Category Archives: Turkey

Neither Erdoğan’s victory, nor the Muslim Brotherhood’s protests are an Ottoman slap

Published in Hurriyet Daily News Following a trail of setbacks, Islamists in the Arab world have something to celebrate. Their hero, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has won in Turkey’s local elections, a victory Islamists in the Arab world are selling to their … Continue reading

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Timeline of the Current Turmoil in Turkey

(Turkish PM Erdogan addresses supporters on March 23, photo via Radio Free Europe) December 17 52, including sons of Turkish ministers, detained in fraud and bribery probe December 18 Turkish police capture 4.5 million dollars in the house of Halkbank … Continue reading

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ReBlog- Option Three: To Hell in A Handbasket

In here blog Kamil Pasha, Jenny White aptly explains the polarizing situation in Turkey, and a potential nightmare scenario..    Things are going to hell in a handbasket. So much has happened in the past month, much of it reported in detail by … Continue reading

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Middle East Digest: December 2013. Part I Turkey

(Photo from an anti-corruption protest in Ankara, via Twitter) This is a special edition covering December’s events in Turkey, particularly the recent corruption scandal. Hope you enjoy it Main Headlines Deputy PM rules out  “ill will” against Gulen community Gulen rejects labeling … Continue reading

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Muslim Brotherhood’s new TV channel unlikely to influence viewers

This piece is published in  Al-Monitor The Rabaa TV channel is in its early days, but already stirring widespread debate — even sarcasm — among some Egyptians. An overtly anti-regime channel broadcasting from Istanbul in support of the Muslim Brotherhood seems an intriguing concept … Continue reading

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Egypt-Turkey: Long, turbulent history

Initially published in Islamist Gate  Ottoman Sultan Selim I, the conquerer of Egypt “History does not repeat itself, but it does rhyme.” This famous quote by Mark Twain is highly relevant to the relationship between Egypt and Turkey. Egypt’s decision … Continue reading

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Middle East Digest: November Edition

This is my second monthly selection of news, reports, and articles covering  the Middle East (except Egypt). I hope you find useful. Main Headlines  Iran Iran FM Zarif outlines ideas to exit nuclear dispute Hard bargaining in Geneva on Iran nuclear … Continue reading

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Middle East Digest: October Edition

This is a monthly selection of news, reports, and articles covering the Middle East (except Egypt). I hope you find it useful.  Syria Chemical experts  begin destroying Syria’s weapons arsenal UN urges immediate humanitarian access to Syria Syria wins cautious … Continue reading

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Turkey Has a Role in Egypt

Originally published in  Al-Monitor On July 9, Egypt’s Foreign Ministry summoned the Turkish ambassador over Ankara’s calls for UN intervention in Egypt, following the controversial ouster of President Mohammed Morsi. The sharp deterioration in the relationship between the two nations could not be … Continue reading

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Turkey, the Arab world, and the myth of moderate Islamism

For years, Turkey’s Prime Minister Erdogan was generally considered an example of “moderate Islamism,” a loose label that was generally based on a comparison with other Islamist dictatorships like Iran, or with the various semi-secular autocratic regimes that dot the … Continue reading

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