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Recep Tayyip Erdoğan Haberleri
The French got possibly the worst news since June 18, 1815 from a Turkish minister and, ironically, on the anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo and, even more tragically, at a British venue! French efforts to shape European politics have failed throughout history, the Minister for the EU, Egemen Bağış, told an audience of dignitaries at the British Embassy in Ankara, while looking a senior French diplomat in the eye (hurriyet.com.tr, June 19, 2009). Nor will they succeed today. Mr. Bağış went on to remind the French of their great misfortunes.
I have a feeling that our editor in chief, David Judson, will be mad at me for not sharing this scoop with the newspaper and instead revealing it in this column.
It is one of the bad tricks of this profession: When there is a "bombshell" with an unknown fate, we are often dragged into the queue of commentators not necessarily because the bombshell is mature enough to comment on, but precisely because it is a bombshell and not commenting on it would be tantamount to "missing the agenda." The latest allegations of a coup attempt within the ranks of the armed forces, based on a document whose authenticity was still a mystery by the time this column was written, is a powerful example.
"Nazis came out of the elections in Europe!" That was the headline in an Islamic newspaper in the wake of center- and right-wing parties making visible gains in the European Parliament in last week’s election. Ironically, it was the same newspaper whose Islamist clientele had held out the infamous placard that read "Now I understand Hitler!"
A quick amount of research on the Internet will turn up hundreds of entries in which government bigwigs make the following clich Ğ yet sensible Ğ statement when asked to comment on the Ergenekon investigation: "It would be wrong to comment on a court case in progress.
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was telling the truth when he bravely said that systematic efforts to force non-Muslim minorities (during and after WWII) out of Turkey constituted an act of fascism. Turkey would have been a better place if today its Greek, Armenian and Jewish populations amounted to hundreds - instead of tens - of thousands. Ironically, one could probably not find in these lands more than a few men who are pure Turks by DNA.
Last week, this column was host to an expatriate reader’s widely "optimistic" comments on Turkey’s new (or, rather, newly formalized) foreign policy czar. Today, there is another expatriate guest, with rather more "cautious" comments on Ahmet Davutoğlu as our new foreign minister.
A century and a half after the Ottoman state earned the name the "Sick Man of Europe," its successor state shows symptoms of sickness again, but this time it does not even belong to Europe.
It was a calm, blue evening when I took a taxi on Rue Duquesnoy in Brussels last week. During the peaceful drive to the airport, the cab driver told me about the 23 years he had spent in the Belgian capital and about his disillusionment with world politics and the never-ending wars in every corner of the map. "Where is your homeland?" I asked him. "I am a Lebanese Armenian," he answered.
False: If the French did not object to Turkey’s European Union membership everything would come up roses and Ankara would win a well-deserved nod for accession.
In foreign affairs, perhaps like in love affairs, time may turn dirty charcoal into beautiful diamonds and shiny metal into ugly rust. This time, the Turks and Americans are trying the diamonds after the bitter taste of dust.
For the very important inhabitants of Washington D.C., "Turkey season" opened some time ago, when George J. Mitchell, President Barack Obama’s Middle East envoy, arrived in the Turkish capital, matured when Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visited the same site, and eventually crowned with the presence of President Obama himself.
Étells us that 61 percent of Turks are discontented with Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s governance. Is that good news for the main opposition? Well, not exactly. The will of the nation also tells us that 77 percent of the Turks do not think the Republican People’s Party, or CHP, could be a reasonable alternative.
In all probability, the Justice and Development Party, or AKP, will win in three days’ time its third consecutive national confidence vote since it became to power in 2002. This time, the critical thresholds are 40 and 50 percent of the national vote, i.e., less than 40 percent would not be alarming yet indicative of a saturation point, and more than 50 percent will illustrate a seal on the AKP’s grip on power. I would bet for the latter rather than the former possibility.
It was one of the most recent days when Hürriyet detailed how the City of Istanbul had channeled funds to the tune of 3.7 million euros to a party loyalist under the cover of "consultancy services for asphalting" that Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan admitted at a loyalist TV interview that the tax inspectors who landed our media group with a $500 million fine had first brought the dossier to him - apparently for a final nod.
When, after a Wednesday lunch, the Lord Mayor of London, Alderman Ian Luder, reminded me of the "sanctity of the ballot box" and Churchill’s famous line "Trust the people!" my thoughts roamed around three terrains, past and present, all non-British.
An insurer friend was joking the other day that his company was now considering to add one more entry line to the customer questionnaire before giving a health/life policy quote. Do you oppose the government? If the answer is yes, the insurance premium must naturally be higher. Riskier groups must pay more! Was that a joke, I asked. Yes, he answered. I told him his company should better think about it seriously.
A few times during the first half of 2008, Turkey’s government leaders and foreign policy architects talked about niceties like security cooperation and sustainable stability in the Caucasus, while emphasizing Turkey’s indispensable role for these goals.
Last month, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the prime minister, reminded us "what the Jews know too well." And just last week, crowds in Khartoum’s Martyrs Square were shouting loud to Luis Moreno-Ocampo, prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, or ICC, and the Jews: "We’ve been trained to confront people like you!" A simple twist of fate? Yes Ğ if one believes in fairy tales.
