World View: Turkey Intercepts Syrian Passenger Plane Traveling from Russia

This morning's key headlines from GenerationalDynamics.com

  • Turkey intercepts Syrian passenger plane traveling from Russia
  • U.S. troops sent to Jordan for defense from Syria
  • Greece's austerity VAT tax hike has shut down restaurants
  • 94% of Turkish people want Obama to win presidential election

Turkey intercepts Syrian passenger plane traveling from Russia

Syrian passenger plane forced to land in Ankara (Reuters)
Syrian passenger plane forced to land in Ankara (Reuters)

Turkish F16 jets forced a Syrian passenger plane, traveling from Moscow to Damascus over Turkey's airspace, to land at Ankara airport on Wednesday on suspicion that it may be carrying weapons. As a result of the inspections, Turkey found military communications equipment and missile parts presumably intended for Syria's military. The military equipment was confiscated, and the plane was permitted to continue its trip to Damascus with all 37 passengers. Turkey has been massing troops and equipment on the border with Syria, where the two countries have been exchanging fire for a week. On Wednesday morning, Turkey banned its own civilian airplanes from entering Syrian airspace, in order to prevent any reprisals for today's action. Zaman (Istanbul)

U.S. troops sent to Jordan for defense from Syria

The NY Times, whose editorial policy is to harm the U.S. as much as possible by revealing as many military and national security secrets as possible, is reporting that the U.S. military has secretly sent a task force of more than 150 planners and other specialists to Jordan for three purposes:

  • Help Jordan's armed forces handle the increasing flood of Syrian refugees.
  • Defend against Syria's chemical weapons if the government loses control of them.
  • Be prepared to participate in a larger regional war, if it becomes necessary.
The possibility of setting up a militarized buffer zone between Syria and Jordan is being discussed, but is not being planned at this time. Some 150,000 to 200,000 Syrian refugees have already crossed the border into Jordan, and Jordan has said that they don't have the resources to handle all of them. New York Times and Jerusalem Post

Greece's austerity VAT tax hike has shut down restaurants

As part of its austerity requirements, Greece raised the value-added tax (VAT) on food catering chains to 23%. During the 12-month period, income in the sector fell 40% from 3 billion euros to just 1.8 billion euros, 4,000 restaurants have shut down, and about 30,000 employees have lost their jobs. The industry is asking that the VAT be lowered to 9%. Kathimerini

94% of Turkish people want Obama to win presidential election

President Obama
President Obama

A recent survey has revealed that 94% of Turks are backing current US President Barack Obama against Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney in the presidential race. The survey was conducted in 32 countries. Obama was selected over Romney in most of the countries surveyed. Iceland, Holland and Portugal were the countries with the highest level of support for Obama. The only country where Romney was ranked higher was Israel. Zaman (Istanbul)

KEYS: Generational Dynamics, Turkey, Syria, Russia, Jordan, Greece
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