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Turkey sends convoy to Syrian border; PM rules out unilateral intervention

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu

Special to Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu responded to reports of an increased military presence at the border with Syria by saying unilateral intervention on Turkey’s part was “out of the question.” The Anadolu news agency on July 1 […]

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Coming to America? ISIL executes gay men in response to Supreme Court decision

Turkish riot police use water canon on a gay rights demonstrator on June 28.  /Twitter

Special to As supporters of same-sex marriage celebrated the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to allow gay marriage in all 50 states, a different story was unfolding in the Middle East. Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) terrorists executed […]

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Erdogan lowers media profile after electoral defeat of AKP agenda

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrives to cast his ballot in Istanbul on June 7.  /Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images

Special to In the lead-up to the June 7 parliamentary elections in Turkey, citizens could hardly turn on a television without seeing President Recep Tayyip Erdogan campaigning heavily for the Justice and Development Party (AKP). After the Islamist party’s […]

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Erdogan’s party loses majority and chance to make Turkey ‘unstoppable’

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.  /AP/Lefteris Pitarakis

Special to Early results from parliamentary election voting on June 7 showed President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) standing to lose its 12-year hold on power. According to state-run TRT television, the AKP had 41 percent […]

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More than 3,000 Syrians flee fighting for Turkey where critical election looms

Syrian refugees wait behind the border fence to cross into Turkey near the southeastern town of Akcakale.  /Reuters

Special to Turkey’s government reported that 3,337 Syrians had crossed into Turkey from Syria since June 3 amid heavy fighting between Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) and Kurdish forces. The Kurds are attempting to push ISIL out […]

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U.S. President Obama: Best friend of Eurasia’s predators

Erdogan and Obama

Special to By Alexander Maistrovoy With Iran, another predator is set free during Obama’s cadence. They are not empires yet. They don’t have enough power or the resources for becoming such. However, all of them — Russians, Turks, Arabs, […]

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U.S. ‘deeply concerned’ over Muslim Brotherhood death sentences in Egypt

Egyptian defendants during a trial related to  violence following the ouster of President Mohamed Morsi, in Alexandria, Egypt, on March 29, 2014 / Heba Khamis / EPA

Special to The U.S. State Department said it was “deeply concerned” after former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi and over 100 of his Muslim Brotherhood supporters were sentenced to death on May 16. The U.S. condemnation of the trial followed […]

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While White House focuses on Iran, Kremlin is cultivating all key regional players

The Kremlin  favors discretion, caution, and long-term architecture above insistence on compliance with its policies

Special to By GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs The Russian government has revived its fortunes to its south in the past few years. To do so it has been forced to play a delicate, low-key, balancing strategy dominated by the […]

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We’re in a new millennium, but press freedom is in rapid decline worldwide


Special to By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The targeted killings of journalists, the suffocating censorship in many countries, and the widening governmental controls on media activities, characterize the contemporary media landscape in large parts of the world. […]

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ISIL more murderous than militant: Report cites 2,154 non-combat deaths


Special to So-called insurgents of the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant have killed at least 2,154 people off the battlefield in Syria last summer (late June) when ISIL declared a caliphate, a Syrian human rights monitor said on […]

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