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Özlem Albayrak

Özlem Albayrak

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For Rakhine…

I had the opportunity to visit Rakhine state in August about five years ago. The camp that we visited was called Baw Du Pha. In a region where monsoon rains start in May and continue relentlessly until November, turning the area into a sea of mud and... more

The Syrians matter should be taken seriously

Looking back, it was only early last month that I wrote a review on refugees based on Turkish pop singer Demet Akalın’s statement, “Syrians should go back home.” When, shortly after the article, nine-months pregnant Emani Errahman who was raped was t... more

Qatar’s disintegration

Ever since the Qatar crisis broke out, we have been reading various comments, conspiracy theories and war scenarios in the media. Each column brings forth a different actor; they do it in such a chic cause-effect relationship that the reader says, ok... more

The Gulf crisis came out of the ‘magic orb’

The policy of “isolation”, a popular form of punishment in interpersonal relations, because it works every time, determining countries’ diplomacies so openly and quickly, honestly surprised me. “Isolation,” which can also be defined as the act of joi... more

Coup plotters are innocent, we are guilty​​

The Fetullahist Terror Organization (FETÖ) umbrella case has begun and the first hearing was held yesterday. Initially, 38 "Peace at Home Council" member suspects attended the hearing. Among these suspects, former Air Force Commander Akın Öztürk, cla... more

Is the world bigger than five world powers?

Speaking at his visit in India, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan once again said, "The world is bigger than five." He continued to say, "The structure of the U.N., especially the Security Council, should be reformed as soon as possible. For example, wh... more

If Syria is divided...

The chemical attack that killed innocent people in Syria last week hurt all the conscientious people around the world. Columns, reports and discussions were dedicated to the victims of the attack as well as to the previous victims. But the unfortunat... more

The pose given with the pope: Are the Crusades coming back?

The pose given by European Union leaders with the pope was the hot topic of the recent days – it was discussed a lot especially in Turkey. A considerable number of conspiracy theories have also been made on whether this pose is a sign that would star... more

Syrians are not guests, they're family

Turkey has been carrying on a conscientious and compassionate policy regarding Syrian refugees from the very beginning. Yet, like in the example of an employer who shared the photograph of the young Syrian he beat up for coming late to work on social... more

Is the US returning to the period?

The biggest criticism of and reactions to U.S. President Donald Trump's election promises were those against his discriminatory statements on immigrants. Making statements about building a wall on the Mexican border and bringing limitations to visas ... more

Why are we defending Trump?

The protests against Donald Trump in the U.S. are still going on even days after he took office. Yes, it was a first in the political history of the U.S. that a politician, who is self-ordinated enough to provoke Republicans sometimes, came to power... more

The assassination

Unfortunately, we are a country that is used to terror acts with 40 years of experience. Nevertheless, it was quite surprising to hear that Russian Ambassador to Ankara Andrey Karlov was killed, while we could not yet recover from the shock, mourning... more


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