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BURAK BEKDİL

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Turkey’s ‘doorman complex’

BURAK BEKDİL writes:

The photo featured happy faces – Turkish and European. Last week, three EU bigwigs were in Ankara: Federica Mogherini, the EU’s foreign affairs chief; Johannes Hahn, a chief enlargement official; and Christos Stylianides, commissioner for humanitarian aid and crisis management.

Comment(s) 12/19/2014

Muslims discovered Mercedes!

BURAK BEKDİL writes:

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan argues that the American continent was discovered by Muslim sailors some 300 years before Christopher Columbus – and that Muslims had even built a mosque atop a hill near the Cuban shore.

Comment(s) 12/17/2014

Headlines from the centennial! – Fourth sequel

BURAK BEKDİL writes:

It’s less than two months since the third sequel to the “headlines” series was published in this column, but apparently it is time for a fourth sequel. So, here we go again with more headlines from the Istanbul press in the year 2023:

Comment(s) 12/12/2014

Ideal Turkish youth: Devout and empty

BURAK BEKDİL writes:

American author Henry Miller once wrote, “The American ideal is youth – handsome, empty youth.” The Turkish ideal, too, is youth: just replace “handsome” with “devout.”

Comment(s) 12/10/2014

Kenyans should stop perishing to embarrass Ankara

BURAK BEKDİL writes:

There is every evidence that Kenyans may be conspiring with intergalactic forces and all but a few of the world’s U.N. member nations to stop Turkey’s enviable rise and rise

Comment(s) 12/5/2014

Turkish opera buffa (now at its best!)

BURAK BEKDİL writes:

President Erdoğan keeps hosting very important heads of state who want to see all Muslims dead – last week, the guest was Pope Francis and this week, Russian President Vladimir Putin

Comment(s) 12/3/2014

So we are shocked (again)?

BURAK BEKDİL writes:

This columnist is often shocked when others are shocked when President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s Islamist-self speaks like an Islamist.

Comment(s) 11/28/2014

Legitimate and illegitimate dictators

BURAK BEKDİL writes:

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has once again declared his refusal to recognize the legitimacy of Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, and reproached countries that have accepted Mr.. el-Sisi as a legitimate leader.

Comment(s) 11/26/2014

Mr. Davutoğlu vs. Prime Minister Davutoğlu

BURAK BEKDİL writes:

No doubt, Ahmet Davutoğlu the human being is an honest, hard-working and modest man of academia.

Comment(s) 11/21/2014

Time to liberate Cuba!

BURAK BEKDİL writes:

I sensed this was coming when I discovered a Turkish book, “Goethe and Islam,” which proudly announced that “in addition to the controversy regarding whether Johann Wolfgang Goethe was Muslim, there is now proof that the German writer … was not only Muslim, but also Turkish.”

Comment(s) 11/19/2014

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