Turkey-Israel Connection

Turkey is trying to restore its good relations with Israel. For over a decade an Islamic government in Turkey demonized Israel in order to gain support from Arab neighbors. That did not work and Turkey has to use force and coercion to subdue and exploit Arab neighbors. Reviving good relations with Israel is now a major goal. One reason for this is the fact that many Turks wanted to keep good relations with Israel and now a lot more agree with that. The Islamic party in Turkey and its leader Sultan-for-Life Recep Erdogan are in danger of being voted out of office and every vote counts, especially those of pro-Israel Turks.

 

Bullet Points:

* Iran has completely halted financial support for Arab some of the Arab terrorist organizations that survive on Iranian financial support. Some Iran-backed groups in Gaza and Lebanon have been unable to pay their personnel or rent on facilities they use. This is interesting because Virtual Mirage has learned that Big Iranian money is working hard to find a home in Asia. No, I won’t offer sources and citations. Take it on faith.

* Mexico’s long-term drop in the birth rate may be good economic news. We will know in about thirty years. Mexico’s current birth rate is children 2.2 per woman. In 1960 it was around 6.7 (an estimate, no one is quite sure what it was but 6.7 is close and more than six per mother is huge). Rising education levels and the country’s increasingly productive domestic economy factor into the seven-decade drop in the birth rate. The North American Free Trade Agreement forced the economy to modernize. The improved economy and stable population growth will mean fewer Mexicans will seek work in the U.S.

* Los Zetas cartel* has split into two antagonistic factions that are now separate drug trafficking organizations. One faction is called the Old Guard/Old School Zetas (La Vieja Guardia, also called Vieja Escuela), and the other is,  Northeast Cartel (Cartel del Noroeste). The turf war the factions have waged over Nuevo Laredo (Tamaulipas state) has been so vicious, bloody, and sustained that authorities have concluded the split is permanent. Meanwhile, as the Zetas spin-offs kill one another, the Jalisco New Generation cartel (CJNG) has moved into border towns in Mexico and Texas.

* Los Zetas started out nearly a generation ago, comprised of former Mexican military personnel, some of them US-trained. As the military types were incarcerated or killed by MEXGOV, USGOV, or rivals, they were replaced by ambitious thugs/narcotraffickers without a military background.

* Harvard Professor Elizabeth Bartholet is calling for a ban on homeschooling. Bartholet writes,  “From early on, our law recognized that the state has a role to play in child-rearing and that parents have responsibilities and not just rights.”

* Noah was a conspiracy theorist. Then it started to rain.

* From The Bee: WASHINGTON, D.C. — At the direction of the FBI, the National Archives has released all of the government’s documents related to John F. Kennedy’s assassination – except for the document that says the FBI killed President Kennedy.

“We are happy to finally declassify all of the JFK documents, with one tiny exception,” said FBI Director Christopher Wray. “We hope this will put to rest all of those silly conspiracies about how the FBI planned the whole thing, and I really hope no one ever asks us about this again.”

* Twitter Drama – “There’s an initial burst of activity needed post-acquisition to reorganize the company, but then I expect to reduce my time at Twitter,” he said, according to The Guardian.

Some analysts said Musk stepping away from Twitter could be a good thing.

“Attention focused on Twitter instead of golden child Tesla has been another big issue for investors and likely is behind this poll result with many Musk loyalists wanting him to leave as C.E.O. of Twitter,” analysts Daniel Ives and John Katsingris at Wedbush Securities wrote, according to The New York Times.

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      How can we trust that forum if Dr. (Mr. Science) Fauci is not leading it? Yes, of course, I recognize the medical credentials of Bill and Melinda Gates and who can contest the wisdom of WHO Director-General, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus of Ethiopia (and China). But without Fauci at the helm is it really science? Oh, yeah, they also need Bill Nye, the science guy…

  1. The Turkey/Israel upheaval has been going on for a couple of years. With Israel now allied with the Saudis, the Turks are getting worried… Los Zetas as bad enough back in the day, but the new divisions are beyond the pale for what they are doing to the people of Mexico. I ‘think’ CJNG has control of most of the cross border trafficking from San Diego all the way past RGV in Texas now.

    • CJNG has a controlling interest in Mexico now. Most of the other operations do so under a license from Guadalajara. So who runs the country? And do they kick back 10% to the big guy for running aliens across the border?

  2. Back in 2003, I took a job teaching history at Texas A&M International in Laredo. Got hired over the phone, so I was going in blind. Drove down to the Valley, arriving about ten p.m., got a hotel room, then got up the next morning to start hunting for an apartment. I went down to breakfast and picked a newspaper to go through the classifieds while I munched. The headline was interesting:

    POLICE EXCHANGE GUN, BAZOOKA FIRE WITH NUEVO LAREDO CONVOY

    I knew absolutely nothing about the geography of the area, so I figured Nuevo Laredo was a new subdivision of Laredo and remember thinking “Okay, any listings in Nuevo Laredo are a right out.”

    I used to park in the U.S. and walk across the bridge to the Cadillac Café in Nuevo. Best bloody marys I ever had.

  3. Iran cutting payments to long time dependents, civil unrest in the cities and ‘rumors’ of Iranian money looking for someplace else in Asia to be….

    Just another thing in a long list of things going on… Russia, Ukraine, NATO expansion, US biolabs all over the planet, China, Taiwan, the growing islands in the South China Sea, China in the Solomon islands, a militant Japan, the US moving back to the PI, US bases everywhere, changes in Mexico, world wide inflation, shutting down farms to battle climate change and the rising cost of energy during what looks like a good winter coming on..
    I didn’t even mention the military-industrial complex reaffirming it’s grip on America, the odd odd odd elections we’ve had or the open borders the winners of the odd odd odd elections are pushing.

  4. Re: the Iranian money going into Asia – that’s an interesting aside.

    Given the Iranian version of Islam, my guess is they’re trying to spread Shia into Asia. Get the Chinese Uighurs out of the slave camps? Or are Uighurs hated like the Sunnis? I can’t tell ’em apart without a scorecard.

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