Middle East

Turkish Delight in Washington’s Patronage

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On March 26 President Erdogan of Turkey “harshly criticized” foreign diplomats for being present at the trial of two journalists in Istanbul.  At a meeting of businessmen he erupted in fury and expostulated that “The consul-generals in Istanbul attended the trial. Who are you? What… Source: Turkish Delight in Washington’s Patronage Read More »

Ankara-Moscow Cooperation in Maritime Safety Continues

Turkey and Russia continue their cooperation in the sphere of maritime safety, despite the tensions between the two countries, the commander of Turkish Naval Forces said Wednesday. ANKARA (Sputnik) — Russian-Turkish relations deteriorated following the downing of the… Source: Ankara-Moscow Cooperation in Maritime Safety Continues Read More »

Iraqi Kurdistan Needs US to Develop Clear Plan for Retaking Mosul

The Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG)is confident that its US allies are working diligently on formulating a military plan, most likely with the Iraqi government, but the Kurds want to ensure that the strategy to retake Mosul is well thought through, according to KRG Deputy Prime Minister Qubad Talabani. Source: Iraqi Kurdistan Needs US to Develop Clear Plan for Retaking Mosul Read More »

No visa-free travel, no migrant deal, says Turkey’s EU minister

Turkey’s minister for European Union affairs and its chief negotiator with the bloc, Volkan Bozkır, said if the EU does not grant Turkish citizens visa-free travel, Turkey could stop accepting migrants sent from Greece. “If the EU does not grant visa-free travel [to Turkish citizens] then we can suspend the readmission agreement. This is a bargain. If there is no… Source: No visa-free travel, no migrant deal, says Turkey’s EU minister – EUROPE Read More »

The role of white privilege in the 60 Minutes kidnapping saga

You can’t fault a mother for trying. When Sally Faulkner learned that her Lebanese ex-husband, Ali Elamine, had no intention of returning their two children to Australia from Lebanon, where he had ostensibly taken them for a holiday, she would have known her chances of getting them back legally… Source: The role of white privilege in the 60 Minutes kidnapping saga Read More »

How a vulgar poem is giving Germany’s Merkel a real headache

It all started with a joke. Last week, German comedian Jan Böhmermann aired a segment on his show in which he read an openly offensive poem, directed at Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in which he accused him of bestiality and other unsavory things… Source: How a vulgar poem is giving Germany’s Merkel a real headache – The Washington Post Read More »

The Myth of Saudi Power

The ‘Salman Doctrine’ can’t back up its tough talk.. Mohammed Nuruzzaman Analysts from the Gulf Arab states are generally upbeat about Saudi Arabia’s possible military dominance in the Gulf neighborhood and the Middle East… Source: The Myth of Saudi Power | The National Interest Read More »

Tehran receives first batch of S-300 air defense systems from Moscow

Iran has received its first delivery of S-300 air defense systems from Russia, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Hussein Jaber Ansari said on April 11.. “We announced earlier that this contract, regardless of obstacles in the past, is at the stage of completion and today I announce that the first batch of this equipment has… Source: Tehran receives first batch of S-300 air defense systems from Moscow – MIDEAST Read More »

Inside the first-ever summit calling for an end to the “suicidal death pact between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia”

Salon attended the 2016 Summit on Saudi Arabia, the first event of its kind to call into question U.S.-Saudi ties… Source: Inside the first-ever summit calling for an end to the “suicidal death pact between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia” – Salon.com Read More »

Christians fear losing ancient churches in Turkey after government takeover

For centuries, Christians in Turkey, though a minority in the predominantly Muslim country, have maintained and protected their sacred places of worship. These ancient churches are even older than Islam. Now, Christians in Turkey are fearful that they… Source: Christians fear losing ancient churches in Turkey after government takeover | Christian News on Christian Today Read More »

New Rules: Why West Needs NATO-Russia Council More Than Moscow

In the next two weeks, the NATO-Russia Council is expected to resume its work, German newspaper Die Welt reported.. Thus, the West would have an opportunity to discuss with Moscow the “new rules of the game,” the newspaper wrote, adding that… Source: New Rules: Why West Needs NATO-Russia Council More Than Moscow Read More »

Second Russian intelligence report on Turkey’s current assistance to Daesh

See the previous document : “Russian intelligence report on Turkey’s current assistance to Daesh”, Voltaire Network, 18 February 2016.Illegal trafficking in weapons and ammunition to Syrian territory under ISIL controlThe main supplier of weapons and military equipment to ISIL fighters is Turkey, which is doing so through non-governmental organizations. Work in this area is overseen by the National Intelligence… Source: Second Russian intelligence report on Turkey’s current assistance to Daesh Read More »

The Saudi Succession Stalemate

Is Saudi Arabia’s leadership crisis inevitable? After more than two decades of domestic drift under geriatric rulers and overdependence on U.S. protection in a dangerous region, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is starting to stand up to shape its own future. There are two… Source: The Saudi Succession Stalemate | The National Interest Read More »

Arms Official Tried to Sell Weapons Secrets to US Firm, Turkey Says

A top official of Turkey’s state-run arms company was arrested this week while trying to sell weapons production plans to a U.S. firm owned by a Turkish national, Turkish authorities said… Mustafa Tanriverdi, manager of the Mechanical and Chemical Industry… Source: Arms Official Tried to Sell Weapons Secrets to US Firm, Turkey Says Read More »

Steps Toward Stabilising Syria’s Northern Border

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On both sides of the Syria-Turkey border, the uncompromising strategies of Ankara, Turkey’s insurgent Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), and its Syria-based affiliate, the People’s Protection Units (YPG), are propelling a dangerous conflict toward escalation. The lone force able to head it off is the United States, and if it fails, Islamic State is ready to exploit any new disorder… Source: Steps Toward Stabilising Syria’s Northern Border – International Crisis Group Read More »

Turkey’s economic interests key motive in restoring ties with Israel

The Turkish foreign ministry announced on Friday that Israel and Turkey were on the brink of restoring relations, following a fresh round of talks between political leaders the day before. NATO member Turkey was a key regional ally of Israel until the two countries fell out in 2010… Source: Turkey’s economic interests key motive in restoring ties with Israel – Middle East – RFI Read More »