Middle East

Iran confirms: US paid ransom

Back in September, I testified before the House Financial Services Committee on the allegation that the Obama administration had paid Iran a ransom—at the time it was believed to be $400 million but it was later revealed that the… Michael Rubin AEIdeas At the hearing, it is now clear that State Department officials lied outright to the… Iran confirms: US… Read More »

Julie Bishop and Theresa May divided on Syria and Bashar al-Assad

London: A split has opened up between Britain and Australia on the future of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, with Foreign Minister Julie Bishop rejecting British Prime Minister Theresa May’s demands for Assad to go, saying the… Latika Bourke The Canberra Times Mrs May on Thursday local time spoke with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull by… The pair discussed a… Julie Bishop and… Read More »

Slower May Be Better in Going at ISIS

A couple of tendencies that are all too common in policymaking and policy debate tend to make for unwise foreign commitments or overextended foreign expeditions. Paul R. Pillar The National Interest One is to treat a goal that is at most an intermediate objective as if it were an end in itself. Doing so obfuscates… Slower May Be… Read More »

Will this woman become Iran’s first female president?

Iran may see its first female presidential candidate in the May 19 elections. Saeid Jafari Al Monitor After a period of silence, Marzieh Vahid Dastjerdi, the Islamic Republic’s first and only female minister, has in recent days and weeks made headlines once again. Dastjerdi headed the… Will this woman… Read More »

Can NATO survive Turkey?

It has become a staple of diplomatic rhetoric that, whatever problems the United States has with the current government in Turkey, diplomats must ameliorate President Recep Tayyip Erdogan because Turkey is too important to NATO and also a… Michael Rubin AEI Certainly, that is the position of the… Can NATO survive… Read More »

Turkey lifts ban on Islamic headscarf in military

Turkey on Wednesday said it was lifting a historic ban on female officers wearing the Islamic headscarf in the officially secular country’s armed forces. SBS The military was the final Turkish institution where women were prohibited from wearing the headscarf, after reforms by the Islamic-rooted government under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that has allowed it to be worn in… Turkey lifts ban… Read More »

Misrepresentation and mispresentation of Islam

Both the Muslim and non-Muslim world have much to learn from the true source of Islam, whose teachings have been largely left unattended, unexamined and unpracticed on by both sides Ergin Yaman Daily Sabah As racial discrimination, vilification and intolerance continue to remain a global issue, it is only recently that countries have come up with legislation and policies to tackle this problem, while over 14 centuries ago, one man… Misrepresentation and mispresentation… Read More »

Erdoğan to Me: Stay Out of Turkey

I participated yesterday in a conference about the eastern Mediterranean at the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies (BESA) just outside Tel Aviv; and because Tel Aviv is the diplomatic center of Israel, its events attract a good number of… Daniel Pipes Cross-posted from National Review Online Yesterday was no exception, with a… Erdoğan to Me… Read More »

Time to tackle ISIL’s millions of sympathisers?

It is necessary to improve the underlying conditions that transformed ordinary citizens into desperate ISIL supporters. Rami G Khouri Al Jazeera News Significant international concern that thousands of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) fighters and their leaders will soon disperse to many countries – once Raqqa and Mosul are liberated – has focused on possible terror… Time to tackle… Read More »

Struggle over Aleppo’s story takes to the skies

How citizen journalists used drone technology to challenge the Assad regime’s narrative of the Aleppo’s plight. AlHakam Shaar and Austin Choi-Fitzpatrick Al Jazeera News New technologies open new windows for political action. They give new… Struggle over Aleppo’s… Read More »

The hijacking of the Munich Security Conference

History teaches us this – every time a System collapses, its leaders do not realise the truth until they are swept away by the storm. Thierry Meyssan Voltaire So the political representatives of the European Union, meeting just like every year in Munich for their Security Conference, were shocked to hear Sergey Lavrov speak of a post-Western world order. And yet the… The hijacking of… Read More »

Malaysian jihadist’s journey through Facebook to Syria

Until recently, Muhammad Wanndy Mohamed Jedi was a relatively unknown name in the jihadi community of Syria. Sami Moubayed Asia Times A 26-year-old from a small village in the district of Malacca on the southwest of the Malayan Peninsula, he arrived in Syria on 26 January 2016, officially recruited into the jihadi community through Facebook. The Islamic State… Malaysian jihadist’s journey… Read More »

Referendum process in the EU

Tukey is going to have a crucial referendum on April 16 that is likely to be a revolutionary step. Ozan Ceyhun Daily Sabah It has a chance to adopt a new Constitution as a result of this referendum by getting rid of the current one that was penned by the junta regime after the 1980 coup d’etat. The new Constitution… Referendum process in… Read More »

In Pakistan, tolerant Islamic voices are being silenced

The Sehwan bombing is a result of the Saudi-funded fundamentalism that has taken a grip in the country William Dalrymple The Guardian Last week, only three days after a suicide bomb went off in Lahore, an Islamic State supporter struck a crowd of Sufi dancers celebrating in the great Pakistani shrine of Sehwan Sharif. The attack, which… In Pakistan, tolerant… Read More »

Links in the modern media chain of responsibility

As newspaper content is becoming increasingly based on articles written by news agencies, the former must be careful not to inadvertently adopt the perspective of those news agencies as well Ibrahim Altay Daily Sabah If we look at the driving forces in media, there is no doubt that news agencies are pretty high on the list. With the high… Links in the… Read More »