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Report: Turkey Becoming Major Transit Point for Latin American Cocaine – OCCRP

“Since the 1960s, Turkish traffickers have dominated the global heroin trade, establishing both deep corruption webs at home and a criminal tapestry of port contacts, logistics networks and distribution gangs across Europe,” the report said. “By the 1980s, this had consolidated into the so-called “Balkan Route”: a modern multi-branched Silk Road that transported opiates from Afghanistan and Iran, through the Turkish land mass and into Europe via the Balkans.

A second factor is their connections. After the Balkan route coalesced in the 80s, Turkish organized criminals came into contact with their Latin American equivalents, building a flourishing barter economy of heroin for cocaine.

Turkey: Cocaine Hub Between Europe and the Middle East – Insight Crime

In 2022, cocaine shipments heading to Turkey have been seized in Ecuador, West Africa, and Malta, as well as in Turkey itself.

Though the vast majority of this cocaine simply transits through Turkey, a growing minority now stays in the country, according to a 2019 EMCDDA report. The country’s domestic market saw a record expansion between 2007 and 2017, with drug seizures increasing tenfold during this time.

No American F-16s for anti-Western, anti-democratic and belligerent Turkey | Cyprus Mail

The United States expelled Turkey, a proven unreliable US ally, in 2019 from the F-35 air-fighter programme because it bought the Russian S-400 missile system. Now the Turks want to purchase 40 F-16s and upgrade kits for 80 more. Under no circumstances should Washington cave into Erdogan’s demands. Turkey will not use the F-16s for …

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Turkey, Not Trump, Threatens NATO and Europe – The American Spectator

Between 2013 and 2015, Ankara allowed the movement of jihadist fanatics across the Turkish border with Syria. This month, she dispatched around a thousand Syrian rebels and other hired characters to Azerbaijan, who’s using them in a war of annihilation against Armenia. There’s evidence to suggest there’s a contingent of Islamists among them. If so, then until Armenians dispatch them for good they will constitute a menace to their near enemies today — and to their far enemies, such as the free West, tomorrow. Turkey may well have gotten away with this even if she wasn’t a member of NATO, but how shameful and farcical and maddening is it that she is?

Greece as a bulwark of the West – ekathimerini.com

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis (l) talks with Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades at the EU summit in Brussels, on October 2. Greece, Cyprus and Israel form a security community of liberal democracies with common interests and values. [EPA] The recent visit by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo secured the future of Greek-American relations. Washington …

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The autocrats of the world are uniting – UnHerd

If Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is so determined to gild his nation’s Islamic credentials, why has he been cooperating with Beijing to extradite Uighur Muslim refugees? Why hasn’t he protested against Xi Jinping’s mass detention and reeducation camps? When not currying favor with Xi, Erdoğan has also been busy consulting with Vladimir Putin — …

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Be courageous in diplomacy, EU chief says, proposing new sanctions – Reuters

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The EU’s chief executive chided European Union governments on Wednesday for an ineffective foreign policy and proposed U.S.-style sanctions on human rights abusers around the world. Once able to boast of a soft power that helped transform communist neighbours into market economies, the EU increasingly finds itself unable to agree common positions …

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