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Turkey’s PKK Conflict Veers onto a More Violent Path

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The death toll in Turkey’s PKK (Kurdistan Workers’ Party) conflict rose nearly 10 per cent over the past three months as domestic political and regional dynamics propel the 32-year-old conflict deeper into a more violent trend. Berkay Mandıracı August-October fighting killed 444 people, compared to 402 in the preceding three months. The… Turkey’s PKK Conflict… Read More »

Turkey Converts Hagia Sophia to MosqueTurkey Converts Hagia Sophia to Mosque

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This is how the minds of Islamic supremacists seem to work: If you want churches to remain churches, it means you are “disturbed by the Koran or Islamic prayers,” and you disrespect or “insult” Islam. by Robert Jones According to Islamic scriptures, those who “insult” Islam or its prophet Muhammad are to… Turkey Converts Hagia… Read More »

Time to Protect Our Common Home

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Parties to the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) reached a historical landmark agreement in Paris on 12 December 2015, charting a fundamentally new course for global climate efforts. José Ramos-Horta * The Paris Agreement (PA) came into force on 4 November 2016, creating a history in multilateral diplomacy, as no other convention came into force so… Time to Protect… Read More »

Turkey’s Difficult Détente With Russia

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ANKARA—Turkey’s always-complex zigzags between its Western allies and their respective strategic rivals are more than notorious. By: Burak Ege Bekdil, Russia is a case in point. A year ago Turkey and Russia were on the brink of war over Syria. Today they are in a… Turkey’s Difficult Détente… Read More »

What Happens in Turkey Doesn’t Stay in Turkey

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Ankara’s growing authoritarianism is not just an internal problem. It’s time for the U.S. to wise up. By Nate Schenkkan * The detention of 11 members of parliament from an opposition political party last week marked the latest step in Turkey’s transformation into a de facto dictatorship. For years, the… What Happens in… Read More »

Moscow, Ankara to discuss deploying air defense systems to Turkey

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Russia and Turkey are planning to convene to set an intergovernmental military-technical cooperation commission before the end of the year, a Russian military official said on Monday. Daily Sabah Speaking to Interfax, Alexandr Fomin, the Director of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation, said the most important topic on the… Moscow, Ankara to… Read More »

Destination ‘great Muslim democracy’: Time to get off the train

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Every new day adds fresh validation to the adage that “Turkey is fun unless you have to live in it.” BURAK BEKDİL In one recent speech, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan described himself as an enemy of interest rates “because interest rates are a means of abuse.” Where did Mr. Erdoğan say that? At a ceremony at the… Destination ‘great Muslim… Read More »

Turkey detains top staff of Cumhuriyet daily

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At least 12 Cumhuriyet employees affected by decision described by government as arising from probe launched in August. Turkish police have detained at least a dozen people working for the opposition Cumhuriyet newspaper, according to news-media reports. Cumhuriyet said that along with Murat Sabuncu, the… Turkey detains top… Read More »

China and India’s Slow-Moving Path to ‘Water Wars’

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There’s a smarter way to handle the Brahmaputra conflict. Satu Limaye, Joel Wuthnow, Nilanthi Samaranayake China’s September 30 announcement that it would temporarily divert the Xiabuqu—a domestic river that feeds into the mighty Brahmaputra running from Tibet through Northeast India and… China and India’s… Read More »

Slogan in Turkey During Erdogan’s Rally: ‘Armenian Bastards Cannot Deter Us’

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Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan recently held a rally at the airport in the northern Turkish city of Trabzon. By Robert Jones During his speech, the crowd started chanting: “Armenian bastards cannot deter us.” Erdogan did not warn or condemn the crowd as they repeated their ugly… Slogan in Turkey… Read More »

Syria: The Next U.S. President’s First 100 Days

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America’s goal should be ending the civil war, not regime change. Amitai Etzioni According to the Washington Post, there is already a lively debateamong Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s foreign-policy advisers about what is to be done in Syria if she becomes the next president. Arguments are between those who… Syria: The Next… Read More »

Lofty ambitions confront reality in Turkish Stream pipeline

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Russia and Turkey signed an agreement to build a gas pipeline early this month, provoking worry that the Turkish Stream pipeline could render Ukraine obsolete as a gas conduit to Europe. By Josh Kovensky Ankara appears to have ambitions to become a gas transit hub connecting Central Asia, the Black Sea region and the… Lofty ambitions confront… Read More »

Unwanted: $10B gas deal with Israel that Jordan needs

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For one hour every Sunday, Alaa Wishah and his family sit at home in the dark. The pharmacist in Jordan’s capital of Amman isn’t trying to save money. Wishah, his wife and their three children are joining the protest against a $10 billion energy import agreement with Israel that has revived old animosities in this part of the… Unwanted: $10B gas… Read More »

Parliament awards Sakharov Prize to Yazidi women

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Murad Basee and Aji Bashar are advocates for the Yazidi community, the Parliament said. By CYNTHIA KROET Two Yazidi women, who have advocated the plight of survivors of horrific abuse by ISIL in Iraq, have been awarded the European Parliament’s 2016 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, the… Parliament awards Sakharov… Read More »

Taiwan Should Be a Partner in Addressing Climate Change

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Taiwan, as the fifth-largest economy in Asia and the 22nd largest in the world, should have a place at the table when it comes to this critical issue. Stanley Kao The Paris Climate Agreement, negotiated within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) dealing with the… Taiwan Should Be a… Read More »

3 Factors for the U.S. to Consider in Assessing Iran’s Role in Yemen Attacks

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Publicly blaming Tehran for the recent missile strikes would be a serious matter, so U.S. officials need to go through several preparatory steps before deciding whether that is the best course of action. Michael Singh After missiles fired from the coast of Yemen (unsuccessfully) targeted a U.S. Navy destroyer in the Red Sea on Oct. 9 and Oct. 12, U.S. officials unequivocally blamed the Shiite Houthi rebels that control Yemen’s capital. U.S. forces responded to the… 3 Factors for… Read More »