Understanding Erdogan’s Appeal

Sami Hamdi #TheOtherNarrative, Middle East/North Africa

A ‘firebrand’, ‘polarising’, ‘increasingly authoritarian’, and an ‘arrogant self-indulgent man pretending to be a Sultan’. These are some of the criticisms levied at Turkish president Receb Tayyeb Erdogan who has dominated the Turkish political scene since 2003, winning successive elections with his AK Parti, revamping the Turkish economy, overseeing a period of genuine prosperity, and has expanded Turkey’s international prowess. …

NotPetya: Is cyberwarfare in full flow?

David Emeka Ogbogu #TheOtherNarrative

This week has seen both the U.K. and the U.S. accuse Russia of being behind NotPetya, “the most destructive and costly cyberattack in history” that ripped through state and private sector organisations primarily in the Ukraine. Britain’s foreign office warned that “it will not tolerate malicious cyber-activity” while the White House press Secretary Sarah Sanders made similar thinly veiled threats, …

‘But it is our country,’ replied Dr. Weizmann, raising his eyebrows. ‘We are doing no more than taking back what we have been wrongly deprived of.’

Sami Hamdi #TheOtherNarrative

‘But it is our country,’ replied Dr. Weizmann, raising his eyebrows. ‘We are doing no more than taking back what we have been wrongly deprived of.’ ‘But you have been away from Palestine for nearly two thousand years! Before that you had ruled this country, and hardly ever the whole of it, for less than five hundred years. Don’t you …

It’s not just in Europe to ease the migrant crises – it’s time for Africa too

Gesu Antonio Baez #TheOtherNarrative

In mid-October, 600 migrants were rescued off the coast of Sicily by seven separate rescue efforts. A great bulk of them came from countries that were in a dire situation such as Eritrea, Libya, Somalia and South Sudan. Yet another group present came from Nigeria, Ivory Coast and Ghana. With the exception of Nigeria that’s facing a crisis in its …

Why Liberals Are Not Taken Seriously On Erdogan

Selim Yaman #TheOtherNarrative

Turkey’s referendum caught sweeping international media attention. However, despite the extensive anti-Erdogan rhetoric, Turkish citizens voted to change their system to a Presidential one.   While many liberals lamented this development, the referendum spoke volumes as to the disconnect between mainstream liberal media and wider public opinion in Turkey.   Below is a hypothetical guide which Liberals appear to follow …

What They Don’t Tell You About Sanctions

Gesu Antonio Baez #TheOtherNarrative

By Gesu Antonio Baez Twitter: @JesusABaez Early this year, Former US President Obama (in one of his final moves as president) signed an executive order to lift economic sanctions against the East African state of Sudan, in efforts to resume economic activity between the two countries which has been blocked for more than two decades. The Arab League and Sudanese …

Erdogan and Syria: Damned if he does, damned if he doesn’t

Sami Hamdi #TheOtherNarrative

Recently, there have been growing criticisms of Erdogan’s policy over Syria, with many accusing him of simply not doing enough. Yet, upon reflection of Turkey’s options in Syria, it begs the question as to what exactly Erdogan should do. Here is how many Turks imagine the considerations taking place in Ankara. Should Turkey: 1) Provide air strikes, clearing the way for …