Tag: Arab Spring


    How irresponsible of the prime minister and the general staff! Indeed, it was the height of reckless ignorance. Now it’s zero friends and nothing but enemies for Turkey. And no way out. Due to its cheap thinking and small-minded bargaining, to say nothing about the destruction of the Turkish army, navy and air force, Turkey cannot even defend the borders that its politicians have erased. So a role in a broader plan? What plan? No role, in anything. How Turkey will recover from this domestic and international fiasco is beyond my understanding.


    How does the president of the United States explain to the American taxpayers that their dollars are financing the beheading of Christian babies…and so much more? The president announced that “the entire world” is appalled by the beheading of an American journalist. But is he, Obama, appalled? If he is, how does he explain that he has assembled Satan’s Army?

  • A warning from Erdogan’s Turkey

    Often cited as a model for Arab Spring countries, Turkey is marked by a massive divide between rich and poor as well as heavy state repression of labour unionists, journalists, students and Kurdish nationalists  Alp Altınörs In the Arab world, especially in Tunisia and Egypt, the so-called “Turkish model” has become one of the main […]

  • How Revolutions Work: Turkey, America, and the Arab World

    By Barry Rubin A fascinating article on Islamism in Turkey (http://www.turkishnews.com/en/content/2013/03/16/turkeys-distinctive-brew/)that also reflects on the situation in Arabic-speaking countries has been written by Soner Cagaptay, director of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy’s Turkish research program. I’m a fan of his analysis so nothing in the following article should be taken as criticism but rather as […]

  • Turkey’s Distinctive Brew

    Soner Cagaptay Also available in العربية The Atlantic December 11, 2012 Don’t look to Ankara to be a model for the new Islamist governments of the Arab Spring. It is 5 a.m. in Istanbul, and I am looking for coffee. Having arrived in Istanbul’s old city the night before and seriously jetlagged, I decided to walk […]

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