Optimists see hopeful signs that the Middle East may be exiting from a dark tunnel of violence, civil war, sectarian strife, and debilitating regional rivalries.
By Amer Al Sabaileh, Jordan Times
Over the last few years, the Middle East started to witness the presence of new political protagonists: Russia, a very strong, evident player, Germany, a strong but latent player, and China, a strong economic power.
By Özlem Albayrak, YeniSafak
News wires reported yesterday that Iraqi Parliament removed Kirkuk governor Najmaddin Kareem with a unanimous vote. Accordingly, Kareem gathered Kurdish members in the provincial council and decided to fly the flag of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), or more clearly of Northern Iraq, in the city's official institutions and organizations.
By EMANUELE SCIMIA, Asia Times
Turkey’s announced acquisition of Russia’s S-400 long-range air and missile defense system has more to do with geopolitical posturing than military calculation.
By Fahrettin Altun, Daily Sabah
We are witnessing a global environment where international competition is gradually rising. The global political arena is hardening. Tensions are evolving into conflicts.
While writing a book on the Antikythera Mechanism, a celestial computer the Greeks invented 2,200 years ago, I came across the work of Stepfanos Paipetis, an engineering professor at the University of Patras, Greece. In 2010, Paipetis and Marco Ceccarelli, an Italian engineering professor, edited a study on the writings and influence of Archimedes, a mathematical and engineering genius who lived 2,300 years ago in Syracuse, Sicily.
By Burhanettin Duran, Daily Sabah
The rising tensions between Turkey and Germany force politicians on both sides to make their final decisions. In this "politics of brink," the most crucial thing is to keep one's emotions under control. Failing to respond to attacks, however, means to accept defeat in advance.
By Zülfikar Doğan, Al-Monitor
At a time when Turkey’s tourism sector is struggling, the number of Turks flocking to Greece has risen extraordinarily, a trend that many believe is driven by both economic and political factors.