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gilad, horrible but right

Understanding Brits – A Post-Political Analysis
Gilad Atzmon, May 19 2017

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The current election has made understanding Brits pretty easy. Yesterday The Daily Telegraph published some statistics that suggest that Brits are just ordinary people, not much different from the Pindostanis or the French: they are born communists, but die hard-core conservatives. The above data suggest that British youngsters overwhelmingly supportCorbyn’s dream. But this changes once they hit political puberty which is apparently around the age of 25. Adults seem to run away from Labour and Corbyn. Why are the Tories leading with each age group over 25? While youngsters are happy to share other people’s possessions, grown-ups are reluctant to share the little they have. People become more greedy and possessive of what they have managed to accumulate, however small, as they get older. This tendency is not a British symptom, it is actually embedded in the human condition. There is also another reason behind Corbyn unpopularity amongst grown-ups. Adults understand that politicians’ promises mean little and they are always attached to a tax bill. Corbyn has been astonishingly successful in energizing young support.  Theresa May, on the other hand, understands that it is the home-owners, the workers and especially the elders that she has to communicate with. As a calculated populist, she promises to be tough on immigration and protect possessions. Seemingly, this is what most Brits care about. The outcome should be devastating for the British Left. In Britain, the Labour Party is primarily a juvenile adventure. The ‘party of the workers’ is led by a person who has not worked a single day in his life (I mean a proper job). People who do not work are often detached from the human experience.  Whether or not we like to admit it, Corbyn is paying for his detachment. Despite his genuine appealing message about a country that delivers “for the many, not the few”, he has somehow failed to buy the necessary trust to make his candidacy a meaningful political event. This is indeed painful to watch. As the statistics above show, the older Brits get, the less they trust Corbyn and the Labour party. Labour enthusiasts may tell us that youngsters and sensible people support Corbyn because they dream of a new future, a prospect of change. This is probably true. However, the elder Brits do not support Labour because they have a memory: they just do not trust ‘socialists.’

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If Labour once dominated the worker’s vote, this is clearly not the case anymore. As the above statistics reveal, even the workers do not trust ‘their’ party. In contrast, Theresa May has managed to buy herself the name of ‘Red Tory’ by saying she wants the Conservative party to be the “voice of ordinary working people once again.” The statistics above suggest that many members of the British working class seem to buy into May’s populism. Again, not surprising. The Pindosis and the French have fallen into the same trap. Why do the working people prefer to believe bankers, mammonites, and Tories rather than their ‘own’ union leaders? Probably because they are working people rather than Guardian readers. The working people are dependent upon production, trade and manufacturing. They know that it is the capitalists, the bankers and the mammonites and not the union leaders who put bread and butter on their tables.  This is why they vote for Trump, Macron and May. The tragedy is that Trump is not going to make Pindostan great again. Macron didn’t even intend to make France great, and May will forget she was once a ‘Red Tory’ by the early hours of Jun 9.

Age predictor-01

internalization of imperial norms

they’re lining up the pieces for ww3

Why else the conspicuous determination to ignore human rights, ignore the re-election in Iran of liberal Rouhani, ignore the entire P5+1 disarmament deal? – RB

To Trump, Human Rights Concerns Are Often a Barrier to Trade – NYT – 8 hours ago‎

Tillerson Says He’ll Talk to Iran’s Zarif ‘at the Right Time’ – Bloomberg

Is Trump holding a Russian card in the Middle East? – Al-Monitor

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Decisively re-elected, Rouhani defies hardliners, pledges to open Iran – Reuters 17 hours ago‎

Rouhani Wins Re-election in Iran by a Wide Margin – NYT

Iran election: Hassan Rouhani wins second term as president

Wikipedia: Iranian presidential election, 2017

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hip priest – the gospel

Hip Priest
– The Fall


He’s not appreciated.
He’s not appreciated.
He’s not appreciated.

Drink the long draught, Dan,
for the Hip Priest.

I said drink the long draught, Dan,
for the Hip Priest!

He’s not appreciated
He’s not appreciated

White collar hits motorway services
It’s the Hip Priest
From the eyes he can see, they know
It’s the Hip Priest

He’s not appreciated.
It’s purple psychology.
Not just an old lady’s.