"How can you call Ferdinand of Aragon a wise king? He has made his land poor and enriched ours," thus spoke Sultan Beyazit II (1447-1512) when a majority of the Jews expelled from Spain in 1492 went to the Ottoman Empire to settle down.
According to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the media group that publishes this newspaper is politically allied with the opposition Republican People’s Party, or CHP. He has often tagged us as "CHP partisans." Apparently, the CHP partisans have not only infiltrated into the Doğan Media Group, but also crossed the Atlantic and successfully penetrated into the U.S. State Department.
You cannot have autocratically-elected democracy, but you can always have the opposite.
About a year ago Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan devoted half an hour of his parliamentary speech to threatening "that media group" that he claimed was covering the controversy around the Islamic turban in a "wicked way." It was the same media group that also publishes this newspaper.
"The members of the clergy of Greece may not be shot. They may only be hanged. I beg you to respect this tradition," Archbishop Damaskinos asked of the German occupation authorities in 1943. The wars, even in the times of the Nazis, were fought in a more honest way than they are today. So I thought having re-read a rich bouquets of readers’ messages that had flown into my inbox at unusual volumes. All that because I had dared to criticize Fethullah Gülen in this column on Wednesday. Forget the positive and neutral comments. There is much we should learn from the negative ones.
The title sounds like a cheap detective novel. But it is not.
Oxford Professor Avi Shlaim’s commentary in The Guardian on Jan. 7 was one of the inspirations for Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s outburst in Davos.
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is inarguably right when he declares that both anti-Semitism and Islamophobia are crimes against humanity. He is equally and inarguably deceptive when he claims he treats both crimes equally. He is playing a dangerous game that may be costly to his political ambitions as well as to the country he says he loves.
The mullahs in Tehran have nominated Recep Tayyip Erdoğan for the Nobel Peace Prize. One Lebanese newspaper has nominated the prime minister for the caliph. With a little bit more effort Ğsuppose Mr Erdoğan next time slapped an Israeli bigwig in faceÑsomeone would nominate him for the Twelfth Imam since our religion rules out the possibility of Prophet Mohammed’s reincarnation. Ah, that, too, would have been none other than Mr Erdoğan! Ironically, all that is happening during a time of increasing talk of ’neo-Ottomanism.’
The thundering Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was a near thing for Israeli President Shimon Peres. I do not want to think about the possible consequences if the two had met privately in a room instead of a panel discussion venue. If I were an Israeli politician I would never meet with Mr Erdoğan in person without a few bodyguards around.
During the Cold War, Turkish conservatism was anti-communist. Today it is xenophobic. The West would hate to see it, but religion as a pillar of foreign policy risks pushing Turkey into radicalism
One columnist from the pro-Justice and Development Party, or AKP, media was arguing a few days ago that Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s "schizophrenic Turkey" was forcefully wearing two diplomatic hats: one pro-western and the other pro-Islamic, a role which he said cannot be sustained in the long-term.
There is nothing wrong if one is a (political) soldier of Islam. It is just awfully dishonest if one is a soldier of Islam but claims he is not.
Peace-brokering is a serious task. It cannot be entrusted to third parties suspected of overt or covert bias in favor of one of the conflicting sides in any dispute
Last week, I explained why I decided to become an informer on the Ergenekon gang. This week, I will apologize to the AKP for all my past criticisms
We are living in times when winning wars militarily does not necessarily mean winning wars. The Jewish state should stop ’vote-hunting’ for February and avoid the Hamas gambit
Criticizing Israel’s disproportionate use of force is one thing, 'Jew-bashing' is another
Once again, it’s time for good wishes for the new year. Here are mine, all too public and in an apologetic way for the year-long criticism this column may have produced.
"Going to Athens?!!" screamed a friend. "You must be joking!" Fortunately I was not going to cover the riots for this newspaper and the venue for the conference I would participate in was in quite a secluded area. All the same, my friend advised that I should squeeze a gas-mask and a helmet into my luggage. Another suggested I dress up like an "anarchist," just to be on the safe side.
Turkey’s Islamists should be privately feeling awfully grateful to their archenemy, the secularist military. If the men in uniform had not existed, who else could they have blamed their or their comrades’ own sins on, or construct cunning conspiracy theories? It could be disappointing for many foreigners, but Turkey’s evil "Invincible Armada" is not the evil Invincible Armada it is described as.
Fortunately, not all readers’ letters are full of (sometimes never heard of) curses, insults and threats almost each time after I impersonate this paper’s ’religion editor.’ This week, a reader reminded me there is another world beyond our narrower disputes
"Weird Turkey" can pop up anytime: while you read newspapers, stroll down the road, talk to strangers, talk to friends, listen to the politicians, listen to missionaries of this or that faith, or even when you lock yourself at home.
After Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan forcefully reminded Turkey’s Kurds of his government’s commitment to the "one nation-one flag" doctrine, his defense minister’s nationalist-self has surfaced in an entertaining but equally perilous rhetoric: The secret recipe for Turkey’s sensationally triumphant one-nation configuration, according to Vecdi Gönül, was just getting rid of the Greeks and Armenians in early 20th century.
Why did Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan say he had amended the Constitution in favor of the Islamic headscarf? In the name of religious freedoms. Good. How does he usually define secularism? A governance at equal distance to all faiths. How many times must he have claimed, loud and clear, that his government is secular as it is at equal distance to all faiths? At least a few dozen, as far this columnist can recall. Very well…