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Syria Should Not Cost Turkey Its Peace With the Kurds

Kaya Genc | Posted 11.30.2015 | World
Kaya Genc

ISTANBUL -- Turkey's downing of a Russian military jet will help little in improving this much strained relationship. But it can clarify the basic political tensions which Turkey's Turkish and Kurdish politicians need to come to terms with, and get over, if they want to forge a new mode of coexistence inside Turkey's borders.

Who Will Fight ISIS?

Bob Burnett | Posted 11.29.2015 | Politics
Bob Burnett

It's likely the US will form a new coalition to wage war on ISIS - the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. What remains to be seen is who will do the heavy lifting in this coalition. Which nation will be willing to put boots on the ground?

Top Kurdish Lawyer Shot Dead During Press Conference In Turkey

AP | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 11.28.2015 | World

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Breeding Intolerance: Turkish Soccer Fans Disrespect Islamic State Victims

James Dorsey | Posted 11.29.2015 | World
James Dorsey

Turkish fans twice in two months disrupted moments of silence for victims of Islamic State attacks in Ankara and Paris in a demonstration of the kind of intolerance bred by religiously-cloaked authoritarianism in countries like Turkey and Saudi Arabia.

Anti-ISIS 'Grand Alliance' Derails in Wake of Russian Jet Downing and Quick Revival of Business-As-Usual

William Bradley | Posted 11.29.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

Would the result have been different had Turkey not chosen to shoot down a Russian plane which may have veered momentarily -- and this in the Turkish version, mind you -- into its territory? We'll never know.

Turkey and Russia: Erdogan's and Putin's Dangerous Gambit

Joseph V. Micallef | Posted 11.30.2015 | World
Joseph V. Micallef

rom Putin's standpoint any developments that potentially isolates Turkey diplomatically, creates turmoil in NATO or underscores the lack of American leadership is a win. In the meantime, the Obama Administration continues to insist that "ISIL is being contained". Is it any wonder than no one believes them?

Post-Paris Politics: Countering and (Maybe) Defeating ISIS

William Bradley | Posted 11.23.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

More than a week of cacophonous media and political gabble after the shocking Isis attacks on Paris make it clear that US presidential campaigns are no place to look for answers on this shocking and complex episode of new world chaos.

The Terrorist Attack on Universal Values in Paris

Amir Madani | Posted 11.20.2015 | Politics
Amir Madani

The massacres that struck at the heart of Paris constitute an attack on all human-kind and the values shared by human civilization in modern times.

European Fighter Just Back From Front Lines Against ISIS Says West Should Stay Vigilant

The Huffington Post | Akbar_Ahmed | Posted 11.20.2015 | World

There were two weeks to go before summer break at the Swedish high school where Jesper Söder taught when he quit. Söder, then 24, had conco...

With Paris, ISIS Has Declared War on Us. Here's How We Should Respond.

Brigadier General Peter B. Zwack (Ret.) | Posted 11.21.2015 | World
Brigadier General Peter B. Zwack (Ret.)

The ISIS attack in Paris was an attack on our global community. We have to take decisive collective action now with the global mechanisms available to us and aggressively meet this existential challenge to our core belief systems and way of life.

Why ISIS May Be On The Verge Of Collapse

Stephen Schlesinger | Posted 11.18.2015 | World
Stephen Schlesinger

These egregious crimes, in fact, may be attempts to deflect global attention from the severe setbacks which ISIS has lately experienced in the Middle East that have decimated its force structure and reduced the amount of territory it holds in the region.

Let the French Take Mosul

Chris Weigant | Posted 11.16.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Even if the French wholeheartedly embraced this plan, it's not going to happen overnight. And a lot of brave soldiers are going to die in the effort -- there is no getting around that. Whether this price is politically acceptable is up to the French people, really. It's for them to decide.

Yazidis Eager To Return To Iraq’s Sinjar, Newly Freed From ISIS, But Fear What’s To Come

The Huffington Post | Sophia Jones | Posted 11.14.2015 | World

DAYRABUN, Iraq -- Just a day after Kurdish forces, backed by U.S. airstrikes, reclaimed Sinjar from the Islamic State, there wasn’t a hint of c...

Turning Point: Coordinated Operations in the War on ISIS

Janet Ritz | Posted 11.13.2015 | World
Janet Ritz

Coordinated military offensives against ISIS have begun in the Middle East. In Iraq, Kurdish Peshmerga, with Special Ops and Coalition support, have begun an attack on an ISIS held city that controls an ISIS supply road.

Kurdish Fighters Raise Flag In Center Of Sinjar

AP | Eline Gordts | Posted 11.13.2015 | World

SINJAR, Iraq (AP) — Iraqi Kurdish militias battling to take back Sinjar from Islamic State militants raised a Kurdish flag in the center of tow...

U.S. Backed-Kurds Launch Offensive To Retake IS-Held Iraqi Town Sinjar

AP | Kelly Chen | Posted 11.12.2015 | World

SINJAR, Iraq (AP) — Supported by U.S.-led airstrikes, Kurdish Iraqi troops on Thursday seized part of a highway that is used as a vital ...

Iraqi Governor Thinks Prime Minister Needs To Resign For Country To Prevail Against ISIS

The Huffington Post | Akbar_Ahmed | Posted 11.09.2015 | Politics

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Chalabi's Final Victory in Iraq

Luay Al Khatteeb | Posted 11.09.2015 | Politics
Luay Al Khatteeb

It says a lot about man's record in life, that within hours of his death he is widely proclaimed to have shifted the course of history, even though he was never a head of state.

Domino Theory

Francis Levy | Posted 11.06.2015 | Politics
Francis Levy

Benjamin Netanyahu told congress "So when it comes to Iran and ISIS, the enemy of your enemy is your enemy" and if he is right, it doesn't bode well for the game of musical beds that might describe our current foreign policy.

Clashes In Turkey's Kurdish Southeast Kill At Least 3

Reuters | Alexandra Ma | Posted 11.03.2015 | World

DIYARBAKIR, Turkey, Nov 3 (Reuters) - Turkish security forces backed by helicopters imposed a curfew in parts of a town in the largely Kurdish southe...

How Erdogan's Dramatic Comeback Happened, and How Far Its Impact Might Reach

Yusuf Muftuoglu | Posted 11.02.2015 | World
Yusuf Muftuoglu

ISTANBUL -- The Turkish president now has an opportunity to offer something new to Turkey, to the Middle East and to the world. A fresh approach is very badly needed.

Blood and Ballots in Turkey

Stephen Schwartz | Posted 10.26.2015 | World
Stephen Schwartz

The Turkish Republic will hold new parliamentary elections for the second time this year on November 1, following the failure of the Islamist Justice and Development Party (AKP) of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to maintain a legislative majority.

Violent Clash Erupts In Tokyo Between Turks, Kurds Ahead Of Election

The Huffington Post | Nick Visser | Posted 10.26.2015 | World


NBC Video Purports To Show Footage Of ISIS Raid That Killed U.S. Operative

The Huffington Post | Annum Masroor | Posted 10.25.2015 | Politics

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Substance and Symbolism in Obama's Foreign Policy

Joseph V. Micallef | Posted 10.24.2015 | World
Joseph V. Micallef

There is a fundamental disconnect between the substance and the symbolism of President Obama's foreign policy. This is not a case of saying one thing and doing another. In the case of the Obama administration it is a case of saying one thing but delivering it in a style and with imagery that belies its authenticity.