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Michael Flynn’s Turkey Connection Is Worth Pursuing

Flynn reportedly barred an attack on Islamic State after receiving more than $500,000 from a Turkish source. The implications could be key to special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe.

Posted on May 18, 2017 READ MORE



The U.S. and Turkey Are Deeply Divided Over Syria Policy

Two really big egos met at the White House this week, as Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan consulted with Donald Trump. They have different priorities on Syria.

Posted on May 18, 2017 READ MORE


Erdogan’s Security Team and Pro-Kurdish Protesters Engage in Violent Clash in Washington (Video)

A brawl erupted outside the Turkish ambassador’s residence in Washington, D.C., on the day Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, met with President Trump.

Posted on May 17, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



Which Middle East Authoritarian Leader Is Trump Most Like?

Trump’s firing of James Comey raises the question of whether he and his fellow neofascists intend to lead the U.S. down the path being taken by Egypt’s and Turkey’s presidents (pictured).

Posted on May 10, 2017 READ MORE



Trump Sends Troops to the Turkish-Syrian Border

The president is in the position of trying to separate—and make peace between—a major military power and a band of leftist Kurds.

Posted on May 1, 2017 READ MORE



Turkey’s Democracy Is in Trouble as Leader Erdogan Gains More Power With Constitutional Change

Sunday’s referendum results will move the country to a system that potentially gives Erdogan enough political longevity to eventually achieve his desired “dictatorship Lite.”

Posted on Apr 17, 2017 READ MORE



Erdogan Claims Ultimate Power in Turkey After a Razor-Thin Referendum Victory

As an opponent noted: “Threats, oppression, imprisonment, censorship, defamation—and yet [nearly] half of the people of Turkey” voted against expanding the president’s authority.

Posted on Apr 16, 2017 READ MORE



The Pandora’s Box of War

Amid the U.S. outrage over Syrian civilian deaths from banned weapons, we should not forget America’s role in creating and perpetuating the seemingly endless conflict.

Posted on Apr 7, 2017 READ MORE



Trump Intervenes in the Civil War in Syria

The likelihood is that Thursday’s cruise missile attack was a one-off action rather than the beginning of a full-scale campaign.

Posted on Apr 7, 2017 READ MORE



Has Trump Deferred to Russia in Syria?

Some see U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson as suggesting that Syrians are stuck with Assad and the Trump administration doesn’t object.

Posted on Apr 3, 2017 READ MORE



Erdogan Hurls ‘Nazi’ Epithets as He Campaigns to Bolster His Power

Turkey’s president rips Germany and the Netherlands for blocking rallies among Turkish expats. Those rallies would support a referendum that could vastly increase Erdogan’s authority.

Posted on Mar 27, 2017 READ MORE


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Russia Reaches Syria Cease-Fire Pact With Turkey—and the U.S. Had Nothing to Do With It

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that after negotiations in Moscow between his administration and its Turkish and Iranian counterparts, an accord regarding the war in Syria has been reached, establishing a fragile truce that’s being hailed as “a potential turning point” in the bloody civil war that has raged for six years.

Posted on Dec 29, 2016 READ MORE



Russian Ambassador’s Assassination May Strengthen the Erdogan-Putin Relationship

The shooting of Andrei Karlov, the Russian ambassador to Turkey, will slow but not interrupt the process of Russo-Turkish rapprochement, after a period last winter and spring when the two countries were boycotting each other.

Posted on Dec 20, 2016 READ MORE



Russian Ambassador to Turkey Killed by Gunman

“We die in Aleppo, you die here,” the shooter of Ambassador Andrei Karlov reportedly said.

Posted on Dec 19, 2016 READ MORE



Will Turkey Leave NATO for Sino-Russian Shanghai Cooperation Council?

Most likely it is an idle threat by Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, perhaps an attempt at getting Europe to be silent about his human rights abuses.

Posted on Nov 24, 2016 READ MORE



War Within War: Iraq’s Prime Minister Says ‘We Don’t Want to Fight Turkey, but We’re Ready’

Iraq was alarmed by the announcement by Turk military authorities that they are sending some 30 armored vehicles, tanks and artillery to the Turkish-Iraqi border.

