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Shifting Balances and Maintaining Control in the Volatile Middle East

Shifting Balances and Maintaining Control in the Volatile Middle East

Shifting Balances and Maintaining Control in the Volatile Middle East Very few countries in the world have to tiptoe daily around countless sensitive balances, all precariously maintained in a volatile geographic area. Turkey is one of them and the challenges it is facing everyday are like no other. November 24th […]

 
 

Sun-soaked Turkey to promote renewable energy

Sun-soaked Turkey to promote renewable energy

Turkey to meet energy requirements via renewable sources by 2023 Turkish government announcing its objective to meet 30% of the nation’s energy requirements via renewable sources by 2023, a target that includes a minimum 3GW-share for solar PV projects. The recently concluded high-profile German trade mission to Istanbul and Ankara, […]

 
 

The Name of the PKK Terror Organization in Syria is the PYD

The Name of the PKK Terror Organization in Syria is the PYD

Harun Yahya in this Op-Ed clarifies a very important reality that the PYD is the Syria branch of the PKK terror organization, with evidence. The PYD is the PKK in Syria, not a representative of the Syrian Kurds. Armed PYD militants also make up the YPG. Banners belonging to the PKK/KCK, […]

 
 

A new hope for Cyprus

A new hope for Cyprus

#OpEd: Harun Yahya provides his insights on the Cyprus Negotiations and opines that talks can be concluded positively if all parties adopt a peaceful, equal, and just manner. Cyprus has always attracted a lot of attention due to its strategic importance. However, in recent years, the importance of this third […]

 
 

Syrian refugees in the fourth year of the crisis

Syrian refugees in the fourth year of the crisis

With the war in Syria completing fourth year, Harun Yahya in this opinion piece expresses his hope that the war will end soon,  and the entire region will attain peace and there will be an amazing civilization built on good morality, compassion and love for everyone including Muslims, Christians, Jews […]

 
 

Turkey’s ‘Shah Euphrates’ Operation and ISIS-YPG Conflict

Turkey’s ‘Shah Euphrates’ Operation and ISIS-YPG Conflict

Harun Yahya explains on the recent Turkish operation to relocate the Suleyman Shah Tomb inside Syria. The previous day Turkey’s military troops equipped with 600 soldiers 39 tanks and 57 armored vehicles, drones and F-16 fighter jets entered Syrian territory. The operation named ‘Shah Euphrates’ was immediately headlined by the […]

 
 

Everything Wrong with the Presidential System

Everything Wrong with the Presidential System

In this Op Ed, Harun Yahya says that the Turkish presidential system endorsing a federative system would destroy the unitary structure of Turkey and cause disintegration. Here’s ten Q&A which discuss in detail the nuances of a presidential system and why it’s a threat for a country like Turkey. Is the […]

 
 

What Lies Ahead For Turkey in 2015

What Lies Ahead For Turkey in 2015

In this Op-Ed Harun Yahya lists the issues that Turkey needs to tackle in 2015  2014 has been a hectic year for Turkey. The unease caused by the Gezi Protests and PKK terror attacks, the Syrian war and the ISIS threat at the border has been troubling the country that sits in the middle […]

 
 

The Increasing Importance of the Energy Factor in Turkish-European Relations

The Increasing Importance of the Energy Factor in Turkish-European Relations

Building a Europe based on love and friendship, one of which both Russia and Turkey are members, will make the continent a more peaceful and prosperous place, says Harun Yahya.  Until the Industrial Revolution, a nations basic production policies were based on the soil and obtaining the population to work […]

 
 

Turkey’s energy vision as a bridge for peace

Turkey’s energy vision as a bridge for peace

Turkey growing as an economy with more energy needs, functioning as a transit hub and an importer of diversified energy supplies is a facilitator in all respects – opines Harun Yahya Energy is a vital need for people since the tools and technology people use in their daily lives and […]

 
 

Azerbaijan and Turkey’s Shared Dream: TANAP, the Project of the 21st Century

Azerbaijan and Turkey’s Shared Dream: TANAP, the Project of the 21st Century

Harun Yahya opines that mega projects like TANAP, apart from bringing in huge financial benefits will play an important role in bringing peace and well-being to the region. The Trans Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline project (TANAP), described in person by senior members of the Azeri state as the “project of […]

 
 

The Position of Turkey in the War against ISIS

The Position of Turkey in the War against ISIS

The Position of Turkey in the War against ISIS Harun Yahya in this opinion piece advocates that Turkey should always be on the side of diplomacy, soft-power, and effectively administer an intellectual struggle to defeat the opponents that resort to violence and persecution.  The whole world turned their attention towards […]

 
 

The Syrian Tunnel and the Hijacked Spring

The Syrian Tunnel and the Hijacked Spring

The Syrian tunnel and the Spring When the first spontaneous explosions of the Arab democratic revolutions erupted in Tunisia in December 2010, many were hoping that this revolt might usher in a new beginning for the whole region. When Egypt joined Tunisia a few weeks later, hopes mounted and everyone […]

