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Ibrahim Kalin

Ibrahim Kalin

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Who really sabotaged the reconciliation process?

Turkey's dual offensive on the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) and PKK terrorist targets signal the beginning of a broader strategy to degrade and destroy terrorist threats in Turkey and its proximate regions. Turkey's actions are justified ... more

Relativism, Absolutism and Epistemic Humility

A reflection on our understanding of reality in the 21st century reveals a disturbing picture about our state of humanity. No longer bound by objective moral criteria and social norms, modern societies work in ways that undermine the meaning of human... more

Rejecting ISIS and PKK Terrorism

Turkey's dual offensive against the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) and PKK targets has caused a heated debate - a debate that reveals the new meanings of double standards about terrorism. Since Turkey began its offensive against ISIS in Syr... more

Fighting terrorism in all of its forms

Fighting against terrorism in all of its forms is an essential component of international law and public order. Turkey's two-front offensive against the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) in Syria and the PKK in Iraq is predicated upon this bas... more

ISIS, PKK and the uses of terrorism

A series of terrorist attacks claimed close to 40 lives this week in Turkey. The two terrorist organizations, the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) and the PKK, have chosen to target Turkish citizens and security forces in separate attacks. Th... more

Will the PKK Disarm?

One of the key issues after the June 7 elections is the future of the "solution" process. It is expected to resolve the Kurdish issue and bring an end to PKK violence. But instead of laying down arms and following a responsible political line, the PK... more

Reading Ibn Sina in Ramadan

Ibn Sina (980-1037), one of the greatest philosophers of all times, is not the first name that comes to mind for a spiritual reading. After the Quran and hadith, most Muslims turn to popular religious books on ethics and the hereafter or read about t... more

Crisis in the Muslim World

The Muslim world is in a state of crisis. The crisis is not so much political or economic, though both have their share in the current state of affairs, as existential and intellectual. Neither sure of itself nor engaging the globe constructively, th... more

Four actors in the Syrian war

As the war in Syria continues to rage in its fifth year, the four main players that have come to the fore are Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime, the moderate Syrian opposition, the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) and the Democratic Unio... more

The Syrian war claims victims everywhere

As the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) increases its attacks in Syria, Iraq and beyond, the Syrian war claims victims everywhere from the Levant and the Gulf to Europe. The recent acts of terrorism in Tunisia, Kuwait and Kobani, Syria, all c... more

Have you ever held the hand of a refugee child?

We spent World Refugee Day on Saturday in Midyat, Mardin where several thousand Syrian refugees are hosted in a camp run by the Prime Ministry Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD). Seeing even a small drop in the ocean of Syrian and Ira... more

On fasting

The Islamic holy month of Ramadan is a time of reflection on the meaning of existence and our place in it. Fasting takes us from an ordinary mode of existence to one in which we use our intelligence and freewill to concentrate on what really matters.... more

The post-election picture in Turkey

The June 7 elections in Turkey gave rise to new political dynamics that will test the maturity of Turkish democracy. For the first time since 2002, coalition government scenarios have emerged even though snap elections are not off the table. It does ... more


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