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Ibrahim Kalin

Ibrahim Kalin

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PKK terrorism and the rhetoric of peace

The PKK and its political outlets use the rhetoric of peace while continuing terrorist activities in Turkey and Syria. Recognized as a terrorist organization by the U.S., EU and others, the PKK is using the war in Syria and the cover of fighting agai... more

The deceit of sectarianism

We are living through the simultaneous age of macro-conflicts and micro-battles. Meta-narratives and localized stories are intertwined in a way that challenges the end of history, death of ideology and clash of civilizations concepts. From Syria, Ira... more

Stand against terrorism

On Oct. 10, 2015, Ankara witnessed the largest terrorist attack on Turkish soil. Around 102 people died and over four hundred were injured. Turkey is still mourning this horrific terrorist attack. A comprehensive investigation is underway. Over a doz... more

Turkey, Europe and the refugee crisis

The Syrian refugee crisis has created new political and humanitarian dynamics from the Levant to Turkey and Europe. It has also laid bare the enormous challenges of saving and taking in hundreds of thousands of people fleeing a brutal and immoral war... more

The Syrian game and the new power equilibrium

Russia's military involvement in the Syrian conflict in the name of fighting the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) has created new dynamics in one of the bloodiest wars in recent memory. It is certain to have ripple effects on the already frag... more

Save the Syrian people, not a criminal tyrant

Russia's recent military buildup in Syria and its support for the Assad regime, all in the name of destroying ISIS, triggered a new wave of political posturing and diplomatic traffic. Given the connection between Mr. Assad's bloody war and Islamic St... more

Qurban: Proximity through sacrifice

Muslims around the world celebrate Qurban Bayram (Feast of Sacrifice), also known as Eid al-Adha, in an act of submission and purification following the footsteps of Prophet Abraham. Muslim pilgrims perform the hajj in Mecca as Prophet Muhammad taugh... more

Playing with fire in the Holy Land

Israel's recent aggression in Masjid al-Aqsa in Jerusalem has turned the Muslim holy site into a war zone. This is an extremely dangerous development with the potential to raise tensions not only in Palestinian territories but also across the Muslim ... more

PKK terrorism and moral clarity

PKK's newfound story that it is fighting the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) in Iraq and Syria and therefore should be seen as a legitimate entity and even supported is being circulated without critical scrutiny. A terrorist organization on ... more

Syrian refugees: A crisis of politics and conscience

Europe is faced with its largest refugee crisis since World War II. Thousands of men, women and children from Syria, Somalia, Afghanistan, Eritrea, Libya and other places are risking their lives to find safety outside war zones. Close to 3,000 refuge... more

Safe zone and Syrian lives

In its fourth year, the Syrian war continues to unleash new levels of monstrosity. Three-hundred-thousand people have died and tens of thousands have been injured. Eleven million Syrians, half of the population, have left their homes. Four million ha... more

Islam and the Enlightenment

The growing spectacle of violence led by the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), al-Qaida, Boko Haram and others usually ends up with calls for an Islamic enlightenment. A movement of enlightenment in Islam, it is argued, would lead to less vio... more

PKK's dirty war

Since the June 7 elections, the PKK has escalated its attacks on security officials and civilians in Turkey. Always looking for a pretext to delay its disarmament, the PKK is using the war in Syria to gain legitimacy in the eyes of the Western public... more

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