Turkish president Abdullah Gul on Syria and Islamophobia

He is one of the key leaders in the Middle East, whom I found to be frank and forthcoming in an hour-long interview in which he tackled a range of topics — from Syria to Islamophobia and violent Muslim protests against the West.
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Turkish president Abdullah Gul on Syria and Islamophobia

No more coups in Turkey

In my trade you get used to it after a while, but the first time you wake up to find a military coup has happened overnight where you live is quite alarming. Article Link No more coups in Turkey

Transforming Turkey: pluralism and reform

‘Democracy, Islam, and Secularism in Turkey’ features eight essays born out of two major conferences at Columbia University. Editors Kuru and Stepan address key questions in exploring the concept of state-religion relations in the context of Turkey’s evolving democracy: What place does religion have in public life? Does it even need to be addressed, and, if so, how can it be accommodated?Article Link

Water conflicts: the civil wars of the 21st century

Water scarcity may soon become the trigger for states’ resorting to acts of war as they prove unable to share a resource too rare for increasing needs. Skeptics point to the absence of interstate conflict over water in the past, but the prophets of water conflict suggest increasing pressure on the resource will lead some states to fight each other to settle arguments over the division of a vital resource, one that governments increasingly view as an object of sovereignty.Article Link


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UNHCR: Thousands of Syrians trapped in Aleppo

Battles between the Syrian army and rebels in Aleppo have forced many terrified civilians to flee the city by perilous routes or take refuge in safer areas, a United Nations official said on Tuesday.
“Thousands of frightened residents are seeking shelter in schools, mosques and public buildings,” said Melissa Fleming, spokeswoman for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).Article Link