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BURAK BEKDİL

burak.bekdil@hurriyet.com.tr

The president’s existential war

BURAK BEKDİL writes:

His Majesty has said he believed early elections on Nov. 1 would “clear up the problems created by the June 7” parliamentary elections.

Comment(s) 8/28/2015

Why ‘fair’ is just a four-letter word in Turkish

BURAK BEKDİL writes:

By coincidence the word “fair” in Turkish (“adil”) is a four-letter word like in English.

Comment(s) 8/26/2015

Ballot box ahoy!

BURAK BEKDİL writes:

During his abysmally unconstitutional election campaign before June 7, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan asked “his nation” for 400 seats in parliament. Instead, “his nation” gave him 258. He does not want to get the message.

Comment(s) 8/19/2015

National will: No longer a fetish

BURAK BEKDİL writes:

There is no doubt that the concept of “national will,” i.e., an unconditional respect for the ballot box, has been the most sacred word(s) in President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s spectacular political journey.

Comment(s) 8/14/2015

Happy together

BURAK BEKDİL writes:

As recently as five years ago Turkey had a happy story to tell – and sell.

Comment(s) 8/12/2015

How much does a bullet cost to Turkish army?

BURAK BEKDİL writes:

“If a state is mighty but not compassionate, that state will [sooner or later] become a tyrant [state].” -- Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu, May 20, 2015.

Comment(s) 8/7/2015

Calling a terrorist a terrorist

BURAK BEKDİL writes:

No doubt, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has an absolutely legitimate point when he says that the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) is a terrorist organization.

Comment(s) 8/5/2015

A thinner (or larger) slice of profiterole for the Kurds?

BURAK BEKDİL writes:

“Profiterole for the Kurds?” (this column, Sept. 10, 2009) recalled the early days of Kudistan Workers’ Party (PKK) leader Abdullah Öcalan’s 1998-1999 odyssey, when a group of Kurds launched a hunger strike in Klafthmonos Square in Athens in protest of his arrest in Rome.

Comment(s) 7/31/2015

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

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