Middle East

Erdoğan to Me: Stay Out of Turkey

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I participated yesterday in a conference about the eastern Mediterranean at the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies (BESA) just outside Tel Aviv; and because Tel Aviv is the diplomatic center of Israel, its events attract a good number of… Daniel Pipes Cross-posted from National Review Online Yesterday was no exception, with a… Erdoğan to Me… Read More »

Time to tackle ISIL’s millions of sympathisers?

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It is necessary to improve the underlying conditions that transformed ordinary citizens into desperate ISIL supporters. Rami G Khouri Al Jazeera News Significant international concern that thousands of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) fighters and their leaders will soon disperse to many countries – once Raqqa and Mosul are liberated – has focused on possible terror… Time to tackle… Read More »

Struggle over Aleppo’s story takes to the skies

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How citizen journalists used drone technology to challenge the Assad regime’s narrative of the Aleppo’s plight. AlHakam Shaar and Austin Choi-Fitzpatrick Al Jazeera News New technologies open new windows for political action. They give new… Struggle over Aleppo’s… Read More »

The hijacking of the Munich Security Conference

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History teaches us this – every time a System collapses, its leaders do not realise the truth until they are swept away by the storm. Thierry Meyssan Voltaire So the political representatives of the European Union, meeting just like every year in Munich for their Security Conference, were shocked to hear Sergey Lavrov speak of a post-Western world order. And yet the… The hijacking of… Read More »

Malaysian jihadist’s journey through Facebook to Syria

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Until recently, Muhammad Wanndy Mohamed Jedi was a relatively unknown name in the jihadi community of Syria. Sami Moubayed Asia Times A 26-year-old from a small village in the district of Malacca on the southwest of the Malayan Peninsula, he arrived in Syria on 26 January 2016, officially recruited into the jihadi community through Facebook. The Islamic State… Malaysian jihadist’s journey… Read More »

Referendum process in the EU

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Tukey is going to have a crucial referendum on April 16 that is likely to be a revolutionary step. Ozan Ceyhun Daily Sabah It has a chance to adopt a new Constitution as a result of this referendum by getting rid of the current one that was penned by the junta regime after the 1980 coup d’etat. The new Constitution… Referendum process in… Read More »

In Pakistan, tolerant Islamic voices are being silenced

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The Sehwan bombing is a result of the Saudi-funded fundamentalism that has taken a grip in the country William Dalrymple The Guardian Last week, only three days after a suicide bomb went off in Lahore, an Islamic State supporter struck a crowd of Sufi dancers celebrating in the great Pakistani shrine of Sehwan Sharif. The attack, which… In Pakistan, tolerant… Read More »

Links in the modern media chain of responsibility

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As newspaper content is becoming increasingly based on articles written by news agencies, the former must be careful not to inadvertently adopt the perspective of those news agencies as well Ibrahim Altay Daily Sabah If we look at the driving forces in media, there is no doubt that news agencies are pretty high on the list. With the high… Links in the… Read More »

Netanyahu Scuttled Secret 2016 Peace Push With Arab Leaders

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declined a peace proposal presented by then-U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry at a secret summit in 2016 with Jordan’s King Abdullah II and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sissi in Aqaba, Jordan, according to a… Naomi Zeveloff  Forward The proposal included the recognition of Israel as a… Netanyahu Scuttled Secret… Read More »

Mosul assault: Iraq troops make headway against IS

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Iraqi government forces have seized several villages as they move towards an assault on the last area held by the so-called Islamic State (IS) in Mosul. BBC Hundreds of military vehicles, backed by air power, rolled across the desert towards IS positions early on Sunday. The progress on Sunday in the… Mosul assault: Iraq… Read More »

Sweden’s feminist foreign minister has dared to tell the truth about Saudi Arabia. What happens now concerns us all

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Margot Wallström’s principled stand deserves wide support. Betrayal seems more… Nick Cohen The Spectator If the cries of ‘Je suis Charlie’ were sincere, the western world would be convulsed with worry and anger about the Wallström… It has all the ingredients for a clash-of-civilisations… A few weeks ago Margot Wallström, the Swedish foreign… Sweden’s feminist foreign… Read More »

A guide for Western friends about Turkey’s referendum

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Westerners, of course, have the right to present their positive or negative opinions about the developments in Turkey. Markar Esayan Daily Sabah However, they are now, willingly or unwillingly, creating irrational and false propaganda against the upcoming referendum in Turkey As Turkey prepares… A guide for… Read More »

ISIS thriving in Libya 6 years after revolt against Gaddafi

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Today is the sixth anniversary of an uprising meant to usher in a new era of freedom. Sami Moubayed Asia Times Instead, ISIS thrives in the chaos and misery of a broken nation On this day… ISIS thriving in… Read More »

Opinion: Aid workers are not a target, and never should be

Balkh, village de Wocha Wona. La jeune Raaziqa, âgée de 6 ans, pompe de l'eau.
Balkh, Wocha Wona village. Six-year-old Raaziqa draws water from a borehole.

On February 8, six Red Cross workers were killed when their convoy came under fire in Afghanistan. Andrea Lunt SBS When humanitarians are a target, it’s the locals – in desperate need of help – that suffer, writes, Andrea Lunt. Last Thursday, I… Opinion: Aid workers… Read More »

Al Bab: ‘When the tide is turning, ISIL go apocalyptic’

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Ankara’s plans to push further east and south of Al Bab might face serious diplomatic challenges, say analysts. Mariya Petkova Al Jazeera In recent weeks, the Turkish-led Operation Euphrates Shield has made significant progress against ISIL around the city of Al Bab in northern Syria. Russia, a key ally during the operation, has provided Turkey with military and… Al Bab: ‘When… Read More »

Leviathan Gears Up For Development Phase As Sanctioning Nears

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Work to develop the gigantic Leviathan Field in the Mediterranean Sea offshore Israel is progressing with project sanctioning expected… Velda Addison E&P Noble Energy Inc. (NYSE: NBL) delivered an update on the field, which holds about 622 Bcm (22 Tcf) of natural gas, during a conference call Feb. 14 after releasing its fourth-quarter 2016 results and… Leviathan Gears Up… Read More »