That’s hip hip hip hip hit hit hit Hip Priest
That’s hip hip hip hip hit hit hit Hip Priest
And he’s gonna make an appearance.
He’s gonna make an appearance.

Was shown in a freakshow early on.
And drunk from small brown bottles since I was so long.

‘Cause I’m a Hip Priest
‘Cause I’m a Hip Priest
People only need me when they’re down and gone to seed.
‘Cause I’m a Hip Priest.
‘Cause I’m a Hip Priest.

It’s appreciation half won.
And they hate their allegiance to hip preacher one.
Hip Priest

I got my last clean dirty shirt outta the wardrobe
I got my last clean dirty shirt outta the wardrobe
And all the good people know

That’s hip hip hip hip hit hit hit Hip Priest
All the young groups know
All the young groups know
They can’t ever take advantage because I’m a Hip Priest.
I was as clean as a packet of chocolate chips.

That’s hip hip hip hip hit hit hit Hip Priest
And if the good people knew they would say
He’s not appreciated
He’s not appreciated

So drink the long draught, Dan,
For the Hip Priest

Written by Craig Scanlon, Marc Riley, Mark Edward Smith, Paul Anthony Hanley, Stephen Hanley

thousands of tons of rocket fuel a year, la

Pindostan Attacks Syrian Government Forces – Addendum
Moon of Alabama, May 19 2017

These maps are flowing around which assert that Iran is seeking a military land communication route via Iraq into Syria and beyond. They show some fantasy route up north through Iraqi and Syrian Kurdish territory as the “current route” and the roads between Damascus and Baghdad as “future route”. The claim is that military equipment moves along these roads. It is nonsense. Iran did not and does not need such land routes for military exchanges with its allies in Syria and Lebanon. Where was that Iranian land route in 2006 when Pindostan occupied Iraq while Israel attacked Lebanon? Where was that land route when Daeth occupied half of Iraq and Syria? There was no such route and Iranian support still reached Hizbullah in 2006 and later Syria. It came by air, by ship and, most important, by other means. By holding up such fantasy maps certain interests want to insinuate that the area is “strategically important” for Pindostan and that Pindostan must therefore occupy south-east Syria. It is true that the road network between Syria and Iraq has some economical importance. Like all roads these are used for local commerce. But history demonstrates that they are not militarily strategic asset in the sense of an essential, overarching need.

bollocks on the brain

Trump’s Alleged Russia Leak: Concocted Story as Part of Anti-President Plot
Editorial, Strategic Culture, May 17 2017

Here we have a scoop hitting the mainstream media headlines to eclipse China’s One Belt, One Road summit, the Macron’s inauguration, Syria, never ending North Korea’s missile launches and the Turkish President Erdogan’s visit to Washington. US President Donald Trump is at the centre of a storm. The saga of the alleged Russian connection to Trump’s campaign is once again dominating the news. This time, the hue and cry was raised over Trump allegedly revealing top secret ‘codeword’ (SAP) information to Lavrov & Kislyak in a White House meeting the day after Comey was fired. The report once again quickly drew sharp criticism of the president. Current and former Pindo boxtops say Trump jeopardized a critical source of intelligence on Daesh. It started with the WaPo reporting on May 15 that Trump revealed highly classified information about a Daesh plot to senior Russian officials during the Oval Office meeting on May 10. The president reportedly went off-script and began describing details about an IS threat related to the use of laptop computers on aircraft. The story went viral. It says the information was so sensitive that details have been withheld from allies and tightly restricted even within the government. It was provided by a US partner through an intelligence-sharing arrangement. The partner did not give permission to share the information not to jeopardize a valuable source. If committed, such an act could jeopardize a whole range of relationships. The story was immediately spread around with comments by other US media outlets. The NYT and BuzzFeed News published similar reports also citing unverifiable sources, unnamed current and former Pindo boxtops later in the day.

