Middle East

‘Sherlock Holmes of Armenian Genocide’ Uncovers Lost Evidence

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For more than a century, Turkey has denied any role in organizing the killing of Armenians in what historians have long accepted as a genocide that started in 1915, as… TIM ARANGO  The New York Times The Turkish narrative of denial has hinged on the argument that the original documents from postwar military tribunals that convicted the genocide’s planners were nowhere to… Now, Taner Akcam, a Turkish historian at Clark University in… ‘Sherlock Holmes of… Read More »

Activists ramp up pressure on Lebanon’s rape law

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Calls increase for the repeal of controversial law allowing rapists to avoid punishment if they marry their… Al Jazeera Lebanese activists ramped up their campaign to scrap a controversial law allowing rapists who marry their victims to go free, with a dramatic installation on… A proposal to scrap Article 522 of the penal code – which deals with rape, assault, kidnapping and… Activists ramp up… Read More »

America’s Yemen Crisis Is Bigger than Just Yemen

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Broken alliances and competing political factions are emperiling America’s… Mohamed Zeeshan The National Interest Long before the Trump administration launched missiles at an Assad regime air base in Syria and dropped the world’s most lethal nonnuclear bomb in… In late January, just two weeks into his term, President Trump ordered a military raid on suspected Al… America’s Yemen Crisis… Read More »

Erdoğan’s power grab follows authoritarian script

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The Turkish president broke the country so he could pretend to fix… MELIK KAYLAN Politico NEW YORK — Any media outlet telling you that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan legitimately won the referendum vote is… The free world has refused to get literate in the ways wily despots overpower the state and willingly overlooked the Putin-Chávez-Erdoğan formula now in vogue: a… Erdoğan’s power grab… Read More »

The More Things Change, the More Iraq Stays the Same

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Some of those watching the Tomahawk missiles lift off from the USS Porter on April 7, 2017, to strike Syria might have been reminded of similar scenes in January 1991, when the Tomahawk was chosen to open the… Seth J. Frantzman The National Interest The United States has been increasingly involved in Iraq since August of… First, the United States helped… The More Things… Read More »

In Turkey, the Victims Change but the Regime Remains the Same

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Some 51.4 percent of the more than 58 million Turks who turned out to vote on April 16 said yes to the ruling Justice and… Uzay Bulut PhilosProject With that vote, they decided to shift to an executive presidential… It is debatable if the government would still have won if it had not detained thousands of political dissidents, imposed a… In Turkey, the… Read More »

Turks Vote to Give Away Their Democracy

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  In a bitter Irony, nearly 55 million Turks went to the ballot box on April 16 to exercise their basic democratic right to… Burak Bekdil Middle East Forum The Gatestone Institute But they voted in favour of giving away their democracy. The system for which they voted looks more like the Middle Eastern sultanate than democracy in the… According to unofficial… Turks Vote to… Read More »

Uncertain road ahead as Erdoğan claims victory

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ISTANBUL — It was a nail-biting count, beginning with a large “Yes” lead gradually erased as a “No” result inched closer as the… ZIA WEISE Politico Yet in the end, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan narrowly emerged as the winner of Turkey’s referendum, at least according to his own declaration — and… As the president’s supporters swarmed the streets in celebration, opposition parties said they would contest the… Uncertain road ahead… Read More »

Turkey is sliding into dictatorship

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Turkey’s referendum Recep Tayyip Erdogan is carrying out the harshest crackdown in… The Economist The West must not abandon Turkey… TURKEY matters not just for its size, but also as a bellwether of the political forces shaping the… For centuries it was the seat of a great empire. Today, as a frontier state, it must… Turkey is sliding… Read More »

Frenzied rescues save more than 2,000 asylum seekers

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A total of 2,074 people brought to safety in a day of non-stop rescues of those stranded in the Mediterranean… Al Jazeera – News agencies More than 2,000 asylum seekers trying to reach Europe were plucked from the Mediterranean on Friday in a series of dramatic… An Italian coast guard spokesman said 19 rescue operations by the coast guard or ships operated by non… Frenzied rescues save… Read More »

Trump Administration Must Act To Address The Plight of Christians In The Middle East

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This week, Christians around the world mark the holiest week in their religious calendar, observing the Passion, crucifixion, and… Brian Katulis Elizabeth H. Prodromou The Huffington Post This sober time of reflection and prayer comes in the midst of continued threats to Christians in the Middle East – most recently in the Palm Sunday bombings at two churches in… Over the past decade, some of the oldest Christian communities have… Trump Administration Must… Read More »

Erdogan Moves to Repair Late Crack in Referendum Alliance

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President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is facing a last-minute threat to his bid to centralize executive power from an unlikely source: the… Onur Ant Bloomberg Devlet Bahceli, head of Turkey’s Nationalist Movement Party MHP, accused key Erdogan advisers late Thursday of undermining the ruling party’s goal of introducing an… At the heart of Bahceli’s criticism was Sukru Karatepe, a… Erdogan Moves to… Read More »

Mother Of All Bombs: What is it and why is the US now using it to fight Islamic State?

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On Friday, the GBU-43 Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB) became the largest non-nuclear bomb ever dropped on a battlefield after the US unexpectedly unleashed one on a network of Islamic State targets in Afghanistan. By Steven Viney, staff ABC Observers were almost instantly stunned as… US President Donald Trump was… Mother Of All… Read More »

Russia, Syria and Iran warn US against further strikes

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Allied foreign ministers meet in Moscow over Syrian war and warn Washington following cruise missile strike on… Al Jazeera & news agencies Russia has denounced last week’s US attack on Syria and warned further such action would derail global… The US has said its strike on a Syrian air force base was in response to the Syrian government, which it blamed for launching a… Russia, Syria and… Read More »

Turkey Sees No Need for Cyprus to Approve Israel Gas Pipeline

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A Turkey-Israel gas pipeline deal could be built through Cyprus’ economic waters even without Cypriot consent, a Turkish official… David Wainer Bloomberg Cyprus can’t block a gas pipeline from Israel to Turkey, and gas talks with Israel don’t hinge on attempts to reach a peace deal in Cyprus, the… A pipeline bringing gas from Israel’s… Turkey Sees No… Read More »

Syria after the U.S. Strike: What Should Come Next

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Poison gas and missile response have heightened tensions over the Syria… ICG Washington and Moscow should respond to the new risks by pursuing their stated common interest: sufficient de-escalation of the war’s violence to establish a meaningful political track toward… Whether one believes they were the… Syria after the… Read More »