Middle East

Muting prayers is muting the Palestinian struggle

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While Israel pursues to silence the sound of prayer, the global community suppressed the Palestinian call for justice. Mariam Barghouti Al Jazeera News Driving the streets of the West Bank, you see Israeli-issued street signs reading, in Arabic, “Urshalaym”, the Hebrew word for Jerusalem instead of the Arabic namesake “Al-Quds”. Like most Palestinians… Muting prayers is… Read More »

U.N. Accuses Turkey of Killing Hundreds of Kurds

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GENEVA — Turkey’s military and police forces have killed hundreds of people during operations against Kurdish rebels in southeastern Turkey, the United Nations said on Friday in a report that listed summary killings, torture, rape and… NICK CUMMING-BRUCE The New York Times The report, by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, details how… U.N. Accuses Turkey… Read More »

Afghanistan Is Now Trump’s War

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Before the White House responds to the Pentagon’s latest request for a troop surge in Afghanistan to counter insurgent forces that now control substantial parts of the country, it would serve administration officials well to… The New York Times Back in 2007, Gen. Dan McNeill, the top commander in Afghanistan, pleaded for reinforcements to the force of 26,000 troops he led, arguing it was “vitally important that the success Afghanistan has achieved not be allowed to… Afghanistan Is Now… Read More »

Turkey-PKK conflict: UN report tells of ‘2,000 dead’ since truce collapse

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When a man in the Turkish town of Cizre was told his sister had been killed, his family was invited to pick up her remains from the… BBC But all they received were three small pieces of charred flesh – and no information on how she… His February 2016 account is included in a new UN report on… Turkey-PKK conflict: UN… Read More »

Turkey: The Return of the Sultan

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On April 16, Turks will vote in a national referendum that will, if successful, give President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan increased powers over parliament, the judiciary, and other parts of the… Christopher de Bellaigue The New York Review of Books The offices of head of government and head of state will be unified in the… To many Western observers, this… Turkey: The Return… Read More »

Hope for justice in Syria from an unlikely source

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An independent mechanism established by the UNGA is working towards abolishing the rein of criminal impunity in Syria. David Tolbert Al Jazeera News Six years into the carnage in Syria, atrocious crimes run rampant, with savage abuses committed against all groups in the devastated country, and the murderous regime, abetted by powerful allies, is still in power. The United Nations… Hope for justice… Read More »

How culture could help end Palestinian divisions

Palestinian artists perform at al-Shawa theatre in Gaza City March 9, 2010. Live theatre is rare in the Gaza Strip; public criticism of its Islamist rulers is rare too. So perhaps it was no surprise that a play which gives vent to Palestinians' frustrations with their leaders should be a hit. Picture taken March 9, 2010. To match Reuters Life! PALESTINIANS-GAZA/THEATRE   REUTERS/Suhaib Salem (GAZA - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT POLITICS SOCIETY) - RTR2BXPY

Amid the deteriorating economic conditions plaguing the Gaza Strip, culture has become the least of society’s daily needs. Asmaa al-Ghoul Al Monitor Watching a play or listening to poems is no longer on the list of Gazans’ priorities at a time when unemployment increases by the day and the economy tilts on the brink of collapse. The number of… How culture could… Read More »

Is an ‘Arab NATO’ in the works?

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi attends the graduation of 83 aviation and military science at the Air Force Academy in Cairo, Egypt July 20, 2016 in this handout picture courtesy of the Egyptian Presidency. The Egyptian Presidency/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. EDITORIAL USE ONLY. - RTSIXGQ

CAIRO — The convergence of views between Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and US President Donald Trump has seemingly led Trump to turn into a facilitator of Sisi’s dreams. These dreams include banning the Muslim Brotherhood and founding a joint Arab force. Ahmed Fouad Al Monitor On Feb. 15, The Wall Street Journal quoted unnamed Arab officials as saying that the Trump administration is in talks with Arab allies about forming a military alliance that would share intelligence with Israel ... Read More »

What’s holding Arab women back from achieving equality?

