgary decide that for all the promises, it’s not worth saving at all.


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Cheney, a rural college town about 16 miles southwest of Spokane, is pretty small. But, there are still options when it comes to off-campus dining.

And, many of Cheney’s eateries are located just blocks from the Eastern Washington University campus. Lots of them show support for the Eagles with red-and-white EWU memorabilia throughout their eateries as well as homages on the menu. Here’s where to go for grub around EWU.

Cheap Eats: Rokkos Teriyaki and BBQ

Combination platters range from $8.15 to $9.25 and are served in to-go containers with three compartments – for teriyaki or barbecue with rice, plus dressed greens and wasabi macaroni salad. Teriyaki comes in regular or spicy. Barbecue comes in spicy. Choose from chicken, drumsticks, tofu, beef or meatballs. Portions are generous enough to share or save leftovers for later. Bigger appetites or those hoping to stretch a dollar – read: college students – might want to “sumo size” their meal for another $3.50 and get maybe three meals out of it. Order at the walk-up counter, then have a seat in the eclectic, super-casual dining area with a concrete floor, plywood chipboard walls, patio furniture and a roll-top, garage-style door that opens onto First Avenue when the weather’s warm. 506 First St., Cheney. (509) 359-8010. www.facebook.com/RokkosTeriyaki/.

Coffee and Sweet Treats: The Mason Jar

This cozy bake shop and bistro – with tin ceiling tiles, robin’s-egg blue walls and Mason jar light fixtures – couldn’t get any cuter. Chairs are metal. Woods are dark. Ceilings are high. And there’s plenty of natural light from a wall of windows overlooking the town’s main drag. The look is modern, rustic and vintage. The vibe is casual, relaxed and welcoming. It’s a perfect spot to meet for a coffee or study date or just hang out. A couple of years ago, the cafe expanded, taking down a wall and spreading into the adjacent space. It’s typically bustling with students, camped out with laptops, notebooks and backpacks. Opened in late 2012, the Mason Jar not only serves espresso drinks but breakfast, sandwiches, seasonal baked goods, soup, quiche and savory pies. It’s particularly known for its oversized cinnamon rolls. During warm weather, opt for outdoor seating along F street. Thursday nights, there’s live music. Recently, the Mason Jar has also been hosting sip and paint nights and yoga on weekend mornings. Check its Facebook page for specials and event info. 101 F St., Cheney. (509) 359-8052. www.facebook.com/themasonjar101/.

Date Night: Latah Bistro and Chaps Diner and Bakery

Cheney has its charms, and cheap eats and moderately priced restaurants are among them. College bars and pub grub are great, but for something a bit more romantic head 12 miles northeast of Cheney to the Latah Shopping Plaza, home to Latah Bistro and Chaps.

The cozy and dimly lighted Latah Bistro offers contemporary American cuisine with an emphasis on locally sourced, sustainable, farm-to-fable fare. Its motto is: “Our food is fancy but you don’t have to be.” Expect gourmet pizza, small plates, salads and specialties such as wild mushroom ravioli, herbed gnocchi and pork tenderloin. Dishes are carefully plated. The wine list is well curated. 4241 S. Cheney-Spokane Road, Spokane. (509) 838-8338. www.latahbistro.com

Chaps Diner and Bakery, popular for brunch on weekends, offers dinner service Wednesday through Saturday nights in an intimate and whimsical setting. Proprietor Celeste Shaw has a talent for decor. Think cozy and eclectic farmhouse chic with a modern-vintage vibe, sparkly chandeliers, antique cake stands, chalkboards and Mason jars. Food is modern American. Portions are ample. 4237 Cheney-Spokane Road, Spokane. (509) 624-4182. www.chapsgirl.com.

Breakfast: Bene’s

This newer breakfast spot in Cheney specializes in eggs Benedict. There are 11 varieties on the menu. Besides the classic – two eggs, thinly sliced ham and Hollandaise sauce over a grilled English muffin – there’s the California version with turkey, avocado and sun-dried tomato Hollandaise sauce. The chorizo Benedict has sausage, onions, avocado, tomato and avocado cream Hollandaise with a hint of lime over a fried tortilla. The Fireman’s Benedict features sausage, roasted pepper, jalapeños and Sriracha Hollandaise sauce. And the pulled-pork Benedict with slaw and barbecue Hollandaise over a biscuit. Look, also, for breakfast sandwiches, bacon and eggs, steak and eggs, chicken-fried steak and eggs, waffles and a scramble called The Eagle with home fries, peppers, onions, toast and your choice of meat. 24 W. First St., Cheney. (509) 951-5207. www.benesamfix.com.

Burgers: Zip’s Drive-In

Southern California has In-N-Out. The Inland Northwest has Zip’s. Its tartar sauce is so legendary around these parts that some customers buy it by the tub to take home. Zip’s predates McDonald’s and has about 40 locations, including one in Cheney. The Papa Joe comes with a slice of ham. The Buster has both ham and bacon. The Big Zipper has three patties. You can make it a Boss by adding ham and bacon. The Wrangler has two patties, bacon and barbecue sauce. And the barbecue sauce varies from store to store. So do other accoutrements, such as ranch or jalapeño ranch. There are other variables, too. Some Zip’s stores offer breakfast. Some season their patties with a “secret” blend of spices. Hours vary store to store and, sometimes, season to season. It’s all part of the Zip’s charm. Most stores are owned and operated by former store managers or relatives – including children and grandchildren – of the three early owners. This one is open 24 hours and offers breakfast. 911 First St., Cheney. (509) 235-8405. zipsdrivein.com/.

Beer: Wild Bill’s Longbar

This watering hole – popular with camo-, Carhartt- and cowboy hat-wearing locals and college students alike – offers a hip, Wild West vibe. All kinds of animal heads line the walls, along with a series of black-and-white, old-fashioned and artful portraits of nude women. Light fixtures are Tiffany-style. Sit in vintage wooden booths along the wall opposite the bar, where 10 beers are on tap. Plus, there’s an extensive collection of beer and cider in cans – most of which comes from the Pacific Northwest. Salty snacks – a bar mix of peanuts, mini pretzels and more – are served in ramekins. There are pool tables in the back area of the bar as well as a back deck that overlooks the train tracks. 405 S. First St., Cheney. (509) 235-4758. Search for “Wild Bill’s Longbar” on Facebook.

Pub grub: Monterey Pub & Grub

There’s a Californian-Hawaiian ambiance running throughout this casual restaurant and bar, which makes for a fun place to grab lunch, dinner or a drink. Monterey Pub & Grub specializes in pizza, barbecue and, surprisingly, sushi . Look for assorted rolls – the Anthony features tempura veggies, cream cheese, avocado, eel sauce and spicy mayo – as well as sashimi, tuna and tako poke, gyoza, edamame, miso soup and more. Good news for barbecue fans: owner, Anthony Aguilar, said he prepares and smokes all of the meats the restaurant uses in its pizzas and sandwiches, such as the Blvd BBQ pizza and Billy Bob sandwich with barbecue brisket, cheddar, green peppers, onions and mushrooms. There are 15 specialty pizzas, plus the opportunity to build your own. Rounding out the menu are salads, wings, wraps, loaded bread sticks and nachos. Consider the Screaming Eagle nachos with Sriracha chicken, bacon, sweet chili sauce, cilantro, chives and cheese. 321 First St., Cheney. (509) 235-2640. www.facebook.com/MonteteyPubNGrub/.

Pizza: Barrelhouse Pub and Pizza

There are specials every day of the week at the Barrelhouse Pub and Pizza, where “Go Eagles” is written in big white lettering high up on a back wall. This casual and spacious bar and eatery features exposed red brick walls, a red painted ceiling, and a mix of booth, table and counter seating. Start with cheesy, carby Barrel Bites, or dough covered in garlic, Parmesan and butter. (They go great with beer.) Also on the menu: cheese bread, chicken wings, pork “wings,” salads and hot sandwiches. But pizza and its half-moon-shaped cousin, the calzone, are the highlights here. There are 14 specialty pizzas on the menu as well as the chance to build your own. They come in two sizes: 12 inches or 16 inches. Calzones come in one size with five fillings. First, choose a sauce: pesto, tomato or garlic. Then, choose from meat, cheese and veggies. They’re big enough to split with two, maybe even three, people. Or, plan for leftovers. 122 College Ave., Cheney. (509) 235-4338. www.facebook.com/BarrelHousePubAndPizza

Game day: Eagle’s Pub

Eagle’s Pub is a classic game-day sports bar. Pool tables, bar games and TVs are set up all over the spacious space, and there’s still plenty of room for celebrating when the score goes your way. Eagle’s Pub is great for groups, especially Eastern fans and alumni. This EWU-themed pub features an extensive beer selection, burgers, broasted chicken and wings. The food can take a few extra minutes but the fries alone are well worth the wait. Be sure to look up; the ceiling is covered with coasters and credit cards. 414 First St. (509) 235-6294. www.facebook.com/Eagles-Pub-42459560129/.

When the parents come to visit: Masselow’s Steakhouse and Three Peaks Kitchen and Bar

A sepia-toned portrait of Chief Masselow watches over the dignified dining room at Masselow’s, where guests can expect an extensive wine list and deep, private booths. Start with a $17 cheese plate that includes honeycomb from Green Bluff, carpaccio of prime tenderloin with capers for $16, smoked escargots for $16 or Penn Cover mussels in a miso-ginger for $18. Steaks run from $46 for a 12-ounce New York to $120 for a 40-ounce porterhouse meant for two. Sauces – bearnaise, peppercorn demi-glace, bacon-Gorgonzola, horseradish aioli, house steak – are another $3 each or three for $8. Additions include a giant prawn for $6 to a lobster tail at market price. Add a Dungeness-and-red-crab cake for $18 or crab, asparagus and bearnaise sauce for $22. And don’t forget to thank mom and dad. Reservations are recommended. Northern Quest Resort and Casino, 100 N. Hayford Road in Airway Heights. (509) 481-6020. masselows.com.

Three Peaks, opened earlier this year, takes its name from three prominent summits in the region: Mount Spokane, Cayuse Mountain and Steptoe Butte. To start, consider sharing pretzel bites – soft, warm, chewy, lightly salted, made fresh daily and served with cheese fondue ($8.95). Or, opt for coconut crab cakes served with arugula and chili cream ($12.95). Also of note: the calamari fires with Sriracha aioli, chopped peanuts and togarashi seasoning ($9.95). The menu is modern American. Fare is elevated but approachable. Dishes run from $8.95 to $32.95. Top-sellers include the French dip ($12.95) and bison burger ($17.95) as well as pan-seared wild salmon with saffron rice and herbed dill sauce ($19.95) and filet mignon with rosemary butter and garlic mash ($29.95). Another specialty is the hearty and colorful steak salad ($13.95). There are 20 beers on tap and, if you sit at the bar, there’s an opportunity to test your luck. Several gaming machines are embedded in the counter top. When the patio is open, there’s seating for more than 200 people. Spokane Tribe Casino, 13918 State Route 2, Airway Heights. (509) 818-1478. spokanetribecasino.com/dining.


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Two jets carrying Saudi intelligence agents are said to have flown to Istanbul the day the dissident journalist disappeared, and to have left hours later.
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I’m camping in Europe at the moment. Pitching my tent at rest stops, in the mountains and inconspicuously behind bushes on private land. I’m camping because there are some day hikes I can’t bear to leave after only a few hours. I want to wake up in the fog and sleep amongst all the creatures that explore the land at night. I’m also doing it to stretch the little money I flew to Europe with.

Each country has its own laws when it comes to wild camping. Here’s a list, but please do your own research if you’re really concerned.

Wild camping is legal in: Sweden, Albania, Armenia, Belarus, Bosnia, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Russia, Slovakia, Turkey, Ukraine, Scotland

Wild camping is a bit of a grey area in: France, Austria, Bulgaria, Czech, Hungary, Moldova, Netherlands, Romania, Serbia, Switzerland

Wild camping is totally illegal in: Italy, Aldorra, Belgium, Croatia, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Luxembourg, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain (they’re really complicated), England, Wales

However, if you’re setting up shop just to rest your head for the night, camping is generally permissible. Pitch at dark and leave in the morning and nobody’s going to bat an eyelid, especially if you’re out of sight. How many times do you drive on a highway or pass a mountain and look for a tent? Worst case scenario: plead ignorance. You’re a tourist.

Here are my packing essentials:

1. A tent

If you’re heading over in summer, you can probably get away with a festival tent, especially if you’ve got some cash in the bank to splurge on accommodation when there’s a stormy night. I use a lightweight two-person Vango Bravo 200, because I need something I can carry on my back with the rest of my stuff that can also accommodate a mate, should I meet one on my journey.

If you’re wild camping, especially in places where wild camping is considered illegal or a grey area, maybe invest in something a little more inconspicuous than the blue one I’ve gone for. You can spot that baby from a mile away.

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          SAN Switches Market Overview, Technology Insights, Sales and Forecast to 2025 : CISCO, Brocade, Qlogic, IBM, Huawei, Lenovo, NEC Corporati      Cache   Translate Page      

The SAN Switches market was valued at 1900 Million US$ in 2017 and is projected to reach 1620 Million US$ by 2025, at a CAGR of -2.0% during the forecast period. In this study, 2017 has been considered as the base year and 2018 to 2025 as the forecast period to estimate the market size for SAN Switches.

Albany, NY -- (SBWIRE) -- 10/09/2018 -- A storage area network (SAN) switch is a device that connects servers and shared pools of storage devices and is dedicated to moving storage traffic. The SAN switch contains the Director-class switches and Fibre Channel switches.

Beginning in the late 1990s, FC emerged and widely adopted by the worlds leading server and storage systems manufacturers and is now available in 2, 4, 8 and 16 gigabit per second (Gb/s) FC solutions. Its advanced capabilities enabled new architectures such as SAN which connect multiple host computers to one or more storage arrays.

One of the key drivers of growth in the SAN market is the greenfield deployments in emerging markets, such as BRICS countries, with more pronounced growth mainly in China and India. Government and financial institutions in these regions are also significant contributors to the SAN markets growth.

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This study also analyzes the market status, market share, growth rate, future trends, market drivers, opportunities and challenges, risks and entry barriers, sales channels, distributors and Porter's Five Forces Analysis.

The following manufacturers are covered in this report:
CISCO
Brocade
Qlogic
IBM
Huawei
Lenovo
NEC Corporation
Hewlett Packard Enterprise Development
ATTO
INSPUR

SAN Switches Breakdown Data by Type
Fibre Channel SAN Switches
Ethernet SAN switch
SAN Switches Breakdown Data by Application
Financial
Telecommunications
Media
Government
Others

SAN Switches Production by Region
United States
Europe
China
Japan
South Korea
Other Regions

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SAN Switches Consumption by Region
North America
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Canada
Mexico
Asia-Pacific
China
India
Japan
South Korea
Australia
Indonesia
Malaysia
Philippines
Thailand
Vietnam
Europe
Germany
France
UK
Italy
Russia
Rest of Europe
Central & South America
Brazil
Rest of South America
Middle East & Africa
GCC Countries
Turkey
Egypt
South Africa
Rest of Middle East & Africa

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Base Year: 2017
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Forecast Year: 2018 - 2025

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          Smart Lighting Control Systems Market Overview, Technology Insights, Sales and Forecast to 2025 : Philips Lighting, Osram, Siemens, GE Lighting, Petra Systems, Honeywell, Legrand      Cache   Translate Page      

Latest Research Study and Overview on "Global Smart Lighting Control Systems Market Insights, Forecast to 2025."

Albany, NY -- (SBWIRE) -- 10/09/2018 -- The global smart lighting control systems market report, offers in-depth insights, revenue details, and other vital information regarding the global smart lighting control systems market and the various trends, drivers, restraints, opportunities, and threats in the target market till 2025. The report also offers insightful and detailed information regarding the various key players operating in the global smart lighting control systems market, and their financials, apart from strategies, acquisitions & mergers, and market footprint. The global smart lighting control systems market is segmented on the basis of type, component, application area, and region.

The Smart Lighting Control Systems market was valued at Million US$ in 2017 and is projected to reach Million US$ by 2025, at a CAGR of during the forecast period. In this study, 2017 has been considered as the base year and 2018 to 2025 as the forecast period to estimate the market size for Smart Lighting Control Systems.

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The following manufacturers are covered in this report:
Philips Lighting
Osram
Siemens
GE Lighting
Petra Systems
Honeywell
Legrand
TVILIGHT
Cimcon
Telematics
Echelon

Smart Lighting Control Systems Breakdown Data by Type
Lights & Luminaires
Lighting Controls

Smart Lighting Control Systems Breakdown Data by Application
Residential
Commercial Lighting
Healthcare
Traffic
Industrial
Others

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Europe
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Japan
South Korea
Other Regions

Smart Lighting Control Systems Consumption by Region
North America
United States
Canada
Mexico
Asia-Pacific
China
India
Japan
South Korea
Australia
Indonesia
Malaysia
Philippines
Thailand
Vietnam
Europe
Germany
France
UK
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Rest of Europe
Central & South America
Brazil
Rest of South America
Middle East & Africa
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Rest of Middle East & Africa

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Forecast Year: 2018 - 2025

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          Wearable Security Device Market to Grow at a Faster Rate by 2025 : Apple, Google, Fitbit, Samsung Electronics, Microsoft, Amulyte      Cache   Translate Page      

The global wearable security device market is estimated to grow at a faster rate due to the adoption of these security devices in wearable forms like smart watches, eyewear, headgear and even clothes.

Albany, NY -- (SBWIRE) -- 10/09/2018 -- One of the major benefits of using smart wearable devices includes messaging and calling services regarding emergency services, real-time health monitoring, and tracking applications.

The global wearable security device market report, offers in-depth insights, revenue details, and other vital information regarding the global wearable security device market and the various trends, drivers, restraints, opportunities, and threats in the target market till 2025. The report also offers insightful and detailed information regarding the various key players operating in the global wearable security device market, and their financials, apart from strategies, acquisitions & mergers, and market footprint. The global wearable security device market is segmented on the basis of type, component, application area, and region.

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This report presents the worldwide Wearable Security Device market size (value, production and consumption), splits the breakdown (data status 2013-2018 and forecast to 2025), by manufacturers, region, type and application.

