Middle East

Assassination in Ankara

Russia, NATO, and Turkey’s Violent Politics By Halil Karaveli Foreign Affairs On December 19, Mevlut Mert Altintas, a Turkish police officer, assassinated Andrei Karlov, Russia’s ambassador to Turkey. His action… Assassination in… Read More »

The End of Democracy in Turkey

Following the New Year’s Eve attack in Istanbul, democracy in Turkey is likely to enter a death spiral. The New Yorker The issue isn’t the attack itself, terrible as it was. On New Year’s Eve, a lone gunman made his way into the Reina dance club, which was jammed with revellers, and… The End of… Read More »

Political Islamists brace for Trump era

Donald Trump’s election has sent shock waves throughout the loosely knit community of religious-minded Muslims working to gain political power through democratic means. Julian Pecquet Al Monitor From Washington to London to Istanbul, the broad spectrum of so-called political Islamists are bracing for what many fear is a becoming witch hunt that threatens to undo the few gains they were able to secure post-Arab Spring. For the past… Political Islamists brace… Read More »

Why We Don’t Dwell on Turkish Deaths in the West

Turkey is alone. First, we’ll take a look at the racist reasons for this. Robert Fisk Counterpunch If 39 men and women had been slaughtered in Paris or Brussels or Berlin on New Year’s Eve, the headlines would ripple on for three or four days. Two or three days if the victims had been western European. But of course, this being Turkey, which is a… Why We Don’t… Read More »

The Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949 and its relevance to the ‘Conference on Cyprus’ in Geneva on 12 January 2017

In Politics, Aristotle issued a timeless warning: ‘Man, when perfected, is the best of animals but, when separated from law and justice, he is the worst of all.’  (Source: The Politics of Aristotle as translated by B. Jowett (Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1885), page 5.) Klearchos A. Kyriakides Published in Agora Dialogue on 2 January 2017 Since antiquity, Aristotle’s point has been illustrated on countless occasions, none more brutally than during the Second World War from 1939 to 1945.Under the iron ... Read More »

After ISIS, What’s Next for Iraqi Christians?

The bells in churches across northern Iraq may have been rung again during Christmas, but the future is unclear. Seth J. Frantzman The National Interest Christmas has been a dangerous time for Christians in Iraq. In 2013, three bombings targeted Christians in Baghdad, killing 38. Two days before… After ISIS, What’s… Read More »

The Assad conundrum

Some argued that without his rule, radical Islamists such as ISIL would take over Syria. John Bell Al Jazeera News It is safe to say that, until recently, the debate over Syria’s political future came down to one thing: the fate of President Bashar al-Assad. With his victory… The Assad… Read More »

In Lebanon’s Tripoli, culture defeats youth radicalization

In October 2016, the online initiative Ta3a Sob El Fan (Come to Art) began to highlight the creativity of Tripoli’s youth by sharing poems, drawings, songs and video clips created by children and teenagers from the northern Lebanese city. Florence Massena Al Monitor It was an occasion to encourage the youth to spread their ideas, as well as to show the rest of Lebanon that Tripoli is not only about war. Tripoli is often In Lebanon’s Tripoli… Read More »

Now and then, who to blame?

While history does not repeat itself in full details, it always shows us some patterns that we should always consider. Ahmed Al Sheikh Al Jazeera News It was another “first” for the US president-elect, Donald Trump, before he moves into the White House. Using just 140… Now and then… Read More »

How blood feud is growing among the Syrian youth

The schism in the fabric of Syrian society is very evident and yet intricate at the same time. Al Jazeera News Batoul Karbijha “We will take revenge from everyone who kept silent and everyone who applauded the death of all innocent immaculate souls in Aleppo,” Hosam Al-Bakri, a teary-eyed youth refugee told me, referring to the recent recapture… How blood feud is… Read More »

A principled basis for a just and lasting Cyprus settlement in the light of International and European Law

International Expert Panel Covered By The Committee For A European Solution In Cyprus Preamble 1. The purpose of this Report, prepared by an International Expert Panel, is to seek a just Cyprus settlement providing for the peaceful and prosperous future of all the people of the island. In order to do this, one must apply the key principles drawn from international and European law which apply in the settlement of international disputes, including disputes concerning members of the European Union. ... Read More »

Don’t Get Mired in Failed States

There are many forces out there in the world, based in failed states, who want to destroy the United States. They can’t. David A. Bell The National Interest THE MOST predictable crises the new administration will face will involve failed states, mired in Don’t Get Mired… Read More »

Could Turkey steal nuclear weapons installed in US bases?

Does Turkey have the military capabilities to attack and take nuclear weapons stored within its own boundaries? * 12 Answers As a retired USAF member, please understand that my comments can NOT confirm nor deny if nuclear weapons are at Incirlik AB. Quora My answer relies on widely sourced material in the media and on the internet. So please understand that I’m couching my answers for this reason. So, could Turkey steal any weapons on the base? Yes, they could. ... Read More »

Syria conflict: UN endorses Syria ceasefire deal

The UN Security Council has endorsed the Syria ceasefire deal and plans for peace talks between both sides of the conflict in a Russia-led resolution. BBC It also calls for rapid access for humanitarian aid to be delivered across the country. Syria’s main… Syria conflict: UN… Read More »