Tag Archives: Erdogan

Twitter Thread: Another church, another sad story from Turkey

Last month, the Turkish president Erdogan has converted two churches in Istanbul, Hagia Sophia and Chora church, to working mosques. Now Turkish officials have demolished an ancient Greek Orthodox church in the country’s northwestern province of Bursa, after the structure … 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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This Week in Egypt: Week 29-2020 (July 13-19)

Top Headlines AU-brokered GERD talks end with no deal African Union to hold mini-summit on GERD Egypt’s Sisi meets Libyan tribesmen after eastern call to intervene Egypt offers reusable face masks in state subsidy scheme  Egypt reports lowest daily coronavirus … Continue reading

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Reblog: Secret wiretap reveals Erdogan government’s clandestine links to Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood

I reblogged this piece by Turkish journalist Abdullah Bozkurt regarding interesting wiretap that reveal Erdogan’s frustration with the Muslim Brotherhood after ousting of Morsi in 2013. You can read the original piece here.   The government of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan … Continue reading

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Turkey’s Syria offensive: Update-Day 10

The pause was so short as events continue to unfold in Syria. Here is a brief summery, including a crucial report by Amnesty on evidence of war crimes committed by the Turkish side. Headlines Amid scattered fighting, Turkey’s Erdogan threatens … Continue reading

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Turkey’s Syria Offensive: Day 9 -Oct 17-2019

For the last few days, I have chronicled the events in North Syria, following the Turkish invasion. As a ceasefire has been reached, I will pause this chronicle unless further developments happen. Thanks everyone who read and supported my blog.  … Continue reading

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Turkey’s Syria offensive Day 8 -Oct 16-2019

Headlines Turkey’s President Erdogan has rejected U.S. demands to cease fire in Syria Turkey Advances on Kobani in latest broken promise Turkey-Kurd conflict ‘has nothing to do with us,’ Trump says Turkey may be ‘responsible’ for executions of Kurds in … Continue reading

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Turkey’s Syria Offensive: Day 7 (Oct 15-2019)

Headlines Russia vows to prevent clashes with Assad forces French PM says resurgence of Islamic State is inevitable due to Turkish offensive Turkey rejects Syria ceasefire because ‘you cannot negotiate with terrorists’ Russia says: ‘unacceptable’ Turkish incursion into Syria must … Continue reading

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