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Can Turkey Survive Erdoğan?

by Graham E. Fuller Source: grahamefuller.com– On 7 June Turkey’s democratic system will be deeply tested in a fateful parliamentary election; at stake is preservation of rule of law and liberal democracy against an increasingly authoritarian-minded President. Bottom line: if President Erdoğan’s AKP party is able to win big, the …

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Has Yemen reshaped the Middle East geopolitical map?

by Graham E. Fuller Source: grahamefuller.com — Does anybody remember the old Cold War geopolitical concept of the “Northern Tier states?” They consisted of three countries—Turkey, Iran and Pakistan (sometimes Afghanistan) that lay along the southern border of the Soviet Union; they were perceived in the West as a potential …

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Will Yemen kick-off the ‘War of the two Blocs?’

By Sharmine Narwani* for RT– There is media confusion about what is going on in Yemen and the broader Middle East. Pundits are pointing out that the US is looking schizophrenic with policies that back opposite sides of the fight against al-Qaeda-style extremism in Iraq and in Yemen. But it …

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The Middle Eastern Balance of Power Matures

Stratfor Geopolitical Weekly – By George Friedman — Last week, a coalition of predominantly Sunni Arab countries, primarily from the Arabian Peninsula and organized by Saudi Arabia, launched airstrikes in Yemen that have continued into this week. The airstrikes target Yemeni al-Houthis, a Shiite sect supported by Iran, and their …

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Turks, Kurds push for peace breakthrough despite new surge in violence

BY DAREN BUTLER AND GULSEN SOLAKER for Reuters – Women wave banners with the portrait of Abdullah Ocalan, one of the founding members of the militant organisation, the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, during a protest against Islamic State (IS) militant attacks on Syrian Kurds, in Istanbul September 21, 2014. REUTERS/Murad Sezer/Files …

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First Iraqi Kurdish fighters bound for Kobane arrive in Turkey

THE LEVANT – Crowds of flag-waving Kurds greeted Iraqi peshmerga fighters travelling through Turkey Wednesday to join opposition rebels reinforcing the Syrian town of Kobane against an attack by the Islamic State jihadist group. Flashing victory signs, the fighters armed with machineguns, heavy artillery and rocket launchers received a euphoric …

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Turkey and KSA continuous challenges

THE LEVANT –  By Dr. Amer Al Sabaileh – Across the region, some of the more stable countries continue to face political and military challenges. Of particular note at this point in time is Turkey and Saudi Arabia, for very different reasons. Turkey is currently mired in a dilemma triggered …

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The murder of Serena Shim

THE LEVANT – Mystery of American journalist killed in car crash in Turkey… just days after she claimed intelligence services had threatened her over her coverage of siege of Kobane An American journalist has been killed in a car crash in Turkey just days after claiming she claimed the Turkish intelligence …

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US pressing Turkey to join anti-IS coalition

THE LEVANT – The United States is pushing Turkey to join the fight against Islamic militants, amid frustration and wariness in both governments heightened by Ankara’s unease at helping besieged Kurdish communities. Retired US general John Allen, and the US pointman on Iraq, Brett McGurk, will Thursday begin two days …

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Turkey And The Kobane Question

The Levant Exclusive – by Samantha North* Istanbul’s protestors are out in force once more. Last night, the streets erupted, with cars blazing, windows smashed, and volleys of the usual tear gas unleashed by Turkish police. But this was not just another anti-government protest. This time, much more is at …

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Turkish MPs back military action as jihadists advance

THE LEVANT – Turkey’s parliament Thursday authorised military action against the Islamic State jihadist group, whose fighters have battled their way to the doorstep of a key town across the border in Syria. The move allows the deployment of armed forces in Syria and Iraq, as well as the transit …

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Iran warns Turkey against aggravating regional tensions

THE LEVANT – Iran warned neighbouring Turkey Thursday against doing anything that might aggravate tensions in the region, after the parliament in Ankara voted to authorise military intervention in Syria and Iraq. Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif spoke by telephone with his Turkish counterpart, Mevlut Cavusoglu, and “criticised the method …

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Turkish MPs to Vote on Military Action Against ISIS

THE LEVANT – Turkey has deployed tanks and armored vehicles to reinforce its border with Syria as the Turkish parliament prepares to authorize military action against Islamic State (IS) jihadists. But analysts warn these moves are being met with resistance as questions remain over what form military action would take. …

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New arrests in Turkey

THE LEVANT – Turkish authorities on Monday detained some two dozen police officers in new nationwide raids over an alleged plot to overthrow the Islamic-rooted government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Police conducted early morning raids in 16 cities across Turkey, including Istanbul as well as the western province of …

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Erdogan – the Succession

THE LEVANT – Recep Tayyip Erdogan prepared Thursday to choose his successor as prime minister, with expectations high that the man who has dominated Turkish politics for more than a decade will keep charge as president. Erdogan has indicated that he plans to maintain tight control of the government by transforming …

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Turkey trades northern Iraq’s oil

THE LEVANT – A seventh tanker filled with northern Iraqi oil has departed from the southeastern Turkish port of Ceyhan, Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yildiz announced on Monday. This brings the number of barrels of oil transferred via pipelines from Iraq to Turkey to 7.8 million. Relations between Irbil and Baghdad …

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President Gül bows out under pressure

THE LEVANT – Faced with a smear campaign aimed at discrediting him, outgoing President Abdullah Gül has bowed to the pressure from circles close to President-elect Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and has withdrawn invitations to an upcoming reception that were extended to independent journalists who are critical of the government. Gül’s …

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Erdogan to pick successor next week

THE LEVANT  – Turkey‘s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) will pick a new party chief next week, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, according to local media reports Friday. The party chief is widely expected to take over as prime minister from Erdogan, who won presidential elections this week …

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The Jihadi Gift Shop

As ISIS wreaks havoc in Syria and Iraq, a store selling its merchandise in Istanbul shows the extent of the militant group’s appeal. By Joseph Dana   for Slate ISTANBUL—In Turkey, it’s never easy to arrange interviews. This is especially true in Istanbul, where life is saddled by traffic and the near-constant …

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Behind the Dervishes

  A journey into the world of Turkey’s famous yet mysterious whirling dervishes, learning more about Sufism along the way By: Samantha North for Time Out   Many visitors to Istanbul have seen the famous whirling dervishes conducting rituals in Sultanahmet or Galata. A stunning spectacle, the dervishes transport the viewer …

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Erdogan gov’t admits ISIL recruiting, offering salaries

THE LEVANT – The government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has acknowledged significant recruitment of Turkish nationals by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant militant group in Iraq and Syria. Officials have told Turkey’s parliament that at least 1,000 Turks were fighting with ISIL terrorists in Iraq and …

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