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The case of Mehmet Baransu: Criminalisation of journalism in Turkey under way

Originally posted on TEMPORAL:
What should one say if the majority of the media in Turkey report on the detention of a journalist on spying charges in an affirmative manner, some of them even applauding the court’s ruling, as if…

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Turkey Withdraws from Suleyman Shah: The Implications

Originally posted on Turkey Wonk: Nuclear and Political Musings in Turkey and Beyond:
What follows is a joint article with Michael Stephens, the Research Fellow for Middle East studies and Head of RUSI Qatar. *********************************************************** Just days after finalizing an agreement…

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Orange is the New Black

Originally posted on salamamoussa:
The Christians of Egypt are indistinguishable from their Muslim Brethren. Both belong to the land and are bound by close historical ties that transcend the patterns of religious confession. It was this simple fact that made…

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Another casualty in Turkey’s war on journalists

Originally posted on Human Rights in Turkey:
The news today that Dutch journalist, Frederike Geerdink, is being prosecuted under anti-terror statutes is, sadly, unsurprising.  The prosecution of journalists in Turkey, is after all, hardly a rare occurrence; seldom does a…

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Jerusalem: Historical Illiteracy And Political Exploitation.

( Photo via Facebook) While handing me Karen Armstrong’s book “A History of Jerusalem,” my Jordanian colleague said, “Start from the eighth chapter, the earlier chapters are irrelevant.” Like many Arabs, my colleague has never been interested in the early … Continue reading

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Turkey and the US led anti-IS coalition: Ankara is doing more than People Think

Originally posted on Turkey Wonk: Nuclear and Political Musings in Turkey and Beyond:
My apologies. I am traveling this week and don’t have time to write a proper post. However, I wanted to get a few thoughts on paper about…

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Egyptian Aak 2014 – Week 35 ( Aug 25- 31)

    (Cartoon about the late human right defender Ahmed Seif, via klmty) Main Headlines  Monday Egypt and UAE have secretly launched airstrikes in Libya Sabahi, Shukrallah ask Egypt’s prosecution to release political detainees Regional partners convene in Cairo to … Continue reading

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Egyptian Aak 2014- Week 32 ( August 4 -10)

( Info-graphic of Suez Canal Project, via Al-Arabiya) Main Headlines Monday Sisi in Ismailia to inaugurate the Suez Canal development project Egypt army says 11 militants were killed in Sinai Egypt presents Palestinian truce demands to Israel Almost 50,000 Egyptians … Continue reading

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My column: End of a pipe dream

Originally posted on TEMPORAL:
Here is my TZ column…  on Turkey, ISIL and Iraq: A foreign policy expert anonymously offered this “insider view” in Sunday’s Zaman on June 14: “Turkey has always denied the reports that it has allowed terrorists to…

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Egypt and Political Satire

Originally posted on Nervana:
Will political satire survive in Egypt? Since January 2011, satirist Bassem Youssef has become Egypt’s most popular comedian. He has poked fun at nearly every one of Egypt’s political elite, and his merciless, biting jokes about ex-president…

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