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A Shift in Turkey's Foreign Policy? An Interview with Osman Shahin

[Massive influx of Syrian Kurdish refugees into Turkey. Photo by European Commission DG ECHO via Flickr]

Last week, Turkey joined the fight against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), after the group carried out a suicide bombing in the town of Suruç close to the Syrian border, killing thirty-two young socialist activists and students, and injuring many more. Following that horrific tragedy, the Turkish government came under pressure to stop the free movement of ISIS fighters and operatives over the Syrian border. Despite the bombing of a few ISIS targets, most of Turkey’s firepower has been directed toward the Kurdish Workers Party (PKK). According to Al-Monitor, “The attack on IS was a single sortie against limited targets and closer to the Turkish ...

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Gay Hanging in Iran: Atrocities and Impersonations

[Image shown 17 July 2015 on Gay Star News ]

Everybody on earth knows that a deal on Iran’s nuclear program was announced in mid-July. Everybody also knows that this apparent step toward peace launched a new stage in an old war: of propaganda.Proponents praise the possibility of a historic opening. Opponents—who include Israel, Saudi Arabia, and the Republican Party—warn of disaster. Both sides want to expand their constituencies. In Western countries, gay communities—small but politically influential—are more and more the target for just this courtship and recruitment. The right-wing pundit Amir Taheri greeted the nuclear deal with a storm of tweets and screeds condemning it. One ...

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Syria Media Roundup (July 16)

[Image of Kurdish fighters during clashes with Islamic State militants near Hasakah, Syria. Image by Uygar Onder Simsek via Getty Images]

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Syria and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Syria Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to syria@jadaliyya.com by Monday night of every week.]              Inside Syria Water shortages leave Syrians in Aleppo thirsty and desperate Water has become scarce in the city of Aleppo, as residents have resorted to using untreated well water. Syrians struggle to celebrate Ramadan as civil war rages on For years Syrian residents have ...

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Iran’s Nuclear Deal and the Day After: An Interview with Kamran Matin

[Negotiations about Iranian Nuclear Program - Foreign Ministers and other Officials of P5+1 Iran and EU in Lausanne. Photo via Wikimedia Commons]

For more than a week, diplomats from Iran and six world powers have gathered in Vienna’s Coburg Palace to finalize a historic deal on Iran’s nuclear program.   The officials from Iran and the US have told reporters  “we are making good progress on almost all of the issues..But there are a few issues which … remain to be resolved” as a result, the self imposed deadline of June 30th is now extend to Friday July 10th. This week, we spend the hour with Kamran Matin, Assistant Professor in International Relations at Sussex University about the sticking points of the negotiations, the impact of sanctions on Iran’s economy and polity, and what we may expect ...

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DARS Media Roundup (June 2015)

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[This is a monthly roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Resistance and Subversion in the Arab world and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the DARS Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each monthly roundup to DARS@jadaliyya.com.]  News & Commentary Israel Seizes Gaza-Bound Boat in “Act of Piracy,” by Ali Abunimah Israel forces boarded and commandeered the Marianne on Monday 29 June, on of four boats that were bound for Gaza in the latest attempt to break the tight Israeli siege of the occupied territory. At around 2 am Gaza time, Marianne was surrounded ...

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Syria Media Roundup (June 30)

[Image of Kurdish fighters gesturing while carrying their parties' flags in Tell Abyad of Raqqa governorate. Image by Rodi Said via Reuters]

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Syria and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Syria Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to syria@jadaliyya.com by Monday night of every week.]              Inside Syria Islamic State attacks Kobane 5 months after ouster; scores reported killed Attack on Kobane was a reminder that ISIL still has the ability to upset the battlefield even when it appears to be in the defensive. ISIS militants disguised as Kurdish fighters infiltrate Syrian town “The dual ...

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Syria Media Roundup (June 16)

[Image of a Syrian government soldier firing a heavy machine gun at ISIS positions in Deir-ez Zor. Image by Contact Press Images]

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Syria and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Syria Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to syria@jadaliyya.com by Monday night of every week.]   Inside Syria One of Syria’s biggest bases falls to Daraa rebels In Deraa and Liwa 52 Military base fell. It was the second biggest base protecting Suwayda and the Druze Mountain. Syrian rebels accuse Kurdish forces of 'ethnic cleansing' of Sunni Arabs The allegation came with the recent Kurdish seizure of the key border post of Tal Abyad ...

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Turkey Media Roundup (June 9)

[Image by Fatih Pinar.]

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Turkey and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Turkey Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to turkey@jadaliyya.com by Sunday night of every week.] English June Elections Why Will AK Party Win Again? (1) - (2) According to Etyen Mahçupyan, the AK Party will again win because its pros outweigh its cons, it is the only party that promises a meaningful and appealing future, and it speaks to a newly emergent strata of people; while the HDP supports the “old Turkey” due to its anti-AKP politics. A ...

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STATUS/الوضع: Episode -2, The Show!

With every Status / الوضع Audio Journal issue, there is an accompanying show. In this second episode (-2) of the Status show, Bassam Haddad, Sinan Antoon, and Adel Iskandar discuss and synthesize the content of the interviews from Issue 2.1 through conversations with some of the hosts. In addition to exploring the wide array of one-on-one interviews, they also speak to hosts Huda Asfour and Tareq Radi on Status' first set of Special Segments.   Status / الوضع is an evolving critical, collaborative, and independent monthly audio journal combining analysis, reporting, and satire. It is mainly comprised of hard-hitting interviews/conversations, on-the-scene ...

