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Big power competition in the Eastern Mediterranean: Is Trump missing the point?

August 3, 2018

By James M. Dorsey / Mid-East Soccer. A Trump administration decision to sanction two key Turkish officials in retaliation for the continued detention of an American cleric coupled with unqualified support for Israel and the adoption of a backseat in Syria threatens to further undermine US influence in the Eastern Mediterranean, a key part of…

Turkey’s Erdogan Expands Authoritarian Powers with Fascist Coalition Election Victory

June 27, 2018

After 15 years in power, Recep Tayyip Erdogan will serve another 5 years as president of NATO member Turkey. TRNN’s Ben Norton speaks with activist Aral Balkan about the AKP’s victorious coalition with the far-right extremist MHP, and the implosion of Turkish democracy

Eurasianism wins in Turkey even if ideologue loses election

June 23, 2018

By James M. Dorsey / Mid-East Soccer. He’s been in and out of prison during Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s rule and is running against the president in this weekend’s Turkish elections with no chance of defeating him and little hope of winning a seat in parliament. Yet, Dogu Perincek wields significant influence in Turkey’s security and…

Turkey’s Erdogan Allies with Fascists for Election, Repressing Leftists and Kurds

June 18, 2018

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan formed a coalition with the fascist party MHP for the upcoming snap election. TRNN’s Ben Norton speaks with scholar Baris Karaagac about Turkey’s economic ills, the AKP’s neoliberal nationalist policies, and the repression of the HDP, leftists, and Kurds

Whither the Kurds?

June 12, 2018

This story was originally published in Europa Ethnica, Vol. ½, 2018 By James M. Dorsey / Mid-East Soccer. Palestinians have long been known for a history of missing opportunities. By contrast, Kurds spread across several Middle Eastern nations appeared to have a keener understanding of geopolitics and were seemingly willing to embrace the art of…

US Occupying Oil-Rich Areas in North Syria to Choke Damascus

April 8, 2018

Turkish-Kurdish journalist Ali Ornek says the United States is keeping a military presence in SDF/YPG-held areas in northern Syria to starve the government in Damascus of revenue needed to rebuild

Turkey and Islamist Rebels Carve Up Northern Syria

April 4, 2018

Marking a new phase in the Syrian War, Turkey is taking over cities in northern Syria, and children in occupied Afrin are being brainwashed with pro-Erdogan propaganda. We talk to Turkish-Kurdish journalist Ali Ornek

Erdogan Ramps up Repression of Kurds and Leftists, Even Outside Turkey

March 23, 2018

A Kurdish protester attacked by Erdogan’s agents in Washington, DC speaks out, and connects it to Turkey’s crackdown on Kurds and leftists domestically and its invasion of Afrin, Syria

In Afrin the Turks are Looting and Pillaging with Gunfire

March 20, 2018

Journalist for the Independent, Patrick Cockburn, returning from Northern Syria says, one of the most peaceful places in the region has turned into a swamp of human misery for the Kurds

Expelling ISIS from Raqqa Does Not End ISIS–or Syrian War

October 19, 2017

The U.S.-backed SDF has declared victory in Raqqa after a long battle that left the city in ruins. But the loss of Raqqa does not mean the end of ISIS, says Charles Glass