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BURAK BEKDİL

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Turkey’s erratic genocide jurisprudence

BURAK BEKDİL writes:

In the early 1990s, Turkey started to generously buy off-the-shelf arms from foreign manufacturers who had happily discovered an emerging but potentially lucrative market.

Comment(s) 3/27/2015

Mr. Davutoğlu vs. Prime Minister Davutoğlu: How much longer?

BURAK BEKDİL writes:

The answer to the question in the title can come in many different ways, the simplest being, “until either Mr. Ahmet Davutoğlu or Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu defeats the other for good.”

Comment(s) 3/25/2015

Headlines from the centennial! – Fifth sequel

BURAK BEKDİL writes:

Time flies! It’s already three months since the “fourth sequel” appeared here, but it’s time for more headlines from the Istanbul press in the year 2023:

Comment(s) 3/20/2015

Bribes paid but not taken

BURAK BEKDİL writes:

It was 1976. A fleet of brand new F-104 aircraft in the Turkish skies was approaching the apron where the top brass were proudly watching their maiden flight in the Turkish Air Force. The first aircraft to land had a near crash landing but the rest of the ceremony was a merry event.

Comment(s) 3/18/2015

How to minimize annoying warplane attrition

BURAK BEKDİL writes:

What a coincidence! The mighty Turkish Air Force has decided to decommission its last batch of eight RF-4E reconnaissance aircraft shortly after two such aircraft and one F-4E crashed in a span of six days

Comment(s) 3/13/2015

His Majesty’s reincarnation

BURAK BEKDİL writes:

“[He was the man who] exerted effective control over the fracturing state. “[He had an] attraction to absolutism. “[Under his rule he used] the secret police to silence dissent. “[He had a] worsening paranoia about perceived threats to his personal power and his life

Comment(s) 3/11/2015

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

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