Middle East

Palestinians: We Have the Right to Poison the Minds of our Children

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The Palestinian Authority (PA) and Hamas wish to continue teaching children that the conflict with Israel is not over a two-state solution, but the “liberation of Palestine, from the river to the sea,”… Bassam Tawil Gatestone Institute The goal is for the students to believe that Israel is one big settlement that has no place in the Middle East. Along with Hamas… Palestinians: We Have… Read More »

Turkey’s main Islamic human rights organization faces internal upheaval

Protesters from human rights organisation Mazlumder hold torches during a demonstration in Istanbul January 26, 2008. Students may soon be allowed to wear the Muslim headscarf in Turkish universities, a watershed for a devout, growing middle class that has long complained of discrimination against its faith. Picture taken on January 26, 2008. To match feature TURKEY-HEADSCARF  REUTERS/Fatih Saribas  (TURKEY) - RTR1WHXV

In Turkey, there are various human rights organizations dedicated to defend oppressed groups or individuals. Mustafa Akyol Al Monitor One of them, Mazlumder, is unique, because it has explicitly Islamic credentials, unlike most others that are more secular. Yet the same… Turkey’s main Islamic… Read More »

Iraq’s new marginalised population

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Iraqi families with relatives affiliated to ISIL are struggling to find a place for themselves in their own country. Belkis Wille Al Jazeera News Across Iraq, as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) loses its territorial footholds, it is leaving behind entire populations terrorised by its fighters, but also a community of families tainted by their… Iraq’s new marginalised… Read More »

Turkey determined to test NATO

A Turkish flag (R) flies among others flags of NATO members during the North Atlantic Council (NAC) following Turkey's request for Article 4 consultations, at the Alliance headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, July 28, 2015. Turkey sought moral support for its campaign against militants in Syria and Iraq at an emergency meeting on Tuesday with its North Atlantic allies, with both NATO and Ankara playing down any idea of a call for military help from the alliance. Turkey requested urgent consultations with its 27 NATO partners in Brussels after stepping up its role in the U.S.-led fight against Islamic State with air strikes, also hitting Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) camps in Iraq at the weekend. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir  - RTX1M3E0

Following Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s March 10 meeting in Moscow with President Vladimir Putin, it was reported that Turkey was engaged in negotiations to procure the Russian-made S-400 air defense system. Fehim Tastekin Al Monitor Sergei Chemezov, CEO of the Russian state-owned Rostec, said on March 14 that Turkey had asked for credit to buy the system, but that a deal had not yet been reached. “As soon as… Turkey determined to… Read More »

Voices From Syria, “Syria does Not Surrender”, says Mark Taliano

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Mark Taliano is a former teacher, an activist and writer who visited Syria in 2016. Taliano interviewed Syrians who have lived under US bombs for years.  Heather Cottin Global Research The war in Syria is a NATO war. NATO has struck… Voices From Syria… Read More »

The Fabric of Arab Society Is in Tatters

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Will Arab governments rise to the challenge? Geneive Abdo The National Interest Earlier this month, religious scholars gathered in Cairo at an unusual meeting to call for equality among religious minorities within Islamic societies—not just in matters of religion but in civil affairs as well. Although on the… The Fabric of… Read More »

Woolsey: Flynn discussed sending Erdogan foe back to Turkey

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(CNN) – Former Central Intelligence Agency Director James Woolsey told CNN Friday that former Trump National Security Adviser Michael Flynn met with representatives of the Turkish government in 2016 and… Leigh Munsil CNN As a representative of his consulting firm, Flynn Intel Group, Flynn met with senior… Woolsey: Flynn discussed… Read More »

What’s behind Erdogan’s recent angry outbursts?

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What’s behind the embarrassing shenanigans of the Justice and Development Party (AKP)? Pinar Tremblay Al Monitor What’s the reason for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s angry outbursts? On March 22, just… What’s behind Erdogan’s… Read More »

Faking It: Europe-Turkey Relations

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Relations between Europe and Turkey are tense. Michael Rubin AEI In the past weeks, Turkey has called the Netherlands “the capital of fascism” and accused Germany of “fascist actions” reminiscent of the Nazi period, after Germany cancelled political rallies aimed at gathering support for… Faking It: Europe-Turkey… Read More »

How to survive tyranny: 10 pieces of advice from Turkey

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Spread facts, be careful, and don’t assume democracy is safe, say people who know what life is like under a strongman… Guardian readers The Guardian The rise of autocracy can be insidious, and doesn’t come with an instruction manual on how to survive, said one of hundreds of… Over the past few years the president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has slowly tightened his grip on power, imprisoning journalists who… How to survive… Read More »

Turkish Artist Zehra Doğan Sentenced to Prison for Painting of Kurdish Town Attack

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Doğan has been given a sentence of 2 years and 10 months by a Turkish court. Perwana Nazif, ArtNet The Turkish-Kurdish painter and journalist Zehra Doğan has been sentenced to 2 years, nine months, and 22 days in prison for creating a painting which depicted the destruction caused by Turkish security forces in the… Turkish Artist Zehra… Read More »

Ousted Egypt president Mubarak freed from detention, says lawyer

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Egypt’s ousted president Hosni Mubarak left a military hospital on March 24 where he had spent much of the last six years in detention, his lawyer… Hurriyet Mubarak had been cleared for release earlier this month after a top court finally acquitted him of involvement in protester deaths during the… “Yes,” his lawyer Farid al-Deeb told… Ousted Egypt president… Read More »

Kemal Kurkut survived Isis suicide bomb but couldn’t survive Turkish police

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The young student who was shot dead by a police officer ahead of the Kurdish Newroz celebration in Turkey’s southeastern Diyarbakir province, had survived the Ankara train station massacre perpetrated by the… KOMnews New details continue coming to light in the killing of fine arts student Kemal Kurkut, who died after being shot by police at a… Kemal Kurkut survived… Read More »

Who provokes, who rules, who benefits?

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Turkey, or let us say the Turkish president and the government, continues losing prestige in the West with his aggressive and provocative approach. Zakir Gul Euractiv Zakir Gul asks, is Erdoğan paving the way for a one-man-rule presidency with the upcoming constitutional referendum in Turkey? The tensions started… Who provokes, who… Read More »

Will the United States Be a Victim of Its Own Success in Syria?

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The Trump team has options for stabilizing Syria, but each one comes with its own set of… Nicholas A. Heras The National Interest The ministerial meeting of the Global Coalition to Counter ISIS held in Washington, DC was an important milestone on the path to the Trump team’s mission to fully defeat the would-be… Will the United… Read More »

ISIS Will Fail, but What About the Idea of ISIS?

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Despite claiming responsibility for attacks like the one in London, the group is dying. Simon Cottee The Atlantic “It is believedIt will retain the ability to inspire. The Islamic State… ISIS Will Fail… Read More »