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Survey of key Western countries finds US "still perceived as the most influential actor in the world" BUT 'respondents predict its influence will decline sharply over the next 5 years"

per @gmfus' #TransatlanticTrends2022
More: "Younger people generally have a less positive view than their elders of US influence in the world" per @gmfus' #TransatlanticTrends2022
More: @gmfus' #TransatlanticTrends2022 finds "A clear majority of respondents in #Europe approve of
[@POTUS @JoeBiden's] handling of international affairs, w/approval highest in #Poland & lowest in #Türkiye"
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Circumstantial evidence suggests that #Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali #Khamenei is at least temporarily unable to perform his normal duties. Read the first daily Iran Crisis Update by @criticalthreats with @TheStudyofWar. criticalthreats.org/analysis/iran-… 1/6
Regime power centers are behaving as if succession is either imminent or underway. 2/6
The ongoing #MahsaAmini protests may be challenging the regime’s capability and willingness to crackdown but do not appear close to collapsing the regime. 3/6
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A happy #RoshHashana to friends celebrating the Jewish New Year. Here's a 🎞️ from #Cairo #Egypt synagogue ringing in the new year. This year's Rosh Hashanah marks the start of year 5783 in the Hebrew calendar. #ShanaTova to friends everywhere.
#Türkiye's President #Erdogan extends greetings for #RoshHashanah Holiday of Jewish community to "bring peace and welfare to all the Jews, including our Jewish citizens,” a statement said.

There is a special touch to this year's Jewish new year #RoshHashana that coincides with the 2nd anniversary of #AbrahamAccords. Synagogues from #Morocco to #Tunisia #Egypt #Bahrain #UAE #Iran #Turkey #Azerbaijan & other #Muslim nations join the occasion.

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JUST IN: Turkey’s state-run agency cited military sources and reported on Sunday that Greece has “unlawfully” deployed armored vehicles to the Aegean Islands. This claim was backed by drone footage, which shows the vehicles being unloaded from a Greek landing vessel.
The source reports that Athens has sent 23 unspecified “military vehicles donated by the US” to the Aegean Islands of Lesbos (known in Turkey as Midilli) and 18 vehicles to Samos (Sisam). These vehicles were delivered in batches over the past week.
Source reports that “The alleged deployment is in violation of the demilitarized status of the island. Greece does not even attend the meetings despite invitations and makes such provocations show who increases the tension, who is irreconcilable, aggressive, and unlawful.
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The Turkish propaganda continues, the treaty of Lausanne never said that our islands should be demilitarized only that no naval bases should exist on them.
On the other hand that was the case for the Asian Minor Aegean coast, now turkey has stationed there...
#NoJetsForTurkey
...entire armies and invasion forces which are targeting the Greek Islands. Erdogan and his ministers launch on a daily bases threats against Greece going as far as to openly question the legitimacy of the Greek Islands in a style that would even impress Joseph Goebbels himself
What turkey also never mentions is that the treaty of Lausanne have autonomous status to the islands of Imvros and Tenedos where Greeks were the majority and also protected the Greek minority of Constantinople, today the Greek minority of the city numbers less that 1000...
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Conflict in Iran thread
#Iran #IranProtests2022

I will avoid posting any information that could compromise protesters in Iran. So all info in the thread will be intentionally vague and void of some details. I will attempt to verify any info I can but can't guarantee all info
2/ increasingly Iran protesters are moving off social media and onto VPNs and tor browsers. Religious 'police' are actively searching for organizers of protests. Several have been 'arrested' Protesters are also referring to themselves more as resistance and resistance fighter's
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Students from a University near Tehran prepare for a night of street battles with police.
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A year ago I boarded a train in #Istanbul to investigate one scientist's claim of rediscovering Silphion, a legendary herb thought to have gone extinct 2,000 years ago.

It still grows in the heart of #Turkey—and it's delicious.
More in my @NatGeo feature:
nationalgeographic.com/history/articl… ImageImageImage
All involved were able to keep this secret for a year while the Nat Geo team put together this amazing
package. Thanks to @kristinromey @_alicezoo @mallorybenedict Nirupa Rao
For space reasons, this was removed from the article:
"One of the only things silphion wasn’t used as, surprisingly, was a love potion. A close reading of Greek and Roman texts shows no evidence of it being prescribed as a contraceptive or aphrodisiac...
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Thread: 22 September 2022: Day 211 of #Russia's invasion of #Ukraine
Latest @DefenceHQ update: focuses on the announced #Russian "partial mobilisation" yesterday, doubts Moscow can raise 300,000 troops, and notes the "considerable political risk" to #Putin of trying to regenerate manpower for the war on #Ukraine in this way.
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📍 Magic turned on against the dictator Putin!
Yesterday, the Russian official media announced that the dictator #VladimirPutin and his defense minister would appear in a televised speech they called the Nation Speech, but suddenly, five minutes before the speech, 👇🏼
they announced that the speech was postponed for today, and this indicates a clear confusion
The speech took place today, so that Putin returned to his only available game, which is threatening and beating the drums of using the nuclear weapons 👇🏼
without any feasibility or any action on the ground
Where the dictator Putin announced that he would organize a referendum to annex the Ukrainian lands to Russia, which constitutes 15% of the Ukrainian lands he also announced the law of partial mobilization 👇🏼
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#Putin's call for a "partial" mobilization is the clearest sign yet that his #Ukraine invasion has been a pitiful failure.

