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The Time of the Kurds - Council on Foreign Relations

The quest for independence is intrinsic to Kurdish identity. However, not all Kurds envision a unified Kurdistan that would span the Kurdish regions …


07/29 Links Pt2: Corrosive Atmosphere on Campus Harming Young Jews; Bensouda Saves the ICC

From Ian:

Honest Reporting: Dr. Jonathan Spyer Makes Sense of the Middle East

With the rise of the so-called Islamic State, multiple groups fighting …


ÖZGÜR KORKMAZ - No Kurdish votes for AKP, no peace bid for you!

ÖZGÜR KORKMAZ > No Kurdish votes for AKP, no peace bid for you!

One of the most famous and funniest episodes of the cult U.S. sitcom “Seinfeld” is …

Jerry Seinfeld

AKP talking with CHP, but acting with MHP

The talks between Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu’s Justice and Development Party (AK Parti) and Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu’s Republican People’s Party (CHP) …

Republican People's Party

Is Obama’s foreign policy similar to Cold War diplomacy?

At his press conference on July 14 defending the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action agreement [JCPOA] with Iran, US President Barack Obama made the …

Cold War

Majority of Americans Want Congress to Reject Iran Deal

BY: Follow @alanagoodman
July 29, 2015 4:19 pm

More Americans want Congress to vote down the Iran nuclear deal than to approve it, according to two new …


Top Sunni Muslim cleric al-Qaradawi does about-face, opposes suicide bombings

Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the Egyptian sheikh who is considered Sunni Islam's preeminent scholar and religious arbiter, says that he no longer supports the …

Middle East

India and the Iran deal

The Indian government welcomed news of the Iran deal. A former Indian national security advisor described the accord reached as the “best deal …

South Asia

2 SCOTS train with Foxhound ahead of deploying to Kabul

More than 300 Scottish soldiers have been making the most of a Welsh training area in preparation for a mission to Kabul.

Soldiers of 2nd Battalion …

United Kingdom

A critical unknown is emerging in the Iran deal

Not so fast, everyone.

One of the big unanswered questions regarding the historic nuclear deal between a US-led group of countries and Iran had to do with the status of a side agreement reached between the International Atomic Energy Agency and Tehran.

On July 14, hours before the nuclear agreement …

Iran Nuclear Negotiations

Belgium: Syria Jihad Recruiters Given Prison Sentences

A court on Wednesday handed down jail terms of up to 20 years after a trial of 32 people charged with running one of Belgium's largest jihadist …


Is This The Worst Pro-Iran Deal Video Ever?

With Congress set to vote on the recently-signed deal with Iran over its nuclear program, the Obama administration has enlisted the help of several …

Egypt completes construction on new Suez Canal

The $8 billion project is expected to increase canal revenues and expand trade between Asia and Europe, an opportunity to boost the suffering …


In Turkey’s New Conflict, Erdogan’s Powers at Stake


Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan giving a press conference in Turkish occupied Nicosia, Cyprus, on July 20. Photo: European Pressphoto …


Majority of Turks would prefer Kurds over ISIL controlling northern Syria

The majority of the Turkish population would prefer that the areas immediately adjacent to its Syrian border were controlled by the pro-Kurdish …

Middle East

Hamas Organizes Demonstration to Save Al-Aqsa Mosque

Wednesday July 29, 2015 05:58 by IMEMC News & Agencies

The Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) in Gaza, today, called for a wide demonstration in the …

U.N. Envoy for Syria Seeks to Resume Peace Talks

The United Nations special envoy for Syria said Wednesday that he had invited a range of Syrians to participate in what he described as preparatory, separate discussions on how to restart peace talks after more than four years of war.

In a briefing to the United Nations Security Council, the special …

Syrian Civil War

Katie Pavlich - Israel: U.S. Officials Are Withholding Major Parts And Details Of Iran Deal From Us

As the Obama administration desperately tries to sell the Iran deal to a skeptical Senate, including Democrats, U.S. officials are being accused of …


There are parts of the Iran nuclear agreement so secret that not even John Kerry has seen them yet

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry works on his notes prior to testifying before a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing in Washington July 29, 2015.

John Kerry has spent the better part of the past 20 months working towards the landmark nuclear deal with Iran, a stretch that included some of the …

Middle East

Drumbeats of Possible War with Iran Grow Louder

Senate hearing highlights growing skepticism over wisdom of nuclear deal

You could almost see the U.S. and Iran drawing slowly closer to war Wednesday, as dubious lawmakers, including a pair of Republican senators seeking their party’s presidential nomination, grilled top Obama Administration …

Foreign Policy

Amnesty says has evidence of IDF war crimes committed in Gaza

About two weeks into last year's conflict in Gaza, Palestinian photographer Jehad Saftawi began to tire of venturing into the city every day to take …

Middle East

Obama just made the most important foreign policy speech of his presidency

President Obama gave a strikingly important speech on Sunday, one in which he seemed to apply the lessons of America's struggle with racism and …


How the KRG Attempts to Misinform the West

By Hadi Dawood

Karwan Jamal Tahir – KRG Representative to the U.K.

The Iraqi constitution was drafted and ratified in 2005 under the strong influence …

Middle East

Lapid and Herzog's veer to the right

Israeli center-left leaders' adoption of rhetoric to appeal to the right instead of crafting credible policy alternatives indicates that they have …


SERKAN DEMİRTAŞ - Turkey’s operations focused more on PKK than ISIL

SERKAN DEMİRTAŞ > Turkey’s operations focused more on PKK than ISIL

Turkey’s three-year-long Kurdish peace process ended last week, as Turkish …

Middle East

Lebanon’s Ills Summed Up by “Garbage”

Opinion: Lebanon’s Ills Summed Up by Garbage

I remember from my youth the popular Lebanese saying, “Everything in Lebanon is ‘zift’ [asphalt] except …


How Amnesty lies and twists the truth

Right after I posted my last article on Amnesty's latest report based on its executive summary, the actual Amnesty report about the fighting in Rafah …


It’s All About the Base

Turkey’s deal to allow the United States to fly missions out of Incirlik should be the beginning of greater engagement and support from NATO.

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Iran: Pessimism and optimism

The visit to Tehran earlier this week by EU foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, has raised new hopes among

Middle East