Turkey bans tattoos, piercings in schools

Morocco World News 29 September 2014

Turkey’s Islamic-rooted government has banned pupils from wearing tattoos or body piercings in schools, a measure denounced by opponents as oppressive and unenforceable,


Sex with Slave-girls and Captive-women in Islam

Sex in Islam 29 September 2014
By Abul Kasem

I Read quite a number of essay of Islamic scholars on the sexual use of slave-girls and captive-women in Islam. It is quite amusing to note the desperation of these 'Islam lovers' to save Islam from the stigma of abysmal sexual exploitation of female slaves caught in a war. Here is what the 'real Islam' says about


Why Islamic rebel states always fail

National Post 29 September 2014
By David Motadel, The New York Times

In the last few years, there has been a dramatic rise of a seemingly new type of polity: the Islamic rebel state. Boko Haram in West Africa, the Shabab in East Africa, the


Turkey remains coy in coalition against militants

Online Athens 27 September 2014
By Lara Jakes

WASHINGTON — Moving from reluctance to refusal and finally to acceptance, Turkey is joining its NATO allies and fellow Sunni Muslim nations in a coalition to destroy the


Turkey weighs risk of military role against Islamic State

BBC 27 September 2014
By Selin Girit

The release of Turkish hostages who were held by Islamic State (IS) militants in Iraq has left many people wondering whether Ankara will now join the US-led offensive against


Among U.S. partners striking Syria, Turkey is missing

Washington Post 27 September 2014
By Adam Taylor

When President Obama spoke Tuesday of the strikes on the Islamic State and al Qaeda in Syria, he prominently mentioned five partner nations from the Middle East: Saudi Arabia,


Erdogan’s Flying Carpet Unravels

PJ Media 27 September 2014
By David P. Goldman

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has a growing list of enemies. "Among his targets” at a recent address to a Turkish business group "were The New York Times, the Gezi


With Qatar on the retreat, Turkey will face more pressure over ISIL

Hurriyet Daily News 25 September 2014
By Barcin Yinanc

"With Qatar slowly backing down, Turkey will be left alone in its ambivalent stance about joining the international efforts to fight ISIL [the Islamic State of Iraq and the


How Turkey Plans to "Combat Anti-Semitism"

The Gatestone Institute 25 September 2014
By Burak Bekdil

In Turkey, hate speech is a crime only if it is committed against Muslim Turks. The penalty for failing to pay the tax [only for Jews] should be the revocation of the Jew's


Among U.S. partners striking Syria, Turkey is missing

The Washington Post 25 September 2014
By Adam Taylor

When President Obama spoke Tuesday of the strikes on the Islamic State and al Qaeda in Syria, he prominently mentioned five partner nations from the Middle East: Saudi Arabia,


Turks leave for "family-friendly" IS group

The New Zeland Herald 25 September 2014

Asiya Ummi Abdullah doesn't share the view that the Islamic State group rules over a terrorist dystopia and she isn't scared by the American bombs falling on Raqqa, its power


'Jihadists' surrender after Turkey sends them to ‘wrong French airport’

France 24 24 September 2014

French security services were left red-faced Wednesday after three alleged French jihadists, arrested in Turkey, failed to arrive at Paris’s Orly airport where they were due to


Turkey: Erdogan Government Lifts Headscarf Ban in High Schools

International Business Times 24 September 2014
By Maria Khan

Turkey's secular opposition is in rage after the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan lifted a ban on female students wearing the Islamic headscarf in state high


Erdogan's meeting with WJC cancelled

Daily Sabah 24 September 2014

ISTANBUL — President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's meeting with a committee from the World Jewish Congress led by Ronald Steven Lauder as part of his trip to New York for the UN


ISIL offensive poses problems for Turkey

Today's Zaman 24 September 2014

Fierce fighting Monday between the extremist Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), also known as the Islamic State (IS), and Kurdish forces just over the border in Syria


Turkey: What Ally?

The Gatestone Institute 23 September 2014
By Burak Bekdil

The Turkish government "frankly worked" with the al-Nusrah Front, the al-Qaeda affiliate in Syria, along with other terrorist groups. The Financial Task Force, an international body setting the standards for combating terrorist financing, ruled that Turkey should remain in its "gray list." While NATO wishes to


Looking for ISIL: How jihadists operate among Turks

Hurriyet Daily News 23 September 2014

This southern Turkish city has been one of the focal points of news stories about the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). It is one of the cities that have seen the


Turkish Security Troops Clash with Kurds, as Thousands Flee ISIS

News Wire 23 September 2014
By Boris Djuric

According to estimates by the UN’s refugee agency, at least 70,000 Kurds, most of them women, children and elderly people, have fled to Turkey since Saturday alone, and the


Qatar, cold shoulders for Kerry, and a mysterious offer

ACDemocracy 23 September 2014
By Norman A. Bailey

A trio of new developments are worthy of notice and all affect Israel directly or indirectly: As a first result of the Saudi crackdown on Qatar, a dozen major Muslim


Three Muslim Brotherhood leaders arrive in Turkey after leaving Qatar

CIHAN 22 September 2014

Following President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's statement welcoming Egypt's banned Muslim Brotherhood (MB) leaders who were recently asked to leave Qatar, a member of the MB, Jamal