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BURAK BEKDİL

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How Turkish enchantment fails to enchant

BURAK BEKDİL writes:

Diplomacy may be the art of telling people to go to hell in such a way that they ask for the directions, but in the Turkish case there are too many people who the Turks are telling to go to hell and, more problematically, they do not seem to be asking for the directions. But Ankara is trying nonetheless.

Comment(s) 10/22/2014

Did someone say ‘conquest?’

BURAK BEKDİL writes:

Turkey’s terrible miscalculation in Syria has pushed its foreign policy rhetoric from “shallow arrogance” to “defensive bewilderment.”

Comment(s) 10/15/2014

Peace in the time of curfews

BURAK BEKDİL writes:

Mr. Davutoğlu once claimed that he knows Syria and the Middle East polity too well as evinced by the fact, in his words, that 'he traveled to Damascus 62 times and knows the city street by street'

Comment(s) 10/10/2014

The enemies of Turkey’s enemies

BURAK BEKDİL writes:

After years of intense work, Turkey’s foreign policy wizards have finally created a new version of the cliché stratagem 'the enemy of my enemy is my friend.' Most enemies of Turkey’s enemies are Turkey’s enemies, too

Comment(s) 10/8/2014

So, Mr. Davutoğlu, teach Marxism to pupils!

BURAK BEKDİL writes:

Why do Turkey’s Islamists never surprise? The simplistic answer should be, “because they are Islamists.” Any deeper analysis would require more in-depth scientific knowledge of an assortment of disciplines.

Comment(s) 10/3/2014

The headscarf is finally free; the country is not

BURAK BEKDİL writes:

More than a decade ago, this column predicted that what most Western pundits then labeled as “Turkey’s pro-freedom reformists” would bring “reforms” merely about to broaden freedoms for political Islam and its symbols and restrict (non-Islamist) freedoms in general.

Comment(s) 10/1/2014

The wrong path to heaven

BURAK BEKDİL writes:

Our leaders may be slow in fulfilling this columnist’s prophesies but they certainly try hard. Back in 2008, I suggested that the (Islamic) headscarf must be allowed not only in universities, but also in kindergarten

Comment(s) 9/26/2014

All is well that ends well. Then?

BURAK BEKDİL writes:

Is all well that ends well? Always? Whether it is or not, (most notably) Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu, his chief intelligence officer, Hakan Fidan, and every other Turkish official who anxiously worked day and night for the safe return of 49 Turkish hostages

Comment(s) 9/24/2014

The world’s first Christian imams

BURAK BEKDİL writes:

It is more than relieving that we have a prime minister who thinks he can end the half-century-long dispute over Cyprus just by having a spot of tea with his Greek counterpart on both sides of the divided island. Why did the whole world not think of this before?

Comment(s) 9/19/2014

Accountable in the ‘presence of God’

BURAK BEKDİL writes:

Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu has pledged that from now on, “with God’s permission,” no prime minister shall be held accountable at a court, he will only be accountable “to those who vote for him, and in the presence of God.”

Comment(s) 9/17/2014

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