Middle East

‘EU punishes Turkey for mending relations with Russia, NATO’s Enemy №1’

The EU’s diplomatic crackdown on Turkey is punishment for Ankara seeking better relations with Russia and showing less commitment to the West, experts told RT, adding that… RT Op–Edge The EU-Turkey scandal has been evolving over the past few weeks, as rallies sponsored by the Turkish government in several European countries, including… ‘EU punishes Turkey… Read More »

Can Arab Quartet advance two-state solution?

Egypt, the informal leader of the Arab world, is again championing the inter-Arab policy decision-making process. Uri Savir Al Monitor An Israeli official from the Foreign Ministry’s political research center told Al-Monitor on the condition of anonymity that Cairo has been holding intense deliberations with the Arab League, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and the Palestinian… Can Arab Quartet… Read More »

Man Without an ISIS Plan

On the campaign trail, no foreign policy issue seized Donald Trump more than the fight against the Islamic State. The New York Times Once president, he signed an executive order giving his generals 30 days to produce a plan to defeat the terrorist group, and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis gave him options on Feb. 27. Yet if Mr. Trump… Man Without an… Read More »

How Europe boosts Russia-Turkey ties

The Russian-Turkish tandem has re-emerged with the two countries’ reconciliation, after seven months of glacial relations following Turkey’s downing of a Russian jet on its… Maria Dubovikova Arab News  That is not to say Ankara and Moscow see eye to eye on everything, but they realize that they need each… Turkey has to… How Europe boosts… Read More »

Muting prayers is muting the Palestinian struggle

While Israel pursues to silence the sound of prayer, the global community suppressed the Palestinian call for justice. Mariam Barghouti Al Jazeera News Driving the streets of the West Bank, you see Israeli-issued street signs reading, in Arabic, “Urshalaym”, the Hebrew word for Jerusalem instead of the Arabic namesake “Al-Quds”. Like most Palestinians… Muting prayers is… Read More »

U.N. Accuses Turkey of Killing Hundreds of Kurds

GENEVA — Turkey’s military and police forces have killed hundreds of people during operations against Kurdish rebels in southeastern Turkey, the United Nations said on Friday in a report that listed summary killings, torture, rape and… NICK CUMMING-BRUCE The New York Times The report, by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, details how… U.N. Accuses Turkey… Read More »

Afghanistan Is Now Trump’s War

Before the White House responds to the Pentagon’s latest request for a troop surge in Afghanistan to counter insurgent forces that now control substantial parts of the country, it would serve administration officials well to… The New York Times Back in 2007, Gen. Dan McNeill, the top commander in Afghanistan, pleaded for reinforcements to the force of 26,000 troops he led, arguing it was “vitally important that the success Afghanistan has achieved not be allowed to… Afghanistan Is Now… Read More »

Turkey: The Return of the Sultan

On April 16, Turks will vote in a national referendum that will, if successful, give President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan increased powers over parliament, the judiciary, and other parts of the… Christopher de Bellaigue The New York Review of Books The offices of head of government and head of state will be unified in the… To many Western observers, this… Turkey: The Return… Read More »

Hope for justice in Syria from an unlikely source

An independent mechanism established by the UNGA is working towards abolishing the rein of criminal impunity in Syria. David Tolbert Al Jazeera News Six years into the carnage in Syria, atrocious crimes run rampant, with savage abuses committed against all groups in the devastated country, and the murderous regime, abetted by powerful allies, is still in power. The United Nations… Hope for justice… Read More »

How culture could help end Palestinian divisions

Amid the deteriorating economic conditions plaguing the Gaza Strip, culture has become the least of society’s daily needs. Asmaa al-Ghoul Al Monitor Watching a play or listening to poems is no longer on the list of Gazans’ priorities at a time when unemployment increases by the day and the economy tilts on the brink of collapse. The number of… How culture could… Read More »

Is an ‘Arab NATO’ in the works?

CAIRO — The convergence of views between Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and US President Donald Trump has seemingly led Trump to turn into a facilitator of Sisi’s dreams. These dreams include banning the Muslim Brotherhood and founding a joint Arab force. Ahmed Fouad Al Monitor On Feb. 15, The Wall Street Journal quoted unnamed Arab officials as saying that the Trump administration is in talks with Arab allies about forming a military alliance that would share intelligence with Israel ... Read More »

What’s holding Arab women back from achieving equality?

No country in the world has achieved full gender equality, but the Arab region – a diverse grouping of 22 countries in the Middle East and North Africa – ranks lowest in the world, according to the 2016 Global Gender Gap Report. Lina Abirafeh The Conversation Despite some advances in women’s economic equality in Qatar, Algeria and the United Arab Emirates, at the present rate, the region’s 39% gender gap (compared to 33% in South Asia and 32% in Sub-Saharan ... Read More »

Book Review: Vanguard of the Imam: Religion, Politics, and Iran’s Revolutionary Guards

One of the biggest holes in scholarship about Iran has been a deep, detailed analysis of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) since the 1993 study, Warriors of Islam by Kenneth Katzman, a Library of Congress specialist. Michael Rubin AEI That has now changed, first with Danish scholar Ali Alfoneh’s 2013 Iran Unveiled and then with Vanguard of the Imam by Ostrovar, a long-time Iran analyst, now at the Naval Postgraduate School. Ostovar traces the… Book Review: Vanguard… Read More »

Will Trump split the Israeli right?

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 »