ANALYSIS: What’s Behind the Crisis Over the Temple Mount?

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On Tuesday, Israeli police finally decided to close the Temple Mount in Jerusalem after a Muslim terrorist threw a firebomb at a station of the Border Police near the Al-Aqsa Mosque. One police officer was seriously wounded by the firebomb while Muslim … Read More

‘Just the beginning’: Austria announces plans to close several mosques, deport dozens of imams

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz has initiated a crack-down on foreign-funded religious groups in his country.(Dan Kitwood/Getty Images) Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz announced on Friday that the government is planning to shutter seven mosques and expel dozens of imams from the country. At … Read More

ANALYSIS: Muslim Leaders Seek ‘Islamic Army’ to Protect ‘Palestine’

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Turkish dictator Recep Tayyip Erdogan and other Muslim leaders want to create an Islamic army to ‘protect’ the Palestinian Arabs after 62 of them died last Monday during attempts to invade Israel from Gaza. Hamas and Islamic Jihad later admitted 53 of … Read More

Russia wants US military out of Syria. But it still needs US to help bring peace.

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Russian and US-allied forces avoided conflict during Friday’s airstrikes on alleged Syrian chemical weapon sites. But Moscow sees the US’s ongoing involvement in Syria as nothing more than spoiler. Still, analysts say, Russia needs the US to help diplomatically. Mikhail … Read More

Turkey’s Erdogan calls Israel’s Netanyahu ‘terrorist’ over Gaza deaths

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Sean Gallup/Getty Images Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday of being “a terrorist” after the Israeli prime minister rejected Ankara’s “moral lessons” over deadly clashes in Gaza. “Hey Netanyahu! You are an occupier. And it is … Read More

“Army of Islam”: Erdogan’s Plot Against Israel

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How many more sinister steps can Erdogan take before the EU and the U.S. recognize that he is a threat to Western strategic interests? Less than a month ago, the Turkish daily Yeni Şafak ran an interesting article in advance … Read More

Russia replaces America as the power player in the Middle East

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© Getty Images The sorry position of the United States in the Middle East today ought to be sending President Trump a powerful message. The region bristles with American air and naval bases and major deployments in Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait and the … Read More

Syria is a moral defeat for Europeans

After 1945 Europe said “never again” but never again is happening before our eyes in the Middle East, says Guardian columnist Natalie Nougayrède.  Syrian civilians flee airstrikes in eastern Ghouta, February 2018. Photograph: Abdulmonam Eassa/AFP/Getty Images Syria is a European … Read More

Europe is facing a potential crisis in the Balkans. It has to act soon

The promise of EU membership for states in the region is welcome, but Russia, China and Turkey could create instability.  ‘Many factors have brought the Balkans back to the fore – not least the recent refugee crisis, which deeply rattled … Read More

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