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Abdullah Öcalan and a strategic case for mercy

Abdullah Öcalan Abdullah Öcalan should be dead, but instead he is suing for peace. The renewed efforts at Turkey-PKK peace show that pragmatic politics remain strategically superior to the Manichaeism of zero-sum 'counter-terrorism'.


Refugees from Syria seeking asylum in the UK may be welcome, but they must risk a perilous journey first

Syrian refugee families

Ahmed Zakri is from the village of Jalin in the Daraa province of Syria, just north of the border of Jordan. The road that leads out of the violence and into the neighbouring country has been closed since summer 2013.


Tomb raider, Turkish style

Tallha Abdulrazaq

Turkey has raised quite a few eyebrows with its latest foray into foreign affairs. In the early hours of Sunday morning, the Turkish government authorised the army to deploy across the Syrian border, travel through Ayn Al-Arab (Kobani) and gain access to the tomb of Suleyman Shah about 22 miles into Syria.


Theresa May's latest crackpot election scheme

Yvonne RidleyOne of the most uncertain British General Elections for decades is looming and creating panic among the major political parties who can no longer take the electorate or their votes for granted. To win hearts and minds at the ballot box, politicians are having to come up with all sorts of crackpot schemes which they think will appeal to the masses.


How Britain’s pro-Israel lobby invests in young parliamentary candidates

Alastair Sloan

On Friday, human rights activist and Labour Party political candidate, Mick Bowman, was beaten, tear-gassed and arrested by Israeli soldiers while protesting in the West Bank, just north of Ramallah.


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