Tag: PKK

Turkey is Not Fighting Kurds – Turkey is Fighting a Specific Group of Extremist Terrorists

A majority of media outlets outside of Turkey and some neighbouring states falsely claim that Turkey’s Operation Olive Branch and a forthcoming/post-US withdrawal operation to neutralise terrorists in Syria east of the River Euphrates is designed to target “the Kurds”. Likewise, many US political leaders including National Security Advisor John […]

Dr. Strangetrump or How John Bolton Learned to Stop Worrying And Love The Communists

Members of the Trump administration are well known for their harsh criticisms of the far-left governments in Venezuela and Cuba. But while the Trump administration falls solidly within the lingering post-Cold War anti-communist atmosphere that continues to linger in Washington in spite of the fact that there are very few […]

Europe’s Terror Filled New Year Celebrations: Why European Leaders Must Lean Counterterrorism Strategy From Turkey

The vast majority of colonial/imperialist powers of the modern era have been European states. Yet even though the age of formal empire has long since passed, European leaders still show little if any contrition for the crimes of the past. Instead, European powers have frequently championed neo-colonial wars in states […]

Erdogan Injects Sanity Into Debate on The Yellow Vests of France

Hours after Donald Trump made a wildly undiplomatic endorsement of the protesters in Paris and other major cities in France, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan offered a measured response to the issue while also reflecting on how Europe’s hypocritical behaviour led to this dangerous impasse for France and some of France’s […]

Here’s How Turkey and America Could Reset Their Relations

The past 24 hours have seen the US offer multiple contradictory statements regarding its close relationship with Saudi Arabia, while equally contradictory statements were made regarding relations with Turkey.  Initially, Donald Trump stated that sanctions against Turkish officials and a 50% punitive tariff increase on Turkish steel and aluminium exports […]

The Release of Andrew Brunson Should Lead to The Dropping of Tariffs/Sanctions Against Turkey and More Scrutiny on Saudi Arabia

The US just lost its most visible point of leverage against Turkey  While the term “win-win” is typically applied to traditional geopolitical relations, the decision of a Turkish court made in respect of the American national Andrew Brunson has geopolitical implications that for Turkey represent a substantial win-win.  The United […]