Middle East

SYRIA: Dr Bouthaina Shaaban on the Weaponization of Corporate Media

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It was a truly historical moment, when the president-elect of the United States, in his first official news conference, refused to take a question from CNN, telling its correspondent that his channel propagates fake… 21st Century Wire It indicates the beginning of the end for the Zionist corporate media, which… SYRIA: Dr Bouthaina… Read More »

What I’ve witnessed in Turkey is an assault on democracy itself

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Erdoğan, emboldened by the rise of Trump, is crushing fragile freedoms – tens of thousands detained and the press muzzled. Owen Jones The Guardian The west must end its silence Democracy is a bundle of… What I’ve witnessed in… Read More »

Why Ankara’s honeymoon with Trump may be short-lived

A man walks past the Trump Towers building in Istanbul on July 30, 2015. US billionaire Donald Trump handily leads all fellow Republicans in the 2016 presidential race, Hillary Clinton and other Democrats trump him in head-to-head matchups, a poll said July 30. AFP PHOTO/ OZAN KOSE        (Photo credit should read OZAN KOSE/AFP/Getty Images)

Turkey has increased pressure on Washington in recent weeks, as President-elect Donald Trump has been preparing to be sworn in, by openly renouncing the outgoing Obama administration and signaling to the new administration what its conditions for improved ties with the United States will be. Semih Idiz Al Monitor Ankara clearly expects the Trump administration to place the rapidly deteriorating relationship between the two countries on a smoother trajectory. Remarks by Rex Tillerson… Why Ankara’s honeymoon with… Read More »

Judy Asks: Is a Cyprus Deal in Sight?

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A selection of experts answer a new question from Judy Dempsey on the foreign and security policy challenges shaping Europe’s role in the… Posted by: Judy Dempsey Carnegie Europe Thanos DokosDirector general of the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP) The reluctance of Greek Cypriots to… Judy Asks: Is… Read More »

Letter to BBC

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Mr A Chitty London BBC Complaints PO Box 1922 Darlington DL3 0UR 17 January 2017 Dear Sir or Madam, It is with regret that I find myself writing to the BBC once again on the topic of Cyprus. Despite a plethora of complaints from myself and others in the British Cypriot community during 2016, it would appear that the BBC has taken no notice and continues to misrepresent the facts of the Cyprus situation. I implore the BBC to properly ... Read More »

Erdogan calls dollar and euro holders ‘terrorists’

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ANKARA, Turkey — The unstoppable rise of the dollar and the euro against the Turkish currency had the country’s president fuming last week. Zülfikar Doğan Al Monitor Speaking Jan. 12 in his palace, Recep Tayyip Erdogan claimed that economic warfare was behind the Turkish lira’s dramatic depreciation. “Everybody now sees and… Erdogan calls dollar and… Read More »

Goodbye, Barack Obama; Hello, Israel

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With Obama’s departure, Israel loses a friend but gains an opportunity. Shai Feldman and Amos Harel The National Interest   Addressing the delegates to the AIPAC National Conference on March 21, 2016, then candidate for president Donald Trump asserted that President Barack Obama “may be the worst thing to ever happen to Israel, believe me, believe… Goodbye, Barack Obama… Read More »

The striking similarities between fundamentalist laicism and Daesh ideology

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Fundamentalist laicism and Daesh mentality are no different from one another. Sule Albayrak Daily Sabah Both are destructive movements with a love for sovereignty; their members do not have a right to choose but to obey their group’s deadly dogmas At a time when Turkey is… The striking similarities between… Read More »

Report warns Trump against scrapping Iran nuclear deal

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Ending the agreement would lead to ‘unfathomable consequences’ throughout the region, International Crisis Group… Megan O’Toole Al Jazeera Should the Iran nuclear deal fall apart, the consequences for the Middle East region would be “unfathomable”, according to a new report from the International… Report warns Trump… Read More »

How Palestinian left hopes to renew political system

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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Al-Monitor met with Jamil Mezher, a member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine’s political bureau, at his office in Gaza City. Rasha Abou Jalal Al Monitor Among the several Palestinian issues he discussed in the interview were the decline of Arab and Palestinian leftism at the expense of the advancement of Islamist movements, the most efficient Palestinian tools to resist Israel, the… How Palestinian left hopes to… Read More »

What will be the cost of Aleppo victory for Damascus?

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This is the third in a series of stories from Al-Monitor correspondent Fehim Tastekin, who has been traveling in Syria. Fehim Taştekin Al Monitor ALEPPO, Syria — As I was walking around the fortress of Aleppo last week, some officials were hoisting the Syrian flag. They insisted that I… What will be the cost of… Read More »

Pro-reform group criticises arrests in Amman

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Lawyers say activists held in “political witch-hunt” but government justifies the arrests on grounds of… Ali Younes Al Jazeera The lawyer for one of several anti-corruption activists detained recently by Jordan’s General Intelligence Directorate has demanded the immediate release of his client, saying that he… Pro-reform group… Read More »

Iraqi minister trying to improve relations between Iran and Saudi Arabia

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Iraq’s foreign minister said he had carried messages between Iran and Saudi Arabia in a continuing attempt to curb a feud involving its two neighbors, Iran’s state broadcaster IRIB reported on… Hurriyet DUBAI – Reuters Relations between the two regional rivals worsened after hundreds of people, many of… Iraqi minister trying… Read More »

Will Cyprus be reunified?

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THE formal split of Cyprus dates to Turkey’s invasion of the island in 1974, which followed a Greece-inspired coup aimed at enosis (union with Greece). The Economist Since then Cyprus has been divided between the Greek-Cypriot republic in the south, a full member of the UN and the… Will Cyprus be… Read More »

What prompted Russia’s shift in stance on Syria opposition?

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When 2016 was drawing to a close, Moscow surprisingly agreed to divide Syrian warring factions into “good” and “bad” guys and to recognize the idea of the “moderate opposition. Anton Mardasov Al Monitor On Jan. 10, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov announced the preparation of talks between the Syrian government and the armed opposition in Kazakhstan’s capital, Astana, on Jan. 23. The rebels are seriously preparing for… What prompted Russia’s shift in… Read More »

Turkey’s Relentless Attack on the Press

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It should come as no surprise that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey would praise Donald Trump for refusing to talk to a CNN reporter at a news… THE EDITORIAL BOARD The New York Times For years, Mr. Erdogan has been crushing independent voices as part of a broader effort to assert authoritarian control. Earlier this month, the… Turkey’s Relentless Attack… Read More »