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Özlem Albayrak

Özlem Albayrak

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While the European Union falls...

As I write this article today, the United Kingdom (UK) went to referendum to vote to stay in or exit the European Union (EU). No matter what the result (even if the UK, which has no land border with Europe and has not accepted the currency stays or l... more

While the European Union falls...

As I write this article today, the United Kingdom (UK) went to referendum to vote to stay in or exit the European Union (EU). No matter what the result (even if the UK, which has no land border with Europe and has not accepted the currency stays or l... more

Muhammad Ali, the legend

“I am America. I am the part you won't recognize. But get used to me. Black, confident, cocky; my name, not yours; my religion, not yours; my goals, my own; get used to me.” Muhammad Ali When I first saw the island of Gorée on the coast of Senegal, ... more

Co-Robosky

I dare say this was the Kurds' Robosky. The Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) killed 13 Kurds in Dürümlü, Sarıkamış, a neighborhood in Diyarbakır town, Sur, by blowing up a truck filled with 15 tons of explosives. The victims were murdered because they ... more

Cities soiled by history

Republican People's Part (CHP) Chairman Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu's bloody discourse on the agenda; lobbying against the new prime minister candidate; EU statements made to lift Schengen; President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's statements on the security of Kilis ... more

What was the cause of the Davutoğlu earthquake?

It all happened in a single day only. An extraordinary congress was the result reached in President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu's ordinary meeting the previous evening. The next morning (yesterday), the Congress date was s... more

Panama Tailor

The global earthquake that started with a Panama-based law firm's leaking almost 11.5 million pages of documents of corruption, has been ongoing after the resignation of Iceland's Prime Minister Sigurður Ingi Jóhannsson as the papers continue to emer... more

Why is there no return to the reconciliation process?

It seems as though there is no disagreement at the top of the state on not resuming the reconciliation process. Yet, there still is a group that thinks "What has fighting for 30 years given us? The reconciliation process should resume." This group is... more

Rehab for the Southeast, integration for the Syrians

Sema Ramazanoglu, Minister of Family and Social Politics, met with female journalists last Friday. I can say that the meeting was very productive. As, we try to catch the agenda despite its loud nature, we fail to notice many other things. As the new... more

Haven't we seen the sectarian conflict film before?

The first reaction to the high tension between Saudi Arabia and Iran with the statement made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs was from Turkey. The statement read: “Attacks against Saudi Arabia's foreign missions in Iran are unacceptable. The langua... more

Peace as an invitation to war

Why has it come to this? Why did Russia go as far as to violate Turkey's right of independence? Why did Russian President Vladimir Putin support Syrian President Bashar Assad, assault the opposition and the Turkmens, and blatantly violate Turkey's bo... more

Russian jet and exemplary history of engagement

It has long been forgotten, but a little effort will help recall what happened. On June 22, 2012, a Turkish F-4 scout and training aircraft was hit by Syria. The plane was unarmed and the identification system was on. It was in the air to control the... more

Terror and the rest of the neighbors

In the article that I wrote last week (13.11.2015), titled "The refugee crisis of Europe and its causes," I wrote that the European states did not want to accept refugees and this could not be accepted as moral.The reason for their refusal was concer... more

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