Tag Archives: Erdogan

“New” Turkey has blocked my tweet

Yesterday, I received a notice of withholding from the Twitter legal team via e-mail. My understanding from the e-mail, which was written in Turkish, is that one of my tweets was banned in Turkey by a court ruling. Twitter gave … Continue reading

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For Hamas, Egypt is now the new “Israel”

(Photo via Reuters) For the Egyptian leadership and Hamas, February was a particularly bad month. The tension between the two sides has reached tipping point. The cascade of escalating events started with a court verdict listing Hamas’s armed wing as … Continue reading

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Political Islam and Erdogan’s Wonderland

(Photo via Reuters) “Muslim sailors reached the American continent 314 years before Columbus.” The recent remarks by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan have left many surprised and baffled, but the Turkish president’s controversial comments are not new. Just a month … Continue reading

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Egyptian Aak 2014 – Week 39 ( Sept 22- 28)

(Egypt’s El-Sisi speaks at the United Nation General Assembly, photo via AP) Main Headline  Monday President El-Sisi is consolidating his regime, says Western diplomats UN chief flags rights abuses during meeting with Sisi in New York Islamic State urges attacks … Continue reading

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Before converting Hagia Sophia, look at the mosque-cathedral of Cordoba

( Inside Hagia Sophia during my last visit to Istanbul) Initially published in Hurriyet News Daily The mosque-cathedral of Cordoba and the Hagia Sophia of Istanbul – both magnificent buildings – were victims of the geopolitical standoff of medieval times … Continue reading

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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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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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Ottomans Versus Mamluks: New Episode Same Playground

On 23rd of January 1517, the Ottomans defeated the Mamluks army, entered the city of Cairo and hanged their leader Tuman bey from its southern gate “ bab Zuwaila”.  This victory had a profound impact on the entire Middle East … Continue reading

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