Middle East

NUCLEAR TURKEY? Imam close to Erdogan calls for weapons NOW amid tensions with EU

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TURKEY should ignore rules set by ‘the West’ and build its own NUCLEAR WEAPONS – an Imam close to president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has advised – as the fallout between Brussels and Ankara… ZOIE O’BRIEN Express The worrying advice has been called weeks ahead of a Turkish referendum aimed at giving more power to President Erdogan – and… NUCLEAR TURKEY? Imam… Read More »

Trouble brewing in Netherlands as Erdogan supporters win first seats in Dutch election

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A TURKISH-DUTCH party has secured its first ever seats in the Netherlands parliament as the Turkey row… KATIE MANSFIELD Express Denk, a party founded by Tunahan Kuzu and Selçuk Öztürk has become the first ever ethic minority party in the Dutch… The party, which has long been accused of being a… Trouble brewing in… Read More »

Yemen at ‘point of no return’ as conflict leaves almost 7 million close to famine

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Governments have been warned they face enduring shame should famine take hold in Yemen, where two-thirds of the population face severe food… Les Roopanarine, Patrick Wintour, Saeed Kamali Dehghan and Ahmad Algohbary in Ibb The Guardian Aid agencies have warned that Yemen is “at the point of no return” after new figures released by the UN indicated 17 million people are… Yemen at ‘point… Read More »

Syria May Be a No-Win Situation for U.S. Troops

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The Washington Post reported on Wednesday that the Pentagon is recommending up to one thousand additional U.S. troops be sent to join the fight in Raqqa to help defeat the Islamic… Daniel L. Davis The National Interest Before one more American boot is sent to fight on the ground in… If the administration can’t do that, then the proposed deployment must… Syria May Be… Read More »

Israel’s rejection of peace grows bolder

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In 1993, Yasser Arafat agreed to a compromise that would set aside the full demands of the Palestinian people, and recognize Israel in exchange for Israel recognizing Palestine. Ray Hanania Arab News At the time of the agreement, and during a high-profile media flurry, Arafat shook hands with Yitzhak Rabin, Israel’s prime minister at the time, to seal the deal. Little did anyone… Israel’s rejection of… Read More »

Turks becoming the new ‘devil’ of Europe

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European xenophobia, which has emerged in every period against different groups, this time sees Turks and Muslims as its main enemies Selim Yaman Daily Sabah On Saturday night, Family and Social Policies Minister Fatma Betül Sayan Kaya was prevented from going into the Turkish Consulate in the Netherlands’ city of Rotterdam, leading to a diplomatic crisis between the two… Turks becoming the… Read More »

Europe’s ‘Turkish Awakening’

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Turkey, officially, is a candidate for full membership in the European… * Burak Bekdil * Gatestone Institute It is also negotiating with Brussels a deal which would allow millions of Turks to travel to Europe without… But Turkey is not like any other European country that joined or will join the EU: The Turks’ choice of a leader, in office since 2002, too… Europe’s ‘Turkish… Read More »

How conflict with the West empowers Erdogan

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On March 13, Blick — the third top-selling newspaper in Switzerland, came out with a giant headline in an unusual language: Turkish. Mustafa Akyol Al Monitor “Vote ‘no’ to Erdogan’s dictatorship,” the title read, appealing to the Turks living in this small country. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan… How conflict with… Read More »

Trump – clarification?

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Two months after his arrival at the White House, the President of the United States, Donald Trump, will have to clarify his position in terms of his predecessors’ plan to remodel the Greater Middle East. Thierry Meyssan Voltaire If he really wants to put an end to jihadism, he will have to recognise the resilience of Syria and reposition the United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia and Turkey. As soon as… Trump – clarification… Read More »

Hizbollah’s Syria Conundrum

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Four years after plunging into Syria’s civil war, Hizbollah has achieved its core aim of preserving the Assad… ICG Yet with no clear exit strategy, the Lebanese “Party of God” faces ever greater costs unless it can lower the sectarian flames, open dialogue with non-jihadist rebel groups and help pave the way for a negotiated… Hizbollah’s Syria… Read More »

Revisiting The Cyprus Question And The Way Forward

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Despite years of intercommunal negotiations and repeated efforts by the international community, the Cyprus problem remains… Andreas Theophanous Turkish Policy Quarterly The overwhelming presence of Turkish troops on the island since 1974 and Ankara’s objective to strategically control Cyprus continue to be the most important obstacles for a… The accession of the… Revisiting The Cyprus… Read More »

Why does everyone keep making Nazi comparisons?

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As a row between Turkey and the EU deepened, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused both the Germans and the Dutch of using Nazi tactics. David Molloy BBC News Bringing up Hitler or Nazi Germany in an argument is hardly new. But recently, it… Why does everyone… Read More »

A New Strategy Against ISIS and al Qaeda

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The Trump administration is set to supersize President Obama’s strategy to defeat Islamic State, sending more American forces to the region and lifting restraints on direct participation in combat and when to use armed force. Frederick W. Kagan and Kimberly Kagan AEI Yet any victory under the current approach will be ephemeral. Even if American… A New Strategy… Read More »

How ‘complete’ is normalization between Russia, Turkey?

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The presidents of Russia and Turkey say their recent meeting in Moscow produced encouraging results in diplomatic, trade and economic sectors and paved the way for further bilateral cooperation. Maxim A. Suchkov Al Monitor The event was of special importance, as it marked the resumption of the High-Level Russian-Turkish Cooperation Council meetings for the first time since Turkey downed a Russian jet in late 2015. The March 10 meeting… How ‘complete’ is… Read More »

Erdogan’s perpetual quest for an enemy

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Over the weekend, a crisis erupted between Turkey and the Netherlands after Dutch authorities refused to allow Turkish ministers to address a rally in Rotterdam in which the ministers were going to urge expatriate Turks to… Michael Rubin AEI Apparently because of permitting issues, Dutch authorities did not allow the Turkish ministers to address the rally, a slight which Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan escalated sharply: crowds held anti-Dutch rallies in front of… Erdogan’s perpetual quest… Read More »

Stagnating Turkish Tourism Looking For Alternative Source Markets

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Turkish tourism has been stagnating for the past… TourismReview The industry has been suffering for many reasons. Safety concerns, political instability and terrorism are some of the issues connected to the fall of the once top summer… However, all may not be lost just yet, as Turkey aims to revive its main source markets like Russia, as well as concentrate on new… Stagnating Turkish Tourism… Read More »