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An attempt to analyse the main issues regarding Erdogan’s historic visit in Athens, Greece

For the first time in 65 years a Turkish president is visiting Greece amid hopes of a breakthrough on the Cyprus issue and other bilateral issues. Preparations for the Turkish President’s visit to Greece lasted seven months according to Euronews. As is well known, Erdogan’s visit was launched when the Greek Foreign Minister, Mr Kotzias  gave him an oral invitation to visit the country during their meeting in Ankara at the end of October. 

Mr. Erdogan is scheduled to visit Greece, tomorow,on Dec. 7-8 .A lot is at stake for this two-day trip.It is being billed as historic and may represent a chance to break the deadlock on Cyprus, and other bilateral issues for the two  NATO members which on occasions in the recent past have come close to conflict. At the same time, a major security operation is being set up in the Greek capital ahead of his planned visit to the country.

Mr. Erdogan has visited Greece before — twice as prime minister in 2004 and 2010 — and Prime Minister Binali Yildirim visited in June, but there has not been a visit by a head of state since Turkey’s third president, Celal Bayar, made a trip in 1952.

Erdogan, since he came to power in 2002, displayed a deceptive mask. He appeared as a “light” Islamist and there was a reason: After the terrorist attack on the twin towers in New York, the West turned angrily against Islam. Erdogan, in the face of the so-called “Islamic democrat”, built the image of a “progressive” leader who sought to make a more “european Turkey” and integrate it into the European Union. Many in Cyprus and Greece, among them,  N. Anastasiades, now the president of the Republic of Cyprus, were seeing in Erdogan a face of a  “European” and “Democratic” leader, who was ready to solve the Cyprus problem and discuss all issues.

Since then, the masks have fallen and the real face of Erdogan has been revealed: a real dictator, arrogant, a murderer of his own people, adopting expansive and aggressive policy against all Turkey’s neighbors and even corrupted most of the greek media report. Continue reading An attempt to analyse the main issues regarding Erdogan’s historic visit in Athens, Greece

The New Balance of Power in the Middle East – Analysis (2)

Iran, Iraq, Lebanon & “Kurdistan”

As Bernard-Henri Levy said (who i don’t like personally for a very obvious reason)“The Kurdish nation is persecuted for ages and condemned to death by ISIS jihadis, but this people have survived and their executioners are dead. This is one of the strongest elements of legitimacy of a nation”

“An independent Kurdistan it will be a little state in size but big in value,” Levy concluded. “There are many examples in the world. Many small states in size but big in value, fight and commitment,”“And the Kurds fighting against ISIS is a sign that the moment will come and very soon I hope.”

Nonetheless, one of the fundamental questions regarding the creation of an independent state called Kurdistan is under what conditions stability will prevail in the Middle East after the creation of such a state. An independent Kurdistan, strengthened by resolute US support, probably will disrupt any territorial ambitions from Iran as Kurds . In the Kurdish population both sects Shia Sunni are represented, but the majority is the Sunni group. If we consider alevism part of shiism, it is usually said around 75% of Kurds are Sunni, 20% Shia and 5% for other religions. Continue reading The New Balance of Power in the Middle East – Analysis (2)