Tag Archives: Middle East

diciembre 06

Strange Bedfellows: Hungarian Jobbik Party Embraces Islam Nations

Hungarian Far-Right Jobbik Party Embraces Muslim Nations, Seeks 'Eurasian' Ideal Of Statehood (2013) http://t.co/hs6mAZABSh — GReHA (@HistoriaActual) February 20, 2015

octubre 13

Kashagan: A Giant in the (Painfully Slow) Making

Read more: «Kashagan is World’s Most Expensive Energy Project: $136 Billion«; «A $30 Billion Hole In Caspian Sea?»; «Environmentalists concerned about Kashagan Field oil rig»; «На Кашагане зафиксирована утечка газа»; «Chinese firm foils ONGC Videsh’s $5 billion Kazakh deal»; «Para qué ha ido Rajoy a Kazajistán» Kashagan: A Giant in the (Painfully Slow) Making OilPrice.com, […]

octubre 05

With Russia in Middle East, China Claims Central Asia

Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks with his Kazakh counterpart Nursultan Nazarbayev after being awarded an honorary Doctorate from Nazarbayev University in Astana. ©AFP With Russia in Middle East, China Claims Central Asia By  Zachary Keck, The Diplomat, October 2, 2013 Russia’s Middle East policy is all the rage these days. An article in the Washington Post on Tuesday notes […]

octubre 03

Erdogan ‘Demo- cratization Package’ (1)

People watch a television broadcasting the speech of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan at a coffee shop in Istanbul, Sept. 30, 2013. (photo by REUTERS/ Osman Orsal) Will ‘Democratization Package’ Restore Erdogan’s Reputation? Semih Idiz for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse; October 1, 2013 When the Arab Spring broke out in December 2010, Turkey was considered a neutral […]

septiembre 28

Chinese firm under U.S. sanctions wins Turkish missile deal

China HQ-9 (or export version FD-2000) anti-aircraft missile system Chinese firm under U.S. sanctions wins Turkish missile deal By Ece Toksabay (Istanbul), Reuters, Sep 27, 2013 (Reuters) – NATO member Turkey has chosen a Chinese defense firm hit by U.S. sanctions to co-produce a $4 billion long-range air and missile defense system, rejecting rival bids from Russian, […]

Welcome to the Middle East and have a nice day

The Middle East Explained In One Excellent Letter To The Editor From Mr. KN Al Sabah. Sir, Iran is backing Assad. Gulf states are against Assad! Assad is against Muslim Broterhood.  Muslim Broterhood and Obama are against Sisi. But Gulf states are pro-Sisi! Which means they are are against Muslim Broterhood! Iran is pro-Hamas, but Hamas […]

China’s Marlboro Country

China’s Marlboro Country Te-Ping Chen, ICIJ, June 29, 2009 On first approach, Yunxiao seems like any other Chinese backwater caught in uneasy industrial transition. Faded advertisements line the streets downtown, where motorcyclists wearing bamboo-frond hats determinedly vie for passengers in a riot of honking. A cheerful red banner in the city center exhorts citizens to […]

Vali Nasr: Obama and the Middle East

  Read about this book in: The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. In Spanish: «EEUU: exfuncionario revela enfrentamientos en gobierno por guerra en Afganistán» In conversation with Vali Nasr Mamdouh Al-Muhaini, Asharq Al-Awsat, July 3, 2013 Scholar and former diplomat says Obama is wrong to neglect the Middle East, and his foreign policy […]

Flash Point in the Eastern Mediterranean

The guided-missile cruiser USS Monterey (CG 61) transits the Suez Canal.- Navy Live Flash Point in the Eastern Mediterranean Will conflict in the Middle East trigger the next great power war? James Stavridis, Foreign Policy, July 19, 2013 This is not a new crisis. The Greek poet Constantine Cavafy lived and wrote in Egypt a […]

A new start for Russian-US counter-terrorism cooperation?

