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BURAK BEKDİL

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First we take the tomb (then we take Damascus)

BURAK BEKDİL writes:

The curious reader asked: “If Russia said, ‘We don’t like the location of our U.S. embassy – the area is too dangerous’ and they sent out 500 troops to seize a piece of land in a better area of Washington, what would the world call this?

Comment(s) 2/27/2015

How Turkish media embarrassed Goebbels

BURAK BEKDİL writes:

About 120 weeks after (then foreign minister) Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu accurately predicted that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s days in power were numbered and (then prime minister) President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan promised that “we shall soon have prayers of gratitude in Damascus” (after Mr. al-Assad’s downfall), the Turkish military, in alliance with its Kurdish nemesis, heroically crossed into Syria to move the tomb of a 12th century Turkish sheik – Suleyman Shah - to a spot by the bo

Comment(s) 2/25/2015

We are shocked!

BURAK BEKDİL writes:

How awful! A psychopath stabs to death a 20-year-old female student because she had resisted his rape attempt. He then chops off her hands and burns her, all while ringing his father and a friend who arrive at the scene to “help” him. The next day, nearly 80 million Turks are shocked! How shocking one of us committed such a monstrous act

Comment(s) 2/20/2015

Who lost Turkey?

BURAK BEKDİL writes:

The question in the title is no doubt too late and futile to ask. A quick, but realistic answer, is probably “the Turks themselves,” or, related to this, “it was destined to get lost.”

Comment(s) 2/18/2015

How the Turkish state takes care of its kids

BURAK BEKDİL writes:

In 2012, the infant mortality rate in Turkey (for children under 1 year of age) was 0.12 percent. Between 2002 and 2012, child labor accounted for 2.6 percent of the labor force (UNICEF)

Comment(s) 2/13/2015

His majesty’s human farm

BURAK BEKDİL writes:

Opinion polls sometimes reveal the unknown, but more often confirm the empirically known. The pollsters in MetroPOLL’s “Turkey’s Pulse – January 2015: Religion, Violence and Freedom” fall into the second category

Comment(s) 2/11/2015

His Majesty’s constitutionalist

BURAK BEKDİL writes:

His admirable resume in parliament’s book of profiles says he is a professor of constitutional law; he did research at the Sorbonne and has served as chairman of parliament’s constitutional committee for the last three terms.

Comment(s) 2/6/2015

How best to fight the ‘Islamophobia industry’

BURAK BEKDİL writes:

Time flies... It was nearly a decade ago that Turkish and Spanish leaders institutionalized their efforts to build interfaith dialogue and peace between the Islamic and Western worlds.

Comment(s) 2/4/2015

Why a ‘Turkish Tsipras’ is an oxymoron

BURAK BEKDİL writes:

Everything and everyone in Turkey has come up roses after Greece’s new, maverick leader, Alexis Tsipras, won what looks like a landmark election victory

Comment(s) 1/30/2015

(Not even) the sky is the limit!

BURAK BEKDİL writes:

Here is a simple chronology of events that will eventually make Turkey one of the few most advanced countries in the world that can build their own fighter jets.

Comment(s) 1/28/2015

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