By inviting the US to use Turkish airbases to attack ISIL, Erdogan has assured domestic voters that he is securing the country, while giving himself cover to further weaken the Kurdish nationalist cam
Western governments do not always get what they want, but arguing that oil is the key factor behind western actions in the Middle East is one of the most evidence-based statements that one can make.
Israel’s response to the threat posed by Iran’s new stature “depends on achieving closer ties with the United States.”
The purpose of such claims is largely to disown any responsibility regarding the mayhem gripping the Middle East, and putting the blame squarely on local actors for their countries’ misfortunates.
It is the state itself that is ensuring that Muslims are collectively pushed to the edge of public life with extremely serious short-, medium-, and long term consequences for democratic politics.
In 2013, for the first time since World War II, the number of those forcibly displaced from their homes exceeded 50 million.
Several of today’s most powerful leaders are proud to be authoritarian, and commend it as an example to others. The hope is that not many will join this exclusive club.
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