Military Coup in Sudan

The military revolution in Sudan was expected. This is what is being said. Since the very beginning, particularly in last few weeks, there were all indications that this will happen. Refusal of (Deputy Head of Sudan’s Transitional Military Council Lieutenant General Mohammad Hamdan Dagalo who is also known as) Hamidati to hand over the ministry of internal affairs and civil intelligence, the announcement of a failed military revolution and sit-in to demand ouster of the civilian government indicated what happened now.

There is no doubt that the civilians have stepped down since the very beginning. They put their hands in the hands which had stains of the blood of protesters. They agreed to divide power and give supremacy to the military. But, what were other options they had? Civilian alliance was unorganised, weak and temporary. It was a mixture of revolutionary organisations and the old and new parties. It had forces of armed and unarmed rebellion. Trades unions were also part of it, though unofficially. Local committees as well as faces from extreme right to extreme left were part of this alliance. On the streets, the protesters faced armed forces which do not avoid firing on unarmed people and are known for suppression and extermination.

In the backdrop of the killing of a hundred people, the foreign mediation has accelerated. The protests can continue, and civil disobedience can increase leading the military to retreat and negotiate.  But there is a dilemma that a compromise with them is not possible.

(by Shady Lewis in Almodon)

Turkey and Arab World

Turkey celebrated the 98th anniversary of the foundation of the republic. The occasion is cherished by the Turkish people who struggled to gain independence and unify their lands in the framework of a modern state founded by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.

These celebrations are important as Turkey is approaching the 100th anniversary of the foundation of the republic. It is also significant because there is preparedness, at the official and public level, for a new stride towards the future. This is after a hundred years of people’s struggle in Turkey which saw a number of major challenges during this period. Its existence was put on stake. There were several failed coups. Most recent of them was the incident of July 2016, which was failed by the vigil of the people of Turkey.

Overall security of the Arab Gulf is at the core of the Turkish security equation. Therefore, the Republic of Turkey welcomed the Al-Ula agreement of the Gulf Cooperation Council countries. It encouraged bilateral dialogue without preconditions as a mechanism for settling disputes and differences in visions, with the right of each country to pursue an independent approach in its political practice.

Turkey also gives special priority to the security of energy supplies and freedom of navigation in international waters. It condemns all forms of air violations and bombing of civilian and economic facilities in the brotherly Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

(by Mustafa Göksu in Aljazeera)

Compiled and Translated by Faizul Haque

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