Posted on Nov 5, 2016 READ MORE



Turkish Government Arrests Opposition Parliament Members in Further Descent Into Dictatorship

This step is intended to give Recep Tayyip Erdogan the majority in parliament he needs to make himself president for life, and to give Turkey (currently a parliamentary government) an imperial presidency on the Egyptian model.

Posted on Nov 4, 2016 READ MORE



As Islamic State Loses Territory, Will Weak States Gain Strength? (Video)

Political scientist Khalid Rif says that the organization’s forced withdrawal from the town of Dabiq in northern Syria has a religious symbolism that could be fatal to its esprit de corps.

Posted on Oct 18, 2016 READ MORE



Russia and Turkey Make Up: What Are the Implications for Syria and the Kurds? (Video)

Russian President Vladimir Putin was in Turkey on Monday for direct talks with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, in a bid to further normalize relations between the two countries.

Posted on Oct 11, 2016 READ MORE


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U.S. Declares Turkish-Backed Campaign Against Our Allies in Syria ‘Unacceptable’

Recent developments in Syria are reminiscent of the cartoon strip “Peanuts” scenario in which Lucy pulls the football away from Charlie Brown at the last minute and he ends up on his back. In this case, Washington is playing Lucy and the Kurds are playing Charlie Brown.

Posted on Aug 31, 2016 READ MORE



America’s Syria Snafu: Pentagon’s Militias Are Fighting Turkey and CIA’s Militias

U.S. Syrian policy is in disarray despite recent victories against Islamic State.

Posted on Aug 31, 2016 READ MORE


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Is Turkey’s Incursion Into Syria About Islamic State, or About the Kurds?

A spokesman for the Kurdish army said that attacks by the Turkish military constitute a naked act of aggression and intervention into the internal affairs of Syria.

Posted on Aug 25, 2016 READ MORE



Top Six Reasons Turkey Is Finally Attacking Islamic State in the Syrian City of Jarabulus

Turkish forces and coalition allies launch airstrikes against the Islamic State stronghold near the border with Turkey. (Pictured, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim.)

Posted on Aug 24, 2016 READ MORE



Is Turkey’s Pivot to Russia Aimed at President Erdogan’s Survival?

Turkish Prime Minister Yildirim Binali has announced a significant about-face in the country’s Syria policy.

Posted on Aug 23, 2016 READ MORE



Turks Briefly Block Access to U.S. Air Base and Nuclear Bombs in Turkey

Troops, police and citizens blockaded the Incirlik air base for several hours after intelligence raised suspicions of another coup being plotted in the wake of the failed attempt in mid-July.

Posted on Jul 31, 2016 READ MORE



Arab Nationalist Press Reacts to Erdogan’s Crackdown With Cries of ‘Dictator!’

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan’s firing of some 50,000 educators, bureaucrats, police and military personnel in the wake of the failed July 15 coup attempt has provoked sharp criticism in Egypt, Jordan and other Arab countries.

Posted on Jul 24, 2016 READ MORE



Turkey Closes Over 600 Schools, Fires Thousands of Teachers in Wake of Failed Coup

President Erdogan is now cracking down on academics, government and civil service workers, and establishments perceived to support his opposition. He believes Fethullah Gülen, a self-exiled cleric who lives in the U.S., was behind last week’s revolt.

Posted on Jul 20, 2016 READ MORE



Is Turkey Entitled to Abduct or Kill on American Soil When It Claims to Be Threatened?

If the U.S. can send its military into sovereign territories, why can’t Turkey, asks the former chief prosecutor of Guantanamo’s military commissions.

Posted on Jul 18, 2016 READ MORE



Long Knives in Ankara: Victorious Erdogan Begins Purge of Judiciary and Army (Video)

Turkey’s president is taking advantage of the failed coup against him to oust those who are critical of him.

Posted on Jul 18, 2016 READ MORE



Turkish People-Power Foils Attempted Coup

Among the reasons for the failure of the overthrow attempt by Turkey’s military was the determined stance of the people, who stood up for their democracy even though about half of them deeply dislike President Erdogan.

