Erdogan tries to rewrite history

Recep Tayyip Erdogan's recent decision to change the date commemorating the conquest of Istanbul from May 29 to May 30 seems to fall into a pattern of altering dates of public holidays to correspond with important political dates — in this case, the June 7 elections.
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 Cengiz Çandar for Al-Monitor on May 29

Al-Qaeda theorist calls for infiltrating political systems

Abdullah Bin Mohammed, an al-Qaeda theorist, believes jihadists need to adopt a new strategy of attaining legitimacy by rebranding themselves and working from within political systems, an idea that might already have taken root in Syria.
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 Ali Hashem for Al-Monitor on May 29

New survey shows how Turks perceive foreign policy

A survey indicates that the Turkish public identifies itself as “Muslim and Middle Eastern” and believes that Turkey is a regional power.
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Translated from Haber Turk (Turkey) on May 29

What does peace mean for Gazans?

The current situation in Palestine is similar to what it was before the Oslo Accord, which does not necessarily mean that a new peace agreement might be reached with Israel.
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 Asmaa al-Ghoul for Al-Monitor on May 29

Netanyahu increasingly exposed to political extortion

The precedents of Ministers Gilad Erdan and Zeev Elkin receiving the portfolios they were after encourage Likud central committee members, who seek to weaken Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's hold on the party.
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 Mazal Mualem for Al-Monitor on May 29

Kerry counselor expected to succeed Sherman in key job

State Department Counselor Tom Shannon, a former US ambassador to Brazil, is expected to be picked to succeed Wendy Sherman as under secretary of state, US officials tell Al-Monitor.
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 Laura Rozen for Al-Monitor on May 28

Turkish civic society mobilizes against election fraud

Turkish civic groups such as Vote and Beyond prepare for stringent monitoring of the June 7 elections, given that even minuscule vote-rigging could have a huge impact on the country’s future.
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 Kadri Gursel for Al-Monitor on May 28

Iran MPs try to sidestep Guardian Council oversight

Iranian MPs attempted to pass a bill that would reduce the Guardian Council's powers in the 2016 parliamentary elections.
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 A correspondent in Tehran for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on May 28

Kahlon's election promise blunder

Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon won 10 Knesset seats after promising to dismantle monopolies and share more equally natural resources, but this promise is now questioned in view of his friendship with a leading Israeli businessman.
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 Mazal Mualem for Al-Monitor on May 28

Two Israeli mayors consider leadership run

Two mayors, Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat and Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai, are contemplating challenging Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and opposition leader Isaac Herzog.
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 Ben Caspit for Al-Monitor on May 28

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