Middle East

Why Middle Eastern nations support Trump’s immigration halt

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The US president’s measure has had precisely the result he intended, giving succour to those engaged in an existential war against jihadist elements Spengler Asia Times Critics of President Trump’s temporary travel ban on seven Muslim nations should remember the Chinese proverb, “Kill the chicken and let the monkey watch.” The much-criticized measure… Why Middle Eastern nations… Read More »

Why Turkish media is upset with CNN, WaPo

A general view of the exterior of the Washington Post Company headquarters in Washington, March 30, 2012. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst (UNITED STATES - Tags: BUSINESS MEDIA) - RTR304SI

Turkish media publishers don’t seem to believe in coincidences. As their reactions to a Washington Post article and a news story on CNN International show, many journalists think nefarious elements in the United States are plotting another coup in Turkey. Barın Kayaoğlu Al Monitor A Jan. 31 Washington Post article, penned by data scientist Andreas Beger and Duke University political science professor Michael Ward, discussed a forecast model that measures the likelihood of “irregular leadership changes… Why Turkish media… Read More »

Yemen’s al-Qaeda: Expanding the Base

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Thriving on conflict, sectarianism, and local opportunism, al-Qaeda’s affiliates are stronger than ever in… ICG To shrink their growing base will require better governance in vulnerable areas, not treating all Sunni Islamists as one enemy, and above all ending Yemen’s civil… Yemen’s al-Qaeda… Read More »

Israeli-Palestinian solidarity overcomes politics

Women take part in a rally, the closing event of the March of Hope, a 2-week-long event organised by Women Wage Peace, a non-political movement calling for a peaceful solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and women's participation in such a solution, outside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office in Jerusalem October 19, 2016. REUTERS/Baz Ratner - RTX2PJSP

With cement walls and electric fences making a comeback, with the word “Muslims” becoming synonymous with terrorists, with racism enjoying a revival, the recommendation of the Talmud-era sage Hillel the Elder takes on new meaning: “In a place where there are no humans, one must strive to be human” (Pirkei Avit 2:5). Akiva Eldar Al Monitor It is harder, still, to be a decent human being — in Yiddish, a “mensch” — in a fraught relationship between occupiers and the occupied. Despite the abundance ... Read More »

What you need to know about the Israeli settlements

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(CNN) – Four issues have dominated the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as the most difficult to solve and the most complex to handle: the status of Jerusalem, Palestinian refugees (and their right of return), borders, and settlements. Oren Liebermann CNN Recent announcements by the Israeli government of the expansion of West Bank settlements, made in the period since Donald Trump became US President, have put settlements back in the spotlight. The announcements come… What you need to… Read More »

Turkey is finding itself a place in the new world

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In 1967, when the United States and Turkey were at odds over Cyprus, President Lyndon Johnson wrote a letter to Prime Minister İsmet İnönü threatening to block Turkish warships from sailing to the island. Ilnur Cevik Daily Sabah İnönü in reply told the U.S. president that if the world falls apart “Turkey will find itself a place in the new world.” Today, after five… Turkey is finding… Read More »

Role of women central to necessary reforms within Islam

Women - Irish Examiner

ARE we too complacent in Ireland about the threat of radical Islam? TP O’Mahony Irish Examiner An illegal immigrant scam at Dublin airport suggests so. On this, World Hijab… Role of women… Read More »

Taking west Mosul: A bridge too far?

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Squeezing ISIL out of west Mosul will perhaps be the most defining battle in Iraq following the US-led invasion in 2003. Tallha Abdulrazaq Al Jazeera News The battle for Mosul has now entered its 15th week. The Iraqi Security… Taking west Mosul… Read More »

James Packer caught in middle of corruption inquiry into Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

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James Packer’s lawyer asked about arranging citizenship or residency in Israel for the Australian billionaire, the country’s Interior Minister says, in a move that could bring Mr Packer significant tax benefits. Sophie McNeill ABC Mr Packer has found himself caught in the middle of a major corruption inquiry that has rocked the Middle Eastern country. His name has been… James Packer caught in… Read More »

