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Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | 06/11/2015

IS already benefiting from speculation

Whether it resulted from a bomb or a technical fault, the terrorist IS group has already capitalised on the Russian passenger plane's crash, the liberal conservative daily Neue Zürcher Zeitung observes: "In July a bomb went off in front of the Italian consulate in Cairo. In August members of the IS executed their Croatian hostage, Tomislav S., who had been kidnapped near Cairo. And in September Egyptian soldiers in the west of the country killed a group of tourists from Mexico whom they had mistaken for IS fighters. … Right after the crash the IS claimed responsibility - which would make this the first bombing on board a passenger plane since 1988, a huge propaganda coup. But the IS will also benefit from the uncertainty: if tourists don't know what the deal is they will avoid Egypt, depriving many people of their livelihood. No jobs coupled with an unfair, repressive state are the best arguments for extremist pied pipers."

Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | 28/07/2015

Erdoğan exploiting fight against PKK

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan officially declared the end of the peace process with the Kurds on Tuesday. For him, the fight against the PKK is a political manoeuvre, explains the liberal-conservative daily Neue Zürcher Zeitung: "The moderate forces [among the Kurds] are now under double pressure: from the Kurdish hardliners and from the state. Erdoğan is already threatening the politicians of the pro-Kurdish opposition HDP with reprisals should they have ties to 'terrorist groups'. For the president the whole situation is quite tempting. In a new atmosphere of violence and surging nationalism he can position himself as the strongman. If the coalition talks in Turkey fail as expected and new elections are held, Erdoğan hopes to win back votes for his AKP that went to the right wing rivals in the last elections. He knows that even if he can't beat the PKK using military force, he can at least use it to achieve his political goals."

Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | 22/04/2015

Morsi's sentence is arbitrary

Egypt's ousted president Mohammed Morsi was not sentenced to death on Tuesday, as expected, but to 20 years in jail. This sentence does nothing to weaken the claim that the Egyptian judiciary is acting as henchman for the government in the conflict with the Muslim Brotherhood, the liberal-conservative Neue Zürcher Zeitung complains: "The Egyptian judiciary has discredited itself in its own way: with well above 1,000 death sentences against supposed Muslim Brothers handed down in bizarre summary proceedings, while the leaders and henchmen of the old Mubarak regime can reckon with acquittals. Naturally Morsi could have been sentenced to death in view of this politically motivated justice. The judges' conclusion that in his case the charge of murder couldn't be proven comes across not as compassionate but as arbitrary."

Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | 08/10/2014

Drop role of passive bystander in Kobane

The anti-IS coalition and Turkey must help the Kurdish fighters who are defending Kobane against the IS terror group without further delay, the liberal-conservative daily Neue Zürcher Zeitung urges: "From the West's point of view, what exactly speaks against sharing intelligence and working together militarily with the Syrian Kurds and their firmly secular People's Protection Units (YPG)? ... And why does Turkey confine itself to making pretty declarations of intent rather than putting an end to the killing on the other side of its border? Ankara's cynical motto is apparently that the Syrian branch of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) and the IS fighters can jolly well slaughter each other. After all Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan lumped them all together not so long ago. ... But the role of bystander is unacceptable. If the international anti-IS coalition is really to succeed in its battle against the self-appointed caliph Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and his fanatic supporters, it must act quickly and help those who continue to put up fierce resistance to the extremists: the Kurds."

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