Middle East

The Children Of Crisis | Kailash Satyarthi

For the first time ever, the international community will come together in Istanbul for the World Humanitarian Summit on 23-24 May, 2016, to discuss the serious humanitarian crisis that the world is facing. At the summit, the Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation, along with our partners, will bring together leaders at a discussion on protecting children. Through a high-level panel, we will aim to build a strong political will to bring the issues of child labour, slavery and deprivation from education ... Read More »

Inside Cizre: Where Turkish forces stand accused of Kurdish killings

Serious allegations have been made about the deaths of civilians at the hands of Turkish security forces in the overwhelmingly Kurdish town of Cizre in south-eastern Turkey earlier this year. Local people say Turkish security forces killed up to 160 civilians in the town, according to statements made to the BBC and human rights groups. The worst single incident ended with the deaths of around 100 people who had been sheltering in three cellars… Source: Inside Cizre: Where Turkish forces ... Read More »

Enemy of the State?

Turkish journalist Can Dündar has recently been shot at, then sentenced to six years in prison for revealing state secrets. Dateline speaks to him about what he describes as an attack on freedom of speech in Turkey… Source: Enemy of the State? | SBS Dateline Read More »

Russia Remains Determined To Stop Israel-Turkey Pipeline Deal

It has been six years since the Israeli raid on the Mavi Marmara ship that was aiming to reach the Gaza coast in May 2010. In the wake of the Mavi Marmara crisis, Turkey and Israel relations rapidly worsened; both countries withdrew their ambassadors and cut diplomatic ties. Turkey’s downing of a Russian jet along the Syrian border on November 24, 2015 has forced Ankara to adjust its foreign policy… Source: Russia Remains Determined To Stop Israel-Turkey Pipeline Deal | ... Read More »

Former MI6 chief warns against visa-free Turkish immigration

Giving arrivals from Turkey visa-free entry to Europe would be like ‘storing gasoline next to the fire’, says Sir Richard Dearlove.. A former head of MI6 has said the European Union offering visa-free access to millions of Turks is like “storing gasoline next to the fire” as he warns of a “sea change” in continental politics… Source: Former MI6 chief warns against visa-free Turkish immigration | UK news | The Guardian Read More »

Iraq: On the Edge of Chaos

The recent storming of Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone by protesters led by Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr brought to the surface a long-standing dilemma: the system which has governed the country since 2003 is in need of radical reform, but because the ruling political class has in many ways come to embody the system, it is highly resistant to genuine change. Street protests and recalcitrant politicians have created a combustible formula, paralysing state institutions and threatening to bring them down. ... Read More »

Could Different Borders Have Saved the Middle East?

THERE probably aren’t many things that the Islamic State, Jon Stewart and the president of Iraqi Kurdistan agree on, but there is one: the pernicious influence of the Sykes-Picot Agreement, a secret plan for dividing up the Middle East signed by France and Britain, 100 years ago this week. It has become conventional wisdom to argue, as Vice President… Source: Could Different Borders Have Saved the Middle East? – The New York Times Read More »

Kurdish militants reportedly shoot down Turkish security forces helicopter

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ISTANBUL — They were used to stalk Russian helicopters in Afghanistan, and the United States has worked hard to keep them out of chaotic Syria. But now Kurdish guerrillas battling Turkey’s security forces may now have shoulder-fired missiles — an acquisition analysts say will seriously challenge Turkish air power and potentially intensify fighting in the region… Source: Kurdish militants reportedly shoot down Turkish security forces helicopter – The Washington Post Read More »

UN Condemns Persistent Torture in Turkey, Saudi Arabia

GENEVA—A U.N. committee that monitors implementation of the Convention against Torture has condemned what it calls the ongoing practice of torture and ill-treatment in Turkey and Saudi Arabia. The committee just issued its concluding observations on these and other countries. In its examination of Turkey, the U.N. Committee Against Torture did not find torture to be widespread or systematic. Nevertheless, it noted torture continues to be practiced… Source: UN Condemns Persistent Torture in Turkey, Saudi Arabia Read More »

How Turkey Became A De Facto Dictatorship

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The forced resignation of Turkey’s Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu suggests only one thing—President Erdogan, who is totally absorbed by his lust for power, will tolerate no one in his government to deviate from any of his political positions. Prime Minister Davutoğlu was no exception. Although the Turkish constitution grants the Prime Minister executive powers while leaving the role of the president largely ceremonial, this is not what Erdogan had in mind when he asked then-Foreign Minister Davutoğlu to form a ... Read More »

Grim Legacy of VD for Cyprus: Non Implementation of Self-Determination Created Tragedy: Should the UN Legitimize the Travesty?

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Today marks the anniversary of the defeat of Nazism. The 9th of May 1945, Victory Day, marks the date Nazi Germany, bent on subjugating the whole world, was utterly defeated by the Allied Powers. The latter through their commitments signed under both the Atlantic (1941) and the UN Charter (1945) undertook, inter alia, to lead the colonized peoples to self-government and ultimately to self-determination. The two cornerstone charters agreed for building a better postwar world clearly illustrated the importance of… ... Read More »

Why Turkey’s Historic Churches Are Being Turned Into Mosques

Christians in Turkey have become a tiny minority. The few remaining Christian churches in Anatolia are also on the path to total annihilation. Christians in Turkey have – throughout the centuries — been turned into a tiny, dwindling minority. The remaining few Christian churches in Anatolia are also on the path to total annihilation. Hagia Sophia in Trabzon: Church-mosque-museum and… Source: Why Turkey’s Historic Churches Are Being Turned Into Mosques Read More »

Muslim Leaders Wage Theological Battle, Stoking ISIS’ Anger

As the military and political battle against the Islamic State escalates, Muslim imams and scholars in the West are fighting on another front — through theology. Imam Suhaib Webb, a Muslim leader in Washington, has held live monthly video chats to refute the religious claims of the Islamic State, also known asISIS or ISIL. In a dig at the extremists, he broadcast from ice cream parlors and called his talks “ISIS and ice cream.”… Source: Muslim Leaders Wage Theological Battle, ... Read More »

In Turkey we can’t even laugh at our politicians any more

Under President Erdoğan our nation is divided. The prime minister has stepped down, and free speech and secularism are under threat.. Amid the political turmoil in Turkey this week, culminating in the prime minister’s announcement that he’ll stand down within days, it was Oscar Wilde who became the subject of a heated debate in the Turkish… Source: In Turkey we can’t even laugh at our politicians any more | Elif Shafak | Opinion | The Guardian Read More »

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 »

Forgotten something Mr Cameron? PM in U-turn after backing Turkey to join the EU

DAVID Cameron has performed an astonishing U-turn on Turkey’s membership of the EU, and voters could be forgiven for wondering what he REALLY thinks.. Yesterday the Prime Minister rubbished the notion of Turkey becoming a member of the 28-nation bloc in a bid to boost the support for Britain remaining a member of the EU… Source: Forgotten something Mr Cameron? PM in U-turn after backing Turkey to join the EU | UK | News | Daily Express Read More »