Posted on Jul 16, 2016 READ MORE



How Did the Failed Turkish Coup Unfold? (Video)

An attempt by members of the military to take over the Turkish government has failed, with 161 people killed, more than 1,440 injured and 2,839 military personnel arrested, among them dozens of top officials.

Posted on Jul 16, 2016 READ MORE



Putin Has the Winning Hand in Syria, as Turkey Apologizes and Obama Deals (Video)

The Russian intervention in Syria substantially changed the conversation surrounding Vladimir Putin in the aftermath of the Crimea annexation.

Posted on Jul 3, 2016 READ MORE



Islamic State Terrorism Strikes at Turkish Economy—Someone Tell Trump the Victims Are Muslim

The terrorist attack on Ataturk Airport in Istanbul Tuesday immediately drew a crass barb from Donald Trump implying that it supported his notion of banning Muslims from the U.S.

Posted on Jun 29, 2016 READ MORE



At Least 28 Killed, Scores Wounded as Explosions Hit Turkish Airport

The apparently coordinated suicide attack was carried out at Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport.

Posted on Jun 28, 2016 READ MORE



World More Violent in Past Year, but Middle East Drives Deterioration (Video)

The 2016 Global Peace Index has been released, with the bad news that the world is slightly more violent this year than last. But if you subtracted the Middle East, in most of the world there was more peace, not less.

Posted on Jun 12, 2016 READ MORE



Syrian Army on Collision Course With Kurds in Race to Raqqa (Video)

With Islamic State ‘capital’ as the prize, Russian-backed Syrian forces have vowed to put down the U.S.-backed YPG (People’s Protection Units).

Posted on Jun 9, 2016 READ MORE



U.S.-Kurdish Force Moves on Islamic State at Manbij, and Turkey Goes Ballistic (Video)

Less than two weeks after the Syrian Democratic Forces announced their campaign against al-Raqqa, the capital of the phony caliphate of Islamic State, the SDF instead has veered off to the west in a bid to capture Manbij.

Posted on Jun 2, 2016 READ MORE



U.S.-Backed Kurds Begin Campaign Against Islamic State in Northern Syria (Video)

The left-leaning Beirut daily al-Safir newspaper discusses the beginning of a new campaign by the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces against Islamic State in the northern half of al-Raqqa Province.

Posted on May 25, 2016 READ MORE



One Child’s Harrowing Journey From Afghanistan to Sweden

She was only 14 when her mother decided that Nasima’s best hope for a future meant leaving her home, her family and everything she knew to make a grueling trek to Europe.

Posted on May 19, 2016 READ MORE



Surprise! Despite Syria-Iraq Turmoil, Major Mideast Economies Are Growing at 3 to 4 percent (Video)

When you hear only bad news from a place, you form a negative opinion of it.

Posted on May 15, 2016 READ MORE



Being a Poor Child in the U.S. Is Worse Than in Slovakia or Turkey

A new study by UNICEF places the United States at 18 out of 41 among the world’s wealthiest countries in terms of the well-being of their impoverished children.

Posted on May 7, 2016 READ MORE



Turkish Parliament Members Brawl Over Potential Constitutional Amendment

The proposed amendment, which would strip lawmakers of their immunity from prosecution, incited violence between members of opposing parties.

Posted on May 3, 2016 READ MORE



Armenians Demand Recognition of Genocide at Los Angeles Protest

President Obama has never made good on his promise to officially recognize the massacre of 1.5 million Armenians for what it was.

Posted on Apr 29, 2016 READ MORE



Saudi King’s Visit to Turkey Signals a Thaw in Tensions Between the Two Countries

King Salman made a stop in Turkey on Tuesday, after finishing a trip to Egypt over the weekend.

Posted on Apr 13, 2016 READ MORE



Turkey’s Erdogan Brings Press Crackdown to U.S. as His Guards Manhandle D.C. Journalists (Video)

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan brought along some bad habits and some bad actors in his security detail on his visit to Washington, where he traveled to participate in deliberations on nuclear weapons.

Posted on Apr 3, 2016 READ MORE


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