Tag Archives: Erdogan

The Destruction of the Turkish Army

Since the abortive coup attempt in Turkey there have been truckloads of political pontifications  concerning the future course of the Sultan Erdogan’s “new Turkey.” Most  of the Western leadership and the Arab Gulf states have announced their support for the … Continue reading

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Turkey and Erdogan

 The Alevi are a salient aspect to the  troubles in Turkey. The Gezi park area is an area inhabited by a large community of Alevis.  Some years ago a series of drive- by shootings left a number of Alevis dead … Continue reading

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Erdogan, Obama’s poster boy as a model for Islamist democracy

Turkey’s Erdogan and President Obama share one very important personal attribute. Both have a surfeit of megalomania.  Erdogan pictured himself as the Sultan of the new Ottoman empire, sheltering the hapless Arabs under his protective wing. He thought that by … Continue reading

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Iraq and the Kurds

Iraq is not the geographical center of the  Arab world but it is the center in terms of what goes to  the heart of the Arab world.  In the past both Syria and Egypt have claimed this role but today … Continue reading

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