Middle East

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 »

The US, Turkey and the Kurds

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Ankara is challenging Washington’s approach to the Kurds. Eric Czuleger GPF Washington and Ankara appear to be reaching a resolution on their long-standing conflict over the Syrian Kurds. The tension between their conflicting views of the Kurds came to a head on March 2 when Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt… The US, Turkey… Read More »

The Islam Catastrophe Continues

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Former FBI special agent John Guandolo has written a strong and sobering essay at his website, UnderstandingTheThreat, called “Unfit for Duty.” Diana West The Daily Caller It argues that two senior Trump administration officials, H. R. McMaster and Sebastian Gorka, are “catastrophically wrong” in their assessment of Islam as publicly stated and that this is “leading America down a disastrous road… The Islam Catastrophe… Read More »

A warning from the Middle East

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AFTER LIVING in Turkey for years, I concluded that Turkish democracy was deeply enough rooted so that no demagogic leader could throw it off track. Stephen Kinzer Boston Globe I was wrong. Now I believe… A warning from… Read More »

As Erdoğan turns the screw, we must stand up for human rights in Turkey

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Free speech is under fire. Timothy Garton Ash The Guardian Victims of the president’s clampdown need the same kinds of support we once offered dissidents in the Soviet Union If this newspaper… As Erdoğan turns… Read More »

Turkish fighter jets buzz southern coast of Cyprus

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Five Turkish fighter jets entered Cyprus airspace on Wednesday and patrolled 30 miles off the southern coast of the island in what is seen as yet another provocation by… in.cyprus At around 10am on Wednesday morning, five Turkish fighter jets on patrol entered Cyprus airspace and maneuvered around the area of Apostolos… According to date from the… Turkish fighter jets… Read More »

Media’s role in terrorism, military coups

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As today’s world turns into a battleground for global powers to establish their hegemony, terrorism, in all of its forms, is being used as a serious tool by those same global powers. Saadet Oruc Daily Sabah With changing tactics from terrorists, terrorism needs the media to exist and spread its message more than ever in an age of communication, and vice versa, the media needs terrorism to provide images of violence to increase the… Media’s role in… Read More »

Turkey’s Hurriyet appoints new editor-in-chief

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He replaced Sedat Ergin, the paper said in a brief statement, without giving a… GulfNews Reuters Istanbul: Turkey’s Hurriyet newspaper has named a new editor-in-chief, it said late on Wednesday, a day after strong criticism of the prominent daily by President Tayyip Erdogan for a story suggesting discord between the government and the… Turkey’s Hurriyet appoints… Read More »

IS supporters free to return to Australia despite tough law changes

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AUSTRALIA faces the return of some of the world’s most radical terrorists after tough laws to keep them out of the country… SHARRI MARKSON, The Daily Telegraph The Herald Sun Intelligence experts have warned the federal government nothing is stopping more than 100 homegrown terrorists — including those who have been fighting with Islamic… IS supporters free… Read More »

Even in an age of austerity, aid works. We have to keep giving

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Altruism aside, it makes sense to help fragile states as best we can. David Cameron The Guardian We suffer the effects when they fail There’s a big… Even in an… Read More »

Turkish court upholds free speech … for Erdogan

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on July 20 chaired a crunch security meeting for the first time since the failed coup, as global alarm grew over a widening purge that has seen around 50,000 people either detained or sacked. / AFP / BULENT KILIC        (Photo credit should read BULENT KILIC/AFP/Getty Images)

The botched coup attempt that rattled Turkey on July 15, 2016, marked a double setback for the country’s democracy. Ali Bayramoglu Al Monitor As the academic Vahap Coskun succinctly described it, the failed putsch “was an insurrection against the democratic order by a group that had infiltrated the state. Those in the… Turkish court upholds… Read More »