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Tuesday, September 13 2011 , Your time is 15:58:00
Before writing this piece, I looked back at my archives and checked what I had written in the final days of 2014 and 2015.
Yesterday, Dec. 27, was the anniversary of the loss of a prominent figure in Turkish history: Mehmet Akif Ersoy, the poet who wrote the national anthem.
If you happen to be a Christian from the Western side of world, this weekend you might be celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ. In that case, let me begin this column with a wholehearted wish: Merry Christmas! I hope this holy day will be a great time for your family, and bring you all the blessings one could hope for.
The assassination of the Russian ambassador to Turkey, Andrei Karlov, was first and foremost a human tragedy.
Last Saturday night I was at a movie theater with my wife, watching a not-so-pleasant film. In the middle of it, things got a bit more unpleasant, as people around us began looking at their cell phones and talking to each other with signs of panic.
Since my late 20s I have defined myself, politically speaking, as a classical liberal.
I recently had a chance to visit Jerusalem to attend the Second Global Forum of the National Library of Israel.
In the wake of my previous piece in this column, “Why the Turkish left hates Erdoğan but loves Castro,” the Cuban Ambassador to Turkey, Mr. González Casals, wrote an open letter to me and various other journalists.
The passing of Fidel Castro was big news in Turkey as in much of the world. What was interesting was the unreserved adoration the Turkish left expressed for the late Cuban dictator.
Turkey’s decades-long relationship with the European Union is now in state of coma. The European Parliament voted the other day in favor of “freezing” the relationship, while Ankara responded in a “we-don’t-give-a-damn” sort of mood. The vote is not legally binding, and it will be up to the European Council, consisting of the leaders of the member states, to decide on Turkey’s future next month.
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