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Autopsy of Erdoǧan’s Istanbul Defeat

Autopsy of Erdoǧan’s Istanbul Defeat

Nabil Al-Tikriti 09.12.2019

Turkey’s authoritarian President Erdoǧan’s attempt to manipulate Istanbul’s recent mayoral election led to a humiliating defeat.  Despite the tight grip Erdoǧan and the AKP appear to have over Turkish politics, Turkey’s population is much more fractious and agitated by the regime than previously known.

Countering Christian Zionism in the Age of Trump

Countering Christian Zionism in the Age of Trump

Mimi Kirk 08.8.2019

Behind President Trump’s fervent embrace of Israel are millions of Christian Zionists who believe that the establishment of a Jewish ethnostate in Palestine is a requirement for the fulfillment of end-times prophecies. But a growing movement of Christians is challenging this controversial theology.

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The New Landscape of Intervention

Spring 2019
This issue of Middle East Report identifies new methods through which powerful states and transnational actors intervene across the region.  These are found under the guise of humanitarian assistance, democracy promotion or border security—as well as through new methods like urban planning, infrastructure development, crisis research and deprivation—what might also be called biopolitical interventions.  While we still see traditional forms of imperial intervention through direct military force, there are increasingly new forms of intervention that must be understood, assessed and mapped.

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One of MERIP’s signature issues over the years has been the question of Palestine and the Arab-Israeli conflict—partly because of its intrinsic interest but largely because so much myth and cant clouds the mainstream media coverage of this subject that independent analysis is particularly necessary. This primer by Joel Beinin and Lisa Hajjar is a good place to start in understanding what is at stake as events unfold.
(Photo of Israeli separation barrier by Alfonso Moral.)

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Background to Ongoing Protests in Sudan

Background to Ongoing Protests in Sudan

Anti-government protests have rocked Sudan since the beginning of 2019, with police crackdowns leaving dozens of dead and many wounded. Large crowds have taken to the streets across the country to denounce a government decision in December to triple the price of bread and to demand the end of President Omar al-Bashir’s regime.The following articles and interviews offer accounts of earlier protests and regime repression as well as an overview of US policy toward Sudan leading up to the secession of South Sudan in 2011.
(Photo of protesters in Khartoum, April 8, 2019 by Lana Haroun.)

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