Lay of the Land Weekly Newsletter- 11 October 2020

Unveiling the contours and contrasts of an ever-changing Middle East landscape
Reliable reportage and insightful commentary on the Middle East by seasoned journalists from the region and beyond


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From Meddling to Menace

A hungry Turkey itching to gobble all  before her

By David E. Kaplan

  Man with a Mission. Two-fisted Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a typical tirade.  

2020 has seen Turkey going berserk in the proverbial barnyard, interfering aggressively in states across the Middle East. With President Erdogan’s statement this October at the opening of the Turkish parliament that “Jerusalem is ours”, what is the wannabe Sultan’s intent towards  Israel?

From Meddling to Menace

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Zoom Says No to Terror

Virtual meeting giant puts the kibosh on webinar featuring terrorist

By  Rolene Marks

The Jury is In. Leading social media platforms say “No to terrorists”.

When ZOOM in September declined to host a San Francisco State University webinar with arch terrorist Leila Khaled, was this social media’s turning point in emphatically determining the line between “hate speech” and “freedom of speech”?  

Zoom Says No to Terror
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The Arab Voice – October 2020

Arab writers from the Middle East and beyond, opine on the shift towards peace of the Gulf states towards Israel, the increasing danger of an unchecked predatorial Turkey and Kuwait’s devasted education system due to Covid-19.

The Arab Voice – October 2020

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LOTL Cofounders David E. Kaplan (Editor), Rolene Marks and Yair Chelouche

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