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Tuesday, September 13 2011 , Your time is 15:58:00
We are all locked in on Syria. Our eyes and ears have been focused on this land. Yet this seems to make us overlook what’s going on in another country along Turkey’s southern borders, which is Iraq.
The language and the words we use are only the end results of what we have produced. Humanity is used to create a language at certain times. However a bunch of those words passes their shelf lives in due time, making them lose their function and meaning.
U.S. President Donald Trump’s immigration ban against seven Muslim-majority countries has shaken up the whole world. Yet his anti-immigrant and Islamophobic policy has only exposed the already existing and deep-rooted polarity in the world.
“Conflicts can only be solved when they are still hot,” Henry Kissinger once famously said. But Cyprus seems to overrule this quote since the 50-years old question seems to be defrosting at last.
The terrible massacre by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) on a nightclub in Ortaköy last week has triggered Turkey’s most traditional debate on “secular versus conservative” lifestyles.
At the end of each year it has become a tradition to evaluate the past year and write about expectations from the coming one. Scenarios about the country, the region and the world are being specified in newspapers and columns. This year I will restrain myself from doing this for a couple of reasons.
The tragic terrorist attack last Saturday in Istanbul was claimed by the outlawed Kurdistan Freedom Falcons (TAK), a subgroup responsible for organizing the suicide attacks of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). As such, the PKK is the true perpetrator.
Earlier this week, the American dollar rose to a record high against the Turkish Lira, upon which President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan called on citizens to convert their foreign exchange into liras. Yet it is not only Turks who are concerned nowadays. There are some who are in a much worse situation than us: The Mexicans.
The Oxford English Dictionary has declared “post-truth” as the most popular word of the year. Use of the term has increased by around 2,000 percent in 2016 compared to last year.
Finally the U.S. elections have got a winner. But the process is not over yet. They have given way to a world-wide discussion: What does Trump’s victory mean after all?
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