Middle East

Arab and Islamic leaders condemn terror plot targeting Makkah’s Grand Mosque

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JEDDAH: Leaders from around the Arab world have condemned a terror plot targeting the Grand Mosque in Makkah, which Saudi security forces said on Friday they had… Arab News King Salman received a cable from Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, emir of the Kuwait, in which he expressed Kuwait’s strong condemnation of terrorist schemes, which contradict teachings of Islam and all religious and human… Cables were also received from … Arab and Islamic… Read More »

UK: Demands made of Qatar must be measured, realistic

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Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson also calls Saudi-led bloc of countries to lift embargo imposed on Qatar. Al Jazeera Britain’s foreign secretary has said that a major diplomatic crisis in the Gulf will end only when “measured and realistic” conditions are discussed, in comments made shortly after a… “Gulf unity can only be restored when all countries involved are willing to discuss terms that are measured and realistic,” Boris Johnson said on Friday, according to a… UK: Demands made… Read More »

Kurds see chance to advance their cause in ruins of Islamic State

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With the defeat of Isis close, its opponents scent opportunity in the region. Can Kurdish forces win more… Martin Chulov The Guardian As what remains of Islamic State crumbles, the would-be victors have started… In Mosul, Iraqi forces have begun preparing for peace in the city where the now-encircled marauders took root three years… Across the border in Raqqa, with five of its neighbourhoods under their control, Kurdish forces are contemplating what comes next for them and… Kurds see chance… Read More »

Saudi Arabia & allies demand Qatar close Turkish base, shut Al-Jazeera and more within 10 days

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The Arab states which have imposed an economic blockade on Qatar over its alleged financing of terrorism have issued a severe list of demands, which includes giving Doha 10 days to cut ties with Iran, shutting down Al-Jazeera, closing a Turkish military base and… RT The Kuwait emissary, which is serving a mediator in the diplomatic standoff, has reportedly presented the list of 13 demands from the… Doha has 10 days to comply, according to Associated Press which has seen ... Read More »

The Evolution of Yannis: From Turkish Nationalist to Jailed Greek Activist

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Yannis Vasilis Yaylalı, an ethnic Greek peace activist born in Samsun, was recently arrested by Turkish police in the Kurdish city of Şırnak, where he had been living since… Uzay Bulut Special for the Armenian Weekly Meral Geylani, his partner and fellow activist, told the Armenian Weekly that four lawsuits have been filed against… Three of them are for “discouraging the public from military service” and one is for “publicly disrespecting Mustafa Kemal Ataturk” through his articles and… The Evolution ... Read More »

Putin Officially Launches Deep-Water Phase Of TurkStream Gas Pipeline

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has inaugurated the deep-water phase of the TurkStream pipeline project that will deliver Russian gas to Turkey and eventually to the… RFE/RL Putin on June 23 called Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan from a ship off the Black Sea coast near Anapa in southern Russia to launch the… TurkStream is one of several major undersea pipeline projects the Kremlin has pushed in recent years in an… Putin Officially Launches… Read More »

Tachjian’s ‘Daily Life in the Abyss: Genocide Diaries, 1915-1918’ Published by Berghahn Books

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NEW YORK—Vahé Tachjian’s book, Daily Life in the Abyss: Genocide Diaries, 1915-1918, was recently published by Berghahn Books. TheArmenianWeekly Tachjian is the project director and the chief editor of the Berlin-based Houshamdyan website, which aims to reconstruct Ottoman Armenians’ local history and life stories. Historical research into the Armenian Genocide has grown tremendously in recent years, but much of it has focused on large… Tachjian’s ‘Daily Life… Read More »

Turkish schools to stop teaching evolution, official says

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Board of education chairman says subject is debatable, controversial and too complicated for students Kareem Shaheen and Gözde Hatunoğlu in Istanbul The Guardian Evolution will no longer be taught in Turkish schools, a senior education official has said, in a move likely to raise the ire of the country’s secular opposition. Alpaslan Durmuş, who chairs the board of education, said evolution was debatable, controversial and too complicated for… Turkish schools to… Read More »

