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Middle East

Syria in 2010, the year before the war

This text was published in the French publication Le Monde. Bilan du Monde. La situation économique internationale in early 2011. Thanks to important reforms decided by the President Bachar Al-Assad, the Syrian economy, plagued by stagnation for a long time, has regained some vigour back. The gross domestic product of the country has doubled between […]

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US may impose new sanctions on Russia, says the Wall Street Journal

According to The Wall Street Journal, which cites White House officials, the US government is considering introducing new sanctions against Russia. This time the reason for such a measure could be Russia’s abrupt walkaway from the deal with OPEC, which provoked a trade war with Saudi Arabia and a collapse in oil prices. At the […]

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Middle East Turkey

Is Erdogan trying to revive the Ottoman Empire? – Myśl Polska

An extended version of this article appeared on Myśl Polska. You can find the original Polish here. We are increasingly worried about the objectives of current Turkish policy. Recep Erdogan causes conflicts on all fronts, tries to demonstratively show independence from all external forces, plays his own games in various regions of the former Ottoman […]

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Middle East Russia Turkey

“NATO should help Turkey”, writes the Economist

NATO should grit its teeth and help Turkey in Syria, says one of the leader articles in the last issue of the magazine The Economist. “Turkey is the only country trying to stave off this humanitarian crisis”, writes the British weekly about the situation in the Syrian North Eastern province of Idlib, the last big […]

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Middle East Russia Turkey

Turkey is not a Russian ally

Since Turkey bought the anti-aircraft S-400 from Russia last summer, against the explicit recommendations of NATO, there was much talk and fear about Turkey increasingly orienting herself towards Russia and departing from her alliance with Europe and America. The events of the last few days in Syria prove that this kind of talk was nonsense. […]

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Middle East Turkey

Турция – не союзник России

Когда Турция прошлым летом купила у России зенитный комплекс S-400 вопреки четким рекомендациям НАТО, было много разговоров и опасений, что Турция все больше ориентируется на Россию и выходит из своего альянса с Европой и Америкой. События последних нескольких дней в Сирии доказывают, что подобные разговоры были чепухой. После последнего столкновения в Идлибе, в котором 33 […]

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Middle East

The ideologists of contemporary radical Islamism

Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi, the former caliph of the Islamic State, appears to be dead for real time. Since his rapid rise to notoriety in 2014, he had been declared dead at least 15 times, only to appear again when nobody expected. But it would be wrong to think that the elimination of an important […]

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Geopolitics Middle East United States

How humanitarian are humanitarian wars? Just look at the devastation they leave behind

An editorial in latest issue of The Economist this week accuses the United States “betraying the Kurds”, enabling Turkey, a NATO member and hence at least formally a US ally, to invade Northern Syria. Turkey’s alleged aim is to create a 30 km wide secure area across its border. A number of other experts and […]

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چهل سال جنگ بین ایالات متحده و ایران

English version روابط ناپایدار بین ایالات متحده و ایران بیش از چهل سال در آستانه جنگ بوده است ، اما هر از چند گاهی حوادث به نوبه خود متفاوت است. در ماه ژوئیه ، پس از اینکه ایران یک هواپیمای بدون سرنشین آمریکایی را شلیک کرد و آن چیزی که ادعا می کند فضای هوایی […]

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The forty-year war between the United States and Iran

In July, after Iran shot an American drone over what it claimed was its territorial airspace, the Unites States was minutes away from launching a strike on Iran. “How many people will be killed?”, asked President Trump to his military advisers. The answer was around one hundred. And so, Trump decided to call off a […]

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Middle East Turkey United States

“Trump is preparing to remove US soldiers from Syria”, – Radio Vesti FM

US President Donald Trump is planning to remove American soldiers from Syria, reports Russian radio Vesti FM, citing Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, Turkey’s minister of foreign affairs. Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said that his country is ready to conduct a military operation in Northern Syria with a very clear goal, “the liquidation of Kurdish terrorists”. Northern […]

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