Erdogan: Self-Proclaimed Caliphate?

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Cynthia M. Lardner

 

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s slim success in the April 16, 2017 referendum election enhanced his power consistent with Mr. Erdogan’s statements going back to 2014 that he aspired to become the next Caliphate. The term Caliphate has significant meaning in the Muslim world. A Caliph is a prophet sent by God to provide just governance over all of Islam. This is on the level of miracles. The Caliphate was abolished by the secularization of Turkey 99 years ago. Continue reading “Erdogan: Self-Proclaimed Caliphate?”

Observations of an Expat: The Fight for the Spoils

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Tom Arms

Politics hates a vacuum. It especially hates a vacuum in the tinderbox cockpit of the Middle East where the conflicting issues of money, vital resources, religious extremism, religious conflicts, historic rivalries and the geopolitical link between East and West dangerously clash. Continue reading “Observations of an Expat: The Fight for the Spoils”

President Erdogan’s sins

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Sami Jamil Jadallah

With the rising anger toward Turkey in the Arab world, perhaps I am one of the few who truly believes in the Turkish Miracle under the leadership of then President Abdullah Gul and now President Recep Erdogan and the Turkish Justice and Development Party (AKP).

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Observations of an Expat: Disastrous Middle East Victory

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Nicole Tung

 

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Tom Arms

It looks as if the fighting in Iraq and Syria will draw to a close in 2017. We won and lost.

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Observations of an Expat: A Good Year for Me

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Tom Arms

It has been a good year for journalists. I have never known better. There has been an endless march of upsets, twists, turns, worries, cheers, jeers, doom, gloom and unadulterated surprised joy.

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Observations of an Expat: The End of Reason

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Tom Arms

The philosophical foundations of the word are shifting. Fact, evidence; they are becoming irrelevant even though they have governed our decision-making processes for nearly 350 years. And they have been a good 350 years for the Euro-centric Western world.

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