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Ali Çimen

Ali Çimen is a journalist based in Istanbul, Turkey.

Born in İstanbul in 1971, Ali Çimen studied English language and literature at Istanbul University and graduated in 1995. He worked for the international Turkish dailies Zaman and Today's Zaman from 1993 to 2005, serving as reporter, editor, chief of the foreign news desk in İstanbul and as an international correspondent in Frankfurt, Amsterdam, and London. He worked for Euronews in France from 2010 to 2014.

He has interviewed many political and social celebrities including Bill Clinton, Shakira, Edwin Buzz Aldrin, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Greg Olsen, Mordechai Vanunu, William S. Cohen, Robert Ballard and Brad Pitt.

He has written numerous popular history books ranging from secret services and to space exploration. He has also a novel, political thriller, published in 2013.

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Geert Mak: “Turkish and European radicals are encouraging each other!” Right before Dutch Queen Beatrix visited Turkey this year, he attracted a great deal of attention for her comment "In the long term, it is not only Turkey that needs Europe, but Europe which will need Turkey. “If we exclude Turkey, that is when all hell will break loose.” Keep in mind this was no regular person making this comment. Tracing a picture of İstanbul with his pen, describing the city from the Galata Bridge, Dutch writer Geert Mak has brought İstanbul into the homes of people all over the Netherlands. We spoke with Mak, one of Holland's most prominent writers and someone who believes in the strategic importance of building a bridge between the Middle East and the EU by way of Turkey. Our conversation touched on “De Brug” on Turkey and on the Netherlands.


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Nuclear Energy: Catastrophe or Salvation? The short dispute regarding the natural gas crisis between Russia and Ukraine, and the concerns of Russia cutting Turkey's gas supply, has leaded us on an excursion to seek alternative energy sources. There have been many articles, commentaries and analysis forecasting that Turkey could eventually have problems meeting its energy demands. In order to prevent this dilemma, the country needs to spend a considerable part of its budget for energy supply. In spite of this reality, there is still strong opposition against the respective nuclear energy option, which leads us to discussions of "luck of energy" and how other countries have benefited from it and those who were faced with the same constrains. ZAMAN journalist Ali Çimen had the opportunity to discuss the situation with experts in the hope of bringing clarity to the questions surrounding this very atomic subject.


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Meir Javedanfar & Prof. Mehdi Noorbaksh: “Attack on Iran Strengthens its Regime” Iran, which has been undergoing turbulent relations with the West since Ahmedinecad was chosen as president, has now become the main item of the agendas of the world’s super powers due to its highly suspect nuclear program. The famous question of recent days: Will America attack Iran? That is the main theme of the brain storming centres of leading countries in the power game. I asked the very same question to Iranian born Meir Javedanfar scholars and experts who live in the west.


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Mordehay Vanunu: "I Revealed Israel's Nuclear Secrets to Stop a New Genocide" Mordehay Vanunu, who leaked Israel's nuclear program to the press almost two decades ago, spoke to the Turkish media for the first time. "I wanted to stop a new genocide by drawing attention to Israel's nuclear power. I will never regret this." Vanunu spoke with Ali Çimen from Zaman Daily about his goal, what he had been through in prison, Israel's 'psychological torture' and how he was arrested.


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Prof. Ilan Pappe: "What Israel, Pretending to Represent the Victims of the Holocaust, is Doing is Shameful" Ilan Pappe, an Israeli-born professor at Haifa University, who is well-known as a revisionist or "post-Zionist" Israeli historian. He has a BA from Hebrew University and a PhD from Oxford. He is a senior lecturer in the department of Political Science at Haifa University and the Chair of the Emil Touma Institute for Palestinian Studies in Haifa. He is also the Academic Director of the Research Institute for Peace at Givat Haviva. He is sometimes accused of being anti-Semitic for his views on the myths which he believes inform main stream Israeli Jewish society. I talked to Dr. Ilan Pappe about the recent crisis in the Middle East.


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William S. Cohen: “China is on the rise, America is worried” William S. Cohen, who was the American Defense Minister during Bill Clinton government between the years of 1997-2001 and who has played an important role in Iraq’s reconstruction with the Cohen Group which he is still the head of, along with being a politician and a businessman, although being under the shadow his other identities, is also a writer. Cohen answered my questions about his novel which interprets the world politics stage and contains parallelism with what’s going on at the present time.


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Zbigniew Brzezinski: "Democracy cannot be imposed by bayonets" Zbigniew Brzezinski; a very influential name in the American foreign policy, one of the architects of strategic games, America’s old president Jimmy Carter’s national security adviser and currently a trustee and counselor at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), one of the prominent think tanks in America; in his statement to Zaman said that it is not possible for the relationship between America and Turkey to turn sour. Brezinski replied our questions on the latest matters briefly.


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Interview with Edwin 'Buzz' Aldrin: “Those Looking at the Full Moon also Remember us!” Astronaut 'Buzz' Aldrin, who had the privilege of being the second man to walk on the Moon minutes after Mr. Armstrong, became the symbol of this historical trip the photo of him taken by Armstrong on the lonely planet's surface is forever etched into the memories of all humans. Mr. Aldrin recently spoke with Turkish journalist Ali Çimen.


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Elif Şafak is Turkey's most popular female writer. She has also gained fame abroad, not only for her literary accomplishments but also because of the lawsuit brought against her in Turkey because, in one of her novels she refers to the mass killings of Armenians in 1915; that is in The Bastard of Istanbul. The suit was dropped. Euronews journalist Ali Çimen met up with Şafak in Lyon, France, where she was attending a book festival. We asked her about her impressions of Europe, her writing and culture.


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An interview with Turkish political scientist Adil Gür on the possible outcomes of the general elections held in Turkey in 2011, july 12th.


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An Interview with Elif Safak, one of the prominent female authors in Turkey. Safak tells her personal writing adventure and her thoughts on EU-Turkey relations...


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An interview with Turkish political scientist Adil Gür on the possible outcomes of the general elections held in Turkey in 2011, july 12th.


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A feature telling the story of notorious Cambodian leader, Pol Pot. Piece was written in the days back in July 2016, when some of the surviving leaders of Khemer Rouge arrived for hearing at the Cambodia’s UN-backed court. As I am also an author of popular history books, I am often asked to write similar pieces for the media outlets I worked for.


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A Turkish commentary analyzing the probability of the fall of the current Saudi regime. Piece was written the at the height of Arab Spring.


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