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BURAK BEKDİL

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Mr. Davutoğlu vs. Prime Minister Davutoğlu

BURAK BEKDİL writes:

No doubt, Ahmet Davutoğlu the human being is an honest, hard-working and modest man of academia.

Comment(s) 11/21/2014

Time to liberate Cuba!

BURAK BEKDİL writes:

I sensed this was coming when I discovered a Turkish book, “Goethe and Islam,” which proudly announced that “in addition to the controversy regarding whether Johann Wolfgang Goethe was Muslim, there is now proof that the German writer … was not only Muslim, but also Turkish.”

Comment(s) 11/19/2014

Where democracies and dictatorships meet

BURAK BEKDİL writes:

Excerpts from an analysis in a prestigious newspaper: “The government… has been posting a series of restrictive laws.

Comment(s) 11/14/2014

The party goes on!

BURAK BEKDİL writes:

One may or may not like Turkey’s rulers, but you must be fair and admit that they are often fun – unless they do serious things and cause harm. They live in a world of wonders which, for us outsiders, is truly amusing to observe.

Comment(s) 11/12/2014

Turkey by numbers

BURAK BEKDİL writes:

45 (percent): The vote President (then Prime Minister) Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) won in Soma in the March 30 local elections.

Comment(s) 11/7/2014

A two-and-a-half-country union

BURAK BEKDİL writes:

This is from this column nearly two years ago: “The bitter truth is that Turkey is too oriental for the European Union, too non-Arab for the Arab League, too non-African for the African Union, too irrelevant for ASEAN and the Union of South American Nations and too western for the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (‘The Shanghai seven?’ Feb. 8, 2013).”

Comment(s) 11/5/2014

Headlines from the centennial! – Third sequel

BURAK BEKDİL writes:

Two years after the second sequel to this column’s “headlines” series and having just commemorated the Republic’s 91th anniversary, here we go again with more headlines from the Istanbul press in the year 2023:

Comment(s) 10/31/2014

A heartbroken Turk belly-dancing to Persian santouri

BURAK BEKDİL writes:

Everything would have come up roses between Ankara and Tehran. Certain things did come up roses. Trade, of both the conventional and shady varieties, actually did prosper.

Comment(s) 10/29/2014

Turkey’s ‘ostinato’ song

BURAK BEKDİL writes:

A few months ago, this column described Turkey as a piano partition composed by Philip Glass: “It finds beauty in itself by repeating itself.” Turkey’s song is repetitive, or ostinato, like in many children’s songs. But it’s hardly entertaining.

Comment(s) 10/24/2014

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

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