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Voices From Syria, “Syria does Not Surrender”, says Mark Taliano

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Mark Taliano is a former teacher, an activist and writer who visited Syria in 2016. Taliano interviewed Syrians who have lived under US bombs for years.  Heather Cottin Global Research The war in Syria is a NATO war. NATO has struck… Voices From Syria… Read More »

The Fabric of Arab Society Is in Tatters

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Will Arab governments rise to the challenge? Geneive Abdo The National Interest Earlier this month, religious scholars gathered in Cairo at an unusual meeting to call for equality among religious minorities within Islamic societies—not just in matters of religion but in civil affairs as well. Although on the… The Fabric of… Read More »

Woolsey: Flynn discussed sending Erdogan foe back to Turkey

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(CNN) – Former Central Intelligence Agency Director James Woolsey told CNN Friday that former Trump National Security Adviser Michael Flynn met with representatives of the Turkish government in 2016 and… Leigh Munsil CNN As a representative of his consulting firm, Flynn Intel Group, Flynn met with senior… Woolsey: Flynn discussed… Read More »

What’s behind Erdogan’s recent angry outbursts?

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What’s behind the embarrassing shenanigans of the Justice and Development Party (AKP)? Pinar Tremblay Al Monitor What’s the reason for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s angry outbursts? On March 22, just… What’s behind Erdogan’s… Read More »

Faking It: Europe-Turkey Relations

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Relations between Europe and Turkey are tense. Michael Rubin AEI In the past weeks, Turkey has called the Netherlands “the capital of fascism” and accused Germany of “fascist actions” reminiscent of the Nazi period, after Germany cancelled political rallies aimed at gathering support for… Faking It: Europe-Turkey… Read More »

How to survive tyranny: 10 pieces of advice from Turkey

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Spread facts, be careful, and don’t assume democracy is safe, say people who know what life is like under a strongman… Guardian readers The Guardian The rise of autocracy can be insidious, and doesn’t come with an instruction manual on how to survive, said one of hundreds of… Over the past few years the president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has slowly tightened his grip on power, imprisoning journalists who… How to survive… Read More »

Turkish Artist Zehra Doğan Sentenced to Prison for Painting of Kurdish Town Attack

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Doğan has been given a sentence of 2 years and 10 months by a Turkish court. Perwana Nazif, ArtNet The Turkish-Kurdish painter and journalist Zehra Doğan has been sentenced to 2 years, nine months, and 22 days in prison for creating a painting which depicted the destruction caused by Turkish security forces in the… Turkish Artist Zehra… Read More »

Ousted Egypt president Mubarak freed from detention, says lawyer

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Egypt’s ousted president Hosni Mubarak left a military hospital on March 24 where he had spent much of the last six years in detention, his lawyer… Hurriyet Mubarak had been cleared for release earlier this month after a top court finally acquitted him of involvement in protester deaths during the… “Yes,” his lawyer Farid al-Deeb told… Ousted Egypt president… Read More »

Kemal Kurkut survived Isis suicide bomb but couldn’t survive Turkish police

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The young student who was shot dead by a police officer ahead of the Kurdish Newroz celebration in Turkey’s southeastern Diyarbakir province, had survived the Ankara train station massacre perpetrated by the… KOMnews New details continue coming to light in the killing of fine arts student Kemal Kurkut, who died after being shot by police at a… Kemal Kurkut survived… Read More »

Who provokes, who rules, who benefits?

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Turkey, or let us say the Turkish president and the government, continues losing prestige in the West with his aggressive and provocative approach. Zakir Gul Euractiv Zakir Gul asks, is Erdoğan paving the way for a one-man-rule presidency with the upcoming constitutional referendum in Turkey? The tensions started… Who provokes, who… Read More »

Will the United States Be a Victim of Its Own Success in Syria?

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The Trump team has options for stabilizing Syria, but each one comes with its own set of… Nicholas A. Heras The National Interest The ministerial meeting of the Global Coalition to Counter ISIS held in Washington, DC was an important milestone on the path to the Trump team’s mission to fully defeat the would-be… Will the United… Read More »

ISIS Will Fail, but What About the Idea of ISIS?

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Despite claiming responsibility for attacks like the one in London, the group is dying. Simon Cottee The Atlantic “It is believedIt will retain the ability to inspire. The Islamic State… ISIS Will Fail… Read More »

The most dangerous ally

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It’s funny to see the efforts of certain figures in Western media to ‘evidently’ portray Turkey as the most dangerous ally in international relations Hakki Ocal Daily Sabah Christopher Dickey, the world news editor of the Daily Beast website, thinks that the U.S. administration should remove the estimated 50-90 thermo-nuclear weapons from Incirlik Air Base because Turkey has become the most… The most dangerous… Read More »

Urgent Messages to the Muslim World

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A dangerous message is being sent to the Muslim world by the West: There is nothing that moderate Muslims or anyone else should fear from radical Islamic terrorism! Nonie Darwish Gatestone Institute Look at us Western governments! We are bringing… Urgent Messages to… Read More »

America Seeks to Destroy Syrian Civilization, Replace it With Terrorism and Ignorance

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NATO/GCC/Israeli proxy terrorists in Syria have committed all manner of atrocities with a view to destroying Syria’s culture, history, economy, pluralism, its very essence. Mark Taliano Global Research They want to create a blank slate. They want to… America Seeks to… Read More »

Counter-terrorism Pitfalls: What the U.S. Fight against ISIS and al-Qaeda Should Avoid

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This report examines President Trump’s emerging counter-terrorism policies, the dilemmas his administration faces in battling ISIS and al-Qaeda across the Middle East and South Asia, and how… ICG Executive Summary In pledging to destroy the Islamic State (ISIS), U.S. President Donald J. Trump looks set… His administration’s determination… Counter-terrorism Pitfalls… Read More »