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    Building Totalitarianism in Europe – The Last Coup of Victoria Nuland

    Since April 2016, US neoconservatives have been trying to change the status of Cyprus. It is for them both (1) to reunite the island (2) to deprive it of its army (3) but also to deploy the Turkish army under cover of NATO. The inevitable Victoria Nuland, who should have become Secretary of State if Hillary Clinton had been elected president, is maneuvering. This plan is supposed to tie Turkey to NATO and prevent its rapprochement with Russia.

    Victoria Nuland, the US Assistant Secretary of State, did not spend much time and energy with Christmas and New Year celebrations this year. She has another very urgent and pressing problem to solve, before leaving the State Department, and this is the “Cyprus conflict”. The way she wants to solve this conflict is by transforming a second member of the EU, after Greece, into a protectorate. As the proposed solution for Cyprus is higlhy unstable, powers outside the EU will be provided also with a bomb inside it, that is with the possibillity of provoking a Bosnian-type conflict inside, not outside EU borders.

    In the same time she wants also to get Turkey admitted immediately to the EU, by the window of the “Cypriot settlement”. By virtue of the provisions of the “Cyprus settlement” under consideration now, Turkey is invested after January 12 with many of the rights and powers (and none of the obligations) of the member-states. It will also legalize in Geneva, its military presence and its right to intervene militarily inside the European Union.

    Such an outcome of the Geneva conference will have enormous strategic consequences for Europe and for the Middle East, transforming the whole “Eastern Meditarranean”, a sea lane of vital importance, into a kind of “Mare Nostrum” of the “Naval Forces”, excluding from there any “foreign” strategic influence (German, Russian or Chinese) and laying one more foundation for encircling Russia from the South with a kind of “security belt” and trying to hinder its access to the “warm seas”, a centuries long dream of British imperial planners. It will constitute the deeper change of the Mediterranean strategic landscape, since the eruption of the so-called Eastern Question or, at least, since the Greek national revolution, two centuries ago.

    http://www.voltairenet.org/article194876.html

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    • ThinkingANew (1026 posts)
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      1. Nuland is married to top NeoCon Kagen – The family business is war

      A Family Business of Perpetual War

      Exclusive: Victoria Nuland and Robert Kagan have a great mom-and-pop business going. From the State Department, she generates wars and from op-ed pages he demands Congress buy more weapons. There’s a pay-off, too, as grateful military contractors kick in money to think tanks where other Kagans work, writes Robert Parry.

      By Robert Parry

      Neoconservative pundit Robert Kagan and his wife, Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland, run a remarkable family business: she has sparked a hot war in Ukraine and helped launch Cold War II with Russia and he steps in to demand that Congress jack up military spending so America can meet these new security threats.

      This extraordinary husband-and-wife duo makes quite a one-two punch for the Military-Industrial Complex, an inside-outside team that creates the need for more military spending, applies political pressure to ensure higher appropriations, and watches as thankful weapons manufacturers lavish grants on like-minded hawkish Washington think tanks.


      Prominent neocon intellectual Robert Kagan. (Photo credit: Mariusz Kubik, http://www.mariuszkubik.pl)

      Not only does the broader community of neoconservatives stand to benefit but so do other members of the Kagan clan, including Robert’s brother Frederick at the American Enterprise Institute and his wife Kimberly, who runs her own shop called the Institute for the Study of War.

      Robert Kagan, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution (which doesn’t disclose details on its funders), used his prized perch on the Washington Post’s op-ed page on Friday to bait Republicans into abandoning the sequester caps limiting the Pentagon’s budget, which he calculated at about $523 billion (apparently not counting extra war spending). Kagan called on the GOP legislators to add at least $38 billion and preferably more like $54 billion to $117 billion:

      Continued: https://consortiumnews.com/2015/03/20/a-family-business-of-perpetual-war/

      • bemildred (1829 posts)
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        6. Voltairenet has mentioned Cyprus WRT Ms Nuland's activities …

        a few times that I recall in the past year. The point here, I think, is that the effort has been forced precipitately (like the Turkish coup) by events.

      • Koko (2150 posts)
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        10. "A Family Business of Perpetual War"

        Robert Parry nails it.  Another part of our Shadow Government tentacles. Wonder what their dealings with the Trumps will be going forward. Also wonder if Trump’s son-in-law has any strong views on the Kagan family, since he and Ivanka will be moving to DC and have a part in the Trump administration.

         

      • GZeusH (1020 posts)
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        11. I'll give you a pass on caption

        The correct noun to follow the adjective neocon is not “intellectual”, but “shit-for-brains”.

