Monday, April 12, 2021

The drug barons of Damascus

When Saudi security authorities announced a spectacular blow against drug smuggling about a year ago, paper packaging that almost everyone in Syria is familiar with appeared on the photos: Mate tea from the “Kabour...

EU’s carrot for Erdogan

The European Union is approaching Turkey again - although there have been setbacks in terms of the rule of law and fundamental rights. The government in Ankara is at least de-escalating its foreign policy...

Has Biden Dismissed Erdogan of White House?

Concurrent with the Turkish attempts during the past months, to improve its tense relations with the West, specifically the United States, the latter imposed sanctions on the Turkish Defense Industries Administration and a number...

A Further Coup Debate in Turkey?

When Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan announced his withdrawal from the Istanbul Convention of the Council of Europe for the Protection of Women against Violence two weeks ago, he kicked off a stone that got...

Political Instability in Jordan

In the Jordanian royal family, power issues are usually resolved behind the palace walls. More unusual that a smoldering family feud escalated for the whole world to see over the weekend. In an extraordinary...

The EU and Erdogan – How the EU looses its last credibility in its...

It is now almost common practice in today's Turkey that political decisions, triggering a national crisis in other countries, are simply taken overnight. When Turkish citizens woke up on March 20, the president had fired...

Syria: “We will not be silent”

Heiko Maas, German Minister of Foreign Affairs Ten years ago, millions of Syrians went to the streets in Dara‘a, Aleppo and Damascus to demand democracy and respect for their fundamental rights and freedoms. The brutal...

Netanyahu – The dominant figure again?

Last week, the Israelis were called to vote again, fulfilling their democratic duty for the fourth time in two years. The turnout fell only slightly from 71.4 to 67.3 percent, so that despite the...