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OBSERVING HUMAN RIGHTS IN THE MIDDLE EAST(13.02.2017)

Observing Human Rights in the Middle East

It becomes evident when traveling in war zones and isolated areas that the most vulnerable in such places are women and young children.In January, on a train bound from Mashhad, Iran, to Tabriz, I met a woman who looked to be in her 30s. Her name was Amir Nedai.Amir and I were sharing a 4-bed passenger cubicle with another couple from Iran; on a ride that would take 24 hours until our destination. Unlike Amir’s short stature, her husband was quite tall. He must not have liked the idea that his wife would be in the same cubicle with a foreign man (he and Amir were placed in different sections), because when he came inside our room, he did not even greet me.It felt ...


DOES PKK USE DRUG ADDICTS TO CONDUCT SUICIDE ATTACKS?(19.01.2017)

Does PKK Use Drug Addicts To Conduct Suicide Attacks?

For the illegal Marxist organisations, a suicide attack is a last effort to stand up for themselves. Especially as a result of the successful operations in Eastern and South-eastern Anatolia against it, PKK has changed its strategy and started to go for suicide attacks by employing its urban settlements. In the previous periods there was a symbolical dimension for terrorist organisations which made suicide attacks meaningful for them, however today they are mainly employed as the fastest way of getting results.Tamil Tigers of Sri Lanka were the first organisation in the world to initiate suicide attacks. The Marxist, ethnic separatist organisation has frequently employed suic...


SYRIAN CIVIL WAR (2011-2015): LOCAL AGREEMENTS BETWEEN FIGHTING PARTIES AND REFLECTIONS OF NATIONAL PEACE(5.10.2016)

Syrian Civil War (2011-2015): Local Agreements Between Fighting Parties and Reflections of National Peace

According to various sources, Syria has become a deadlock country of pain and tears, where at least 500.000 people have lost their lives, tens of thousands of people have been injured, and 6.5 billion of its people have become refugees with reference to the UN data. In 2011, when Arab Spring spread in waves from North Africa to the Middle East, Syria experienced counter-demonstrations and movements, especially against the state of emergency that the government declared in Daara between the 18th and 25th of March, which was met with the violent response of regime soldiers. Mass arrests, torturing, serious human rights violations and death have pulled th...


TURKEY OPERATION EUPHRATES SHIELDL IN THE CASE OF NIXONIFIED US FOREIGN POLICY: RISKS AND THREATS(21.09.2016)

Turkey Operation Euphrates Shieldl in the Case of Nixonified US Foreign Policy: Risks and Threats

With the failed coup attempt in July, the future of US-Turkey relations once again came into question. Especially the US’ sidestepping of the extradition of the head terrorist Fethullah Gülen, regressed US-Turkey relations. Indeed, Turkey's Operation Euphrates Shield started at a late hour and while the US Vice President Joe Biden was enroute on a plane for his visit to Turkey. This work argues that Obama's foreign policy has similarities to that of Richard Nixon's, discussing the risks and threats Turkey may face in the context of her Operation Euphrates Shield under such circumstances. As Kirby emphasizes, in previous periods the Anglo-Prussian alliance...


TURKEY-GERMANY RELATIONS AND THE ACCEPTANCE OF THE SO-CALLED ARMENIAN GENOCIDE LAW DRAFT(16.06.2016)

Turkey-Germany relations and the Acceptance of the So-called Armenian Genocide Law Draft

1. A couple days ago the German Federal Parliament accepted the draft recognizing the Armenian allegations regarding the events of 1915. How will this decision of the German parliament affect Turkey-Germany relations? What balances will shift, how will the relations Germany maintains with the Republic of Turkey will be damaged by the decision? Germany has received migrants from Turkey ever since the 1960s. A portion of these workers that went to Germany in the 1960s were from rural areas of Anatolia. Yet, there have also been political migrations as a result of the military coups. Political convicts wanted by Turkey migrated to Germany during the 70s and 80s. It is not possible ...


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