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Turkey: New wave of arrests against journalists leave renowned author Aslı Erdoğan in prison

7 August 2017 – PEN International is very concerned about the detention of Aslı Erdoğan, a renowned novelist, columnist and human rights activist, in Turkey following a police raid into her apartment. Her arrest comes alongside more than 20 other journalists and employees from Özgür Gündem newspaper, a pro-Kurdish opposition daily, which was shut down by decree as part of the state of emergency in the country following the failed coup of 15 July 2016. Two further journalists from IMC TV, ... Read More »

Two decisions to address family violence

By Arouba Al-Muneef THE growing number of family violence cases, especially the attack on women, shows the increasing awareness among women to protect their rights and their confidence in authorities. Studies show that one out of five women is subject to physical torture. About 53 percent of men who participated in the survey said they… Source: Two decisions to address family violence – Saudi Gazette Read More »

Israel Almost Shot Down a Russian Drone

A red flag for Israeli air defenses. Michael Peck When Israel starts shooting at Russian aircraft, it’s time to worry. But that’s what happened last month, when a Russian drone accidentally—or allegedly accidentally—flew from Syria into northern Israel. Israeli forces… Source: Israel Almost Shot Down a Russian Drone | The National Interest Read More »

Turkey deploys lobbyist army to shut down Gulen

Recep Tayyip Erdogan has long accused Washington of siding with his country’s enemies in Syria and harboring them inside the United States. Heady after the failure of a coup he has called a “gift from God,” the Turkish president now seems convinced he can force the United States to rethink its support for the… Source: Turkey deploys lobbyist army to shut down Gulen Read More »

Egypt Discovery Transforms Petroleum Outlook in Eastern Mediterranean

When it comes to oil and gas exploration and production, Egypt is in a different league than its neighbors in the Eastern Mediterranean. CAROLE NAKHLE Its oil activity spans more than one century and the country enjoys a colorful corporate landscape where large and small international companies and national companies cooperate and continue to make significant discoveries. From a regional perspective, having such a major competitor right at their… Source: Egypt Discovery Transforms Petroleum Outlook in Eastern Mediterranean – Carnegie ... Read More »

George Soros and His Minions Target the Middle East Forum

PHILADELPHIA – Aug. 16, 2016 – An anonymous website (dcleaks.com) released over 2,500 confidential files from George Soros’ Open Society Foundations (OSF) on August 13, shedding light on the hedge fund billionaire’s funding of anti-Israel and pro-Islamist organizations. The leaked files include an internal memo from 2011 titled “Extreme Polarization and Breakdown in Civic Discourse.” It discusses a… Source: George Soros and His Minions Target the Middle East Forum :: Middle East Forum Read More »

Fractured Lands: How the Arab world came apart

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This is a story unlike any we have previously published It is much longer than the typical New York Times Magazine feature story; in print, it occupies an entire issue. By Scott Anderson Photographs By Paolo Pellegrin The product of some 18 months of reporting, it tells the story of the catastrophe that has fractured the Arab world since the invasion of Iraq 13 years ago, leading to the… Fractured Lands: How… Read More »

Israel’s World Vision Allegation, Part 2: Shin Bet And The Civilians Of Gaza

The agency has a record of targeting activists to help sustain the inhumane siege of Gaza, writes Michael Brull. (Read Part 1 here.) As almost all Palestinians facing military courts are convicted, and most of those convictions are based on confessions, either Palestinians have a bizarre propensity to incriminate themselves, or the… Source: Israel’s World Vision Allegation, Part 2: Shin Bet And The Civilians Of Gaza – New Matilda Read More »

Israel Gas exploration blocked due to friction with Lebanon

The fear of a clash with Lebanon is behind Israel’s moratorium on gas exploration to the north of its exclusive economic zone (EEZ), according to a report in the Israeli daily Yedioth Ahronot. Israel and Lebanon have no diplomatic relations but there is a 1949 cease-fire agreement that is violated from time to time. Despite that, the US government in recent years has tried to settle the… Source: Israel Gas exploration blocked due to friction with Lebanon Read More »

Bulgaria to extradite all FETÖ suspects at any cost

Bulgarian PM vows to keep good relations with Turkey as he returns pro-FETÖ businessman to Ankara Following the extradition of Abdullah Büyük, one of the largest financiers of the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETÖ), Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko… Source: Bulgaria to extradite all FETÖ suspects at any cost Read More »

Putin’s Turkish Delight 

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s recent meeting with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, was ostensibly intended to bury the hatchet after Turkey shot down a Russian warplane near its border with Syria last year. by Guy Verhofstadt But, at a time of rising tensions tensions between Turkey and the EU, there may be more to the story… Source: Putin’s Turkish Delight by Guy Verhofstadt – Project Syndicate Read More »

A New Page in Russian-Turkish Relations?

The talks between Erdogan and Putin herald a new era in Russian-Turkish relations, as Turks now see Russia as a true friend and admire Russia’s motion to support the Turkish President in the midst of a coup, Valdai Club expert Huseyin Bagci believes. The talks between Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan in St Petersburg herald a new era in Russian-Turkish relations, as… Source: News Read More »

Towards a new Turkish foreign policy

Ankara’s diplomatic strategy was shifting even before the coup attempt, but now that transformation has been kicked into high gear.. A few days after he took office in May, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim now famously said that his government would pursue a foreign policy aimed at “reducing the number of enemies and increasing the number of friends”… Source: Towards a new Turkish foreign policy | Middle East Eye Read More »

Lessons from the Turkish Coup Attempt

PINAR TANK Turkey’s failed coup attempt suggests the military’s political role has reached a nadir, but politicization of the institution continues. The shockwaves that followed the coup attempt in Turkey on July 15 suggest that Turkish society has developed a strong resistance to one of… Source: Lessons from the Turkish Coup Attempt – Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Read More »

Thousands of distressed Jews in Ethiopia left stranded by Israel

TEL AVIV, Israel – Due to the worsening security situation in Ethiopia, the approximately 9,000 Falash Mura in transit camps there are waiting for the Israeli government to implement its decision to bring them to Israel; activists in Israel warn of impending disaster for those waiting to rejoin their families in Israel. Israeli activists campaigning to bring the Falash Mura (Ethiopians who claim Jewish lineage) from Ethiopia to Israel have been receiving recently reports about the… Source: Thousands of distressed ... Read More »

Did Turkey’s Moves Toward Russia Provoke The Coup?

Erdogan’s move towards Putin began before the failed attempt. Bruno Macaes It’s been almost a month since the failed coup in Turkey, yet the mystery persists. Who was behind it and why did it take place? The only hard evidence as to the intentions of the putschists is of course the statement read on television the very night of the coup, but that statement was carefully crafted to… Source: Did Turkey’s Moves Toward Russia Provoke The Coup? | The National ... Read More »