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Tuesday, September 13 2011 , Your time is 15:58:00
The commemoration of the centenary of the Dardanelles’ victory started as a show of nationalism in the wake of a coming election.
I happened to be in Islamabad on Women’s Day in Pakistan last week. The occasion was the sixth Think Thanks Forum of Islamic Countries; I used the opportunity to visit this beloved country for the third time and Pakistan’s Women’s Day was a good surprise
The joint press conference of the Kurdish party delegation and the government over the weekend seems to have created new tension between the left/democrats and Kurds in Turkey
This is not a place for a book review, but Shadi Hamid’s “Temptations of Power: Islamists and Illiberal Democracy in a new Middle East” (Brookings Institute Book, 2014, Oxford University Press) needs to be mentioned, even if briefly, since Islamism and the Middle East never cease to be hot topics.
After a series meetings between the government and the main Kurdish party, the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), the pair has announced that they will prepare a “joint text” for the so-called “Kurdish resolution process.”
Politicians are notorious about avoiding telling the truth; maybe that is why they need to apologize when they happen to tell the truth.
The president determined the basic topic of the coming general election as “constitutional change and the presidential system,” and he has personally begun to “campaign for the presidential system.”
I am sick and tired of all those “well-intentioned” Western liberals and leftists who constantly pose as the most understanding of “the oppressed Orientals,” especially because I was one years ago.
Authoritarianism has always been both a “show of power” and an “expression of weakness.”
It is sad that innocent people have been murdered brutally. It is sad that the murderers did it in the name of a great religion.
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