Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- August 24, 2016

Robert Fisk, The Independent: The predictions have come to pass: Turkey is now in Syria and this is what it means for the Middle East

The Turks don’t want a Kurdish mini-state on their frontier any more than the Syrians want to lose territory to the Kurds

How the West would love to believe that Turkey’s army in Syria – all 10 tanks of it – are striking at last at everyone’s enemy, the blood-soaked cult of the “Islamic State”. But few in Syria or Turkey will be fooled. Isis have been sitting in Jerablus for many months; it is the advance of the American-armed Kurdish YPG militia along the Turkish border towards Jerablus that worries Sultan Erdogan.

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Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- August 24, 2016

Turkey's New Incursion into Syria -- J. Weston Phippen, The Atlantic

How is Turkey dealing with threats from Syria? -- Inside Story/Al Jazeera

Does Turkey trust Washington? -- Inside Story/Al Jazeera

Volatile mix in Syria war puts new strain on US strategy -- AP

Why Is the United States Abetting Saudi War Crimes in Yemen? -- Mohamad Bazzi, The Nation

Iraqi militias aspire to be like Iran’s Revolutionary Guards -- Al-Monitor

Pakistan's Role in the Syria Conflict -- Samuel Ramani, The Diplomat

The battle for Kunduz and Helmand -- Masood Saifullah, DW

Should the South China Sea be given a new name? -- Gavin Fernando,

South Africa’s ANC has lost control of Johannesburg for the first time to a novice politician -- Lynsey Chutel, Quartz

Jailing Jihadis for Destroying Treasures -- Christopher Dickey, Daily Beast

Moscow won't let Ukraine go -- Bernd Johann, DW

From the destruction of Greece to democracy in Europe -- James K. Galbraith, Boston Globe

Does Survival In Venezuela Depend on Shippers In Miami? -- Tim Padgett, WLRN

Has Colombia finally reached a peace deal with FARC? -- David Iaconangelo, CSM

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