Friday, July 29, 2016

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- July 29, 2016

Patrick Cockburn, The Independent: Turkey, once the great hope of the Middle East, is left weak and unstable

The destabilisation of Turkey is good news for Isis as Turkish security organisations devote their efforts to hunting down Gulenists

Coup attempt and purge are tearing Turkey apart. The Turkish armed forces, for long the backbone of the state, are in a state of turmoil. Some 40 per cent of its generals and admirals have been detained or dismissed, including senior army commanders.

They are suspected of launching the abortive military takeover on 15-16 July, which left at least 246 people dead, saw parliament and various security headquarters bombed and a near successful bid to kill or capture President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

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Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- July 29, 2016

ISIS Wants a Global Civil War -- Maajid Nawaz, Daily Beast

Why the Next President Must Regionalize Iraq -- Mark Pfeifle, Time

The US, the Peshmerga and Mosul -- Michael Knights, Al Jazeera

What drove Syria's Nusra Front to detach itself from al-Qaeda? -- David Roberts, BBC

Analysis: Al Nusrah Front rebrands itself as Jabhat Fath Al Sham -- Thomas Joscelyn, Long War Journal

It's Not You, It's Me: Al-Qaeda Lost Jabhat al-Nusra. Now What? -- Clint Watts, War on the Rocks

How can Europe tackle 'IS'-inspired terrorism? -- Samira Shackle, DW

When will our politicians accept the reality of Islamic terrorism? -- Douglas Murray, Spectator

What Saudi Arabia can offer Israel -- Akiva Eldar, Al-Monitor

Most ASEAN countries 'want to stay out of Beijing's South China Sea dispute with the Philippines' -- Liu Zhen and Catherine Wong, South China Morning Post

Who Supports China in the South China Sea -- Wang Wen & Chen Xiaochen, Diplomat

1MDB: The inside story of the world’s biggest financial scandal -- Randeep Ramesh, The Guardian

French special-forces deaths in Libya illustrate the West's difficult position -- Casper Wuite, The Interpreter

No arrivals: The visible isolation of Caracus -- Ramen

Why This U.S. Election Needs Even More Putin -- Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg


Dave Goldstein said...

Putin must be laughing his ass off.

Jay Farquharson said... sure isn't going to understand the Daily Beast article at all.

RRH said...

I'm having trouble with it too. At least the part about "a global civil society movement". How can this happen in "the west" when the ruling class supports Islamist terrorists while disguising them as "moderates", "rebels" and "freedom fighters"? How does this happen when "the west" provides al Qaeda's airforce? When "westerners" for the most part refuse to acknowlege, let alone fight, their governments' connivance with Islamo (and other) fascists while bitching about refugees from countries destroyed by said?? How does it happen when the elites are bum buddies with the rotten Housr of Saud and allow their poison into our communities while they get richer?

We play too many games over here. It's one of the reasons people who are really fighting ISIS et al do not respect or trust us. Who can blame them?

Jay Farquharson said...


Like the example of Canada shows, while we can't stop our Elites from selling arms and supporting violent Islamic jihad, we can open our communities to the victims of those actions.

RRH said...

Yes we can and do Jay.

And we can do even more.

If we don't, my money is on the Grandkids.

RRH said...

Running cover till the bitter end.

Jay Farquharson said...

The Courts are starting to help.

Jay Farquharson said...


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RRH said...

Thanks Jay.