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White Turks, black Turks and Kurds too

White Turks, black Turks and Kurds too

There are no white Turks; there are no black Turks either. There are people who call themselves “black Turks” thinking they are making sense. They are only trying to make you feel sorry for them. They use that sentiment to oppress all of us

Comment(s) 6/27/2015

Misogyny peaks in Turkish daily life

Misogyny peaks in Turkish daily life

The hatred of women (misogyny) has always been here. It did not start 12 years ago. But it did escalate with the conservative administration. And it has reached its peak with the latest verdict of the Constitutional Court

Comment(s) 6/6/2015

I don’t want to remember Demirel, good or bad

I don’t want to remember Demirel, good or bad

My youth was spent hating him. Of course we did not know that, in the coming decades, my generation and I would develop a bigger capacity for hate and bigger reasons to accommodate hatred

Comment(s) 6/20/2015

Numerical guide to Turkish editors

Numerical guide to Turkish editors

Never use the numerical phrase ‘52 percent’ in any of your texts, even if it is an economy story. Other problematic numbers in the Turkish language are 31 and 69. Avoid them altogether

Comment(s) 5/23/2015

Turks in social media: We can’t stop smiling

Turks in social media: We can’t stop smiling

Social media is wonderful. I have two quotes from social media for this week’s column. One is from Facebook; the other is from Ekşi Şözlük (Sour Dictionary), the most popular website in Turkey

Comment(s) 6/13/2015

The day before he came into our lives

The day before he came into our lives

If I am a bitter person now, it is because of Kenan Evren and what he symbolizes. It is because of the fear they planted in us. I belong to that traumatized generation

Comment(s) 5/16/2015

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