The news came as the Reps returned to session after a break. The Thugs were all at sea, asking for further details. Congressional Demagogs and some Thugs condemned the reported disclosures. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker called the reports «worrisome» and «troubling». He told reporters that the Trump White House «has got to do something soon to bring itself under control and order». Senator Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said that if the allegations are true, that would be a «slap in the face» to the intelligence community. The second most senior Democrat in the Senate, Dick Durbin, called the reported disclosures «dangerous» and «reckless». A number of ranking officials including McMaster, Tillerson and Dina Powell denied the reports and emphasized that Trump had not discussed specific intelligence sources and methods. Neither of the officials addressed directly the allegation that classified information was revealed, sparking suspicions that they were playing word games. In his public response on May 16, Trump insisted he had the right to share information with Russia related to terrorism and other issues. The president’s tweets notably lacked any mention of whether the information he shared was classified. Some consequences are easily predictable. The story will spur anti-Trump hysteria in media and Congress. For instance, CNN cited «a former senior intelligence official» saying:

Never before have I witnessed a senior government official so carelessly threaten an intelligence-sharing relationship.

Such media attacks will multiply. It’s already happening. The revelations could further damage Trump’s already fraught relationship with his intelligence agencies. A lot of people will take advantage of the situation to stymie the emerging normalization of the relationship between Pindostan and Russia. True or not, the following scandal is sure to shadow the president as he starts his first overseas voyage after the election. The trip includes Israel, Saudi Arabia, Vatican and meetings with Euro vassals at a NATO summit in Brussels, and the G7 meeting in Sicily. Some of the leaders Trump will meet come from countries that Pindostan has intelligence-sharing agreements with. Whatever happened in the Oval Office, the president has a right to declassify information, so no laws or rules were broken, even if the bombshell story dismissed by the Russian foreign ministry were true, but it looks like it was cooked up specifically for the occasion. No Pindo media outlet remembered the warning given by Maria Zakharova, who had foreseen the scenario. Prior to Lavrov’s visit, she warned the Pindosi media were preparing an attack against the president, writing on her Facebook page:

Guys, have you been reading Pindosi newspapers again? You shouldn’t read them! You can put them to various uses, but you shouldn’t read them! Lately it’s become not only harmful, but dangerous too!

On May 11, she warned that Pindo media were planning to publish a «scoop» on the Trump-Lavrov meeting. She hit the nail right on the head. Immediately after the event, brouhaha was stirred up over the presence of Russian photographers in the Oval Office during the Trump-Lavrov talks. So the «secrets divulged’ fake story is nothing but a well-planned attack launched by a large segment of Pindo media being used as a tool to stymie any efforts to normalize relations between Pindostan and Russia. Those who lost the presidential election just cannot reconcile themselves to defeat. This and other stories denigrating Russia and painting it as Pindostan’s foe are parts of a well-orchestrated hate campaign. The outlets don’t pretend to be independent anymore. They have become actors with roles to play, missions to accomplish and goals to be reached. None of the stories going viral has relation to the facts. They are nothing but unsupportable conspiracy theories based on innuendo. The attack is launched to substantiate the calls for appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate Trump’s ties with Russia and scuttle any improvement of the relationship. Then congressional committees and independent commissions and whatever else will all add to the efforts to hinder the process of normalization just started. As a result, the hopes for progress in arms control and non-proliferation will be dashed. There will be no joint fight against Daesh and no deal on Syria, no talks on the rising tensions in Europe, no cooperation on cyber-security, and a lot of other things where understandings with Moscow would meet Pindo interests. It’s just deja-vu all over again. It’s easy to find examples in Pindosi history. The anti-Russia hysteria as part of the anti-Trump campaign is a sure way back to the days of the Second Red Scare, the Hollywood Blacklist, HUAC and Hoover’s FBI. One thing leads to another. The result will be increased spying on Pindo creeple and repression of political dissent. To avoid such developments, everything the media say should be taken with a grain of salt, especially when unnamed sources are cited and stories without any proof or facts are published.

i know a little girl who thinks the jews still control the entire cosmos

World Leaders Gather in Beijing While Pindostan Sinks into Irrelevancy
Wayne Madsen, Strategic Culture, May 20 2017


