Weekly Roundup: Attackers kill 25 in Iran’s Ahvaz, Gaza protests intensify as Hamas-IDF talks break down, and renewed fighting grips Yemen’s Hodeidah

Militants attacked a military parade and killed 25 in Iran’s Ahvaz, including bystanders – ISIL claimed responsibility. IDF soldiers killed one person and wounded twenty as Gaza protests intensified and talks with Hamas broke down. Renewed fighting in Yemen’s Hodeidah witnessed Saudi-led coalition forces strike a naval school in another bid to evict Houthi rebels from the city.

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Weekly Roundup: Turkey’s Central Bank raises interest rates, Morocco criminalizes violence against women, and Saudi airstrikes target Yemeni radio station

Turkey’s Central Bank raises interest rates in defiance of Erdogan, Morocco criminalizes violence against women in problematic legislation, and Saudi airstrikes target Yemeni radio station in an attempt to disrupt Houthi supply routes.

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Weekly Roundup: Syrian regime prepares for Idlib assault, United States revokes UNRWA funds, UN report decries war crimes in Yemen

Syrian regime coordinates impending assault on rebel stronghold in Idlib as Russia resumes airstrikes in countryside over American objections. Schools in the West Bank opened amidst concerns over funding as the US moved to withdraw all funding from UNRWA, a crucial source of support to Palestinians. A UN team released a report on war crimes in Yemen, decrying Saudi and Emirati unwillingness to avery civilian casualties.

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Reconciling History: Secularism, Faith and Allegiance after Turkey’s June 24th Elections

The decision to support or reject the opposition in its appeals to AKP voters is bound up with its identity as the representative of official secularism, a reputation that has proved difficult to shake. The memory of the divisive 1970s and the terror-filled aftermath of the 1980 coup remains a deeply impactful force conditioning voter behavior. An understanding of these traumatizing years, which left few segments of society untouched, contextualizes the steep odds against which the opposition was forced to contend.

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It’s the Economy, Saftirik

A casual observer of Turkish politics would be forgiven for thinking that regional geopolitics, social issues, the Kurdish issue or the hosted refugees are the central points of the election. Not so. Somewhere in Turkey, a political strategist is hammering home to her client: “it’s the economy, saftirik (stupid).”

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