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Apple
Google
Fitbit
Samsung Electronics
Microsoft
Amulyte
Carre Technologies
Epson
Garmin
Intel
LG Electronics

Wearable Security Device Breakdown Data by Type
Smart Watches
Smart Jewelry
Smart Shoes

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Wearable Security Device Breakdown Data by Application
Military
Emergency Service
Tracking

Wearable Security Device Production by Region
United States
Europe
China
Japan
South Korea
Other Regions

Wearable Security Device Consumption by Region
North America
United States
Canada
Mexico
Asia-Pacific
China
India
Japan
South Korea
Australia
Indonesia
Malaysia
Philippines
Thailand
Vietnam
Europe
Germany
France
UK
Italy
Russia
Rest of Europe
Central & South America
Brazil
Rest of South America
Middle East & Africa
GCC Countries
Turkey
Egypt
South Africa
Rest of Middle East & Africa

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To analyze competitive developments such as expansions, agreements, new product launches, and acquisitions in the market.

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History Year: 2013 - 2017
Base Year: 2017
Estimated Year: 2018
Forecast Year: 2018 - 2025

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          Overview: Near-Field Communication (NFC) Market Technology Insights, Sales, Trends and Forecast 2018 to 2025      Cache   Translate Page      

NFC technology has been foraying into the automotive industry and registering acceptance to a certain extent for over a couple of years now.

Albany, NY -- (SBWIRE) -- 10/09/2018 -- The global Near-field communication (NFC) market report, offers in-depth insights, revenue details, and other vital information regarding the global Near-field communication (NFC) market and the various trends, drivers, restraints, opportunities, and threats in the target market till 2025. The report also offers insightful and detailed information regarding the various key players operating in the global Near-field communication (NFC) market, and their financials, apart from strategies, acquisitions & mergers, and market footprint. The global Near-field communication (NFC) market is segmented on the basis of type, component, application area, and region.

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The Near-field communication (NFC) market was valued at xx Million US$ in 2017 and is projected to reach xx Million US$ by 2025, at a CAGR of xx% during the forecast period. In this study, 2017 has been considered as the base year and 2018 to 2025 as the forecast period to estimate the market size for Near-field communication (NFC).

The following manufacturers are covered in this report:
Gemalto (Netherlands)
Broadcom (USA)
Infineon Technologies (USA)
Inside Secure (France)
NXP Semiconductors (Netherlands)
MediaTek (China)

Near-field communication (NFC) Breakdown Data by Type
Non-auxiliary products
Auxiliary products
Near-field communication (NFC) Breakdown Data by Application
Smartphone & Tablets
PCs & Laptops
Others

Near-field communication (NFC) Production by Region
United States
Europe
China
Japan
South Korea
Other Regions

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Near-field communication (NFC) Consumption by Region
North America
United States
Canada
Mexico
Asia-Pacific
China
India
Japan
South Korea
Australia
Indonesia
Malaysia
Philippines
Thailand
Vietnam
Europe
Germany
France
UK
Italy
Russia
Rest of Europe
Central & South America
Brazil
Rest of South America
Middle East & Africa
GCC Countries
Turkey
Egypt
South Africa
Rest of Middle East & Africa

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To analyze and research the global Near-field communication (NFC) status and future forecastinvolving, production, revenue, consumption, historical and forecast.
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To analyze competitive developments such as expansions, agreements, new product launches, and acquisitions in the market.

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History Year: 2013 - 2017
Base Year: 2017
Estimated Year: 2018
Forecast Year: 2018 - 2025

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          Automotive NFC System Market Technology Insights, Overview, Sales, and Forecast 2018 to 2025      Cache   Translate Page      

NFC technology has been foraying into the automotive industry and registering acceptance to a certain extent for over a couple of years now.

Albany, NY -- (SBWIRE) -- 10/09/2018 -- The global Automotive NFC System market report, offers in-depth insights, revenue details, and other vital information regarding the global Automotive NFC System market and the various trends, drivers, restraints, opportunities, and threats in the target market till 2025. The report also offers insightful and detailed information regarding the various key players operating in the global Automotive NFC System market, and their financials, apart from strategies, acquisitions & mergers, and market footprint. The global Automotive NFC System market is segmented on the basis of type, component, application area, and region.

The Automotive NFC System market was valued at xx Million US$ in 2017 and is projected to reach xx Million US$ by 2025, at a CAGR of xx% during the forecast period. In this study, 2017 has been considered as the base year and 2018 to 2025 as the forecast period to estimate the market size for Automotive NFC System.

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The following manufacturers are covered in this report:
Continental (Canada)
Delphi Automotive (Germany)
NXP Semiconductors (Netherlands)
Valeo (France)

Automotive NFC System Breakdown Data by Type
Non-auxiliary products
Auxiliary products
Automotive NFC System Breakdown Data by Application
Infotainment
Stereo Headphone
Others

Automotive NFC System Production by Region
United States
Europe
China
Japan
South Korea
Other Regions

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Automotive NFC System Consumption by Region
North America
United States
Canada
Mexico
Asia-Pacific
China
India
Japan
South Korea
Australia
Indonesia
Malaysia
Philippines
Thailand
Vietnam
Europe
Germany
France
UK
Italy
Russia
Rest of Europe
Central & South America
Brazil
Rest of South America
Middle East & Africa
GCC Countries
Turkey
Egypt
South Africa
Rest of Middle East & Africa

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Base Year: 2017
Estimated Year: 2018
Forecast Year: 2018 - 2025

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          Artificial Intelligence (AI) Robots Market Technology Insights, Overview, Sales, and Forecast 2018 to 2025      Cache   Translate Page      

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ABB
Alphabet
Amazon
Asustek Computer
Blue Frog Robotics
Bsh Hausgerte
Fanuc
Hanson Robotics
Harman International Industries
IBM
Intel
Jibo
Kuka
LG
Mayfield Robotics
Microsoft
Neurala
Nvidia
Promobot
Softbank
Xilinx

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Canada
Mexico
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China
India
Japan
South Korea
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Malaysia
Philippines
Thailand
Vietnam
Europe
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          Building Automation & Control Systems Market Overview, Technology Insights, Sales, and Forecast 2018 to 2025      Cache   Translate Page      

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Crestron Electronics
Ingersoll-Rand PLC
Hubbell
Robert Bosch GmbH
Schneider Electric SE
Siemens AG
Buildingiq
Lutron Electronics
ABB
Legrand SA
United Technologies
Johnson Controls International PLC
Honeywell International
KMC Controls
Distech Controls

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          Valeura spuds West Turkey appraisal well      Cache   Translate Page      

Valeura Energy Inc., Calgary, expects drilling to take 80 days at the first of three appraisal wells it plans to assess the vertical and lateral extent of its basin-centered gas accumulation play in northwestern Turkey.

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          Fake News regarding alleged Khashoggi Death Squad Retracted       Cache   Translate Page      
Of course, I’d seen the story about the death squad allegedly taking out the “journalist” Khashoggi !!! Read it and knew immediately the whole claim was a giant disinfo smokescreen pile of sensationalized rubbish. Wouldn’t touch it with a 100 ft pole. Took time to check multiple stories from other places- Particularly Turkish accounts and nothing of that sort was reported. Nothing.

Zero Hedge ran with it. Of course. When it comes to spreading disinfo as well as the mainstream Zero Hedge is right up there with the best of them. And then to exacerbate there non credibility, in my opinion, Tyler Durden followed up with more non credible excrement
 

5 eyes main stream and 5 eyes alternative all ran with this unsubstantiated. Unsourced. No context news.  As a result of that..... What am I reading today? Comments about the same nonsensical, unsubstantiated and quite frankly absurd story.
Clearly most people didn’t miss the spin.


But surely they missed the retraction.

Al-Jazeera distances itself from Khashoggi death claims, blames Reuters

Qatari broadcaster Al-Jazeera has distanced itself from a news item speculating that Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was murdered while visiting the Saudi consulate in Turkey.

Al-Jazeera Arabic, which had repeated the Reuters story extensively, has acknowledged the claims to be unverified and instead blamed newswire Reuters for the information.

The Reuters story cited only Turkish sources without naming them or providing any substantial evidence to support Khashoggi’s death claims.

“No Turkish media mentioned the Reuters news regarding Khashoggi. The story regarding dismembering and killing Khashoggi was only featured on Reuters and AFP.


Fake news. 

Related- not fake, but, well sourced information regarding Khasshogi
see:

Missing "journalist" Jamal Khassoggi? Or Arms Trader Like Namesake Adnan Khashoggi?


          Being Killed for Their Work a Growing Risk for Journalists      Cache   Translate Page      
Journalists are familiar with the risks of reporting from war-torn lands, but the recent death or disappearance of three people in Turkey, Bulgaria and Mexico illustrates the growing dangers to reporters targeted for practicing their craft. Authorities in Turkey are searching for Jamal Khashoggi, a contributor to The Washington Post who has been missing since walking into the Saudi Arabian consulate last week in Istanbul. There are concerns that Khashoggi, who has written critically of the Saudi regime, may have been killed there. Elsewhere, Bulgarian national radio reported an arrest Tuesday in the death of television reporter Viktoria Marinova, host of a show that reported on the alleged misuse of European Union funds by a Bulgarian building company. And in Mexico this past week, journalist and activist Sergio Martinez Gonzalez was shot and killed by two people on a motorcycle as he ate breakfast with his wife at a cafe. The Committee to Protect Journalists reports that 43 journalists have been killed in the line of their work so far in 2018. Last year, there were 46 deaths for all of 2017. The numbers aren't that unusual and, in fact, have been higher: 73 in 2015 and 2013, 74 in 2012, the committee said. What's different is the way they are losing their lives. At least 27 journalists have been individually slain so far this year, compared with eight losing their lives in the crossfire of violent conflicts, CPJ said. Of all the journalists killed since 1992, 848 were individually killed and 1,322 were lost in crossfire, CPJ said. "Conflict deaths are one thing, targeted assassinations another," said Bruce Shapiro, executive director of the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma at Columbia University. Similarly alarming is the spread of slayings into Europe, as opposed to countries like Mexico, where drug violence has made journalism risky for years, said Robert Mahoney, CPJ deputy executive director. Besides Marinova's death in Bulgaria, Jan Kuciak was found shot to death in Slovakia after investigating tax fraud among people close to the ruling party. In Malta, investigative reporter Daphne Caruana Galizia was killed after reporting frequently on government corruption for her blog. "There are crooks everywhere you look now," she wrote right before her death. "The situation is desperate." The killing of five staff members at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland, by a gunman in June brought the threat home to the United States. Meanwhile, the United Nations has been involved in seeking the release from prison in Myanmar of Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, Reuters reporters who had been investigating the killing of 10 Rohinga Muslim men and boys. "It's safe to say there is a pervasive worldwide threat directed to journalists and a perceived immunity for attacks," Shapiro said. "And I think that's very dangerous." The European cases appear to speak to the power of oligarchs involved in shady activities who act across borders without consequences, he said. While careful not to place blame on President Donald Trump, experts say his attacks on the press as the "enemy of the people" have a corrosive effect that is noticed around the world. Journalists who may not have felt physical danger often find themselves the targets of threats and harassment online. "We are conditioned to expect the United States to speak up for press freedom around the world and to defend it, not to belittle the press," Mahoney said. Journalism organizations have recognized the threat and have taken steps to protect reporters, the experts said. "If there is an upside to this, I think that people who stand for democratic values are beginning to understand that scapegoating journalists and scapegoating the media is a step toward authoritarianism," Shapiro said. 
          Turkey 'Saber-Rattling' on US-Backed Militia in Syria      Cache   Translate Page      
Turkey is threatening to eradicate the People's Protection Units (YPG) militia in Syria. But such a move would put it on a collision course with the United States, which backs the Syrian Kurdish group as a key ally in the war against Islamic State and curtailing Iran's influence. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey's army will sweep the YPG from its border. Ankara claims the militia is linked to the Kurdistan Workers' Party, (PKK), which is waging a decades-long insurgency for Kurdish autonomy in Turkey. In an address to parliament last week, Erdogan vowed the destruction of the YPG, and slammed Washington for its armed support of the group. "The United States has sent nearly 19,000 trucks [loaded with arms] to the YPG and PYD [Democratic Union Party] in northern Syria," Erdogan said. "Who will they use these arms against? We demanded to buy weapons from you, and you rejected [that]. However, you are giving those arms to terrorist groups." The YPG, with U.S. military backing, seized control of a broad swath of Syrian territory that runs east of Syria's Euphrates River to the Iraqi frontier. The region borders Turkey, and Ankara claims YPG control of this territory is an intolerable security threat. Turkey's forces have been steadily building up a presence close to strategic YPG towns. Its hardening rhetoric coincides with the U.S. indicating it will remain in Syria after IS is defeated. "We're not going to leave as long as Iranian troops are outside Iranian borders, and that includes Iranian proxies and militias," White House National Security Advisor John Bolton said at last month's U.N. General Assembly. Former senior Turkish diplomat Aydin Selcen, who served in Washington and in the region, said he believes the YPG has become key to U.S. objectives in the area. "Now, the U.S.' main struggle in the region is with Iran," Selcen said. "And this particular triangle region to the east of the Euphrates is of high importance when it comes to stopping Iranian presence in the Middle East. I don't see how the U.S. can do anything about the YPG presence east of the Euphrates near the Turkish border." He added that pushing the militia away from the Turkish border also is not viable. "All the towns [under YPG control] are aligned along the Turkish border," he said  "So you cannot ask the YPG to leave those towns, as they will have to go to the desert areas, which is not feasible." Iran and Russia have been quick to exploit the apparent standoff between Turkey and the U.S. Last month, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said, "The main danger to Syria's territorial integrity originates from the eastern bank of the Euphrates, where independent and autonomous structures are created under the direct control of the United States." Analysts say Iran and Russia share Turkey's concern over U.S. backing of the YPG. And they suggest a decision by the group's political wing, the PYD, earlier this month to end talks with Damascus likely was influenced by Washington's renewed commitment to remain in Syria. While backing rival sides in the Syrian civil war, Turkey has found common ground with Iran and Russia to resolve the conflict. At the same time, Moscow and Tehran are widely seen to be using that cooperation to try and draw Ankara away from Washington. Turkey already controls a large swath of Syrian territory from previous military operations against the YPG. But analysts suggest the Syrian government, Iran and Russia would likely hesitate to support the Turkish army further extending its control of Syria, even if it meant ousting U.S. forces. Saber rattling Despite Turkey's heightened rhetoric and military presence on the Syria border, there is a suspicion it remains just saber rattling. "There was an increase in forces from the Turkish side near Tel Abyad [a YPG-controlled Syrian town] and what Mr. Erdogan said any military operation could be imminent in the east of the Euphrates," Selcen said. "To me, this was not very probable because it would bring two NATO members — Turkey and the U.S. — face to face in Syria." The threat of military action could be just leverage on the U.S., sharply criticized by Turkey for its slow response to enforcing an agreed road map for the YPG to withdraw from the strategic Syrian city of Manbij. "Manbij remains an open wound in Turkish-U.S. relations," said international relations expert Soli Ozel of Istanbul's Kadir Has University. "The previous U.S. administration promised Ankara YPG forces would leave the city after its capture from Islamic State, a commitment it failed to honor." In a move that could dial down tensions, Turkey's Defense Minister Hulusi Akar announced this week that joint patrols by Turkish and U.S. forces would start in Manbij. Erdogan had accused Washington of foot-dragging in honoring a commitment to begin the patrols,seen by Turkey as an essential step toward removing the YPG from Manbij. Despite Turkey's fiery rhetoric, analysts say cooperation with the U.S. is continuing in Syria, and as a senior Western diplomat pointed out, Turkey continues to accommodate U.S. forces' heavy reliance on its critical Incirlik airbase for Syrian operations.
          10/10/2018: TIMES GLOBAL: AROUND THE WORLD      Cache   Translate Page      

Magnificent mansions along the Bosphorus — among Istanbul’s most iconic sights — are now up for sale as Turkey enters a troubled economic period and owners seek to cash in on their luxury assets. Prospective owners can expect to pay up to $100 million...
          10/10/2018: TIMES GLOBAL: Footage twist to Khashoggi case      Cache   Translate Page      
Turkey said on Tuesday it will search the Saudi consulate in Istanbul as part of a probe into the disappearance of a missing Saudi journalist a week after he vanished during a visit there. The announcement came as the Washington Post published a...
          Turkey says will search consulate where Saudi journalist vanished      Cache   Translate Page      
Turkey said on Tuesday that it would search Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul where Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi vanished last week, and close ally Britain called on Riyadh to provide 'urgent answers' over his disappearance.
          Turkish officials say Saudi leaders ordered murder of missing journalist      Cache   Translate Page      

A senior Turkish official told The New York Times on Tuesday security officials have determined that missing Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi was murdered inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last Tuesday on orders of the "highest level of the royal court."

Khashoggi was at the consulate to pick up a document he needed to get married, and was killed within two hours of his arrival, the official said. Turkey says 15 Saudi agents arrived in Istanbul on two charter flights the same day Khashoggi went to the consulate, and left a few hours later. One of those agents was an autopsy expert, the official told the Times, and security officials believe he helped with dismembering Khashoggi's body.

Saudi Arabia has denied any wrongdoing, and said Khashoggi left the consulate shortly after he arrived. Turkish security cameras captured no evidence that he ever left, and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has asked for evidence that proves Khashoggi did exit the consulate, but has not yet publicly accused Saudi Arabia of having him killed. A person briefed on the matter told the Times that Turkish intelligence has obtained a video of the killing, made by the perpetrators to prove it took place.


          10 things you need to know today: October 9, 2018       Cache   Translate Page      

1.

President Trump used a White House ceremonial swearing-in for Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh to further politicize the judge's confirmation by calling allegations of sexual misconduct against him "a campaign of political and personal destruction based on lies and deception." Trump apologized to Kavanaugh "on behalf of our nation" for what he earlier called a "hoax" orchestrated by Democrats. He declared that Kavanaugh had been "proven innocent" in an investigation, although it reached no conclusions. Kavanaugh, whose confirmation faced intense protests, sought to ease partisan tensions by promising to "take this office with gratitude and no bitterness," saying the confirmation battle "did not change me." "My approach to judging remains the same: A good judge must be an umpire, a neutral and impartial decider that favors no litigant or policy," he said. [The Washington Post]

2.

