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Trump vs. Biden || Source

US Politics

When it comes to foreign policy, Trump and Biden are two sides of the same coin.

Yes, I know. What an idiotic argument this is! Of course changing governments means changing agendas; that’s why they change. People heading these different governments have different approaches to different topics.

Yes. But…

The United States hasn’t really changed since the 20th century. After its Cold War venture against the Soviet Union, foreign policy changed acutely toward interventionism and foreign interference.

The United States admitted (and still does to this day) that its purpose in the world is to uphold values of peace, freedom, and justice, and promote democracy to decrepit, needy states around the world.

How absurd!

Okay. Joe…


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The Middle East in the 21st century: political schisms have taken a rigid shape. (Source)

Middle East Politics

Foreign interventions and internal conflicts have created a hellhole. Time to fix it.

An indispensable rule when looking at the status quo of a state, especially in the Middle East, is the rule of gradual appropriation of certain concepts, beliefs, and social norms by the government.

When I say government, I surely also mean the media, the various institutions, and the judiciary branch, which are either directly or indirectly influenced by the government. Gradual appropriation is often forced upon the nation piece by piece — a law amendment here, an executive order there, a military announcement every a couple of weeks.

Until there’s no return to previous states, and whether people like these…


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Introduction

Welcome to The Political Corner, a Medium publication about politics, policy, and diplomacy in the Middle East and the world. We write about International Relations, U.S. foreign policy, international politics, and national politics in Turkey, Israel, Saudi Arabia, and the MENA region.

Our Mission

The Political Corner aims to provide readings, analyses, and critical writings that are thought-provoking, in-depth, and entertaining. We want to make politics more readable and enjoyable, as well as offer useful information for people to understand and engage with politics.

Our focus is the Middle East, with timely deviations to world politics.


To identify a dictatorship, take a look at Egypt.

Egyptian President al-Sisi on the right looking up at the ceiling, and Donald Trump, the US president, gesturing on the right
Egyptian President al-Sisi on the right looking up at the ceiling, and Donald Trump, the US president, gesturing on the right
A sack of Barhi dates (left) with a sack of oranges (right). Where’s he looking, by the way?

Dictatorship is often ascribed to one person: the head of state, the king, the president. But if we look at the whole picture, at the institutions and the system as a whole, it becomes apparent that dictatorship is not a person. Hell, dictatorship is not even a government.

Dictatorship is an idea. An idea that is not only put forward by the government or the “deep state” or the so-called independent institutions. Dictatorship is an idea in society itself.

When society is built, generation after generation, on the basis of the superiority of a group or an individual, dictatorship sets…


Why is the U.S. obsessed with interventionism?

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Biden said they needed to make it “clear that [they] support opposition leadership.”

Joe Biden sat down in a meeting room, in an interview with the New York Times, and said with a straight face that the United States is in a new position regarding the Turkish-Kurdish relations, and a new approach to the Turkish government has to be established.

Biden, who served for 8 full years in the Obama administration, may have been caught in a web of delusion that had convinced him of the United States’ Godsent right to resolve disputes in the world. …


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The original map birthed by the Sykes-Picot Agreement in 1916.

How the 1916 agreement changed the Middle East and International Diplomacy.

The Sykes-Picot agreement of 1916 is one of the few treaties whose consequences still impress the lives of many people today. The Middle East as we know it was shaped by this agreement, both geographically and nationalistically, to the extent that several subsequent events are pertinent to the decisions of the two parties that signed this agreement.

The consequences and aftermath of the Sykes-Picot Agreement are divided into three sections. The first section deals with the partition of geography in the Middle East: the creation and formation of the new Arab states in Mesopotamia, the Levant, and Arabia. The second…


A dissection of the Arab-Turkish relations and an overview of Erdoğan’s Islamism.

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Note before reading: “Islamic law,” “Sharia law,” or “Islamic state” are not scary terms. No, an Islamic state is not ISIS — you should probably stop watching Fox News and start reading authentic sources about Islam and Islamic law.

Whatever our Lord says, whatever our beloved Prophet says, we shall follow that path. — Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

The popularity of the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in the Arab Muslim world has even surmised that in Turkey itself. He has become a “transnational leader” for the ummah as he rules “in accordance” with the Islamic faith. He represents the Muslim nation in international events, raising important issues relating to the stateless, exiled, and oppressed Muslims around the world.

For many Muslims, Erdoğan is a good leader, if not great. Important to note is the fact that Erdoğan is not…


The levels of Islamism of Saudi Arabia have changed over the years since its “independence” and unification after the fall of the Ottoman Empire.

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The Holy Quran (Photo by Ashkan Forouzani)

In general, Saudi Arabia (or Hejaz, the name of the region) is where Islam first began. Two of the three holiest sites in Islam are located in Saudi Arabia: the Kaaba (al-Haram al-Macci) and the Prophet’s Mosque (al-Masjid al-Nabawai).

In the 16th century, the Hejaz region was controlled by the Ottoman Empire. In 1916, with the support of Britain, fighting the Ottomans in WWI, the Sharif of Mecca, Hussain bin Ali, led an Arab revolt against the Ottoman Empire to create a united Arab state and defect from the Turkish rule.

The Allied victory in World War I resulted in…

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