US warns Turkey against Venezuelan ‘blood gold’

Kurdistan 24 (K24 news)

Laurie Mylroie

WASHINGTON DC (Kurdistan 24) – The US Treasury Department’s Assistant Secretary for Terrorist Financing, Marshall Billingslea, visited Turkey last week. His primary concern was enforcing sanctions on Iran, but while there, he warned Turkish business leaders against trading in Venezuelan “blood gold,” Bloomberg News reported on Friday.

Venezuela has emerged as yet another point of dispute between Washington and Ankara, as the US recognizes National Assembly leader Juan Guaido, as the country’s legitimate president, and Turkey, along with Russia, China, and Iran, back Venezuelan strong man, Nicolas Maduro.

Close ties between Ankara and Caracas are relatively new, dating back to 2017. Maduro first visited Turkey in October of that year, while he was on a tour of foreign countries which included Russia and Belarus.

Following that visit, Bloomberg reported, a “mysterious” Turkish company, Sardes, “sprang into existence.” In January 2018, Sardes imported some $41 million of gold from Venezuela, “the first such transactions between the two countries in records that go back 50 years.”

That figure more than doubled in February, and by November 2018, when US President Donald Trump signed an executive order imposing sanctions on trade in Venezuelan gold, Sardes had imported some $900 million worth of the precious metal.

Virtually nothing is known about what happened to that gold, although Sardes apparently stopped its trading.

Trump’s directive was prompted, in part, by concern that the “Maduro regime and associated persons” were plundering “Venezuela’s wealth for their own corrupt purposes,” as the executive order explains.

At that point, Turkey was the biggest importer of Venezuelan gold, and another Turkish company appeared, almost immediately, to step in to replace Sardes in a maneuver organized by the Turkish government at the highest levels.

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Our friends the Turks: Hiding Venezuela’s gold for Maduro?

American Thinker

By Monica Showalter

 

What is it about Turkey?

Yes, we expect places such as Russia and Iran to stick up for Venezuela’s hellhole regime, along with its fellow Latin socialist hellholes Cuba, Bolivia, and Nicaragua.  But Bloomberg is reporting that U.S. NATO ally Turkey seems to be all in for helping Nicolás Maduro spirit the nation’s gold out of the country for his potentially comfortable retirement.  The picture emerges of a dictator about to make off with the light bulbs on the way out.

Back around when Maduro was eating that big steak dinner in Istanbul in front of Venezuelans for an Instagram post, here’s what had been really going on, as Bloomberg reported:

Two months after Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro visited his counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara, a mysterious company called Sardes sprang into existence.

The firm started business with a bang in January of 2018, when it imported about $41 million worth of gold from Venezuela, the first such transaction between the two countries in records that go back 50 years.  The next month its volume more than doubled, with Sardes transporting almost $100 million worth to Turkey.

The country has a history of helping embattled dictatorships, such as Iran’s, evade sanctions through the use of its financial system.  Iran uses gold transactions to evade Western sanctions and continue its business-as-usual dictatorship.  So, at a minimum, Maduro is likely using the gold transactions in Turkey to evade U.S. sanctions.

But now there’s a lot of talk of Maduro and his creepy drug-dealing cronies fleeing the country, and not surprisingly, Turkey’s name is coming up.

According to a separate Bloomberg report:

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called Maduro last month to assure him of his support, addressing him as “my brother!”  The destination for tons of Venezuelan gold, Turkey has offered to take in Maduro, although only as a last recourse, according to a person familiar with the discussions.  Any decision would be taken by Erdogan directly, and right now the priority is on backing him at home, a senior Turkish official said.

What we are looking at is potential thievery, potential sanctions evasion, and potential exile plans with this strange series of gold transactions with the Turks.  Bottom line: Turkey’s crazy president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who’s made himself Turkey’s strongman and probably has a lot of democrats there out to get him alongside the Kurds, is risking Turkey’s own interests with the West to aid Maduro, someone he seems to think is important to support.

What kind of an ally is this?  Why the heck is it in NATO?  And why isn’t the U.S. warning Turkey it’s going to be sanctioned as hard as Iran and Venezuela if it doesn’t get its act together?  That and throwing this bogus ally out of NATO would be suitable consequences.

