Middle East

Erdoğan’s power grab

What the upcoming referendum means for Turkey. Zia Weise Politico ISTANBUL — The cure-all for Turkey’s ills is close at hand — if you believe Recep Tayyip Erdoğan: a ‘yes’ result in next month’s referendum would restore security and stability, the president… Erdoğan’s power… Read More »

Land Day 2017: Israel’s relentless land grab continues

As Israel resumes its settlement expansion with impunity, Palestinians have plenty to protest at this year’s Land Day. Rachel Borrell Al Jazeera News Today’s commemoration of Land Day is an emblematic reminder of the countless human rights violations that have characterised half a century of Palestinian land confiscation and dispossession. During the first… Land Day 2017… Read More »

The war on terror needs new strategies

A close friend of mine lives and works in London. Maria Dubovikova Arab News Her message to me on the day of the terrorist act near Westminster was: “I’m afraid to leave the office. Everybody is alarmed… The war on… Read More »

Calls for support as destroyed Mosul Museum seeks to rebuild

When Iraqi soldiers entered the Mosul Museum on March 13, they were greeted by scenes of enormous damage caused by the Islamic State (IS). Adnan Abu Zeed Al Monitor Some items had been destroyed or burned, while others had been stolen by IS militants and sold to antiquities traders. Iraqis and the… Calls for support… Read More »

Palestinians: We Have the Right to Poison the Minds of our Children

The Palestinian Authority (PA) and Hamas wish to continue teaching children that the conflict with Israel is not over a two-state solution, but the “liberation of Palestine, from the river to the sea,”… Bassam Tawil Gatestone Institute The goal is for the students to believe that Israel is one big settlement that has no place in the Middle East. Along with Hamas… Palestinians: We Have… Read More »

Pro-Erdogan Turkish daily calls on the country to obtain nuclear weapons and hints that it should stop fighting ISIS

The column appeared in the Tayyip Erdogan-supporting Yeni Safak newspaper Ibrahim Karagul, the daily paper’s editor, wrote the article for Monday’s edition In it, he criticizes the western world and reserves special mentions for Germany ‘Global showdown’ is nearing and a weak nation without weapons won’t survive By Gareth Davies For Mailonline Daily Mail Online A pro-government Turkish newspaper has called on the country to obtain nuclear weapons and hinted it should stop fighting ISIS. In is column on March ... Read More »

Iraq’s new marginalised population

Iraqi families with relatives affiliated to ISIL are struggling to find a place for themselves in their own country. Belkis Wille Al Jazeera News Across Iraq, as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) loses its territorial footholds, it is leaving behind entire populations terrorised by its fighters, but also a community of families tainted by their… Iraq’s new marginalised… Read More »

Turkey determined to test NATO

Following Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s March 10 meeting in Moscow with President Vladimir Putin, it was reported that Turkey was engaged in negotiations to procure the Russian-made S-400 air defense system. Fehim Tastekin Al Monitor Sergei Chemezov, CEO of the Russian state-owned Rostec, said on March 14 that Turkey had asked for credit to buy the system, but that a deal had not yet been reached. “As soon as… Turkey determined to… Read More »

The Fabric of Arab Society Is in Tatters

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

(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 »

Faking It: Europe-Turkey Relations

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

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 »