Reading Time: 2 minutes Twitter and other social media were briefly blocked on Friday morning in Turkey as the government in Ankara sought to suppress a gruesome Islamic State (IS) video that appeared to show the extremists burn alive two captured Turkish soldiers. That and the news that at least 16 more Turkish soldiers were killed in a failed, Read More
Reading Time: 7 minutes Donald Trump’s “bromance” with Vladimir Putin, as well as the foreign-policy skills of his tentative generals-rich cabinet, will face a dangerous challenge in Syria as soon as he takes office.
Reading Time: 5 minutes Biden visits Turkey at a time when many wonder whether the country with NATO’s second-largest military is drifting away from the alliance
Reading Time: 9 minutes A mystical Islamic movement preaching dialogue and education is being blamed for Turkey’s failed coup. But was the CIA also involved? And what’s next for Turkey?
Reading Time: 4 minutes When parts of the military staged a coup in Turkey on Friday, their goal was to dislodge President Recep Tayyip Erdogan from power. But the opposite is happening: Erdogan is using the opportunity to uproot his opposition. Read our report from inside Turkey.
Reading Time: 2 minutes Our first report from Istanbul
Reading Time: 5 minutes With a military coup unfolding in Turkey, it’s useful to read this piece we published back in May — noting the possibility of a coup and providing context.
Reading Time: 5 minutes Turkey’s strongman has been shedding friends and picking up enemies at a rapid rate. But will his increasingly frantic efforts to suppress dissent keep the lid on?
Reading Time: 5 minutes Syria is a mess. And the narrative in mainstream media keeps swinging from one extreme to another, failing to grasp the complexities of the situation.
Reading Time: 5 minutes Turks against Kurds, ISIS against Kurds, Russia against ISIS, Turkey against Russia — who will be the winner? And how will it affect the rest of the world?
Reading Time: 2 minutes Family, friends and colleagues doubt that activist and reporter Jacky Sutton took her own life in a Turkish airport. New evidence bolsters their case.
Reading Time: 6 minutes Turkey’s rush to privatize state assets and mine its natural resources is turning a nation blessed with tremendous clean energy potential into a dirtier one. And it’s not just the environment that’s polluted. James Ryan investigates from Istanbul.
Reading Time: 10 minutes The United States and its allies have been so eager to remove the Assad regime in Syria that they’ve enabled some extreme elements to move into the void. Could the Western strategy in Syria result in the displacement of a secular regime with elements of Al Qaeda?
Reading Time: 7 minutes America and its allies appear about to launch a war against Syria. The justification is that the regime of Bashar al-Assad is using chemical weapons against the Syrian people. But a closer look raises doubts about whether Assad is using the weapons, whether the US-backed opposition is using them—or some combination. This is a timely must-read.
Reading Time: 6 minutes As we have been reporting over the past 18 months, the Obama Administration has had a very frustrating time inventing reasons to invade Syria or otherwise topple the independent-minded Assad regime. It seemed Bush-style “Curveball” inventions were out of vogue. But good news: they’re back, under a Democrat. And the real motivations—why, those are none of your business.
Reading Time: 8 minutes Now that the US has had a few days to rejoice or despair over Obama’s re-election, here’s one area where the candidates agreed—and what you may have missed over the past two months–in the (barely) covert war on Syria.
Reading Time: 5 minutes Tony Hayward, the former BP chief whose push for ever greater profits led to lowering safety standards and the destruction of the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem, is back with a new, smaller venture, and some interesting partners.
Reading Time: 6 minutes Really interesting material on Syria flies by, largely unnoticed and unremarked upon. Here’s a grab bag of potentially consequential items from the past couple of months.
Reading Time: 5 minutes A “defecting” general, the Houla massacre, and more—so much of the news out of Syria seems pretty far from the truth. If you’re not asking questions yet, you should be.
Reading Time: 5 minutes Heart-rending accounts of Syrians suffering at the hands of their government make powerful storytelling. But they hide the big-picture: a trumped-up opportunity for the West and its Arab allies to remove yet another “inconvenient” regime.