Middle East

The economy may collapse soon: Daron Acemoğlu

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The Turkish economy may collapse in a couple of years if politicians do not show the West that the economy is trust-worthy, Daron Acemoğlu, Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), told the daily Hürriyet. Çınar Oskay – ISTANBUL “Economic growth comes from consumption and consumption is encouraged by loans. This is not… The economy may… Read More »

Israel/Palestine: Parameters for a Two-State Settlement

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The collapse of U.S.-led Israeli-Palestinian talks in 2014 led to political instability, rising violence and settlement expansion. ICG To improve his successors’ peace-making chances, President Obama should push for a new UN Security Council resolution setting out the basic parameters of a deal. Executive Summary President Obama has a final chance to shape his legacy as a… Israel/Palestine: Parameters… Read More »

US, Turkey Military Operations in Syria Are Intervention

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Washington and Ankara do not coordinate their military operations on Syria’s territory with Damascus, their presence in the country can be regarded as intervention, a senior Syrian Army official told Sputnik. Sputnik On August 24, Turkish forces, backed by US-led coalition aircraft, began a… US, Turkey Military… Read More »

A 1,000-year-old promise of peace

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Two Muslim families hold the keys to the doors of Jerusalem’s holiest church in order to keep the peace between three feuding Christian denominations. BBC By Sara Toth Stub On a recent Sunday morning, Adeeb Jawad Joudeh Al Husseini was sitting on a bench just inside the… A 1,000-year… Read More »

Why Yemen Will Be Donald Trump’s Litmus Test

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Will the president-elect buy into Saudi Arabia’s and the neoconservatives’ Iran-centric view of the conflict? Michael Horton The civil war in Yemen—in which the United States is deeply involved—will be a litmus test for the… Why Yemen Will… Read More »

Only Power Rules: Turkey After the Failed Coup

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THERE ARE MANY THINGS I remember about the night of July 15 in Istanbul. Los Angeles Review of Books Nick Ashdown I was with my then girlfriend and her friends when we heard a military coup was taking place. We decided to do the most… Only Power Rules: Turkey After the… Read More »

Greece has taken a principled stand over guarantees

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In your editorial “Greece must stop blocking a deal” (Cyprus Mail, November 24), Greece is blamed for not adopting “a supportive role, instead of undermining the process as it had done in the last week”. Cyprus Mail Myron M Nicolatos, president of the Cyprus supreme court President Anastasiades is also blamed, for standing next to Prime Minister Tsipras and “nodding approvingly” while the… Greece has taken a… Read More »

Kuwait poll: Opposition wins nearly half of parliament

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Kuwait’s opposition groups have won 24 of the 50 contested seats in the country’s parliamentary elections. Al Jazeera Kuwait opposition groups and their allies have won nearly half parliament’s 50 seats, raising fears of fresh political wrangling in the… Kuwait poll: Opposition… Read More »

NSW Government to give free training for Iraqi and Syrian refugees

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The New South Wales Government is offering free training programs to Iraqi and Syrian refugees resettled in the state, in an effort to help them join the workforce. ABC Raveen Hunjan It has committed $27 million over four years toward programs that assist refugees in finding a job. Last year, the Federal Government promised to accept 12,000 refugees due to… NSW Government to give free training for… Read More »

Commentary: Trump Security Advisor Michael Flynn’s Dangerous, Dollar-Induced Flip Flop on Turkey

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The Election Day commentary in The Hill by Michael Flynn, a recently appointed National Security advisor to President-elect Donald Trump began with the following words: “Our ally Turkey is in crisis and needs our support,” and continued with a prolonged pitch on why Turkey was important to the United States and why U.S. policy needed a shift of support towards the Erdogan regime. The Pappas Post Gregory Pappas The commentary was a strange, new development to those following the ever-evolving ... Read More »

The Limits of Turkey’s Post-Coup Attempt Consensus and Emerging New Political Realignment

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Abstract: In the aftermath of the failed coup attempt in Turkey, the Turkish political class and society at large came together in a rare moment of consensus to reject the attempt. GMF Galip Dalay But this proved to be a short-lived process. The old fissures have… The Limits of Turkey’s Post-Coup Attempt… Read More »

Turkey and the EU: The end of the affair?

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The European Parliament will vote this week on whether to suspend Turkey’s talks on joining the EU, and the Turkish government is giving a good impression of looking the other way. By Selin Girit, BBC News, Istanbul “Turkey should feel relaxed about the EU and not be fixated about joining it,” President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said at the… Turkey and the… Read More »

Turkey needs a soft exit from the EU

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The realization that Turkey’s accession is not a realistic goal should be the starting point of a redefined relationship. By Sinan Ülgen  Suspending European Union membership negotiations would be the wrong signal for Europe to send Turkey. The move, set to be debated in the… Turkey needs a… Read More »

Tony Blair wonders what’s gone wrong with politics. How sad he can’t see it

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He oversaw the Iraq war and calamitous financial deregulation, and did lucrative work for foreign tyrants. Owen Jones No wonder faith in the centre-left has evaporated. If Tony Blair is the answer, then the question is high on illicit substances. He is reported to… Tony Blair wonders what’s… Read More »

Jordan — An Oasis In A Turbulent World

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Last week I visited Jordan as guest of Prince Ali Bin Hussein and his wife, Princess Rym Brahimi Ali. José Ramos-Horta  Prince Ali is the third son of King Hussein, and half-brother of King Abdullah II. He is a member of the… Jordan — An Oasis In A… Read More »

Will submarine deal sink Netanyahu’s ship?

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An Oct. 31 Al-Monitor article revealed that a deal was underway for Israel to purchase three submarines from ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems, a German ship-building giant. Ben Caspit This past week, the deal turned into a political and media scandal leading to public demands that Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit investigate for criminal facets of the… Will submarine deal… Read More »