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How the Syrian war resulted in Erdogan’s Istanbul defeat

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As Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the AKP reel from their first loss in Istanbul in 25 years, pressure and criticism have been mounting on multiple fronts, including from two founding AKP members, former president Abdullah Gul and former prime minister Ahmet Davutoglu.

It is clear that the Republican People’s Party (CHP), along with Turkey’s Kurds and Christian community, used the Syrian war as a tool to defeat Erdogan in the polls.

The start of Erdogan’s troubles can indeed be traced to the outbreak of Syria’s civil war. Turkey was once seen as the model of a modern Muslim democracy.

Familial ties

Erdogan made Turkey’s integration into the Arab world a priority, and the pivot of this new outreach was his relationship with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, with whom he forged close familial ties, calling him his brother.

As Assad – with the help of Russia and Iran – reasserts himself in the Arab world, Erdogan’s rivals – including Egypt, the UAE and Bahrain – are all reaching out to Damascus to push Turkey out of Arab affairs.

And while the Syrian regime had previously reversed course and played a pivotal role in supporting Ankara’s fight against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), that alliance is now in tatters, with Turkey caught between US, Russian and Kurdish diplomacy.

Read more on MiddleEast Eye

The Taliban circus: the new geopolitics of Afghan reconciliation

With the US continuing talks with the Taliban and failing to include the legitimate Afghan government, and other countries also battling to court the group, the reconciliation process is beginning to look like a game of economic geopolitics.

As Zalmay Khalilzad, the US Envoy to Afghanistan, landed for another round of talks on the Afghanistan reconciliation process a few days ago, Uzbekistan became the latest country to throw its hat in the ring to host the Taliban peace talks.

Khalilzad’s visit comes after the latest and most contentious round of tensions between Kabul and Washington DC, following the very public falling out between Afghan National Security Adviser Hamdullah Mohib and the American leadership due to his remarks to Fox TV last month.

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Kissinger’s Prophecy Fulfilled In Syria

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Syria has managed to bring both the Turks and Kurds to its door by skillfully outplaying the two enemies to make itself indispensable to both. Syrian government forces claim they have entered Manbij, and the Kurdish group People’s Protection Units — fresh from a U.S. betrayal — are reaching out to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Simultaneously, the Turkish government is making its biggest concession yet in announcing that it would consider working with Assad should he win a democratic election. One is reminded of former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger’s maxim: “The Arabs can’t make war without Egypt; and they can’t make peace without Syria.”

It was a backhanded tribute to Syria’s consistent hard line against Israel and the United States. Its critical geographical position and what David Lesch called ‘’Syria’s consistently punching above its weight’’ made it the key lynchpin for stability in the Middle East. Without any love lost between the Turks, Kurds, and Damascus, it is a testament to the staying power and resilience of the Baathist state that it is the one that has outlasted all its enemies one by one and, furthermore, is seen as the solution to preventing further chaos.

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Erdogan will boost ties with Asia after election triumph

 

Turkish President Recep Tayip Erdogan secured outright victory in elections last weekend to the newly constituted executive presidency that will concentrate more authority in his hands.

More powerful than any other leader since Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of modern Turkey, Erdogan is in a position to reach out far beyond his country’s borders, including to East Asia.

After over 15 years as prime minister and president, he has made Turkey into a diplomatic and economic power in the Balkans, the Middle East, Central Asia and in parts of Africa. Turkish military bases have been established in Qatar and Djibouti.

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A Confident Pakistan Army Recalibrates the Country’s Regional Policies

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Pakistan’s military is playing a significant role in assisting the country’s prime minister in the conduct of foreign and security policies, and usually with the objective of scaling down confrontations.

Pakistan and India have just stepped back from the brink of an all-out war; Prime Minister Imran Khan has passed his first big foreign policy test after six months in office. Behind the scenes, however, he was helped by Pakistan’s military, who had set the scene for the country’s regional diplomacy, and the efforts go back almost two years, as indicated by Pakistan Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa’s speech at RUSI in 2017.

Bajwa made overtures to India well before Imran Khan’s election, and set about fixing what was seen as a ‘black hole’ in Pakistan’s foreign diplomacy, given the absence of a foreign minister for four years in the previous government. Prior to Khan coming into power in August 2018, Bajwa had also set things right with key allies Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). And, most significantly, Bajwa moved quickly to reassure China of Islamabad’s unwavering commitment to the China–Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) relationship after a less than certain start by the Khan government’s commitment to Beijing. This includes the potentially contentious involvement of Saudi Arabia given tensions with Iran on the border as well as remarks by Khan’s ministers about renegotiating certain CPEC projects.

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Babysitting

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Daytime or evenings, midweek or weekends – you can book a Sitter for as little as 3 hours.

Although many families choose to use Sitters firstly for evening babysitting, many of our experienced child carers are also available during the day. So whenever you need daytime childcare or short notice emergency childcare cover, we can arrange for one of our approved Sitters to look after your children in your own home – for a whole day or for as little as 3 hours.

  1. Please give us a call for any further information or booking,we will be happy to help you.
  2. Evening babysitting, daycare & emergency childcare.
  3. Hotel and holiday childcare.
  4. Experienced childcare professionals.
  5. Thorough, continuous vetting process.
  6. Have you got a date in the diary next month, next week or even just a few hours away? You can book a Sitters reference-checked babysitter with professional childcare experience, local to you. It’s free to register your family with Sitters – you don’t pay a penny until after your first babysitting booking is complete, guaranteed.

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How to Find Great House Keeper

Just give us a call and you could have everything sorted within a day and you will have a professional housekeeper who can help in running your home.

