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Turkey’s Kurdish Agenda

Turkey’s Kurdish Agenda

Any doubts that Turkey’s involvement in the conflict against Islamic State is purely symbolic were dispelled by a latest round of air strikes against Kurdish positions in northeast Syria and Iraq’s Sinjar region, killing at least 20 fighters.  (The number from Ankara is a more inflated 70).  Iraqi government officials were flawed by the action, infuriated by its audacity; the[Read More…]

Erdogan Clinches Victory In Turkish Constitutional Referendum

Erdogan Clinches Victory In Turkish Constitutional Referendum

  The Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Sunday (April 16) achieved victory in a historic referendum on a package of constitutional amendments that will introduce presidential form of government like France and the United States. In a press conference in Istanbul following his party’s declaration of victory, Erdoğan said that unofficial results showed there were about 25m yes votes, 1.3m[Read More…]

EU-Turkey Rift Widens

EU-Turkey Rift Widens

The rift between the European Union and Turkey is escalating as President Erdogan has accused the EU countries of persecuting Muslims like Jews were during World War II while the spirit of fascism was running wild on the streets of Europe. The EU-Turkey rift was sparked on March 11when Turkish foreign minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, was barred from landing in the[Read More…]

NATO’s Playbook Of Proxy Wars In The Middle East

NATO’s Playbook Of Proxy Wars In The Middle East

Since the times of the Soviet-Afghan jihad, during the eighties, it has been the fail-safe game plan of the master strategists at NATO to raise money from the oil-rich emirates of Saudi Arabia, Qatar, UAE and Kuwait; then buy billions of dollars’ worth of weapons from the arms’ markets of the Eastern Europe; and then provide those weapons and guerilla[Read More…]

Russian Ambassador Shot Dead In Ankara: Fall Out Of Allepo or Abortive Anti-Erdogan Coup

Russian Ambassador Shot Dead In Ankara: Fall Out Of Allepo or Abortive Anti-Erdogan Coup

The Russian ambassador to Turkey, Andrei Karlov, was shot in the back and killed Monday (12/19) by a sacked police officer who shouted “Don’t forget Aleppo” and “Allahu Akbar” as he opened fire. The ambassador was giving a speech at an Ankara art gallery. Reuters news agency reported: “A video showed the attacker shouting: “Don’t forget Aleppo, don’t forget Syria!”[Read More…]

Syrian War Threatens To Escalate As Turkey Accuses Damascus Of Attacking Its Troops

Syrian War Threatens To Escalate As Turkey Accuses Damascus Of Attacking Its Troops

Turkey’s Prime Minister and armed forces both accused the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad Thursday of conducting an airstrike on Turkish troops in the vicinity of al-Bab in the country’s north, resulting in three casualties. The incident threatens to escalate already sharp tensions between Ankara and Damascus into all-out war, posing the very real risk of direct clashes between the[Read More…]

Turkish Bombing In Syria Threatens Wider War

Turkish Bombing In Syria Threatens Wider War

  The threat of the US military intervention in Iraq and Syria erupting into a far wider war has increased sharply in the wake of a series of Turkish air strikes against Syrian Kurdish militia forces that are aligned with Washington. The Turkish government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has reported that Turkish war planes carried out 26 strikes against[Read More…]

Turkey And The End Of An Era Of Imperial Control

Turkey And The End Of An Era Of Imperial Control

 The attempted coup and its aftermath in Turkey on July 15th have provoked heated debate on its meaning and ramifications. The will of the Turkish people to unflinchingly defend their democratic experiment, regardless of the particular regime or leader in power, has been remarkable. Nevertheless, critics are pointing to the Turkish leader Erdogan’s heavy-handed tactics to consolidate power afterwards, involving[Read More…]