Removing Assad no longer priority in Syria: Macron

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France no longer sees the departure of President Bashar al-Assad as a priority in the Syrian conflict, President Emmanuel Macron said on June 22, making the policy official for the… PARIS – Agence France-Presse Hurriyet The new French leader said instead that fighting jihadists such as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) had to be the… “The real change I’ve made on this question, is that I haven’t said the… Removing Assad no… Read More »

Cyprus: A call for a new strategy

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International Hellenic Association 815 Naudain Avenue, Claymont, Delaware 19703,    U.S.A www.Professors-PhDs.com – mail: IHAHellas@gmail.com 21 June 2017 The ‘Conference on Cyprus’ in Switzerland on 28 June 2017: A call for a new strategy in support & in defence of The Republic of Cyprus Mr Antonio Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations Mr Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission Mr Nicos Anastasiades, President of the Republic of Cyprus Mr Nikos Kotzias, Foreign Minister of the Republic of Greece Mr Rex ... Read More »

U.S. Distaste For Turkish Leader Erdogan May Have Reached ‘Tipping Point’

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“If Erdogan is investing in the Trump administration, I can say that he will be disappointed,” Turkish opposition leader Hişyar Özsoy said. Akbar Shahid Ahmed HuffPost WASHINGTON ― Rising American criticism of Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan has spurred hopes that the U.S. will take a tougher line against his repression, according to a top opposition Turkish… “They can do more,” Hişyar Özsoy, a parliamentarian associated with Turkey’s pro… U.S. Distaste For… Read More »

Iran’s Real Missile Target Wasn’t Syria

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Old obsessions die hard. On June 18, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps launched missiles into Syria in retaliation for a terrorist attack on Iran’s parliament and Ayatollah Khomeini’s tomb the previous… Michael Rubin Commentary While these missiles appear to have caused no casualties, Iranian officials were clear that their target went far beyond the Islamic State. According to the Tehran… Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, commander of the… Iran’s Real Missile… Read More »

Five takeaways from Iran’s missile strike in Syria

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Tehran’s strike was targeted at Islamic State but it also puts US bases in the region on notice and exposes the flimsiness of the Trump Administration’s Middle… M.K. Bhadrakumar Asia Times At its most obvious level, Iran’s missile attack on the Islamic State command centre in the Syrian city of Dier Ezzor on Sunday may be regarded as the demonstration of an extraordinarily innovative… Iran says it fired six ground-to-ground missiles from Islamic… Five takeaways from… Read More »

The Search for Security via Answers to Questions on Law, Criminal Justice and Impunity

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A working paper published in connection with the ‘Conference on Cyprus’ in Geneva on 28 June 2017  Klearchos A. Kyriakides Published by Agora Dialogue on 17 June 2017 This working paper addresses issues which are of enormous importance to every citizen of the Republic of Cyprus and of the European Union of which it forms part. In the interests of security, the working paper goes further by raising a substantial number of questions relating to law, criminal justice and impunity. These questions ... Read More »

Israeli planes ‘may soon be allowed’ into Saudi airspace as the two countries ‘negotiate ties’

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Israeli El Al airline may soon be allowed to fly over Saudi airspace… Saudi Arabia and Israel are on the path to normalising relations by negotiating ties, according to a report by British newspaper The… The New Arab According to the report, the negotiations will lead to a range of provisions for Israel, such as allowing Israeli businesses to operate in the… Palestinian officials are said to be anxious about the… Israeli planes ‘may… Read More »

Why the Middle East Needs the Qatar Crisis

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A unique moment has presented itself where a majority of the Middle East has had enough of Qatar’s promiscuous foreign policy. Matthew RJ Brodsky The National Interest When a crisis arises, it is only natural to call for calm. In most cases it is a laudable reflex, especially when one is not the cause of the consternation. In the case of the recent Gulf crisis with Qatar, President Trump, the… Why the Middle… Read More »