While vaudevillian comedy-like shouting matches broke out in the West Wing of the White House between Donald Trump and his senior advisers and between the White House press secretary and various presidential aides, world leaders gathered in Beijing to discuss the creation of modern-day land and maritime «silk roads» to improve the economic conditions of nations around the world. Nothing more could have illustrated the massive divide between the concerns of many of the nations of the world and those of Pindostan, which is rapidly descending into second-rate power status, along with its NATO vassals Britain, France, and Germany. While Trump was threatening to fire his senior White House staff, reprising his one-time role in his reality television show «The Apprentice», China’s Pres Xi, Russian Pres Putin and presidents and prime ministers from around the world sat down to discuss the creation of new international and intercontinental highways, railways, and maritime routes under China’s proposed Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road. Even countries that are cool on the Chinese initiative, including India and Japan, sent representatives to the summit that carried a bit more clout than the pathetic representation of Pindostan, namely Matt Pottinger, a little-known special assistant to Trump and the senior director for East Asia on the NSC. In fact, the only reason Trump sent anyone to represent Pindostan at the Beijing gathering was because of a special request made by Xi during his recent meeting with Trump at the president’s private Mar-a-Lago Club resort in Palm Beach, Florida.

South Korea sent a delegation to Beijing after a phone call between SK’s new Pres Moon Jae-in and Xi. Moon responded to the phone call by sending a delegation to Beijing led by a veteran legislator. Even North Korea sent a delegation to the Beijing meeting headed by Kim Yong Jae, the North’s Minister of External Economic Relations. The Trump administration, which sent a virtual unknown to Beijing, complained loudly about NK’s representation at the Silk Road summit, but Washington’s complaint was conveyed by someone as unknown as Pottinger, namely Anna Richey-Allen, a low-level State Dept East Asia Bureau spox. The reason why Pindostan is being spoken for by middle-grade bureaucrats is that the nation that still believes it is the world’s only remaining «superpower» is now governed by an administration rife with top-level vacancies, inter-agency squabbling, and amateur league players. Even though major EU states were not represented in Beijing by their heads of government, Germany sent its Economy Minister, Brigitte Zypries. She warned that the EU would not sign a Silk Road agreement with China unless certain EU demands on free trade and labor conditions were guaranteed. Germany’s reticence did not seem to faze other EU nations, which were represented in Beijing by their heads of government and appeared to be more avid in their support of the Chinese initiative. These included Italian PM Gentiloni, Spanish PM Rajoy, Polish PM Szydlo, Greek PM Tsipras, Czech Pres Zeman, and Hungarian PM Orban. Had British PM May not been in the middle of a general election campaign, she would have been in Beijing. Nevertheless, she sent Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond in her place.

If the Trump administration hoped to convince world leaders to stay away from Beijing, it was sorely disappointed. UN Sec-Gen Guterres, was there, along with the President of the World Bank Jim Yong Kim and IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde. Also present in Beijing were the presidents of Turkey, Philippines, Argentina, Chile, Indonesia, Kyrgyzstan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Switzerland, Kenya, Uzbekistan, and Laos, as well as the prime ministers of Vietnam, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Serbia, Malaysia, Mongolia, Fiji, Ethiopia, Cambodia, and Myanmar. Ministerial delegations from Afghanistan, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Brazil, Egypt, Finland, Iran, Kuwait, Lebanon, Maldives, Romania, Nepal, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Tanzania, Thailand, Tunisia, Uganda, and the UAE were at the Beijing summit. Japan was represented by the senior adviser to PM Abe and Sec-Gen of the Liberal Democratic Party, Toshihiro Nikai. France, which was experiencing a change of presidents, sent former PM Raffarin. The Silk Road initiative has projects planned in all the nations whose governments were represented in Beijing except for USrael. In addition to the nations represented by their government heads of state and ministers, Silk Road agreements were signed between China and Palestine, Georgia, Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania, Tajikistan, Brunei, Croatia, and East Timor. The one clear message the Beijing meeting sent out to the world is that Pindostan’s «unipolar» vision of the world was dead and buried. Even among Faschingstein’s longtime friends and allies, one will not hear Donald Trump referred to as the «leader of the Free World.» That phrase has been discarded into the waste bin of history along with Pindostan’s insistence that it is the world’s only «superpower.» Pindostan is a second-rate power that happens to possess a first-rate nuclear arsenal, but nuclear weapons were not being discussed in Beijing. Major projects were on the agenda, projects that when completed will leave Pindostan at sea in the propeller wash.

