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Cracking the wall of forgetfulness

GÜVEN SAK writes:

While Pax Ottomanica was based on military might, Pax Turcica in Anatolia has been based on forgetfulness. It was too painful and too complicated for the would-be nation builders in Ankara to deal with the memory of a massive empire.

Comment(s) 4/25/2015

Why the G-20 had an asymmetric impact on the Bretton Woods twins

GÜVEN SAK writes:

April is the best time to see Washington D.C., when the cherry blossom herald the blooming spring and the weather is perfect for strolls along the Potomac river.

Comment(s) 4/18/2015

What do journalists do when they can’t write about the news?

GÜVEN SAK writes:

Oscar Wilde is quoted as saying “the one duty we owe to history is to rewrite it.” Recently, for some reason, Turkish journalists have been taking this duty upon themselves.

Comment(s) 4/11/2015

Show trials are bad for the investment climate

GÜVEN SAK writes:

Looking for an area to really impact the G-20? Look no further than the IMF.

Comment(s) 4/4/2015

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

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