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Aylin Kocaman

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Don’t fall into Daesh trap

The feeling that binds together people who are associated with radical terror organizations is hatred. Feelings of revenge motivate organization members and produce communities that have no compunctions about dying and killing.

November 26, 2015

The old and new Turkey

For Turkish people the concepts of “old” and “new” Turkey emphasize two different periods in the history of modern Turkey. One is dark and terrifying, while the other represents grounds for hope.

November 09, 2015

When logic supersedes conscience

We have experienced several tragedies in the past such as Halabja in the 1980s and Bosnia in the 1990s. The ugly memories of those catastrophes were still fresh in the collective memory of mankind when the 9/11 terrorist attacks occurred.

October 21, 2015

Is it necessary to start Cold War-II?

The increase in the traffic of Russian, Ukrainian and American warships, in the Bosphorus strait indicates that yet another conflict in the world is all set to begin.

March 10, 2014

Callous disregard for Syrians’ plight

The lukewarm international response to the plight of Syrians caught between the evil regime and the equally brutal radicals, forces one to believe that death caused by chemical weapons is perhaps more painful than the one caused by stabbing with a dagger.

February 25, 2014

Tempest in a teapot

The international community and the world media are apparently up in arms against the current Turkish government. They tend to blow out of proportion even the pettiest of Turkey’s domestic issues.

January 29, 2014

We are paying the price of disunity

A peep into the past will make it clear to many that unity has always laid the foundations of ideological triumphs. People believing in a particular idea join hands for a common cause, draw strength from one another and find a way forward.

January 12, 2014

Help Syrians: It’s now or never!

When we were young, visits to our grandmother used to be great fun. One thing that was very strange about the place was that guests always frequented it. People, we had never met or seen before, used to have breakfast or dinner with us.

December 25, 2013

Fighting terror with a joystick won’t help

Despite its huge popularity, the entire idea about “the art of war” appears meaningless and insane to this writer.

December 11, 2013

Rohingya Muslims: Act before it’s too late

WHAT happens when you change a country’s name? Can you erase an unwanted past? Is changing the name a new beginning? Do the people in that country and their memories assume a new form?

November 30, 2013