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Turkey Media Roundup (June 2)

[Protesters in Gezi Park, Istanbul, 31 May 2013. Image via kisa kuyruk / Shutterstock.com]

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Turkey and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Turkey Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to turkey@jadaliyya.com by Sunday night of every week.] English Anniversary of the Gezi Park Protests Is This Your Justice, Turkey? Melis Alphan summarizes the lack of developments in the court cases concerning those who died during the Gezi Park protests. Harvey: Gezi Park Resistance Still Continues Despite Leaving Park David Harvey’s statements from Istanbul on the second anniversary of the Gezi Park ...

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Press Freedom on Trial in Turkey: A Statement from BirGun

[The following statement and call to action was issued by BirGün, an independent left daily newspaper in Turkey that is being prosecuted for covereage of then Prime Minister (now President) Recep Tayyip Erdogan.] On 2 June, a trial will begin in Caglayan Istanbul Second Criminal Court. Baris Ince, the editor-in-chief of the Turkish independent daily newspaper, BirGün, is being sued under Article 229 of the Turkish Criminal Code for “defamation of the President.” The newspaper printed an acrostic to spell out the phrase “Thief Tayyip,” referring to the then Prime Minister (now President) Recep Tayyip Erdogan. It is a slogan chanted on the streets by millions of ...

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Syria Media Roundup (May 25)

[Image of Syrian President Bashar al-Asad among the trash in al-Qsair. Image by Freedom House via Flickr]

This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Syria and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Syria Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to syria@jadaliyya.com by Monday night of every week.]   Inside Syria Syria's next potential crisis could turn the Middle East upside down The Asad regime is extremely vulnerable and the preparation of contingency plans to deal with the humanitarian crisis is imperative. Among Syrians, Palmyra is famous for a different landmark — its brutal prison The Islamic State’s capture of Palmyra is ...

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Turkey Media Roundup (July 28)

NOTE: Due to the Turkish government’s censorship of media outlets affiliated with Kurdish and leftist movements, Jadaliyya was unable to access a number of newspapers that are regularly included in the media roundup. [This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Turkey and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Turkey Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to turkey@jadaliyya.com ...

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Turkey Media Roundup (July 21)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Turkey and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Turkey Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to turkey@jadaliyya.com by Sunday night of every week.] English Coalition Scenarios The Opposition Bubble Burhanettin Duran finds the opposition parties’ attitudes toward coalition negotiations irresponsible and accuses them of ...

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Turkey Media Roundup (July 14)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Turkey and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Turkey Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to turkey@jadaliyya.com by Sunday night of every week.] English Post-Election Politics and Coalition Scenarios Did Erdoğan Push the Button for Early Elections? According to Yavuz Baydar, President Erdoğan and the AKP are working as slowly ...

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Turkey Media Roundup (July 7)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Turkey and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Turkey Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to turkey@jadaliyya.com by Sunday night of every week.] English Turkey’s “Buffer Zone” in Syria Turkey’s Syrian Adventure to Backfire Lale Kemal reports that Turkey’s interim AKP government is preparing for an incursion into Syria to ...

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Turkey Media Roundup (June 30)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Turkey and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Turkey Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to turkey@jadaliyya.com by Sunday night of every week.] English Election Results and Coalition Scenarios Psychological Barrier Bülent Keneş argues that the MHP’s fear of coming to power constitutes a psychological barrier to taking ...

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Turkey Media Roundup (June 23)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Turkey and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Turkey Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to turkey@jadaliyya.com by Sunday night of every week.] English Election Results and Coalition Scenarios The AK Party's Dilemmas Burhanettin Duran claims that the primary challenge facing the AKP is the possibility that party elites will ...

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Turkey Media Roundup (June 16)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Turkey and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Turkey Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to turkey@jadaliyya.com by Sunday night of every week.] English Election Results and the Prospects for A Coalition What's Next for Turkey? (1) - (2) According to Cengiz Çandar, the internal strife within the AKP and the seeming ...

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Syria Media Roundup (June 8)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Syria and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Syria Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to syria@jadaliyya.com by Monday night of every week.]   Inside Syria Syrian army regains ground against Islamic State in Hasaka city Syrian army repulses strong offensive, in northeastern city of Hasaka, by the Islamic ...

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Syria Media Roundup (June 3)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Syria and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Syria Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to syria@jadaliyya.com by Monday night of every week.]     Inside Syria  Coming Challenges for Syria’s Rebels Yezid Sayigh writes on mounting problems of governance, and why the Syrian rebels need to demonstrate ...

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DARS Media Roundup (May 2015)

[This is a monthly roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Resistance and Subversion in the Arab world and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the DARS Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each monthly roundup to DARS@jadaliyya.com.] News & Commentary Nonviolent Resistance in Yemen Defies Western Stereotypes, by Stephen Zunes Despite the unfounded negative stereotypes of Arabs and Muslims as ...

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Turkey Media Roundup (May 26)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Turkey and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Turkey Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to turkey@jadaliyya.com by Sunday night of every week.] English June Elections Erdoğan’s Chance of Becoming a Super-President is Diminishing Serkan Demirtaş reports that sixty percent of the Turkish public is against the adoption of a ...

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Foreign Policies Media Roundup (April-May 2015)

[This is a monthly roundup of news articles and other materials related to other countries' foreign policies toward the Middle East. It does not reflect the views of the Foreign Polices Roundup Editors of Jadaliyya. You may send recommendations for inclusion in the Foreign Policies Media Roundup to info@jadaliyya.com, mentioning "Foreign Policies Roundup" in the subject line.] United States Ex-Blackwater Guards Given Long Terms for Killing Iraqis (13 April 2015) Years ...

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