Middle East

Erdogan’s strange silence on ISIS’ burning of soldiers

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Days after Islamic State released video of apparent execution of two members of Turkish military, the authorities are silent – and the media silenced Asia Times Oliver Tempest Almost four days after Islamic State released an internet video film showing the apparent execution of two captured Turkish soldiers in Syria by burning them to death, the authorities in Turkey remain silent, apparently waiting for… Erdogan’s strange silence… Read More »

How Donald Trump Should Transform America’s Middle East Policy

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Disentanglement will require both farsightedness and political courage. Paul R. Pillar The National Interest THE OBAMA administration’s intended “pivot” to Asia was a valid statement not only about the importance of developments in… How Donald Trump… Read More »

Muslim choir girls sing Arabic Christmas carols in touching video from Beirut

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Footage captured at a December concert in the Lebanese capital warms hearts all over the world Bethan McKernan Independent Footage of a Muslim girls’ choir singing Christmas carols at a church concert has emerged from the Lebanese capital of Beirut. The ensemble of around 40 girls can be seen in a video singing ‘Silent Night’ in Arabic at St Elie Greek Catholic Church, located in a majority Muslim neighbourhood of the… The Imam Sadr Foundation choir was taking part in a… Muslim choir girls… Read More »

Pope urges end to Syria fighting in Christmas message

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“It is time for weapons to be still forever and actively seek negotiated solution,” Francis says in Vatican address. Al Jazeera Pope Francis has urged an end to the fighting in Syria as he gave his Christmas address at the Vatican, saying “far too… Pope urges end… Read More »

An Aleppo-like Landscape in a Kurdish Redoubt of Turkey

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DIYARBAKIR, Turkey — It was the end of the day in an underground tavern with no name. By ROD NORDLAND  The New York Times Beneath a domed Ottoman ceiling, with the lights down low and the music muted, patrons could just hear a distant rumbling through the… An Aleppo-like… Read More »

Stop recruiting child soldiers in Iraq

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Child recruitment is losing hearts and minds, and it is costing boys and girls dearly. Al Jazeera News Zama Coursen-Neff “Daoud” said he wanted to fight “for revenge” after the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) swept into Iraq’s Sinjar district in August 2014, killing thousands of adherents of the Yazidi religious minority and taking thousands… Stop recruiting child… Read More »

Israel settlements: Netanyahu orders UN ties review

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said Israel will re-assess its ties with the United Nations. BBC The move comes after the Security Council adopted a resolution demanding an end to Israeli settlement building on occupied land… Israel settlements: Netanyahu… Read More »

Mediterranean crossings death toll ‘highest ever,’ says UN

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UN Refugee Agency calls death toll a ‘devastating milestone.’ By ESTHER KING Politico The number of migrants who have died crossing the Mediterranean in 2016 is the highest ever recorded, the United Nations Refugee Agency said in a statement Friday. Mediterranean crossings death… Read More »

Egypt: Trump convinced Sisi to withdraw UN resolution

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Egypt confirms Security Council resolution against Israeli settlement activity was withdrawn after Trump called Sisi. Al Jazeera News Egypt agreed to postpone a vote on a UN Security Council resolution against Israeli settlements after US president-elect Donald Trump called President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the Egyptian president’s office said. Egypt had circulated the… Egypt: Trump convinced… Read More »

Turkey shows why a free press matters

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Should it matter to U.S. national security when other countries restrict press freedom? ΑΕΙ Michael Rubin Many diplomats and politicians say no—it’s not America’s business and the United States should stop interfering in other… Turkey shows why… Read More »

Could ambassador’s slaying bring about Russian-Turkish cooperation?

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The assassination of Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrei Karlov deeply shocked the public and the ruling circles in Moscow. Al Monitor Vladimir Avatkov President Vladimir Putin canceled his long-planned annual press conference to bid farewell to the diplomat. Given the recent worsening of… Could ambassador’s slaying… Read More »

Gazan girl turns walls into canvas for giant paintings

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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — On a hilltop in the Shajaiya neighborhood in the eastern part of Gaza City, which was extensively damaged by the Israeli war on the Gaza Strip in July-August 2014, lives Ansam Raed Saleh al-Wadiya. Al Monitor Nirmine al-Jadi The teenager has turned the walls of her house into murals in an expression of her emotions and imagination, attracting visitors despite the piles of stone and rubble they must pass in the streets to get there. The eyes of Ansam… Gazan girl ... Read More »

The Turkish assassin is a product of Tayyip Erdogan’s incitement

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The murder of Andrew Karlov by an off-duty policeman in Turkey shocked the world. It was the first assassination of a Russian ambassador since 1829, when a mob egged on by Muslim clerics sacked the Russian embassy in Iran and shot Ambassador Alexander Griboyedov. AEI Michael Rubin Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke to his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin after the incident, and both agreed that they would not allow the incident to derail their rapprochement. Karlov’s murderer was… The ... Read More »

How far would you really go for the Syrians?

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The atrocities unfolding in Aleppo over the past few weeks have resulted in a reinvigorated outpouring of global grief. On Line Opinion Marieke Jacobs Images of bloodied and lifeless bodies flood our socials, while the hashtags #prayforaleppo, #saveallepo, and #savesyria coalesce into a collective narrative of horror, compassion and despair. We have taken to the streets to… How far would you really go for… Read More »

Sticks And Stones May Break Israel’s Bones, But It’s Words That Really Frighten

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The ‘Democratic State of Israel’ has decided to go ‘full North Korea’ and threaten to not renew an Australian Jewish journalist’s press visa for… wait for it… asking a question at a media event. New Matilda Chris Graham Chris Graham explains. Living in a free and democratic society is… Sticks And Stones May Break… Read More »

Russian ambassador Andrey Karlov shot dead in Ankara

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Andrey Karlov was speaking at a photo exhibition event in the capital when he was shot by a Turkish off-duty policeman. Al Jazeera News Russia’s ambassador to Turkey was shot dead in front of a crowd at a posh art gallery in the capital Ankara as the angry gunmen screamed “don’t forget Aleppo”. Police later killed the assailant on… Russian ambassador Andrey Karlov shot… Read More »