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Al-Khalil ticking like a bomb

We are in al-Khalil after a 40-minute journey through the flashy and well-kept neighborhoods of West Jerusalem. A Palestinian city with a population of about 250,000, named after “Khalil,” Prophet Ibrahim’s epithet cited in verse 125 of Surah an-Nisa... more

"Never again,” but how?

"Those were terrible days. There was no electricity and water. We were in winter and each day the bombing continued. Everywhere was filled with the dead and injured. When his mother abandoned him as soon as she gave birth, we, the hospital staff, emb... more

"Never again,” but how?

"Those were terrible days. There was no electricity and water. We were in winter and each day the bombing continued. Everywhere was filled with the dead and injured. When his mother abandoned him as soon as she gave birth, we, the hospital staff, emb... more

The real task in Iraq starts now

The operation started jointly by the Iraqi military units, Kurdish peshmerga forces, Shiite militia and Arab tribal forces on October 17, 2016, with aerial support from U.S.-backed coalition forces, to save Mosul from Daesh, is in the final stage. Wi... more

The death of the butcher

At the Avicenne Hospital near the French capital, Paris, an 85-year-old man died on Tuesday morning, June 27. His death actually meant the end of a bloody chapter in the Middle East. This man, who has committed crimes against humanity in this life th... more

'The Politics of Partition'

The phrase in the title is the name of the latest book to have been translated into Turkish from among other books written by Avi Shlaim, one of the authors who has been named as the “New Historians” in Israel (Translation: Muttalip Tütüncü, Küre Pre... more

Bringing civilization to the ulema class

When it comes to ikhwan (brotherhood), generally, the Egypt-based Muslim Brotherhood organization comes to mind. Yet, there was another brotherhood in the recent history of the Middle East, which was quite different from its namesake group in terms o... more

Tiran and Sanafir are not just islands

Egypt has been going through its most tense days since the ouster of its first democratically elected President Muhammed Morsi in 2013 via a military coup. The reason for the tension is the transfer of the two islands, Tiran and Sanafir, situated eas... more

Architects of crisis

The comprehensive siege that some Arab countries have launched against Qatar about 10 days ago provides a clearer picture of the Middle East. A front, which was formed by Egypt and the UAE and to which Saudi Arabia and Bahrain later joined, is in a h... more

The Gulf’s new ‘terrorist’ list

Egypt, the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, which blockaded Qatar from air, land and sea, issued a "list of terrorists" including 59 people and 12 institutions last evening in order to further restrict the blockade. People from nine Arab countries were... more

Futile efforts

Last Wednesday in this column you had read about the diplomatic and political crisis between Qatar and its neighbors. Despite the agenda normally changing quickly in the Middle East, the Qatar-based tension is interestingly getting deeper as it conti... more

Qatar, the Gulf's naughty child

Gulf countries ended the last week in the shadow of an interesting diplomatic crisis. The crisis that broke out with statements attributed to Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, praising Iran, published by the Gulf country's state news agenc... more

Rethinking Nakba once more

It has been 69 years since the founding of Israel was declared at a theater hall in Tel Aviv on May 14, 1948. The period that led to the displacement of approximately 750,000 Palestinians and the destruction of more than 500 villages and towns with t... more

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