Middle East

Political earthquake in Turkish elections

Written by Francesco Merli Tuesday, 09 June 2015

Peoples Democratic Party electoral rally 2015 HDPThe result of Sunday’s Turkish general elections and the clear defeat of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s AK Party mark a qualitative change in the situation in the country and bear important consequences for the whole of the Middle East.


Tensions run high before Turkish general election

Written by Hamid Alizadeh Friday, 05 June 2015

26-nisan-thThe Turkish general elections on Sunday will be a decisive event for Turkey and the Middle East. The economic boom that the AKP government based itself on for more than a decade is coming to an end and a never-ending series of internal conflicts and corruption scandals have eroded the popularity of Erdogan.


Middle East crisis enters new phase: Stakes are raised across the board

Written by Hamid Alizadeh Friday, 05 June 2015

Syrian rebels-FreedomHouseAs the Syrian civil war drags on into its fourth year, the war is entering a new phase. While Turkey and Saudi Arabia are stepping up their proxy operations in the country, Iran has replied by deploying thousands of regular armed forces.


Mass funerals rock Saudi Arabia in the wake of terror attacks

Written by Hamid Alizadeh Thursday, 04 June 2015

dammam-funeralYesterday, hundreds of thousands of people attended the funeral of 4 victims of a terrorist attack by the Islamic State (IS) which took place last week in the north eastern provinces of Saudi Arabia. This was the second mass funeral in two weeks. The events have brought to the fore the deep contradictions which exist in Saudi Arabia, but which for decades have been more or less hidden by the totalitarian nature of the reactionary regime.


Baltimore comes to Israel: Ethiopian Jews take up the struggle

Written by Walter Leon Thursday, 21 May 2015

Ethiopian protest-Lilach Daniel-thIn scenes reminiscent of the huge #blacklivesmatter protests in Baltimore, thousands of Ethiopian Jews have taken to the streets of Tel Aviv and Haifa to protest against the brutal treatment regularly meted out by the police against their community. At the end of April, a shocking video emerged which appeared to show two Israeli police officers savagely beating Ethiopian soldier Damas Fekade in an unprovoked attack.


Israeli government of crisis staggers on

Written by John Pickard Friday, 15 May 2015

netanyahu-chairman-of-the-joint-chiefs-of-staff copyAfter six weeks of frantic horse-trading, and with hours to go before a constitutional deadline, the Likud Party of Benjamin Netanyahu has cobbled together a new coalition in Israel. It means that Netanyahu will cling to power with a bare majority of 61 seats in a Knesset of 120 members. The coalition includes all the disparate parties of the right, including the extreme right wing Jewish Home Party, representing the West Bank settlers’ movement. This party will have the ministry of justice and deputy defence minister, among other positions, all of which will be manipulated to enhance and promote Jewish rights and freedoms at the expense of Arabs.


Reshuffle of the Saudi monarchy: exposes the intensifying crisis of the regime

Written by Lal Khan Thursday, 30 April 2015

saudi princesAfter the initial misadventure of attacking the Houthis in Yemen, arrogantly promoted by King Salman’s youngest, the more serious strategists within the despotic regime are trying to calm down and bring Prince Mohammad bin Salman to some degree of sanity. The despotic regime is wavering in the face of the failure of its acts of aggression.


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