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BURAK BEKDİL

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The donkey rider vs. The dragon

BURAK BEKDİL writes:

Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu lives the difficult life of fiction heroes.

Comment(s) 7/3/2015

How would you like your Syria, Sir?

BURAK BEKDİL writes:

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.

Comment(s) 7/1/2015

The donkey rider’s drama: A fable

BURAK BEKDİL writes:

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.

Comment(s) 6/26/2015

Turkish politics: 2015 could be a better 2007

BURAK BEKDİL writes:

“True,” this column admitted as early as eight years ago, “There are probably a million very good reasons why the Justice and Development Party (AKP) and the Republican People’s Party (CHP) cannot ally in a ‘grand coalition’ after July 22 (2007 parliamentary elections.”

Comment(s) 6/24/2015

The donkey rider who deserves a horse

BURAK BEKDİL writes:

For the opponents of the (somehow) ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), (somehow) Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu’s post-election speech must have been a relief

Comment(s) 6/12/2015

The would-be sultan’s existential war

BURAK BEKDİL writes:

About four months ago, Robert Ellis, a prominent commentator on Turkish affairs, opened his op-ed with a forceful reminder: “The gripping drama ‘Der Untergang’ (Downfall), Oliver Hirschbiegel’s film from 2004, deals with the last days of the Third Reich in Adolf Hitler’s Berlin bunker.

Comment(s) 6/10/2015

Not so much the mysterious, enigmatic riddle

BURAK BEKDİL writes:

Borrowing Winston Churchill’s famous line about Russia, Turkey, under a suffocating Islamist rule, is no longer quite “a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma.” In many ways, the Turkish political behavior is relatively as predictable as it was two decades ago

Comment(s) 6/5/2015

The winner loses all

BURAK BEKDİL writes:

As opposed to Graham Greene’s 1955 novella “Loser Takes All,” in Turkey, six decades later, it appears that the “winner loses all.”

Comment(s) 6/3/2015

What 64 different verses command Muslims

BURAK BEKDİL writes:

It was one of the days of euphoria that Turkey’s Islamists were in a frenzy to claim new absurdities dancing around the theme “Muslims discovered…” that this column’s headline was “Muslims discovered Mercedes!” (Dec. 17, 2014).

Comment(s) 5/29/2015

The madman of the Middle East

BURAK BEKDİL writes:

“He [the madman] … explained the extremity of his actions as president … as necessary to achieve ‘subjective immunity’ against foreign plots and influences

Comment(s) 5/20/2015

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