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Old 26th March 2014, 09:33   #1 (permalink)
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I found this article on HDN quite humurous - The man who would be king - BURAK BEKD?L
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Quite Micky taking.
The press has some brave journalists .
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Old 26th March 2014, 10:45   #3 (permalink)
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Burak is my favourite writer both on Hürriyet and Middle East Forum.

his articles are always spot on and his style takes some beating
He has had a 18 month suspended sentence some years ago for criticising the Judiciary..now he targets RTE and others in the AK Parti
İve had a lot of correspondence with him over the years.. he went to university in the Uk maybe this is where his wry humour comes from he is also outspoken about the backwardness of İslam as in the following article from January...

''A comment-less chronology of ‘our spiritual values'’ jan 2014 (

2009: Hüseyin Üzmez, a columnist for the Islamist daily Vakit, was convicted and imprisoned on charges of having sex with a 14-year-old girl, but was released from prison after a court suspended his 13-year sentence. After his release, Mr. Üzmez defended the Islamic rules that he said permit girls to wed under the legal age of 16. Justifying sex with a 14-year-old girl, the 78-year-old Mr. Üzmez said, “A girl who has reached puberty, who is having periods, is of age according to our [religious] belief.”

Saudi courts declined to nullify a marriage between a 6-year-old girl and a 58-year-old man. Later, Saudi Arabia’s grand mufti, Sheik Abdul-Aziz al-Sheik, insisted that girls are ready for marriage by age 10 or 12. “Good upbringing,” the mufti reasoned, “makes a girl ready to perform all marital duties.”

2010: Turkey was shaken by the surfacing of alleged serial rapes in Siirt, including cases of adults raping minors and minors raping toddlers, killing one. The mayor of the same town said: “This is a small town and almost everyone is related to everyone. We’ve closed the case after consultations with the governor, the police and the prosecutor.” And a Cabinet minister criticized the media for reporting rapes “that had occurred a year ago.”

A few days later, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s wife, Emine Erdoğan, a local from Siirt, told an audience of dignitaries in Brussels: “In our culture and civilization, which has a great historical background, family and motherhood are sacred.”

Pew research found that 16 percent of Turks think death by stoning should be the appropriate sentence for adultery.

2011: The government-controlled broadcast watchdog RTÜK fined a TV channel for “pairing a 15-year-old girl with a 45-year-old man in a matchmaking show.” RTÜK said the show had broadcast an example of child abuse by fixing a marriage between an underage girl and an adult. The watchdog also noted that the show had violated the regulation that states “broadcasts must not be against society’s national and spiritual values and the Turkish family structure.”

2013: Researchers from Gaziantep University found that almost 40 percent of marriages in Turkey are child marriages. The literacy rate of child brides is just 18 percent. A Turkish scholar pointed out that Interior Ministry figures pinpoint the number of girls under 18 who married over the past three years at 134,629, while in 2012 only 20,000 families applied to the courts for permission for their under-16-year-old daughters to get married.

2014: Kader Erten, a girl who was forced to marry at the age of 12 and gave birth to two children, was found dead of gunshot wounds in unclear circumstances.

Ayşenur İslam, the recently appointed minister for family and social policy, said, upon Kader’s death, that the legal age for marriage in Turkey was 18. Marriage involving a minor below the age of 15 constituted sexual crime and child abuse. However, she explained, most underage marriages were “innocently motivated” since “a mother who had married at a young age thought her daughter, too, could marry at young age.”

President Gul was 30 when he married his 15 year old bride

RTÜK was right. Pairing a 15-year-old girl with an older man in a marriage show on TV is really against Turkish society’s national and spiritual values and the Turkish family structure.



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The man who would be king

You might call him the man who owns the Crescent and Star.

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is working hard to raise his country’s democratic standards to those of the Asian beacon of democracy; but, sadly, his popularity, measured at around 40 percent, is still significantly behind Kim Jong-un’s 100 percent. Mr. Erdoğan should work harder. A blanket ban on the Internet could help.

Here in Turkey we may not yet have the optimal level of support for our leader like the North Koreans have for theirs over there; but we do qualify, better than the Koreans, for the prestigious list of countries that make the world’s dumbest competition for the political scene.

See, for instance, how a Turkish-Kurdish folk singer, an Erdoğan loyalist, defended the prime minister’s ban on Twitter – by tweeting. A scene that was reminiscent of the ban’s first day in action when the president, half the Cabinet members and numerous state institutions breached Mr. Erdoğan’s ban on the bird. I found it particularly amusing that only a couple of days after President Abdullah Gül denied Mr. Erdoğan’s intentions to pursue a further crackdown on Internet freedoms, Twitter officially disappeared from Turkish computer screens.

According to one of Mr. Erdoğan’s political comrades, “It was too dishonest of the opposition to use the graft allegations in domestic politics.” In this gentleman’s ideal democracy, serious fraud by the ruling politicians should fall into the sphere of transatlantic policy, or, better yet, jailhouse talk.

According to another comrade, the ban on Twitter “should not be a subject of political debate.” Right? Right. An Internet ban would have prevented a Twitter ban and, naturally, a political debate. There is much Mr. Erdoğan should learn from Mr. Kim.

During last week’s election campaigning, Mr. Erdoğan strongly urged his loyalists not to buy newspapers published by this group or by the Gülenists; or watch television stations owned by either group. Circulation figures and ratings reveal that his loyalists are not really loyalists in choosing what to read and watch, and what not to. Mr. Erdoğan’s call for an altogether boycott of the Doğan group a few years earlier only served to boost circulation.

But Mr. Erdoğan added Boyner, a leading retailer, to his blacklist when he spoke to his party fans at a rally last week. Boyner deserved to be boycotted by almost half the country because he had instructed his outlets to help protesters if they were injured during protests for the death of the 15-year-old “terrorist,” Berkin Elvan. It is not a good sign that Mr. Erdoğan’s blacklist (of terrorists) is expanding exponentially, whereas the lucky Mr. Kim enjoys the virtues of a terrorist-free country.

But my favorite for the dumbest political scene competition was the words of another of Mr. Erdoğan’s comrades who warned that, “without Mr. Erdoğan’s rule, Turkey might get dragged into a nightmare scenario reminiscent of George Orwell’s ‘1984.’” If that happens, the comrade further warned, it might be too late for everyone. The gentleman was right. We must work harder, unite tighter behind Mr. Erdoğan, and try to improve our democratic standards, instead of awfully envying Mr. Kim’s country.

Otherwise, God forbid, our country may get dragged into the abyss and turn into a tragic land that would remind us of Orwell’s “1984.”

If Mr. Erdoğan wants to avoid that tragic fate, he should immediately jail terrorists, vandals, marginals, atheists, conspirators, spies and traitors who, when combined, account for about 60 percent of the country – or about 45 million people.

But don’t rush to blame Mr. Erdoğan for the failure. He is fighting half the world, plus more than half of his own country, all of which have united to stop Turkey’s progress into the elite North Korean model. He is trying too hard to prevent Turkey’s fall into an Orwellian “1984.”

A good start for a better future could be a blanket ban on the Internet.


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I agree you have to be brave , to be a dissenting journalist under the present AKP government and the climate that prevails
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Norman there is a thread running with this article by Burak Bekdil......maybe they could be combined...?

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