Xi, in his keynote address to the conference, said that the «One Belt and One Road» initiative is «a project of the century» and that will benefit everybody across the world. And to put his money where his mouth is, Xi said China will contribute ¥80b as added financial impetus to create a global network of highway, railway, and maritime links in a recreation of the ancient Silk Road that linked China to the West. Meanwhile, in Faschingstein, Trump spoke of having recorded «taped» conversations with his fired director of the FBI James Comey, setting off a political firestorm. A new global infrastructure being spoken about in Beijing, and political hijinks is the major topic of conversation in Faschingstein! Pindostan has fallen into second-rate global status, and is seriously ill as a cohesive nation-state, but does not even realize it! China and Russia used the Beijing summit to showcase several Eurasian initiatives, including the Russia-inspired Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) and the China-initiated Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). Both the Chinese and Russian heads of state let it be known that the BRICS alliance of Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa was still a potent world entity, even though South Africa was not represented in Beijing by its president, and India chose not to send any representative to Beijing. Putin’s words to the conference about the new geopolitical status in the world were noteworthy:

The greater Eurasia is not an abstract geopolitical arrangement, but without exaggeration a truly civilization-wide project looking toward the future.

In other words, the EU, which is losing Britain as a member and will never see membership for Turkey, is a dying international organism. Other international initiatives, like the EEU, BRICS, AIIB, and the One Belt, One Road (OBOR), are leaving the EU and Pindostan in the dust. That was evident by the fact that Pindostan was represented in Beijing by an overrated desk clerk and the EU by a Brussels Eurocrat, European Commission vice-pres Jyrki Katainen.

could turkey leave/be expelled from NATO?

German Military to Leave Turkish Airbase: Split Inside NATO
Peter Korzun, Strategic Culture, May 19 2017

Amid a major breakdown in diplomatic relations between Turkey and Germany, Turkish PM Yildirim said that Berlin must decide between its friendship with Ankara and alleged coup plotters, after Germany granted political asylum to military officials with suspected links to last year’s failed coup d’état. In retaliation, Turkey refused to allow lawmakers to visit Incirlik base near Syria. Last year, Turkey banned German parliamentarians from visiting the base for months in response to a resolution in the German parliament declaring the 1915 Turkish massacre of Armenians to be genocide. Germany has about 250 military personnel stationed at Incirlik airbase in southern Turkey, flying Tornado surveillance missions and refuelling flights over Syria. The move made Chancellor Angela Merkel take a decision to withdraw all German military personnel stationed at the base. According to her, Germany will have «to explore other ways of fulfilling our mandate». One alternative among others is Jordan. This flare-up marks the latest in a series of clashes between the two NATO allies. The relations have become strained over the past year due to a number of issues, including Germany’s greenlight for asylum petitions of Turkish nationals. During campaigning for a referendum earlier this year that allowed Erdogan to increase his powers, several Turkish ministers were barred from speaking to German Turks at rallies, which led Erdogan to accuse German leaders of «Nazi practices». He has also alienated European governments by the announced plans to hold a referendum on the reintroduction of the death penalty. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has said the return of capital punishment would scupper Ankara’s hopes of joining the EU.

Germany’s decision to leave Incirlik air base is a momentous event in the history of NATO. It reflects the general trend of Turkey moving away from NATO, as Ankara suspects the bloc had a role to play in last year’s abortive coup. Turkey was angered by what it saw as lukewarm condemnation by its Western allies of the putsch attempt against Erdogan. The relationship soured to the point when Ankara’s NATO membership has become questionable. After the coup attempt, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu threatened that Turkey would «think of exit». After the tragic event, Hurriyet reported:

Anti-Pindosianism and Western skepticism are common phenomena among Turks. It is not limited to certain segments of the society. One would be surprised to see the intensity of anti-Pindosianısm and Euroscepticism among the educated elites, even the Western educated ones.

In Syria, Turkey and other members of NATO pursue quite different goals. Ankara’s priority is to prevent the emergence of a Kurdish state or autonomy on the Syria border, while other members of the alliance view the Syrian Kurds as reliable allies in the fight against Daesh. Turkey cooperates with Iran as a member of the Russia-Turkey-Iran trio leading the peace process, the emerging alliance viewed with great caution by the West. The Pindosi administration is openly hostile to Iran. With opposite views on the role of the Kurds in Syria, Turkey and the West are doomed to go separate ways in Syria. The differences come to surface from time to time. Last December, Erdogan said that coalition forces have helped support terrorists in Syria, including Daesh.

