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Tuesday, September 13 2011 , Your time is 15:58:00
Have you seen the latest Pew Attitudes Survey on Turkey? Only 19 percent of Turks have a favorable opinion of the United States. The Americans I talk to appear to be offended by this.
These days, I am increasingly hearing that Turkey is becoming less democratic and more authoritarian. I disagree, if I may. Let me explain.
I was at a meeting in Beijing this week. The city had plenty of blue sky and light traffic. I was told authorities had arranged this in order to fix their image before the APEC meetings.
The Jihadist International is a growing phenomenon. Like the Communist International of the early 20th Century, this movement feeds on domestic inequality, and contrary to popular perception, its breeding ground is also in the West.
Turkey is ambivalent on the siege of Kobane. The city lies in the Ottoman Governorate of Syria and was built in 1912 around a train station along the Baghdad Railway.
The world has changed. In the past, the most powerful seven countries were enough to govern the rest of the world.
I’ve had a song by Sting stuck in my head for the past two days. Remember the one that goes, “Nothing comes from violence and nothing ever could/For all those born under an angry star/Lest forget how fragile we are.”
People talking about the prospects of the Turkish economy these days keep bringing up the country’s deficiency in skills.
I was just looking at the results of Metropoll’s latest survey on the ISIL. The results are clear: Four out of five people in Turkey consider ISIL a threat
We do not call them Islamic banks in Turkey. Banks are banks, administrative apparatuses. In the past, they were termed “Special Finance Institutions” and only after the 2005 amendments to the Banking Law are they now called “Participation Banks.”
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