Monthly Archives: July 2016

s a Secret Deal Underway for Russia’s 1,616MPH Supersonic MIG-29M?

Analysts are downplaying the possibility, but India may be an equally likely partner in light of the two country’s cooperation in the Sukhoi/HAL FGFA fifth-generationT-50 fighter jet program and may make sense as New Delhi looks to patch a capability … Continue reading

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Is A Secret Deal Underway for Russia’s 1,616MPH Supersonic MIG-29M?

Moscow has provided no official confirmation about which country, if any, has signed a contract to acquire the fighter jet that analysts estimate is worth upwards of $2 billion although qualified speculation suggests that the purchaser may be the Egyptian government. Continue reading

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WHEN MELANIA INSPIRED…..Mmmmm

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Turkey: Churches Targeted During Attempted Coup

Estimates provided in the 2013 International Religious Freedom Report suggest that Christians account for approximately 0.2% of the total Turkish population of about 75 million. The largest Christian minority group in Turkey is the Armenian Orthodox. It is estimated that … Continue reading

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Turkey: Churches Targeted During Attempted Coup

During the night of 15 July, unidentified assailants broke the glass panels in the door of the Malatya Protestant Church. The pastor, Tim Stone, said he thought someone with a grudge against the church had taken advantage of the general unrest.

Meanwhile, in Trabzon, on the northern coast, around 10 people smashed the windows of the Santa Maria Catholic Church, where in 2006 a priest, Fr. Andrea Santoro, was murdered. The attackers tried to break into the church, but a group of Muslim neighbours drove them away, before contacting a priest. Continue reading

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Turkey’s Air Force behind coup?

It is doubtful if Öztürk was a follower of Gülen, however. Gülen’s powerbase was always the police force; the military was more the domain of secular Kemalists. Even though Erdogan has worked to transform the military toward his more Islamist vision, a top general would have risen through the ranks at a time when the Turkish General Staff vetted carefully anyone with ties to Gülen. Continue reading

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TURKEY’S FAILED MILITARY COUP: WHAT IS NEXT?

Even if the Kemalist Generals had seized power they would have had tofight the Sunni majority that aligned themselves with AKP’s 13 year rule in Turkey,this was evident as thousands took to the street against the military plotters.President Erdoğan and … Continue reading

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TURKEY’S FAILED MILITARY COUP: WHAT IS NEXT?

As far as Israel, rapprochement with Turkey Michael J. Koplow states it
better: “{T}urkish-Israeli rapprochement, in short, is resting on a house of cards
that will be easily blown over at the first sign of Israeli-Palestinian trouble”1
Meaning that it will be a kind of see and wait relationship. Knowing undoubtedly
in Israel that when Erdoğan feels that he is all powerful again he will try to
undermine this relationship once more. Now concerning the overall role of the
Turkish armed forces against Erdoğan’s AKP government, it is clear that their
allegiance lies with the President of Turkey. Continue reading

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The 5 Most Powerful Armies in 2030

What will the balance of ground combat power look like in 2030, presumably after the Wars on Terror and the Wars of Russian Reconsolidation (more to come on this idea below) shake out?Predictions are hard, especially about the future, but … Continue reading

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The 5 Most Powerful Armies in 2030

What will the balance of ground combat power look like in 2030, presumably after the Wars on Terror and the Wars of Russian Re-consolidation shake out?

Predictions are hard, especially about the future, but a few relatively simple questions can help illuminate our analysis. ost ground combat forces of 2030 will very much resemble the most lethal forces of today, with perhaps a couple of important changes.
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