Middle East

The Failure of Western Approach in Syria

The Failure of Western Approach in Syria

The Syrian military and political quagmire has been greatly exacerbated by foreign interventions. This is due to the failure of foreign powers to adequately understand the manifold nature of the Syrian conflicts, or the variety of competing ideologies of different groups. As a consequence, the Western approach has been a military one, despite the fact […]

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Increasing tensions with Saudi Arabia is bad news for Rouhani and reformist Iranians

Increasing tensions with Saudi Arabia is bad news for Rouhani and reformist Iranians

The war of words between Iran and Saudi Arabia and the breakdown in diplomatic ties is bad news for President Hassan Rouhani and his efforts to bring Iran out of isolation. It also threatens to escalate the sectarian tensions pushing the region deeper into crisis. The 3 January mob attack on the Saudi embassy in […]

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Myth ­Busting: The Syrian Refugee Issue and Islamophobia

Myth ­Busting: The Syrian Refugee Issue and Islamophobia

Xenophobia, an irrational fear of people from other countries, and Islamophobia, an​exaggerated hostility toward Muslims and Islam,​appear to be on the rise in both Europe and the United States.

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INTERVIEW: Crisis in Iraqi Kurdistan

INTERVIEW: Crisis in Iraqi Kurdistan

RUDAW INTERVIEW WITH MUSTAFA GURBUZ In recent weeks, Iraqi Kurdistan has fallen into what appears to be the worst political turmoil since the 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq. The unity of the semi-autonomous region is now on the brink of collapse due to extraordinary measures taken by the ruling party Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and its […]

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From Arab Spring to War in Yemen: Challenges to Women’s Activism

From Arab Spring to War in Yemen: Challenges to Women’s Activism

On the brink of famine due to the brutal war and other crises in Yemen, women are in an increasingly precarious position, lurching from the Arab Spring period of increased political activism and hope for formal empowerment to the desperation of primitive and hazardous living conditions during wartime. Women’s hyper-vulnerability is not “natural,” but socially constructed, […]

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Memo to Middle East: Solve your own problems

Memo to Middle East: Solve your own problems

The region must stop relying on the US to do the heavy lifting in confronting ISIL. The expansion of United States air strikes into Syrian territory against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) targets, from Incirlik airbase in Turkey, marks a fresh escalation of US involvement in the region. While President Barack […]

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Turkey’s Double War on ISIS and PKK

Turkey’s Double War on ISIS and PKK

Monday Talk interview with Mustafa Gurbuz appeared in Vocal International on August 2, 2015  *Giving the current operation conducted by Turkey against the PKK and the statement made by some of the PKK’s cadres, is Kurdish peace process over? Well, I’ve been calling it a “cease-fire,” not a peace process. A true peace process requires […]

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Is Turkey Headed into a Syrian Quagmire?

Is Turkey Headed into a Syrian Quagmire?

By offering Incirlik to Washington, Erdoğan not only highlights his unique position, but he also takes steps toward further involvement in northern Syria.  As Turkey has agreed to allow the United States to use Incirlik Air Base in return for a security zone in Syria, can we assume that there is a new consensus between […]

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