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Flynn, Turkey, Trump: Turkey Has Infiltrated Highest Levels of U.S. Government, Kurdish Leader Reports

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Reports that President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn was paid $500,000 to lobby for Turkey underscores the scale of Ankara’s influence at the highest echelons of power, according to… Callum Paton  NewsWeek Salih Muslim, co-chairman of the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party, which provides political direction to the U.S.-backed Kurdish forces, says the… “[The Turkish government] is paying a… Flynn, Turkey, Trump… Read More »

Trump campaigned against Muslims, but will preach tolerance in Saudi speech

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RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — President Trump, whose dark, guttural demonization of Muslims was a trademark of his nationalist campaign, arrives here Saturday hoping the Arab world will listen to a… Philip Rucker and Abby Phillip The Washington Post Embarking on his first overseas trip as president, Trump plans to do a rhetorical pirouette with a speech Sunday in the birthplace of Islam preaching religious tolerance and inviting Muslims to join the United States in the… Never mind that as a… ... Read More »

Was Erdogan personally involved in his bodyguards’ attacks on protesters in D.C.?

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This article has been updated. After he met with President Trump this week, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan traveled to Embassy Row in Northwest Washington, where Turkey’s ambassador has a home. Philip Bump The Washington Post At some point while Erdogan was there, a group of people across the street at Sheridan Circle began to loudly protest. That protest ended violently, with pro- and… Was Erdogan personally… Read More »

Iran’s Bipolar Election

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Iranian voters have a real choice on 19 May between a president promising engagement with the West or one focused on the… Ali Vaez ICG At the same time, both leading candidates are clerical insiders who support the continuation of Iran’s nuclear deal. Who are the leading candidates in the 19 May election and what should we know about the top two? The May 2017 election is essentially a… Iran’s Bipolar… Read More »

Crimea – Cyprus Self-Determination: Universal Principle for Universal Implementation

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Around ninety per cent of the inhabitants of Crimea are Russian-speaking, Russian-cultured and Russian-educated, and it would be strange if they did not vote for accession to a country that welcomes their kinship, empathy and loyalty. Dr. Yiorghos Leventis ISF Moreover, in the March 2014 referendum on self-determination there was not “a single case of bloodshed in the run-up to the plebiscite, the free vote as to whether the population wished to accede to Russia or support the “status of ... Read More »

GCC foreign ministers meet to discuss summits

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RIYADH: Foreign ministers from the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) will meet Wednesday in Riyadh to discuss the GCC-US Summit and Arab-Islamic-US Summit, scheduled for Sunday, which will also be attended by US President Donald Trump. Rashid Hassan Arab News Ahmed Al-Kaabi, spokesman of the… GCC Secretary-General Abdullatif Al-Zayani, in a… GCC foreign ministers… Read More »

Russia, Saudi Arabia call to extend oil output deal

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The world’s biggest oil producers Russia and Saudi Arabia on Monday called for the extension of an output reduction deal ahead of an OPEC meeting later this month. Daily Sabah with wires “To underscore the determination of oil producers to ensure market stability, predictability and sustainable development, the joint actions of participating producers should be… The statement added that Russian… Russia, Saudi Arabia… Read More »

The Counter-productive Isolation of Proud and Hungry Sanaa

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Our Arabian Peninsula Senior Analyst April Longley Alley finds pride, resilience and an eagerness to end the conflict during field research and many conversations in Sanaa, Yemen’s capital. April Longley Alley ICG She concludes that isolating one side or making the famine and suffering worse will only prolong the war. SANAA, Yemen – One of the… The Counter-productive… Read More »

Fethullah Gulen: The Turkey I no longer know

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Fethullah Gulen is an Islamic scholar, preacher and social advocate. SAYLORSBURG, Pa. Fethullah Gulen The Washington Post As the presidents of the United States and Turkey meet at the White House on Tuesday, the leader of the country I have called home for almost two decades comes face to face with the leader of my homeland. The two countries have a lot at stake, including the fight against the Islamic State, the future of Syria and the refugee… Fethullah Gulen: ... Read More »

Kuwait raises $4 million for debt convicts

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Kuwaitis have donated around $4 million in a matter of hours in a fund-raising campaign to help secure the release of Kuwaiti prisoners convicted for failing to pay their financial dues. Gulf Insider Minister of State for Municipal Affairs Mohammad Al Jabri said the fund-raising campaign aimed to alleviate the financial burdens on… The campaign, organised by Zakat House in collaboration with the… Kuwait raises $4… Read More »

New nation-branding plan needed for Arab world

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It is crucial for the Arab world to put together a committee of the best experts and partners to create programs and initiatives that will promote Arab culture globally. Mark C. Donfried  Arab News An Arab News poll conducted from March 17-22 proved the negative perception of the Arab world, especially in the US, and the urgent need for new nation-branding initiatives. The poll results were published and announced on May 2 at the… New nation-branding… Read More »

Israel arrests Palestinian writer Ahmad Qatamesh

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Israeli army detains former political prisoner, Ahmad Qatamesh, as 1,300 Palestinians continue hunger strike in jails. Patrick Strickland Al Jazeera Israeli forces have carried out raids on homes across the occupied West Bank and detained at least 14 Palestinians on Sunday, among them a prominent intellectual and former political prisoner. Suha Barghouti, the wife of Ahmad Qatamesh, said “a large force” of… Israel arrests Palestinian… Read More »

Israel-Turkey: Erdogan claims Jerusalem for Muslims and raises tensions

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Erdogan’s claims on Jerusalem for Muslims – dangerously raises tensions with Israel and creates more instability in the Middle East Alexis P. Kitsios Curated byBlasting News Uk Turkish President #Erdogan has called on all Muslims to visit “Al Cuds,” the Islamic name for Jerusalem, in order to protest against alleged violations of the rights of Muslims in #Israel. After that, according to local reports, he… Israel-Turkey: Erdogan… Read More »

Turkish Embassy hires Burson-Marsteller ahead of Erdogan visit

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The country’s president, Recep Erdogan, won sweeping new powers last month in a national referendum. Alison Kanski PR Week WASHINGTON: The Embassy of Turkey has hired Burson-Marsteller for integrated PR services in the U.S. ahead of a visit by its president. The contract, which began this month, is scheduled to run through 2017. The WPP firm is set to earn $1.1 million for the… Turkish Embassy hires… Read More »

Wikipedia appeals to Turkey’s constitutional court over website’s blocking

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Ankara: Online encyclopedia Wikipedia has appealed to Turkey’s constitutional court against a government decision to block access to its website, broadcaster CNN Turk said on Tuesday, a case that has heightened concerns about censorship in Turkey. Brisbane Times Reuters Turkey’s telecommunications watchdog said two weeks ago that access to Wikipedia had been blocked, citing a… The block on the… Wikipedia appeals to… Read More »

The End of Turkey’s Jews?

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Can Jewry in Turkey survive? Much has been written about Turkey’s turn toward Islamism and President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s growing autocracy. Michael Rubin Commentary Turkish officials and their proxies argue, however, that Turkey remains both tolerant and democratic. The problem, they say, is limited to the followers of Islamic theologian Fethullah Gülen and… The End of… Read More »