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Eight Days in Aden – a Forgotten City in Yemen’s Forgotten War

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Two and a half years after the last major fighting in the southern port city of Aden, officially Yemen’s “temporary capital”, our Arabian Peninsula Project Director April Longley Alley finds a patchwork of rival armed forces, buildings in ruins and political groups’ effective steps toward autonomy, if… April Longley Alley ICG ADEN, Yemen – For now, there is little fighting in Yemen’s southern port city of Aden. But it takes me more than a year to arrange my journey. Everything ... Read More »

Iran’s stance affects the energy balance in East Med

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A new condition is expected to be formed in the Eastern Mediterranean region due to the Iran-centred crisis in the Middle East, incited by the new U.S. leadership. Nefeli Tzanetakou ibna Total’s decision to leave Iran due to Washington’s sanctions at the expense of the country seems to favour Cyprus at the moment. A senior executive told the Associated Press that Total intends to expand its operations in the Republic of Cyprus’s EEZ by proceeding with new gas exploration surveys. In ... Read More »

Is Beijing using ‘law of the jungle’ in South China Sea?

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In one of his international homilies last year, Xi Jinping said that in our world today, “the law of the jungle where the strong prey on the weak and the zero-sum game are rejected.” Xuan Loc Doan Asia Times But China’s recent landing of an H-6K bomber on a disputed island in the South China Sea is another signal that the Asian giant is not practicing what its leader preached. Reading the Chinese president’s addresses to international audiences, one may ... Read More »

Broken Dreams and Lost Lives: Israel, Gaza and the Hamas Card

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For days, now, the Israeli rewrite has been well underway, working overtime, to convince the world seven weeks of carnage in Palestine, more particularly Gaza, did not happen. Stanley L. Cohen CounterPunch Or, if it did, Israel’s responseto the Great Return March was a measured, proportionate answer to the menace posed by some burning kites, waving flags and nihilist teens armed with slingshot weapons of mass destruction. At times, we’ve seen Zionists rip a page straight out of the “Sandy Hook” playbook, suggesting gruesome virtual film footage of the on-going blood bath was ... Read More »

Turkey’s pipedreams and NATO’s nightmares

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Turkey’s relationship with NATO is at a nadir. Following its recent incursion into Syria’s Afrin district against NATO-backed Kurdish forces, Ankara now finds itself at loggerheads with the United States and other NATO… Amelia Meurant-Tompkinson The Strategist More troubling, Turkey’s offensive wouldn’t have been possible without the help of Russia: the operation required Russian clearance for Turkish warplanes to enter Syria’s airspace, and Ankara would have heeded assurances from… Then there’s the rapid progress on the controversial deal for Turkey ... Read More »

First country to use US-made F-35 in combat, Israel boasts

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OCCUPIED JERUSALEM — Israel is the first country to have used the US-made F-35 stealth fighter in combat, the Israeli air force chief said on Tuesday in remarks carried by the military’s official Twitter account. Saudi Gazette Local media further quoted Maj. Gen. Amikam Norkin as saying in a speech to the chiefs of 20 foreign air forces convening in Israel: “We are flying the F-35 all over the Middle East and have already attacked twice on two different fronts”. Norkin ... Read More »

Saudi Arabia: Back to Baghdad

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Saudi Arabia has been forging links to Iraq since reopening its Baghdad embassy in 2016. Its adversary Iran has strong Iraqi ties. ICG If Riyadh avoids antagonising Tehran, invests wisely and quiets anti-Shiite rhetoric, Iraq can be a bridge between the rival powers – not a battleground. What’s new? After a quarter-century of estrangement, Saudi Arabia has re-opened diplomatic relations with Iraq in an attempt to counter strong Iranian influence. The kingdom seeks a role in post-ISIS reconstruction and has ... Read More »

U.S. and Israel Should Recognize the Armenian Genocide

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivers a speech during the state ceremony opening the events of Holocaust Martyrs and Heroes Remembrance Day on April 11, 2018 at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem.
The number of Jews around the world is lower than before World War II, Israel's Central Bureau of Statistics said ahead of the Jewish State's annual Holocaust Remembrance Day. / AFP PHOTO / GALI TIBBON        (Photo credit should read GALI TIBBON/AFP/Getty Images)

