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New book

Adults In The Room: My Battle with Europe’s Deep Establishment

Author: Yanis Varoufakis

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The Gulen movement past and present

The damage caused by the Gülen movement to institutions and trust in Turkey is enormous. It’s easy to forget amid the fog of the government’s merciless post-coup attempt crackdown, but the opposition should be just as angry with the Gülenists as it is with the government for the deteriorating situation in the country. 

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Bulgarian Orthodox Church formally rejects Pan-Orthodox Council

The Bulgarian Orthodox Church’s governing body, the Holy Synod, has formally rejected the Pan-Orthodox Council and its conclusions, it emerged from an announcement in Sofia on November 29, 2016.

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So, Istanbul is a Greek city?

Some observers have lately been advising foreign governments not to worry too much about Turkey’s (President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s) increasingly aggressive irredentist rhetoric because it is largely targeted at domestic consumption rather than addressing the relevant foreign audience. Well, yes and no. 

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Against the Double Blackmail

Dear Britain,
When Stalin was asked in the late 1920s which is worse, the right or the left, he snapped back: “They are both worse!” And this is my first reaction to the question of whether or not to leave the EU.

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An intellectual history of Turkish nationalism

 

 

 

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 ‘An Intellectual History of Turkish Nationalism: Between Turkish Ethnicity and Islamic Identity’ by Umut Uzer (University of Utah Press, 276 pages, $25)

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How Kosovo Was Turned Into Fertile Ground for ISIS

 

 

 

Extremist clerics and secretive associations funded by Saudis and others
have transformed a once-tolerant Muslim society into a font of extremism.

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Kosovo Imam in Trouble for Pro-Ottoman Sermon

 

 

 

Kosovo has charged Irfan Salihu, a hardline imam from Prizren, with ‘inciting ethnic hatred’ for defending the Ottoman conquest of Kosovo.

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Папа пришёл: зачем Ватикану нужны Византия и Славянский мир

 

 

 

Фактически сегодня складывается ситуация создания «треугольника» между Ватиканом, Константинополем и Москвой, в котором нельзя исключать перманентного образования тактических союзов по принципу «два против одного»

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Uncontrolled Mosques Proliferate in Albania

 

 

 

New data claim as many as 200 of the 727 mosques in Albania operate outside legal standards and Muslim Community regulation - raising fears about the potential growth of radical Islamist ideas. 

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MULTI’S ‘BALKAN LIBERTY FEST’ PROJECT WINS 2015 THINK TANK SHARK TANK PRIZE

 

 

 

Congratulations to the winner of this year’s $25,000 Think Tank Shark Tank competition Admir Čavalić of Bosnia and Herzegovina-based Multi for the “Balkan Liberty Fest” project proposal (November 16, 2015 ).

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Balkan Leftists Head for Festival on Croatian Coast

 

 

 

A festival for alternative and leftist intellectuals, held in the Croatian seaside town of Sibenik, is putting the stress on antifascism and rising nationalism in the region this year.

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Bombshell book exposes Gul's differences with Erdogan

 

 

 

“It is an attempt to throw a hand grenade at our party" is uncommon wording for a book review; this evaluation, however, was not written by a literary critic but by a legislator from the Justice and Development Party (AKP) blindly loyal to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

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Greek statistics are back: Primary deficit presented as surplus, with Eurostat’s seal of approval

Have you heard the one about Greece’s Eurostat-approved 2013 primary surplus? Well, you should not believe it. Here is why:

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New Greek Government Has Deep, Long-Standing Ties With Russian Eurasianist Dugin

 

 

 

 Europe-watchers understood immediately that the new leftist Syriza-led government in Greece could shatter the European Union's fragile solidarity condemning Russian aggression in Ukraine.

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