Hurricane Michael continued intensifying on Monday and early Tuesday, with forecasters warning it could grow into a "potentially catastrophic storm" more powerful than previously thought before making landfall in the Florida Panhandle on Wednesday. The storm reached hurricane status on Monday after its top sustained winds went from 35 miles per hour to 75 mph over 24 hours. Its top winds reached 90 mph early Tuesday. The National Hurricane Center warned Michael could make landfall as a major hurricane — a Category 3 with top sustained winds of roughly 120 mph. Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) ordered thousands of coastal residents to head inland and others to prepare to evacuate as forecasters issued a hurricane warning for the northeastern Gulf Coast from the Alabama-Florida border to Suwanee River, Florida. [USA Today]

3.

Newly confirmed Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh joins the other eight members of the high court on Tuesday to hear his first arguments as a justice. The confirmation of Kavanaugh, who is considered reliably conservative, to replace retired moderate conservative Anthony Kennedy, caps a decades-long push by Republicans to secure a solidly conservative 5-4 majority on the Supreme Court. Court watchers will be looking at any questions Kavanaugh may ask, seeking indications of how his presence will shift the balance on the court. Kavanaugh missed the first week of the court's new session due to a hearing and FBI investigation on sexual misconduct allegations against him. He was confirmed Saturday in a 50-48 vote, the narrowest confirmation of a justice since 1881. [The Associated Press]

4.

President Trump said Monday that he has no plans to fire Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, batting down for the time being any speculation that he intended to get rid of the official overseeing Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russia's election meddling and possible collusion by Trump campaign associates. Rumors that Rosenstein would quit or be fired began circulating after reports that he had suggested last year secretly recording conversations with Trump, and invoking the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office. After talking with Rosenstein for about half an hour aboard Air Force One, Trump said the two had a "very good talk" and got along "very well." [USA Today]

5.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday demanded that Saudi Arabia provide proof that missing self-exiled Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi left the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on his own. Khashoggi went into the consulate on Friday to pick up a document that would have permitted him to remarry the next day, but he hasn't been seen since. Erdogan's statement marked an escalation in diplomatic tensions between Turkey and Saudi Arabia over the case. Turkish officials say they believe Saudi agents killed Khashoggi inside the consulate. "Do you not have cameras and everything of the sort?" Erdogan said, directing his question to Saudi officials. "They have all of them. Then why do you not prove this? You need to prove it." [The Washington Post]

6.

New Fox, the successor to Fox News parent company 21st Century Fox, on Monday named President Trump's former White House communications director, Hope Hicks, as its head of corporate communications. Hicks, 29, will run communications for a company overseeing Fox News, the Fox broadcasting network, and other outlets under the control of Rupert Murdoch. Hicks' hiring is the latest in a series of moves linking Fox News personnel and the White House. Bill Shine, the network's former co-president, became White House deputy chief of staff for communications, effectively replacing Hicks. New Fox is the company emerging from 21st Century Fox's sale of many assets to Walt Disney Co. [The Washington Post]

7.

Google is shutting down its Google+ social network to consumers after data from up to 500,000 users appeared to have been exposed to external developers due to a bug, the company announced in a blog on Monday. Google said it detected the problem and patched the leak in March. The company also said there was no evidence that any developers misused user data or exploited the vulnerability. Still, shares of Google parent Alphabet dropped by more than 1 percent on the news of the latest privacy glitch to affect a major tech company. The company reportedly plans to "wind down" Google+, which has "very low usage" among consumers anyway, by August 2019. It will be kept alive for businesses. [Reuters]

8.

The limousine that crashed in upstate New York over the weekend, killing 20 people, failed an inspection last month, and the driver lacked the license he needed to legally operate the vehicle, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) said Monday. An aunt of one of the victims said she texted concerns about the "terrible condition" of the limousine less than 20 minutes before it sped through an intersection, struck and killed two pedestrians, and slammed into a parked vehicle. All 18 people in the limo were killed. It was taking them to a birthday celebration. [USA Today]

9.

The death toll from the 5.9-magnitude earthquake that hit northwestern Haiti over the weekend rose to at least 15 people on Monday, according to updated official figures. Another 333 people were reported injured. Thousands of people in the region's biggest city, Port-de-Paix, dragged mattresses out of their homes and slept outside after the quake and a 5.2-magnitude aftershock stoked panic in a country still traumatized by a deadly 7.2-magnitude earthquake that devastated the Caribbean nation's capital, Port-au-Prince, and nearby cities in 2010. Port-de-Paix is about 10 miles from the Saturday earthquake's epicenter. Many people in the city were afraid to return to cinderblock homes cracked by the temblors. [The Associated Press]

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Bulgarian authorities are investigating whether the rape and murder of Viktoria Marinova, a 30-year-old Bulgarian journalist, was related to her work. Marinova, who was killed Saturday in the northeastern city of Ruse, recently had become the anchor of a talk show focused on investigative reporting. She was the third reporter killed in Europe over the last year. The European Union promised to support the investigation by Bulgarian authorities. Bulgarian Interior Minister Mladen Marinov said, however, that there was no evidence yet that Marinova was killed over her work. Bulgarian national radio reported that a suspect had been arrested in connection with the slaying. [The Washington Post, The Associated Press]


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(AP) – A U.N. human rights expert says an investigation into the disappearance of a Saudi journalist in Turkey “should not be politicized,” insisting the case has created a dilemma for the Turkish government. David Kaye, a U.N. special rapporteur on freedom of expression, said the disappearance of Saudi government critic Jamal Khashoggi “puts basically […]
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The UN Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has called of an independent inquiry into the suspected ‘enforced disappearance’ on Oct. 2 of a Saudi journalist, Jamal Khashoggi. The UN rights office said the “apparent enforced disappearance” of Khashoggi, who was last seen reportedly visiting Saudi’s Consulate in Istanbul last week, required a […]

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          Global Aircraft Galley Equipment Market Will Grow at a CAGR 0.7% and Reach USD 810 Million by 2023, from USD 780 Million in 2017      Cache   Translate Page      

New Global Aircraft Galley Equipment Players Market 2023 Report Covers market forecast and top Companies like JAMCO, Zodiac Aerospace, AIM Altitude, Bucher Group, Diehl Stiftung and others.

Lewes, DE -- (SBWIRE) -- 10/09/2018 -- Global Aircraft Galley Equipment Market will register a 0.7% CAGR in terms of revenue, reach US$ 810 million by 2023, from US$ 780 million in 2017.

Aircraft Galleys Equipment is the kitchen area of an aircraft. They are used to prepare food and drink for consumption during flight.

Aircraft galley equipment mainly includes: galley inserts, galley carts, galley frames. And galley insert is the most widely used type which takes up about 80% of the global total volume in 2016. But the galley frame takes up most of the 70% of the global total value.

USA is the largest market of aircraft galley equipment in the world in the past few years and it will keep the same position in the next few years. Market of the USA took up about 46% the global market in 2016, followed by Europe (38%), and Japan is followed with the share about 12.5%.

Germany, Japan, U.K. are also now the key producers of aircraft galley equipment. There are some producers in China, the main products are inserts. The high quality products are mainly supplied by overseas producers. Other key factories of aircraft galley equipment are from Switzerland, Turkey, etc.

Over the next five years, Study projects that Aircraft Galley Equipment will register a 0.7% CAGR in terms of revenue, reach US$ 810 million by 2023, from US$ 780 million in 2017.

This report studies the global market, especially in North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, South America, Middle East and Africa, focuses on the top 5 players in each region, with sales, price, revenue and market share from 2013 to 2018, the top players:
B/E Aerospace
JAMCO
Zodiac Aerospace
AIM Altitude
Bucher Group
Diehl Stiftung
Aerolux
Turkish Cabin Interior
DYNAMO Aviation
MAPCO
Biskay
Guoxiong Photoelectric
Huaxin Aviation
Korita Aviation

Market Segment by Regions, this report splits Global into several key Regions, with sales, revenue, market share of top players in these regions, from 2013 to 2018 (forecast), like
North America (United States, Canada and Mexico)
Asia-Pacific (China, Japan, Southeast Asia, India and Korea)
Europe (Germany, UK, France, Italy and Russia etc.)
South America (Brazil, Chile, Peru and Argentina)
Middle East and Africa (Egypt, South Africa, Saudi Arabia)

Split by Product Types, with sales, revenue, price, market share of each type, can be divided into
Galley Inserts
Galley Carts
Galley Frames

Split by applications, this report focuses on sales, market share and growth rate in each application, can be divided into
Norrow-body Aircrafts
Wide-body Aircrafts
Others

Spanning over 145 pages "Forecast of Global Aircraft Galley Equipment Players Market 2023" report covers Aircraft Galley Equipment Market Overview, Global Aircraft Galley Equipment Sales, Revenue (Value) and Market Share by Players, Global Aircraft Galley Equipment Sales, Revenue (Value) by Regions, Type and Application (2013-2018), North America Top 5 Players Aircraft Galley Equipment Sales, Revenue and Price, Europe Top 5 Players Aircraft Galley Equipment Sales, Revenue and Price, Asia-Pacific Top 5 Players Aircraft Galley Equipment Sales, Revenue and Price, South America Top 5 Players Aircraft Galley Equipment Sales, Revenue and Price, Middle East & Africa Top 5 Players Aircraft Galley Equipment Sales, Revenue and Price, Global Aircraft Galley Equipment Players Profiles/Analysis, Global Aircraft Galley Equipment Market Forecast (2018-2023), Aircraft Galley Equipment Manufacturing Cost Analysis, Industrial Chain, Sourcing Strategy and Downstream Buyers, Marketing Strategy Analysis, Distributors/Traders, Market Effect Factors Analysis, Research Findings and Conclusion, Appendix.

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Disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi shows Riyadh has little respect for borders

The scale of Saudi Arabia’s ambition for total control – both inside and beyond its own borders – was spelled out for the rest of the world at the end of 2017 when the democratically elected leader of another country went missing on an official visit to Riyadh.

The Lebanese prime minister, Saad Hariri, had apparently frustrated Saudi authorities with his policy of accommodation towards Iran-backed Hezbollah, but they had neither the time nor patience for the usual diplomatic tactics such as economic blandishments or political threats.

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Regime is so desperate for new recruits that it quietly changed exam rules and has offered amnesty for draft dodgers

After seven long years, Bashar al-Assad has almost clinched victory in Syria. Just one province remains beyond his grasp, but as his Russian and Iranian allies step away from the last stages of the war they leave behind a Syrian army too weak to finish the job on its own.

The regime has said a ceasefire deal in the last opposition stronghold of Idlib is a temporary measure to avoid civilian deaths. But facing the prospect of a major battle without the help of Russian airpower and Iranian-backed ground militias – both appear reluctant to commit to the final battle – the stakes are higher for Syria’s depleted and demoralised army than they have been in years.

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Turkey says it will search the Saudi consulate in Istanbul as part of an investigation into the disappearance of a missing Saudi contributor to the Washington Post, a week after he vanished during a visit there. The announcement came as a surveillance image surfaced of Jamal Khashoggi walking into the consulate just before he disappeared. Turkish officials fear the columnist was killed at the premises. Saudi Arabia has called allegations that it killed the 59-year-old “baseless” but has offered no evidence to show he left the building. US President Donald Trump has expressed concern about the writer’s disappearance, and secretary of state Mike Pompeo said US officials have raised the matter with their Saudi counterparts. “We call on the government of Saudi Arabia to support a thorough investigation of Mr Khashoggi’s disappearance and to be transparent about the results of that investigation,” Mr Pompeo said. Tuesday’s statement from the Turkish Foreign Ministry said Saudi authorities have notified Ankara that they were “open to co-operation” and would allow the consulate building to be searched. The ministry did not say when the premises would be searched. A search would be an extraordinary development, as embassies and consulates under the Vienna Convention are technically foreign soil and must be protected by host nations. However, activists protesting outside the consulate said more needed to be done. The surveillance image bore a date and time stamp, as well as a Turkish caption saying Mr Khashoggi was arriving at the consulate. The Post, which first published the photo, said “a person close to the investigation” shared the image with them. The Turkish newspaper Hurriyet also published the image. The door Mr Khashoggi walked through appeared to be the main entrance of the consulate in Istanbul’s 4th Levent neighbourhood, a leafy, upscale district near the city’s financial hub which is home to several other consulates. However, the consulate has other entrances and exits through which Saudi officials insist he left. It is unclear which camera the footage came from or who operated it. However, a number of CCTV cameras surround the area. Friends of Mr Khashoggi say Turkish police have taken possession of footage from the neighbourhood as part of their investigation. The Saudis have offered no surveillance footage or evidence to corroborate their claims that he left the consulate, and Turkish authorities have not provided evidence to show why they believe the columnist was killed there. “If the story that was told about the murder is true, the Turks must have information and videotape and other documents to back it up,” said Fred Hiatt, the Post’s editorial page editor. “If the story the Saudis are telling, that he just walked out … after half an hour, if that’s true, they ought to have facts and documents and evidence and tapes to back that up.” He added that the “idea of a government luring one of its own citizens on to its own diplomatic property in a foreign country to murder him for the peaceful expression of his views would be unimaginable”. Mr Khashoggi had gone to the consulate in Istanbul for paperwork to marry his Turkish fiancee. He had been living since last year in the US, in part due to the rise of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who has shown little tolerance for criticism. As a contributor to the Post, Mr Khashoggi has written extensively about Saudi Arabia, including criticising its war in Yemen, its recent diplomatic spat with Canada and its arrest of women’s rights activists after the lifting of a ban on women driving. Those policies are all seen as initiatives of the crown prince, who has also presided over a round-up of activists and businessmen. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday urged the Saudis to back up their claim that Mr Khashoggi left the consulate. “Now when this person enters, whose duty is it to prove that he left or not? It is (the duty) of the consulate officials,” he said. “Don’t you have cameras and other things? Why don’t you prove it? You have to prove it.” Saudi Arabia is a long-time ally of the US, but on Monday senior officials in Washington expressed alarm over Mr Khashoggi’s disappearance. President Donald Trump said: “I don’t like hearing about it. And hopefully that will sort itself out. Right now, nobody knows anything about it, but there are some pretty bad stories going around. I do not like it.”

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Turkish claims that a well-known Saudi writer and government critic was slain inside his country’s diplomatic mission in Turkey have put the Trump administration in a delicate spot. Members of Congress have grown increasingly insistent in recent days that the administration get to the bottom of the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi, a ...

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Indelible in the hippocampus is the laughter... 29 more days until the midterm elections. Now is the time, your country needs you. Making a hundred people vote is tough, but it will be tougher if you don’t. Christine Blasey Ford’s story is not over. She didn’t come forward in vain. The road to progress is paved with pain. David Waldman and Greg Dworkin tell us this is no time to pack up the tents, but to charge forward. Trump rallies his troops, not Americans. Trump’s rally lies are ignored by the media, at least the fact they are lies. Trump’s rally lies are the driving force behind the Republican party’s plan to hold the Senate and stop the blue wave. Republicans don’t care what you think, they expect you to back down. The white nationalist party needs to be razed to the ground. Tom Nichols is sick of all the winning. We can win. We’re leading in 69 battleground House districts (nice!) House Republicans are in a panic, as in those districts have had big R to D flips in polling on economic issues, and Democrats lead in the importance of Judicial nominations. Gimmetarians have guns, and aren’t worried about your due process. Hamptons millionaires get what the other millionaires have, including paranoia. Saudi dissidents, the president of Interpol, the Kremlin boss behind the Trump Tower meeting, all wish they had a safe room. Taylor Wilson, Amtrak terrorist and pal of Charlottesville terrorist James Alex Fields goes to jail.

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  Wellesley’s Brenda Nicolazzo and family have been co-existing with wild turkeys for years at their home. At first it was just a couple of the feathered interlopers at a time, but in recent years the turkeys have started to show up in rafters (yes, I looked it up) of 6 to 10, and they […]
          The View From Istanbul On Missing Saudi Journalist Jamal Khashoggi      Cache   Translate Page      
Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit AILSA CHANG, HOST: Turkish officials have told some media outlets that a prominent Saudi journalist has been killed inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. The Saudis deny this. The journalist is Jamal Khashoggi. He's been a vocal critic of the Saudi government, and he's been living in Turkey in self-imposed exile. Earlier today, we spoke to Dominic Evans. He's the Reuters bureau chief in Istanbul. And he says Khashoggi went into the Saudi consulate last week to get some documents for his upcoming marriage, and he never came out. DOMINIC EVANS: And then by Saturday, four days after he went in there, we heard from Turkish sources that their initial assessment was that he had been killed inside the consulate in what they said was a premeditated murder. CHANG: If that is true that the Saudi government has indeed killed Khashoggi, can you give us a sense of what he has written about that has so tremendously offended the Saudi government? EVANS: Sure.
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 It’s that time of year again! I live for Thanksgiving. Well, not really… but I LOVE IT. This year, to celebrate Canadian Thanksgiving, I decided to do a non-traditional meal. No turkey for us, instead, I cooked a beef stew! (ok writing that out sounds very anti-climactic, but it was honestly amazing.) Was a …

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Seahawks defensive end Frank Clark ended up in the hospital twice last week due to food poisoning he believes came from an undercooked turkey burger. Clark said he lost 12 pounds and needed eight rounds of intravenous fluids to help replace what he had lost after multiple incidents of vomiting. “I just wanted to get [more]
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Turkish claims that a well-known Saudi writer and government critic was slain inside his country's diplomatic mission in Turkey have put the Trump administration in a delicate spot.
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Turkey’s private sector has agreed to an across-theboard price cut of at least 10 per cent for goods, Finance Minister Berat Albayrak said yesterday, a move aimed at taming inflation that surged to nearly 25 per cent last month. Speaking at an event...
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J/70 Africa wins J/70 Worlds(Marblehead, MA)- The 2018 edition of the J/70 World Championship, sponsored by WEST MARINE, was hosted by Eastern YC in Marblehead, MA for a fleet of ninety-one teams from around the world. It was the most unprecedented assemblage of world-class talent ever gathered together in a single one-design regatta in history- keelboat or dinghy. Teams traveled thousands of miles, from as far away as Australia, Germany, Mexico, Canada, Italy, Great Britain, Japan, Monaco, Russia, Spain, Norway, Switzerland, Sweden and Turkey. Plus, J/70 competed from all over South America including; Argentina, Brazil, Chile, and Uruguay.