        Policy:  The mistaken notion that bossy people have that they can influence other people's behavior through majority rule.
    • bemildred (1829 posts)
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      2. 1 home, 2 owners: Cyprus deal to decide future of those displaced by partition

      A mud-brick house in northern Cyprus that symbolizes the island nation’s decades of ethnic division is the foundation for Cumar Kamir and Michalis Georgiades’ friendship.

      It’s the home Georgiades fled as a teenager more than four decades ago following the Turkish invasion that carved Cyprus along Greek and Turkish lines. Kamir, also displaced by the population shifts, has lived there almost as long.

      If the two men get their way, Georgiades may soon be residing again in the modest structure his grandfather built for a dowry in 1924. The Greek and Turkish leaders of Cyprus are holding reunification talks this week in Geneva, where they hope to resolve how many Cypriots would be eligible to reclaim lost property under an envisioned federation.

      “We want to come back, if there’s a solution that’s fair,” Georgiades, 60, a Greek Cypriot, says at his childhood home over sips of unfiltered coffee served by Kamir’s wife. “I have very good memories here. There’s a lot of joy whenever I visit. But at the same time, I feel sadness, as if I’m a stranger.”

      http://www.latimes.com/world/la-fg-cyprus-home-2017-story.html

    • bemildred (1829 posts)
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      3. A multibillion-dollar natural gas boom may reunify Cyprus

      A potential energy boom in Cyprus could spur a deal to reunify the ethnically-divided island after more than 40 years. A breakthrough may come at a United Nations-brokered multilateral summit in Geneva this week.

      The island nation has discovered offshore gas with estimated reserves of over 4 trillion cubic feet valued at over $50 billion. Last month, global energy giants including ExxonMobil, Total of France, Qatar Petroleum and Eni of Italy won licenses to explore and drill for oil and gas off the southern coast of Cyrpus.

      An accord has never been closer, as the European Union eyes Cyprus as a future energy hub that would give Turkey and Europe access to gas deposits discovered in the eastern Mediterranean. This would allow Turkey and Europe to reduce reliance on Russia for the continent’s energy needs.

      http://www.cnbc.com/2017/01/06/a-multibillion-dollar-natural-gas-boom-may-reunify-cyprus.html

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      4. Turkish Cypriot leader heads for Geneva for new round of unification talks

      Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (KKTC) President Mustafa Akıncı said Sunday he expects talks in Geneva this week on reunifying Cyprus to be “tough” but expressed hope that the negotiations could lead to a new era.

      Akıncı is scheduled to meet with his Greek Cypriot counterpart Nicos Anastasiades on Monday for talks billed as a historic opportunity to end the island’s decades-old division.

      Leaving for Geneva from Ercan Airport outside Nicosia, Akıncı told reporters that the talks marked a “crossroads” and it was vital to “achieve positive results and not just meet up”.

      “We are not at a point where Geneva will mark the final conclusion. We need to be cautious,” Akıncı said.

      http://www.dailysabah.com/diplomacy/2017/01/08/turkish-cypriot-leader-heads-for-geneva-for-new-round-of-unification-talks

    • bemildred (1829 posts)
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      5. Anastasiades: We’re going to Geneva very well prepared and determined

      We are going to Geneva very well prepared and determined, the President of the Republic, Mr Nicos Anastasiades, said, today, in his remarks to reporters on his flight to Geneva.

      Asked what he expects to result from the impending phase of the Cyprus problem in Switzerland, the President said that “we are going to Geneva well prepared and determined, always with the will and desire for a solution to the Cyprus problem as a given on the basis of principles and values that will allow us to build a modern European state, a state that will respect the concerns of the Greek Cypriots and the Turkish Cypriots, that will more generally respect its citizens. And such a state, of course, does not need either guarantors or troops to supposedly protect that which are commonly recognized or commonly accepted by all modern states, and we cannot continue to be the only case that needs third countries to guarantee it.”

      In response to another question, the President said that “what I want to hope, following so many decades of negotiations, is that what was missing in the past will perhaps prevail now: namely, good will on the part of the Turkish side; and it is the first time since the invasion and afterwards that the Republic of Cyprus will be conversing with Turkey, especially with regard to the important issues of security and troops.”

