No Exit? Gaza & Israel Between Wars

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Gaza City/Jerusalem/Ramallah/Brussels – ICG – Middle East Report N°162 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY In the year since the 2014 Gaza war, little has been done to alter the conditions that precipitated it. The so-called Palestinian government of national consensus, formed in June 2o14 and seated in the West Bank, has been reconstituted without Hamas’s consent. Viewing Gaza as a trap, it refuses ... Read More »

Middle Eastern leaders flood to Moscow for Syrian talks, aerospace salon

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Russian President Vladimir Putin is to host the Jordanian King and the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi in Moscow on Aug. 25 to discuss the Syrian crisis and take part in a showcase of Russia’s military industry. Hurriyet - MOSCOW – Agence France-Presse Jordanian King Abdullah II and the strongman of the United Arab Emirates, Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin ... Read More »

How Turkey Plays the War on Terror

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America’s reluctant ally finally offers token assistance against ISIS only as cover for a campaign against the Kurds. The American Conservative – By Philip Giraldi • The United States’s engagement in the Middle East since 2001 would be a comedy of errors but for the fact that it is not funny. It all began with the exploitation of a befuddled ... Read More »

Iraq: Conflict Alert

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A wave of protests has brought Iraq to the edge of yet more serious conflict. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has introduced sweeping reforms to halt the deterioration but in a manner that may make things worse. An important course correction is needed if he is to survive politically and Iraq is to avoid what could become in effect a military ... Read More »

Turkey to issue Interpol Red Notice for 52 PKK leaders

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The Ankara Public Prosecutor’s Office has issued an arrest warrant for 52 top leaders of the outlawed PKK. The prosecutor has also written to the Turkish National Police to determine the location of the 52, and will also apply to the Justice Ministry for the issuing of an Interpol Red Notice for the… The Ankara Crimes against the Constitutional Order ... Read More »

A shot, a glimpse of an AK-47, and three friends spring into action

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Paris: It was 5.45pm, a normal Friday afternoon on the sleek high-speed train that takes high-level European diplomats, businesspeople, tourists and ordinary citizens between Amsterdam, Brussels and Paris. Adam Nossiter and Steven Erlanger Less than an hour away from Paris, a French passenger got up from his seat to use the toilets at the back of the carriage. Suddenly, in ... Read More »

Venezuela state under martial law against smugglers

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BBC – The Venezuelan president has declared a state of emergency in a border region near Colombia following an attack by smugglers in which three soldiers and a civilian were injured. Nicolas Maduro said there would be 60 days of martial law in five municipalities of the state of Tachira. He also said the closure of the border, announced on ... Read More »

Turkey condemns BBC story on PKK

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UK broadcaster’s piece on Kurdistan Workers’ Party militants is ‘clear support to terrorism’, says Turkish Foreign Ministry. Anadolu Agency - ANKARA Turkey has condemned the BBC for publishing an article Ankara describes as “clear support to terrorism”. The criticism from Turkey’s Foreign Ministry comes after an Aug. 20 piece released by the U.K. broadcaster which featured interviews with members of ... Read More »

Talking Point: Family violence has gender roots

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SINCE the women’s movement put family violence on the public agenda 50 years ago, Australia has been struggling to mount an adequate response. MICHAEL SALTER From: Mercury There has been a strong push to improve the policing and punishment of family violence. The criminal justice system has an important role in managing family violence. However, prison generally exacerbates, rather than ... Read More »