Middle East

Israel launches Gaza air strike on ‘Hamas target’

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Israeli aircraft have bombed a site in Gaza, in the first such action since the declaration of a truce in August. BBC The air strike was carried out on a Hamas facility in response to a rocket fired earlier from Gaza, a statement from the Israeli military said. Residents of the Khan Yunis area in Gaza reported hearing two explosions, ... Read More »

Stories of Armenian survivors of 1915 compiled in new book

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The stories of Armenians who survived the mass killings of the late Ottoman era have been gathered in a book titled “100 years… Real Stories.” Hurriyet The 47 stories inside the book – which were collected as part of the “Turk Who Saved Me” project supported by the U.K. Foreign and Commonwealth Office and realized by the Armenia-based Armedia Agency ... Read More »

Fifa World Cup report: Michael Garcia findings to be released

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Fifa executives have unanimously agreed to publish a “legally appropriate version” of a report into allegations of World Cup bidding corruption. BBC So far only a disputed summary of Michael Garcia’s 430-word report into the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 tournaments has been published. Releasing the full report – likely be heavily redacted to preserve witness anonymity – ... Read More »

Mosque’s land in Istanbul to return to Greek-origin citizen

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A precious plot on Istanbul’s Anatolian side, where a mosque is now located, has been returned to the 92-year-old sole heir of former Fener Greek Patriarch Maximus V, daily Milliyet reported on Dec. 18. Hurriyet Turkey’s Supreme Court of Appeals approved the decision to return the area, located in the Kadıköy district near the shores of the Marmara Sea, to ... Read More »

Erdoğan is a man of strong character: Putin

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Russian President Vladimir Putin praised on Thursday his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, as a “man of strong character” who refused to keep an energy agreement between Ankara and Moscow a secret to avoid Western pressure. Today’sZaman Answering a question on the Western request for Turkey to join sanctions against Russia during an annual press conference in Moscow, Putin said ... Read More »

Atatürk in the Nazi imagination

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It isn’t easy to find much original to say about Nazi Germany, but this new title on the Nazis’ view of Turkey and Mustafa Kemal Atatürk has recently caused quite a stir. Hurriyet – William Armstrong – william.armstrong@hdn.com.tr Harvard historian Stefan Ihrig’s deeply researched book explores the extraordinary, hitherto little-known hold that the Turkish war of liberation and the Kemalist nation-building ... Read More »

The Arab World’s Vanishing Christians

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PRINCETON – This Christmas, like every Christmas, thousands of pilgrims and tourists will travel to the Middle East to celebrate the holiday in the land of the Bible. Project Syndicate – Christian C. Sahner is the author, most recently, of Among the Ruins: Syria Past and Present. read more In Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus, the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem will lead a ... Read More »

Ethnic Cleansing of Jews in Turkey

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How a Population Dropped to Two Gatestone Institute – Uzay Bulut The real question is: Now that the ethnic-cleansing campaign of the Turkish regime has been “successfully” completed, and there are only two Jews left in Edirne, why is the governor of the city still so angry? The sweet little secret in both Turkey and Europe is that anti-Semites do not ... Read More »

The Many Agendas Of The West In The Middle East

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Is ISIS the reason for the international scramble over the Middle East, or are there different agendas, asks Ali Sirini. While the “Islamic State” is without doubt a terroristic organisation and a threat to innocent people, the huge effort to target it rather than the other oppressive regimes in the region indicates that another agenda is being pursued. I spent ... Read More »