In theory, losing NATO membership will not hurt Turkey much. Ankara has mended fences with Russia and Israel, returning to the policy of zero problems with neighbors. Article 5 of the NATO Treaty envisions support of other member countries in case of external aggression. The response measures are left at the discretion of member states: it can be a mere diplomatic note of support without providing any real aid. NATO never exercised Article 5 in cases of Turkey clashing with other states, despite Turkish attempts to initiate the process. Turkey has a larger military and higher defence spending than any one of its neighbors or its NATO allies except Pindostan. Its defense capabilities may even increase, as the country will be under no pressure to sign deals with non-NATO states to enhance them. For instance, NATO made Turkey reject a lucrative deal with China to enhance air defenses. NATO never compensated the loss. The NATO annual report for 2016 says Turkey only took part in four of the 18 key NATO exercises held last year. Despite having the fourth-strongest military in the bloc (after Pindostan, France and Britain, but ahead of Germany) and the second-highest number of military personnel, its involvement in NATO’s deployments is small, amounting to just 4% of the personnel in the mission to train the Afghan security forces, and 7% of the Kosovo force. Ankara has recently blocked some rolling programs with NATO, including political events, civilian projects and military training. Turkey’s action encompasses many more areas of NATO’s activities. The programs cover most of Europe, plus many countries in the Middle East and Asia. Kosovo, Georgia, Ukraine and Afghanistan are affected.

NATO is more interested in Turkey than Turkey is in NATO. Turkey has sent thousands of troops to serve under the NATO flag in multiple military operations in the Balkans, Syria and Libya. The western Turkish port city of Izmir hosts one of the five NATO headquarters, which is responsible for coordinating major operations of land-based forces. The loss of at least five major military facilities in Turkey will greatly diminish NATO capabilities for out-of-Europe operations. NATO’s advanced radar systems in Kurecik, in eastern Turkey, are important for NATO BMD system in Europe. Significant Black Sea presence is unthinkable without Turkey. Turkey serves as the linchpin to America’s security strategy in the Middle East and the Balkans based on its geography and longstanding alliance with the United States. The fight against IS will become more challenging. The NATO membership has not helped find a solution to the territorial dispute between Greece and Turkey in the Aegean Sea and Turkey’s support for Northern Cyprus has traditionally spoiled relations between Turkey and the alliance. All in all, it proves that Turkey is a major NATO asset; indeed, it’s been more of a benefactor than benefiter from the alliance. The results of the Turkish referendum giving the president special powers, the issue of human rights as the West sees it and probable return of death sentence; all these issues widen the gap, which is extremely hard to bridge. Turkey’s relationship with the EU is in the doldrums. EU members are largely NATO members too, so moving away from these organizations to diversify foreign policy partnerships strengthens Turkey’s hand in dealing with the West in general.

Deeply frustrated by its Western allies, Turkey is renewing efforts to knit closer ties with the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), an attempt, which may well bear fruit. Turkey has been a dialogue partner to the SCO since Jun 2012. Turkey’s chance to obtain observer status is now higher, due to the positive attitude of the major players in the SCO, namely Russia and China. Turkey was selected to chair the organization’s Energy Club in 2017, becoming the first non-SCO country to hold the term presidency. Ankara can assume the role of a center that could facilitate communication between the East and the West. With the hopes for EU membership almost relinquished, Turkey will gain a lot if the SCO takes steps in the future toward an economic integration among member nations. Turkey’s accession would bring together the SCO and the Cooperation Council of Turkic-Speaking States (CCTS). Ankara is also showing increasing interest in the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU). It was invited to join the organization in 2014. This will open new opportunities for Turkey to trade with these countries and draw the economic benefits of it. Furthermore, many of the present and potential members of the EAEU are countries with whom Turkey already has close relations in many fields. Further progress on the way of Ankara’s integration with the SCO and the EAEU will facilitate the multi-dimensional foreign policy strengthening Ankara’s standing in the world. The relations with NATO and the West in general continue to worsen with no hope for improvement in sight. This trend was confirmed during the Trump-Erdogan summit on May 17 when Erdogan was outgunned. Turkey will continue to be reaching out to other poles of power. It does not have much to lose on this way, but it can make significant gains.

i’m a source familiar with the thinking of senior CIA boxtops, and i approve this truthful message