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Slogans vs messages: Middle East style

By Ghassan KADI (Lebanon)

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

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Slogans vs messages: Middle East style

On the 4th of April 2015, and in the wake of the Saudi-led coalition attack on Houthis in Yemen, Hezbollah’s Secretary General Hasan Nasrallah gave an unprecedented speech in which he openly and overtly attacked Saudi Arabia and predicting its defeat in Yemen. In his previous public presentations, Nasrallah strongly criticised his local and regional […]

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Putin has chosen the Middle East over Europe

By ORIENTAL REVIEW

Thursday, December 4, 2014

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Putin has chosen the Middle East over Europe

South Stream has turned into “Turk Stream.” Moscow has decided not to sidestep Ukraine and supply gas to the whining American satellites from Southern Europe, but will instead turn its attentions to its project in Turkey. It’s no terrible fate to get the chance to provide fuel to a rapidly growing economy with a GDP […]

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A Eurasian gas bombshell

By Alexander SOTNICHENKO (Russia)

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

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A Eurasian gas bombshell

At the Dec. 1 joint press conference held by the leaders of Russia and Turkey, Vladimir Putin announced that Russia was abandoning its ambitious South Stream project that would have significantly increased the supply of gas to Europe, sidestepping Ukraine. The expanded gas exports will now travel south – through Turkey. To what extent does […]

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The Kobani riddle

By Pepe ESCOBAR (Brazil)

Saturday, October 25, 2014

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The Kobani riddle

The brave women of Kobani – where Syrian Kurds are desperately fighting ISIS/ISIL/Daesh – are about to be betrayed by the “international community”. These women warriors, apart from Caliph Ibrahim’s goons, are also fighting treacherous agendas by the US, Turkey and the administration of Iraqi Kurdistan. So what’s the real deal in Kobani? Let’s start […]

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Turkey Struggling with Shifting Plans in Syria

By Judith BELLO (USA)

Thursday, October 23, 2014

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Turkey Struggling with Shifting Plans in Syria

President Erdogan of Turkey has, under extreme US pressure, allowed Iraqi Kurds into Syria to fight with the PYD (Syrian Kurds) for the city of Kobane. The international press has been following the desperate fight in Kobane with intense interest for the last few weeks, though most of the population has abandoned the city some […]

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A Caliph in a wilderness of mirrors

By Pepe ESCOBAR (Brazil)

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

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A Caliph in a wilderness of mirrors

I’m aiming at you, lover Cause killing you is killing myself  – Orson Welles (director), The Lady from Shanghai,1947 He’s invincible. He beheads. He smuggles. He conquers. He’s the ultimate jack-of-all-trades. No Tomahawk or Hellfire can touch him. He always gets what he wants; in Kobani; in Anbar province; with the House of Saud (which he wants […]

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Egypt: Ominous Perils of Civil War

By Muhammad IRFAN (Pakistan)

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

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Egypt: Ominous Perils of Civil War

Ex-Egyptian President Muhammad Morsi is overthrown on July 3, 2013 when Egyptian army managed a military coup against the firstly elected head of state, causing a grave blow to the democratic norms and spirit. Prior to the condemnable situation, Morsi won 51.7 % vote against Shafique Ahmed’s 48.3% through which he was declared on June […]

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Turkey: Another Egypt?

By Andrey ARESHEV (Russia)

Monday, June 10, 2013

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Turkey: Another Egypt?

On many occasions the «Turkish-style» political system has been viewed as an example for Egypt to follow after the «Jasmine Revolution». Visiting Cairo in 2011, Prime Minister Recap Tayyip Erdoğan, who is also the chairman of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), tried to look as someone who has won victories without actually going […]

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Kurdish Card Played by Washington

By Olga ZHIGALINA (Russia)

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

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Kurdish Card Played by Washington

Saudi Arabia and the other Persian Gulf monarchies have an interest in the project to establish a “Greater Kurdistan,” which is an important part of America’s “Greater Middle East” doctrine. These monarchies want Iraq, Syria, Iran and Turkey to be quickly dismembered. This is not the first time Washington has tried playing the “Kurdish card” […]

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Turkey: Facing International Responsibility

By Dmitry SEDOV (Russia)

Saturday, February 9, 2013

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Turkey: Facing International Responsibility

The very complexity of Middle East situation and the games of their own played by such influential powers as Iran and Israel resulted in Turkey’s getting bogged down in a web of contradictions. Trying to become a dominant regional force using the Syrian crisis as leverage will hardly lead Turkey out of the precarious situation. […]

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Turks, Cease Fire!

By Israel SHAMIR (Russia)

Friday, October 12, 2012

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Turks, Cease Fire!

In the Middle Eastern corrida, the moment of truth is approaching fast. Assad’s Syria is running around the arena like a wounded bull, fraught and worn down by a year of cruel strife. Banderillas of mujaheeds stick out of his broken hide. The public, the Europeans, the Americans, the Gulf rulers call: Kill him! And […]

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Turkey Headed for Trouble

By Dmitry SEDOV (Russia)

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

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Turkey Headed for Trouble

Recent developments in the Middle East had a considerable impact on the standing of Turkey, a country deeply involved in the unfolding Syrian tragedy. It currently appears that Turkey’s neighbors – Iran and Iraq – are growing allergic to the attempts made by Ankara to establish itself as the dominant power in the region largely […]

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