Podcast Show #14

The Boiling Frogs Presents Mizgin Yilmaz

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Mizgin Yilmaz provides us with an overview and background on the Kurdish Issue in Turkey, the origin of the conflict involving the Kurdish minority and Turkey’s central government, and the status and latest developments on the ‘Kurdish Initiative.’ She describes the depth and reach of the influential Turkish lobby in the United States, which is now ranked as the number one foreign group in spending on lobby activities here. She talks about the Turkish Deep State, Gladio, Grey Wolves and the assassination attempt of Pope John Paul II, Turkey’s status as the top heroin trafficking nation worldwide, Fethullah Gulen’s Islamic movement and its headquarters here in the United States, and more!


MizginsDesk Mizgin Yilmaz is an analyst and activist who’s been covering the Kurdish regions of Turkey, Iraq, Iran, and Syria, including events of concern to the the Human Rights Association (İnsan Hakları Derneği–İHD) in Turkey, the pro-Kurdish DTP (Democratic Society Party/Demokratik Toplum Partisi), and the PKK (Partiya Karkên Kurdistan/Kurdistan Worker’s Party). She is fluent in Turkish, has a BA in history, and since 2005 has maintained a blog focusing on Kurdish issues, the Turkish Deep State, Turkey’s lobby in the US, and related developments and activities in Central Asia.


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  1. This article, “The Israeli Lobby appeals before the US Congress to stop the Ergenekon trial in Turkey”, may be of interest regarding some of the issues raised in Mizgin’s interview. It alleges close ties between a pro-Turkish think tank ARI Foundation and JINSA, WINEP, and the AIPAC.

  2. Oh, oh, oh . . .

    Metem, you are a treasure for putting this on my radar.

    A little digging revealed some older information on ARI: It is a tax exempt organization (no surprise there) but no one will ever guess whose name was provided as their contact: Gunay Ovunc.

    That name will ring a big bell with Sibel because Ovunc is the current president of the ATAA. I bet Luke Rosiak at Sunlight Foundation will appreciate the tip-off, too.

    Time to deploy the backhoe!

    Their website lists no one as affiliated with them. No staff, no board of directors, no resident “scholars”, nothing. Notice, however, that their blog lists articles by Soner Cagaptay. That’s a WINEP connection. Steve Rosen is listed under ARI’s symposia. That would be the same Steve Rosen of AIPAC infamy who is now writing for Daniel Pipes’ ME Forum. Daniel Pipes is also listed under the symposia, as is Zeyno Baran of the Hudson Institute (more on her and Ergenekon here).

    And then there’s Yasemin Congar, an editor at Turkey’s daily Taraf, which is interesting for other reasons that will take some time to think through because Taraf has generally been perceived as anti-pasha.

    Robert Wexler is also mentioned under ARI’s symposia. He was a co-founder of the Caucus on US Turkish Relations, members of which are featured prominently on the TCA website. Wexler has resigned his congressional seat to join some pro-Israeli think tank and will eventually end up on the Turkish Republic’s payroll, a la Dennis Hastert, Dick Gephardt, and Robert Livingston.

    I have no doubt that the Voltairenet article is accurate as to ARI Foundation’s ties.

    If ARI is actually trying to get the US to intervene covertly to end the Ergenekon prosectuions, then they are pretty stupid. We already know about NATO’s Deep State and if the pashas thought they could get away with another coup, they would have done it already. But the Bush administration favored the AKP and it would appear that the Obama administration favors it, too.

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  3. Oh, oh, oh . . .

    Metem, you are a treasure for putting this on my radar.

    A little digging revealed some older information on ARI: It is a tax exempt organization (no surprise there) but no one will ever guess whose name was provided as their contact: Gunay Ovunc.

    That name will ring a big bell with Sibel because Ovunc is the current president of the ATAA. I bet Luke Rosiak at Sunlight Foundation will appreciate the tip-off, too.

    Time to deploy the backhoe!

    Their website lists no one as affiliated with them. No staff, no board of directors, no resident “scholars”, nothing. Notice, however, that their blog lists articles by Soner Cagaptay. That’s a WINEP connection. Steve Rosen is listed under ARI’s symposia. That would be the same Steve Rosen of AIPAC infamy who is now writing for Daniel Pipes’ ME Forum. Daniel Pipes is also listed under the symposia, as is Zeyno Baran of the Hudson Institute (more on her and Ergenekon here).

    And then there’s Yasemin Congar, an editor at Turkey’s daily Taraf, which is interesting for other reasons that will take some time to think through because Taraf has generally been perceived as anti-pasha.

    Robert Wexler is also mentioned under ARI’s symposia. He was a co-founder of the Caucus on US Turkish Relations, members of which are featured prominently on the TCA website. Wexler has resigned his congressional seat to join some pro-Israeli think tank and will eventually end up on the Turkish Republic’s payroll, a la Dennis Hastert, Dick Gephardt, and Robert Livingston.

    I have no doubt that the Voltairenet article is accurate as to ARI Foundation’s ties.

    If ARI is actually trying to get the US to intervene covertly to end the Ergenekon prosecutions, then they are pretty stupid. We already know about NATO’s Deep State and if the pashas thought they could get away with another coup, they would have done it already. But the Bush administration favored the AKP and it would appear that the Obama administration favors it, too.

  4. @Mizgin

    Glad to be of help. Thanks for all the info on them (in such a short time too). Daniel Pipes is, of the people you named, the one I know most about and the one whose name brings the most immediate involuntary reaction. *wretch* His father, as I’m sure you know, one of the masterminds of the cartoonish idiocy of Team B, and he of the Orwellian Campus Watch; the man oozes worminess.

  5. Many thoughts surfaced from Mizgin’s talk. Thank you for an in depth understanding of the part of the world I have only visited. Bringing it back to the U.S., the first thought I have is that I was discounted when referencing heroin use in the U.S. at Boiling Frogs by commenters. The focus was quickly shifted to Europe and Russia, but given the base of Turkish influence in the U.S., it follows we have become a major conduit as well.
    Second is the Brezinski chess game, since he is an advisor to Obama,(also Lee Hamilton of the Iraq Study Group): while these people remain fixated on oil as Ishmael pointed out to maintain control by reducing population, why can’t we bring attention to technologies that exist presently to solve the energy crisis – solutions that like solar have been actively suppressed, but research is ongoing?
    Third is a personal concern. I can only filter so much of this information without getting paranoid, or as some have commented on this site, being labeled paranoid and discounted. That was brought home to me last night when I was in a setting in cold rain with young people at a farmer’s market. Two geeks were there selling hats and we were visiting. I brought out that Cofee was released on Wikileaks, a powerful forensic computer tool. One geek pulls out his iPhone and confirms, and sends it to his fellow geeks. The other geek recounts exploits when he worked for NSA using a Penny’s credit card to bypass security in the building. Then geek Number One admits that he had a software business in Alaska that was the first to link multiple desktops for daytraders. He mentions in passing that he visited the HAARP site. My little mind is going, hey are these guys spooks – whose side are they on?

  6. Suspended Heroin cultivation, drawing negative criticism towards Tobacco growers in the States? Are “eye for an eye”, “tooth for a tooth” appeals, the ideal elements, for surprise?

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