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Eurasia? Or the Atlantic? Choose one of the blocs

It would have been easier in the past. You would choose either the East bloc or the West bloc, and your side would be clear. It is a bipolar world, as the name suggests. You would choose one of the two and become a “pole star.”Since Turkey is a membe... more

The country is under attack, but we have shortcomings too

There are many people in the country who produce conspiracy theories. Also, it is obvious that some things are not conspiracy theories. The country is under attack; they make new attempts every day. This is not a conspiracy theory anymore. However, w... more

Who are winners and losers of the referendum crisis?

It is a painful plan. The plans of states are cruel and devoid of feelings. Even in wars and crises in which people die, they ask: “What have we won, what have we lost?” The plans are made according to winners. It is strange, but it’s a political rea... more

Metal Storm… The US-Turkey fight

It was 2004. Parliament Chairman Bülent Arınç had established the “Democracy Committee,” which had a deputy from each party, to improve the operation of Parliament. By the end of 2004, this committee made a visit to the U.S. to make various contac... more

What is the Middle East vision of the Muslims?

I think everybody has a Middle East project. The U.S.’s Great Middle East Project has been spoken of for years. Although half of it is speculation and it varied during the presidency of Bush, Obama and Trump, the U.S. has a Middle East project. ... more

What would Turkey’s Kurds say about ‘Kurdistan?’

The Kurdistan map going around comprises of territories from four countries: Iraq, Iran, Syria and Turkey. It is controversial who drew the map and when that map (there are different maps) was drawn and according to what it was designed. However, it... more

State mind Nationalist subconscious Kurdish-Turkish crisis

Why can’t we stay calm? Why are we enslaved by emotional outbursts? When we are in a period where we are supposed to think a thousand times on each step we will take and every word that we will speak. Such periods are the testing times for the govern... more

What has Barzani harmed?

The obstinacy in holding the referendum primarily caused harm to the sense of trust. I guess this is the matter that I cared about most in this crisis.  There was nothing I cared more about more than the message of brotherhood given to the whole cou... more

The problem of understanding and solving crises

Just three- four years ago, “breaking news” with an urgent code was rare. Because we had smaller crises and problems back then. Now, however, we have "breaking news" alarms on our phones almost every hour. We feel as if we are constantly on pins and... more

Missing the exit in the ‘referendum bluff’

Why has Masoud Barzani gone down a very risky path such as the referendum in northern Iraq? From the very beginning, I have thought that this was a bluff. The reason is that Barzani has been too confined in the region and raised the referendum card ... more

Art call against the Daesh mentality

The greatest disaster destroying the civilization perception of Islam and its image in our time and day is Daesh. The other religions and ideologies that consider Islam as an enemy, even they have not done such great harm. Today, people associate Is... more

The humanitarian aid race, State-NGO relation

The picture on Eid al-Adha made me very happy. Dozens of NGOs were racing with each other to bring qurbani meat to countries of which the names are forgotten by people. With qurbani meat in their hands and smiles on their faces, they distributed aid ... more

Axial shift in Syria and the matter of understanding it

The Syrian war will probably go down as the most complicated, the most tragic and the most embarassing war in history. What has happened there has become the most painful and the most shameful tragedy for the Islamic world after Karbala. Muslims have... more


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