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Tuesday, September 13 2011 , Your time is 15:58:00
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
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
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.
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.
It’s a popular Black Sea (Laz) joke from the 1970s: One day, the town of Rize declares war on China.
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.)
Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu lives the difficult life of fiction heroes.
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.
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.
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