After an eleven-race series that was cut short by a no-wind finale on Saturday, it was local “home-boy” rock-star Juddie Smith that was crowned the 2018 J/70 World Champion with his incredibly capable crew on AFRICA- Lucas Calabrese (main/ tactician), Will Felder and Marc Gauthier. There’s was not an easy win by any stretch of the imagination, considering that they averaged 10.5 pts per race over 10 races counted, never won a race, had only four top 10 finishes in 11 races, and included a tally of 14-11-22-15-13-35 in their scoreline.  In fact, their win was determined by the outcome of the final race on Friday, when their 10th was enough to eke out a 1 pt victory over Bruno Pasquinelli’s STAMPEDE crew (Max Skelley, Eric Doyle, & Nathan Wilmot) that took a 7th and just 3 pts above Jack Franco’s crew on 3 BALL JT (Bill Hardesty, Lior Lavie, & Al Terhune) that took an 8th!!

J70s sailing WorldsHow deep and talented was the fleet? Well, Paul Goodison from the United Kingdom sailed as main/tactics on Vincenzo Onorato’s MASCALZONE LATINO team (Paul is an Olympic Gold Medallist in Lasers and 2x Moth World Champion) that included fellow top pro’s like Flavio Favini from Italy. After the first day, they had two 1sts and a 13th- just one point off the lead. However, from there on end, their “flash-in-the-pan”, near “runaway shopping trolley” went out of control, never garnering much above the mid-thirties and remaining the only boat in the fleet with two bullets!  Nevertheless, that merely earned them an 18th place… 

The same held true for many other deeply-talented teams in the incredibly competitive fleet. Consider the tale of the two famous Wilmot brothers from Australia- Nathan and Jeremy.  One finished second sailing on Bruno Pasquinelli’s STAMPEDE, the other finished 16th sailing on the Troutman’s PIED PIPER.

J70s sailing WorldsThen again, other past J/World Champions and famous team-pairings faired not much better. Tim Healy and John Mollicone’s NEW ENGLAND ROPES USA 2 managed a 9th place (first J/70 Worlds 2014, 4x J/24 World Champs). Glenn Darden and Jonathan McKee’s HOSS were 14th (J/80 World Champ, J/105 NA Champ, and Olympic Gold Medallist). Peter Cunningham and Chris Rast’s POWERPLAY were 17th (Chris was multiple Farr 30 and M24 World Champs). Doug Clark and Geoff Becker’s POLAR were 19th (Geoff is Lighting World Champ).  Joel Ronning and John Kostecki’s CATAPULT settled for 20th (J/70 World Champions and J/24 World Champ). John Brim and Taylor Canfield’s RIMETTE were 22nd (Offshore Storm Trysail Club Champ, 3x Match Racing World Champ, 2x Congressional Cup Champ). And, the list goes on….

For the third year in a row, it was top Italian woman sailor Claudia Rossi on PETITE TERRIBLE that won the top Women’s Skipper Trophy for the Worlds- the Helen Johnstone Memorial Award.

J70s sailing Worlds sunsetThe winners of the Corinthian Division were Luis Bagallo’s MARNATURA from Spain, with crew of Enrique Freire Faria, Gerardo Prego Menor, Alberto Basadre Lopez, and Jorge Lorenzo Roman.  Second was Jim Cunningham’s American crew on LIFTED (Mikee Anderson-Mittering, Jon Ziskind, and Dave Hochart), and third was Aldo Centaro’s PURA JODA from Punta del Este, Uruguay (Bruno Centaro, Marco Centaro, and Mauro Leite).

Some interesting facts on fleet depth for 91 boats total:
  • How many boats had top 3 podium finishes? 21 total (23%), lowest finisher was 62nd
  • How many boats had top 5 finishes?  30 total (33%), lowest finisher was 62nd
  • How many boats had top 10 finishes? 41 total (45%), lowest finisher was 62nd
Sailing photo credits- Allen Clarke- PHOTOBOAT.COM and Sharon Green- UltimateSailing.com and Tim Wilkes- TimWilkes.com.  For more J/70 World Championship sailing informationAdd to Flipboard Magazine.

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Turkish claims that a well-known Saudi writer and government critic was slain inside his country's diplomatic mission in Turkey have put the Trump administration in a delicate spot.
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As Riyadh is accused of allegedly murdering their critic Jamal Khashoggi in Turkey, the key question is how President Erdogan would respond if suspicions are confirmed. My money is on him responding with blood and iron.

Khashoggi was allegedly killed inside the Saudi consulate in Turkey last week. If a Washington Post columnist had been ‘murdered and dismembered’ in Moscow, the UN Security Council would already be in session. If he had been carried out in boxes from an Iranian Embassy, the US and its allies would already be at war with Iran.

Not one British newspaper has reported the story on their front page despite the UK's kissing-close relationship with the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman (MbS) and the fact that Khashoggi was, only a week ago, a visitor to London where he appeared on the state broadcaster BBC.

Saudi Arabia denies having murdered Khashoggi, a writer on the Washington Post and exiled critic of the absolutist monarchy, inside his country's consulate in Istanbul. But Turkish sources close to President Erdogan say that is the preliminary finding of their police officers examining the alleged scene of the crime.

For certain, Khashoggi, a resident in Washington, has disappeared.

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Turkey prepares to search Saudi Consulate for missing journalistDiplomatic tensions are boiling over missing and presumed dead Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.



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WASHINGTON: The fiancee of missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi on Tuesday asked President Donald Trump to help uncover what happened to the Riyadh critic who she said had "been fighting for his principles".

Hatice Cengiz made the appeal in an opinion piece for The Washington Post newspaper, where Khashoggi was a columnist and an outspoken critic of some of Riyadh's policies.

A veteran journalist, Khashoggi disappeared on Oct 2 after entering Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul to arrange paperwork for his wedding to Cengiz, a Turk.

Government sources in Turkey said police believe the 59-year-old was killed inside the consulate, claims which Riyadh dismissed as "baseless".

Cengiz wrote that she was "confident in the abilities of Turkish government officials".

"At this time, I implore President Trump and first lady Melania Trump to help shed light on Jamal's disappearance," she said.

"I also urge Saudi Arabia, especially King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, to show the same level of sensitivity and release CCTV footage from the consulate," Cengiz wrote.

Trump on Monday expressed concern about Khashoggi's case and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called for a thorough investigation.

Turkish police were also looking into the possibility that Khashoggi was kidnapped, local media reported.

Riyadh has said Khashoggi left the consulate after his visit.

Although Khashoggi knew that his opinions had angered certain people, he entered the consulate "without doubting he would be safe there," his fiancee wrote, but after three hours of waiting "fear and concern" overcame her.

Khashoggi had fled his homeland in Sept last year and had been living in self-imposed exile in the United States, where he had applied for US citizenship, Cengiz said.

A former Saudi government advisor, Khashoggi has been openly critical of Prince Mohammed, accusing him of introducing a new era of "fear, intimidation, arrests and public shaming".

Cengiz wrote she remains confident that the "great man" is still alive, "although my hope slowly fades away each passing day". — AFP
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ISTANBUL – Turkey said Tuesday that it will search the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul as it investigates why journalist Jamal Khashoggi vanished there a week ago, an extraordinary probe of a diplomatic post amid Turkish officials’ fears the writer had been killed inside the building.

That Saudi Arabia would allow foreigners to enter a consulate and search it shows the growing international pressure the kingdom faces over the disappearance of Khashoggi, a contributor to the Washington Post.

The Saudis have called allegations of any involvement in his disappearance “baseless,” but had no immediate comment on Turkey’s announcement. It remained unclear when the search would take place.

President Donald Trump and European leaders all have called on Riyadh to explain what happened to the 59-year-old journalist who has criticized the Saudi government. So far, the kingdom has offered no evidence in the past seven days to show that Khashoggi ever left the building, as a new surveillance photo surfaced showed him walking in its main entrance.

“The Saudi Consulate cannot absolve itself of responsibility for this incident by allowing its premises to be searched,” said Gulseren Yoleri of the Human Rights Association. “It has to prove that Jamal wasn’t oppressed at the consulate and that he left safely.”

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also said U.S. officials have raised the matter with their Saudi counterparts.

“We call on the government of Saudi Arabia to support a thorough investigation of Mr. Khashoggi’s disappearance and to be transparent about the results of that investigation,” Pompeo said in a statement.

Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy said Saudi authorities have notified Ankara that they were “open to cooperation” and would allow the consulate building to be searched. Such a search would be an extraordinary development, as embassies and consulates under the Vienna Convention are technically foreign soil and must be protected by host nations. Saudi Arabia may have agreed to the search in order to appease its Western allies and the international community.

A surveillance image has surfaced, showing Khashoggi entering the consulate Oct. 2. The picture bore a date and time stamp, as well as a Turkish caption saying that Khashoggi was arriving at the consulate. The Post, which first published the photo, said “a person close to the investigation” shared the image with them, without elaborating. The Turkish newspaper Hurriyet also published the image.

The door Khashoggi used appeared to be the main entrance of the consulate in Istanbul’s 4th Levent neighborhood, a leafy, upscale district near the city’s financial hub that’s home to several other consulates. The consulate has other entrances and exits as well, and Saudi officials insist he left through one of them.

It’s unclear which camera the footage came from or who operated it. However, a number of closed-circuit surveillance cameras surround the area. Friends of Khashoggi say Turkish police have taken possession of footage from the neighborhood as part of their investigation.

The Saudis have offered no surveillance footage or evidence to corroborate their claims that Khashoggi left the consulate, and Turkish authorities have not provided evidence to show why they believe the columnist was killed there.

“If the story that was told about the murder is true, the Turks must have information and videotape and other documents to back it up,” Fred Hiatt, the Post’s editorial page editor, told The Associated Press. “If the story the Saudis are telling, that he just walked out ... after half an hour, if that’s true, they ought to have facts and documents and evidence and tapes to back that up.”

Hiatt added that the “idea of a government luring one of its own citizens onto its own diplomatic property in a foreign country to murder him for the peaceful expression of his views would be unimaginable.”

Khashoggi had gone to the consulate in Istanbul for paperwork to marry his Turkish fiancée. He had been living in the United States since last year, in self-imposed exile, in part due to the rise of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who has shown little tolerance for criticism.

As a contributor to the Post, Khashoggi has written extensively about Saudi Arabia, including criticism of its war in Yemen, its recent diplomatic spat with Canada and its arrest of women’s rights activists after the lifting of a ban on women driving. Those policies are all seen as initiatives of the crown prince, who has also presided over a roundup of activists and businessmen.

The U.N. human rights office said Khashoggi’s disappearance is “of serious concern.” Spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani said in Geneva that it would be “truly shocking” if reports of his death are confirmed.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday urged the Saudis to back up their claim that Khashoggi left the consulate.

“Now when this person enters, whose duty is it to prove that he left or not? It is (the duty) of the consulate officials,” Erdogan said while visiting Hungary. “Don’t you have cameras and other things? Why don’t you prove it? You have to prove it.”

Ties between Ankara and Riyadh are at a low point over Turkey’s support for Qatar in that country’s yearlong dispute with Saudi Arabia and other Gulf nations. Turkey sent food to Qatar and deployed troops at its military base there as the other nations imposed a boycott on the wealthy Gulf country. Meanwhile, Turkey’s support of Islamists also has riled Gulf Arab nations, who view groups like the Muslim Brotherhood as a threat.

A Sunni power, Saudi Arabia is also annoyed by Ankara’s rapprochement with the kingdom’s Shiite archrival, Iran.

Saudi Arabia is a longtime ally of the U.S., but on Monday senior U.S. officials expressed alarm over Khashoggi’s disappearance.

Trump, who took his first overseas trip as U.S. president to the kingdom and whose son-in-law Jared Kushner has close ties to Prince Mohammed, said while he had not yet talked to the Saudis about Khashoggi.

“But I will be at some point,” he said Tuesday, without elaborating.


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While Riyadh claimed he had left the consulate after his visit, Turkish police said Jamal Khashoggi did not emerge from the building
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Last year, Khashoggi fled Saudi Arabia over harsh crackdowns on regime critics. Friction between him and its despotic ruling family surfaced after saying the kingdom should be “nervous about a Trump presidency.”

He opposed Saudi aggression in Yemen, its unacceptable policies toward Qatar, and harshness against critics.

Banned from writing and speaking out publicly, he self-exiled himself to America, saying

“I have left my home, my family and my job, and I am raising my voice,” adding:

“To do otherwise would betray those who languish in prison. I can speak when so many cannot.”

Earlier this year, he said Saudi intellectuals and journalists risk imprisonment for criticizing ruling family policies.

The State Department was largely silent on Khashoggi’s disappearance, a statement saying it’s aware of reports and seeks more information.

Crown prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) is ruthlessly intolerant of regime criticism. If proved responsible for Khashoggi’s death, relations with Turkey will likely worsen.

They deteriorated markedly in recent years. Saudi consul-general Mohammad al-Otaiba claimed Khashoggi “is not at the consulate nor in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and the consulate and the embassy are working to search for him.”

His fiancee Hatice Cengiz waited for him outside the consulate. She disbelieves the regime’s explanation about his disappearance.

Kingdom assassins likely murdered him. Its ruling are authorities contemptuous of civil and human rights, along with disdaining the rule of law.


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Муниципальная полиция проверяет цены в одном из магазинов Турции. Фото с сайта Bloomberg
В Турции местная полиция занялась проверкой обоснованности ценообразования в магазинах. Данные проверки стали новым инструментом борьбы властей против набирающей обороты инфляции, сообщает Bloomberg.

В частности, в Стамбуле полиция без предупреждения посещает магазины и выносит предупреждения управляющим, если заподозрит, что продукты продаются по завышенным ценам. «Мы также проверяем соответствие веса продуктов [данным на упаковке]. Мы ходим в несколько магазинов каждый день», - пояснил полицейский Ахмет Эргаль (Ahmet Ergal).

Полицейские инспекции магазинов начались после заявления президента Турции Реджепа Тайипа Эрдогана, сделанного в начале октября, что власти должны «разработать механизм контроля» против повышения цен.

В некоторых магазинах, по данным полицейских инспекций, стоимость яиц и туалетной бумаги возросло на 33% и 25% соответственно всего за последние две недели. Однако визиты полиции дают свои результаты, и менеджеры отдельных супермаркетов соглашаются снижать цены на продукты.

Проверками ценообразования занимаются и другие государственные учреждения. Например, министерство торговли Турции заявило, что по состоянию на минувший понедельник работники этого ведомства проверили десятки тысяч продуктов почти в четырех тысячах компаний и потребовали письменные ответы от 114 фирм по поводу несправедливого ценообразования.

Добавим, что с начала года курс турецкой лиры по отношению к доллару вырос уже на 38%.

В августе Эрдоган заявил, что Турция находится в экономической «осаде», но выразил уверенность, что она преодолеет эту «атаку». По утверждению Эрдогана, падение лиры никак не связано с объективными экономическими показателями, экономика Турции остается «сильной», и стоимость национальной валюты вскоре вернется «на самый разумный уровень». Эрдоган отверг предположения, что власти могут вмешаться в долларовые банковские вклады, и раскритиковал США за удар по своему союзнику по НАТО и стратегическому партнеру.

Отметим, что падение турецкой лиры существенным образом отражается на туркменских трудовых мигрантах, работающих в Турции, которые в пересчете на твердую валюту стали получать меньше и, соответственно, меньше отправлять родным. Как сообщал сайт «Альтернативные новости Туркменистана» хорошей у легальных мигрантов считается зарплата в $500-550. В марте-апреле зарплата в 2000 лир равнялась $500, то сейчас она обесценилась до $290.

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A photo obtained by a Turkish newspaper claims to show Jamal Khashoggi entering the Saudi consulate in Turkey on Oct. 2, 2018.
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* Pray for the Saints: We remind our listeners of the plight of Pastor Andrew Brunson imprisoned in Turkey for his faith, and of the impending death sentence hanging over Christian Asia Bibi in Pakistan. Pray that their captors repent and that the fury and anger of God be spared from raining down upon their heads as just and eternal punishment for their evil.


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* Temple of a Dog: A Methodist Church in New York City has defiled itself to a degree that would have the Church’s godly founder John Wesley spinning in his grave! Why modern Methodists would honor homosexual child molester Oscar Wilde with “The Temple of Oscar Wilde” is completely understandable. And the display is just too disgusting to describe in writing here. You’ll have to listen, (and try not to get physically ill...)


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* An Ambush They Didn’t Deserve: While the recent South Carolina shootout in which one police officer was killed and six wounded appears to have garnered just a collective yawn from a population inured to bloodshed, your host expresses his shock at the massacre and the way the killer was alerted that the police were coming!


* “Experiencing” Typhus: That’s right, typhus! And not in Guatemala, but in downtown Los Angeles where derelicts are allowed to “experience” whatever they want, including “homelessness”, and the vectoring of communicable diseases.


* Google+ Shutting Down: If you had thought Google+ had already shut down years ago, you were incorrect. But now a data breach has caused someone to notice that the app was still running somewhere, and it’s being mercifully turned off.


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ISTANBUL (AP) — The fiancée of a missing Saudi contributor to The Washington Post on Wednesday asked President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump to “help shed light” on his disappearance. The request on behalf of Jamal Khashoggi, who disappeared a week ago while visiting the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, comes as Turkey said […]
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A week ago, the Saudi Arabian dissident and writer Jamal Khashoggi was in Istanbul, where he visited the Saudi Consulate. Since that time, there is no record of his whereabouts, and Turkish investigators believe he was murdered inside the consulate, his body dismembered. Not only has this situation thrown a wrench into the relationship between Saudi Arabia and Turkey, but it has caused a worldwide uproar and threatens to damage the rose-tinted image of Mohammed Bin Salman, known as MBS, the 33-year old Saudi crown prince who is close to the Trump administration and family and who has tried—successfully—to convince many people in the West that he is a reformer. Though we still don’t know what happened to Khashoggi, stifling dissent lines up more with the reality of MBS’s rule than the moderate fantasy: Despite lifting a ban on women driving, he has overseen a brutal war in Yemen, a blockade of Qatar, a bizarre quasi-kidnapping of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, and a continuing crackdown on dissidents in his own country.

