Tag: Recep Tayyip Erdogan

The Turkish Gambit with Terrorists

Turkey (SCF) – Among the major geopolitical challenges of 2017 that could seriously alter the balance of power in the international arena, particular attention should be given to the developing situation in Turkey. The final weeks of 2016 showed increasing cooperation…

Austria Calls for Freeze on Turkey’s EU Membership Talks

Austria wants the European Union to freeze membership talks with Turkey over Ankara’s massive crackdown following the failed coup.

Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz said Monday that the EU “must at least freeze the accession negotiations.”

He said “it is wrong to continue accession negotiations as if nothing negative has happened in Turkey in the last few months.”

Few EU states support Austria’s stance.

Stop the Presses

The latest attacks on journalists and news organizations by corrupt populists are contributing to a global rollback of fundamental rights.

Imagine that Donald Trump wins the presidency. Then, as he has done throughout his career, he goes after his enemies. He purges the Republican Party of everyone who refused to support him. He initiates criminal proceedings against Hillary Clinton.

And he shuts down The New York Times and The Washington Post.

It sounds like an unlikely scenario. Even if he does somehow manage to pull his campaign out of hospice to win in November, Trump wouldn’t be able to just close the leading newspapers in the United States, however much he might despise the liberal media.

Syria as Metaphor

The war in Syria is a nightmare. It’s a nightmare for all the civilians who suffer from constant aerial bombardment, who are trapped without food and medical assistance inside crumbling cities, who experience the retribution of either the Islamic State or the regime in Damascus. It’s a nightmare for those who try to escape and face the prospect of death in transit or limbo in refugee camps.

Syria is a nightmare for individuals, millions of them. But it’s not just that. If states could dream, then Syria would be their nightmare as well.