      Asked whether the Secretary General of the United Nations Organization responded to the letter that President Anastasiades sent to him, the President of the Republic said that “it is not necessary for anybody to respond. The Republic of Cyprus is a recognized state, member of the UN, a recognized state member of the EU; the trilateral alliances and cooperation, don’t happen with the Greek community, but with the State; our participation in various international organizations does not occur in our capacity as a community but as a State. Consequently, we don’t have to prove to anybody who we are.”

      http://www.balkaneu.com/anastasiades-were-geneva-prepared-determined/

      • Koko (2150 posts)
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        8. Lots to check out here…

        Thanks.  Should have figured “The Nuland” had been busy, but had not seen much about her lately.

        • bemildred (1829 posts)
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          9. They never give up.

          Cyprus is a great backup position if you can’t get Syria, and it’s a great carrot for Erdogan, who needs a carrot bad, so …

          On the other hand, legally and to a  reasonable mind, it’s ludicrous. Even if they get it cemented into place, it won’t work. The British retain a base there as it is, and the Turks occupy the North part of the island already. But legally it’s rubbish.

    • Magical Thyme (2847 posts)
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      7. jeebus

      Maybe the Cypriot army that is about to be sent packing should seriously consider an old-fashioned coup before January 12, and throw Mr. Anastasiades into prison before he can sign anything. And while there at it, they can do the world a favor and throw Nuland in there with him.

    • CNW (2418 posts)
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      12. Thanks for this post bemildred – it's a good one, here's more on that.

      Having spent quite a bit of time in Turkish (Northern) Cyprus, I can guarantee you the Cypriots, both northern and southern (Greek) are a peace loving peoples. They are able to co-exist perfectly well without this kind of imperialistic US interference. For example some of the Turkish Cypriots that we used to talk with over cups of tea, owning small businesses and homes that were formerly owned by the Greeks are paying the Greeks for the properties. These were given to the Turks after the 1974 invasion. They travel freely back and forth across the “Green Line” a demilitarized zone, which is manned by the United Nations Force in Cyprus.
      If you would like to learn more about this – here is a link to a question/answer article at Quora, there are several very good responses to the question “Why Did Turkey Invade Cyprus in 1974” *:
      https://www.quora.com/Why-did-Turkey-invade-Cyprus-in-1974-and-create-the-Northern-Cyprus-republic
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      The purpose of Geneva: Destroy Cyprus as a sovereign, democratic and independent state

      By the way and until some weeks ago, all Cypriot and Greek governments since 1974 refused the Turkish proposal to convene such a conference, claiming that the only thing they could discuss about Cyprus with Turkey, was the withdrawal of the Turkish troops which invaded the island and remained there in spite of UN resolutions calling for their immediate withdrawal.

      But this was until December 1st. That day, Mr. Anastasiades has announced to his citizens that he is accepting the proposal without explaining much why he is doing it, what will be the purpose and the agenda of this strange conference. He did not consult with political parties in the island or the Greek government before announcing his decision. The most absolute confusion was reigning in the island, until December 27, when the leader of the Turkish Cypriots Mr. Akinci, speaking to the Turkish Cypriot media, probably to warn Anastasiades not to deviate from what they had already agreed in secret, explained a little bit what will happen in Geneva.

      According to what he said the Republic of Cyprus will not be present in the Geneva conference. All documents there will be signed by the “new Cyprus federation to be constituted”. In that way he revealed the real purpose of the operation, which is no other than to abolish the existing state in Cyprus (we repeat, a member of UN and the EU) and to create a new one, without asking the opinion of the citizens, without electing a Constitutional Assembly and without any authorization from anybody to do that. In that case, we don’t speak even about an operation of regime change. We have to speak about “country change”.

      A Greek Cypriot politician who is friend of Mr. Akinci answered to him explaining that he better avoid much public talk.

      The citizens of the Republic themselves are now in a state of complete shock, as they cannot believe that they will live in another state by January 12, they know nothing about it! Cyprus has a tradition of invasions and coups, but it is difficult still for the citizens to grasp the new and unbelievable reality that their own President is planning to sign the death of his own state! It is very difficult, psychologically and intellectually, to stop believing that Mr. Anastasiades is not their leader (even if some they may consider his as bad, wrong, corrupted or incompetent), but he is their killer!

      If the Cyprus thing succeeds it will in itself represent a colossal advancement of new political technologies. The trick is simple and genious. For a rape to be recognized as a rape, the victim has to resist and denounce the rapist. But here the rapist and the person charged with denouncing the rape is the same, the President of the Republic.
      The Greek factor

      Anastasiades himself is the most powerful weapon US ever had in Cyprus. But Mrs Nuland has also another very powerful weapon and this is the situation in Greece, the confusion and the dependence of Greek political forces. The cooperation of Greece to this operation is deemed absolutely necessary for political reasons.

