Posts Tagged ‘Su-24’

  1. “Exposed to all kinds of humiliation and disrespect”

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    December 12, 2015 by AK

    Russia can’t always be at war with Turkey: at some point, it will have to patch up the relationship. One would think that the Turkish intelligentsia and students should be natural allies for any force opposed to Erdogan’s neo-Islamism and obscurantism. But Moscow has no qualms abusing and alienating members of those groups. This is …
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  2. ISIS smuggling routes and Russian airstrikes

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    December 7, 2015 by AK

    The Financial Times ran this primer to ISIS’ oil business almost two months ago. Four out of the five smuggling routes taking ISIS crude from Syria into Turkey entered the Hatay province, crossing its eastern or south-eastern border. In October-November 2015, Pieter van Ostaeyen’s maps designated the area adjacent to that section of the Turkish border …
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  3. “Reports of harassment and fear”

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    December 2, 2015 by AK

    Predictably, Russian authorities are working hard to make life intolerable for Turkish citizens living in Russia: …there were reports of harassment and fear in the Turkish student community. In the city of Saratov, police arrived at a student dormitory on Saturday and searched the rooms of about 20 students with sniffer dogs, selecting them specifically by …
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  4. Playing with fire in Hatay

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    December 2, 2015 by AK

    The more I read about the history of Hatay, Turkey’s appendage-like province disputed by Syria, the more I am convinced that its status remains a sore point for Ankara. Also, Turkey’s military is in solidarity with Erdogan on the need to hold on to what they see as Turkish ethnic territory, which may extend beyond the …
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  5. The Turkoman People’s Republic

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    November 28, 2015 by AK

    The Russian speakers of Eastern Ukraine were not at risk of being killed by Ukrainian forces until Russia’s allies or puppets began the war in Donbass. The Turkomans of Syria have been at risk since the start of the civil war in Syria, that is at least from 2011. It’s understandable that Turkey – especially …
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  6. Any good to come out of this?

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    November 27, 2015 by AK

    The Russian government seems to be overreacting to the Su–24 crisis, threatening wide-scale economic sanctions against Turkey that are certain to hurt Russian consumers. (Bombing Voronezh in response, again.) Is this Putin taking personal offense – an ego contest between the two authoritarians, Putin and Erdogan? Putin has complained that Ankara did not contact him first …
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  7. Cheating by default

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    November 25, 2015 by AK

    This detailed map by the BBC tells the story. When I first saw a map of the area, at The Guardian, I could almost hear the pilot saying: “I’m not going to change course – it’s only five kilometers, man – avos’ pronesyot.” Doing the Russian thing, taking shortcuts. The BBC’s map is more detailed …
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