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Europe’s ‘fat school bully’ problem

BURAK BEKDİL writes:

In 2004 when the then prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, was receiving praise after praise from the West’s blind leaders for his “reformism and supreme democratic credentials,” he abruptly reverted to his Islamist self: He drafted a bill that would outlaw adultery. Under pressure from Brussels, he had to drop the idea, but since then, he has danced around the theme of outlawing “sins” stated in the Islamic holy book.

Comment(s) 12/2/2016

Turkey’s ‘foreign martyrs’

BURAK BEKDİL writes:

Turkish politics is struggling harder and harder to go beyond the title of “Absurdistan.” Sadly, not even the sky is the limit.

Comment(s) 11/30/2016

Turkey’s Iranian question

BURAK BEKDİL writes:

A few days ago, columnist Nevşin Mengü wrote an excellent piece in this newspaper, “Iran’s Turkish question,” (HDN, Nov. 22). Ms. Mengü wrote that she was wandering around a historic caravansary outside Kashan in Iran where a young man said there was no such language as Turkish as “Turkish was a dialect of Farsi.

Comment(s) 11/25/2016

Turkey’s ‘My Fair Lady’ problem

BURAK BEKDİL writes:

After this column argued last week that “Turkey’s identity crisis is too persistent to disappear, even after decades of soul-searching, Turkey is too Islamic to belong to Europe, too secular and non-Arab to belong to an Islamic club, too Sunni to find a seat in any Shiite Muslim club, too Turkish to find allies in a Eurasian pact, and too alien to find a meaningful African alliance,” a most dear friend wrote from London:

Comment(s) 11/23/2016

Erdoğan is right: Turkey should vote on EU membership

BURAK BEKDİL writes:

The birth of the modern state in the Islamic world has brought with it an eternal casus belli: Should the state be based on man-made laws or divine law? That question has been at the heart of decades-long ideological wars in Muslim lands. Turkey is no exception.

Comment(s) 11/18/2016

1,001 Turkish nights – a fairy tale based on a true story

BURAK BEKDİL writes:

In President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s narrative, Turkey is a fairy tale.

Comment(s) 11/16/2016

A Godzilla with less foreign policy knowledge?

BURAK BEKDİL writes:

Good news for its fans: The International Strongmen Club is growing in size!

Comment(s) 11/11/2016

‘How Muslims do politics’

BURAK BEKDİL writes:

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was perfectly honest and right when he said recently that “we have redefined democracy and shown the world how Muslims do politics.”

Comment(s) 11/9/2016

So, Istanbul is a Greek city?

BURAK BEKDİL writes:

Some observers have lately been advising foreign governments not to worry too much about Turkey’s (President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s) increasingly aggressive irredentist rhetoric because it is largely targeted at domestic consumption rather than addressing the relevant foreign audience. Well, yes and no.

Comment(s) 11/4/2016

Destination ‘great Muslim democracy’: Time to get off the train

BURAK BEKDİL writes:

Every new day adds fresh validation to the adage that “Turkey is fun unless you have to live in it.” In one recent speech, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan described himself as an enemy of interest rates “because interest rates are a means of abuse.”

Comment(s) 11/2/2016

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