The real reason Erdoganists still love Trump despite ‘Muslim ban’

A woman and her daughter wait for two of her other children and her sister to arrive on a flight from Qatar after U.S. President Donald Trump's executive order travel ban at Logan Airport in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S. January 30, 2017.   REUTERS/Brian Snyder - RTX2YWWV

The executive order by US President Donald Trump, banning the citizens of seven predominantly Muslim nations from entering the United States, has sparked major protests all across America. Mustafa Akyol Al Monitor Most Muslims, naturally, were happy to see this solidarity offered to them by Jews, Christians, atheists and many others who do not share their faith. However, the same… The real reason… Read More »

Is political solution in Syria any closer after Astana talks?

People walk past a billboard depicting Syria's President Bashar al-Assad at Saadallah al-Jabri Square, in the government controlled area of Aleppo, Syria December 17, 2016. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki - RTX2VGTH

International peace talks have been taking place for several years now in an effort to come to a political solution for the ongoing war in Syria. Nour Samaha Al Monitor Yet the recent Astana talks, much like the previous Geneva talks, have demonstrated that they have little impact on the ground, as both the Syrian government and regional actors continue to push their own agendas. From the get-go, the… Is political solution in… Read More »

Trump bans, Iran profits

An Iranian woman looks at a mural drawing of spearmen bearing the faces of (From L to R): Iraq's late president Saddam Hussein, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, a masked man, US President Barack Obama, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and German Chancellor Angela Merkel on a street in the Iranian capital Tehran on July 30, 2014. Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei urged the Islamic world on July 29, 2014 to arm Palestinians to allow them to counter what he called Israel's "genocide" in the Gaza Strip. AFP PHOTO/BEHROUZ MEHRI        (Photo credit should read BEHROUZ MEHRI/AFP/Getty Images)

The US president wants to keep his country safe, but he’s strengthening Tehran and ISIL. David Patrikarakos Politico President Donald Trump’s executive order banning people from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S. was intended to safeguard Americans from terrorism. Instead, it is likely to… Trump bans, Iran… Read More »

Does Syria really want to reconcile with Kurds?

A Kurdish fighter from the People's Protection Units (YPG) carries his weapon as he walks at the faculty of economics where a defaced picture of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is seen in the background, in the Ghwairan neighborhood of Hasaka, Syria, August 22, 2016. REUTERS/Rodi Said - RTX2MKNT

QAMISHLI, Syria — Syrian Kurds are working quietly but feverishly to build a state entity with its own security, economy and sociocultural bodies. Fehim Taştekin Al Monitor But what if Damascus rejects this system and opts for war? I recently traveled through… Does Syria really want… Read More »

Iraq retaliates against US travel ban imposed by Trump

Iraq - Daily Sabah

Two lawmakers say that the Iraqi parliament has approved a “reciprocity measure” after U.S. President Donald Trump’s executive order temporarily banning citizens from Iraq and six other Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States. Compiled from Wire Services Daily Sabah The measure, adopted by lawmakers at a Monday session of parliament, is to apply to Americans entering Iraq. Lawmakers Kamil al-Ghrairi… Iraq retaliates against US… Read More »

Why are Islamist armed groups clashing in Syria?

Syria - Al Jazeera

Rebel alliances in Syria fluctuate frequently, mirroring the ever-changing complexities of the region. Rami G Khouri Al Jazeera News The fresh clashes in Syria’s Idlib region between a dozen important Islamist and extremist rebel movements are battles for turf and authority on the ground – but they also mirror northern Syria’s ever-changing complexities, as…. Why are Islamist armed… Read More »

Failed Islamic State?

Islamic state - Asia Times

The once-sleepy town of Idlib is fast becoming a hotbed for militants who are being funnelled there by outside powers, possibly as part of grand plan Sami Moubayed Asia Times Until a few years ago, Idlib was nothing but a sleepy and forgotten city in the Syrian northwest, famed for its agricultural fields and for a celebrated resistance leader it produced at the end of World War I, who staged a… Failed Islamic… Read More »