Category Archives: Turkey

Reading list: Saudi Journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s Disappearance

13 days ago, prominent Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi has disappeared after entering the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul. His case has provoked a global outcry. Here is a collection of articles, which I think are worth reading about his mysterious disppearance  … Continue reading

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Turkish citizenship is for sale, but will Arabs buy in?

    If you are rich and want to acquire Turkish citizenship, then congrats, your wish has come true. Turkey has significantly eased requirements for acquiring Turkish citizenship. The new regulations reduce the limits for fixed capital investments to acquire Turkish citizenship, … Continue reading

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Qatar’s Turkish Gamble

  Early last July, as the Gulf crisis between Qatar and its neighbours entered its second year, the leadership in Doha projected a defiant and confident image. The presence of Turkish troops on its soil and the flood of Turkish … Continue reading

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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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