In Ukraine, human rights abuses and 36 killed every day

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The conflict raging in eastern Ukraine has killed nearly 2,600 people, according to the United Nations. The UN says it is concerned atrocities are being committed by armed groups and there is increasing involvement of foreign fighters. A UN human rights report said the surging toll was caused by the fighting moving into densely populated areas of the country.   The ... Read More »

Michael Jansen: Sail of hope

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On Aug.26, Palestinians and Israelis agreed to halt the carnage and destruction in Gaza and to begin easing Israel’s siege and blockade that was the cause of the 50-day war. This deadly and costly conflict would have never happened if Israel had ended its cruel policy when on Aug.23, 2008, two rickety Greek fishing boats arrived in Gaza after a hazardous ... Read More »

Turkey’s Imperial Fantasy

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Istanbul — In the late 1990s, as Turkey was reeling from various political and economic crises, there was a nationwide debate over European Union membership and whether Turkish accession to the union would solve the country’s problems. Back then, I was a graduate student in International Relations at Marmara University. Among the professors in my department, there was only one who opposed ... Read More »

Recipe for hate: Al-Qaeda publish car bomb ‘shopping list’ and suggest UK targets

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Al-Qaeda this week published an online magazine featuring instructions on how to build homemade car bombs and an appeal to Muslims to attack UK and US targets in the vein of the Boston bombers. The English-language magazine, entitled ‘Palestine: Betrayal of the Guilty Conscience Al-Malahem’, urges Muslims in the West to assemble pressure cooker bombs like those used to attack the ... Read More »

Turkey pulls its weight in the fight against terrorism

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I REFER to your editorial (“Block the Jihadist Highway”, 26/8), and to set the record straight concerning Turkey’s fight against terrorism in the context of Syria and Iraq. While Turkey’s geographical location makes the country a valuable partner for counter-terrorism initiatives, it also renders it a target of terrorist groups. Thus, Turkey is the country most affected by the dire ... Read More »

Fixing Fragile States

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SINCE THE 9/11 attacks, the United States has waged major postwar reconstruction campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan and similar but smaller programs in other countries that harbor Al Qaeda affiliates. Continued complex political, economic and military operations will be needed for many years to deal with the continuing threat from Al Qaeda and its associated organizations, much of it stemming ... Read More »

NATO mulls ways to substitute Dutch contribution

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Although the Netherlands has decided to end its contribution to NATO’s deployment of Patriot anti-ballistic missile systems in Turkey at the end of January, the alliance’s deployments will continue, a Turkish diplomat has told Hürriyet Daily News. The official noted the U.S. and Germany plan to extend the mission for one more year. The Dutch House of Representatives announced on ... Read More »