Middle East

Assad Has Won in Syria. But Syria Hardly Exists.

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Now that forces supporting the Syrian government have completed the takeover of Aleppo, and Russia, Turkey and Iran have negotiated a tenuous cease-fire, it is more than likely that President Bashar al-Assad and the regime he oversees will continue to govern Syria, in one form or another. David W. Lesch and James Gelvin The New York Times In an interview with French media published last week, Mr. Assad stated that Aleppo signaled a “tipping point in the course of the ... Read More »

Total’s Offshore Cyprus Block 11 Could Rival Egypt’s Zohr Natural Gas Discovery; Increasing Investment and Competition in Region, IHS Markit Says

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Total to drill one of E&P industry’s most critical wells in 2017, as interest grows in region IHS Driven by the success of Eni’s major Zohr Field gas discovery offshore Egypt in 2015, companies are rethinking the Eastern Mediterranean region’s gas potential, according to… Total’s Offshore Cyprus… Read More »

Iran after Rafsanjani

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Rafsanjani’s death has created power vacuum in Iran’s political centre. Massoumeh Torfeh Al Jazeera Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is right to be concerned about the loss of one of the leading members of Iran’s religious establishment in an election year. “With the loss of Hashemi,” he… Iran after… Read More »

An Open Letter to a Minister of the Crown

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OPEN LETTER For the immediate attention of The Rt. Hon. Sir Alan Duncan MP, Minister for Europe, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Whitehall, London By email to: fcocorrespondence@fco.gov.uk 11 January 2017 Dear Sir Alan Re: The Republic of Cyprus, the ‘talks’ in Geneva, the role of Parliament in Westminster & other related matters I have written this open letter in connection with the above matters.  I have done so in my capacity as a citizen of the United Kingdom and as a citizen of the ... Read More »

Turkish foreign minister: Turkey deserves better from the United States

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America’s friends and allies are watching closely to gauge how America will reposition itself globally once President-elect Donald Trump is sworn in on… By Mevlut Cavusoglu The Washington Post And for good reason. Mevlut Cavusoglu is the Turkish foreign minister. Our collective security is,,, Turkish foreign minister… Read More »

When nations fall their artists rise

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Exploring five decades of Iraqi artist Dia Azzawi’s works. Hamid Dabashi Al Jazeera News On an ethereally sunny and surreal day in Doha, in the company of a dear Qatari artist friend, we walked into Qatar Museum Gallery Alriwaq, now exhibiting an awe-inspiring retrospective of the pre-eminent Iraqi artist, Dia Azzawi. In two complementary… When nations fall their… Read More »

Why Saudi Arabia and Egypt are competing for influence in Africa

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CAIRO — Some Middle Eastern countries are showing a great deal of interest in Africa these days, and although Africa seems to welcome the attention, it can do without the drama. Ayah Aman Al Monitor Egypt and Saudi Arabia, in particular, have extended their drive for influence in the Mideast by competing in some African countries. Their differences over… Why Saudi Arabia and… Read More »

European Parliament presidential debate: as it happened

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POLITICO’s debate between the MEPs seeking to replace Martin Schulz. Politico  Live coverage of POLITICO’s European Parliament presidential debate between the seven candidates running to take over from outgoing President Martin Schulz on… European Parliament presidential… Read More »

Cyprus reunification talks: Everything you need to know about one of the world’s most intractable disputes

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It has been described as “the moment of truth” for one of the world’s most intractable territorial disputes. Nick Squires, Rome  Telegraph Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders are meeting in Geneva this week to try to reach a deal on the political reunification of the Mediterranean island, more than 40 years after it… Cyprus reunification talks… Read More »

The mysterious masked women of Iran

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The face mask worn by many Bandari women is probably the most striking of all their unusual attire. Rodolfo Contreras BBC News A jumble of cultures The people in Hormozagan… The mysterious masked… Read More »

Will Turkey leave NATO?

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In 2013, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, then Turkey’s prime minister, surprised many with his statement about the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO). Yekaterina Chulkovskaya Al Monitor Addressing Russian President Vladimir Putin, he said: “Get us out of this suffering [of trying to join the European Union]. We are willing to finalize a… Will Turkey leave… Read More »

Could Turkey swing over to the Russian camp?

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Even though, historically, Russia has a weighty past with Turkey, and even though it has not forgotten the personal rôle played by current President Erdoğan, to its detriment, during the the first Chechen war, it can not fail to be interested by the… Thierry Meyssan Voltaire  Could Turkey swing… Read More »

“Undercover Investigation”: How Many British MPs Are Working for Israel?

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Al Jazeera are to be congratulated on an undercover investigation exposing something most of us could probably have guessed: that some Israeli embassy staff in the UK – let’s not pussy around, Mossad agents – are working with senior political activists and politicians in the Conservative and Labour parties to subvert their own parties from within, and skew British foreign policy so that it benefits Israeli, rather than British, interests. Jonathan Cook Global Research One cannot really blame Israel for doing this. Most ... Read More »

Two sides of Syria: Damascus and Aleppo

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Lebanon is a country of unsettled scores. Fehim Taştekin Al Monitor Each time I visit the country, I keep seeing and feeling the burdensome legacy of its 15-year civil war, no matter how many years had gone by since it ended in 1990. What would I find in neighboring…Two sides of Syria… Read More »

Will Turkey, Iraq open new chapter in ties?

Iraqi President Fuad Masum (R) meets with Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim (L) at the presidential palace in Baghdad on January 7, 2017.
Iraq and Turkey's prime ministers held talks in Baghdad which both said reflected progress in resolving a bitter row over the presence of Turkish troops in northern Iraq. / AFP / POOL / KHALID AL-MOUSILY        (Photo credit should read KHALID AL-MOUSILY/AFP/Getty Images)

Prime Minister Binali Yildirim’s visit to Iraq last week set a new tone in the ties between the two countries, which have been highly tense in recent months. Semih Idiz Al Monitor Following his talks with Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi in Baghdad, Yildirim met with Iraqi Kurdistan President Massoud Barzani in Erbil. His contacts in Erbil… Will Turkey, Iraq open… Read More »

Turkey’s bloody 2016 puts West’s portal to Middle East in jeopardy

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A dramatic coup attempt, 100 terror attacks that killed more than 500 people, the brazen assassination of a Russian diplomat and a shocking nightclub attack that left 39 dead in Istanbul on the final day of the year underscored the precarious status of the… FoxNews Turkey’s descent into… Turkey’s bloody 2016… Read More »