Turkey


Assad’s Idlib Assault Could Trigger A Refugee “Catastrophe”

A top Turkish official has sounded the alarm over Bashar al-Assad’s latest military campaign on the rebel-held Syrian province of Idlib, arguing that it could ignite a “new wave of migration.” Reinforced by immense Russian air power, Syrian troops have quickly advanced on the province since late 2017, triggering a […]


Evacuation Of Critically Sick Patients From Syrian Rebel-Held Enclave In Eastern Ghouta

In December 2017, the United Nations pushed for the immediate evacuation of critically sick children and patients from the besieged Syrian rebel-held enclave of Eastern Ghouta. Over the past few weeks the process of evacuation has begun; however, the lives of hundreds of people requiring immediate medical attention remains uncertain. […]


Indian Lawmakers Take Another Step Towards Ending The Instant Divorce Practice Of ‘Triple Talaq’

This week has seen the Indian federal government take the countries first step towards ending the Muslim practice of ‘triple talaq.’ The Narendra Modi government introduced the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights of Marriage) Bill 2017 to the Indian lower house, the Lok Sabha, on Thursday. The draft bill was […]


Does The General Assembly Rejection Of Trump’s Jerusalem Move Signal The End Of US Dominance?

On Thursday, the United Nations General Assembly voted on a resolution that was co-sponsored by Turkey and Yemen, condemning US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. In the emergency session, 128 countries voted in favour of the non-binding resolution, 9 voted against the resolution and 35 abstained from the vote. […]


Golden Opportunity Lost In Syrian Diplomatic Peace Talks

United Nations-sponsored peace talks in Geneva, intending to end the Syrian Civil War, have fallen apart, with special envoy Staffan de Mistura admitting that “a golden big opportunity” has been missed. Now in the eighth round of talks, last Thursday’s developments have diminished the Geneva process’ credibility. The deflated special […]


Turkish Capital Bans All LGBT Public Events, Citing Fears Of “Hatred And Hostility”

Turkey’s capital, Ankara, has recently announced a ban on all LGBT-related public events, citing fears these events could “provoke hatred and hostility” amongst others and increase violence and crime, which would pose “an open and imminent danger in terms of public safety.” The Ankara governor’s office said in a statement […]


Recent Truck Bombing In Somalia Is The Single Deadliest Attack In The Horn of Africa

On 14th October 2017, a truck bombing in Somalia’s capital left at least 276 people dead, with many bodies burned to ashes and relatives declaring about 70 people missing. The bomb, which exploded very close to a busy junction in central Mogadishu, was said to have targeted a crowded street […]


U.S., Turkey Suspend Visa Services Over Security Concerns

On Sunday 8th October 2017, U.S-Turkey relations took a turn for the worse as both governments announced the scaling back of visa issuing services in each other’s countries. This comes amid increased tensions between Washington and Ankara after a Turkish staffer was arrested at the U.S consulate in Turkey for […]