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The Cyprus Spring

VERDA ÖZER writes:

“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.

Comment(s) 1/14/2017

Attack on a secular lifestyle?

VERDA ÖZER writes:

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.

Comment(s) 1/7/2017

A new year

VERDA ÖZER writes:

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.

Comment(s) 12/31/2016

The PKK has shot itself

VERDA ÖZER writes:

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.

Comment(s) 12/17/2016

The Trump fear

VERDA ÖZER writes:

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.

Comment(s) 12/10/2016

Post-Trump world

VERDA ÖZER writes:

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.

Comment(s) 11/19/2016

Trump: The Anti-Hero

VERDA ÖZER writes:

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?

Comment(s) 11/12/2016

Here’s how to save Mosul

VERDA ÖZER writes:

“There are still open wounds from the break-up of the Ottoman Empire. They have only been plastered over, but never given a chance to be healed. Maybe that is because our leaders never found an opportunity to properly address the regional problems on a long term basis, with consideration of the peoples’ legitimate aspirations.”

Comment(s) 10/29/2016

What does Turkey want in Mosul?

VERDA ÖZER writes:

“No army can withstand the strength of an idea whose time has come,” said Victor Hugo famously. True, nothing is as powerful as something whose time has come. The same applies to Turkey’s “Mosul question.”

Comment(s) 10/22/2016

Does Turkey want to take Mosul?

VERDA ÖZER writes:

The question in the title is on the minds of most of us these days. Turkey’s ongoing military operation in northern Syria and its subsequent rhetoric on Mosul have triggered this question. Ankara’s growing tension with Baghdad and the U.S. has further reinforced our curiosity.

Comment(s) 10/15/2016

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