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.
Category: GÜVEN SAK
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.
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: FOLDED CORNER
FOLDED CORNER - ‘Sectarianization: Mapping the New Politics of the Middle East’ edited by Nader Hashemi and Danny Postel (Hurst, 384 pages, £20)
Category: ÜNAL ÇEVİKÖZ
Donald Trump’s first visit abroad is to Saudi Arabia in the Middle East. This will be followed by Israel and the Palestinian territories. Then, he will go to the Vatican and onward to Brussels to meet NATO leaders
All the talk of special prosecutors and the like will not bring the man to book. The soap opera will continue and no amount of dysfunction in the White House will make it stop until early 2019 at best. Even though a great deal of damage will have been done by then
The Turkey-U.S. row following President Donald Trump’s controversial decision to directly arm the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) forces has obscured the fact that the U.S. intervention in northeastern Syria has recently provided Turkey a major strategic boon.
Militants killed two police yeserday in Haditha in a rare attack inside a town west of Baghdad that tribesmen and security forces successfully defended against repeated jihadist assaults, officials said.
Iran’s defense minister on May 8 lashed back at Saudi Arabia, slamming the kingdom’s deputy crown prince over belligerent comments last week that underscored the deep rivalries between the Sunni and Shiite power.
Iraqi forces pushed further into Mosul from the north on the second day of a new push to speed up the nearly seven-month attempt to dislodge Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), commanders said on May 5.
Pope Francis walks down the steps of a plane upon arriving in Cairo. Francis is in Egypt for a two-day trip aimed at presenting a united Christian-Muslim front.
Turkey will not wait at Europe’s door forever and is ready to walk away from EU accession talks if rising Islamophobia and hostility from some member states persist, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan told Reuters in a wide-ranging interview on April 25.
FOLDED CORNER - ‘Kurdish Hizbullah in Turkey: Islamism, Violence and the State’ by Mehmet Kurt (Pluto Press, 208 pages, £54)
Advertising the concert venue and time on social media, Iraqi violinist Ameen Mukdad gave a small concert in Mosul, which he had been forced to flee by Islamic State militants
Iraq’s Shiite ruling coalition would oppose Kurdish plans to hold a referendum on independence after the defeat of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), its president has said.
U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis met Saudi King Salman on Aprl 19, beginning a series of talks to reinvigorate the Riyadh-Washington alliance in the face of common adversary Iran.
Category: VERDA ÖZER
The reasons and implications of President Donald Trump’s recent attack on Syria are being widely discussed.
A bomb blast hit a bus convoy waiting to enter Aleppo on April 15, killing and wounding dozens of people after an evacuation deal between Syria's warring sides halted and stranded thousands at two transit points on the city outskirts.
Why would Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, whose regime has consolidated control over Syria’s largest cities in the past year, risk a new international backlash by using chemical weapons?
Russia and the United States have a shared understanding that U.S. air strikes on Syria should not be repeated, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told his Syrian counterpart Walid al-Moualem in Moscow on April 13, Interfax news agency reported.
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