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God forbid if the gray wolf symbol of Turks appeared on stage during a similar ceremony like in the U.S.

20 Ocak 2009

Tiger Woods, one of the most successful golfers in history, delivers a speech.

He is also a U.S citizen, just like Obama, and both have their origins in Africa.

"My father was a U.S. army officer," he says.

He spent his childhood surrounded by U.S. army officers representing every state in the country, adding:

"I am honored to be part of a family that was a member the U.S. armed forces that defend our country."

He also says that they organize a yearly tournament for veterans and that he feels the same sense of honor when attends this tournament.

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Then I start to think. I wonder if in the history of U.S. army, if anyone was involved in any shady relations?

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Apparent consensus among Turkey's political party leaders in the Ergenekon case

14 Ocak 2009

All three leaders made some very correct statements in their speeches.

Prime Minister Erdogan said:

“Regardless of the institution to which they are a member, anyone who did something or asked another to do something, should face the consequences.”

Devlet Bahceli, the leader of the Nationalist Movement Party, said:

"The fair trial process of the so called Ergenekon case, which will remove the shadow, if it exists, over our democracy and discover those responsible, is an important development that should be taken seriously."

And isn’t Deniz Baykal, the leader of the main opposition Republican People's Party, right in saying: "While the Ergenekon case on one hand is against those who are members of criminal organizations, on the other hand, it is against men of law, intellectuals, and commanders, who have no relationship with these people, moreover who have struggled against them. For some reason or other, these two camps are standing together in each wave of detainments."

We are standing at the parting of the ways in the Ergenekon incident.

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Turkish army's new diplomatic method: Speaking without words

9 Ocak 2009

Everyone is aware of how angry the military body is.

 

Despite this situation, no statement was issued in the middle of the night.

 

Thankfully not...

 

Their grievances are being delivered diplomatically, without resorting to the might of stripes and tanks.

 

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I recalled the famous story of "The Price" when the Turkish PM spoke about Israel

7 Ocak 2009

What is more, as a member of a generation that grew on the story of "The Price"*, written by the Turkish novelist, Omer Seyfettin, and made a connection with the theme of the story as part of our cultural identity, I would never have expected that those statements would be made.

 

What does the prime minister say when he harshly condemns the Israeli ground offensive against the Palestinians in Gaza:

 

"We are speaking as the grandsons of the Ottomans who hosted your ancestors in these lands when they were expelled."

 

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In the name of our country, I wish these remarks had never been spoken.

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The catostrophy of possible rising support for Turkey's ruling AKP

6 Ocak 2009

This is just a fixation. What is more important is the following remark:

"God forbid, the end could be a catastrophe for us all."

These remarks belong to the leader of the opposition Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), Devlet Bahceli.

After reading this remark, I automatically reacted by asking, "Why this would be a catastrophe..."

Ultimately, this is a democracy and everything rests on the ballot box...

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The question of "What would happen if the AKP loses votes in the local election?" was the main issue in Turkey's capital Ankara until recently.

Evaluations for this possibility have already started.

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Reactions to Turkey’s main opposition CHP’s new opening out to veiled members

27 Kasım 2008

It is obvious that this decision has confused a number of CHP supporters.

 

I wonder at the exact number of CHP supporters who think like this?

 

I spoke to party chairman, Deniz Baykal, yesterday.

 

He said he held the results of a survey conducted in 16 of Turkey’s largest cities and towns.

 

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I will take the risk and make a claim about the future of Turkey

25 Kasım 2008

If anything emerges as a result of my declaration, anyone can bring this article before me.     

 

Turkey has made the first step towards solving the headscarf issue at universities through legitimate means.

 

What is more, this step has been made by the most appropriate institution and people.

 

This issue that for years has been disturbing the country’s social psychology was put on the path towards a solution by the leader of Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), Deniz Baykal, when he pinned party rosettes welcoming veiled women into the party.

 

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Would the leader of Turkey's CHP pin a party rosette on a homosexual?

21 Kasım 2008

I could also ask this same question for other identities.

 

For example;

 

"Would you organize a ceremony to pin rosettes on women who work in brothels who had decided to join the CHP?"

 

Or;

 

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