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BURAK BEKDİL

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What’s the Greek word for suicide?

BURAK BEKDİL writes:

V., the taverna owner, angrily threw a set of papers that looked official onto the table. One was his electricity bill: 2,888 euros for the past few months.

Comment(s) 1/23/2015

How Turkey made Hamas mainstream

BURAK BEKDİL writes:

A news story in this newspaper quoted Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu as claiming that Turkey’s relationship with Hamas had helped make the militant Palestinian group “mainstream.”

Comment(s) 1/21/2015

‘I killed because they were spies’

BURAK BEKDİL writes:

This columnist’s first of a few encounters with Melih Gökçek, the unchallenged mayor of the Turkish capital since 1994, was through a press release from the municipality, sent by fax to this newspaper, in the mid-1990s. It was grotesquely (but cutely) signed: Melih Gökçek, Lord Mayor of Ankara.

Comment(s) 1/16/2015

‘Now cry Paris!’

BURAK BEKDİL writes:

Thus wrote an Islamist columnist after the attacks in the French capital. In a related story, his newspaper used the word terror in quotation marks, clearly implying that it disagreed that the attacks in Paris were acts of terror.

Comment(s) 1/14/2015

Turkey by numbers (II)

BURAK BEKDİL writes:

The story in our newspaper recently stated that a recent survey about the lifestyle and attitudes of Turkish people had revealed "intriguing results."

Comment(s) 1/9/2015

Don’t celebrate New Year; but you can marry child girls!

BURAK BEKDİL writes:

Turkey’s leaders have the habit of chasing conspirators who they claim add fuel to Islamophobia in Europe.

Comment(s) 1/7/2015

Why ‘thief’ is not just a five-letter word

BURAK BEKDİL writes:

On Dec. 9, the front page of the maverick daily BirGün featured a big headline in bold letters in Arabic script. For the readers who cannot read Ottoman, BirGün explained that the headline just meant “thief.”

Comment(s) 12/31/2014

The master linguist(s)

BURAK BEKDİL writes:

“[Y]ou possess all the attributes of a demagogue; a screeching, horrible voice, a perverse, cross-grained nature and the language of the market-place. In you all is united which is needful for governing.”

Comment(s) 12/26/2014

Put dim lighting in the palace – for savings

BURAK BEKDİL writes:

Turkey’s leaders never cease to invent new annals of black humor. In a recent speech, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan bitterly complained that “Turkish students know Einstein but not Muslim scholars.”

Comment(s) 12/24/2014

Turkey’s ‘doorman complex’

BURAK BEKDİL writes:

The photo featured happy faces – Turkish and European. Last week, three EU bigwigs were in Ankara: Federica Mogherini, the EU’s foreign affairs chief; Johannes Hahn, a chief enlargement official; and Christos Stylianides, commissioner for humanitarian aid and crisis management.

Comment(s) 12/19/2014

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