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BURAK BEKDİL

burak.bekdil@hurriyet.com.tr

His promise is a promise

BURAK BEKDİL writes:

Your columnist, when young and doing the extremely boring journalistic job of covering finance and its markets, discovered a safe and smart way to make prudent predictions in Turkey

Comment(s) 7/29/2015

Forward to the past

BURAK BEKDİL writes:

If residents in the former Ottoman lands, including Turkey, stretching to three continents took the Turkish prime minister seriously, they could panic and start the world’s biggest-ever wave of immigration toward safer lands

Comment(s) 7/24/2015

Calm down, it was ‘Deash’ not ISIL

BURAK BEKDİL writes:

When the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) made its debut in the highly competitive marketplace of Islamist terror last summer, it became popular with its serial beheadings and other mass killings in order to impose Islamic law in the large swaths of Syrian and Iraqi lands that it captured

Comment(s) 7/22/2015

We trust you, you know what you’re doing

BURAK BEKDİL writes:

No doubt, history will recall Prime Ministers Alexis Tsipras and Ahmet Davutoğlu for their excellent ability at achieving the exact opposite of what they aimed for at the beginning of their political journeys.

Comment(s) 7/17/2015

Tsipras: Phantasos, Morpheus and Phobetor – all in one

BURAK BEKDİL writes:

At times when even a Greek cat strolling down the streets in Psirri would sense that there was something fundamentally wrong about the Greek economy, Mr. Tsipras promised that he would ditch austerity and renegotiate bailout with the European heavyweights.

Comment(s) 7/15/2015

Taming the dragon

BURAK BEKDİL writes:

It’s a popular Black Sea (Laz) joke from the 1970s: One day, the town of Rize declares war on China.

Comment(s) 7/10/2015

What’s the Greek word for self-deception?

BURAK BEKDİL writes:

Just two days before the Greek elections on Jan. 25 that brought Alexis Tsipras to power, the title of this column was “What’s the Greek word for suicide?” (Hürriyet Daily News, Jan. 23, 2015.)

Comment(s) 7/8/2015

The donkey rider vs. The dragon

BURAK BEKDİL writes:

Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu lives the difficult life of fiction heroes.

Comment(s) 7/3/2015

How would you like your Syria, Sir?

BURAK BEKDİL writes:

Sunni Islamist! And subservient to the emerging Turkish empire… Thus would reply your Turkish Islamist, so cheerfully, like a child being asked which chocolate, toy, game and cartoon film he would like.

Comment(s) 7/1/2015

The donkey rider’s drama: A fable

BURAK BEKDİL writes:

They really looked like the main characters depicted in the two-volume canonical Spanish novel from the early 17th century which centers on the protagonist’s distortion of perception and the wavering of their mental faculties. Perhaps they still do.

Comment(s) 6/26/2015

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