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BURAK BEKDİL

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Bad and not-so-bad executions

BURAK BEKDİL writes:

Under the management of the ruling Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) foreign policy, it has been a real challenge to keep a count of the flight itineraries of Turkish ambassadors in foreign capitals

Comment(s) 5/18/2016

A century-long ‘parenthesis’ everyone hates

BURAK BEKDİL writes:

It is every Islamist’s dream, in the words of the outgoing prime minister, Ahmet Davutoğlu, “to close the century-long parenthesis” that goes by the official name the “Asia Minor Agreement” – or, as it is more commonly known, the Sykes-Picot accord of May 16, 1916

Comment(s) 5/13/2016

Mr Davutoğlu vs Prime Minister Davutoğlu: A draw

BURAK BEKDİL writes:

Had they come across each other as ideological adversaries, Ahmet Davutoğlu could have been one of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s political nemeses – had Mr. Davutoğlu’s devotion not been to anything other than the “dawa,” the Islamist political cause

Comment(s) 5/11/2016

Why a secular constitution is a mere triviality

BURAK BEKDİL writes:

Secular Turks should relax. Not because their president, prime minister and a whole bunch of ruling party commissars outright rejected Parliament Speaker İsmail Kahraman’s idea to draft a “religious” constitution so that the secular ethos of the charter goes away

Comment(s) 5/4/2016

Turkey’s (not so) creeping Islamization

BURAK BEKDİL writes:

Turkey is a wonderland, according to the official narrative

Comment(s) 4/29/2016

Fine, then … India, Japan and Israel in the UNSC?

BURAK BEKDİL writes:

Tragically, and in his own words, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan thinks (or pretends to think) that “the primary reason behind terror in Turkey is to prevent Turkey from getting into the world’s top 10 economies.”

Comment(s) 4/27/2016

Wir lieben die Türkei! Erdoğan ist der beste!

BURAK BEKDİL writes:

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government has set a marvelous precedent in showing the entire world how a country should best care about the safety of its citizens traveling to… well, “different” foreign lands

Comment(s) 4/22/2016

Inshallah, happier together!

BURAK BEKDİL writes:

As the world’s Muslim leaders admitted at last week’s Islamic summit, the past 1,400 tumultuous years of sectarian fighting did not bring peace and happiness to Muslim lands. But, judging from the happy smiles and big speeches at the summit, the next 1,400 tumultuous years may be better.

Comment(s) 4/20/2016

Do you prefer Frankenstein or the ‘moderate’ Frankenstein?

BURAK BEKDİL writes:

The logical answer is to go for the “moderate” Frankenstein

Comment(s) 4/15/2016

But there are good terrorists and bad terrorists

BURAK BEKDİL writes:

In his speeches to Turkish audiences but addressing world leaders, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan often says that “there should be no good terrorists and bad terrorists” and that “terrorists are terrorists.”

Comment(s) 4/13/2016

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