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Merkel does not see EU expanding membership talks with Turkey

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel does not expect the European Union to open negotiations on new policy areas with Turkey in its talks to join the bloc, her spokesman said on Wednesday. Reuters Membership talks have progressed only slowly since they began in 2005 but Merkel has said the EU, which needs Turkey to help tackle the migrant crisis, must engage with Ankara despite concern about its response to a failed coup in July. Bild newspaper ran a story under a ... Read More »

Horn of Africa refugees flock to Yemen despite war

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More than 100,000 people from Ethiopia and Somalia risked deadly boat journey into war-torn Yemen seeking better lives. AlJazeera, AFP More than 100,000 refugees from the Horn of Africa have flocked to Yemen this year despite a raging conflict in the country, the United Nations said on… Horn of Africa… Read More »

What Has Strained U.S. – Turkey Relations And What Needs To Be Done

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The relationship between the U.S. and Turkey has long held strategic importance for both countries, but lately it has come under strain. The Daily Caller Gen. Ilker Basbug Two major issues are exacerbating tensions: The U.S.’s support of the PYD in Syria, and concerns regarding how the… What Has Strained… Read More »

North Korea satellite images show prison camps accused of ‘atrocities’

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Pyongyang has denied the existence of kwanliso prison camps, where the UN says inmates have faced starvation, forced labor, torture and rape The Guardian Amanda Holpuch New satellite images of North Korean prison camps have been released, showing the continued existence of political prison camps described by the United Nations as being used to perpetrate “unspeakable atrocities”. North Korea’s government denies such… North Korea satellite images show… Read More »

‘CIA created ISIS’, says Julian Assange as Wikileaks releases 500k US cables

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WIKILEAKS founder Julian Assange today said the CIA was responsible for paving the way for ISIS as the whistle blowing organisation released more than half a million formerly confidential US diplomatic cables dating… Jon Austin Express On the sixth anniversary of the first infamous “Cablegate” by WikiLeaks, when it… In a statement to coincide with the… ‘CIA created ISIS’… Read More »

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 »

How Iran Hopes the Nuclear Deal Will Revive Its Economy

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Rouhani’s first target is the country’s corrupt banking system. The National Interest Farhad Rezaei From the beginning of his presidency, Hassan Rouhani and his team considered the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) negotiated between Iran and… How Iran Hopes… 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 »

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 »

The economy may collapse soon: Daron Acemoğlu

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The Turkish economy may collapse in a couple of years if politicians do not show the West that the economy is trust-worthy, Daron Acemoğlu, Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), told the daily Hürriyet. Çınar Oskay – ISTANBUL “Economic growth comes from consumption and consumption is encouraged by loans. This is not… The economy may… 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 »

A 1,000-year-old promise of peace

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Two Muslim families hold the keys to the doors of Jerusalem’s holiest church in order to keep the peace between three feuding Christian denominations. BBC By Sara Toth Stub On a recent Sunday morning, Adeeb Jawad Joudeh Al Husseini was sitting on a bench just inside the… A 1,000-year… 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 »

Happy Birthday Timor! Our Gift To You Is To Steal Your Oil, And Your Future

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As one of our closest – and poorest – neighbours marks 14 years of independence, Australia is still stealing their natural resources. New Matilda Ella Fabry Ella Fabry explains. Tomorrow, November 28, one of the world’s newest nations… Happy Birthday Timor! Our Gift To You Is… Read More »

Only Power Rules: Turkey After the Failed Coup

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THERE ARE MANY THINGS I remember about the night of July 15 in Istanbul. Los Angeles Review of Books Nick Ashdown I was with my then girlfriend and her friends when we heard a military coup was taking place. We decided to do the most… Only Power Rules: Turkey After the… Read More »