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  • December 31, 2014|Burak BekdilHürriyet Daily News

    In Turkey, 'Thief' is not Just a Five-Letter Word

    Originally published under the title, "Why 'thief' is not just a five-letter word." On Dec. 9, the front page of the maverick daily BirGün featured a big headline in bold letters in Arabic script. For the readers who cannot read...

  • December 31, 2014|Tarek FatahThe Toronto Sun

    In Afghanistan, the New Year Begins with an Ignominious End

    Originally published under the title, "New Year Could Belong to Jihadis." Not since America's humiliating defeat in Vietnam has that country faced such a comprehensive failure of objectives as in Afghanistan, where last Friday the...

  • December 30, 2014|Burak BekdilThe Gatestone Institute

    Erdogan's Egyptian Nightmare

    Back in 2011, everything ostensibly was coming up roses between Turkey and Egypt. In an interview that year, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu mentioned "an axis of democracy of the two biggest nations in our region [Turkey and Egypt],...

  • December 30, 2014|Raymond IbrahimVeritas International Enterprise

    Saudi Clerics Fight for the Right to Marry Children

    Originally published under the title, "Islamic Law: Girls Can Be Married 'Even If They Are In The Cradle'." Muslim attempts at "reformation" continue to be limited to words not actions. A few days ago, efforts to set a...

  • December 29, 2014|Raymond IbrahimFrontPage Magazine

    The Western Media and Muslim-on-Muslim Violence

    Originally published under the title, "Only Muslim Schoolchildren Lives Matter?" Earlier I looked at how Western mainstream media enable Islamic terrorism by employing an arsenal of semantic games, key phrases, convenient omissions, and...

  • December 26, 2014|Jonathan SpyerThe Jerusalem Post

    Islamic State Fighters are Moving Ever Closer Towards Israel

    Islamic State has suffered severe losses as a result of coalition air strikes in the last months. Over 1,000 of its fighters have been killed, and Kurdish peshmerga forces have driven the jihadists back on a wide front between the cities of Erbil and

  • December 26, 2014|Burak BekdilHürriyet Daily News

    Toward a More Perfect Turkish Language

    "The revolution will be complete when the language is perfect."George Orwell, 1984 Originally published under the title, "The Master Linguist(s)." It is truly fascinating that President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan keeps on lecturing...

  • December 26, 2014|Jonathan SpyerPJ Media

    Battle Lines Emerge in Israel's Election Campaign

    With the date of the elections set for March 17th, the campaigning season has begun in Israel. There was little public enthusiasm for the new polls. It is only 20 months since the last time Israelis turned out to vote. The 2015 contest will be the...

  • December 26, 2014|Burak BekdilThe Gatestone Institute

    Why Does Nobody Want to Play with Turkey?

    Turkey is too big, too Islamist and too un-European for the EU; too little Islamist and a disliked former colonial power for most of the Arab street; a sectarian and regional rival for Iran, and a security threat to the bigwigs in the Shanghai

  • December 23, 2014|Burak BekdilThe Gatestone Institute

    Heading for a Jew-Free Turkey

    At the beginning of the 20th century, there were about 200,000 Jews in Turkish lands – when the entire population was barely 10 million. Today, the Turkish population has reached 77 million – and there are fewer than 17,000 Jews. Mois...

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