To talk about the Khashoggi case and the MBS era in Saudi Arabia, I spoke by phone with Karen Elliott House, a former diplomatic correspondent and foreign editor at the Wall Street Journal and the author of On Saudi Arabia: Its People, Past, Religion, Fault Lines—and Future. During the course of our conversation, which has been edited and condensed for clarity, we discussed why Saudi Arabia might have killed Khashoggi, the future of MBS’s agenda, and whether or not she is willing to re-evaluate her earlier, positive impression of him.

Isaac Chotiner: How much of a break do you think this feels like with the general way that Saudi Arabia deals with dissent, which has obviously not been gently?

Karen Elliott House: If it is true what the Turks say happened to Khashoggi, it is, I think, a marked change from the way they have by and large dealt with dissenters over the course of the modern Kingdom of Saudi Arabia since 1932. [Turkish President] Erdoğan, as you know, is not an honest man. I’m not saying it didn’t happen, but I wouldn’t trust Erdoğan’s view of what happened. I think the call to “let us see the videotape” is the right one.

If the Saudis are ramping up the way they go after dissent, how do you understand that?

I can’t explain it. That is exactly what interests me: If this is true, what is going on that the rest of us don’t know about that would make this seem like an intelligent and wise thing to do? MBS gave an interview to Bloomberg last week in which he says that he is trying to reform the country, carry out his Vision 2030 without causing a civil war. I found that fascinating because nothing I know—and I go to Saudi Arabia at least twice a year—makes me believe that the country is that precarious. [But] he seems to be saying that there is a serious extremism and terrorism issue in Saudi Arabia … not in the region as a whole, in Saudi Arabia. From everything one sees, his openings, his reforms have been received quite well. There’s no doubt there are people who oppose them, but I wouldn’t have the sense that the country is teeming with the potential for civil war because Saudis very much prize stability.

Even if it is true, why does killing a dissident or cracking down on dissidents help your modernization plan and protect it from terrorists?

He also goes on in that Bloomberg interview to say that there are people in the country who are cooperating with Qatar and Iran and we can’t allow them to go around stirring up trouble, by which I assume he means stirring up the extremism in the country. In other words, that this is a clash between extremism and modernity. There are people who oppose letting women drive and [opening the] cinema and all of the things he’s doing, but you don’t get the sense that there are enough of them that there is a real risk of some fundamentalist backlash unless he is planning to do something going forward that none of us know about.

Also, people like Khashoggi and other dissidents are not the ones opposing letting women drive or opening movie theaters.

No, no. As you know, Khashoggi lost his job at a Saudi newspaper for, in essence, running articles against fundamentalism and for women driving and other openings in the past. It’s odd that he winds up in this trouble at the time when he, in that sense, is sharing the crown prince’s view of fundamentalism: Extremism is a bad thing and women driving is a good thing. Again, I cannot explain this.

A lot of the conversations in the American press about MBS for a very long time took the line that he was a well-meaning reformer who was trying to do right by his country, and occasionally there’d be something that wasn’t great but fundamentally his intentions were good. Do you have reason to think that we should necessarily believe that that’s the prism through which to view him?

I am one of those who, from meeting him several times, believed that he did understand the need for changing Saudi Arabia’s economy and social structure, because doing the latter is necessary to do the former. To change the economy, you have to let women work and women drive. [I believed] that he truly understood the economic risks and thus the social and political risks that the country faced if it did not change and [believed] that he was both courageous and charismatic enough to push that forward. His critics say he’s irrational. He’s impulsive. He may be impulsive, but I really don’t think he’s irrational, so I keep asking myself, what does he know or what has he convinced himself of? I don’t see any threats to him or to the country. So I would like to know what is this threat that he sees that … if this is true, that would make one go to this length?

Couldn’t one answer simply be that he doesn’t like criticism the way a lot of authoritarian rulers do not like criticism?

Absolutely. No authoritarian ruler likes criticism, but it’s only people like Putin and Saddam Hussein and Kim Jong-un who actually kill their critics. Most authoritarian rulers lock them up. They throw away the key. They try them and then eliminate them after a trial, which we wouldn’t regard as free and fair, but they go at least through that process. It’s only, I repeat, the Saddams and the Putins and the Kim Jong-uns who just—

Wait. I don’t want to get into a moral weighing of the scales because I’m not equipped to do that, but there were reports that people were being tortured at the hotel where MBS had a bunch of people locked up. There have been reports just generally of dissidents being treated very poorly. I’m not sure why he doesn’t belong more in that Putin category than the others, especially when you add in things like what’s going on in the war in Yemen, where he is overseeing a war where many civilians are dying and people are starving to death for very little purpose as far as I can tell. Why would we not put him in that Putin category?

I personally see the war in Yemen … he believes, and I believe he truly believes, that the Iranians are a threat to him in Yemen and that he has to fight that war. It is not going well, and I don’t think it’s likely to go well. I don’t think they know how to win it or get out of it, but to me, at least, war casualties are a different thing from taking one of your citizens and hacking him to bits.

You said that there are some people who see MBS as impulsive and reckless. Given what you’ve just described—him getting involved in this Yemen thing that doesn’t feel like it’s going well, given what happened with the Lebanese prime minister, given the blockade of Qatar that he has helped see through—why would we not think of him as impulsive? What has he done to make us not think that he’s impulsive and reckless?

This is like, if you disagree with somebody, you can believe they were impulsive and reckless. He went into the Yemen war. That’s like how we went into the Vietnam War. We didn’t think it was so hopeless in the beginning. Now he’s stuck. I don’t think that’s proof of impulsiveness. The severing of relations with Qatar, I have never been able to understand. I don’t know whether that’s irrationality or impulsiveness or what. For me, it’s not sane policy to have a fight with Qatar. What the Saudis will tell you is the Qataris are trying to infiltrate our country, trying to take over. I don’t know if they truly believe it, but they certainly say it. The Hariri thing, that probably was not his wisest move either.

My point is he may be impulsive. I don’t think he’s irrational. I think he convinces himself that he’s got a reason to do this. The problem is many of these things don’t work out for him.

The point I brought up earlier about a lot of people certainly in the American press and America viewing him through this prism even if there’s not necessarily the evidence to back it up: It feels like you’re saying you were impressed by him, but at the same time, there are all these things that you can’t understand or that seem to not make sense.

I think he had an image as a reformer. Most Americans, as you know, don’t pay attention to Saudi Arabia, but the people who do, they saw this bright young man who didn’t look like all the other old rulers for the past 50 years. He was saying sensible things, talking about reform, reforming the economy and letting Saudi Arabia do things that the rest of the world didn’t even … they know women can’t drive, but I think most people didn’t really understand that you can’t go to a movie in Saudi Arabia or a concert, or women can’t go to a soccer game, all of that stuff. He did manage to burst into the American consciousness as a young, attractive reformer.

I think since November last year with the Ritz Carlton event, imprisoning businessmen and princes and Cabinet ministers and former ministers: That raised a red flag for people. I think it did cause people to pause and look. This Jamal Khashoggi thing is getting a lot of press in America, and that is clearly, as Tom Friedman tweeted, not good for the image of the crown prince.


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The great social media cleanup of the past two years hasn’t seemed to leave it much cleaner. As some of the most powerful companies in the world have struggled to ferret out viral false news, harassers, conspiracy theories, and foreign agents, Congress and the American public have begun to lose faith in internet platforms like Facebook, YouTube, Google, and Twitter. But one social website—the web’s fifth-largest site, by some metrics—has dodged the brunt of the ire: Wikipedia.

One might think Wikipedia would be a top target for those peddling conspiracy theories and counterfactual narratives. Yet somehow, the massive online encyclopedia has managed to retain its reputation for reliability, at least generally speaking. And that’s thanks to a sprawling online network of editors who work for free to pull fact from fiction in crafting the articles that provide the answers that float to the top of Google search queries.

Of course, Wikipedia has its problems. The most glaring may be that the editor community is overwhelmingly male, and likely white too. And that leads to erasures and omissions that reflect the worldview and concerns of the editor community. For instance, when Canadian physicist Donna Strickland won the Nobel Prize, it turned out Wikipedia didn’t have an entry about her. One had apparently been submitted prior to her winning the award, but the edit community apparently didn’t consider her sufficiently noteworthy to warrant an entry.

To talk more about how Wikipedia, a volunteer-run project, manages to be a sort of second screen for the entire internet, and to delve into some of the problems the community is facing, we spoke with the Wikimedia Foundation’s executive director, Katherine Maher, for Slate’s tech podcast If Then. An expert on technology policy across the globe, Maher discussed the role Wikipedia plays in the current debates about healthy online platforms and what the community is doing to diversify its contributors.

Read or listen to our conversation below, or get the show via Apple PodcastsOvercast, SpotifyStitcher, or Google Play.

April Glaser: Wikipedia’s the fifth-most-popular website on the internet, according to Alexa Ratings from earlier this year. And that popularity is in part due to the fact that the most popular website on the internet, Google, regularly directs people to Wikipedia at the top of its search pages. It’s a symbiotic relationship where people search Google for answers and Wikipedia is the answer that they get. More recently, YouTube and Google have begun linking to Wikipedia to provide info on topics that tend to attract false news and conspiratorial theories in their efforts to be a more reliable source of information. According to Wikipedia itself, there are over 5.7 million articles on the English version of the site thanks to nearly 35 million users, of whom fewer than 200,000 are considered active editors. That means about 200,000 people make at least one edit a month. There are 300 active Wikipedias in different languages across the world, 48 million articles written worldwide. And this whole project is made possible thanks to volunteers who write the entries and thanks to grants and donations from the readers and the editors who use the site. I want to start by discussing the phenomenon that is Wikipedia, and that it actually seems to be largely correct. Is that correct? Am I correct about that?

Katherine Maher: Yeah. There have been numerous different studies that have shown that Wikipedia is on average as correct as any traditional encyclopedia would be, in part simply because of the volume of articles that we have—that when you do have inaccuracies they tend to be very few and far between. But also they tend to get corrected really quickly, and so as you take a look across the sites, the majority of content is correct at any given time.

Glaser: So if I were to go on there and change the birthday of President Obama, that would get corrected really quickly?

You wouldn’t be able to change the birthday of President Obama because you probably do not have enough of an edit-contribution history to be able to touch an article that is as highly scrutinized as something like Obama. So anytime we have articles that are either of top interest to folks at any given time or are in the news in any given moment, our editors take them very seriously and will protect them to make sure they don’t go ahead and get vandalized. So it would be tough to change his birthday.

Glaser: Who is editing Wikipedia? It seems that everyone wants to use it, but not everyone wants to edit it. And my understanding is that something like 90 percent of the editors are male. I don’t know the racial background of editors, but I think it’s safe to say that most are probably white or come from some kind of white-collar background. So in addition to who’s editing Wikipedia, I’d like to know also the consequences of homogeneity in the edit community.

We don’t actually know much of the background of Wikipedia editors either. We have pretty strict privacy policies. In fact, you don’t need to give us really any information to edit Wikipedia. You don’t even need an account—you can just do it anonymously. And over the years, we’ve tried different ways of surveying and sampling editors to get a better sense. I think our best-case scenario is about 20 percent of the editors identify as female, but worst case would be closer to about 10. And then in terms of ethnic and racial makeup, obviously that really depends based on what Wikipedia we’re talking about. Our Indic-language Wikipedias are primarily going to be edited by people from probably South Asia. But it is true that we tend to assume that folks editing Wikipedia have what we think of as disposable time, and disposable time tends to correlate with higher socio-economic status. How does this play out for Wikipedia? It means that we tend to have biases that reflect the composition of our editors, and I will say that those biases also tend to reflect the broader world around us.

So we talk about ourselves as a mirror held up to the world. Wikipedia is a tertiary source that is based on secondary sources, and when we go to create articles on Wikipedia, we’re very reliant on what’s already been published and what exists in the world. And so if there is a dearth of secondary sources about female scientists or African novelists, it’s going to be very hard for us to then create articles that reflect those individuals on Wikipedia itself.

Glaser: When a new public figure comes on the scene, everyone jumps to visit Wikipedia, it becomes a second screen, and a bunch of editors also jump in to get their version of the truth up there. I wrote about this for Wired a couple years ago when Merrick Garland was nominated [for the Supreme Court]. The traffic of his page soared because nobody really knew who he was unless you’re in the court scene. And then behind the scenes, the editors fought over whether to call him a judicial moderate or a strong liberal. And with so many people coming to Wikipedia for information on Garland, these descriptions really matter. How do Wikipedia editors grapple with attempts to insert their own ideological leanings?

I think that this is one of those things where the more people who have an eye on the Wikipedia article, the more accurate and neutral it tends to be. Don’t take my word for it. There’s been lots of research on this subject. The more volume of traffic, the more likely it is that someone’s going to make an edit, the more editors who are involved in the conversation, the more compact and neutral and accurate the content is going to be, the more citations, the less verbose or adjectival a description is going to be. And so it’s likely in the case of Garland—and I’m not familiar with that particular article and how that moment in time affected its composition—but it’s likely in that case, or in the case of anybody who’s under the spotlight, that if they couldn’t decide on how to describe him, they would either say, “Some people describe as ‘citation, citation, citation.’ ‘Others describe as the opposite, citation, citation, citation.’ ” Or they would not make a determination about how that description actually plays out.

And so Wikipedians will tend to present information and ask you instead to draw your conclusions rather than draw their own inferences or conclusions on topics that are difficult to be neutral around.

Will Oremus: And a lot of that discussion happens on what’s called a talk page.

That’s right. It’s almost like the newsroom behind any Wikipedia article. One of the things we like to say is, “If you’re curious about what a talk page is, go to your hometown and look at the fights that people are having about the history of the town, the town hall, local celebrities, things like this.” Because it can give you the best and most immediate understanding of how talk pages actually work. There are places where Wikipedia editors take the conversation, not offline. It all happens in public. It’s just behind the curtain. Anyone can click on the talk tab and take a look at it. Anyone can contribute to that discussion, but it’s where these differences of opinion get hammered out while articles might be paused for editing, or while folks are having robust difficult conversations about how to frame or present something or whether something should be included in an article at all.

Oremus: You talked about how Wikipedia is better when there are more people involved in this editing process. That makes a lot of sense. How is the health of the Wikipedia editor community these days? In what direction is it trending? Is it getting livelier and healthier, or are the ranks thinning out? Is there a crisis of Wikipedia editorship? How’s it doing?

There is no crisis of Wikipedia editorship. Our editors are alive and well. No, I think that there was this interesting moment in time where people were very concerned about the trajectory of editorship, and it happened around, I want to say, 2010, where Wikipedia grew very rapidly in popularity between 2001 and 2010, and then what ended up happening was a lot of that original content was filled out, at least in some of the major languages, and we started to see a decline in casual editing. But what is happening is that our numbers have really stabilized to the point where we have about a quarter-million editors every single month, and about 80,000 of those come back month on month on month and make significant contributions to the site. So overall our editor health is really good. What we would love to see is an increased diversification of that, and we’d love to see some of the languages that are perhaps not as robust as they should be relative to the size of a million speakers and the like. We’d love to see some of that grow.

So for us, it’s about maintaining the health of our current editing community but then also thinking about how do we reach people for whom we’re not there yet in their language, in their geography, or representing their sense of identity.

Glaser: I imagine if you come from a community that is not well represented in the editor community that you may be prone to harassment or feel somewhat ostracized in these tightknit talk pages where a lot of difficult conversations happen. So I’m curious about harassment on Wikipedia. Have we seen coordinated attempts to insert ideological bias or to harass people to the point where they stop maintaining certain pages?

Yeah. Absolutely. These things happen, and happen in places that you wouldn’t necessarily expect. I think that the instances of extreme harassment—the kind that you see on some of the other social platforms—we see a lot less of that because Wikipedia has rules around civility that determine whether you can participate as an editor, and if you violate those rules you will get blocked and banned by our community members. I think the bigger issue for us tends to really focus on tonality, so we’ve done some interesting research around conversational failure, and it turns out that if you start a sentence in dialogue with another editor with the word please, it actually is a really high predictor that that conversation is going to fail. Because it tends to be followed by “Please stop doing that” or “Please don’t do something that you don’t know anything about,” and so please is actually not an indicator of a necessarily positive outcome.

So what we’re trying to understand is in a community and in an ecosystem where harassment and unfriendly spaces look very different than harassment on, say, the comment section of YouTube or in a Twitter channel. What can we do to facilitate more civil and respectful conversations when we can’t necessarily automate to be able to understand because of the use of bad words, for example. And so it’s really about how we create a culture of friendly interaction as opposed to certain instances of harassment, ’cause we just don’t have that problem in quite the same way, which is not to say it doesn’t exist. I do want to be really careful to acknowledge that we have had instances of people who’ve been harassed on Wikipedia. It tends to be somebody gets a bone between their teeth and really goes after an editor or a group of editors. The times that we’ve seen these things happen in a targeted way have tended to be around things that you would expect to be controversial. We were one of the sites to be enveloped in the whole Gamergate controversy, and we absolutely saw people really go head-to-head over what that particular discussion meant, and we had a number of Wikipedia editors on all sides of the conversation who found themselves sanctioned for the way that they participated in those conversations.

Glaser: I write a lot about harassment on social media, and obviously Wikipedia is a social place where people can interact. We do not hear as much about creating a culture where people will be less prone to harass each other. It’s more about moderation, so this is really interesting.

We don’t do moderation in the same way that other social platforms do. We don’t have armies of folks sitting offshore going through content posting trying to determine if it’s harassing language or if it violates our terms of service. Our community, because it is truly a community, engages in that conversation directly, and then they have modes and means of policies to refer conversations for review and sanction as appropriate. I think that harassment is a problem, but for us it is a relatively small problem relative to the challenge of how do you create a truly inclusive space for folks when we come from a certain culture, and we come from a certain demographic background. How do you open that up so that it becomes a place where more people feel welcome?

Oremus: That’s so interesting to hear you say you don’t have moderation. I understand what you mean: You mean that Wikipedia, or the Wikimedia Foundation, isn’t going in and moderating what the editors can say or what people can add to an article. But in another sense, the whole project of Wikipedia is a project of moderation, where people are moderating what each other can say and regulating each other’s speech in various ways. It reminds me, you talked about the social platforms, and it reminds me of the difficulties that the big social networks are having right now with misinformation, conspiracy theories, fake news, all that sort of thing. And they talk about, Well, we can’t be an arbiter of truth. Or maybe in Facebook’s case: We’re trying, but it’s really hard to be an arbiter of truth. Wikipedia is at its core an arbiter of truth—that’s what you guys do. So why do you think they’re having such a tough time with it, and would you have any advice for the people running those platforms?

