Venezuela Gets Security Council Seat; Turkey Fails

After two rounds of voting at the General Assembly, the five new rotating members will be Angola, Malaysia, New Zealand, Spain and Venezuela.
New Zealand and Spain win the seats in the ‘Western Europe and Others’ group for which Turkey also bid
As a part of group of journalists and academics, I have spent the past week in Germany as a guest of the Friedrich Naumann Stiftung, which has close ties to the Free Democrat Party.

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The new U.S. Ambassador to Turkey, John Bass, will arrive in Ankara on Oct. 18, the embassy has announced.
A US official held direct talks for the first time last weekend with a Syrian Kurdish group involved in the fight against ISIL

Kurds Stuck Between Foes Once Again

As was the case during the Iran-Iraq war in the 1970s, Kurds along the Turkish border with Syria face a murderous threat.
theguardian.com – Mutlu Civiroglu – Oct 14, 12:00 AM – Any second now, it seems as if Syria’s Kurdish border city of Kobani will fall. Amazingly, Kurds have been holding their ground, and western air strikes have yielded “positive results”, according to the region’s top leader, who says

Turkey is never going to rescue the Syrian crisis

London Evening Standard (UK) Monday, October 13, 2014, p. 14 Norman Stone * The US will now be allowed to use Turkish bases against IS. But Ankara’s choice is between war or revolt at home. In the ordinary course of events, the Turks would have had some good centennials ahead. In 1915 they defeated the

No civilians remain in Kobane, Turkish deputy PM says

The nearly 1,000 people in Kobane are fighting in clashes with ISIL jihadists, but no civilians are left in the town, Deputy PM has said
The Dutch public prosecutor said on Oct. 14 that motorbike gang members who have reportedly joined Kurds battling ISIL are not necessarily committing any crime.
Critics claim now government measures to clamp down on riots presage a return to martial law, but the government has defended its planned reforms
Doğan News Agency reports that the Syrian Kurdish city attacked by ISIL militants for a month has become a ghost town, as Kurdish officials call for an international monitoring team to protect the remaining civilians

Watch Out ISIS, Dutch Biker Gangs Are Coming For You

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