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BURAK BEKDİL

burak.bekdil@hurriyet.com.tr

Someone’s terrorist is another’s…

BURAK BEKDİL writes:

It’s one of the most manifest collective hypocrisies modern politics has ever created: Someone’s terrorist is another’s freedom fighter (one can always replace “freedom fighter” with any other noble wording)

Comment(s) 2/12/2016

The Ministry of Broken Dreams

BURAK BEKDİL writes:

It’s the same old Turkish malady: Form over function, or (fancy) words over deeds

Comment(s) 2/10/2016

What if Russia wants to suffer the consequences?

BURAK BEKDİL writes:

Until Jan. 29, elementary military technology described a Russian Su-24 aircraft as a supersonic, all-weather bomber developed in the Soviet Union, and a Su-34 as a jet designed for tactical deployment against ground and naval targets on solo and group missions with counter-fire and electronic warfare counter-measures

Comment(s) 2/3/2016

Our traditional family values

BURAK BEKDİL writes:

Having condemned —endless times, and rightly so— past secular governments’ social engineering attempts in the Old Turkey, calling them illiberal, Turkey’s Islamists are perfecting conservative social engineering in their virtual New Turkey

Comment(s) 1/29/2016

Roads, bridges, airports – and religion – over democracy

BURAK BEKDİL writes:

There may be a thousand different reasons why the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) remains the unrivalled choice of the Turkish voter

Comment(s) 1/22/2016

OK, Turkey is a majoritarian democracy, not a dictatorship

BURAK BEKDİL writes:

I have no idea how many justice ministers in the democratically civilized world have to make speeches arguing that their country is not a dictatorship

Comment(s) 1/20/2016

(Mis)understanding the sociology of ISIL

BURAK BEKDİL writes:

When the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) was making territorial advances in Iraq and Syria and releasing its first video productions in August 2014, its Turkish diagnosis came from Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu: “Past anger [of], alienation and insults [against the Sunnis] have caused a reaction [which is ISIL]

Comment(s) 1/15/2016

Turkish missiles: Not quite a deterrent

BURAK BEKDİL writes:

It was in the mid-1990s when Turkey’s military and defense procurement officials agreed the country was in “urgent need” of acquiring scores of attack helicopters

Comment(s) 1/13/2016

Turkey at the shores of purgatory

BURAK BEKDİL writes:

With hearts pounding for the (Sunni) Muslim paradise but minds not too silly to risk a (Shiite) Muslim hell, officialdom in Ankara is going through the country’s century-old conundrum

Comment(s) 1/8/2016

Santa news

BURAK BEKDİL writes:

It is customary that the last week of every year produces a rich menu of Santa-related news in the Turkish press

Comment(s) 1/6/2016

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