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Erdogan’s Foreign Policy Is in Ruins (FP)

“It wasn’t long ago that Turkish foreign policy was the talk of the town. Defined by the catchy phrase of ‘zero problems with the neighbors,’ Turkey aimed to both improve relations with its neighborhood and slowly emerge as the dominant regional power. It was a classic case of enhancing soft power through democratization and economic ...

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Moscow Rules in E. Mediterranean (Australian)

“In early October, Russian aircraft carried out the first bombings of rebel positions in Syria. The operation was not a surprise. It was the latest, most dramatic episode in a significant increase in Russian support for the beleaguered regime of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad and has been under way since the beginning of last month. ...

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ISIS & Religious Genocide in the Mideast (National Review)

“The Islamist genocide — and there can be no doubt that it is genocide, despite world silence – of the Christians, Yazidis, Mandeans, and other defenseless ethno-religious minorities of Syria and Iraq continues. The killing of these peoples is deliberate and brutal and is rooted in religious hatred of the “infidel.” It is meted out ...

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Syria: Islamists tear down the Catholic monastery Mar Elian in Syria

“Following the murder of Palmyra’s renowned chief archaeologist, Khaled Asaad (82), extremists of the ‘Islamic State’ (IS) continue to destroy Christian churches and monasteries in Syria. On Thursday, they started to use heavy equipment to tear down the Syrian Catholic monastery Mar Elian in Al-Qaryatayn, central Syria. Mar Elian, probably built in the 4th century, ...

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Praying at a Jewish Tomb in Iraqi Kurdistan

Benjamin Kweskin, a Middle East analyst, writes: “Kurds and Jews have a fascinating shared history with roots in ancient times. Many date Jewish presence in what is today Kurdistan to the eighth-century B.C.E., when the Assyrian Empire — ancestors of the same friendly Assyrian Christians who are today under threat — conquered the Northern Kingdom ...

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Turkey & Kurds: Erdogan’s bait and switch

Jonathan Spyer writes: “Turkey’s recent intervention aims to prevent the emergence of a de facto Kurdish sovereignty stretching along its southeastern border” rather than taking down ISIS or Syria’s Assad.  Read more at the Jerusalem Post.

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Meet Iraq’s Christians persecuted by ISIS

60 Minutes, a news show in the United States, aired a piece on the Christians suffering persecution in Iraq. Reporter Lara Logan spoke with leaders of several Christian groups who have had to flee their ancient homes with only what they could carry — if that. These are our brother and sisters. Remember those who ...