Middle East

Turkey lifts ban on Islamic headscarf in military

epa01245427 A Turkish Muslim woman with a headscarf rests after a pro Islamist demonstration in Istanbul, Turkey, 02 February 2008. Turkey's ruling party AKP (Justice and Development Party) agreed with Ultra Nationalist party MHP (Nationalist Movement Party) to lift a decades-old ban on Islamic headscarves in universities, where the headscarves are still forbidden (also in highschools and primary schools).  EPA/KERIM OKTEN

Turkey on Wednesday said it was lifting a historic ban on female officers wearing the Islamic headscarf in the officially secular country’s armed forces. SBS The military was the final Turkish institution where women were prohibited from wearing the headscarf, after reforms by the Islamic-rooted government under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that has allowed it to be worn in… Turkey lifts ban… Read More »

Misrepresentation and mispresentation of Islam

Islam - Daily Sabah

Both the Muslim and non-Muslim world have much to learn from the true source of Islam, whose teachings have been largely left unattended, unexamined and unpracticed on by both sides Ergin Yaman Daily Sabah As racial discrimination, vilification and intolerance continue to remain a global issue, it is only recently that countries have come up with legislation and policies to tackle this problem, while over 14 centuries ago, one man… Misrepresentation and mispresentation… Read More »

Time to tackle ISIL’s millions of sympathisers?

ISIL - Al Jazeera

It is necessary to improve the underlying conditions that transformed ordinary citizens into desperate ISIL supporters. Rami G Khouri Al Jazeera News Significant international concern that thousands of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) fighters and their leaders will soon disperse to many countries – once Raqqa and Mosul are liberated – has focused on possible terror… Time to tackle… Read More »

Struggle over Aleppo’s story takes to the skies

Aleppo - Al Jazeera

How citizen journalists used drone technology to challenge the Assad regime’s narrative of the Aleppo’s plight. AlHakam Shaar and Austin Choi-Fitzpatrick Al Jazeera News New technologies open new windows for political action. They give new… Struggle over Aleppo’s… Read More »

The hijacking of the Munich Security Conference

EU - Voltaire

History teaches us this – every time a System collapses, its leaders do not realise the truth until they are swept away by the storm. Thierry Meyssan Voltaire So the political representatives of the European Union, meeting just like every year in Munich for their Security Conference, were shocked to hear Sergey Lavrov speak of a post-Western world order. And yet the… The hijacking of… Read More »

Malaysian jihadist’s journey through Facebook to Syria

Malaysia - Asia Times

Until recently, Muhammad Wanndy Mohamed Jedi was a relatively unknown name in the jihadi community of Syria. Sami Moubayed Asia Times A 26-year-old from a small village in the district of Malacca on the southwest of the Malayan Peninsula, he arrived in Syria on 26 January 2016, officially recruited into the jihadi community through Facebook. The Islamic State… Malaysian jihadist’s journey… Read More »

Referendum process in the EU

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Tukey is going to have a crucial referendum on April 16 that is likely to be a revolutionary step. Ozan Ceyhun Daily Sabah It has a chance to adopt a new Constitution as a result of this referendum by getting rid of the current one that was penned by the junta regime after the 1980 coup d’etat. The new Constitution… Referendum process in… Read More »

In Pakistan, tolerant Islamic voices are being silenced

Pakistan - The Guardian

The Sehwan bombing is a result of the Saudi-funded fundamentalism that has taken a grip in the country William Dalrymple The Guardian Last week, only three days after a suicide bomb went off in Lahore, an Islamic State supporter struck a crowd of Sufi dancers celebrating in the great Pakistani shrine of Sehwan Sharif. The attack, which… In Pakistan, tolerant… Read More »

Netanyahu Scuttled Secret 2016 Peace Push With Arab Leaders

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declined a peace proposal presented by then-U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry at a secret summit in 2016 with Jordan’s King Abdullah II and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sissi in Aqaba, Jordan, according to a… Naomi Zeveloff  Forward The proposal included the recognition of Israel as a… Netanyahu Scuttled Secret… Read More »

Mosul assault: Iraq troops make headway against IS

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Iraqi government forces have seized several villages as they move towards an assault on the last area held by the so-called Islamic State (IS) in Mosul. BBC Hundreds of military vehicles, backed by air power, rolled across the desert towards IS positions early on Sunday. The progress on Sunday in the… Mosul assault: Iraq… Read More »

A guide for Western friends about Turkey’s referendum

Referendum - Daily Sabah

Westerners, of course, have the right to present their positive or negative opinions about the developments in Turkey. Markar Esayan Daily Sabah However, they are now, willingly or unwillingly, creating irrational and false propaganda against the upcoming referendum in Turkey As Turkey prepares… A guide for… Read More »

ISIS thriving in Libya 6 years after revolt against Gaddafi

Libya - Asia Times

Today is the sixth anniversary of an uprising meant to usher in a new era of freedom. Sami Moubayed Asia Times Instead, ISIS thrives in the chaos and misery of a broken nation On this day… ISIS thriving in… Read More »

Opinion: Aid workers are not a target, and never should be

Balkh, village de Wocha Wona. La jeune Raaziqa, âgée de 6 ans, pompe de l'eau.
Balkh, Wocha Wona village. Six-year-old Raaziqa draws water from a borehole.

On February 8, six Red Cross workers were killed when their convoy came under fire in Afghanistan. Andrea Lunt SBS When humanitarians are a target, it’s the locals – in desperate need of help – that suffer, writes, Andrea Lunt. Last Thursday, I… Opinion: Aid workers… Read More »

Leviathan Gears Up For Development Phase As Sanctioning Nears

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Work to develop the gigantic Leviathan Field in the Mediterranean Sea offshore Israel is progressing with project sanctioning expected… Velda Addison E&P Noble Energy Inc. (NYSE: NBL) delivered an update on the field, which holds about 622 Bcm (22 Tcf) of natural gas, during a conference call Feb. 14 after releasing its fourth-quarter 2016 results and… Leviathan Gears Up… Read More »

Defense Secretary Mattis issues new ultimatum to NATO allies on defense spending

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BRUSSELS — Defense Secretary Jim Mattis issued an ultimatum Wednesday to allies in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, warning that if they do not boost their defense spending to goals set by the… Dan Lamothe and Michael Birnbaum The Washington Post “I owe it to you all to give you clarity on the political reality in the United States and to state the… Defense Secretary Mattis… Read More »

Can John Locke Save Political Islam?

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Modern Islam will need a Locke, or someone like him, in its own hour of crisis. Joseph Loconte The National Interest “I NO sooner perceived myself in the world,” wrote English philosopher John Locke, “than I found myself in a storm.” Locke was referring… Can John Locke… Read More »