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Özlem Albayrak

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The Iran problem

We are all watching what Iran is doing. It is even attacking the corridor which was built with great difficulty to allow Aleppo's people, including women and children, to reach the safe zone near our border. Obviously, it is aiming to prevent any Ale... more

Will Trump turn into Obama?

Republican Donald Trump's victory in the U.S. elections shocked the world, as his election campaign statements were full of hate, racism, discriminatory, misogyny and xenophobia and Islamophobic rhetoric. The U.S. was, however, a country that accepte... more

Mosul justifications

We have been listening to Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's salvos against Turkey for days now. The Abadi government that could not even prevent the Shiites and Sunnis in his capital city from building a wall, obviously has someone else giving h... more

Why isn't Turkey wanted in Iraq?

In the decision it made the other day, the Iraqi parliament had identified the Turkish troops in Bashiqa as “invading forces.” With a statement that immediately followed, the U.S. had said the Turkish military must urgently withdraw from Iraq. Howeve... more

What does 'The world is bigger than five' mean?

A few days ago at the United Nations Opening Ceremony speeches, U.S. President Barack Obama said he hoped that world poverty decreased and conflicts around the world ended. He also added that radical tendencies as well as the migration crisis needed ... more

G20: A little economic, a little political

We are together with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in Hangzhou for the G20 summit hosted by China this year. President Erdoğan is joined by ministers Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, Nihat Zeybekci, Berat Albayrak and Mehmet Şimşek, Justice and Development Party (... more

July 15, the West and being pro-West

Günther Oettinger, the European Union Commissioner, said Turkey's EU membership was an issue that emerged after President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. It seems that Oettinger tried to imply that Turkey, led by President Erdoğan, will not be granted EU membe... more

The Euphrates Shield: Why now?

The history of this patience dates back to just after the Bashar Assad regime started its massacres in Syria. First of all, the Syrians who fled Assad's oppression swarmed into Turkey. Some of the Syrians remained in Syria and started to protect thei... more

So it wasn't a conspiracy!

As you know, Daesh soaked a street wedding in Gaziantep in blood a few days ago. A suicide bomber blasted himself in the area of the wedding ceremony and 54 people, 24 of them children, died. But this was not the first big shock we recently experien... more

To become a nation in Yenikapı

Since the night of July 15, Turkey has discovered that it has two potentials it never realized before. The first is that it is a nation that has the power to stand against and even repel a coup. The second is the picture of solidarity that we saw at ... more

Don't you have a part in this, oh Kemalists!

Since it was seen that the Gülenist Terror Organization (FETÖ) is wild-eyed to crush the civilians with tanks, hunt the citizens with snipers and bomb Parliament; the secular factions, opposition parties have been implying that Justice and Developmen... more

The issue of citizenship for Syrians

The issue of granting citizenship to Syrian refugees that President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan had explained before and on his way back from Warsaw has once again been twisted by some media outlets. Most of them made it sound like Erdoğan said “We can give... more

Daesh attacks and Turkey's YPG policy

Not even once did I give credit to the “Turkey supports Daesh” theory, which has now become an almost commonly-held belief after being repeatedly stated by different groups and through various methods and justifications since 2013. The patent for coo... more


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