Behind Turkey’s Post-Coup Crisis

The political crisis in Turkey, after a failed coup and mass arrests, sees President Erdogan consolidating his power and blaming his troubles on a Turkish exile living in Pennsylvania, as ex-CIA official Graham E. Fuller explains.

Afghanistan: President Obama’s Vietnam

President Obama is keeping U.S. troops in Afghanistan fighting an unwinnable war for fear of the political consequences if he faces reality and admits defeat, an echo of Vietnam, writes Jonathan Marshall.

Turkey’s Elected Dictator

For Erdogan, being elected was akin to being granted a license to trample and dismantle all democratic tenets to consolidate his powers and promote his Islamic agenda, stresses Alon Ben-Meir.

What Should we Take Away from Turkey’s Almost-Coup?

Erdogan’s minister of Labor Suleyman Soylu openly accused Washington of being behind the coup attempt. Some think he represents the thinking of Erdogan himself, to whom he is close. It is extraordinary that high cabinet official of a NATO member state should launch such charges publicly against the United States, writes Juan Cole.

Why Turkey’s Coup Failed

The failed coup attempt challenged Erdogan’s grip on power. Will he now grasp it more tightly or pivot towards some reform? Asks Deniz Aribogan.

Turkey’s Faltering Democracy

Turkish President Erdogan crushed a military coup this weekend but this victory for civilian rule will do little to revive Turkish democracy which Erdogan has been strangling with his autocratic grip on power, notes ex-CIA analyst Paul R. Pillar.

Uncontrolled Refugeeism Lacks Political Wisdom

The present refugee situation in Europe, accentuated by the reality of terrorism, brings to the surface the undercurrents of the immigrant-refugee problem which has been simmering for two generations, and has now reached the boiling point, argues Ben Tanosborn.

When Is the Moment to Ask for More Effective Anti-Terror Policy?

With every new attack, it becomes more and more clear that the world is dealing — or not dealing, actually — with three dimensions of this now routine phenomenon of mass killings of innocent civilians, notes Rami G. Khouri.

The Unyielding Grip of Fossil Fuels on Global Life

Michael Klare’s latest report on our fossil-fueled planet suggests that the use of coal, oil, and natural gas will not fall, but actually continue to rise in the next decades and so, of omens, there will be plenty to come.

A Movement To End The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

The problem in Israel is that the socioeconomic conditions are not compelling enough to spark a national movement, as by and large the country is flourishing, and complacency – rather than political activism – has become the national mantra, argues Alon Ben-Meir.

Israel Drifts Right but ‘Haaretz‘ Remains a Beacon for the Left

The Israeli daily newspaper is thriving, in part by shining a light in places many would prefer not to see — as Israel descends, tragically, more deeply into darkness, explains Eric Alterman.

Egypt’s Bold but Marginal, Mysterious Diplomacy

I wish dearly that Egypt would resume its role as a recognized leading Arab power that could spur regional and global activity for Arab-Israeli permanent peace, like it resolved its own conflict with Israel. There are no signs that this will happen, points out Rami G. Khouri.

NATO as an ‘Entangling Alliance’

There are many ugly aspects of Donald Trump’s candidacy, but Trump raises a legitimate question about the value of NATO, which represents the epitome of the “entangling alliances” that the Founders warned against, notes Ivan Eland.

‘War on Terror’ Blowback Hits Dallas

The blowback from America’s “war on terror” swept into Dallas last Friday when an Afghan War veteran allegedly killed five police officers and was killed in turn by a remote-controlled robot deploying a bomb, writes retired Col. Ann Wright.

Putting Middle East Christians at Risk

After examining the groups involved and list of invited speakers, the conference's purposes appear to be dangerously provocative and even sinister, notes James J. Zogby.

Qatar’s abused workforce

Despite a promised change in the law, migrant workers in Qatar who are building venues for the 2022 football world cup are still being ruthlessly exploited, explains David Garcia.

US Still Ducks Iraq Accountability

With the Chilcot report, Great Britain somewhat came to grips with its role in the criminal invasion of Iraq, but neocon-controlled Washington still refuses to give the American people any honest accounting, explains ex-CIA analyst Paul R. Pillar.

A New Fight Over Syria War Strategy

President Obama has signaled a willingness to join Russia in going after Al Qaeda’s Nusra Front in Syria, but neocons and other hawks are fighting the policy shift, reports Gareth Porter.

 
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