Middle East

The Arab Spring is far from over

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Like the French Revolution, it could play out over decades and reshape the… KOERT DEBEUF Politico My friend Ahmed Maher was released from prison on January 5. Ahmed was the leader of the April 6 Youth Movement that organized the Egyptian revolution against the then… The Arab Spring… Read More »

Putin-Trump alliance against ISIS and Al-Qaeda on the way?

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US President Trump’s emphasis on defeating ISIS and Jihadi terrorism finds an echo in the words of Russian President Putin, creating the possibility of an alliance between the two to combat ISIS and… ALEXANDER MERCOURIS The Duran Both Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump have repeatedly made clear their utter… Putin-Trump alliance… Read More »

Reports: ISIS destroys facade of Roman theater in Syrian city of Palmyra

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(CNN) – ISIS fighters have destroyed part of the historic Roman amphitheater in the ancient city of Palmyra. Jomana Karadsheh, Kareem Khadder and Lauren Said-Moorhouse CNN Syrian authorities say recent satellite images confirm renewed devastation in the ancient oasis city, according to a statement Friday from the Syrian Directorate General for Antiquities and Museums. “The imagery shows significant… Reports: ISIS destroys facade of… Read More »

Amid Fistfights, Turkey’s Parliament Backs a New Constitution

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Turkey’s Parliament approved a proposed Constitution that would cede even greater powers to the country’s president if endorsed in a national referendum, but the bitterly contested voting process was marred by screaming matches and… ROD NORDLAND  The New York Times The low point came when supporters of the governing Justice and… Amid Fistfights, Turkey’s… Read More »

Kosovan artists’ ‘Migrant Colors’ on show

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A collective exhibition titled ‘Migrant Colors’ is now on display in Istanbul, bringing together the works of six artists from Kosovo, displaying unique examples of their art Anadolu Agency Daily Sabah The “Migrant Colors” exhibition is now on in Beşiktaş, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the foundation of the Kosovo Prizren Culture and Solidarity Association (Kosova Prizrenliler Kültür ve Yardımlaşma Derneği). Hosted by the municipality of… Kosovan artists’ ‘Migrant Colors’ on… Read More »

Why is the West selling out Cyprus?

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The Western powers are pressuring the Republic of Cyprus to agree to an unjust settlement of the Cypriot conflict in order to appease Turkey and draw it away from the Eurasian… ANDREW KORYBKO The Duran The latest round of Cypriot reunification talks have just kicked off, yet most of the locals are far from enthusiastic about… There’s a… Why is the… Read More »

SYRIA: Dr Bouthaina Shaaban on the Weaponization of Corporate Media

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It was a truly historical moment, when the president-elect of the United States, in his first official news conference, refused to take a question from CNN, telling its correspondent that his channel propagates fake… 21st Century Wire It indicates the beginning of the end for the Zionist corporate media, which… SYRIA: Dr Bouthaina… Read More »

What I’ve witnessed in Turkey is an assault on democracy itself

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Erdoğan, emboldened by the rise of Trump, is crushing fragile freedoms – tens of thousands detained and the press muzzled. Owen Jones The Guardian The west must end its silence Democracy is a bundle of… What I’ve witnessed in… Read More »

Why Ankara’s honeymoon with Trump may be short-lived

A man walks past the Trump Towers building in Istanbul on July 30, 2015. US billionaire Donald Trump handily leads all fellow Republicans in the 2016 presidential race, Hillary Clinton and other Democrats trump him in head-to-head matchups, a poll said July 30. AFP PHOTO/ OZAN KOSE        (Photo credit should read OZAN KOSE/AFP/Getty Images)

Turkey has increased pressure on Washington in recent weeks, as President-elect Donald Trump has been preparing to be sworn in, by openly renouncing the outgoing Obama administration and signaling to the new administration what its conditions for improved ties with the United States will be. Semih Idiz Al Monitor Ankara clearly expects the Trump administration to place the rapidly deteriorating relationship between the two countries on a smoother trajectory. Remarks by Rex Tillerson… Why Ankara’s honeymoon with… Read More »

Judy Asks: Is a Cyprus Deal in Sight?

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A selection of experts answer a new question from Judy Dempsey on the foreign and security policy challenges shaping Europe’s role in the… Posted by: Judy Dempsey Carnegie Europe Thanos DokosDirector general of the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP) The reluctance of Greek Cypriots to… Judy Asks: Is… Read More »

Letter to BBC

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Mr A Chitty London BBC Complaints PO Box 1922 Darlington DL3 0UR 17 January 2017 Dear Sir or Madam, It is with regret that I find myself writing to the BBC once again on the topic of Cyprus. Despite a plethora of complaints from myself and others in the British Cypriot community during 2016, it would appear that the BBC has taken no notice and continues to misrepresent the facts of the Cyprus situation. I implore the BBC to properly ... Read More »

Erdogan calls dollar and euro holders ‘terrorists’

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ANKARA, Turkey — The unstoppable rise of the dollar and the euro against the Turkish currency had the country’s president fuming last week. Zülfikar Doğan Al Monitor Speaking Jan. 12 in his palace, Recep Tayyip Erdogan claimed that economic warfare was behind the Turkish lira’s dramatic depreciation. “Everybody now sees and… Erdogan calls dollar and… Read More »

Goodbye, Barack Obama; Hello, Israel

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With Obama’s departure, Israel loses a friend but gains an opportunity. Shai Feldman and Amos Harel The National Interest   Addressing the delegates to the AIPAC National Conference on March 21, 2016, then candidate for president Donald Trump asserted that President Barack Obama “may be the worst thing to ever happen to Israel, believe me, believe… Goodbye, Barack Obama… Read More »

The striking similarities between fundamentalist laicism and Daesh ideology

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Fundamentalist laicism and Daesh mentality are no different from one another. Sule Albayrak Daily Sabah Both are destructive movements with a love for sovereignty; their members do not have a right to choose but to obey their group’s deadly dogmas At a time when Turkey is… The striking similarities between… Read More »

Report warns Trump against scrapping Iran nuclear deal

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Ending the agreement would lead to ‘unfathomable consequences’ throughout the region, International Crisis Group… Megan O’Toole Al Jazeera Should the Iran nuclear deal fall apart, the consequences for the Middle East region would be “unfathomable”, according to a new report from the International… Report warns Trump… Read More »

How Palestinian left hopes to renew political system

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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Al-Monitor met with Jamil Mezher, a member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine’s political bureau, at his office in Gaza City. Rasha Abou Jalal Al Monitor Among the several Palestinian issues he discussed in the interview were the decline of Arab and Palestinian leftism at the expense of the advancement of Islamist movements, the most efficient Palestinian tools to resist Israel, the… How Palestinian left hopes to… Read More »