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  • On Turkey, buffer zones and a bipolar world view

    The debate on establishing a buffer zone over Turkey’s southern border has been on the spotlight after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s recent statements concerning the prospect of imposing one along its borders with Iraq and Syria. However, a no-fly zone, required for establishing the buffer zone in northern Syria, needs the support of...
  • ISIS crisis on Turkey’s borders: Hostages and refugees

    There was good news this week in a world with so much bad news: One of the world’s largest hostage crises since the 1979 Tehran hostage crisis, ended on Saturday. After 101 days in captivity, Turkish diplomats who were being held as hostages by ISIS returned home safe and sound. The world has been...
  • Why is Turkey not joining the war against ISIS?

    Here we go again. The lazy accusations against Turkey begin. Last week, Turkey decided not to sign the U.S.-led Jeddah communiqué to put together an alliance to fight the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). This action was interpreted as Turkey being invisible in the war against terror or Turkey turning its back...
  • An antidote for ISIS’s poisonous narrative

    If the soil of a small village is poisoned and the poison becomes contagious once it enters the human body, there is no way to save the population unless we find the antidote for that poison. We can quarantine the sick or burn all the fields we want, but one child playing in a...
  • Resolving the ISIS crisis from a Turkish viewpoint

    ISIS is not only a Middle Eastern menace as radicalism is not based on geography. Just like everything in life, it stems from an ideology, a way of looking at history through a certain lens and a certain narrative. That narrative needs to be our target, not the individuals who are indoctrinated by it....
  • The ISIS problem cannot be solved by arming the PKK

    The ISIS menace has been spreading beyond the borders of Middle East. Both the EU countries and the U.S. are rightly alarmed by the situation. We are all watching the discussions about combatting the radical group very closely and I have to remind my readers that the popular notion “my enemy’s enemy is my...

EUROPE NEWS

  • Turkey Demands Strategic US Ties Reflected In Trade

    Turkish Economy Minister Nihat Zeybekçi yesterday called for better commercial ties between Turkey and the U.S., criticizing American leadership for not doing everything in their power to make it so before his meeting with U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker. Speaking at a protocol signing ceremony between his ministry and the Ministry of the...
  • Mark Donfried: Faith and religion could strengthen our relationships

    Mark Donfried Director  of Cultural Diplomacy Institute Of course the issue of unity and faith and intercultural dialogue is not necessarily new. There is a lot of interfaith initiatives. For us this is very exciting because we look at the field of cultural diplomacy and how it can actually interconnect with interfaith dialogue because...
  • Bulgaria wants gas flow to Turkey in 2016

    SOFIA (AA) – Bulgaria aims to start a natural gas pipeline between Turkey and Bulgaria by 2016, Ivan Ayolov, Bulgaria’s deputy energy minister said Wednesday. Negotiations between delegates from Bulgaria and Turkey are continuing with the hope that the 114 kilometers pipeline project will be completed in a short space of time with the countries jointly undertaking the construction....
  • UKRAINE CRISIS URGES ON SOUTHERN GAS CORRIDOR

    ANKARA — The Southern Gas Corridor project, which will supply Europe with gas from Azerbaijan when it opens in five years time, will also have the capacity to carry extra gas from northern Iraq, Turkmenistan and possibly Iran, which would reduce Europe’s dependency on Russian energy, according to an energy expert. David Koranyi, acting director...

MIDDLE EAST NEWS

  • PARLIAMENT PASSES MANDATE TO SEND TROOPS INTO IRAQ AND SYRIA

    The Turkish Parliament on late Thursday has voted in favor of the deployment of cross-border troops to Iraq and Syria to fight ISIS and other terrorist organizations after an absolute majority voted yes for the motion while Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) voted against the mandate proposed by the government. A comprehensive...
  • Israel takes disputed Kurdish oil

    A tanker delivered a cargo of disputed crude oil from Iraqi Kurdistan’s new pipeline for the first time on Friday in Israel, despite threats by Baghdad to take legal action against any buyer. The SCF Altai tanker arrived at Israel’s Ashkelon port early on Friday morning, ship tracking and industry sources said. By the...
  • IRAQI OIL WILL GO TO ITALY, GERMANY THROUGH TURKEY

    ANKARA — Kurdish oil – 1.4 million barrels of it – stored in the southeastern Turkish port of Ceyhan was loaded onto ships Thursday night, said Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yıldız on Friday. The oil has been stored in Ceyhan for the last six months in line with an agreement signed between Turkey and the...
  • IRANIAN AND ISRAELI TOURISTS CHOOSE ANTALYA

    According to a May report released by the Mediterranean Touristic Hoteliers and Proprietors Association, the number of the visitors coming to Antalya in the first quarter of the year was 1.32 million, an increase of 5.1 percent compared with the same period of the previous year. Antalya hosted 1.25 million tourists during that period last...
  • Muslim spiritual leader Shaykh Nazim passes away

    World famous Muslim scholar, my beloved Shaykh Nazim al-Haqqani al-Qibrisi has passed away at the age of 92 in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. World famous Muslim scholar Shaykh Nazim al-Haqqani has passed away at the age of 92 in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. Our beautiful Sheikh, the pearl of Cyprus...
  • Rebuilding Afghanistan after U.S. withdrawal

    By Abdul Hamid Chohan ANKARA (AA) – As the United States readies for a military withdrawal from Afghanistan by the end of this year, prospects for security and peace are likely to depend largely on how Afghanistan’s neighbors behave. Their support will be crucial to the new government’s efforts to rebuild the country and...

ASIA NEWS

  • Martial law declared in Thailand

    BANGKOK (AA) – After seven months of political strife, the Thai army declared martial law across Thailand on Tuesday, but was quick to stress that the move was “not a coup”. Thai army chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha said the measure had been invoked “to restore peace and order for people from all sides.” The move “is not a coup,”...
  • India becomes world’s third largest economy

    NEW DELHI (AA) – India has emerged as the world’s third largest economy, in terms of Purchasing Power Parity (PPP), just behind the U.S. and China, according to a report from the World Bank. The report surveyed 199 economies in the most comprehensive attempt to date to measure the Purchasing Power parities, the price comparisons that show the...
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