Middle East

Fethullah Gulen: The Turkey I no longer know

Fethullah Gulen is an Islamic scholar, preacher and social advocate. SAYLORSBURG, Pa. Fethullah Gulen The Washington Post As the presidents of the United States and Turkey meet at the White House on Tuesday, the leader of the country I have called home for almost two decades comes face to face with the leader of my homeland. The two countries have a lot at stake, including the fight against the Islamic State, the future of Syria and the refugee… Fethullah Gulen: ... Read More »

Kuwait raises $4 million for debt convicts

Kuwaitis have donated around $4 million in a matter of hours in a fund-raising campaign to help secure the release of Kuwaiti prisoners convicted for failing to pay their financial dues. Gulf Insider Minister of State for Municipal Affairs Mohammad Al Jabri said the fund-raising campaign aimed to alleviate the financial burdens on… The campaign, organised by Zakat House in collaboration with the… Kuwait raises $4… Read More »

New nation-branding plan needed for Arab world

It is crucial for the Arab world to put together a committee of the best experts and partners to create programs and initiatives that will promote Arab culture globally. Mark C. Donfried  Arab News An Arab News poll conducted from March 17-22 proved the negative perception of the Arab world, especially in the US, and the urgent need for new nation-branding initiatives. The poll results were published and announced on May 2 at the… New nation-branding… Read More »

Israel arrests Palestinian writer Ahmad Qatamesh

Israeli army detains former political prisoner, Ahmad Qatamesh, as 1,300 Palestinians continue hunger strike in jails. Patrick Strickland Al Jazeera Israeli forces have carried out raids on homes across the occupied West Bank and detained at least 14 Palestinians on Sunday, among them a prominent intellectual and former political prisoner. Suha Barghouti, the wife of Ahmad Qatamesh, said “a large force” of… Israel arrests Palestinian… Read More »

Israel-Turkey: Erdogan claims Jerusalem for Muslims and raises tensions

Erdogan’s claims on Jerusalem for Muslims – dangerously raises tensions with Israel and creates more instability in the Middle East Alexis P. Kitsios Curated byBlasting News Uk Turkish President #Erdogan has called on all Muslims to visit “Al Cuds,” the Islamic name for Jerusalem, in order to protest against alleged violations of the rights of Muslims in #Israel. After that, according to local reports, he… Israel-Turkey: Erdogan… Read More »

Turkish Embassy hires Burson-Marsteller ahead of Erdogan visit

The country’s president, Recep Erdogan, won sweeping new powers last month in a national referendum. Alison Kanski PR Week WASHINGTON: The Embassy of Turkey has hired Burson-Marsteller for integrated PR services in the U.S. ahead of a visit by its president. The contract, which began this month, is scheduled to run through 2017. The WPP firm is set to earn $1.1 million for the… Turkish Embassy hires… Read More »

Wikipedia appeals to Turkey’s constitutional court over website’s blocking

Ankara: Online encyclopedia Wikipedia has appealed to Turkey’s constitutional court against a government decision to block access to its website, broadcaster CNN Turk said on Tuesday, a case that has heightened concerns about censorship in Turkey. Brisbane Times Reuters Turkey’s telecommunications watchdog said two weeks ago that access to Wikipedia had been blocked, citing a… The block on the… Wikipedia appeals to… Read More »

The End of Turkey’s Jews?

Can Jewry in Turkey survive? Much has been written about Turkey’s turn toward Islamism and President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s growing autocracy. Michael Rubin Commentary Turkish officials and their proxies argue, however, that Turkey remains both tolerant and democratic. The problem, they say, is limited to the followers of Islamic theologian Fethullah Gülen and… The End of… Read More »

Israel’s Delek group seeks to conduct natural gas exploration in Turkey

After discovering the Tamar and Leviathan natural gas reserves, the largest ever discovered, Israel’s Delek group hopes to conduct exploration work for Turkey, as the country starts its activities in the Mediterranean. Daily Sabah with Anadolu Agency Citing the likely presence of significant oil and natural gas resources in the eastern Mediterranean, Israeli oil and gas exploration firm Delek Drilling and… The CEO of Delek Group Yossi Abu said that they… Israel’s Delek group… Read More »

Rein in the executive: let the people, via Parliament, decide whether we go to war

Rein in the executive: let the people, via Parliament, decide whether we go to war Julian Cribb The Canberra Times Australia may soon be sucked into a new war. Possibly more than one war. And Australians will again have no say in the matter. In two months, United States President Donald Trump has launched military actions in Syria, Afghanistan and Yemen, turned up the heat on North Korea and… Rein in the… Read More »

Police in Turkey raid publisher’s offices, confiscate 2,000 books

Police in Turkey raided the offices of Belge Publishing in Istanbul and confiscated 2,000 books, reported Turkish language media. KOMNEWS The prominent independent publisher, set up 40 years ago by writer-journalist Ragip Zarakolu and his late wife human rights advocate Aysenur Zarakolu, and known for publishing controversial and critical books, was raided by a team of anti… According to reports, the… Police in Turkey… Read More »

Syria’s Kurds march on to Raqqa and the sea

Kurdish expansion plans putting the group on a collision course with neighbouring Turkey Mark Townsend The Guardian Syria’s Kurds have revealed plans to redraw the northern part of the country by linking the Kurdish region of Rojava with the Mediterranean Sea, in a move that will infuriate neighbouring Turkey. In a further sign of growing Kurdish confidence in Syria’s north, officials say that… Syria’s Kurds march… Read More »

Saudi king orders that women no longer need a man’s permission to travel, study or make police complaints

Saudi Arabia to give women more control over their life choices by relaxing male guardian system is welcomed as another small step for women in the kingdom. GulfInsider Saudi Arabia is well known to be one of the world’s most gender-segregated nations, where women live under the supervision of a male guardian, cannot drive, and must wear head-to… Women need approval from a… Saudi king orders… Read More »

Wikipedia Is Latest Victim of Turkey’s Frenzy Over ISIS Reporting

Any report or hint that links Turkey to jihadi operatives in Syria is certainly bound to draw ire of Ankara. And the world’s biggest online encyclopedia Wikipedia is no exception. Abdullah Ayasun The Global Post It has become the latest victim of Turkey’s frenzy over the matter. When Turkey blocked access to interactive online encyclopedia Wikipedia last week, it… Wikipedia Is Latest… Read More »

Report: Turkey Is Preparing To Arrest 215,000 More In Crackdown

Turkey’s sweeping purge is set to further expand as the pro-government media is sending signals of a new, larger wave with a new list of 215,000 individuals sent to 81 provinces for police… Abdullah Ayasun The Global Post The media rumor mill has been on overdrive about the biggest purge campaign, which, reports said, has yet… Majority of them are believed to be members of the… Report: Turkey Is… Read More »

The PKK’s Fateful Choice in Northern Syria

The Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and its Syrian affiliates face a stark choice: risk their gains in northern Syria through continued prioritisation of the PKK’s fight against Turkey, or pursue local self-rule in the area they have carved out of the… ICG After the PKK deployed cadres in Syria in July 2012, it cooperated with the West in fighting the… The PKK’s Fateful… Read More »