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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


Mr. Erdogan Leads Turkey









Posted on Aug 30, 2016 ENLARGE



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? (Video)

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



Turkey’s War Against Journalism

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan plans to expand the definition of “terror crime” to include media reports deemed to support or praise acts of violence. “Democracy, freedom and the rule of law” no longer have any value, he declares.

Posted on Mar 17, 2016 READ MORE



Syria’s Kurds to Declare Federal Province (Video)

Some pundits are interpreting the Kurdish move as a form of separatism, but so far it seems more like a demand for states’ rights, Alabama-style.

Posted on Mar 17, 2016 READ MORE



In Syria, 500 Turkey-Backed Sunni Arab Fighters Cross to Defend Azaz From Kurds (Video)

On Thursday morning, according to the Syria Observatory and the Arabic press, some 500 Sunni Arab rebels based in Turkey crossed back into Syria to help defend the town of Azaz from the YPG militia of Syrian Kurds, which is advancing on the city.

Posted on Feb 18, 2016 READ MORE



All Sides in the Syria War Have at Least One Thing in Common: Slaughtering Civilians

The conflict will be remembered for its horrific death toll and massive refugee exodus. But it will also be remembered as the site of yet another Great Game involving Russia, the West and its allies.

Posted on Feb 11, 2016 READ MORE



Turkey’s Erdogan Threatened Europe With Refugees; Now He’s Demanding the U.S. Abandon Syrian Kurds

Reuters reports that Turkish president Tayyip Erdogan allegedly bullied European leaders and threatened to drown Europe in refugees if his terms were not met.

Posted on Feb 9, 2016 READ MORE



Turkish-Russian Airspace Conflict Continues as Ankara-Backed Turkmen Flee Syria (Video)

Russia has rejected as “propaganda” renewed charges that its fighter jets had crossed Turkish territory. But it’s likely that Turkey’s complaint is actually about something else.

Posted on Feb 1, 2016 READ MORE



Turkey-Russia Tensions Spike as Russia Moves Into Northern Syria

Russian airstrikes in Syria are getting closer to the beleaguered country’s border with Turkey in the northwest, and there are rumors that Russia is considering putting an air base in the largely Kurdish northeast.

Posted on Jan 24, 2016 READ MORE



Noam Chomsky Slams Turkish President for Arresting Academics and Supporting Extremism (Video)

President Tayyip Erdogan recently criticized Noam Chomsky and other international scholars who signed a petition against the Turkish government’s current vendetta against Kurdish-Turkish citizens in the country’s southeast.

Posted on Jan 19, 2016 READ MORE



Suspected Islamic State Suicide Bomber Kills at Least 10 in Istanbul

A deadly blast ripped through the city’s Sultanahmet tourist district Tuesday, killing at least 10 people and wounding 15 more. Turkey’s prime minister placed blame for the attack on Islamic State.

Posted on Jan 12, 2016 READ MORE



An Act of Terror: Deporting a Kurdish Activist Back to Turkey

The U.S. government is trying to deport Ibrahim Parlak to Turkey, where he has a well-founded fear of imprisonment, torture and possibly death.

Posted on Jan 6, 2016 READ MORE



Borders of Love, Borders of War

In a Turkish city near the Syrian conflict zone, an ancient tide of passions—both human and political—moves millions.

Posted on Jan 5, 2016 READ MORE


Erdogan and Hitler









Posted on Jan 4, 2016 ENLARGE



Turkish President Erdogan Cites Hitler in Case for Presidential System (Video)

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday cited Hitler in support of his contention that a presidential system can coexist with a “unitary state,” i.e., with a nonfederal government.

Posted on Jan 3, 2016 READ MORE



Refugee Crisis Leaves the Deepest, and Cruelest, Mark on 2015

It was a year of Trump, Shkreli, terror attacks, mass murders, police shootings and the legalization of same-sex marriage. But the most significant news was about the thousands fleeing from war or the harsh results of climate change.

Posted on Jan 1, 2016 READ MORE



A Rare Victory for Freedom of Speech in Turkey, as Pianist Is Allowed to Quote Omar Khayyam

In a win for freedom of speech in Turkey, the country’s Supreme Court of Appeals has completely overturned a lower court ruling that sentenced world-famous pianist Fazil Say to a suspended sentence of 10 months in prison.

Posted on Dec 29, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Armenian Genocide: 100 Years On, the Few Survivors Left Recall Events

Starting in 1915, about 1.5 million Armenians were marched through a declining Ottoman Empire, based in what is now Turkey, to their deaths in the Syrian town of Deir ez-Zor and surrounding desert. One hundred years later, only a handful of survivors remain to tell the stories of the Armenian genocide.

Posted on Dec 26, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


VIDEO: Stephen Colbert Tries to Save Turkish Man’s Life With His ‘Lord of the Rings’ Expertise

A man faces jail time in Turkey over a Facebook post that compared a “Lord of the Rings” character with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, something the “Late Show” host couldn’t just stand by and watch without intervening.

Posted on Dec 9, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Shiite Iraqi Politicians Denounce Turkish ‘Invasion’ and Call for Aerial Bombardment

Sources in the Turkish military announced Saturday that about 150 Turkish troops had been placed into northern Iraq along with 20 to 25 tanks.

Posted on Dec 8, 2015 READ MORE



AUDIO: Defense Contractors Tell Investors That Escalating Conflicts Are Good for Business

Major defense contractors Raytheon, Oshkosh and Lockheed Martin assured investors at a conference in West Palm Beach, Fla., recently that they stand to profit from escalating conflicts in the Middle East.

Posted on Dec 5, 2015 READ MORE



Putin Claims Turkey Was Protecting Islamic State Oil Smuggling as He Urges Kurds to Ally With Assad

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Monday in Paris that his government had intelligence that the reason Turkey shot down a Russian fighter jet last week was to protect oil smuggling from Islamic State (Daesh) through Turkey.

Posted on Dec 1, 2015 READ MORE



Turkey Stages Coup Against Its Own Press and Generals in Bid to Arm Syrian Militants (Video)

Turkey has jailed two very prominent journalists for publishing video of a Turkish intelligence convoy of weapons to Syrian militants. It has arrested several senior generals who ordered the search of the trucks.

Posted on Dec 1, 2015 READ MORE



Turkey Reels as Putin Imposes Stiff Economic Sanctions (Video)

The Russian sanctions announced by President Vladimir Putin on Saturday could have a severe impact on the Turkish economy.

Posted on Nov 30, 2015 READ MORE


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