“Kurdish autonomy in Syria alerts some in Turkey… A FP roundup…

Kurdish autonomy in Syria alerts Turkey

Two days after the capture of the Syrian border post of Turkey near the town of Rasulayn on July 17

Kurds cement power in war on Turkish border

Clashes between Islamist rebel forces and Kurdish fighters spread to a second Syrian province on July 20, activists said, as factional tensions rose in the north of the country.

Former Turkish FM’s and envoys call on president to veto controversial foreign service bill

A group of 150 retired ambassadors and retired consul-generals of the Turkish Foreign Service signed a declaration July 20, which was also supported by seven former Turkish foreign ministers


Dismayed Egypt ambassador is still hopeful of Turkish ties

Dismayed by the Turkish government?s approach to the latest stage of crisis in Egypt, Cairo?s ambassador to Ankara, Abderahman Salaheldin, has still appeared hopeful of cementing ties between the two ?brother? countries

Turkey: Gas feud may raise Cyprus partition option

A Turkish parachutist with a Turkish flag flies over a military parade in the Turkish occupied area of the divided capital Nicosia, Cyprus, Saturday, July 20, 2013. The parade was part of the celebrations marking the 39th anniversary of the Turkish invasion and occupation of the northern area of the island. Cyprus was split into Greek Cypriot south and Turkish Cypriot north in 1974 when Turkey invaded in response to a coup by supporters of union with Greece. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

Egypt has no intention of waging Syria ‘jihad’: Foreign minister

Egypt has no intention of a waging a holy war against Syria, but still supports the Syrian peoples‘ hopes for freedom, newly installed foreign minister Nabil Fahmy said

High hopes, mixed support for Egypt’s cabinet

New ministers appointed this week to staff interim government have already been met with criticism and protests.

Pro-Morsi Women Protesters Killed in Mansoura

At least three women were killed in Mansoura when a protest in support of former Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi was attacked by ?thugs? tonight. Dozens of people were also reportedly injured by shotgun and knife wounds.

The Biggest Loser of Cairo’s Coup: Turkey

The military coup deposing Egypt’s first democratically elected president, Mohammed Morsi, has sparked an important shift in the regional balance of power in the Middle East. Morsi’s ouster deals a strong blow to the Turkey-Qatar-Egypt ?pro-change? axis and to Turkey’s hopes of playing a larger role in the region.

The Harshest Critic of Egypt’s Liberal Protesters Is One of Their Own

Egypt’s liberals have a powerful, outspoken new critic, and he’s one of their own: “My dear anti-Brotherhood liberal, allow me to remind you that just a few weeks ago you were desperately complaining about how grim the future looked, but now that you have been ‘relieved’ of them you have become a carbon copy of their fascism and discrimination,” the critic appealed in Egypt’s al-Shorouk newspaper.

Egypt begins work on charter as Islamists press demos

Experts begin work to amend a divisive constitution rammed through by ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi

Egypt’s Salafi kingmakers suffer backlash

Egypt’s ultraconservative Salafi party, Al Nour, has seen its newfound political ambitions stymied by Morsi’s ouster.


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