I think one thing that’s really different from us is, from the beginning, it’s been a community-driven project. We don’t set editorial policies for Wikipedia. The community sets that, and the community has evolved over time with these editorial policies in order to assess information quality and also the standards that they want in their spaces, to tie it back to the conversation around friendly spaces and contribution. But specifically for content moderation there are a couple of really core policies that drive the way that Wikipedia articles are created, and I think the reason that they are effective is that they’re clear, there are only three of them, they’re fairly easy to understand, there are tons of examples for how they work, there are lots of different eyeballs that focus on insuring that those policies are upheld, and it all happens in the open. The polices around accuracy of information, it requires that we site back to what we call reliable sources. It means that people can’t just put out fringe theories based on what their interests are. They have to find citations and information. It has to be peer-reviewed, or published, or have some editorial scrutiny.

These are the policies that have created a sense of accuracy and accountability on Wikipedia, and accountability not just for the editors but accountability to the public who reads this content. And I think that’s just so completely different from the way these other platforms work. Another thing that I point to is we don’t have divergent forking narratives or feeds that you sign up for. When you come to a Wikipedia article, you’re looking at the exact same thing whether you’re sitting on the other side of the continent from me or if you’re sitting in the next office over. That doesn’t afford us the space to shift narratives based on what your interest is or what an algorithm suggests that you might like. We have to be open and publicly accountable for what is published no matter what your perspective or viewpoint actually is.

It’s funny you mentioned, or refer to, Wikipedia as an arbiter of truth. We actually don’t agree with that characterization. What we would say is that Wikipedia reflects knowledge as it exists at any given moment in time. That is, knowledge is constantly being constructed, and it’s constantly being deconstructed. And so edits are made to Wikipedia, content is removed from Wikipedia, knowledge changes dramatically over time, and what Wikipedia offers is just an aggregate understanding of what we know about a topic at any given moment based on what’s been published or what common consensus says. I always use the example of Copernicus or Galileo. However many hundreds of years ago, had they written an article, we’d have some really strong articles about how the sun revolves around the Earth. But we, as hopefully humanity, have learned a lot more about our solar system, and now we know that the Earth revolves around the sun. So knowledge is a living thing, but it’s not necessarily about trying to get to some understanding of truth. It’s more just about representation about what we can all agree on at any point in time.

Where I start to find this really powerful is less on things that are settled, like heliocentricity versus geocentricism, but more about how our history—and understanding of culture, and understanding of politics, and understanding of representation—Is constantly evolving. Wikipedia’s edited 350 times a minute, which essentially means that every minute there are 350 opportunities to challenge what it is that we know, and how it is that it’s been assembled, and who has contributed to that knowledge base, and whose voices are included, and how it is that we might change that over time. So I think of Wikipedia not as an arbiter of truth but really a living contestation for how knowledge is formed and created, which is why we always say, “Don’t trust Wikipedia. Read it with a critical eye. Check the citations. And if you see something, contribute to it.” Because the way that we form knowledge is by contributing to it together and building on what’s come before.

Glaser: It’s true that there are all of these ways to gain social clout and to gain social trust in the Wikipedia community, but sometimes people edit Wikipedia anonymously, or it’s their first time, and sometimes it’s funny. And it’s something that you guys call vandalism. And I want to ask about that, because I saw this meme going around a few years ago—I think it was an actual screenshot from Wikipedia, and it was edited to say that Charlie Sheen was half-man, half-cocaine. And it was changed quickly back, I’m sure, but I think this happens a lot, and I’m curious: How does Wikipedia contend with vandalism, and is there any particularly funny one that comes to mind?

Just the other day, somebody tweeted about the fact that there’s a Wikipedia article that’s a list of fictional states, and nestled in there was Wyoming, a fictional state made up for tourism revenue by Idaho. I thought that was funny. As soon as I retweeted it, it was gone. But I think that often we see these sorts of vandalism. I think that they are funny. I also know that they can be quite annoying for our Wikipedia editors. I like to think of them as ways of demonstrating that Wikipedia is a living project and as a reminder to folks that you can go ahead and get in there and edit. We actually have more Wikipedians than we’d like to admit who first started because of vandalism. They came in to mess with the site, and they realized, “Oh, that vandalism didn’t stay up for very long. I’m curious how that works,” and then get involved in that way. In general, there are different ways that vandalism works. I don’t think this will surprise anyone, but some of the highest volume of vandalism tends to happen in school hours, and it tends to be bad words.

But we have bots that scrub the site from end to end and remove instances of poop that shouldn’t belong in a sentence and the like. The other forms of vandalism tend to get reverted very quickly. I think Congress is notorious for vandalizing Wikipedia, in fact I think it’s blocked this week; you can’t edit with a congressional IP this week because people abuse their privileges. And we’ve seen that happen. Wikipedia editors tend to keep a very close eye on what we call our recent-changes feed, and there are folks who consider themselves just to be vandalism patrollers who are always looking for things that are a little suspicious. We give this a boost by having machine learning systems that are able to identify what is likely a good edit or a bad edit and help editors triage in order to keep pace with the 350 edits a minute. Because it’s a pretty huge volume of activity on the sites at any given time.

Glaser: With Wikipedia now serving as a fact-checker for YouTube’s most polarizing conspiracy-theory videos, is there a fear that people will see these videos about how climate change isn’t real and then click on the Wikipedia link and edit the article to incorporate the counterfactual information they just saw?

This was something that we were concerned about. Obviously any time a major platform turns the worst of the internet against our sites, we worry about what the implications are for our editing community. Our editing community actually took it all in stride. They said, “We’ve got means by which we monitor these pages. We know how to deal with vandalism. We’ve been doing this for 17 years. We’ll let you know when it’s a problem.” And we went back and said pretty much the same thing to YouTube. We said, “We’ll let you know when it’s a problem, and if it does become a problem we’d appreciate some support around this. But overall it seems as though it’s something that is working out.” Our mission overall is to get knowledge out there and to be the correct place for information—to have it be as accurate as possible. And if it is a tool in the arsenal of insuring a more accurate and fact-based internet, then I think we’re probably all for it.

Glaser: It’s fascinating how the community is able to morph and absorb more responsibility as more people start to use the internet and as more large platforms start to rely, and continue to rely, on Wikipedia as a source of information.

I think what I would say there is that because it works in this instance, it doesn’t mean that we’re going to be the catchall for all of the worst bits of the internet. In reality, anytime that there is an intermediary layer between people who are reading Wikipedia content and where the content itself is created, we see that as a risk. Part of the promise of Wikipedia is that anybody anywhere can go in and check where does the information come from, when was it added, what’s the edit history, what’s the discussion on the talk page, where does the citation go, and so whenever there’s an intermediary layer that sits between our readers and our contributors, we view that as a breakdown of the trust and the promise model that Wikipedia offers in terms of accountability and transparency, but we also view it as a risk factor to the sites as a whole because of how Wikipedia works when people stop by to read it. Wikipedia works when a reader’s like, “Oh, I think that information isn’t accurate. That probably needs an update,” or “That probably could use a different citation.”

And so the volume of traffic to our sites is actually the way in which Wikipedia stays up to date and makes sure that our content is constantly expanding, and so if that information is being siphoned off and presented in different ways and in different places, that actually does create a risk for us. So I think there’s a tension between how do we make sure information’s available in the most useful ways, such as the referral back with the YouTube videos, but also making sure that information is not taken completely out of context and presented in a way that ultimately chokes off the way that Wikipedia works.

Oremus: You actually just answered part of the question that I was going to ask, which is: Part of the future of computing right now on the internet seems to be this move toward voice assistance. Whether it’s on a smart speaker, like an Amazon Echo or Google Home, or it’s Siri on your phone, or talking to the Google Assistant on your phone, for a lot of those, when you ask a question—when you ask Siri or Alexa or Google a question—the answer you get will be content from Wikipedia. So that’s a way that people are gonna be using Wikipedia more and more, presumably, but maybe not even know that they are using Wikipedia. Certainly not visit the site and maybe run into a fundraising appeal or get involved in that way. Is that a big concern for you going forward, and are you hopeful that donations from those big platforms … I saw that Amazon recently gave $1 million to the Wikimedia Foundation maybe partly for that reason.

Does that have to become more of your business model now if these platforms are going to be siphoning off your information or siloing your information in that way?

I think I have many thoughts and responses to your question. One thing to note is that there’s the immediate value that these platforms get out of having Wikipedia as a resource from which they can pull answers and information to provide to their users. But the other part that most people aren’t as aware of is that Wikipedia is also this massive computational resource for many different platforms in terms of the way that they’re developing machine learning, the way that they’re training their A.I assistants, in the way that they treat natural language processing. And so we view ourselves as a resource that should be supported by industry as a whole—not just because we create a transactional value to them, because Amazon or Siri or whatever can answer our question, but because we’ve actually created a tremendous resource just in terms of data modeling and support that these companies can go out and train and do advanced computational science around. And there is nobody who is contributing back because of the value we’ve created in that space.

The reason that we think that should engender long-term support is because we are essentially the commons as a resource for the entire internet that entire business models have been created around. And if you don’t actually support that commons, it’s not going to exist at some point, and that’s going to be really problematic for a business model that depends on its existence, particularly as companies are pushing into new and different markets. It’s increasingly the case that they’re looking to sites like Wikipedia, which have content that’s available in those local languages as a baseline to assess the market maturity, and whether people are using the open web, and whether they’re creating content in those languages. So overall supporting Wikipedia so that we’re out there and accessible to more people and accessible to more users in more languages, and so that our content is diverse and reflective of the entire world and not just North America or the male experience, is ultimately a good thing, not just for us, and not just for our readers, but for the internet as a whole.

In terms of what that support looks like, I think that it’s not just about monetary support. We are very proud of the fact that 85 percent of our donations come from small-dollar donations from individual users. The average donation is $15, and the remaining 15 percent tends to be more traditional foundation donations. We don’t want to be entirely beholden to large corporations giving us money, but we do feel as though having some sort of sustainable model of support, whether it is engineering support, or in-kind support, or just thinking about what the product decisions actually mean in terms of their implications for how people can contribute to and access Wikipedia, that’s the conversation that we want to be having with these different platforms. At the end of the day, we create a tremendous amount of value in the world, and we want to make sure that value is being recognized and being supported and sustained, because it’s very easy to make a series of decisions that in aggregate could really damage that value, and I don’t think anybody intentionally wants to hurt Wikipedia.

Glaser: No, Wikipedia has a tremendous amount of value for so many different parties. Can you tell us about efforts to expand Wikipedia in other languages? Also, what’s the second-biggest language after English? And is Wikipedia available in China?

So there are a whole host of Wikipedias that are smaller languages. They tend to be secondary languages within countries, or indigenous languages, or noncolonial languages, and we at the Wikimedia Foundation actually place a great deal of emphasis on supporting communities that are doing work in these languages. We have grants that are available to community members who are organizing and doing events around outreach and growth of smaller-language projects. We call them our emerging community projects. And the whole idea is that we don’t make a decision based on winners and losers on language. The fact that Spanish and German and English and French are enormous doesn’t mean that that is sufficient to cover the entire world. We want people to be able to access content in Zulu and in whatever the indigenous languages and identities are that they’re seeking information.

We know that’s actually critical to the way that cultures continue to live, the way that identities continue to live. There’s a whole example of Welsh Wikipedia where the national government of Wales has a Wikipedian in residence who is just there to make sure that Welsh continues to be a living thriving Wikipedia language in large part because they know that having Wikipedia exist in Welsh is actually a marker as to whether other internet services will index Welsh as a living digital language. And of course we can all understand that if your language goes away or doesn’t exist in a digitized form, your identity starts to go away too. So we’re really supportive of this. We think this is part of our cultural diversity in recognizing that the sum of all knowledge requires all sorts of different understandings of knowledge, all sorts of linguistic bases for knowledge.

Glaser: Is Wikipedia available in China?

Wikipedia is not currently available in China or in Turkey. But of course Wikipedia does continue to be built by Chinese speakers. We have Chinese speakers who are outside of China, like Taiwan and Hong Kong of course, but then other Chinese speakers including folks from mainland China who edit Wikipedia from outside of the country as well as from inside the country using circumvention technologies. So Wikipedia in Chinese is not as large, and we would like to see the relative number of Chinese speakers, but we remain optimistic that it will continue to be built and will be there for when and if China ever decides to unblock us. We would love that.


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#1 Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator Pootles – Homemade Kindness with Watercolour Pencils Does anyone else have nostalgic images of Christmases past where there’s a stove with a christmas pudding on it and a happy whistling kettle, while a turkey roasts in the oven? Or have I overdosed on Charles Dickens books in the past? Whatever the reason, ... Read More about Homemade Kindness with Watercolour Pencils
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          Sydney man ‘went to engage in warfare’      Cache   Translate Page      
A Kurdish-born Australian travelled to the mountainous regions of southern Turkey and northern Iraq to engage in armed conflict for a listed terrorist organisation, a Sydney jury has heard.
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Cenk Tosun has no intention of walking away from Everton in January and is determined to fight for his place in Marco Silva’s side. Reports have been rife suggesting the Turkey international could return to his former club Besiktas on loan with a view to a permanent move at the end of the season. However … Continued

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Russia imports Iranian teams for S-300s in Syria. Shocked alarm in US, Israel DEBKA Exclusive: The US and Israel were alarmed to learn that Moscow had decided to man the S-300 anti-air missiles sent to Syria with Iranian teams, DEBKAfile's exclusive sources report.

IDF Increases Presence Alongside Gaza Border, After Uptick in Hamas Violence Additional troops and Iron Dome missile-defense systems have been deployed to the Israeli border with Gaza following an uptick in riots along the security fence.

Netanyahu Says Israel Preparing for War With Gaza Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a stark warning to the Palestinian Authority and to the international community during Sunday's cabinet meeting in Jerusalem.

Fatah blames Israel for yesterday's murder of 2 Israelis Fatah claims Israel commits "terror and murder," but yesterday's killing of Israelis was merely an "operation".

University of Michigan Lecture Compares Netanyahu to Hitler A mandatory lecture for University of Michigan art students reportedly featured a former Black Panther leader who compared Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to Adolf Hitler.

Two years after pastor Andrew Brunson was jailed in Turkey, Sen. Lankford demands his release Republican Oklahoma Senator James Lankford once again called for the release of "unjustly" jailed U.S. Pastor Andrew Brunson on Sunday, exactly two years after Turkey imprisoned the American in the months following the failed July 2016 coup attempt.

Iran's Idea of "Human Rights": Persecute Christians "The government often uses it [the charge of 'acting against national security'] against converts instead of the charge of apostasy... in an attempt to avoid international scrutiny." - Morning Star News, July 13, 2017.

Europe paves the way for its decline Europe is declining. It's getting richer too slowly - so slowly that it's being left behind by the rest of the world.

If Trump Wants the Ultimate Deal, He Must Not Repeat These Mistakes Israeli-Palestinian peace is elusive because both sides' and the United States' have made a series of damaging but preventable errors.

World War 3 FEARS: Iranian General vows to DESTROY Israel in FURIOUS attack A TOP Iranian General has vowed to destroy Israel, warning "there will soon be no way to escape but the sea", raising fears of a major outbreak of conflict in the volatile Middle East.

          Turkey to search Saudi consulate for Jamal Khashoggi (20 replies)      Cache   Translate Page      
Imagine that, a Saudi critic in Turkey running from the Saudi regime goes into the Saudi consulate and never comes out! He’s also an American journalist This has become...
          10/10/2018: WORLD: Erdogan asks Riyadh to ‘prove’ journalist left Saudi consulate      Cache   Translate Page      

TURKEY’S PRESIDENT has demanded Saudi officials prove their claim that missing journalist and Riyadh critic Jamal Khashoggi left the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, as the US called for a thorough probe into his disappearance. Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s...
          Arthur I. Cyr: Important meeting strengthens German Chancellor Merkel      Cache   Translate Page      
Late last month, Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany and President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan of Turkey held discussions in Berlin. Command of two of the most effective militaries in Europe and the world is one reason this mini-summit has maximum importance. The two nations were allies until after World War I.Skillful, non-military Merkel displayed courage and effectiveness in the discussions, unintentionally aided by autocrat Erdoğan. She reminded him publicly of human rights abuses [...]
          Did the Saudis Kidnap and Murder Journalist Jamal Khashoggi?      Cache   Translate Page      
On October 2, prominent Saudi journalist/critic Khashoggi disappeared after entering the kingdom’s Instanbul, Turkey consulate, needing documents for his upcoming wedding, scheduled for this week. He hasn’t been seen or heard from since, likely victimized by foul play. Turkish officials believe he was murdered by a Saudi hit squad sent from the kingdom to eliminate […]
          Sommario Europeo: Warm, fine east - Showers in west, 10 Ott - 06:43      Cache   Translate Page      

Showers in western Europe, warm and dry to the east Wednesday A few showers over southern coasts of Spain and Portugal with rain into northwest Spain. Fair for most of Spain with lots of sunshine. Showery bursts of rain in the balearics. Unsettled with rain in Sardinia and Corsica. Italy will have a mix of sunshine and showers. fair for Greece with plenty of sunshine. Some showers affecting the south of Turkey. Rain and some cloud in France, heavy in the west. The Low Countries and Germany should be dry with good spells of sunshine. Staying fine in Austria and Hungary with more sunshine. Scattered showers over the southern Alps. Fine weather and breezy conditions for Denmark. Plenty of sunshine for the Baltic States and Finland. A fine day in Sweden with more sunshine. Scattered showers in northern Norway but good spells of sunshine in the south.

Thursday Soe cloud in southern parts of Spain but rain and cloud to the north. Some showers in the central mediterranean Islands and these affecting northern Italy too. Southern Italy should be dry with sunny spells. Greece will be fair with more sunshine to come here. Turkey will have heavy showers and thunderstorms. Rain afecting central and western parts of France while the east is likely to be dry. The Low Countries and Germany as well as Poland will be dry with lots of sunshine. Austria and Hungary should be dry and sunny although some rain in parts of southern Switzerland. Breezy with sunshine and warm weather in Denmark. More sunshine to come over the Baltic States and Finland and staying warm. More warm weather in Sweden with Norway also being dry and breezy as well as warm.


