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Tuesday, September 13 2011 , Your time is 15:58:00
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.
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.”
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.
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.
The story in our newspaper recently stated that a recent survey about the lifestyle and attitudes of Turkish people had revealed "intriguing results."
Turkey’s leaders have the habit of chasing conspirators who they claim add fuel to Islamophobia in Europe.
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.”
“[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.”
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.”
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.
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