Category Archives: #Ottoman Empire

Erdogan has Erred Again

Military Coups challenge the rule of law and basic democratic rights. But Counter Coups (especially those led by someone as ruthless and oppressive as Erdogan) are often more damaging because they generate states of emergency ( which often last a long time) and justify higher levels of state repression than the original coup. This seems to have been the case in Turkey over the past three days. Continue reading

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Breaking Vicious Cycles of Violence: Building Virtuous ones in the Middle East

e need to be using our small power status, our seat on the security council, our connections with a wide variety of moderate religious and political Islamic actors to try and find some diplomatic and political solutions to the challenges posed by political extremism. One thing is very clear violent solutions to violent problems simply generate more violence. Even though its not easy to discern nonviolent solutions to those committed to violence this is likely to yield more positive long lasting solutions than any kind of military commitment. Lets at least give these a try before we find ourselves on the wrong side of history. The reality is that the Middle East is going through a political transformation at the moment. We will not know how this is going to work out for decades. The best we can do at this stage is listen, provide non military humanitarian assistance where this is asked for and be ready to support the connectors rather than the dividers; the peacemakers rather than the warriors. Continue reading

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Uniting for Peace:Building sustainable Peace Through Universal Values

Uniting for Peace:Building sustainable Peace Through Universal Values Kevin P Clements The 25th General Conference of the International Peace Research Association is nearly over. 500 people came from all around the world to Istanbul Turkey to learn about ways in … Continue reading

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Tears of Regret, Tears of Fear, Tears of Grief:Its raining tears in Istanbul

Tears of Regret, Tears of Fear, Tears of Grief:Its raining tears in Istanbul Kevin P Clements Its the final day of  electioneering in Turkey before tomorrow’s Presidential election. Erdogan is expected to win  and the opposition is already crying foul, … Continue reading

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Singapore to Istanbul:Boundaries of Blood and Tears

Singapore to Istanbul:Boundaries of Blood and Tears Kevin P Clements   I had an enforced stopover in Singapore of 6 hours, almost as long as it took me to fly from Christchurch. There’s a limit to how many phone calls, … Continue reading

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