Category Archives: Middle East

On Reconciliation With Qatar

In medieval times, Arab tribes had an unwritten agreement that prohibited infighting in four “forbidden months” – the months of Muharram, Rajab, Dhu al-Qa’dah, and dhu al-Hijjah, according to the Arabic calendar. This agreement was an armistice deal that allowed trade … Continue reading

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Oruc Reis Between Turkey and Greece

Oruç Reis, a Turkish research vessel, which is carrying out drilling surveys in the East Mediterranean sea, is getting close to the Greek island of Kastellorizo, raising the tension in the region to an alarming level.  It is no coincidence that Erdogan’s … Continue reading

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Podcast: Arabs are wondering, is Erdogan all talk? – Nervana Mahmoud- Ahval

I recorded this podcast with Ahval’s editor David Lepeska that war is a real possibility in the eastern Mediterranean, that Turkey has taken all decision-making power away from Libya’s Tripoli-based Government of National Accord and that Turkish President Erdogan has … Continue reading

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Rebranding the caliphate –a never-ending dystopian myth

  If not now, when?   if not you, who? With the image of pious Erdogan reciting the Quran in Hagia Sophia, and his head Mufti holding the sword of conquest it is no wonder that slogan appeared on social media. … Continue reading

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Reblog: Erdoğan setting the stage for invalidating the Lausanne Treaty

This is a brilliant piece by Turkish writer Yavuz Baydar, published in, in Ahval, on Erdogan’s intention after converting Hagia Sophia to a mosque. Republished here with permission.    (Photo via Ahval) A spectre is haunting Europe, the spectre of Turkish … Continue reading

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Turkey, Egypt, and the Libyan Discourse

  ( Sisi ‘s visit to Sisi Barrani airforce base June 2020- Photo via twitter)   Sidi Barrani in north-western Egypt is a sleepy town that is just a quick stop for travellers heading to Libya. Yet the little town … Continue reading

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To Israel: A clarion call for peace from UAE

“Today I tell you, and I declare it to the whole world, that we accept to live with you in permanent peace based on justice.”  These momentous words, uttered by Egyptian President Anwar Sadat on November 20, 1977, in the Israeli … Continue reading

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What If Israel Vanished?

  Advert of Egyptian drama “The End”- produced by Synergy   A science-fiction Egyptian Ramadan drama, “The End”, set in the year 2120, has depicted what many in the Middle East wish would become a reality____ the destruction of Israel. … Continue reading

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On Naoum Shebib and the Systematic obliteration of Jewish history in the Arab world

  No Egyptian citizen or visitor to Egypt does not know or has not heard of the iconic Cairo Tower, one of the most important landmarks of the Egyptian capital. Very few people, however, know the man behind this interesting … Continue reading

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Reblog: Idlib: The Next Phase

Originally posted on Jonathan Spyer:
Jerusalem Post, 6/3 Russia’s desire to woo Turkey from the west likely to prevent all out Turkey-Syria War ? Clashes between Turkish and Syrian regime forces in north west Syria are ongoing.  For the first…

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