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A new chapter in Greece’s Middle East military strategy – The New Arab

Concerns about Turkey’s regional assertiveness have pushed Greece to adopt a more proactive foreign policy, with Athens building new military and diplomatic alliances. “Against the Iranian axis, a resounding and strong regional alliance has been formed. Greece, Cyprus, Egypt, Jordan, the Gulf countries, and the State of Israel are members of this alliance.” The statement …

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Turkey faced with Greece’s EU membership and diaspora – eKathimerini.com

Last week, the Turkish minister of defense once again denounced what he perceived as Greek attempts to reframe Greco-Turkish disputes as wider disputes between Turkey and third parties, powerful countries or regional entities. Speaking during joint military exercises with the participation of Turkish and Azeri forces, Hulusi Akar called on Greece to “stop presenting Greco-Turkish …

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US calls on reluctant foreign forces to leave Libya – Arab Weekly

NEW YORK -UNITED NATIONS – The United States on Thursday called for the immediate withdrawal of Russian and Turkish forces from Libya, after a deadline for them to leave was ignored. This appeal marked a firmer expression of US policy toward oil-rich Libya under the new administration of President Joe Biden. “We call on all …

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Lionel Shriver on lockdown scepticism, big tech censorship & Biden’s takeover – The Sun

Lionel Shriver is an author and commentator and wrote the famous book ‘We need to talk about Kevin’ which was made into a film of the same name in 2011. Shriver talks about what 2021 has to offer, the changing shape of our society and discourse, and the impact of the pandemic on our wider …

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How r/WallStreetBets Made GameStop’s Stock Price Soar: Reddit Takes on Short Sellers – TLDR News

Over the last week the subreddit WallStreetBets has been making waves in the stock market, pushing up the values of companies like GameStop and Blackberry. These amateur traders seem to have outwitted and confused the professionals – earning millions in the process. In this video we break down the story and explain how Redditors broke …

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Why Trump Shielded Turkey’s Halkbank And Tried to Help Iran Evade Sanctions – Foreign Policy

The U.S. president never could grasp that shielding Turkey’s Halkbank for Erdogan would make Iranian sanctions evasion easier. On March 1, a U.S. District Court in New York will start the trial of what is alleged to be the largest-ever sanctions evasions scheme, a $20 billion plan prosecutors say was carried out by Turkey’s state-owned …

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U.S. government begins legal proceedings against Turkish hacker group – Ahval

The U.S. government is taking Turkish hacker group Ayyıldız Team to court in the United States, according to IndyTurk. The U.S. government lodged a request with the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York requiring social media companies Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Google to reveal details of the group’s social media …

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Priceless value of Turkey’s partnership – Daily Sabah

If both the U.S. and the EU were not following double standards in their ties with Turkey and lent the importance to the country that it deserves, today’s alliances would be much more powerful.

Turkey’s redlines were ignored many times by both the EU and the U.S. For example, the Greek Cypriot administration violated all international norms and agreements by rejecting the U.N. plan for Cyprus; however, it was still accepted as an EU member. However, this very EU created many obstacles for Turkey’s membership process.

Biden appoints staunch Turkey critic Brett McGurk to National Security Council – Middle East Eye

In 2017, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu openly called for McGurk’s removal. “Brett McGurk, the USA’s special envoy in the fight against Daesh [IS], is definitely and clearly giving support to the PKK and YPG. It would be beneficial if this person is changed,” Cavusoglu said at the time.

A Turkish official told MEE after McGurk’s nomination was revealed by US media reports earlier this week that the appointment was not surprising since Biden was gathering former Obama administration officials with “awful” track records to fill up national security positions. 

“Beyond doubt, McGurk has harmed Turkish-American relations,” the official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said. “He no longer has much room in northern Syria to support the YPG. But his attitude towards other issues in the region from Libya to Iraq remains to be seen.”

President-elect to Ecumenical Patriarch: We need your leadership – Orthodox Times

US President-elect Joe Biden has sent a reply letter to Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew expressing his warm thanks for the congratulations letter sent by the Ecumenical Patriarch immediately after his election victory. In his letter, Joe Biden states: Your Holiness, Thank you for your kind words and wishes. I’m sorry because we have not yet had …

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‘Erdogan should be very, very worried’: What the Biden presidency means for Turkey – CNBC

Under outgoing President Donald Trump, many of the potential flashpoints between the NATO allies were smoothed over thanks to a friendly relationship between Trump and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.   Looking ahead to a Joe Biden administration, there’s a chance that some of those tensions could blow up — but there is also chance for …

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What Will Biden Do About Turkey’s President Erdogan?

There’s a feverish discussion under way among foreign policy experts on what the President-elect should do about Turkey. It really has to be high up on his list of urgent worries, they seem to believe. Not least because Donald Trump’s approach was so incoherent and so apparently unfocused. That is, other than his rather arbitrarily …

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