Biden Meets With Erdogan, Backs Turkish Invasion Of Syria

Biden Meets With Erdogan, Backs Turkish Invasion Of Syria

Under the pretext of “strengthening Turkey’s security by clearing terrorist groups from the border and maintaining Syria’s territorial integrity,” the Turkish army launched a major escalation of the war in Syria on Wednesday with a cross-border operation codenamed Euphrates Shield. Turkish units began their assault on ISIS and Kurdish militia forces at 4 AM local time, backed by tanks and[Read More…]

Turkey Shells ISIS And Kurdish Forces In Syria

Turkey Shells ISIS And Kurdish Forces In Syria

Following last week’s threats by Washington to attack Syrian government war planes bombing US-backed Kurdish forces in the northern Syrian town of Hasakeh, Turkey has launched artillery barrages against both ISIS fighters and Kurdish militia in and near the Syrian border town of Jarablus. Turkey claims shells that fell Monday on its border towns of Karkamis and Kilis were fired[Read More…]

Suicide Bombing Kills 51 At Wedding In Turkey

Suicide Bombing Kills 51 At Wedding In Turkey

Fifty-one people died and 69 were injured Saturday when a horrific suicide bombing hit a Kurdish wedding in the Turkish city of Gaziantep, near the border with Syria. At least 17 of the wounded are severely injured and clinging to life. The pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP) has confirmed that one of its members was getting married at the wedding.[Read More…]

Shifting Alliances: Turkey, Russia And The Kurds

Shifting Alliances: Turkey, Russia And The Kurds

It is an irrefutable fact that the United States sponsors the militants, but only for a limited period of time in order to achieve certain policy objectives. For instance: the United States nurtured the Afghan jihadists during the Cold War against the erstwhile Soviet Union from 1979 to 1988, but after the signing of Geneva Accords and the consequent withdrawal[Read More…]

Turkey, Let Us Not Celebrate Yet!

Turkey, Let Us Not Celebrate Yet!

So many would like this to happen – to see Turkey go, to leave NATO, to break its psychological, political and economic dependency on the West. Now that Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his allies are quarreling with the United States and the EU, there is suddenly great hope that Turkey may thoroughly re-think its position in the world, strengthen its[Read More…]

Erdogan Resets Relations With Russia

Erdogan Resets Relations With Russia

 On Tuesday, August 9, 2016, the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrived in St. Petersburg to hold talks with the Russian President Vladimir Putin. This was Erdogan’s first foreign visit since the July 15 abortive coup against his elected government. St. Petersburg is Putin’s hometown. Addressing a joint press conference after the talk, Putin said: “I believe that we have all the necessary prerequisites[Read More…]

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Turkey: Two Weeks After The Abortive Coup

Turkey: Two Weeks After The Abortive Coup

Erdoganism is a new terminology introduced by the opinion writers against President Tayyib Erdogan who has launched a cleansing operation in the civil and military bureaucracy in the aftermath of July 15 abortive coup blamed on the US-based pro-Israel cleric, Fatehullah Gulen who is described by Pape Escobar as a CIA asset. Tufail Ahmed, Director, of the Washington-based South Asia[Read More…]

Turkey Right Now Is A Riddle Wrapped In A Mystery Inside An Enigma

Turkey Right Now Is A Riddle Wrapped In A Mystery Inside An Enigma

Events in Turkey just become stranger with each passing day. We now have Middle Eastern and Persian sources, cited by Russian and German papers, that Russia’s security agencies overheard helicopter radio transmissions by the coup participants, and President Putin warned Erdogan about what was happening, likely saving his skin. If true, this would help explain the apparent ineptness of the[Read More…]

The Post-Abortive-Coup: Emergency Declared In Turkey

The Post-Abortive-Coup: Emergency Declared In Turkey

On Wednesday, July 20, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared a three-month state of emergency in Turkey in order to hunt down all those deemed to be behind an attempted coup. The state of emergency was needed “in order to remove swiftly all the elements of the terrorist organization involved in the coup attempt,” he told a press conference. Turkey has[Read More…]

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Turkey: From Gezi Resistance To Coup d’état

