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The Muslim laptop ban

VERDA ÖZER writes:

You must already know the story. The United States has barred passengers from bringing their laptops and iPads on board flights from eight Muslim-majority countries. Britain didn’t wait too long to join the ban. As a result, the so-called “Muslim laptop ban” has become the hottest topic in Turkey.

Comment(s) 3/25/2017

Turkey must urgently look beyond

VERDA ÖZER writes:

The wave is getting bigger.

Comment(s) 3/18/2017

An independent Kurdistan? Really?

VERDA ÖZER writes:

The independence of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) is being discussed once and more.

Comment(s) 3/11/2017

How many Kurdistans?

VERDA ÖZER writes:

Will an independent Kurdistan be built in northern Iraq? This question has long hung over our heads. However, in his op-ed for the Washington Post on Feb. 22, Bilal Wahab suggested that this is the wrong question.

Comment(s) 3/4/2017

Iraq on the brink of The Abyss

VERDA ÖZER writes:

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.

Comment(s) 2/18/2017

Watch what you are saying!

VERDA ÖZER writes:

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.

Comment(s) 2/11/2017

The Trump Hurricane

VERDA ÖZER writes:

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.

Comment(s) 2/4/2017

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

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