Middle East

Why Iran Wants So Many Ballistic Missiles

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Iran and the West both see a terrifying threat on the other side. Farhad Rezaei The National Interest Unlike Iran’s nuclear program, the country’s arsenal of ballistic missiles has received only scant scholarly attention. At best… Why Iran Wants… Read More »

Elor Azaria case: ‘No hope of equality before the law’

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Israeli soldier convicted of killing wounded Palestinian is expected to receive a lenient sentence later this month. Jonathan Cook Al Jazeera News Nazareth – It was the trial almost no one in Israel wanted. Last March, army Elor Azaria case… Read More »

Guéhenno to Trump: You Cannot ‘just crush’ ISIS

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Jean-Marie Guéhenno, Crisis Group’s President and CEO, speaks to CNN’s Christiane Amanpour about the international challenges that are likely to persist in 2017 and the growing need for robust international structures to meet the… ICG In a broad discussion with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, the… Guéhenno to Trump… Read More »

Erdogan’s Turkey is no ally of the United States.

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Among Donald Trump’s odd fixations are foreign strongmen. They are a reality and must be dealt with. Doug Bandow The American Spectator Sometimes they can and do aid U.S. policy. But just because they are quick to toss opponents into jail doesn’t mean that they necessarily are the sort of decisive leaders Washington should back. On Election… Erdogan’s Turkey is… Read More »

What Will Assad Do Next?

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The pictures and footage coming out of Eastern Aleppo are absolutely horrifying. Daniel R. DePetris The National Interest In fact, horrifying may be too tepid a word; genocidal or apocalyptic is more like it. Four years of intense… What Will Assad Do… Read More »

Could an Embassy in Jerusalem Bring Us Closer to Peace?

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As President-elect Donald J. Trump prepares to assume office, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has been forced onto his agenda by President Obama’s decision to have the United States abstain on United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334, which condemned Israeli settlements. Martin Indyk The New York Times Mr. Trump has repeatedly declared his desire to make peace between Israelis and Palestinians, saying he viewed it as the “ultimate deal.” But he has also pledged to… Could an Embassy in… Read More »

If Trump overrules nuclear deal, Iran may turn to ISIS

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With Rouhani’s government the best hope for stability, the incoming US administration should think twice about tearing up the JCPOA agreement Farhad Rezaei Asia Times President-elect Donald Trump seems likely to introduce a sea change in American foreign policy. Short on specifics If Trump overrules… Read More »

How Istanbul nightclub attack was linked to Turkey’s culture war

People wave Turkish flags and hold a black banner during a gathering in front of the Reina nightclub, which was attacked by a gunman, in Istanbul, Turkey January 3, 2017. The banner reads: "We will not give up! For our future". REUTERS/Murad Sezer - RTX2XC6K

On New Year’s Eve, many Turks, including myself, were hoping to begin a less bloody and less depressing year than 2016. Mustafa Akyol Al Monitor It took only one hour and 15 minutes, however, for 2017 to present its first carnage. A lone gunman, later… How Istanbul nightclub attack… Read More »

Istanbul was our past, Istanbul is our future

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This attack is on the culture of tolerance, on the pluralism of Muslim countries that is represented in Istanbul. Hamid Dabashi Al  Jazeera News I have now blissfully forgotten how many times I have visited Istanbul, or why is it I feel so much at home there. Last time I was… Istanbul was our… Read More »

U.S./UK Paid “White Helmets” Help Al Qaeda Blocking Water To 5 Million Thirsty Syrians


The blockade of water from Wadi Barada to 5 million people in Damascus is taking an interesting turn. Global Research The U.S. and UK financed White Helmet organization seems to be directly involved in it. This increases the suspicion that the… U.S./UK Paid… Read More »

Will ‘earth shaking’ revelation bring down Netanyahu?

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A team of investigators from the Lahav 433 Anti-Corruption Unit appeared at Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s residence in Jerusalem Jan 2. Ben Caspit Al Monitor They carried several thick dossiers in their hands. The team was led by… Will ‘earth shaking’… Read More »

Assassination in Ankara

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Russia, NATO, and Turkey’s Violent Politics By Halil Karaveli Foreign Affairs On December 19, Mevlut Mert Altintas, a Turkish police officer, assassinated Andrei Karlov, Russia’s ambassador to Turkey. His action… Assassination in… Read More »

The End of Democracy in Turkey

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Following the New Year’s Eve attack in Istanbul, democracy in Turkey is likely to enter a death spiral. The New Yorker The issue isn’t the attack itself, terrible as it was. On New Year’s Eve, a lone gunman made his way into the Reina dance club, which was jammed with revellers, and… The End of… Read More »

Political Islamists brace for Trump era

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump talks to members of the media as retired U.S. Army Lieutenant General Michael Flynn stands next to him at Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida, U.S., December 21, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria - RTX2W2D8

Donald Trump’s election has sent shock waves throughout the loosely knit community of religious-minded Muslims working to gain political power through democratic means. Julian Pecquet Al Monitor From Washington to London to Istanbul, the broad spectrum of so-called political Islamists are bracing for what many fear is a becoming witch hunt that threatens to undo the few gains they were able to secure post-Arab Spring. For the past… Political Islamists brace… Read More »

Why We Don’t Dwell on Turkish Deaths in the West

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Turkey is alone. First, we’ll take a look at the racist reasons for this. Robert Fisk Counterpunch If 39 men and women had been slaughtered in Paris or Brussels or Berlin on New Year’s Eve, the headlines would ripple on for three or four days. Two or three days if the victims had been western European. But of course, this being Turkey, which is a… Why We Don’t… Read More »

ISIS Ends Its Separate Peace With Turkey

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The group claims the Reina nightclub massacre—making its war of terror official. Read More »