That flights from Russia to its immediate neighbors are now selling out at 100mph tells you everything you need to know.

We *must* keep the pressure on. Image
#Putin's nuclear threat, meanwhile, should be taken even less seriously than 6 months ago -- anyone who actually says "this isn't a bluff" has already lost his/her own credibility.

Following through on the threat would kill off his few remaining friendships -- chiefly #China.
On days like this, the "we must give #Putin an off ramp ASAP" camp will speak up -- but such a gut response only benefits #Putin & repeats our mistakes of the past.

If #Putin wants an out, he has to be the one to ask (or plead) for one. It's actually happened before, in #Syria.
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📍 Yesterday, the Egyptian soccer player @MoSalah -playing in one of the most prestigious clubs in #UK 🇬🇧 which is @LFC- wrote a tweet in which he expresses his condolences and solidarity with the British people -who is living in the confines of their community- 👇🏼
with the departure of Queen #Elizabeth II
Most of the comments came from Egyptians in a shameful way, and even reached the point of describing the comments as terrorist, as most of them were excommunicating Salah at times and stripping him of his patriotism at other times 👇🏼
out of the bloody history of the British Empire in #Egypt 🇪🇬
I am almost certain if Salah or another Arab player wrote tweets of solidarity with the Kurdish players, for example, who are deprived of their rights in #Turkey 🇹🇷, the commentators would have reacted the same 👇🏼
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It was the 700th time they had gathered in a peaceful vigil.

They met to remember their missing relatives & ask for justice.

Riot police dispersed them. Violently.

Authorities subsequently put 46 on trial.

🧵 on the trial of #Turkey’s Saturday Mothers...
Tomorrow (21 September), four years later, the next hearing in the trial charging them with refusal to disperse takes place.
Turkey’s “Saturday Mothers” are the family members of individuals who were forcibly disappeared – that is, those last seen in the custody of state agents – in Turkey in the 1980s and 1990s.
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Thread: 20 September 2022: Day 209 of #Russia's invasion of #Ukraine
#Russia "officially" preparing to "annex" the Donbas in eastern #Ukraine.

Should be noted, the Russians had such plans in Kherson and Kharkiv, which were derailed by the Ukrainian guerrillas before the Army liberated Kharkiv.
Imprisoned #Russian oppositionist Alexey Navalny comments on that video of Yevgeny Prigozhin recruiting prisoners for the war on #Ukraine. Sees it as a clear sign of the disintegration of the Army and notes such recruits can only make it worse.
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Thread: 19 September 2022: Day 208 of #Russia's invasion of #Ukraine
Latest @DefenceHQ update: "#Russia has highly likely lost at least four combat jets in #Ukraine within the last 10 days", a total of 55 since the invasion began. A "realistic possibility" this is because Moscow has stepped up airstrikes, and still lacks air dominance. Image
The "refusenik" problem within the #Russian Army is clearly at an operationally significant level.
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‘Caravan of Light’: Message From Smugglers

Syrian migrant smugglers say they are ready to departure and move more than 100,000 Syrians into Europe.

“We have decided to start the caravan without waiting the green light from the #EU. We are in contact with many local…”
“…. and international #NGO who will help us.

Everybody should come to Istanbul from their city of residence in #Turkey….”

in a way that doesn't attract much attention. We are already more than 100,000 in numbers….”
“…. We also want be clear that WE DON'T WANT CHILDREN, THEREFORE DON'T TAKE YOUR CHILDREN with you, CHILDREN ARE NOT ALLOWED.

We will announce later today the point and date of the gathering from which we'll go to the Greek border….”

Desired destinations include:

🇬🇷🇬🇧🇸🇪🇪🇸
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In Aug 2022, I investigated two inter-connected Chinese-origin apps on @GooglePlay that swindle money from Pak and Turkish citizens while falsely pretending to be a solar energy company in Germany.

