Middle East

Erdoğan vows to teach Turkish children Muslim discovery of Americas

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President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has instructed Turkey’s educational institutions to adopt a policy of highlighting the contribution of Islam to global science and arts, including the discovery of the American continent by Muslim sailors some 300 years before Columbus. “I have to be clear that there is an important responsibility falling on the shoulders of our Education Ministry and YÖK ... Read More »

Syrian rebels abandon Aleppo, leader flees to Turkey

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Some 14,000 militants of the Syrian rebel group have abandoned Aleppo, while its commander has fled to Turkey, according to Turkish security sources. The Free Syrian Army (FSA), the recognized armed opposition group against the Bashar al-Assad in Syria, has ceased its resistance in Aleppo, Syria’s second biggest city, withdrawing its 14,000 militia from the city, a ranking Turkish security ... Read More »

Arab Americans Getting Ready for 2016

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Next week, Arab American leaders and activists from a dozen key electoral states will convene in Washington to map out a political strategy for 2016. Despite the very real challenges facing the leaders who will gather, this generation of Arab Americans can approach the future with some confidence given the progress that has been made the last three decades. Thirty ... Read More »

Anti-occupation message of Paralimni Youth Council: «Freedom to our land and waters»

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With the powerful and timely anti-occupation message “Freedom to our land and waters” the Paralimni Youth Council organized an alternative anti-occupation event on the 31st anniversary of the unilateral declaration of “independence” of the illegal regime in the Turkish occupied area of the Republic of Cyprus. “Freedom to our land and waters”  – Paralimni Youth Particularly, members of Paralimni Youth ... Read More »

Erdoğan says America was discovered by Muslims, not Columbus

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America was discovered by Muslims, not by Christopher Columbus, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has claimed, vowing to build a mosque “on that hill” in Cuba if the authorities of the Caribbean nation grant the permit. Speaking at the closing ceremony of the first LatinAmerican Muslim leaders summit in Istanbul on Nov. 15, Erdoğan slammed colonialism before referring to a ... Read More »

Iranians and multinationals hungry for nuclear deal that will end sanctions

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Rouhani’s moderate faction is relying on an agreement but even Iran’s conservative factions want to end the nuclear stalemate Jump to comments Outside the former US embassy’s compound in Tehran – now a museum called “den of spies” – hundreds of Iranians gathered last week to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the hostage crisis, when 52 American diplomats were held ... Read More »

G-20 summit blockade shameful for Turkey, businessman says

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A blockade imposed on certain businessmen from attending the G-20 summit, to be attended by Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu in Brisbane, Australia, is shameful for Turkey, Murat Çoşkun, who was among the businessmen in question, has said. “I think the primary reason why we were taken off the list was due to our relationship with the Hizmet movement. I am ... Read More »

Full version: ISIL most acute challenge in Iraq and Syria: US envoy

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The offensive of Islamist extremists in Iraq and Syria is the most urgent problem that requires action for Washington, says US Ambassador to Turkey John Bass The United States regards the threat posed by extremist jihadists in Iraq and Syria as its “most acute” challenge and is focusing its efforts on not allowing these groups to extend their control in ... Read More »

US General: combat troops being ‘considered’ for Mosul battle

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WASHINGTON DC – The Pentagon’s top general said the United States is “considering” deploying troops to fight alongside Iraqi and Kurdish forces to retake the city of Mosul from the Islamic State (ISIS or ISIL). “I’m not predicting at this point that I would recommend that those forces in Mosul and along the border would need to be accompanied by ... Read More »