The head of Tunisia's anti-Islamist Nidaa Tounes party, Beji Caid Essebsi, was on Nov. 25 leading the country's first presidential election since a 2011 revolution that sparked the Arab Spring uprisings.
Category: NURAY MERT
U.S.-Turkey relations are similar to the stories of celebrities’ failing marriages. Everyone knows that the couple does not get on anymore and even cheats on each other, but both parties publicly say the marriage is going well
The key term to express the gravity of the situation in the region at present can be 'frustration.' This frustration can explain both the reasons and consequences of the conflicts
Both leading candidates in Tunisia's first free presidential election since the 2011 revolution sparked the Arab Spring predicted a runoff as each claimed to be ahead after Sunday's vote
Climate change could undermine efforts to defeat extreme poverty around the globe, the World Bank warned Nov. 23
Category: FOLDED CORNER
FOLDED CORNER - ‘The First World War in the Middle East’ by Kristian Coates Ulrichsen (Hurst, $35, 320 pages)
Finnish peace mediator Martti Ahtisaari says he turned down the offer due to the Turkish government’s hesitance over foreign involvement in the Kurdish peace process
The deputy chair of Turkey’s ruling AKP has added new names to the list of alleged provocateurs behind last year’s Gezi unrest: The Gulf countries
Egypt's deadliest militant group, Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, pledged its allegiance to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), in a recording posted on its Twitter account on Nov. 10.
Category: ORAL ÇALIŞLAR
We are in the capital of Morocco, Rabat. Those who came here with their summer clothes and packed with the thought “this is Africa” regret their decision now
Category: BURAK BEKDİL
This is from this column nearly two years ago: “The bitter truth is that Turkey is too oriental for the European Union, too non-Arab for the Arab League, too non-African for the African Union, too irrelevant for ASEAN and the Union of South American Nations and too western for the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (‘The Shanghai seven?’ Feb. 8, 2013).”
Category: MURAT YETKİN
The stance of the Barack Obama administration regarding Syria, Iraq and the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) is likely to change following the Nov. 4 midterm elections in the U.S.
Category: BARÇIN YİNANÇ
“Your luck is that your Islamists are not successful economically,” a Turkish friend of mine told a Tunisian friend.
Burkina Faso prepared for another day of mass protest Nov. 2 as opposition and civil society leaders challenged moves by the military to step into the power vacuum left by the ouster of president Blaise Compaore.
Category: GWYNNE DYER
Last Sunday was a busy day: three elections, in three different continents, all of them offering at least the hope of better times.
Burkina Faso's embattled President Blaise Compaore announced on Oct. 31 that he was stepping down following violent protests demanding an end to his 27-year rule.
Just as we yesterday celebrated the 91st year of the foundation of the Turkish Republic, this year also marks the centenary of the outbreak of World War I, which brought an end to the Ottoman Empire.
Tunisia's main secular party Nidaa Tounes won 85 seats in the new 217-member parliament in Sunday's election, while the Islamist party Ennahda secured 69 seats, according to results released by electoral authorities on Oct. 30.
Category: MUSTAFA AKYOL
Tunisia, the North African country that initiated the “Arab Spring” in 2011, continues to be the only democratic success story in the Arab world. Last weekend
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