MENA Mashup: The I/P, Iran, ISIS, and Turkey

By: Thursday November 27, 2014 2:25 pm

Bibi is merely pandering to his faltering hard-right base, meanwhile, it’s tearing Israel apart…!

 

Pull Up a Chair: Thanksgiving Celebration 2014

By: Saturday November 22, 2014 4:00 am

Here we are, the week before Thanksgiving. Twenty questions, of a sort: What will your menu be Thursday? Who preps the food? Who do you spend the holiday with, how many people; relatives, friends? How far do you travel, by what mode (air, train, bus, car…)? How long is your trip? How long do you stay? What traditions? Do you have to work? If so, will you celebrate another day? Will you bag the effort to cook at home and go to a restaurant? If so, what kind?

MENA Mashup: The I/P, Egypt, ISIL, Iraq, and Turkey

By: Friday November 21, 2014 6:50 pm

Columbia Prof. Rashid Khalidi is dead-on with his assertion that we’re the biggest enablers to Israel’s illegal occupation…!

Jihadis Using Cruise Ships to Reach Middle East (Not Satire)

By: Thursday November 13, 2014 9:16 am

Ho ho, this is just hilarious. But serious.

You know what cruises are, right? A couple of days at sea, a day or two in some cheesy port, mostly time spent eating madly at buffets, sucking down booze, laying in the sun in between turns at the buffet and the bar, that kind of thing. Other than regular occurrences of alcohol poisoning, heart attacks on the massage tables and the occasional passenger overboard, cruises are pretty laid back vacations.

(Cue ominous music) Until. Now.

Late Night: MENA Mashup

By: Friday November 7, 2014 8:00 pm

It’s really an ugly scene in Jerusalem, folks…! Bibi is playing with fire…

Turkey Denies US Claims About Allowing Use Of Military Base To Fight ISIS, Bombs Kurdish Fighters

By: Tuesday October 14, 2014 6:50 am

It seems the Obama Administration jumped the gun on announcing that the US would be allowed to use its military base in Turkey to attack ISIS forces in Iraq and Syria as the Turkish government is now flatly denying they ever made such an agreement. Turkey was previously a noted supporter of ISIS and has always shown a lukewarm interests in taking on the militant group despite being a member of the Obama Administration’s coalition against ISIS. Turkey has continually said it would only agree to fight ISIS if there was also a plan to take out the Assad government.

Late Night: MENA Mashup: Kobane, ISIS, and Our MIC

By: Saturday October 11, 2014 8:00 pm

Now, it’s interesting how the actual Kurds on the ground, are portraying it too.

Unrest Spreads in Turkey as ISIS-Friendly Government Clashes With Kurds

By: Friday October 10, 2014 6:49 am

Civil unrest has been steadily increasing in Turkey as ISIS fights to fully takeover the Kurdish dominated city of Kobani that sits on the Syrian-Turkish border. This week has seen riots throughout Turkey in cities where Kurds are present with Turkish authorities yelling pro-ISIS slogans and hitting protesters with water cannons and tear gas.

The clashes have already turned violent with the death of over 25 Kurdish protesters and two police officers, but if Kobani falls the unrest and violence is expected to get considerably worse.

Turkey: At least 15 killed in protests over Kobani’s abandonment

By: Thursday October 9, 2014 6:50 pm

Kobani in Syria’s Kurdish region has been resisting against ISIS for days, and in recent days the situation has been worsening due to ISIS advances. Civilians have been fleeing and taking refuge in Turkey; hundreds of thousands have been walking to the Turkish border, leaving everything behind. Across Turkey, there have been solidarity meetings with the participation of several political parties and civil society organizations. These rallies were being organized mainly by the Kurdish party HDP (Peoples’ Democratic Party). Rallies turned into protests and then turned violent. The result so far is a curfew declaration in six cities and – until this writing – 15 killed.

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