What the hell just happened to Turkey?

And "to" seems the right word, because this was done to Turkey by Recip Tayyip Erdogan and his political machine.  International electoral monitors cite fraud; so too does the powerful Republican People's Party.  That hardly matters, it seems.  Turkish election officials will not allow a recount. And so even if cheated, it is a victory for … Continue reading What the hell just happened to Turkey?

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Turkey Goes Into Syria: Or, Understanding How To Influence People With Tanks

Nature abhors a vacuum; so too does geopolitics.  The nation-state has conquered the world, and it cannot abide an empty place on the map for long. The collapse of the Syrian state has left behind such a vacuum.  The question has never been if it will be filled; short of human extinction, that is inevitable. … Continue reading Turkey Goes Into Syria: Or, Understanding How To Influence People With Tanks

ISIS Is Going to Change Everything In the Middle East

There was a time not so long ago when it seemed like the Middle East's worst problems were either endless cycles of tit-for-tat violence or mind-numbing stagnation.  In 2010, it was possible to think Ghaddafi was going to die in his bed and that Saudi Arabia was a pretty stable, albeit deeply dull, place. Sure, … Continue reading ISIS Is Going to Change Everything In the Middle East

What Kurdistan Will Probably Look Like

In my previous post, I posited that Kurdistan as an independent state is inevitable.  There's basically two reasons for that: 1). When regions fall into anarchy, oppressed groups get shots they wouldn't otherwise have As the Middle East slides into a more or less permanent state of chaos, Kurdistan will have a chance in two … Continue reading What Kurdistan Will Probably Look Like

The Coming of Kurdistan Is Inevitable

A Kurd is not a piece of cheese often used in one of Canada's most treasured of national dishes.  It's a type of human being.  For most of history, they've been ignored, oppressed, conquered, and passed by, as greater powers nearby sought to use them as a buffer.  But now it's looking more and more … Continue reading The Coming of Kurdistan Is Inevitable