Turkey: From Gezi Resistance To Coup d’état

A few weeks after the dawn of the third anniversary of the Gezi resistance (uprising), the popular non-violence movement spreads countrywide in 2013, and the people of Turkey have had an experience the “military coup”.  Hundreds were dead, thousands were arrested and put behind bars. The leaders around the world rushed to condemn those conspirators behind the coup while enhancing[Read More…]

 How To Prevent Anti Democratic Forces In Turkey

 How To Prevent Anti Democratic Forces In Turkey

The unsuccessful coup in Turkey is a matter of great relief to the Turkish people and world at large. The coup has been widely condemned even the HDP party and the government of Iran have condemned the coup attempt. Why did the coup take place? There are domestic and regional factors behind it.  President Erdogan in the recent time has[Read More…]

A Coup Attempt In Turkey Leaves 60 Dead

A Coup Attempt In Turkey Leaves 60 Dead

A military coup attempt in Turkey on Friday night has left at least 60 people dead and hundreds injured. Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, whose whereabouts had been unknown for hours after the plotters claimed to have taken control of Tukey flew into Istanbul Ataturk Airport from an undisclosed location early Saturday and said that the coup was failing. Speaking[Read More…]

People Above Politics: Political Deal Will Not Hamper The Turkish-Palestinian Bond

People Above Politics: Political Deal Will Not Hamper The Turkish-Palestinian Bond

  Hyped emotions, and political opportunism aside, the Israel-Turkey normalization deal, signed on June 27 is unfavorable for Palestinians – and for Gazans, in particular. There is much that is being said to blame Turkey or placate the damage of seeing Turkey – which has for years been  one of the most visible backers of Palestinian Resistance – reaching out to Israel. Yet, no amount of[Read More…]

A portrait of Tarishi Jain, a victim of the attack on Dhaka's Holey Artisan Bakery, is laid out for people to pay respect during a memorial service before her cremation in Gurgaon on Monday. Express photo by Oinam Anand. 04 July 2016

Carnage In Istanbul, Dhaka And Baghdad

The month of Ramadan witnessed unspeakable carnage in three Muslim cities in three different countries. On 28 June 2016, 41 people, both locals and foreigners were killed in shootings and suicide bombings at the Istanbul Ataturk Airport. On 2nd July, 20 people taken hostage by militants in an upmarket restaurant in Dhaka, Bangladesh were shot andmurdered. On the 3rd of[Read More…]

Istanbul Airport Attack Leaves 36 Dead, 147 Injured

Istanbul Airport Attack Leaves 36 Dead, 147 Injured

At least 36 people were killed and 147 injured when suicide attackers opened fire and blew themselves up at Istanbul’s main airport on Tuesday night, in the latest in a string of terrorist attacks in Turkey. Shortly before 10 p.m. two gunmen opened fire with automatic weapons at a security checkpoint outside Istanbul’s Ataturk airport and then detonated their explosives.[Read More…]

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The Turkish Game Plans

The Turkish Game Plans

Turkey has announced to restore its diplomatic relations with Israel almost after six years gap. Turkish President Erdogan has also tendered an apology to Russia for the downing of a Russian  SU-24 plane in last November, after which Russian President Putin had taken strong steps with respect to Turkey. Sanctions were put on Turkey causing a lot of harm to[Read More…]

Turkey’s Scholars Call Erdogan’s Presidency Fraud

Turkey’s Scholars Call Erdogan’s Presidency Fraud

Erdogan’s diploma-problem could turn out to have considerable global significance. If his diploma-problem fades away, then Turkey’s dictatorship will be established quite firmly, and Turkey’s Constitution will be empty verbiage, but Erdogan’s supporters will probably be even more passionate for him than they now are, because of their fears of the demons that he trumpets: Kurds, Shiites, etc. He’s an ordinary tyrant, in an extraordinary position, and thus is a tyrant with extraordinarily many foreign allies. That might pull him through.