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Tuesday, September 13 2011 , Your time is 15:58:00
The optimists were optimistic that former Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu’s forced de-parture in May and his replacement with the pragmatic Binali Yıldırım would recalibrate Turkey’s Sunni Islamist-based foreign (and domestic) policy.
Turkish news channel NTV ran a story on Oct. 7. The story, read by a speaker on the radio, sounded quite cohesive, logical and consistent in a country where such news narratives are extremely rare.
“Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım has accused international media outlets of launching a “black propaganda” campaign against Turkey,” said the state news agency’s story (in English).
The answer is yes.
Turkey’s claim that its regional foreign policy is not sectarian “at all” is as convincing as its government’s claims over the past few years that the Turkish state is “at a strictly equal distance” from every faith, including citizens with no faith at all.
In 2008, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’s official news agency, Wafa, reported that Israel (read: Mossad) had released poison-resistant rats to drive Arab residents of Jerusalem out of their homes.
On Sept. 30, an art exhibition opening in Istanbul was attacked by angry locals complaining about alcohol consumption. That, in Turkey, is the new normal.
In his “Unabridged Devil’s Dictionary,” Ambrose Bierce defines justice as “a commodity which in a more or less adulterated condition the state sells to its citizens as a reward for his allegiance, taxes and personal service.” President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s definition of justice is more straightforward.
The country, east and west, has been in flames: Bombs, asymmetrical warfare and death. It is an extremely painful job to keep count of the dead since July 2015 when Turkey moved from “less violent” to “very violent”
The man who kicked a 23-year-old nurse in the face on an Istanbul public bus “because she was wearing shorts” reportedly suffers from bipolar disorder and had been treated many times at a mental facility.
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