Middle East

I’m Turkish Journalist. I Left Everything Behind For Honest Reporting

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I am a Turkish journalist and I’m coming from a country that has the highest number of imprisoned or exiled journalists in the world. Arzu Yildiz The Global Post Aside from journalists, I am from a country where even a police dog was exiled after it was claimed to be a dissident. Remember that Syria-bound trucks carrying arms and intercepted on the border? I was the first journalist to break that… I’m Turkish Journalist… Read More »

Managing Turkey’s PKK Conflict: The Case of Nusaybin

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With one quarter of its inhabitants’ homes destroyed in the past year, Nusaybin is a victim of Turkey’s 33-year conflict with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). ICG The state has taken economic steps to help the town, but outreach and Kurdish rights must be improved to prevent new flare ups… Managing Turkey’s PKK… Read More »

Why are there still British military bases in Cyprus?

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The continued division of Cyprus suits Britain’s geopolitical interests, as well as those of world powers that see the Mediterranean island as a useful pawn in a longstanding game of chess. Darren Loucaides reports from a country that wants to determine its own future. New Internationalist The view along Dhekelia Road is not particularly pretty… Why are there… Read More »

New Hamas policy document ‘aims to soften image’

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The Palestinian militant group Hamas has published a new policy document – the first since its founding charter. BBC It declares for the first time a willingness to accept an interim Palestinian state within pre-1967 boundaries, without recognising Israel. It also says Hamas’s struggle is not with Jews but with “occupying Zionist aggressors”. The 1988 charter was condemned for its anti-Jewish… New Hamas policy… Read More »

Turkish authorities block Wikipedia without giving reason

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Turkey has blocked all access inside the country to the online encyclopaedia Wikipedia. BBC Officials said “an administrative measure” had been taken, but gave no reason why. Turkish media said authorities had asked Wikipedia to remove content by writers “supporting terror”. Turkey has temporarily blocked social media sites including Facebook and Twitter in the past, usually following protests or … Turkish authorities block… Read More »

Pope Francis in Egypt in push for ‘fraternity’

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Pope Francis landed in the Egyptian capital on April 28 to promote “unity and fraternity” with Muslims and Christians, who have suffered a series of jihadist… Hurriyet The visit is a “voyage of unity and fraternity,” the pontiff told reporters before he disembarked in Cairo airport to be greeted by Catholic priests and Egyptian Prime Minister Sharif… It is “less than two days but very intense,” he… Pope Francis in… Read More »

Fighting ISIS: The Road to and beyond Raqqa

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The U.S. campaign against ISIS in northern Syria both benefits from and is complicated by its partnership with an affiliate of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), a group fighting against its NATO ally… ICG The challenges will grow as the war on ISIS moves further… Overview In Raqqa the U.S.-led coalition to defeat the Islamic State (ISIS) faces its toughest test to date in… Fighting ISIS: The… Read More »

EU Ankara negotiator calls for suspension of Turkey accession talks

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The European Union should formally suspend Turkey’s long-stalled talks on membership if it adopts constitutional changes backed at a referendum last week, a… BRUSSELS – Reuters Hyrriyet Kati Piri said ahead of a plenary debate on the matter that if President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan implemented the new charter, Turkey would close the… Erdoğan said on April 25 that Turkey would not wait forever to… EU Ankara negotiator… Read More »

Saudi Arabia sentences an atheist to death for uploading a video renouncing Islam and the Prophet Mohammed

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Saudi Arabia has sentenced an atheist to death for uploading a video in which he renounced Islam and the Prophet… GARETH DAVIES FOR MAILONLINE DailyMail The man has been identified locally as Ahmad Al Shamri who is in his 20s and from the town of Hafar al… Saudi authorities first picked him up in 2014 after he uploaded the video showing men and women dancing which led to him being charged with atheism and… Saudi Arabia sentences… Read More »

A cry for help: Millions facing famine in Yemen

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The UN has warned that 17 million Yemenis will be in famine unless the world sends urgent humanitarian… Al Jazeera Antonio Guterres, the UN chief, issued a call to action on Tuesday at the aid conference held in Geneva where donor countries pledged almost… But UN says the amount is half of what is needed to combat what it is calling “the world’s largest hunger… A cry for… Read More »

‘We’re eating the Mercedes’

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Once among their nation’s elite, former Turkish NATO officers are now refugees seeking political asylum in… DAVID M. HERSZENHORN Politico They were once among Turkey’s military elite — fighter pilots, tank commanders and naval officers assigned to prestigious posts abroad at NATO in… Now, they and their families — who had enjoyed comfortable lives abroad, sending their children to… ‘We’re eating the… Read More »

Greek appeals court rules against extradition of three Turkish coup soldiers

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A Greek appeals court on April 25 rejected the extradition of three Turkish soldiers out of eight who requested asylum in the country after fleeing following Turkey’s failed… Hurriyet Three of the servicemen – identified as Süleyman Özkaynakçı, Feridun Çoban, and Abdullah Yetik – appeared at the Athens’ Appeals Council on April 25 upon the… Prosecutor Ourania Stathea said the new evidence presented by Ankara was… Greek appeals court… Read More »

Netanyahu reflects on Holocaust day

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PICKING SIDES: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has praised the US’ missile strike on Syria earlier this month as a ‘determined… AP, JERUSALEM Taipei Times Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu opened Israel’s annual memorial day for the 6 million Jews systematically killed by Nazi Germany and… The Nazis and their collaborators wiped out a third of world Jewry and Netanyahu’s remarks… Netanyahu reflects on… Read More »

Open Letter to the prime minister of Greece

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To Mr Alexis Tsipras, prime minister of Greece Οn April 23, 2017, the Cyprus daily Phileleftheros reported that Greek foreign minister Nicos Kotzias has sent a ‘complaint-letter’ to UN Secretary-General Antonio… Christos P Panayiotides CyprusMail The newspaper then stated that, “according to its sources”, the letter underlined the fact that the named official of the United Nations is promoting Turkish demands and… Open Letter to… Read More »

UN Watch outraged as Saudi Arabia takes place on UN Women’s Right Commission

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UN Watch, a human rights organization, monitoring the performance of the United Nations, has strongly condemned the appointment of Saudi Arabia to the UN Commission on the… RT “Electing Saudi Arabia to protect women’s rights is like making an arsonist into the… It’s absurd,” Hillel Neuer, the UN Watch chief, said… UN Watch outraged… Read More »

‘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 »