      Mr. Tsipras in Athens, is now under enormous US pressure to give his consent and in a very difficult condition otherwise. SYRIZA is characterized also by a huge confusion regarding the Cyprus conflict. The Greek economy and society are very much into a death spiral, and the PM seems to be to the absolute mercy of Creditors, including the IMF. The German government nearly declared war against Greece, when his government decided, on the eve of Christmas, to give some financial peanuts to very poor Greek pensioners in a very real danger for their life and respecting the discipline of the program imposed to Greece (against the will of its people). The Finance Minister had to send a humiliating letter, promising more pension cuts in the next year, in order to get an armistice from Scheuble. If all that was not enough, Mr. Erdogan is threatening to fluid Greece with new waves of refugees.
      From Pétain to Yeltsin – what is a coup d’Etat

      Let us come back at this point to the term coup d’Etat we used. Maybe the readers are associating this with tanks and machine guns. Concerning the use of weapons they have to be a little patient. They will hear most probably their noise (as they heard it from Kiev), but they have first to wait until the Geneva operation succeeds and if it succeeds. But a coup d’Etat has nothing to do with the means used. It has to do with the breach of the constitutional (and European in our case) order of a given state.

      Maybe the readers will also question if a head of a given state can make himself or participate in a coup d’ etat against his own state. Not only he can, he is a thousand times more effective if he chooses to do it, as the only thing he has to do is use and abuse the powers he already legally possesses and can use. For example, the legal head of the Greek state, King Constantin, has participated in a US-backed coup d’Etat against the constitutional order of his own state in 1967, by legalizing the government of the Colonels.

      The same thing was done by the head of the Russian state Boris Yeltsin in 1991, when he dissolved the USSR and in October 1993, when he bombed his own Parliament, if we examine those events from the point of view of soviet and Russian constitutional order. But nobody in the West has noticed of course this legal aspect of things, as westerners liked very much what Yeltsin did. We refer to this example, because it bears great analogies to what they are trying to do now in Cyprus.

      Article licensed under Creative Commons

      The articles on Voltaire Network may be freely reproduced provided the source is cited, their integrity is respected and they are not used for commercial purposes (license CC BY-NC-ND).

      Source : “Building Totalitarianism in Europe – The Last Coup of Victoria Nuland”, by Dimitri Konstantakopoulos, Voltaire Network, 7 January 2017, http://www.voltairenet.org/article194876.html

    • CNW (2418 posts)
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      13. Green Line – Cyprus has been divided into a Turkish-Cypriot northern region and

      Green Line

      Cyprus has been divided into a Turkish-Cypriot northern region and a Greek-Cypriot southern region since 1974. The United Nations Force in Cyprus [UNFICYP] is responsible for the area that separates the two sides, or the Buffer Zone. The Green Line has been in existence since Christmas Day in 1963, when fighting between the Turkish and Greek communities of newly independent Cyprus resulted in the self-imposed partition of the city into two halves. The UK brokered a cease-fire between the two sides, and the Green Line, named after the green line drawn on a map by a British officer to show the division between the Greeks and Turks, came into being. Since then the barrier has grown from the odd overturned bed and oil drum into a genuine barrier, with an UN-controlled buffer zone that ensures the two sides don”t meet. Occupying 3% of the island, it measures 7.4 kilometers at its widest point and 3.3 meters at its narrowest point – in central Nicosia. More than 10,000 people live and/or work in the buffer zone.

      Nicosia was divided into Greek and Turkish sectors on either side of a buffer zone as a result of a spate of inter-communal troubles of 1963 and 1968, but more drastically since Cyprus’ invasion by Turkey and the occupation of nearly a third of the territory in 1974. The Turkish invasion had, inter alia, the consequence of the displacement of nearly 200,000 people from the occupied areas, which amounted to about one third of the population of the island at the time. This had dramatic effects in relation to regional imbalances with the sudden and massive influx of people to the areas that were not occupied.

      UNFICYP is one of the longest-running UN Peacekeeping missions. It was set up in 1964 to prevent further fighting between the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities on the island and bring about a return to normal conditions. The Mission’s responsibilities expanded in 1974, following a coup d’etat by elements favouring union with Greece and a subsequent military intervention by Turkey, whose troops established control over the northern part of the island. Since a de facto ceasefire in August 1974, UNFICYP has supervised the ceasefire lines; provided humanitarian assistance; and maintained a buffer zone between the Turkish and Turkish Cypriot forces in the north and the Greek Cypriot forces in the south. UNFICYP’s Chief of Mission also serves as the Secretary-General’s Special Representative in Cyprus and in that capacity leads efforts to assist the parties in reaching a comprehensive settlement.

