Tag Archives: Political Islam

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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Islamism and Islam – Update

  Below is a  paste of an extract from an article in the Wall Street Journal ( 12 Dec 20015) written by Maajid Nawaz, a liberal Muslim, originally from Pakistan now living in the U.K.   “Islam is a religion, … Continue reading

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Iraqi PM Nuri Maliki comes To Town

Is Iraq At Turning Point? Iraqi Prime Minister al-Maliki was in Washington asking for help from the Obama administration.  He tried to refurbish his image, which has never been high in the US media. Unpopular from the beginning because the … Continue reading

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We Achieved Peace in Our Time

There is no doubt that the main stream media that has been very uncomfortable trying to avoid calling Obama’s  leadership into question, Even a few liberals have noticed that the emperor is not wearing any clothes. But when Putin threw … 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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Egypt on the way to democracy or Islamist dictatorship?

Transition to democracy? A necessary stage? The surprising ease with which Mohamed Morsi, the newly elected president of Egypt, fired his top military leadership left many puzzled and also worried. There are dozen or more theories as to how and … Continue reading

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