Our friendly team can provide you with a variety of different services for your home above the normal cleaning services. This includes day-to-day running of your household including signing for and taking deliveries on your behalf, droppings off and picking up laundry from the dry cleaners, picking up your flowers from your local florist making your home very warm and welcoming to your guests

Your Housekeeper will visit on a regular basis to keep your home running smoothly. Please see prices or contact us.

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Gardening services

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We know that every garden is different, so we will tailor our service to regular garden maintenance to suit your requirements.

The services we offer include measures to keep your garden looking good, without any major upheaval.

Mowing and edging of lawns: We will maintain the garden clean, crisp straight edge alongside fences, paths and flowerbeds.

Weeding of beds, pruning, trimming and shaping of shrubs: Many shrubs grow rapidly, and become overgrown, excessively twiggy, and weighted down with excess foliage. We’ll keep them in check, so they are healthy and always look their best.

Weeding of drives, patios and paths: We will keep an eye on all of your paved areas, removing weeds and taking measures to minimize future growth. We can tailor your needs according to your wishes. Please look at our price page or contact us.

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Ironing services

ironing-services

Our ironing services are flexible and can suit your specific requirements. Whatever your ironing needs are we have a service to suit you, whether it’s your whole week’s ironing or just a few shirts, our regular domestic cleaners are here to help. Please refer to our price page or contact us for any inquiry you may have.

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Party help/after party cleaning

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After having an amazing dinner and the best party, you don’t need to worry about the mess and after cleaning, just relax and give us a call. We are here to help. We will do the job any time any day; our cleaning staff will come and clean absolutely everything and will leave the property spotless. Our before or after party cleaning services are tailor-made to suit your needs and you wont have to take the stress. We work in teams to achieve high quality and efficient service that is affordable.

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End of tenancy cleaning

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Our end of tenancy cleaning is carried out by a team of professional cleaners who have all materials and equipment required to complete the cleaning job. We have designed our end of tenancy to affordable prices, whether you are moving out or in a rented accommodation or you are selling your home, you will benefit from our end of tenancy cleaning. This is ideal package if you are relocating to a new home and you need it to be cleaned perfectly. You will be leaving your property in the best possible condition. This service is ideal for estate agents, property Management Company, landlords and tenants at the end of the tenancy agreement. To book this service please contact us and see the prices page.

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Housekeeping service

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Just give us a call and you could have everything sorted within a day and you will have a professional housekeeper who can help in running your home.

Our friendly team can provide you with a variety of different services for your home above the normal cleaning services. This includes day-to-day running of your household including signing for and taking deliveries on your behalf, droppings off and picking up laundry from the dry cleaners, picking up your flowers from your local florist making your home very warm and welcoming to your guests

Your Housekeeper will visit on a regular basis to keep your home running smoothly. Please see prices or contact us.

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Home support

home-support

This service is designed for our senior citizens to help them to stay independent in their own home. We can provide a wide range of services to help clients with that little extra support around the home. Whether you require daily, weekly or fortnightly service, please contact us for further information.

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Domestic helpers

Domestic-helpers

We can provide following at competitive prices:

Pet sitting
Dog walking
Babysitting
Party help
Car wash/clean inside the car
Your Domestic helper will visit on a regular basis to keep your home running smoothly.

Dog-walking

Please contact us if you require more details on any of the above services, we can tailor any of the above services to suit your individual needs.

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Deep cleaning /Special services we offer

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We offer a range of additional specialized services including Oven Cleaning, Window Cleaning, Carpet Cleaning, Cleaning and Polishing Wooden Floors. If you would like us to include any of these special services in your regular domestic or one-off service, simply give us a call to discuss your cleaning needs and get a no obligation quote.

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Office cleaning

Office-cleaning

However large or small your business it is, our cleaners know how important it is to have a clean and tidy working environment. Cleanliness can be a very important factor for good employee performance in any working environment.

We can provide cleaners to suit your business needs. Our professional cleaner are available at affordable prices. Please see our price list.

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Shared/communal area cleaning

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This service is available at any time, just give us a call to discuss and arrange this. One off cleaning service is charged according to the cleaning hours required. Please see our price page to find out the exact charge. We will take care your communal areas like corridors, entrance, and stairs of your building or office, the front entrance and the communal areas are the focal points of any building.

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One-off Cleaning

One-off-Cleaning

This service is available at any time. Just give us a call to discuss and arrange this. One off cleaning service is charged according to the cleaning hours required. Please see our price page to find out the exact charge.

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Spring Cleaning

spring-cleaning

Dusting the corners and ceilings for cob webs Washing down the baseboards, door jams, windowsills, doors, and walls Scrubbing the kitchen cabinets, appliances, and the back splash behind the stove Cleaning windows (inside) Wipe out the refrigerator and freezer Give the bathroom a good scrubbing Washing ceiling fans and air conditioning vents and much more..(we can spring clean according to your requirement).

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Regular Domestic Cleaning

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Our services are tailored to suit individual clients need. Different tasks are performed according to the requirement of clients.

Our standard cleaning service includes: cleaning/polishing furniture, wardrobes and drawers, dusting all tops and surfaces, cleaning and dusting picture frames, clean and dust windows sills and ledges, empty clean ashtrays and bins, vacuum carpets rugs, mop the floor, clean appliances, counters, cabinets, tables, chairs and worktops, clean microwave inside and out, clean hobs, clean doors and handles, and finger prints marks. For the bathroom we will clean and disinfect toilet seat inside and out, clean wash the bathtub, sink inside and out, shower cabin, clean wash the tiles, clean and polish the mirror, chrome and glasses, clean the counter tops, wipe the door handle and light switches.

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