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Tuesday, September 13 2011 , Your time is 15:58:00
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.
No doubt, Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım’s visible shift to pragmatism after his predecessor’s years of Islamist romanticism, and his efforts to soften the Great Turkish Divide on religious and secular lines, have won many hearts and minds both in the Crescent and Star and among its friends abroad.
War, as American satirist Ambrose Bierce wrote, may be “a by-product of the arts of peace.” Since the Turks (in the majority) and Kurds (in the minority) shook hands to live happily ever after with the foundation of a common state based on a common religion they, in a time of peace, have always prepared for war
The anomaly of war, French essayist Emile Auguste Chartier wrote, is that the best men get themselves killed while crafty men find their chances to govern in a manner contrary to justice. How much of that applies to modern Turkey remains unknown – though predictable.
But he is wrong about whose shame it is. President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan repeated his cliché rhetoric at the G-20 Summit in China that “the West’s attitude over the refugee problem is disgraceful in the name of humanity.” Once again, he accused the West of racism
When he rose to power and launched “pro-democracy” reforms in the first few years of his governance [fake reforms, this columnist has persistently argued since] then Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan had a golden opportunity: An Islamist leader winning praise across almost the entire world, East and West
Learning by suffering is a bitter scenario, but Turkey often does not even learn after suffering
In his excellent piece on Aug. 12, “Stolen youth,” prominent Hürriyet columnist Taha Akyol wrote: “I am talking about those young people who are almost spellbound by certain cults, communities or organizations into becoming robots. In these incidents, there is an ‘enthraller’ and an ‘enthralled.’
On June 7, 2015 Turks went to the ballot boxes and deprived the ruling party, the Justice and Development (AKP), of its parliamentary majority for the first time since it came to power in November 2002
It is barely a year since Turkish authorities came to understand that it would not be possible for a Chinese company to build Turkey’s first long range air and anti-missile defense system and make the system interoperable with NATO and Turkish assets in Turkey
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