      The Green Line extends approximately 180 kilometers across the island. In some places in old Nicosia it is only a few meters wide. In other places it is a few kilometers wide. Its northern and southern limits are the lines where the belligerents stood following the ceasefire of 16 August 1974, as recorded by UNFICYP. In the eastern part of the island, the Buffer Zone is interrupted by the British Sovereign Base Area of Dhekelia, where the UN does not operate. Another area the UN does not control is Varosha, the former resort town near Famagusta, now under the control of the Turkish military.

      read more: http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/world/europe/cy-green-line.htm
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      New documents link Kissinger to two 1970s coups (Kissinger had a role in the invasion of Cyprus by Turkey)

      Larisa Alexandrovna and Muriel Kane
      Release of CIA’s ‘Family Jewels’ provides insight into political juggernaut and Bush Administration adviser

      Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger pushed for the 1974 Turkish invasion of Cyprus and allowed arms to be moved to Ankara for an attack on that island in reaction to a coup sponsored by the Greek junta, according to documents and intelligence officers with close knowledge of the event.

      read more: http://rawstory.com/news/2007/Intelligence_officers_confirm_Kissinger_role_in_0626.html
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      http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB222/family_jewels_wh3.pdf
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      Timeline: Cyprus, A chronology of key events: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/1021835.stm
      —–
      http://www.greece.org/cyprus/Treason1.htm
      –end–

      • bemildred (1829 posts)
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        14. +1.

        Thanks for the additional context.

        Don’t get me started on Kissinger.

        If you would like a good read on Cyprus before they fucked it up I can recommend this one:

        https://www.amazon.com/Bitter-Lemons-Cyprus-Lawrence-Durrell/dp/0571201555

        But not from Amazon.

        • CNW (2418 posts)
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          15. Hey bemildred, I was just going to post that article . . . you beat me to it.

          Thanks for the book name, I’ll see if I can find it – – somewhere.
          you’re welcome for the extra info –
          BTW, Voltaire is licensed under Creative Commons – very bottom of the page, you can use the whole article.

          • bemildred (1829 posts)
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            16. The OP?

            Voltairenet is kind of interesting, I haven’t decided what I think about them yet, but like Moon they are an excellent source of tidbits that don’t get picked up in commercial media.

            Like I said up there, they’ve had pieces about Cyprus a couple times since April or so, and they’ve been right enough about events that I pay attention. But they were all short pieces.

            The OP really tied it together, so that you can see how it compares to what transpires.

            What’s your take?

             

             

            • CNW (2418 posts)
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              19. I agree, I've read Voltaire for a month or so and everything seems to

              check out OK so far, I think it’s a great and interesting site.

              and you did a great job of supplying additional info – very well done.

              • bemildred (1829 posts)
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                21. Aw shucks.

                OCD and insomnia can have advantages if you can focus where you want.

                ;-)

          • bemildred (1829 posts)
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            17. Yeah, I got the creative commons, it's just a habit.

            Since it’s genearlly a good habit, I just do it.

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              20. Many Thanks bemildred.

    • bemildred (1829 posts)
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      22. Could Turkey swing over to the Russian camp?

      More Meyssan on Cyprus. Not buying all of it, particularly doubtful that Erdogan accept this poison pill either. But some interesting bits.

      Even though, historically, Russia has a weighty past with Turkey, and even though it has not forgotten the personal rôle played by current President Erdoğan, to its detriment, during the the first Chechen war, it can not fail to be interested by the possibility of Ankara leaving NATO. On the other hand, the deep US state, which continues to pursue its imperial ambitions despite the election of Donald Trump, is ready to do whatever it takes to keep Turkey in the Atlantic Alliance.

      In order to guarantee his personal survival, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has launched a vast purge of all the pro-US elements in his country — a purge which he must add to the combats in which he is already engaged against Syria, against the PKK, and now also against his ex-mercenaries from Daesh.

      The destruction of US influence began with the eradication of Fethullah Gülen’s Hizmet — Gülen is the Islamist preacher who works for the CIA from Pennsylvania. It continues today with the dismissal and often the arrest not only of all the military personnel linked to the United States, but also all secular military personnel in general. You can’t be too careful.

      450 of the 600 Turkish senior officers in service at NATO have been called back to Turkey. More than 100 of them, and their families, have requested political asylum in Belgium, headquarters of the Atlantic Alliance.

      http://www.voltairenet.org/article194884.html