 
 

Turkey’s Executive Decision

Turkey’s Executive Decision

A review of the new executive decision in the Turkish parliament and what impact it will make. Turkey has been on the agenda since Obama announced a coalition to defeat the biggest threat in the Levant: ISIS. The top US officials paid visits to several countries in the Middle East […]

 
 

The PKK is a greater threat than ISIL to Turkey and the Middle East

The PKK is a greater threat than ISIL to Turkey and the Middle East

The UN Assembly in New York considered the U.S. strikes against ISIL targets in Syria. Following various meetings, speeches in the General Assembly and various statements by the Turkish delegation, reports to the effect that ‘Turkey has promised to play a greater role in the campaign against ISIL’ immediately began […]

 
 

Buffer Zone: A Safe Haven for the Syrians

Buffer Zone: A Safe Haven for the Syrians

  Wars are not solely military phenomena; they involve civilians, women, children and the elderly, raze cities and destroy the infrastructure of countries. The worst evil is that people treat one another with love-lessness and hatred. In the absence of love – the food of life – only destructive violence […]

 
 

The Salvation of the Kurds Lies in a Strong and Unitary Turkey

The Salvation of the Kurds Lies in a Strong and Unitary Turkey

After ISIS started advancing towards Kobane last week, Kurds became headlines all over the world again. First of all, no matter who does it for what purpose, and targeting whatever faiths or ideologies, violence in all its forms, is evil and can never be acceptable. Violence can never be a […]

 
 

Egypt, Turkey and Iran: Exchanging Roles in a tumultuous Middle East

Egypt, Turkey and Iran: Exchanging Roles in a tumultuous Middle East

After less than a year of exceptional Egyptian-Turkish rapprochement, the events of June 30, 2013 ruptured this relationship. Similarly, when Egyptian and Iranian statesmen began to decrease tensions and a thaw in relations resulted, events evolved to return things to square one. As these scenes, by and large, have been […]

 
 

The Ripple Effect of U.S. Double Standard

The Ripple Effect of U.S. Double Standard

  As centuries ago as now, we find many policy makers, politicians and political analysts who still consider the abstract idea of double standard is a shrewd political craft. They simply justify and identify this double play as a mean to attain goals of interest. Apart from the far-flung stigmatization […]

 
 

The Crux of Middle East and Arab Dilemma

The Crux of Middle East and Arab Dilemma

Mohammad S. Moussalli discusses the crux of Middle East and Arab dilemma, and makes suggestions so that to establish security and peace in the world. Whenever you get involved in a political discussion concerning the question of peace and security in this chaotic world, you will find out that Middle East […]

 
 

Turkey’s economy at risk from political turmoil

Turkey’s economy at risk from political turmoil

The greatest immediate concern for Turkey is the economic one, specifically, what the current political troubles can do to the net flow of foreign portfolio investment. Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey (CBRT) Governor, Erdem Başçı estimated that from the beginning of May through to mid-June, USD  7.9 to […]

 
 

Arab investors ‘Bullish’ on Turkish resorts

Arab investors ‘Bullish’ on Turkish resorts

Government of Turkey tunes laws to attract more FDI. Repeals the ‘Law of Reciprocity’ act. Foreign owners of Turkish property can now get their resident permits extended. UAE buyers snap up Luxury residential projects in Turkey. Luxury residential project ‘The Residences at Mandarin Oriental, Bodrum’ draws the attention of UAE […]

 
 

Turkey: The solution to Eurozone crisis?

Turkey: The solution to Eurozone crisis?

Turkey’s bid to become a part of the European Union is taking longer than expected, but it may be a ‘blessing in disguise’ for eurozone countries. The fiscal crisis seen in eurozone countries after the worldwide financial crisis stalled growth in the weaker EU nations and now it seems that […]

 
 

Middle East Business News Review – 7 November

Middle East Business News Review – 7 November

Today’s top business and economy news from the Middle East and North Africa: Emirates inks deal for 2014 Glasgow Games Emirates Airline was unveiled on Wednesday as an Official Partner of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and the Official Airline of the Queen’s Baton Relay. The partnership strengthens the Dubai-based […]

 
 

Middle East Business News Review – 4 November

Middle East Business News Review – 4 November

Today’s top business and economy news from the Middle East and North Africa: Guinea, UAE seal bauxite deal Compagnie des Bauxites de Guinee (CBG) and Mubadala Development Company have signed a long-term supply agreement to supply bauxite, the main raw material in aluminium, the UAE’s state news agency reported on […]

 
 

Middle East Business News Review – 24 October

Middle East Business News Review – 24 October

Today’s top business and economy news from the Middle East and North Africa: UAE top Middle East country in terms of starting business The UAE has been ranked as the top Arab country and 22nd globally in terms of starting a business, compared to 46 in 2012, a report said on […]

 
 

Middle East Business News Review – 11 October

Middle East Business News Review – 11 October

Today’s top business and economy news from the Middle East and North Africa: Dubai Limitless agrees restructuring of $1.2 bln loan Limitless, the indebted property arm of Dubai World, has reached an agreement with creditors to restructure a $1.2 billion Islamic loan, the company said on Thursday. Limitless will also shortly commence a […]

