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Simon Tisdall

Simon Tisdall

    Erdogan’s blind focus on the Kurds rebounds on Turkey
    Erdogan’s blind focus on the Kurds rebounds on Turkey
    Tuesday’s terrorist attack in central Istanbul has confirmed Turkey’s precarious position on the frontline of the escalating confrontation...
    South Sudan 'at tipping point'
    South Sudan 'at tipping point'
    South Sudan has been hijacked, looted and betrayed by irresponsible and venal leaders and must be placed under international management if the total...
    Ostracised Putin suddenly finds himself in demand
    Ostracised Putin suddenly finds himself in demand
    What a difference a war makes. Twelve months ago, Vladimir Putin was on the menu at the G20 summit in Brisbane. Western leaders queued up hungrily...
    Bombing catches junta off-guard
    Bombing catches junta off-guard
    The Bangkok bombing, the most deadly in Thailand's recent history, poses a major challenge to the military junta that seized power in May last year,...
    Burundi on the brink of a cataclysm
    Burundi on the brink of a cataclysm
    Like a tragedy unfolding in slow motion, impoverished, landlocked Burundi appears to be slipping inexorably towards another of the apocalyptic crises...
    Turkey's democracy in danger
    Turkey's democracy in danger
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    Nuclear deal USA-Iran could usher in a new era
    Nuclear deal USA-Iran could usher in a new era
    Barack Obama and Hassan Rouhani make an unlikely double act. But as negotiators from the United States and Iran race towards the March 31 finishing...
    Hypocritical West balks at hostage swaps
    Hypocritical West balks at hostage swaps
    Jordan's willingness to free a prisoner who helped kill dozens of civilians in return for the release by the Islamic State of a captured Jordanian...
    Saudi and the West: 1001 Arabian knots
    Saudi and the West: 1001 Arabian knots
    It would be far-fetched to describe the United States' and Britain's long-term relationship with Saudi Arabia as a love affair, although elements of...
    No 'fail-safe choices' in nuke talks
    No 'fail-safe choices' in nuke talks
    The longer the international standoff over Iran's suspect nuclear programme continues, the more dangerous and volatile the situation becomes. All...
    Icy relations chill Finland
    Icy relations chill Finland
    Western countries are "at the gates" of a new cold war with Russia, sparked by the Ukraine crisis and a failure to grasp the depth and seriousness of...
    Isis slyly gains ground as the US and Turkey quibble over strategies
    Isis slyly gains ground as the US and Turkey quibble over strategies
    The dramatic warning by Turkey that the United States-led coalition will fail to stop Islamic State (Isis) fighters overrunning the strategic Syrian...