@PTAofficialpk @GermanyinPAK @MFATurkiye

(contd)
buymeacoffee.com/misterzedpk/ch…
Receiving multiple DMs from fellow Pakistani citizens who are on the verge of a breakdown. I have advised them to do the needful and lodge complaints with authorities concerned. These people did not carry out due diligence, scammed against promises of 'high profit'.
Both apps use sophisticated forms of deceptive marketing. They claim that their 'head office' is based in Tulpenfeld, Bonn, Germany. The scammers even hired white models (a fake ginger-haired 'CEO') for marketing.
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Thread: 15 September 2022: Day 204 of #Russia's invasion of #Ukraine
#Russian soldier talking to his wife is somewhat unimpressed with the commanders and even less impressed with the #Chechen Kadyrovtsy, the "Akhmat", who "fucked off (i.e. ran away), the fucking cowards" as the #Ukrainians closed in.
In #Mariupol overnight, #Ukrainians sang the national anthem in Liberation Square, knowing it can get them arrested and worse by the #Russian occupation authorities in the city. A sense that liberation is coming is spreading.
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#OnThisDay Sep 15, 1918, the Ottoman Army of Islam captured #Baku. With the ethnic #Azerbaijan'i Turks at their side, they carried out a systematic massacre of the #Armenia'ns in the city, during which its estimated that 15,000 to 20,000 Armenians died.

#Turkey #ArmenianGenocide
A terrible panic in Baku ensued once the Turks entered the city. The Armenians crowded the harbor in a frantic effort to escape. Regular Ottoman troops were not allowed to enter the city for 2 days, so that the local irregulars – bashibozuks – would conduct looting and pillaging.
Later, Ottoman troops participated alongside the irregulars & the Azeris of #Baku in the plundering, who then turned their fury against the city's #Armenia'n population. Calls by the German officers to treat the local population with leniency were ignored by Ottoman commanders.
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Thread: 14 September 2022: Day 203 of #Russia's invasion of #Ukraine
Latest @DefenceHQ update notes the confirmation that #Russia is using #Iran's Shahed-136 drones, which have a range of 1,500 miles and were used in the attack on the MT MERCER STREET merchant tanker on 3 July 2021. Seems Moscow is using them for tactical strikes, not long-range.
Talk in #Georgia of opening a second front while #Russia is tied down in #Ukraine to liberate the occupied areas in Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

If you want to challenge for Russian-protected territories, now is the moment. (See also: #Azerbaijan.)
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#Algeria: Must go hand in hand with PAROS discussions

Need transparency and more ambitious confidence building measures. Particular responsibility of states with advanced capabilities to prevent PAROS.
#Algeria: Promote full access to technology through cooperation and tech assistance and capacity building in developing countries

Need to strengthen legal regime in outer space for a common future.
#NewZealand: Should not be focused exclusively on kinetic threats. Non-kinetic including #cyber pose significant threats and possible irreversible loss and damage to infrastructure on earth
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NEW – Armenian sources report that the villages of Goris, Jermuk and Vardenis are under Azerbaijani artillery fire
This is Armenia proper, not Artsakh.

Armenian telegram channel: "It looks like Azerbaijan attacked Armenia. We clarify the information. So far, everything is not clear. But everyone who is ready to fight, be at the start!" t.me/military_arm
More reports on Armenian social media t.me/parallel95
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WATCH: Greek coast guard has opened fire on a Turkish vessel. The Turkish cargo vessel had tussled with a Greek coast guard patrol off Turkey’s Aegean coast on Saturday.

🎥 : @anadoluajansi
Turkey’s Ministry of Interior said the cargo vessel came under “harassment fire” from the Greek coast guard, as it was sailing off the Turkish island of Bozcaada in international waters.
Greek coast guard claimed, the ‘Anatolian’ was found moving “suspiciously” in the northwest of Lesbos, a large Greek island near the Turkish coast. Turkey claims that its ship came under “harassment fire”.
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‘Caravan of Light’: Mass Movement From Turkey to Europe

More than 100,000 migrants are ready to leave Turkey for Europe.

For the past few days I spent infiltrating what appears to be an organised network of smuggler Telegram channels, and here is what I’ve learned:
Due to “unbearable racism” and lack of financial support, many migrants are attempting to cross from Turkey into Europe.

A handful of these Telegram channels which I subscribed to encourage and provide useful information.
One channel with more than 72k members provide directions and contacts of smugglers in Cyprus, Russia, Bulgaria, Greece, Germany, Austria, Italy and Lithuania who can help them get into those countries.

They also provide information about how to apply for asylum and destroy IDs.
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Germany’s strategic blunders in its relationship with #Russia are currently hurting all of Europe. We take a look at the parallel relationship between #Germany and #Turkey and the real risks this poses for the West. A thread by #theHELC #NoSubsForTurkey 1/17 Image
The German / Turkish relationship dates from before #WWI, when the #YoungTurks turned to Germany as the most plausible international ally for their decomposing Empire. A secret treaty between the two powers was concluded on August 2, 1914 2/17
The German #Kaiser #WilhelmII visited the #OttomanEmpire three times in total, pledging to the Sultan and the '300 million Mohammedans scattered over the globe and revering in him their caliph, that the German Emperor will be and remain at all times their friend' 3/17 Image
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