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The world in 2017

U.S. President Donald Trump, who is preparing to write his name in history as the first leader to run the country from Twitter, squeezed in among daily reports another mysterious message yesterday, that can be drawn to mean basically anything, “Inter... more

The Gulf and the earthquake

It is hardly imaginable that the topic of iftar (breaking of the fast) conversations would be about a possible war and tension between two Muslim countries, but it is not hard to remember a world in which Iran and Iraq bombed each other and hundreds ... more

When did Aleppo fall?

We don't know what kind of a line life unfolds upon, or with which details it progresses. Our knowledge is restricted to ourselves. We don't know what the 62-year-old driver in Bursa, who left home early in the morning for his morning shift, was thin... more

The age of questions

Who is going to enter Raqqa? How will those areas be cleared of Daesh? The U.S. made the offer to Turkey. Apparently it said, if not, I will go in with the People's Protection Units (YPG). But now, apparently it might organize this operation together... more

July 15 and the political Kurdish movement

Much has been written and said about the July15 coup attempt, and will continue to be said. This is the natural and right thing to do. A consensus has emerged: everyone agrees that there is a larger project behind all that has happened. What can this... more

Turkmen Mountain or Syria's future

According to the news, Turkmen Mountain is once again going through hard times. Going through the risk of falling at the end of last autumn, the region survived with the support it received, however this time it seems that it is in serious trouble. A... more

'What was the point?'

Most of what has been happening is not new. By the end of the 19th century, hundreds of thousands of seasonal workers were traveling between continents. We don't need to go that far back actually… My dream was to go to Vienna and learn German. I woul... more

Those who never made history

Even if spoken softly, the hottest topic at the convention hall was who will remain in Cabinet and who will leave. The Central Decision and Executive Board (MKYK) list was also viewed in this consideration. Since whether or not you join the MKYK or l... more

The test drive in Iraq

It may have drawn your attention on the occasion of Kut al-Amara commemorations: One of the critical factors in the siege during the battle was the Tigris River flowing beside the town. Both Turkish and British troops tried to use the river throughou... more

What kind of a 2023?

2023, the year we are expected to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Republic, is a date that is constantly referred to politically and otherwise. What are we expected to see that day? What kind of a Turkey will we come across? What kind of a Tur... more

World Syrian Day

The United Nations will acknowledge March 15 as World Syrians Day. When? Probably about 50 years from now... Just like when the UN acknowledged 120 years later the killing by police (who wanted to stop the strikes) of 129 female workers from among th... more

Diyarbakır turns its back on violence

Life is never simply black or white. Life is intertwined with black, white and shades of grey. Every person martyred during the operations against terrorism blackens life, while those who recover from their injuries whiten our lives. Despite terrori... more

Slowly Changing

Finally they negotiated, a cease-fire will come into effect at exactly 00:00 am on Friday night. We will see whether it will happen or not. Nobody has any doubt that they have fixed the last difficulties on dividing and sharing Syria.The interlocutor... more

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