Politics


Is Turkey’s shift on Assad beginning of the end of Syria’s war?

Turkish deputy prime minister says "we just have to work with what we have"; no sectarian divide in Aleppo; the Syrian Kurdish fault line.
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 Al-Monitor Week in Review on January 22

How Washington, Riyadh can work together to counter terrorism

It would behoove Washington and Riyadh to take steps to reassure each other in the fight against terrorism.
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 Bruce Riedel for Al-Monitor on January 22

US strike rekindles debate over Trump plans for Libya

Barack Obama made a show of battling the Islamic State in conjunction with Tripoli's UN-backed unity government. Will the new president drop the GNA for an anti-Islamist strongman?
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 Julian Pecquet for Al-Monitor on January 22

In death, Iran's conservatives take ownership of Rafsanjani

Iranian conservatives are maneuvering to shape the narrative of Rafsanjani’s political legacy in yet another attempt to subdue their Reformist and moderate rivals.
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 Arash Karami for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on January 20

Turkey's parliament comes to blows over Erdogan-enabling reforms

Proposed constitutional reforms have sparked all-out brawling in Turkey's parliament, complete with physical and verbal attacks on female opposition figures.
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 Pinar Tremblay for Al-Monitor on January 20

When will Egypt's soccer fans be allowed to return?

Whether Egypt's Interior Ministry will lift the ban against club supporters is far from decided.
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 Amira Sayed Ahmed for Al-Monitor on January 22

Critical film unnerves Egypt's religious scholars

Many Egyptian clerics are up in arms over a new film that takes on the nation's sheikhs and mosque preachers, saying it harms the reverence and respect they are due and calling for it to be pulled from theaters.
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 Salwa Samir for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on January 20

Turkey offers citizenship to foreigners with deep pockets

To attract much-needed foreign currency to the country, Ankara is offering Turkish citizenship to wealthy foreigners, but given Turkey’s gloomy economic and political outlook, the plan may lead to disappointment.
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 Zülfikar Doğan for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on January 22

What is Turkey’s problem with Darwin?

The elimination of the theory of evolution from Turkey's high school textbooks seems to be the latest round in the country's century-old culture war.
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 Mustafa Akyol for Al-Monitor on January 20

After Paris — a Moscow conference on Mideast peace?

Palestinians are now developing a follow-up strategy to the Paris II conference, and are hoping for a Moscow conference in the near future.
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 Uri Savir on January 22

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