Benghazi shows that if we are ever attacked while obama is President, we are absolutely screwed

Flopping Aces
 

Today terrorists attacked Attacked airport in Istanbul, Turkey, at last count leaving 28 dead and at least 60 injured:

— At least 28 people have been killed and 60 others wounded in the attack on Istanbul Ataturk Airport in Turkey, Istanbul Gov. Vasip Sahin told Turkey’s state-run news agency TRT. It is unclear if the total includes the bombers. Another report, from semi-official news agency Anadolu, said six of the wounded are in critical condition. A total of 49 ambulances were sent to the site.
— Turkey’s Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag earlier said at least 10 people were killed and 20 others injured. The suicide bombers were also killed. Bozdag said one attacker “first opened fire with a Kalashnikov then detonated himself” at the airport entrance.
— In total three bombs exploded, the governor told TRT.
–One of them was located just outside a terminal on the pavement, while the other was at the security gate at the entrance to the airport, Bozdag told CNN.
— Authorities said no bombs exploded within airport buildings, according to the minister.
— A video posted to Twitter shows a view from a camera inside an airport terminal. A few dozen people are walking around when a bright flash and fireball erupt in the background.
— A Turkish official told CNN that police fired shots at suspects near the international terminal in an effort to neutralize them.
— Videos posted on social media show travelers sitting on the airport floor. A man shouts, “Get down! Get down!” Someone cries as a gunshot rings out.

As I write, the estimated death toll is now 50.

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Obama And Erdogan To Help Open New Mosque In Maryland

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Weasel Zippers

Via Right Scoop:

A couple of years ago it was reported that Turkey was helping fund the building of a $100 million dollar mega mosque in Lanham, Maryland. In fact Erdogan visited the mosque when he was here in May of 2013, promising to come back for the opening.

Well that time has apparently arrived and now Erdogan and Obama will be together at the mosque for the big opening ceremony:

ANADOLU AGENCY – The presidents of Turkey and the U.S. will open the Turkish-American Culture and Civilization Center in Maryland, Turkey’s foreign minister said Sunday.

Mevlut Cavusoglu, on a three-day visit to Washington, visited the center that also has a middle-sized mosque, and lunched with representatives from the American Muslim community.

“During a phone call, President (Recep Tayyip) Erdogan asked President (Barack) Obama to accompany him in opening the center together and President Obama accepted his offer’in principle,’” Cavusoglu told the representatives.

If Obama’s schedule allows at the time of the opening, he will accompany Erdogan.

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D.C. Insider: There’s a Shadow Govt. Running the Country, and It’s Not Up for Re-Election

Alter Net

By Mike Lofgren           

There is the visible government situated around the Mall in Washington, and then there is another, more shadowy, more indefinable government that is not explained in Civics 101 or observable to tourists at the White House or the Capitol. The former is traditional Washington partisan politics: the tip of the iceberg that a public watching C-SPAN sees daily and which is theoretically controllable via elections. The subsurface part of the iceberg I shall call the Deep State, which operates on its own compass heading regardless of who is formally in power. [1]

During the last five years, the news media have been flooded with pundits decrying the broken politics of Washington. The conventional wisdom has it that partisan gridlock and dysfunction have become the new normal. That is certainly the case, and I have been among the harshest critics of this development. But it is also imperative to acknowledge the limits of this critique as it applies to the American governmental system. On one level, the critique is self-evident: in the domain that the public can see, Congress is hopelessly deadlocked in the worst manner since the 1850s, the violently rancorous decade preceding the Civil War.

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Update: Hillary, Benghazi & Huma

Family Security Matters

Readers of Aaron Klein’s latest piecing together of the  Benghazi-Syria arms puzzle will take special notice of the role that former  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton appears to have played in pushing the policy  to arm the jihad front fighting Assad.

It was the New York Times in February that highlighted Clinton’s “activist”  plan to “vet the [Syrian] rebel groups and train fighters, who would be supplied  with weapons.” In essence, this was just Libya Redux. In Libya, of course, any  supposed figleaf “vetting” process failed to stop the US and NATO from both  arming and militarily enabling the victory of jihad forces over the anti-jihad  Qaddafi — a red-line-crossing I think of as Uncle Sam joining the jihad. “Our”  jihadis in Libya were actually led by senior members of “al Qaeda” in Europe and  the Med, with close, demonstrable links to the perpetrators of the  catastrophic jihad attacks on London, Madrid, Tunisia and Casablanca — as  John Rosenthal lays out in his shocking, dot-connecting new book The Jihadist Plot: The Untold Story  of Al-Qaeda and the Libyan Rebellion.

Hillary’s Syria plan, according to the paper, was rebuffed by the Obama White  House. Last week, however, Klein points out, the Times reported that a secret  plan that sounds like Clinton’s has been implemented by the CIA to arm “rebels”  in Syria in fits, starts and escalation since early 2012. The US plan involves  Turkey, Jordan, Qatar, Saudi  Arabia, Croatia and probably other unsavories.

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GUN CONTROL HISTORY!

Unless people learn from their mistakes……………..

I’m sure you heard it before, just like you have heard words spoken from politicians of today and yester-year. They haven’t changed, well actually they have. They have forgotton who they work for and I think it’s about time we remind them.

This was sent to me via e-mail and it needs to go viral. So lets get going, shall we.

GUN     CONTROL   HISTORY!

In     1911, Turkey established gun     control. From 1915 to 1917, 1.5 million Armenians, unable to     defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

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