‘Turkey’ Category

  1. Lâstik and lastik


    March 18, 2017 by AK

    In The Turkish Language Reform: A Catastrophic Success, Geoffrey Lewis mentions a certain late-Ottoman author and civil servant: …Kemalpaşazade Sait, alias Lâstik (‘Galoshes’) Sait, who held several senior posts in government service but was best known as a writer of articles on literature for the newspapers Tarik and Vakit, and as a minor poet. The …
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  2. Viktor Orbán on the “greatest human value”


    February 4, 2017 by AK

    “A is wrong, B is meaningless, C is unproven, E does not follow from D” is my typical reaction to a typical post on Crooked Timber, but I visit the blog every other day. I am rewarded with occasional pearls or a humbling experience, such as today’s. Discussing Ernest Gellner’s view of civil society, Henry Farrell wrote of …
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  3. The real coup II, or, Everything is secret


    July 23, 2016 by AK

    Zia Weise reports on politico.eu about the ongoing purges in Istanbul: It is easy to laugh this off as baseless paranoia, but stories abound of men calling the police on their government-criticizing wives, of village headmen keeping lists of suspicious residents, and neighbors informing on each other. In Düzce, a town halfway between Istanbul and Ankara, …
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  4. Robert Amsterdam’s new client


    July 21, 2016 by AK

    ​I learned of Robert Amsterdam when he was representing Mikhail Khodorkovsky and Yukos as their international lawyer. Amsterdam’s relentless criticism of Russia’s legal system, which he witnessed in action at the first Yukos trial in 2003-4, was spot on but too few cared to listen back then. He remained a vocal critic of Putinism for …
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  5. Erdogan’s black hundreds?


    July 17, 2016 by AK

    Looking back at the fateful night of July 15-16, the feel-good tweets about the Turkish nation standing as one against the perfidious military now seem delusional. In the early hours of the coup, there were no reports of angry crowds taking to the streets; instead, there were tweets about people shaking hands with soldiers manning the tanks. Then …
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