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The gang stopped by today, sadly one didn't make it across the road tho.
          Rand Paul on political climate: 'I really worry that someone is going to be killed' - The Hill      Cache   Translate Page      

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Rand Paul on political climate: 'I really worry that someone is going to be killed'
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Sen. Rand Paul · Randal (Rand) Howard PaulCorker says US will 'respond accordingly' to countries targeting journalists amid columnist's disappearance Turkey requests permission to search Saudi consulate for missing journalist Republicans come full ...
Sen. Rand Paul Worries 'Someone Is Going to Be Killed' in the Current Political ClimateTIME
Rand Paul warns of rhetoric used by Cory Booker, hyper-partisans: 'Someone is going to be killed'Washington Times
Rand Paul's Wife Says She Keeps Loaded Gun by Her Bed Out of Fear of Liberal AttacksNewsweek
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          Azerbaijan’s parliament speaker meets chairman of RF’s State Duma      Cache   Translate Page      
On the margins of the Eurasia countries parliament speakers’ 3rd meeting in Antalya, Turkey, Speaker of Azerbaijan Parliament Ogtay Asadov met with the Chairman of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation Vyacheslav Volodin
          US seeks answers about missing writer from Saudi ally      Cache   Translate Page      

WASHINGTON (AP) — Turkish claims that a well-known Saudi writer and government critic was slain inside his country’s diplomatic mission in Turkey have put the Trump administration in a delicate spot. Members of Congress have grown increasingly insistent in recent days that the administration get to the bottom of the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi, a […]
          US seeks answers about missing writer from Saudi ally      Cache   Translate Page      
Turkish claims that a well-known Saudi writer and government critic was slain inside his country's diplomatic mission in Turkey have put the Trump administration in a delicate spot ...
          : Warm, fine east - Showers in west, 10 10 - 06:43      Cache   Translate Page      

Showers in western Europe, warm and dry to the east Wednesday A few showers over southern coasts of Spain and Portugal with rain into northwest Spain. Fair for most of Spain with lots of sunshine. Showery bursts of rain in the balearics. Unsettled with rain in Sardinia and Corsica. Italy will have a mix of sunshine and showers. fair for Greece with plenty of sunshine. Some showers affecting the south of Turkey. Rain and some cloud in France, heavy in the west. The Low Countries and Germany should be dry with good spells of sunshine. Staying fine in Austria and Hungary with more sunshine. Scattered showers over the southern Alps. Fine weather and breezy conditions for Denmark. Plenty of sunshine for the Baltic States and Finland. A fine day in Sweden with more sunshine. Scattered showers in northern Norway but good spells of sunshine in the south.

Thursday Soe cloud in southern parts of Spain but rain and cloud to the north. Some showers in the central mediterranean Islands and these affecting northern Italy too. Southern Italy should be dry with sunny spells. Greece will be fair with more sunshine to come here. Turkey will have heavy showers and thunderstorms. Rain afecting central and western parts of France while the east is likely to be dry. The Low Countries and Germany as well as Poland will be dry with lots of sunshine. Austria and Hungary should be dry and sunny although some rain in parts of southern Switzerland. Breezy with sunshine and warm weather in Denmark. More sunshine to come over the Baltic States and Finland and staying warm. More warm weather in Sweden with Norway also being dry and breezy as well as warm.


          Rewind 001: Hillbillies & Singing Cowboys      Cache   Translate Page      
Oklahoma Rock Show: Rewind is your home for the music of Oklahoma’s past. On this episode, we're exploring Oklahoma's impact on hillbilly music and singing cowboys. Hillbilly music was a label used from the 1920s to the 1950s, and placed on what is now known as country music. Meanwhile, Singing Cowboys was a term used to describe actors and singers that appeared, usually as the role of hero, in early Western B-movies in the 1930s and 1940s. Check out the tracklisting below. Henry C. Gilliland and Eck Robertson - Turkey In The Straw McGinty's Oklahoma Cowboy Band - Cowboy's Dream Dave Cutrell - Pistol Pete's Midnight Special Otto Gray and His Oklahoma Cowboys - 4,000 Years Ago Big Chief Henry's Indian String Band - The Indian Tom Tom Big Chief Henry's Indian String Band - On the Banks of the Kaney Sons of the Pioneers - Cool Water Gene Autry - Back in the Saddle Again Jimmy Wakely - I Wish I Had a Nickel Spade Cooley and His Fiddlin’ Friends - Chew Tobacco Rag Jack Guthrie and his
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80x90cm 0,6mm thikness offset Made in Turkey
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          10/10/2018: INTERNATIONAL: Missing writer: Saudis to let Turkey search consulate      Cache   Translate Page      

TURKISH police are to search the Saudi consulate in Istanbul as part of an investigation into the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The Foreign Ministry said Saudi authorities have notified Ankara that they are “open to co-operation”...
          Un vehículo diseñado por la UPV, campeón en Turquía al recorrer 762 km con un litro de gasolina      Cache   Translate Page      
El grupo de Generación Espontánea del Campus de Alcoy de la Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV), IDF Eco-Marathon, ha conseguido ganar la prueba Shell Eco-Marathon Turkey 2018 en categoría de motores de combustión.
          Gelir İdaresi Başkanlığı Yeni      Cache   Translate Page      

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          Mechanic builds 'Dumb and Dumber' car for charity race - ChoiceQuote Insurance Services      Cache   Translate Page      

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A car mechanic from Croydon has built his own version of the iconic dog car from Dumb and Dumber to take part in the Boom Banger Rally. The road trip to Istanbul in Turkey is designed for old, rundown or strange cars so Andy Stiff, a mechanic at A&J ...


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          More and more journalists are being killed for their work      Cache   Translate Page      

Journalists are familiar with the risks of reporting from war-torn lands, but the recent death or disappearance of three people in Turkey, Bulgaria and Mexico illustrates the growing dangers to reporters targeted for practicing their craft.

Authorities in Turkey are searching for Jamal Khashoggi,...


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          UK Challenges Saudis Over Missing Writer      Cache   Translate Page      
The UK's foreign secretary has told Saudi Arabia that Britain expects urgent answers over the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

In a phone call to Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir, Jeremy Hunt warned that "friendships depend on shared values".

Mr Khashoggi was last seen visiting the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last week, and Turkey says he may have been murdered there.

Saudi Arabia denies the suggestion.


Taking a tougher line than the Trump administration, a spokesperson for the UK's Foreign Office said, if media reports surrounding the case were correct, the UK would treat the incident "very seriously."

Earlier on Tuesday, US President Donald Trump said he had not yet spoken to Saudi officials about the journalist's disappearance.

"I have not. But I will be at some point," he told reporters. "I know nothing right now. I know what everybody else knows - nothing."

In a separate development, Mr Khashoggi's Turkish fiancée Hatice Cengiz appealed to the US for help.

In an emotional article in the Washington Post, she wrote: "I implore President Trump and first lady Melania Trump to help shed light on Jamal's disappearance."

"We were in the middle of making wedding plans, life plans," when he vanished, she said.

"Jamal is a valuable person, an exemplary thinker and a courageous man who has been fighting for his principles. I don't know how I can keep living if he was abducted or killed in Turkey."


          World's Most Powerful Passport Revealed As Countries' Global Rankings Shift      Cache   Translate Page      
Japan passport holders will find it easier than ever to travel the world, as their travel documents have just moved up in the global Henley Passport Index to take the top spot.

The Henley Passport Index is a ranking of all of the passports in the world based on the number of countries their holders can travel to visa-free.

Until now Japan had been sharing joint first place with Singapore, which gained visa-free access to Uzbekistan earlier this year bringing its total to 189 countries.

However, earlier this month Japan gained visa-free access to Myanmar bringing its total to 190 - once again taking it to the top spot.


It's still a milestone for both Japan and Singapore, as 2018 is the first year in the index's 13-year history that either of them has had the most powerful passport in the world.
Both are way ahead of the UK and US which share fifth place with Portugal, the Netherlands, Austria and Luxembourg - but it's worth noting that the top four spots are shared by 10 countries.

Experts had previously revealed that the UK ranking is unlikely to increase until there is certainty regarding Brexit.
Full Henley Passport Index 2018

    Japan (190 countries)
    Singapore (189 countries)
    Germany, France, South Korea (188 countries)
    Denmark, Finland, Italy, Sweden, Spain (187 countries)
    Norway, UK, Austria, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, USA (186 countries)
    Belgium, Switzerland, Ireland, Canada (185 countries)
    Australia, Greece, Malta (183 countries)
    New Zealand, Czech Republic (182 countries)
    Iceland (181 countries)
    Hungary, Slovenia, Malyasia (180 countries)
    Slovakia, Latvia, Lithuania (179 countries)
    Liechtenstein, Estonia (178 countries)
    Poland (175 countries)
    Monaco, Chile (174 countries)
    Cyprus (173 countries)
    Brazil (171 countries)
    Argentina, Hong Kong (170 countries)
    Croatia, Bulgaria, Romania (169 countries)
    Andorra, San Marino (168 countries)
    Brunei (165 countries)
    Israel, Barbados, UAE (161 countries)
    Mexico (158 countries)
    Bahamas (155 countries)
    Uruguay (154 countries)
    Seychelles (152 countries)
    St Kitts & Nevis (151 countries)
    Antigua (150 countries)
    Costa Rica (149 countries)
    Vatican City, Taiwan (148 countries)
    Trinidad and Tobago (147 countries)
    Mauritius, St Lucia (146 countries)
    St Vincent and the Grenadines (145 countries)
    Macao, Grenada (144 countries)
    Paraguay (143 countries)
    Panama (141 countries)
    Venezulea, Honduras (138 countries)
    Dominica, Guatemala, El Savador (137 countries)
    Peru (135 countries)
    Serbia, Solomon Islands (130 countries)
    Samoa, Vanuatu (129 countries)
    Nicaragua, Ukraine (128 countries)
    Colombia, Tuvalu (127 countries)
    Macedonia (125 countries)
    Marshall Islands, Tonga (124 countries)
    Kiribati, Montenegro (123 countries)
    Micronesia, Moldova (122 countries)
    Russia, Palau Islands (119 countries)
    Bosnia and Herzegovina (118 countries)
    Albania (114 countries)
    Georgia (112 countries)
    Turkey (111 countries)
    South Africa (102 countries)
    Belize (101 countries)
    Timor-Leste (98 countries)
    Ecuador, Kuwait (93 countries)
    Fiji (90 countries)
    Guyana (88 countries)
    Maldives (87 countries)
    Nauru (86 countries)
    Qatar (85 countries)
    Jamaica (84 countries)
    Papua New Guinea (83 countries)
    Botswana (82 countries)
    Bahrain (81 countries)
    Suriname (80 countries)
    Bolivia (79 countries)
    Oman (78 countries)
    Belarus, Thailand (77 countries)
    Namibia, Kazakhstan (76 countries)
    Saudi Arabia (75 countries)
    Lesotho, China (74 countries)
    Indonesia (73 countries)
    Swaziland, Kenya, Malawi (71 countries)
    Gambia, Tanzania, Zambia (68 countries)
    Tunisia, Azerbaijan, Philippines, Dominican Republic (66 countries)
    Cape Verde, Cuba (65 countries)
    Uganda, Zimbabwe (64 countries)
    Ghana, Kyrgyzstan (63 countries)
    Sierra Leone (62 countries)
    Armenia, Benin, Morocco, Mongolia (61 countries)
    India (60 countries)
    Uzbekistan (59 countries)
    Sao Tome, Mauritania, Mozambique, Tajikistan (58 countries)
    Burkina Faso (57 countries)
    Senegal, Cote d'Ivoire, Guinea (56 countries)
    Mali, Gabon, Bhutan (55 countries)
    Togo, Niger, Cambodia, Rwanda (54 countries)
    Chad, Madagascar, Guinea-Bissau, Turkmenistan (53 countries)
    Comores Islands, Equatorial Guinea, Haiti, Laos (52 countries)
    Vietnam (51 countries)
    Algeria, Jordan (50 countries)
    Central African Republic, Angola, Egypt (49 countries)
    Cameroon, Myanmar (48 countries)
    Liberia, Nigeria, Congo (Republic) (47 countries)
    Burundi (46 countries)
    Djibouti (45 countries)
    Kosovo (44 countries)
    Congo (Democratic Republic), Iran (43 countries)
    Sri Lanka, Ethiopia, North Korea (42 countries)
    South Sudan, Bangladesh, Lebanon, Libya (41 countries)
    Nepal (40 countries)
    Sudan, Eritrea, Palestinian Territory (39 countries)
    Yemen (37 countries)
    Pakistan (33 countries)
    Somalia, Syria (32 countries)
    Iraq, Afghanistan (30 countries)



          10/10/2018: NEWS: What happened to Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi?      Cache   Translate Page      

Early last Tuesday afternoon, the tall, bespectacled Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi walked into a consulate of his native country in Turkey. His reason for entering the office, tucked into a backstreet of Istanbul’s business district, was his desire...
          The Only Way to Fight Fascism Is United in a Front (Interview with Onur Hamzaoglu)      Cache   Translate Page      
As Turkey entered the new presidential system in the June 2018 elections, with sweeping new powers granted to its re-elected President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the repression of the opposition continued, now without the pretext of the State of Emergency that officially ended on July 18 this year. Shortly after that, I interviewed one of the vocal critics of Erdogan’s regime, Onur Hamzaoglu, co-spokesperson of the People’s Democratic Congress (HDK) and an internationally known academic. Hamzaoglu was released from five months of pre-trial detention at a court hearing in Ankara on July 19, 2018. He had been arrested in February, 2018, for signing a press-release statement condemning the Operation Olive Branch carried out by the Turkish government … Continue reading
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null If you are looking for a private life, this stone built detached villa ticks all the boxes and is tucked away in the peaceful area of Karakaya Village close to Gumusluk, a village with a history stretching back almost 800 years for an authentic look at Turkish living.Completed in 2016 and kept in pristine condition ever since, this magnificent detached stone built villa is located in the peaceful area of Karakaya Village and is a hidden gem within the Bodrum peninsula for those seeking the utmost in private living in Turkey – this is a must see listing.Ground floorThe villa opens into a

          Spacious semi-detached villa for sale in Akarca Fethiye      Cache   Translate Page      
Modern family villa for sale in Akarca Fethiye Listed for sale at an excellent bargain price, this semi-detached villa is located in the peaceful residential area of Akarca in Fethiye and is just a short walk away from the promenade and new park area – suitable for those living year round in Turkey or looking to raise children in a sought after spot.Forming part of a small boutique project consisting of just four semi-detached homes, there are three currently remaining for sale at great prices assuring they won’t be available for long – please call or contact us today to arrange your visit with Property Turkey at the earl

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          How Many Hurricanes Can by Sustained by Florida's Nuclear Reactors?       Cache   Translate Page      

Hurricane Michael is bearing down on Florida. There is no news about the impacts on specific nuclear plants, such as Turkey Point. Here are the results of a google search:

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          Being Killed for Their Work a Growing Risk for Journalists      Cache   Translate Page      
Journalists are familiar with the risks of reporting from war-torn lands, but the recent death or disappearance of three people in Turkey, Bulgaria and Mexico illustrates the growing dangers to…

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          Vodafone Turkey sponsors 40th edition of Vodafone Istanbul Marathon      Cache   Translate Page      
(Telecompaper) Vodafone Turkey is sponsoring the 40th edition of the Vodafone Istanbul Marathon...
          Facebook releases Messenger Lite for iOS in Turkey      Cache   Translate Page      
Facebook's Messenger Lite has been available for the last couple of years, but only for Android. Until now, that is. TechCrunch reports that the company has now launched a version for iOS, but it's unlikely you'll be able to try it out just yet, sinc...
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          Denim Market Forecasted to Cross $79,211 Million by 2023: P&S Intelligence      Cache   Translate Page      
Denim Market by Product (Jeans, Jackets & Shirts, Dresses), by Segment (Mass Market, Standard, Premium), by Consumer Type (Men, Women, Children), by Distribution Channel (Specialty Stores, Department Stores, Hypermarkets & Supermarkets, Online, Exclusive Stores), by Geography (U.S., Canada, Germany, France, U.K., Italy, Spain, Netherlands, Russia, Belgium, China, Japan, India, Philippines, South Korea, Australia, Pakistan, New Zealand, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, Brazil, Mexico, Turkey, U.A.E., Saudi Arabia, South Africa) – Global Market Size, Share, Development, Growth and Demand Forecast, 2013 – 2023 NEW YORK, Oct. 10, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — According to the market research report published by P&S Intelligence, global Denim market is […]
          US seeks answers about missing writer from Saudi ally      Cache   Translate Page      

WASHINGTON – Turkish claims that a well-known Saudi writer and government critic was slain inside his country’s diplomatic mission in Turkey have put the Trump administration in a delicate spot. Members of Congress have grown increasingly insistent in recent days that the administration get to the bottom of the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi, a writer […]

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          Saudi journalist's disappearance signals shake-up in the global balance of power      Cache   Translate Page      
Common denominator among vanishing of Jamal Khashoggi, assassination attempt in Britain of former spy and kidnapping of opposition figures in Turkey is the vacuum left by Trump, who has allowed autocrats to do what they wish
          ‘They’ve got some explaining to do’: The case of a missing Washington Post columnist raises more questions after reports suggests he was murdered by Saudi agents      Cache   Translate Page      
Jamal Khashoggi is featured on a poster during a protest organized by members of the Turkish-Arabic Media Association at the entrance to Saudi Arabia's consulate on October 8, 2018 in Istanbul, Turkey.US intelligence officials reportedly intercepted communications that the Saudis discussed a plan to lure and capture Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi.
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ISTANBUL (AP) " A newspaper close to the Turkish president published photos Wednesday of what it said was a 15-member "assassination squad" allegedly sent to target Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who went missing after entering the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul last week.Turkish officials suspect Khashoggi was killed at the Saudi consulate, allegations rejected by Saudi Arabia, which says he left the premises. Turkey has been given permission to search the diplomatic post, an [...]
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Security footage removed and Turkish staff told to go home on day missing journalist visits Security camera footage was removed from the Saudi consulate in Istanbul and Turkish staff were abruptly told to take a holiday on the day the dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi disappeared while inside the building, Turkish authorities have claimed. A week …

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Turkey's Interior Ministry says a boat carrying migrants has capsized off Turkey's Aegean coast, killing at least four people. Up to 30 others are believed to be missing. The ministry … Click to Continue »
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Facebook quietly begins testing Messenger Lite for iOS, which is only 10MB, starting in Turkey  —  A few days ago, Facebook quietly introduced a “Lite” version of its Facebook app for iOS devices, but only in a single market, Turkey.  The app had been previously available only on Android.


