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
Category: GWYNNE DYER
Public-spirited businessman Moutaz al-Hayat is flying 4,000 cows into Qatar from the United States and Australia to boost milk supply in his country, which is being blockaded by most of its Arab neighbors in the Gulf. It will take 60 flights, and is definitely not cost-effective.
Category: NURAY MERT
The Qatar crisis is no surprise for those who follow the Middle East closely and know enough about this small country’s curious rise as a regional player.
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.
Category: GÜVEN SAK
The sudden embargo on Qatar by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates perplexed us all this month. It was a half-baked regional response to the half-baked American ideas presented during President Donald Trump’s recent visit
Sanctions and a Saudi-led campaign to isolate Qatar have resulted in the division of a number of families, some of those affected have told the Hürriyet Daily News.
Category: VERDA ÖZER
We are all confused by the successive crises in the Middle East.
Category: MURAT YETKİN
A 59-name blacklist that the countries led by Saudi Arabia announced on June 9 further escalated tension between themselves and Qatar.
Category: CANSU ÇAMLIBEL
Now that the U.S. has finally pushed the button for the long-planned Raqqa operation in Syria to dismantle the so-called caliphate of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), the genie is out of the bottle.
Category: SELİN NASİ
In a dramatic move this week, eight countries under the leadership of Saudi Arabia cut their diplomatic and commercial ties with Qatar.
Category: FOLDED CORNER
FOLDED CORNER - ‘Crimes of Honor, Drunken Brawls and Murder: Violence in Istanbul under Abdülhamid II’ by Roger A. Deal (Libra, 218 pages, 70TL)
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has rejected Donald Trump’s condolences for deadly attacks in Tehran, calling the U.S. president’s words repugnant.
Iran's Revolutionary Guards say Saudi Arabia was behind twin attacks in Tehran on June 7 that killed at least 12 people and injured 43, a statement published by the Guards said.
A Saudi and UAE-driven campaign to isolate Qatar, and by extension Iran, puts non-Muslim Arab states in a bind and tests the degree of Saudi soft power garnered over decades of massive spending on the propagation of anti-Iranian, anti-Shiite Sunni Muslim ultra-conservatism.
Six Arab nations cut diplomatic ties to Qatar early on June 5 morning, further deepening a rift among Gulf Arab nations over that country's support for Islamist groups and its relations with Iran
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.
Muslims in Turkey are set to begin fasting on May 27 for the holy month of Ramadan, when most of the world’s 1.5 billion Muslims abstain from food and water from sunrise to sunset.
When I was in Kabul years ago, I was positively surprised to see a branch of the Agha Khan Foundation working on building a cellphone network.
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.
FOLDED CORNER - ‘Sectarianization: Mapping the New Politics of the Middle East’ edited by Nader Hashemi and Danny Postel (Hurst, 384 pages, £20)
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