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No country in the world has achieved full gender equality, but the Arab region – a diverse grouping of 22 countries in the Middle East and North Africa – ranks lowest in the world, according to the 2016 Global Gender Gap Report. Lina Abirafeh The Conversation Despite some advances in women’s economic equality in Qatar, Algeria and the United Arab Emirates, at the present rate, the region’s 39% gender gap (compared to 33% in South Asia and 32% in Sub-Saharan ... Read More »

Book Review: Vanguard of the Imam: Religion, Politics, and Iran’s Revolutionary Guards

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One of the biggest holes in scholarship about Iran has been a deep, detailed analysis of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) since the 1993 study, Warriors of Islam by Kenneth Katzman, a Library of Congress specialist. Michael Rubin AEI That has now changed, first with Danish scholar Ali Alfoneh’s 2013 Iran Unveiled and then with Vanguard of the Imam by Ostrovar, a long-time Iran analyst, now at the Naval Postgraduate School. Ostovar traces the… Book Review: Vanguard… Read More »

Will Trump split the Israeli right?

U.S. President Donald Trump (R) and first lady Melania Trump greet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara (2ndL) as they arrive at the South Portico of the White House in Washington, U.S., February 15, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque  - RTSYTO0

Top police investigators from the anti-corruption unit Lahav 433 interrogated Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on March 6 for the fourth time. Ben Caspit Al Monitor This round of questioning, which lasted almost five hours, focused on Netanyahu’s discussions with Yedioth Ahronoth publisher Arnon Mozes and their alleged conspiratorial plotting. In the middle… Will Trump split… Read More »

Can international force save Gaza?

Palestinians take part in a protest against the Gaza blockade, near Israeli Erez crossing in the northern Gaza Strip January 5, 2017. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa - RTX2XME1

Anyone following media reports about the humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip did not need the assessment offered by Military Intelligence chief Maj. Gen. Herzl Halevy that the powder keg that is Gaza will blow up in Israel’s face. Akiva Eldar Al Monitor A recent survey commissioned by the Israeli human rights organization Gisha shows that 67% of Israelis believe the nearly decadelong Israeli blockade of Gaza has undermined Israeli security, and 70% believe that an improvement… Can international force… Read More »

Third Culture Council discusses culture, change, globalization

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The third Cultural Council served as an important venue to address the issues of Turkey’s increasingly diverse and vibrant cultural and artistic landscape Ibrahim Kalin Daily Sabah Does culture still have a meaning in a world of what Umberco Eco calls “hyper-reality”? Answering this question… Third Culture Council… Read More »

Turkey’s Erdogan accuses Germany of ‘Nazism’ amid row over rallies

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan makes a speech during a Women's Day rally in Istanbul, Turkey, March 5, 2017. REUTERS/Murad Sezer - RTS11IUT

What good is it if a man gains great political power but permanently loses his country and its international partners? Barin Kayaoglu Al Monitor Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan might soon find out. Erdogan is running… Turkey’s Erdogan accuses… Read More »

TURKEY: Reverse Regime Change, Replacing Secularism with Sultanism

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Since 2002, the Republic of Turkey has been ruled by the Justice and Development Party (or AKP), founded Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and… Dr Can Erimtan 21st Century Wire At first, Erdoğan and his henchmen appeared to respect the rule of law and the political traditions established by Mustafa Kemal… The economic boom of the early AKP years and the… TURKEY: Reverse Regime… Read More »

Russia, Turkey and the Black Sea A2/AD Arms Race

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Will Turkey build its A2/AD capabilities to counter Russia’s growing A2/AD assets in the Black Sea and Syria? Bleda Kurtdarcan, Barın Kayaoğlu  The National Interest While the Chinese A2/AD “bubble” in the South China Sea gives headaches to the United States and its allies in the Asia-Pacific region, further to the north, the newest Russian “bubble” is about to… Russia, Turkey and… Read More »