 
 

Turkey cuts off power supply to Syria; denies political motive

Turkey cuts off power supply to Syria; denies political motive

Turkish officials confirmed on Thursday electricity supply to Syria has been cut off, but denied it was a political decision taken by Ankara. Prime Minister Recip Erdogan, an outspoken critic of the Syrian government’s 19-month crackdown of a popular uprising, has pledged not to cut power and water to its […]

 
 

Ban on Iran’s natural gas exports to have limited intl impact – US agency report

Ban on Iran’s natural gas exports to have limited intl impact – US agency report

A US report due to be released next week would suggest that a reduction in natural gas exports from Iran would not have much impact on world energy markets but could hurt Turkey and part of Azerbaijan. The Obama administration is going to use the report to broaden sanctions on Iran […]

 
 

Middle East Business News Review – 4 October

Middle East Business News Review – 4 October

Today’s top business news from the Middle East and North Africa: Oman announces desalination plants worth $400m An Omani government official announced on Thursday there are plans in place to build three desalination plants at a cost of about $400 million to meet the soaring demand for water. An official […]

 
 

Egypt-Turkey sign $1bn loan deal

Egypt-Turkey sign $1bn loan deal

Egypt’s President Mohamed Mursi signed a $1bn loan deal with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday as part of Ankara’s aid package promised to Cairo earlier this month, MENA state news agency reported. The ceremony took place after giving Mursi gave a speech at Turkey’s ruling AK Party conference. In […]

 
 

Turkey PM vows to clear off IMF debt by April next year

Turkey PM vows to clear off IMF debt by April next year

Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan announced at a party congress on Sunday Ankara will clear its remaining $1.3 billion of debt to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) by next April. Turkey has heavily relied in the past on IMF loans to meet its financial shortfalls, but has managed to do without […]

 
 

Iran, Turkey reach agreement to transfer Turkmen gas to Europe

Iran, Turkey reach agreement to transfer Turkmen gas to Europe

Iran and Turkey have agreed to transfer natural gas from Turkmenistan to Europe, a top Iranian Gas Company’s official said on Tuesday. The semi-official Mehr news agency quoted Javad Owji, the National Iranian Gas Company’s managing director, as saying that Turkmenistan will transit its gas via Iran to Turkey which will be […]

 
 

Middle East Business News Review – 10 September

Middle East Business News Review – 10 September

Today’s top business news from the Middle East and North Africa: Abraaj joins hand with US govt to launch $400m Middle East private equity fund Abraaj Capital, a leading Middle East private equity firm, announced it is going to set up a $400m fund to boost small and medium-scale business in […]

 
 

Turkey to emerge as next big logistics hub – survey

Turkey to emerge as next big logistics hub – survey

Turkey will emerge as the next big logistics hub, a survey of European supply chain managers revealed on Monday adding that the Anatolian nation will top the European supply chain managers list over the next five years. The survey, carried out by surveyors Jones Lang LaSalle, said more than one quarter […]

 
 

Middle East Business News Review – 5 September

Middle East Business News Review – 5 September

Today’s top business news from the Middle East and North Africa: Dubai Airport July passenger traffic registers 6% increase Dubai International Airport’s passenger traffic increased 6% from a year earlier in July, with monthly traffic surpassing 5 million passengers for the first time, Dubai Airports said on Wednesday. The airport, one […]

 
 

Turkey’s gold exports to Iran boosting economy, narrowing deficit

Turkey’s gold exports to Iran boosting economy, narrowing deficit

Record gold sales to Iran are more than making up for Turkey its slide in exports to Europe, steadying its current account deficit and boosting lira bonds, reports said on Wednesday. Sales of precious metals to Iran jumped to $6.2 billion this year through July from $21.9 million in the same […]

 
 

Middle East Business News Review – 27 August

Middle East Business News Review – 27 August

Fajr Capital buys Dubai International Capital’s $300m MENA infrastructure fund stake Dubai International Capital (DIC), the private equity arm of Dubai Holding has sold its stake in a $300 million Middle East North Africa infrastructure fund to Islamic investment firm Fajr Capital, it was announced on Monday. Fajr is backed […]

 
 

Just 17% Turks believe Ankara will join EU

Just 17% Turks believe Ankara will join EU

The number of Turks who believe the country will acquire European Union membership has dropped sharply in comparison to last year, a recent poll suggested. According to a poll conducted by the German-Turkish Foundation for Education and Scientific Research (TAVAK), the percentage of people of who believe that Turkey can become an […]

 
 

Iraqi Kurdistan – Too good to resist for oil giants

Iraqi Kurdistan – Too good to resist for oil giants

Iraqi Kurdistan’s crude oil is prized by global oil giants because it is plentiful and easy to get at, rare among undeveloped energy resources. But the companies working there under contracts with the semi-autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) are not getting much out, and they are not getting paid, all because […]