Chants against the Saudi royal family and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) mingled with the traditional cries of “Death to Israel” and “Death to America” at Jerusalem Day rallies across Iran on June 23
The Turkish government has delivered the necessary compensation to the families of the victims of Israel’s 2010 raid on the Mavi Marmara flotilla, Finance Minister Naci Ağbal said on June 23, after controversy over delayed payments
Category: FOLDED CORNER
FOLDED CORNER - ‘Turkey and Qatar in the Tangled Geopolitics of the Middle East’ by Birol Başkan (Palgrave, 147 pages, £38)
Egypt sent fuel on June 21 to the Gaza Strip’s only power plant to help alleviate an energy crisis that has left the Palestinian enclave’s two million residents with less than three hours of electricity per day.
Lockheed Martin signed an agreement with India’s Tata Advanced Systems on June 19 to produce F-16 fighter planes in India, pressing ahead with a plan to shift its Fort Worth, Texas plant to win billions of dollars worth of order from the Indian military.
Category: YUSUF KANLI
Thinking of the Qatar problem. Considering the probable role Al-Jazeera played in the build-up to this crisis. Bribe/purchase of billions of dollars’ worth of death machines from the United States by the Saudis and later by the Qataris.
Hamas this week marks 10 years since taking power in Gaza with the Palestinian enclave at risk of conflict and facing electricity blackouts, poverty and Israel’s blockade, analysts and officials say.
Turkey’s exporters are set to enter a new golden age in terms of overseas sales, according to the chair of Turkish Exporters Assembly, Mehmet Büyükekşi, who says Turkey is on the verge of breaking a new record
Compensation worth $20 million provided by Israel over the killing of Turkish activists onboard the Mavi Marmara ship in May 2010 has yet to be paid to the victims, triggering angry debate and criticism of the Turkish government
Israel has advanced plans for a further 1,500 homes in Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank, Peace Now said yesterday, the second such announcement in a week.
The top United Nations human rights official called on June 6 for an end to Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territory, saying it would benefit both sides after 50 years of enmity
Category: MURAT YETKİN
Diplomatic action against Qatar by Saudi Arabia did not come as a total surprise, following a number of indications over the last few months. But the June 5 move was beyond expectations: Firstly it was not only from Saudi Arabia, but it also looks to be aiming for the economic as well as diplomatic isolation of the Gulf country.
A Russian warship and submarine have fired four cruise missiles from the Mediterranean at Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) targets near the Syrian city of Palmyra, the Defense Ministry said on May 31
Relations between the United States and Germany veered further toward crisis on May 30 as U.S. President Donald Trump complained about the U.S. trade deficit with Germany and said it must pay more for the NATO military alliance.
The spying techniques used by Gülenists in collecting intelligence through illegal wiretapping and other secret means suggest they were operating with the cooperation of multiple secret services under strong foreign support, according to a National Intelligence Agency (MİT) report submitted to parliament.
Category: TAHA AKYOL
U.S. President Donald Trump signed a series of agreements amounting to $380 billion in his Saudi Arabia visit. He did not refer to any of the Islamophobic speeches we frequently heard during his election campaign.
Category: NURAY MERT
Another disastrous project with the name “peace” is on its way, with U.S. President Donald Trump’s recent consequent visits to Saudi Arabia and Israel revealing the pillars of this new policy. The new administration is appealing to the U.S.’s so-called old Sunni allies in search of a rehabilitation of Muslims’ relations with Israel, and the interests and willingness seem mutual.
Category: GWYNNE DYER
The media mostly missed it (or chose to ignore it as a piece of meaningless rhetoric), but Donald Trump proclaimed a new doctrine in his speech to the assembled leaders of the Muslim world in Saudi Arabia on Sunday.
Category: SELİN NASİ
The last couple of weeks have been quite busy for those closely following the Turkish-Israeli normalization process. The two countries seem to agree on shifting the gears in terms of economic cooperation and cultural exchange to lay a stronger foundation for bilateral ties
Bahrain and Egypt apparently joined Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates on May 25 in blocking access to websites run by satellite network Al-Jazeera, part of a growing regional dispute with Qatar after an alleged hack of its state-run news agency
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