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Football threatens to spark protests as Iran goes to the polls

By James M. Dorsey Iranian Supreme Leader Sayed Ali Khamenei has more to worry about in the run-up to Iran’s presidential election than ensuring that a sufficiently malleable candidate emerges as winner. Tuesday’s crucial victory in Iran’s 2014 World Cup qualifier against Lebanon raises the risk of potential celebrations turning into anti-government protests. That risk …

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Turkey, the Arab world, and the myth of moderate Islamism

By Nervana Mahmoud For years, Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Erdogan was generally considered an example of “moderate Islamism”, a loose label that was generally based on a comparison with other Islamist dictatorships, like Iran, or with the various semi-secular autocratic regimes that dot the Arab and Muslim world. There was never a comparison with a …

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From Gezi Park protests to public solidarity

By Dr Mustafa Ozbilgin  The Justice and Development Party (AKP) government has launched various urban development projects across Istanbul. These plans lacked prior consultation with public users and key stakeholders. Remarkably, the AKP government planned to build a shopping mall on the site of Gezi Park, the only public green space with many established trees, …

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