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Arms Official Tried to Sell Weapons Secrets to US Firm, Turkey Says

A top official of Turkey’s state-run arms company was arrested this week while trying to sell weapons production plans to a U.S. firm owned by a Turkish national, Turkish authorities said… Mustafa Tanriverdi, manager of the Mechanical and Chemical Industry… Source: Arms Official Tried to Sell Weapons Secrets to US Firm, Turkey Says Read More »

Future bright for Timor-Leste with hatchery opening

A new hatchery has been unveiled in Timor-Lester as a crucial part of its National Aquaculture Development Strategy (2012-2030). The plan aims to reduce undernourishment by increasing the consumption of fish per capita from 6-15kg by 2020… Source: World Fishing & Aquaculture | Future bright for Timor-Leste with hatchery opening Read More »

Steps Toward Stabilising Syria’s Northern Border

On both sides of the Syria-Turkey border, the uncompromising strategies of Ankara, Turkey’s insurgent Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), and its Syria-based affiliate, the People’s Protection Units (YPG), are propelling a dangerous conflict toward escalation. The lone force able to head it off is the United States, and if it fails, Islamic State is ready to exploit any new disorder… Source: Steps Toward Stabilising Syria’s Northern Border – International Crisis Group Read More »

Turkey’s economic interests key motive in restoring ties with Israel

The Turkish foreign ministry announced on Friday that Israel and Turkey were on the brink of restoring relations, following a fresh round of talks between political leaders the day before. NATO member Turkey was a key regional ally of Israel until the two countries fell out in 2010… Source: Turkey’s economic interests key motive in restoring ties with Israel – Middle East – RFI Read More »

America’s Kurdish problem: today’s allies against ISIS are tomorrow’s headache

There’s one thing, and maybe one thing only, that American leaders agree on when it comes to the Middle East: The Kurds are our best friends against ISIS… There’s a reason for that: Kurdish forces are dedicated, dependable, and successful. In Iraq, Kurdish forces have cut ISIS supply lines in the country’s north, laying the… Source: America’s Kurdish problem: today’s allies against ISIS are tomorrow’s headache – Vox Read More »

Why Turkey’s president fears a Kurdish rebellion from the east

President Erdogan sees the Kurdish east in terms of a rebellion Ottoman province. By Tom Stevenson For the first time in months, you can walk freely across Seyh Said Meydani, a city square on the edge of the historic centre of Diyarbakir. Here, the leader of the first big Kurdish uprising in modern Turkish history was hanged in… Source: Why Turkey’s president fears a Kurdish rebellion from the east Read More »

Double Standards and Downright Hypocrisy – US Policy on Turkey

Brian CLOUGHLEY: On March 26 President Erdogan of Turkey «harshly criticized« foreign diplomats for being present at the trial of two journalists in Istanbul. At a meeting of businessmen he erupted in fury and expostulated that «The consul-generals in Istanbul attended the trial. Who are you? What business do you have there? Diplomacy has a certain propriety and manners. This is not your country. This is… Source: Double Standards and Downright Hypocrisy – US Policy on Turkey Read More »

Bangladesh activist Nazimuddin Samad hacked to death

The murder is the latest incident of aggression against secular bloggers and activists in the Muslim-majority country. A law student who posted pro-atheism comments on social media has been murdered, Bangladeshi police said, in the latest incident in a series of killings of secular activists and bloggers in the country… Source: Bangladesh activist Nazimuddin Samad hacked to death – AJE News Read More »

Energy firms eyeing consortium to carry Israeli gas through Turkey

At least 15 energy companies want to be part of a planned consortium which will carry Israeli gas to Europe via Turkey, according to Turcas CEO Batu Aksoy, who said the first Israeli gas may reach Turkey in the next five years… Source: Energy firms eyeing consortium to carry Israeli gas through Turkey – ENERGY Read More »

The Islamic State in Turkey: A Deep Dive into a Dark Place

The Islamic State’s attacks in Paris and Belgium have demonstrated key vulnerabilities in European law enforcement and intelligence agencies. For several years, members of the Europe-based Islamic State network responsible for the attacks had moved through Turkey to join with the group in Syria. From the outset… Source: The Islamic State in Turkey: A Deep Dive into a Dark Place Read More »

Statement: Responding to the Nagorno-Karabakh Escalation

On the Cusp of War The worst combat along the Line of Contact (LoC) around Nagorno-Karabakh since the 1994 ceasefire seems to have subsided with a cessation of hostilities announced on 5 April. If Azerbaijan sustains the territorial gains and tactical advances it says it has made, President Ilham Aliyev would be able to claim a significant change in the… Source: Statement: Responding to the Nagorno-Karabakh Escalation – International Crisis Group Read More »

South China Sea: Australia involved in Balikatan war games amid warnings

Bangkok: Australian military personnel, including special force commandos, are taking part in three-nation war games near the flashpoint waters of the South China Sea that have riled China. China’s state newsagency Xinhua warned “outsiders” against interfering in South China Sea territorial disputes as the 12-day exercises got underway in the Philippines… Source: South China Sea: Australia involved in Balikatan war games amid warnings Read More »

Erdoğan’s Not Mad, He’s Ruthless

The dynamics of the Turkish president’s visit to the U.S. underscore Turkey’s current geopolitical position.. Yesterday, Erdoğan said that the peace process with the Kurds is over and that Turkey would crush the rebellion. He warned the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) that either they surrender or they will be neutralized “one by one,” adding that there is no third option. It is… Source: Erdoğan’s Not Mad, He’s Ruthless | Geopolitical Futures Read More »

EU Turkey pact and the fate of Syrian refugees

The ongoing NATO terror war led by the Pentagon has at least to negative consequences: one, acceleration of climatic change though deadly environmental pollution and, two, ever increasing number of hapless refugees driven out of the occupied cum attacked Arab nations… Source: EU Turkey pact and the fate of Syrian refugees Read More »