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Erdogan: Turkish forces are in Syria to end Assad’s rule

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Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said that the Turkish Army entered Syria to end the rule of President Bashar Assad, whom he accused of terrorism and causing the deaths of thousands. RT “We entered [Syria] to end the rule of the tyrant al-Assad who terrorizes with state terror. [We didn’t enter] for any… Erdogan: Turkish forces… Read More »

Turkey at Thanksgiving Is Enough

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President M. Nixon is not generally admired as a fountain of profundity. American Thinker By Michael Curtis But attention should be paid by sore political losers to this pithy remark: “You’ve got to learn to survive a… Turkey at Thanksgiving… Read More »

Yemen: Houthi rebels form new government

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Spokesperson for exiled president Hadi says move shows disregard for Yemeni people and international community. AlJazeera Yemen’s armed Houthi rebels and their political allies have formed a new government, the… Yemen: Houthi rebels… Read More »

Religious extremists not the only terror threat, Victoria Police Commissioner Graham Ashton says

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Victoria’s top cop has warned terrorism threats are broader than religious extremism, as the likely return of foreign fighters increases the chance of an attack on Australian soil. ABC Sarah Farnswoth The warning came as experts from nine different countries, including the deputy head of French police group RAID, met in Melbourne to share knowledge of countering extremist behaviour. Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton said it was not just… Religious extremists not the only terror… Read More »

Bahcelism in Turkey

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When the history of Turkey’s descent into Islamist dictatorship, financial ruin, and insecurity is written, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will be the central focus of most accounts. AEI Michael Rubin But, when historians ask who enabled Erdogan’s rise, perhaps no Turkish politician deserves that title more than Devlet Bahçeli, the chairman of the Nationalist Movement Party (Milliyetçi Hareket Partisi, MHP), Turkey’s right-wing and nationalist party. When American or European politicians lead their… Bahcelism in Turkey Read More »

Israel/Palestine: Parameters for a Two-State Settlement

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The collapse of U.S.-led Israeli-Palestinian talks in 2014 led to political instability, rising violence and settlement expansion. ICG To improve his successors’ peace-making chances, President Obama should push for a new UN Security Council resolution setting out the basic parameters of a deal. Executive Summary President Obama has a final chance to shape his legacy as a… Israel/Palestine: Parameters… Read More »

US, Turkey Military Operations in Syria Are Intervention

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Washington and Ankara do not coordinate their military operations on Syria’s territory with Damascus, their presence in the country can be regarded as intervention, a senior Syrian Army official told Sputnik. Sputnik On August 24, Turkish forces, backed by US-led coalition aircraft, began a… US, Turkey Military… Read More »

Why Yemen Will Be Donald Trump’s Litmus Test

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Will the president-elect buy into Saudi Arabia’s and the neoconservatives’ Iran-centric view of the conflict? Michael Horton The civil war in Yemen—in which the United States is deeply involved—will be a litmus test for the… Why Yemen Will… Read More »

Greece has taken a principled stand over guarantees

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In your editorial “Greece must stop blocking a deal” (Cyprus Mail, November 24), Greece is blamed for not adopting “a supportive role, instead of undermining the process as it had done in the last week”. Cyprus Mail Myron M Nicolatos, president of the Cyprus supreme court President Anastasiades is also blamed, for standing next to Prime Minister Tsipras and “nodding approvingly” while the… Greece has taken a… Read More »

The Personal Feud That’s Strangling Afghanistan’s Precious Mineral Trade

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Complicated power struggles are paralyzing the country’s development. Franz J. Marty The settlement in the shadows of the mighty peaks and cliffs of the Hindu Kush in Afghanistan’s northeastern province of Badakhshan is mostly deserted. The small stone huts are crumbling, and… The Personal Feud… Read More »

President Trump and the Art of the Iran Nuclear Deal

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President-Elect Donald J. Trump’s foreign policy direction remains uncertain, but his campaign rhetoric has cast doubt on the future of the successful multilateral nuclear accord with Iran. ICG The co-signatories with the U.S. – China, France, Germany, Russia and the UK – can take action now to… President Trump and… Read More »

Tough general convinces Trump to change tune on torture

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US president-elect Donald Trump said Wednesday that advice from a Marine general renowned for his frank talk had convinced him to think again about authorising the torture of detainees. SBS The Republican tycoon had previously made bloodcurdling pledges to restore waterboarding and “far, far worse” in US detention centers, scorning President Barack Obama’s ban on the practice. But last weekend Trump sat down with James Mattis, a retired general respected across Washington and the US military for… Tough general convinces ... Read More »

Commentary: Trump Security Advisor Michael Flynn’s Dangerous, Dollar-Induced Flip Flop on Turkey

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The Election Day commentary in The Hill by Michael Flynn, a recently appointed National Security advisor to President-elect Donald Trump began with the following words: “Our ally Turkey is in crisis and needs our support,” and continued with a prolonged pitch on why Turkey was important to the United States and why U.S. policy needed a shift of support towards the Erdogan regime. The Pappas Post Gregory Pappas The commentary was a strange, new development to those following the ever-evolving ... Read More »

North Korea Is a Total Nightmare—That South Korea Shouldn’t Fear

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By virtually every measure, Seoul has the upper hand over the North in a war. Rajan Menon Those who have talked recently with South Korean foreign-policy and national-security experts will have noticed that they are quite apprehensive. There are at… North Korea Is a… Read More »

Will submarine deal sink Netanyahu’s ship?

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An Oct. 31 Al-Monitor article revealed that a deal was underway for Israel to purchase three submarines from ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems, a German ship-building giant. Ben Caspit This past week, the deal turned into a political and media scandal leading to public demands that Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit investigate for criminal facets of the… Will submarine deal… Read More »

Flynn shifted stance on Turkey, torture

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President-elect Donald TrumpDonald TrumpTrump lawyer: No charitable funds will pay for Trump University settlementTrump urged UK leader to oppose wind farm near his golf course: reportBET founder: Trump ‘committed to reaching out’ to black AmericansMORE’s chosen national security adviser has previously criticized aggressive counterterrorism methods that he now appears open to and also seemed to change his tune on the government in Turkey after his consulting firm received a lucrative contract. By Julian Hattem While using torture once seemed to ... Read More »