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          Deja Vu: The Gas Conflict Around Cyprus Is Getting Worse      Cache   Translate Page      

Via GEFIRA,

In early October, the Cypriot government invited tenders for gas extraction in Block 7. Ankara believes that this step impairs the interests of both Turkey and the Turkish Cypriots and announced that remedial measures will be taken, which might entail an escalation of tensions in this region of the Mediterranean.

Turkey neither recognizes Cyprus’s maritime borders nor the agreements its exclusive economic zones. Nicosia manages the gas exploration in the waters it considers its own. This leads to a conflict about which the Gefira Team is reporting on a regular basis. In February we described the complex situation in connection with the gas blocks around Cyprus.

Then the Turkish navy stopped the exploration ship of Italian Eni from entering Cyprus’ territorial waters by threatening to sink it. In response, Rome sent its own ships to the region.

So far, the dispute concerned the southern and eastern basin around Cyprus. Last week Nicosia invited tenders for gas exploration in Block 7, which could be another casus belli, because Blocks 1, 4, 5, 6 and 7 are crossed by the Turkish-Egyptian border, recognized by Turkey. Cyprus, however, in 2003 concluded an agreement with Egypt regarding the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), which Ankara does not honour.

The Turkish government is of the opinion that both the Turkish authorities and North Nicosia (the capital of Northern Cyprus) have the right to decide on the exploitation of these sectors.

Turkey’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement, in which it says that:

  1. mining in Block 7 cannot take place without Turkey’s consent due to the sea border passing there;

  2. Cypriot Turks are co-owners of the island and hence of its natural resources at the bottom of territorial waters;

  3. unilateral invitation of tenders by Nicosia violates the interests of Northern Cyprus and Turkey;

  4. Ankara will take steps to protect its rights and those of Turkish Cypriots, including the blocking of the third party’s exploration

We expect that if the Turkish Navy again blocks the exploration vessel of the Italian Eni, or the French TOTAL, or the American Exxon-Mobil (these companies were invited to take part in the tender), the reaction of the governments of the respective countries will be stronger than it was in February.


          10/10/2018: WORLD: SAUDIS AGREE TO SEARCH OF CONSULATE FOR MISSING JOURNALIST      Cache   Translate Page      

ISTANBUL Turkey said Tuesday it will search Saudi Arabia’s consulate in Istanbul as it investigates why journalist Jamal Khashoggi vanished there a week ago, an extraordinary probe of a diplomatic post amid Turkish officials’ fears the writer had been...
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In the present study, morphological, micromorphological, palynological and anatomical characteristics of the genera Opopanax and Crenosciadium are reviewed and compared. The genus Opopanax is distributed in southern Europe, the Mediterranean region and Western Asia, and it is represented by three species in Turkey. Crenosciadium is a poorly known monotypic genus from Turkey, recently treated as synonym in Opopanax. Expanded descriptions, phenology, geographic distributions, and images of habitus of Opopanax and Crenosciadium are given. The differences between the two genera are discussed. The pollen morphology of Opopanax and Crenosciadium is studied by SEM and LM. The palynological results confirmed the stenopalynous characteristic of the family Apiaceae, and revealed that the pollen grains of both genera are perprolate in shape. Also fruit surface ornamentation of both genera is typically striate, and epidermal cells are polygonal or elongated in one direction. Cross-sections of mature fruits are examined and a detailed anatomical description is presented. Mericarp shape and width are very useful characters for discrimination between Opopanax and Crenosciadium; mericarp ribs are also very significant characteristics to discriminate both genera. Our findings, together with previous molecular data, clearly indicate that Crenosciadium differs considerably from Opopanax, and therefore it should be accepted at genus rank.


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Families of Ukrainian political prisoners in Russian jails are fighting for their release – and this struggle is changing them. RU

Rally in support of Oleg Sentsov and other Ukrainian political prisoners in Russia. Berlin, Potsdamer Platz, June 2018. Photo from the editorial archive.Lyudmila Sentsova and Larisa Kolchenko hug one another silently, both with tears in their eyes. This is their first meeting in the four years since their sons, Oleg and Alexander, were arrested in 2014. Lyudmila is askin g Larisa to tell her son to call off the hunger strike he began on 14 May, while her own son is three weeks into a hunger strike himself. Then the mothers call on Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko to do all that he can to have Alexander and Oleg released from Russian prison.

Film director Oleg Sentsov and anti-fascist activist Alexander Kolchenko were arrested in May 2014 in Russian-annexed Crimea, and were charged with planning a terrorist act. In August 2015, a court in Rostov-on-Don sentenced Sentsov to 20 years in prison, 10 for Kolchenko. On hearing their sentences, they sang the Ukrainian national anthem in the courtroom.

Larisa Kolchenko was in the courtroom that day in Rostov. The four years since have turned her into another woman. Before, she was a quiet person who avoided contact with the press, but observed the court proceedings silently and attentively, trying to work out what she could do and how she could help her son. Now she openly campaigns for the release of not just her Sasha, but other political prisoners as well.

“I need to stay strong. I keep going, of course,” Larisa tells me when we meet in Kyiv. She is here for a meeting with the presidential administration, organised by families of Ukrainian political prisoners.

“I never thought I would meet the president, but it happened today,” she says, tired out from the meeting and the press conference afterwards. Only the day before, she learned that Alexander had called his hunger strike off, for health reasons.

“It was a real ordeal for both him and for me as his mother,” she says. “I was really worried. When I heard about it through the media, I went into shock.” Larisa was under a lot of pressure from the public prison watchdog in Chelyabinsk, where Alexander is serving his sentence. They kept phoning and trying to get her to force Sasha to stop.

“It’s Sasha’s own decision, all I can do is support him in it,” Larisa tells me categorically on the phone. But she cheers up when she hears later that he has called his hunger strike off.

After her trip to Kyiv, Larissa is traveling to Crimea to get ready for her visit to her son in prison in Chelyabinsk, almost 3,000km away.

“Three days is usual for a long visit,” she tells me about her rare visits to her son. “We’ll be together all that time. There’s hotel-style accommodation for visitors, with a kitchen for every ten rooms, a communal bathroom and separate bedrooms. When I come to visit, I bring food for three days and try to cook something tasty for him.” She hasn’t seen him for eight months, and her next scheduled visit has been postponed because of the hunger strike.

“Sometimes you just lose hope, but then you start to calm yourself down and find some hope for the future”

When I ask what has happened to her in the last four years, she says cautiously: “Life has brought me various experiences. It’s really hard when your family is so far away, you don’t know what’s going on there and his sentence is so long. Sometimes you just lose hope, but then you start to calm yourself down and find some hope for the future.”

After Larisa’s son was arrested, many of her relations dropped all contact with her. And at work, “they just put up with me”.

“They understand what I’m going through as a mother, but they don’t support me. I’ve worked in the same place for a long time; they know me and they know Sasha,” she says. “They may not share my opinions, but they know that something awful has happened to me. I’m so sad that Sasha is spending his youth there. I’d obviously like him to finish his studies, to have a different kind of life. But…I’m still hoping for the best. Things have to change. Not yet – but soon.”

On Oleg Sentsov’s birthday, Larisa holds a picket in Crimea. She stands, dressed in a traditional embroidered shirt, beside the bust of Ukraine’s national poet Taras Shevchenko in Simferopol (where pro-Ukraine rallies took place during the annexation) and unfurls a banner in Ukrainian, addressed to Oleg and her Sasha, with the words: “Happy birthday! It’s time to come home.”

“It all seemed like a terrible dream”

“It all began with young Ukrainians in Crimea becoming politically active – going to protest rallies, supporting Ukrainian soldiers who were locked up in military bases. They fed them, collected money to buy uniforms and other necessities,” Olga Afanasyeva tells me, remembering the events that turned her son Gennady’s life, and her own, upside down. “I was worried, of course, tried, as his mother, to stop him, although I was proud of him at the same time.” Olga was then a successful businesswoman, the owner of a travel agency living in Crimea’s capital Simferopol. She learned of her son’s arrest on the evening of 9 May 2014.

“I had a phone call from the FSB, telling me he had been arrested. I was in such a state of shock – you don’t know where to run, who to phone, who to turn to – there had just been a change of government, after all.”

At that point, Olga was alone in a completely new situation. Her son, along with Alexey Chirny, Oleg Sentsov and Alexander Kolchenko had been accused of membership of a terrorist guerrilla group that was supposedly planning terrorist acts in Crimea. Afanasyev and Chirny were beaten into making statements that formed the basis for the charges against Sentsov and Kolchenko. In return, they were given “mild” sentences of seven years.

Later, Gennady Afanasyev showed his courage by reneging on his statements and telling the court that they had been made under torture. He also described the torture. It didn’t help Oleg or Sasha, though – their sentences weren’t reduced.

In June 2016, Gennady Afanasyev was able to return to Ukraine, thanks to an amnesty from Vladimir Putin, also received by another political prisoner, Yuri Soloshenko. Two others, journalists Elena Glischinskaya and Vitaly Didenko, who had been charged with separatism and treason in Ukraine, were released the same day and deported to Russia.

Yuri Soloshenko. Source: YouTube.“It all seemed like a terrible dream. I couldn’t imagine that a 23-year-old lad would be behind bars for such a length of time for no reason,” Olga says.

She remembers sending Gena his first parcel, when he was still in pre-trial detention in Simferopol. She remembers how the lawyer appointed by the court tried to get a bribe out of her. She remembers her FSB interrogation and the search at her flat in her absence. Then Lefortovo prison and the trial.

Olga also remembers her son’s letters: “Don’t worry, Mum, I didn’t do anything, you don’t have to be ashamed of me – things happen. I didn’t kill anybody.” She says that the letters are a big help in keeping her strong.

“We were all – Gena and the other lads –we were all completely alone. There wasn’t a single reporter at Gena’s trial, nobody who could give me any support,” Olga reminisces about that terrible time. “There was Gena sitting in a cage, with dogs outside it and people armed to the teeth, and three judges and me.”

The day that Gena withdrew his statements was like “a second Victory Day” from Olga: “I was in shock all over again: I didn’t know where to turn, what to do, who to phone. I had no connections, after all. But I had to get my act together, to go on with my life. And my next task was to ensure that the name ‘Afanasyev’ became known. I realised that was the only way I could get him back.” So Olga made a plan: she would come to Kyiv every six weeks, hit the airwaves, do the rounds of every Ukrainian ministry and write to the ombudspersons of both Ukraine and Russia. Human rights activists started helping her and she got to know other political prisoners’ mothers.

“There was Gena sitting in a cage, with dogs outside it and people armed to the teeth, and three judges and me”

Then she had the idea of organising an exhibition of Gena’s work in Kyiv: he was a keen photographer. Holding back her tears, Olga would talk to everyone who visited the exhibition about her son and what had happened to him.

She lived like this for over two years. Talking about Gena’s release, she says, “I had a lot of luck” but also talks about “teamwork”.

“At that time Syktyvkar, in the Komi Republic, had very good human rights activists who were really engaged with establishing truth and justice. They went to the prison colony and worked on its director.

“And here the teamwork paid off: Ukraine provided informational support to Gena and we had a brilliant lawyer, Alexander Popov. The human rights campaigner Ernest Mezak also worked on the case, and still represents our interests at the European Court of Human Rights.”

After Gena was released, he and Olga began a new life, in Kyiv. They couldn’t return to Simferopol, where Olga was under open surveillance by the FSB.

“We had nowhere to go. We hadn’t a fork or spoon to our name. You realise that as a mature woman with a sick kid on your hands you have to heal him, organise his life, get yourself organised and get used to a new life, a new reality. But we were in such a state of euphoria, a high, that this was pure happiness after what we’d been through.”

“You realise that as a mature woman with a sick kid on your hands you have to heal him, organise his life, get yourself organised and get used to a new life, a new reality”

Olga is still engaged with issues around political prisoners. She supports other families in the same situation as she was in and goes to rallies in the defence of Ukrainians who are in Russian prisons for political reasons.

“I learned how to hand over parcels, how to behave, how to write appeals and letters and where to send them,” she says. “That’s how I help. I talk to someone’s mother or family member every day, and they cry. It’s not easy. I have been in their situation and know how hard it is.”

Olga is thinking about leading a “peaceful life”: she feels she’s starting to burn out and realises she can’t go on as before.

“Gena and I have been discussing this. It’s impossible to forget. It’s like a stamp, a brand on your whole life,” says Olga, who is still supporting her son though his difficult process of rehabilitation.

“Her son is here, mine is there”

A trial of two other Ukrainians, Stanislav Klykh and Mykola Karpyuk, took place in Chechnya in March 2016. According to the the Russian police, the two were members of the ultra-nationalist UNA-UNCO (Ukrainian People’s Assembly – Ukrainian National Solidarity Organisation) and fought against Russian forces in 1994-1995.

Both men were tortured to make confessions and Stanislav’s health was affected. This was very obvious at the trial – his speech was often disconnected. His mother, Tamara sat through the whole thing at the age of 70.

“No, it wasn’t a difficult decision to go to Chechnya. I love him so much, it was as simple as that,” she says. She spent 10 days in Grozny at the time.

“I turned up at the office of the guy in charge of the pre-trial detention centre; there are portraits of the Kadyrovs, father and son, on the wall, with one of Putin below. I naively asked him why they were hung like that: ‘Putin’s the main man, why is he underneath?’ ‘Is there anything else you’d like to know?’ he asked in reply. That was it, I shut up. I thought I was among friends, but I wasn’t,” Tamara recalls.

Larisa Kolchenko speaks out in defense of her son and other Ukrainian political prisoners in Russia. Photo courtesy of the author.In July 2017, Tamara Klykh met the mother of Russian soldier Viktor Ageyev, who was detained by Ukrainian forces in a Kyiv-controlled sector. A Ukrainian district court found him guilty of involvement in a terrorist organisation and illegal militant group and possession of firearms. The expectation was that after sentencing, Ageyev would be exchanged for a Ukrainian political prisoner.

The two mothers, Klykh and Ageyeva, produced a joint video appeal to Poroshenko and Putin, asking them to return their children, pardon them and put a stop to the war.

“I brought a box of ‘Evening in Kyiv’ chocolates with me, and we immediately hugged one another,” says Tamara. “Her son was here, mine was there. We chatted, got on well together.” But the emotional appeal they made together didn’t please everyone and they attracted some criticism.

“I asked, and I’ll ask again if I need to. I’ll ask for my son’s release ten times,” insists Tamara. “I wept buckets when they read me some of the responses. I thought that it would make things worse for Stas, that people didn’t all take what I was saying in the same way that I did. And the way any mother would. Dear god, what pain! But how would the people who were criticising me have behaved in my place?”

Tamara and her son were very close, she tells me. So the worst time for her was when she couldn’t find him for ten months after he was arrested in Oryol in August 2014.

“I didn’t know whether he was alive or not. We knew that they were being transported to Yessentuki, in Stavropol Krai, but that was it.” Tamara phoned the Ukrainian Consulate in Rostov-on-Don every day, to find out at least some news about Stas. In those days there were no human rights NGOs to help, and Tamara was taken in several times by conmen promising to bring her son home.

“I walked everywhere, looking for him. And I was on TV everywhere”, she says. “And I still wore high heels, at 70! I couldn’t imagine myself without my heels. I was such a trendy girl, as my husband says.”

“I asked, and I’ll ask again if I need to. I’ll ask for my son’s release ten times”

“But I can’t do it now. My feet get so sore!” Tamara complains. She also has headaches and heart pain. The doctors can’t help, they say it’s all nerves.

Tamara was still working a few years ago, when she was 72 – she was works manager at a children’s hospital in Kyiv. She tells me that she was highly regarded and serious about her work. After Stas was arrested, work had to take second place, but the hospital didn’t make her retire.

“The medical director pleaded with me to go on working. She didn’t want to let me go, but I didn’t feel right, just turning up. I came to work in pain and left work in pain,” says Tamara, gratitude in her voice. The hospital staff have supported her throughout, keeping her spirits up and collecting money for her when she needed it.

“If only I was ten years younger. I was always young for my age, but these last four years have aged me a lot. And used to feel very good about myself, I looked good. But the years have passed. I want to see Stas released before I die, who else will help him?” she says, barely holding back the tears. Her health is not so good now, so she increasingly tends to talk to journalists over the phone rather than going to protests and meetings.

A matter of life and death

Only nine Ukrainian political prisoners have been released since the start of the Donbas conflict. There are 71 still behind bars. They are Gennady Afanasyev and Yuri Soloshenko, as well as Nadiya Savchenko (she was exchanged for two Russian military intelligence officers, Alexander Alexandrov and Evgeny Erofeyev, captured in Donbas). Akhtem Chiigoz and Ilmi Umerov, members of the Crimean Tatar Mejlis (national assembly) were freed thanks to intervention from Turkey, while Yuri Ilchenko managed to escape from house arrest in Crimea. Yuri Yatsenko and Alexander Kostenko returned to Ukraine when they finished their sentence and Khaiser Dzhemilev, the younger son of the Crimean Tatar leader Mustafa Dzhemilev, has also been freed.

The families of the political prisoners are doing all they can to affect the situation using all the legal tools at their disposal, and they are also creating new ones. They have set up their own organisation, and also succeeded in creating a Presidential council which will address issues around the release of political prisoners in Russian jails. They have in addition been working with human rights campaigners to produce a new draft law on political prisoners and will be pursuing it through parliament. And Igor Grib, the father of Pavlo Grib, who is being tried in Rostov-on-Don on a charge of planning a terrorist act in Sochi, has applied for and been appointed head of the department dealing with issues around prisoners at Ukraine’s Ministry for Temporary Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons.

In August, Ukraine brought an action before the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) over the infringement of the rights of Ukrainian political prisoners, listing 71 cases and the names of the Russian officials dealing with them. The Ukrainian Ministry of Justice believes this will help convince its international partners to use additional personal sanctions against the Russian government.