Turkey’s sensitivities have blocked the move long enough. Zev Chafets Bloomberg Last week Turkey recalled its ambassadors to America and Israel. That decision came in response to Israeli forces killing 60 Palestinian protestors attempting to cross the Gaza border. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called Israeli actions a “genocide” on Turkish TV; Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shot back on twitter: “I suggest that he not preach morality to us.” Erdogan’s attack has opened an unanticipated window of opportunity, both ... Read More »

Neo-Ottomanism a myth or reality

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In the treaty of Lausanne (1923), signed in Palais de Rumine, Turkey gave up the remainder of the territory held by the Ottoman Empire. M Saad ur-Rehman Daily Times In return, the Allied powers recognised the new republic of Turkey and eventually one of the greatest empires in the history of mankind came to an end. Mustafa Kemal, the founder of the modern Turkey, introduced rigorous reforms in all sectors of the country and laid down the foundation of the ... Read More »

The first modern Islamist fundamentalist conquest of the West?

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Is Erdogan looking to conquer the energy-rich East Mediterranean and control Cyprus In the 1970s, a young mogul named Donald Trump was making news as a young, brash and very successful real estate developer. Philip Christopher Knews At the same time, Turkey’s 1974 invasion of Cyprus made international headlines. Now, 44 years later, they are on a collision course of historic consequence. US President Trump is the leader of the Western world and Turkey’s occupation of Cyprus has now become ... Read More »

Albania must decide between EU and Turkey – analysis

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While Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan tries to coopt Balkan countries into his sphere of influence, these countries, Albania in particular, must realize that their prospects for economic growth, prosperity, freedom and sustainable democracy will come with a… Ahval Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP)’s has been vocal in its dream of expanding the country’s influence across states that were formerly Ottoman territories; this foreign policy doctrine known as… Albania has been one of Turkey’s prime areas of… Albania ... Read More »

Island or Rock? Taiwan Defends Its Claim in South China Sea

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ITU ABA, South China Sea — The largest natural feature of the Spratly Islands, the hotly disputed archipelago in the South China Sea, is a forested, sun-drenched oval of land, cleaved by a single runway that gives the place the appearance of a raw coffee bean floating in… Steven Lee Myers The New York Times Called Itu Aba, it is occupied not by China, which has aggressively asserted its territorial claims in the sea, but by its archrival, the self-governing ... Read More »

DMZ guardians could become ‘happiest jobless’ on earth

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Swedish and Swiss soldiers are the most peaceful denizens of the Korean DMZ. If a Korean War peace treaty is signed they may expand their mandate – or pack up and go home Andrew Salmon Asia Times It is the most bizarre corner of one of the most bizarre places in East Asia: A tranquil little chunk of Western Europe sitting betwixt armies which, if they ever go to war, could very well ignite Armageddon across Asia. Welcome to the ... Read More »

Turkish elections: Erdogan to hold rally in Sarajevo

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Turkey’s president turns to Bosnia for votes, after EU countries banned Turkey from campaigning among its diaspora. Mersiha Gadzo AlJazeera After three EU countries banned Turkish politicians from campaigning on their soil, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is set to rally in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina on Sunday. Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) decided to hold a rally in Bosnia’s capital afterAustria, the Netherlands, and Germany – home to Turkey’s largest diaspora – announced that… Erdogan’s rally in… Turkish elections: Erdogan… Read More »

US criticizes China’s militarization of disputed South China Sea

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BEIJING — The Pentagon criticized what it called China’s “continued militarization” of island outposts in the disputed South China Sea, where the Chinese air force landed long-range bombers for the… The Associated Press NavyNews The China Daily newspaper reported Saturday that the People’s Liberation Army Air Force conducted takeoff and landing training with the H-6K bomber in the South China Sea. China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons in waters crucial for global commerce and rich in ... Read More »

Maoist rebels detonate bomb in east India; 6 police killed

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At least six police officials were killed and another was critically injured on May 20 when Maoist rebels targeted their vehicle with a bomb in eastern India, police said. PATNA Hurriyet The rebels detonated a land mine as the police vehicle ran over it in Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh state, said D.M. Awasthi, the chief of counterinsurgency operations in the state. The explosion extensively damaged the vehicle. Awasthi said the police were escorting a truck carrying material to a road construction site in a forested area when the rebels triggered ... Read More »