Category Archives: Turkey

The Arab audience that claps with one hand for Erdogan

    “You have a big heart, you shower us with your blessing and kindness. In your wisdom we are in awe, as you mirror our civilization.” I could not help but remember these lines from the classic Egyptian adaptation … Continue reading

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Competing Authoritarianism: Sisi versus Erdoğan

  This month, Egyptians head to the polls to elect their president. On paper, the only challenger to President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is the relatively unknown Egyptian politician Mousa Mostafa Mousa. The real challenger to Sisi, however, is not from … Continue reading

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This Week in Egypt: Week 8- 2018 ( Feb 19-25)

Top Headlines Lead partners in Israel’s largest gas fields sign $15 billion deal to export gas to Egypt  Egypt’s government is not a partner in $15 billion gas deal with Israel: Egyptian president Sisi Six Muslim Brotherhood fugitives arrested at … Continue reading

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This Week in Egypt: Week 7-2018 ( Feb 12-18)

Top Headlines  Egypt arrests former-Islamist presidential candidate Abdel Moneim Aboul Fotouh, and raid his party headquarters Egypt’s military prosecution detains former anti-corruption chief Geneina Egyptian air force destroys ten 4×4 vehicles infiltrating border from Libya Egypt military says 53 militants … Continue reading

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Egypt, Turkey, and the gas politics

Here is an English version of my latest piece in Al-Hurra Zohr Gas Field- Photo via Offshore Technology Last week, Egypt launched a comprehensive security operation, Sinai 2018, mainly targeting terror groups in the country. A quick glance, however, at the intensive … Continue reading

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The Turkish Referendum 2017 in Tweets

"We have decided to count invalid votes as valid" Supreme Electoral Board Chair pic.twitter.com/havFXYsDrh#TurkeyReferendum #Violations — dokuz8 NEWS (@dokuz8_EN) April 16, 2017 #TurkeyReferendum: Some 47.5 million voters cast their ballots – 51.37% of whom voted in favour of the constitution … Continue reading

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Re-blog: Turkey’s Constitutional Referendum Will Be Neither Free Nor Fair

A constitutional referendum will be held throughout Turkey tomorrow, 16 April 2017, on whether to approve 18 proposed amendments to the Turkish constitution that were brought forward by the governing Justice and Development Party (AKP) and the Nationalist Movement Party … Continue reading

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Re-blog: Joshua Landis on Syria

As news has emerged that Russia is helping Syrian Kurdish YPG forces to establish a military base in northern, and despite a Russian denial, I find this post by Joshua Landis important to read. Many may disagree with him; still … Continue reading

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Europe and the Ottoman Tulips

  Turkey’s foreign minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu- AA Photo Officials in several European countries have stopped mass rallies by top Turkish politicians to attract support for next April’s much anticipated constitutional referendum on a new Constitution that would expand the powers … Continue reading

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Assad, Isis, and Turkey

Portraits of Putin, Assad, Khamenei and Nasrallah in Aleppo -via Twitter In a TV interview on a Syrian state TV channel, Secretary of the Syrian Parliament Khaled Abboud alluded that the government has been redirecting the Islamic State (Isis)’s attacks, … Continue reading

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