Middle East

Kurds Rebuild Ties with Washington to Even the Score with Ankara and Damascus

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The cultural identity of the Middle East where peoples lived for century without statehood has given the Kurds a particularly strong incentive…

United States Adds Fuel to Yemen Conflict

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On July 8, the representative of the Ansar Allah armed forces, Brigade General Yahya Saree, during a regular briefing on…

Turkey’s Erdogan – From Haga Sophia to the Shores of Tripoli and Beyond

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has clearly decided to launch an offensive on multiple fronts, taking advantage of what he clearly perceives as a geopolitical vacuum. From his recent call to Islamic prayer at the Haga Sophia in Istanbul, to his breaking of the arms embargo to back the Tripoli regime against the advance…

Is there a Way to Avoid an Escalation of Armed Violence in Libya?

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According to many observers, the Libyan conflict is nearing its climax due to the number of players it now involves, a turning point which will be nothing short of crossing the Rubicon. Tensions are mounting in Libya today, and not only along the front line where the eastern and western centers of power clash, but also within…

The Battle for Iraq is Intensifying

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The political, economic, and overall situation in Iraq continues to decline, forcing not only local authorities, but foreign players in this country torn apart by armed US aggression, to actively search for ways to bring it into at least something resembling order. Discontent among the population at the presence of coalition and, above all others, American forces, which have…

Iran in its Struggle against the US

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July 14 marked the 5-year anniversary of the signing of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) or the Iran nuclear deal, an agreement that the international community pinned many of its hopes on as it longed for a substantial improvement of the situation in the entire Middle Eastern region. The expectation was that Tehran’s compliance with all of its…

Hagia Sophia: Religion As Politics

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Sultan Abdul Hamid II, in the face of a rising secular nationalism in the late 1800s, that culminated in the Young Turk movement, tried to restore the influence of the Ottoman Empire among Islamic nations and the Empire’s many peoples by stressing the importance of Islam and the Ottoman Caliphate, of the role of the Ottomans as the protectors of Islam…

Arab Powers Want Egypt to Fight their Wars in Libya

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Whereas Egypt may have its own reasons to intervene in Libya, it appears that the current dynamics of the north African state’s latest decision to send its military into Libya go far beyond the traditional parameters of ‘national interest.’ In many ways, Egypt is acting like a client state of some Arab powers, some of whom have long been involved in another…

Caesar Act: Protecting or Destroying Syrian ‘Civilians’?

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The so-called US “Civilian Protection Act” does everything except “protect” the people of Syria. If anything, it aims, what a draconian law would normally do, to further destroy and strangulate the Syrian economy to make the country’s post-war economic reconstruction and development even more difficult. As the act’s “statement of policy” states…

Saudi Arabia: Ambitious Plans and Facts on the Ground

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Saudi Arabia has announced plans to implement an ambitious $800 billion initiative aimed at increasing the size of Riyadh in the next decade, and at transforming the capital into an economic, social and cultural hub in the Persian Gulf region. The ambitious strategy was presented by Fahd Al-Rasheed, the President of the Royal Commission…

Turkey Decides to Fight against Social Media

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Today, hardly anyone would argue that social media controlled by the US and its Western allies like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc., are becoming increasingly active in the internal life of many countries, provoking mass protests and political unrest time and time again. The Turkish leadership has recently begun to react quite sensitively to such…

“Water Wars” are Turning into a Weapon of Mass Destruction

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“Water wars” caused by drought, crop failures, and a shortage of fresh water are as urgent nowadays for the public in many areas as the use of nuclear bombs, chemical weapons, and other weapons of mass destruction. They lead to massive migration flows, exacerbate the political situation, and are the cause of armed clashes and wars. By 2025, forecasts…


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