Middle East

Turkey’s ‘good cop’ is off the case

Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu says he will leave office, raising new questions about EU’s migration pact with Ankara.. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan pulled yet another block out of the already precarious Jenga tower that is the EU-Turkey agreement on migration, moving to oust the politician who has been Brussels’ most trusted partner in Ankara… Source: Turkey’s ‘good cop’ is off the case – POLITICO Read More »

Yemen foes resume face-to-face peace talks, says UN

Yemen’s warring parties resumed face-to-face peace talks on May 4, after a three-day break triggered by a walkout by the government delegation, the United Nations said. It is only the second round of face-to-face talks in the hard-won negotiations to end a devastating conflict that has killed more than 6,400 people and displaced 2.8 million since March last year… Source: Yemen foes resume face-to-face peace talks, says UN – MIDEAST Read More »

EU backs Turkey visa deal, but says conditions must be met

The European Commission has given conditional backing for Turkish people to get visa-free travel inside Europe’s passport-free Schengen area. It says Turkey has made good progress on key conditions, but work remains to be done “as a matter of urgency”. The change could take effect from July, but first it… Source: EU backs Turkey visa deal, but says conditions must be met – BBC News Read More »

Women of Palestine in their Israeli jails

Filmmaker Mai Masri ups the ante in telling the story of Palestinian women in Israeli prisons. In his now legendary painting, Women of Algiers in their Apartment/Femmes d’Alger dans leur appartement (1834, oil on canvas), Eugene Delacroix captured something so provocative, so elemental, about Arab and Muslim women at the height of the… Source: Women of Palestine in their Israeli jails – Al Jazeera English Read More »

Germany to start trials over Syrian war crimes, as refugee influx brings suspects into country

Germany will this week start its first war crimes trial over Syrian atrocities, as a mass refugee influx brings suspects into the country. Aria L., a 21-year-old German national and suspected jihadist, posted on Facebook photos of himself posing next to two decapitated heads in Syria — and his case is not the only one from the war-torn country to occupy German justice… Source: Germany to start trials over Syrian war crimes, as refugee influx brings suspects into country – ... Read More »

Tony Blair courted Chinese leaders for Saudi prince’s oil firm

Tony Blair obtained a “blessing” from Chinese leaders for a company owned by a Saudi prince to do business in China as part of an arrangement that paid the former UK prime minister’s firm £41,000 a month and a 2% commission on any multimillion-pound contracts he helped to secure… Source: Tony Blair courted Chinese leaders for Saudi prince’s oil firm | Politics | The Guardian Read More »

Turkey’s Islamic Supremacist Foreign Policy

“We have never been involved in an attack against Turkey … we were never involved in such an action… Davutoglu wants to pave the way for an offensive on Syria and Rojava and cover up Turkey’s relations with the ISIS which is known to the whole world… Source: Turkey’s Islamic Supremacist Foreign Policy Read More »

Islamic State fails to gain a foothold in Sri Lanka

After three decades of war with a local terrorist group, the island nation was beginning to enjoy peace and normalcy when the Syrian crisis erupted drawing some Sri Lankan Muslim youth to the conflict zone. Colombo responded quickly by joining hands with civil and religious groups to educate people about the danger of joining extremists groups like the… Source: Islamic State fails to gain a foothold in Sri Lanka – Asia Times Read More »

On Passover, Israel and “Demographic Threats”

The weeklong Jewish festival of Passover is coming to a close, but like many Jews around the world I’m still digesting the myriad questions, answers and discussions that ensued as we retold the biblical story of the Exodus at our seder. While it’s a story our community returns to over and over again, I’m continually astonished at… Source: On Passover, Israel and “Demographic Threats” Read More »

Nelson Mandela statue erected in Ramallah

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has unveiled a statue of South African anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela in the West Bank city of Ramallah. The unveiling ceremony on April 27 was attended by Palestinian government ministers, diplomats, the leaders of various Palestinian factions and hundreds of Palestinian citizens… Source: Nelson Mandela statue erected in Ramallah – MIDEAST Read More »

Kick Turkey Out Of NATO

When U.S. officials first approached Turkey about joining NATO, the Turkish government was enthusiastic. Thousands of Turks were fighting alongside American forces in Korea. It was “imperative that democracies work in complete harmony, without competition among themselves or differences in policy objectives,” the U.S. ambassador to Turkey reported in a top-secret memo that Turkish Foreign Minister Mehmet Fuat… Source: Kick Turkey Out Of NATO – Erdogan Is Not An Ally Read More »

Tusk Desperately Needs Lecturing on Turkey

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“Today Turkey is – and this is not just a political, formal assessment, it is also my very private personal feeling also after our today visit – today Turkey is the best example for the whole world how we should treat refugees. No one has the right to lecture Turkey what it should to do”. We shall not engage with the… Source: Tusk Desperately Needs Lecturing on Turkey | INTERSECURITYFORUM Read More »

Turkey blackmails Europe with its own instability

This is the sort of thing that happens in Mel Brooks movies, but not–at least until now–in geopolitics: Turkey’s claim upon the support of Western Europe comes from its own propensity to collapse. If it does so, the Europeans fear, the refugee stream that inundated Europe during 2015 will acquire another zero. That is why West Germany is willing to humiliate itself in order to prop up the regime of Turkey… Source: Turkey blackmails Europe with its own instability – Asia ... Read More »

Untold Story of Syrian Coup: Who is Really Behind the Plot to Topple Assad?

Thanks to modern technologies one can easily reconstruct the story of Washington’s conspiracy aimed at destabilizing Syria by exploiting the country’s ethnic and religious divisions. In his recent Op-Ed for Russia Today Neil Clark, a journalist, writer, broadcaster and… Source: Untold Story of Syrian Coup: Who is Really Behind the Plot to Topple Assad? Read More »

Clooney joins Armenians to mark anniversary of massacre

YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Actor George Clooney presented a $1.1 million award on the 101st anniversary of a massacre of Armenians by Ottoman Turks to a Burundi woman who offered sanctuary to thousands of orphans in the middle of a civil war there. The killing of more than 200 Armenian intellectuals on April 24, 1915 is regarded as the… Source: Clooney joins Armenians to mark anniversary of massacre Read More »

Women’s blessing at in Jerusalem curtailed

A bid by a group of Jewish women to challenge tradition at Jerusalem’s Western Wall with a blessing usually conducted by men was curtailed yesterday after a decision by Israel’s attorney general. The plan was the latest by the group, Women of the Wall, to push for equal prayer rights at the site, the holiest location where Jews are currently allowed to… Source: Women’s blessing at in Jerusalem curtailed – MIDEAST Read More »