Imagine what Turks went through during WWI

GÜVEN SAK writes:

On March 18, 1915, British and French naval forces launched a campaign on Turkish positions in the Dardanelles. They failed. The date has been ingrained in my head since childhood

Comment(s) 3/21/2015

Why do Turks overestimate themselves?

GÜVEN SAK writes:

They do! That, at least, is what a recent survey says. According to the OECD, only 3 percent of people in Turkey say that they are underqualified for their current jobs.

Comment(s) 3/14/2015

Why are the Turks obsessed with interest rates?

GÜVEN SAK writes:

We have been here before. It was no more than a decade and a half ago that our country’s politics steered our economy into the ditch.

Comment(s) 3/7/2015

What’s the trouble with Turkey?

GÜVEN SAK writes:

Denmark has had no majority government since 1982. Turkey, on the other hand, has been ruled by a tight single party majority since 2002. That is 33 years of debate and deal-making in Denmark and 13 years of parliamentary hegemony in Turkey

Comment(s) 2/28/2015

Have you heard Özgecan’s cry?

GÜVEN SAK writes:

Özgecan Aslan was a 20-year-old university student. She was killed in a private bus after an attempted rape in Tarsus, between Mersin and Adana on the southern coast of Turkey. The perpetrators of the monstrous crime disfigured and burned her body. They have all been arrested. Yet the slogan “Have you heard Özgecan’s cry?” is still echoing across massive protests all over the country

Comment(s) 2/21/2015

Greek debt no longer a technical problem

GÜVEN SAK writes:

The EU has approached the Greek debt problem as a technical one up until now. Greek governments used to share that perspective.

Comment(s) 2/14/2015

The Middle East and North Africa needs its own ASEAN

GÜVEN SAK writes:

In 2012, Turkey made the Ro-Ro agreement with Egypt, which allowed its goods easier access to Middle Eastern markets.

Comment(s) 1/31/2015

First Muslim-majority country to chair the G20

GÜVEN SAK writes:

In 2012, Mexico was the first emerging economy to lead the G20. So Turkey is not the first. But those out there with unhealthy “first time ever” obsessions can take solace in Turkey being the first Muslim-majority country to chair the G20

Comment(s) 1/24/2015

Why Turkey’s transformation is confusing

GÜVEN SAK writes:

I have been hearing two seemingly contradictory tales about Turkey’s transformation lately. One ends with the ruling Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) election victory in 2002, while the other begins with it.

Comment(s) 1/17/2015

Let the person without sin cast the first stone

GÜVEN SAK writes:

People seem to think that Turkey has changed in some basic way in the past couple of years, that the system of 80 million people somehow shifted its stance overnight to no longer be an integral part of Western civilization.

Comment(s) 1/10/2015

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