Middle East

A warning from the Middle East

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AFTER LIVING in Turkey for years, I concluded that Turkish democracy was deeply enough rooted so that no demagogic leader could throw it off track. Stephen Kinzer Boston Globe I was wrong. Now I believe… A warning from… Read More »

As Erdoğan turns the screw, we must stand up for human rights in Turkey

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Free speech is under fire. Timothy Garton Ash The Guardian Victims of the president’s clampdown need the same kinds of support we once offered dissidents in the Soviet Union If this newspaper… As Erdoğan turns… Read More »

Turkish fighter jets buzz southern coast of Cyprus

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Five Turkish fighter jets entered Cyprus airspace on Wednesday and patrolled 30 miles off the southern coast of the island in what is seen as yet another provocation by… in.cyprus At around 10am on Wednesday morning, five Turkish fighter jets on patrol entered Cyprus airspace and maneuvered around the area of Apostolos… According to date from the… Turkish fighter jets… Read More »

Media’s role in terrorism, military coups

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As today’s world turns into a battleground for global powers to establish their hegemony, terrorism, in all of its forms, is being used as a serious tool by those same global powers. Saadet Oruc Daily Sabah With changing tactics from terrorists, terrorism needs the media to exist and spread its message more than ever in an age of communication, and vice versa, the media needs terrorism to provide images of violence to increase the… Media’s role in… Read More »

Turkey’s Hurriyet appoints new editor-in-chief

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He replaced Sedat Ergin, the paper said in a brief statement, without giving a… GulfNews Reuters Istanbul: Turkey’s Hurriyet newspaper has named a new editor-in-chief, it said late on Wednesday, a day after strong criticism of the prominent daily by President Tayyip Erdogan for a story suggesting discord between the government and the… Turkey’s Hurriyet appoints… Read More »

IS supporters free to return to Australia despite tough law changes

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AUSTRALIA faces the return of some of the world’s most radical terrorists after tough laws to keep them out of the country… SHARRI MARKSON, The Daily Telegraph The Herald Sun Intelligence experts have warned the federal government nothing is stopping more than 100 homegrown terrorists — including those who have been fighting with Islamic… IS supporters free… Read More »

Even in an age of austerity, aid works. We have to keep giving

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Altruism aside, it makes sense to help fragile states as best we can. David Cameron The Guardian We suffer the effects when they fail There’s a big… Even in an… Read More »

Turkish court upholds free speech … for Erdogan

A photo taken on July 20, 2016 shows a Turkish flag on the Istanbul Justice Palace (Adalet Sarayi).
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on July 20 chaired a crunch security meeting for the first time since the failed coup, as global alarm grew over a widening purge that has seen around 50,000 people either detained or sacked. / AFP / BULENT KILIC        (Photo credit should read BULENT KILIC/AFP/Getty Images)

The botched coup attempt that rattled Turkey on July 15, 2016, marked a double setback for the country’s democracy. Ali Bayramoglu Al Monitor As the academic Vahap Coskun succinctly described it, the failed putsch “was an insurrection against the democratic order by a group that had infiltrated the state. Those in the… Turkish court upholds… Read More »

Erdogan Exploits Islam For Personal And Political Gain

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Anyone who follows Turkish President Erdogan’s political career cannot escape the conclusion that he has carefully and systematically crafted policies framed in Islamic… Alon Ben-Meir Institute He uses religion to present himself and his political agenda as if it is being sanctioned by a higher authority, surreptitiously uses Islamic symbols to indoctrinate the… Erdogan Exploits Islam… Read More »

What the Saudi King Salman seeks in Asia

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Riyadh’s economic ambitions paired with its historic political goals leave ties with Asia-Pacific states non-optional. Ankit Panda Al Jazeera In the final days of February, Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, flanked by a 600-strong delegation, embarked on a month-long tour of the Asia-Pacific, where he is visiting Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei, Japan, China… What the Saudi King… Read More »

Letter from Tehran: Trump ‘the bazaari’

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The Iranian Parliament just hosted its annual conference on Palestine and, among the dignitaries – that included Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei and President Hassan Rouhani – and the 700 foreign guests from more than 50 countries was Asia Times columnist Pepe Escobar. Pepe Escobar Asia Times The art of the deal, when practiced for 2500 years, does lead to the palace of wisdom. I had hardly… Letter from Tehran… Read More »

What are the potential effects of a presidential system on the economy?

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If the ‘yes’ vote wins in the April 16 referendum to reform the antediluvian constitution and governing system in Turkey, it will pave the way to boost the country’s economic growth Selim Yaman Daily Sabah Turkey is going to vote on whether or not to create a presidential system on April 16 as part of the constitutional referendum. The new system… What are the… Read More »

The only path to welfare and peace

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While Turkey is heading toward a radical constitutional system change, some power groups that represent the hegemony of the previous century and want to intercept Turkey’s path have taken action. Celim Ertem Daily Sabah This is an attempt to prevent Turkey from turning its successful cross-border struggle with terrorist organizations into permanent economic gains. The U.S. still… The only path… Read More »

Turkish extreme-right party leader to Greece: Remember what happened in 1922

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The leader of the extreme right Turkish Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), Devlet Bahceli openly threatened Greece that if its army wanted to be thrown into the sea again, the Turkish army was… DailyHellas Commenting on the recent increasing tensions between the two countries in the Aegean Sea, Mr…. Turkish extreme-right… Read More »

Netanyahu and the ‘apartheid state’

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at a joint news conference with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull (not pictured) at Kirribilli House in Sydney, Australia, February 22, 2017.   REUTERS/Jason Reed - RTSZQ7G

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has come up with a new, supposedly sophisticated answer for pesky journalists who ask whether he still supports the two-state solution. Akiva Eldar Al Monitor If Netanyahu responded that he hopes for the establishment of a Palestinian state alongside Israel, he would incur the wrath of his friends in the government, the Likud and the Knesset. On the other hand… Netanyahu and the… Read More »

Graphic novel illustrates life of Syrian refugees in Lebanon

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“Meantime” is a graphic novel project initiated in March 2016 by French nongovernmental organization (NGO) Solidarites International (SOL). Florence Massena Al Monitor Five French, Syrian and Lebanese artists spent weeks talking with Syrian refugees in Akkar and Tripoli in northern Lebanon to create five graphic stories, which have been available online since Feb. 21 in English, Arabic and French. According to the… Graphic novel illustrates… Read More »