© Vladimir Astapkovich, RIA Novosti A new start for Russian-US counter-terrorism cooperation? SUSLOV, Dmitry, Valdai, 09/07/2013 The idea that Russia and the United States should work together to combat international terrorism is not new, and has already become a banality. But experience confirms time and time again that this cooperation is a must. The latest […]

The AKP can’t have it all its own way

President Morsi and PM Erdogan: September, 2012:  «Turkish democracy is example for Muslim world: Erdogan» The AKP can’t have it all its own way Semih İdiz, Hürriyet, July 09, 2013 There is a lot of angry moralizing on the part of Turkish Islamists aimed at the West for its reluctance to label what happened in […]

Israel stirs the pot in Syria

Israel stirs the pot in Syria by Jonathan Cook, Mondoweiss, June 17, 2013 For much of the past two years Israel stood sphinx-like on the sidelines of Syria’s civil war. Did it want Bashar al-Assad’s regime toppled? Did it favour military intervention to help opposition forces? And what did it think of the increasing visibility of Islamist […]

China Is Reaping Biggest Benefits of Iraq Oil Boom

An oil refinery in Basra, southeast of Baghdad, in which China has a stake. China has poured money and workers into Iraq. NABIL AL-JOURANI / Associated PressExxon Mobil China Is Reaping Biggest Benefits of Iraq Oil Boom By TIM ARANGO and CLIFFORD KRAUSS June 2, 2013 BAGHDAD — Since the American-led invasion of 2003, Iraq has become one of […]

Turkey and Syria: A Slippery Slope

Turkey and Syria: A Slippery Slope The New York Times, LETTER Published: May 21, 2013 Regarding the article “Turkey needs Obama’s help on Syria” (Views, May 18) by Soner Cagaptay and James F. Jeffrey: The United States should do the opposite of what the authors suggest. Washington does not need to “save” Turkey. Instead, the […]

Jihad rap

Dirty Kuffar (2005), jihad rap from Digihad Sheikh Terrah Jihad Against Jihad Against Jihad By KENDRA SALOIS, The New Inquiry «Is rap the battleground between Muslims?” asked the American journalist. I watched as her subject, a Casablancan emcee named Soultana, shifted her gaze into the middle distance, her face expressionless. We all went silent. The journalist, […]

Turkey to become a ‘net energy exporter’

A model of Turkey’s second nuclear power plant to be built in the Black Sea city of Sinop Turkey to become a ‘net energy exporter’ ANKARA – Anatolia News Agency / Hürriyet, 05/07/2013 Turkey may become a net energy exporter in the Middle East in the medium term, specifically in light of failures to provide […]

From the Ruins of Empire

Book review: «From the Ruins of Empire. The intellectuals who remade Asia» by Pankaj Mishra By Oliver Stuenkel – Post Western World Japan’s military victory over Russia in 1905, the first time a non-Western army had beaten a traditional Western power, sent shock waves through the world and energized leading thinkers across Asia. Tagore, Sun […]

Turkish-US Ties Gain New Depth

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry leans over to clasp Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu’s hand at the end of a news conference at Ankara Palace in Ankara, Turkey, March 1, 2013. / AP PHOTO Turkish-US Ties Gain New Depth Semih Idiz for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse Posted on April 12 There was much speculation in February that […]

The Messages Of Russia’s Military Exercise In The Black Sea

Russian President Vladimir Putin watches a military exercise in Anapa, a Russian Black Sea resort. Read also: China and Russia conduct ‘surprise’ military exercises The Messages Of Russia’s Military Exercise In The Black Sea – Analysis By Habibe Özdal, Journal of Turkish Weekly, April 1, 2013 Putin, Russia’s president, ordered for a military exercise in the Black […]

Circassia: Struggling To Return Home

Circassians venerate Day of Commemoration, june 2011. Below is an article published by OnIslam Circassia: Struggling To Return Home The conflict in Syria has shown to have a large impact on Circassians and their renewed claims to return to their homeland The increasing flow of Syrian refugees once again sharpened the Russia so-called “Circassian problem.” This issue […]