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Turkey’s Birthday Revelers Dispersed With Tear Gas

Oct 30, 2012 | Comments Off

Demonstrators run as police use tear gas to disperse them in central Ankara October 29, 2012. (photo by REUTERS/Umit Bektas ) The first “spring” in a majority-Muslim population came 89 years ago in Turkey. As the successor to the Ottomans, the young Turkish republic rose from the heartland of the Empire with an exceptional geography, positioned strategically among Europe, the Caucasus and the Middle East. [...]

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Turkey Held Hostage in Syria

Oct 23, 2012 | Comments Off

No revolutionary uprising in the Arab world has been as sectarian as the Syrian crisis, but the uniqueness of the Syrian case is partly because it was inevitable for Syria to muddle into this dark religious divide. The most serious split is between the Alawites and the Sunnis. Although there has always been talk of [...]

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Syria-Turkey conflict

Oct 17, 2012 | Comments Off

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Is Egypt’s Trial of NGOs Setback for Democracy?

Oct 1, 2012 | Comments Off

Amid the euphoria of the Tahrir Square revolution last year, the US-Egyptian relationship hit a hard bottom when the Egyptian police raided the Cairo offices of 10 NGOs in December, including four American ones — the National Democratic Institute (NDI), the International Republican Institute (IRI), Freedom House and the International Center for Journalists. A total of 43 staffers, of which 19 were American citizens, were accused by mismanaging the NGOs by not filing the registration paperwork fully in accordance with Egyptian law, and therefore receiving illegal money from outside the country and spending it illegally on political campaigns.

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