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Tuesday, September 13 2011 , Your time is 15:58:00
His Majesty has said he believed early elections on Nov. 1 would “clear up the problems created by the June 7” parliamentary elections.
By coincidence the word “fair” in Turkish (“adil”) is a four-letter word like in English.
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.
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.
As recently as five years ago Turkey had a happy story to tell – and sell.
“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.
No doubt, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has an absolutely legitimate point when he says that the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) is a terrorist organization.
“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.
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
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
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