Tag Archives: ISIL

UNGA’s Big Day and the Syria Conflict

October 1, 2015 Julian Borger of the Guardian called the United Nations’ 70th General Assembly (UNGA) “the greatest political show on earth”. He said: “The drama will be greater than ever this year… within the space of two hours on … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Syria’s Unsustainable Conflict

31 August 2015 Efforts to find a political solution to the Syrian conflict appear to be gaining momentum. Whatever the outcome, recent diplomatic flurry can be attributed to the following: • The completion of the Iran nuclear deal, • ISIL’s … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Middle East: More Confusing Than Ever…

10 August 2015 Contrary to initial expectations the Arab Spring brought further chaos to a region already troubled by unresolved conflicts; beset by internal political, economic and social problems. But widening sectarian clashes and the emergence of ISIL have added … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Turkey’s Metamorphosis

28 July 2015 The EU summit held in Brussels on December 17, 2004 decided that accession negotiations with Turkey would start on October 3, 2005. The process was accordingly launched at the Luxembourg Intergovernmental Conference. This was two years after … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Combating ISIL

9 July 2015 On July 6, 2015 President Obama delivered remarks after meeting with military leaders at the Pentagon to discuss US strategy to degrade and defeat the Islamic State (ISIL). Here are key quotes from his remarks and a … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Middle East’s Vicious Circle

19 June 2015 The following is a key paragraph from “The Modern History of Iraq” by Phebe Marr: “Without substantial international support and lacking in understanding of Iraq or clear planning for Iraq’s future, the decision by the United States … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Syria Conflict Enters Its Fifth Year

17 March 2015 During the past four years of internal strife more than two hundred thousand Syrians lost their lives. Almost half the population is either internally displaced or living as refugees in neighboring countries. Homes and infrastructure are in … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Prime Minister Netanyahu on Iran

6 March 2015 I watched PM Netanyahu’s address to the Congress. I also read the transcript. What he said on Iran was hardly different from his UN General Assembly speech of 29 September 2014. It was the controversial nature of … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Turkey-US-Assad-ISIL: The Vicious Circle

2 March 2015 In Turkey, what political leaders say carries weight for a day. This is because they speak almost every day; address big crowds probably every couple of days. Public memory cannot cope. The language they use is, more … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Turkey’s Military Incursion into Syria

24 February 201 Two days ago a large Turkish military column entered Syria to bring back to Turkey the remains of Suleyman Shah and evacuate the some 40 soldiers guarding his tomb. Suleyman Shah was the grandfather of the founder … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment