Al-Monitor2 min readPolitics
Intel: What’s In Congress’ New Turkey Sanctions Package
Infuriated with President Donald Trump for greenlighting Turkey’s offensive against the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units, Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., are turning to sanctions legislation.
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Islamic State Fight Paused As Turkey Invades Northern Syria
As Kurdish fighters in Syria leave the fight against the Islamic State to defend against Turkey, the United States pauses the battle against the militant group.
Al-Monitor3 min readPolitics
Trump, Europeans Push To Keep Space For Iran Diplomacy After Saudi Attacks
Following strikes on Saudi oil facilities, Donald Trump stated his desire to avoid escalation with Iran.
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Congress Aims To Restore Syria Stabilization Aid
Congress is calling for the State Department to spend $130 million on stabilizing Syria next year, a rebuke to the Trump administration’s efforts to zero out the fund in its 2020 budget proposal.
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Zarif's 12-nation Tour Highlights An Active Iranian Diplomacy
Despite the US sanctions imposed on him, Iran's foreign minister was not hindered in his whirlwind diplomatic tour of Europe and Asia.
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What Is Iran's Message In Sadr Meeting With Khamenei?
Iran presents Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr's appearance with Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei as a victory against the United States, Israel and Saudi Arabia.
Al-Monitor4 min readPolitics
With Each Erdogan Visit, Ankara Grows More Indebted To Moscow
Russia’s diplomatic, economic and security gains from its ties with Turkey keep growing amid the conflict in Syria, while Ankara becomes increasingly indebted to Moscow.
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Netanyahu’s Worst Nightmare: A Trump-Rouhani Meeting
The G-7 statement by US President Donald Trump about Iran changing is the worst nightmare Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu could have ever imagined.
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Ankara’s Economic Measures Risk Scaring Off Foreign Banks
Foreign-capital banks operating in Turkey are growing uneasy over economic measures aimed at pushing lenders to toe the line with government policies.
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Syrians In Makeshift Displacement Camp Face ‘Impossible Choice’
A joint United Nations-Syrian Arab Red Crescent mission has arrived at the Rukban camp, near the Jordanian border, where more than 10,000 people are living in dire conditions, to ask them if they want to go back to the government-held area of Homs pr
Al-Monitor4 min readPolitics
Will Putin's 'Ice Cream Diplomacy' With Erdogan Help Resolve Idlib?
MOSCOW — They say that familiarity breeds contempt. In recent years Russian President Vladimir Putin has met his Turkish counterpart more than any other foreign leader. Practically every meeting between the two brings something amusing, be it Putin p
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New Iranian Hard-line Group Seeks To Expel Parliament Speaker From Their Camp
Iranian hard-liners say parliament Speaker Ali Larijani has become soft on conservative issues and seek to remove him from their grouping for good.
Al-Monitor5 min readSociety
Southern Yemeni Women Enter Storm Of Politics, War
Many women in Yemen's south would like to see a return of the more progressive rights they enjoyed before Yemen's north and south merged in 1990; could the Southern Transitional Council's gains against the Hadi government in Aden help bring this abou
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Turkey Faces Losses In Syria East, West Of The Euphrates River
Ankara’s attempts to play Russia and the United States off against each other may be gaining it very little and could leave it losing more than it expected.
Al-Monitor5 min readPolitics
Lacrosse Is Taking Israel By Storm
Israel's women's national lacrosse team, founded eight years ago, has already left its mark on international competitions by beating countries with long history of lacrosse.
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Environmental Problems Provoke Protests On All Fronts In Turkey
The Justice and Development Party government’s policy of ignoring environmental concerns cause tensions in Turkey.
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Two More Elected HDP Officials Suspended In Turkey
Two elected officials were suspended over the weekend as pressure continues on the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party in Turkey.
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Riyadh Faces New Setback In South Yemen
The loss of Aden is the latest in a long stream of strategic blunders in Yemen by the Saudi leadership.
Al-Monitor4 min readPolitics
Israel’s Economy Victim Of Election Campaign
Israeli politicians prefer to ignore the implications of two election campaigns in one year on the market and the state deficit, which could harm the country’s credit rating.
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Jordan's Baha'is Struggle For Basic Civil Rights
Jordan does not recognize the Baha'i faith as a religion, which has created difficulties for adherents in regard to marriage, inheritance and overall civil rights.
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Egyptian Army Displaces Northern Sinai Residents
Residents of northern Sinai continue to be forcefully evicted from their homes under the pretext of securing the area, while President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is widening the powers of the army.
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US Warns Turkey On Syria Amid Last-ditch Talks To Resolve Buffer Zone Dispute
The United States says it will prevent a unilateral incursion into Syria by its NATO ally, but President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s patience is running out with protracted talks on removing Kurdish fighters from Turkey’s border region.
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New Yazidi Prince Appointed In Iraq Amid Sharp Divisions
A new Yazidi prince has been appointed in Iraq amid sharp division in the community that recently survived genocide.
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Netanyahu’s Latest 'Political Bailout Plan'
For Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, all roads must lead to a fifth term, even if it means forming a national unity government with Blue and White.
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Has Turkey’s Policy On Syrian Refugees Started To Backfire?
The Syrian refugee question is set to pose a major political headache for Erdogan in the coming period.
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Former Military Officers Jump Into Tunisia’s Political Arena
For the first time since Tunisia's independence, a political party founded by retired military officers will contest legislative elections.
Al-Monitor5 min readPolitics
Can Syrian Kurds’ Offer Unlock Door To Compromise With Turkey?
The Syrian Kurds have offered Turkey a 5-kilometer-deep buffer zone that would see the pullout of Kurdish forces and heavy weaponry, without seeking the withdrawal of Turkish troops from Afrin, but only that of aligned militia.
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Why Attempts To Reform Budget Structure Might Hit A Dead End In Iran
While Iran's Planning and Budget Organization has ambitious plans for resolving the country's budgetary problems, upcoming elections, a lack of relevant data and other issues are blocking the path to these goals.
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Iran’s Teachers Learn Regrettable Lesson From US
US sanctions on Iran could actually discourage the kind of democratic thinking the free world should want to foster.
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Can Netanyahu split Blue and White?
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu might attempt to encourage seven Knesset members from Blue and White to quit their party and join forces with him to secure a majority coalition.
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