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Turkey’s authoritarian president Erdogan is big winner after failed coup

As the dust settles from the Turkish coup, there are obvious winners and losers, but predicting things in the Middle East these days is a tricky business.

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Why did Turkey shoot down that Russian warplane?

It was certainly not because it posed any threat. The plane is old, and the Russians were careful not to arm it with missiles.

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Income inequality nurturing terrorism in the Middle East

U.S. policies have resulted in a small number of Middle East monarchs controlling some 60-70 percent of the region's oil wealth.

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Saudi Arabia is stumbling

Its first stumble was a strategic decision last fall to undermine competitors by upping oil production and, thus, lowering the price.

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French communist leader speaks on Paris attacks

"Faced with these attacks, let us stand together for freedom, equality, fraternity and peace."

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Turkey's election turmoil will have global impact

As Turkey gears up for one of the most important elections in its recent history, the country appears to be coming apart at the seams.

 

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Mass uprising is shaking up Iraq

Iraq has witnessed a growing mass protest movement with demonstrations held every Friday since July 31 at Tahrir Square.

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U.S.-Turkey deal: disaster in the making

The agreement between Turkey and the U.S. to cooperate against the Islamic State in Syria brings to mind a description of "crackpot realists."

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Dark plots in the Middle East?

A quiet meeting this past March in Saudi Arabia, and a recent anonymous leak from the Israeli military, set the stage for what may be a new and wider war in the Middle East.

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Vatican recognizes state of Palestine in new treaty

The Vatican officially recognized the state of Palestine in a new treaty finalized Wednesday.

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