Nov 30, 2015 We’ve heard the old saying, “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” We can now add: “Don’t judge a book by a quote in it!” The quote that troubles me is from a recent book about Turkey’s 11th president (2007-2014), Abdullah Gul: “We must have a vision that avoids slogans, focuses on… Continue reading

Nov 29, 2015 Şu özlü sözü hepimiz duymuşuzdur: “Bir kitabı kapağına bakarak değerlendirmeyin.” Şimdi bu söze, şunu da ekleyebiliriz: “Bir kitabı içindeki tek bir bölüme bakarak değerlendirmeyin.” Sözünü ettiğim bölüm, Türkiye’nin 11. cumhurbaşkanı (2007 – 2014 yılları arasında görev yapmış) Abdullah Gül’’le ilgili yeni bir kitapta geçiyor: “Hesap vermenin, şeffaflığın ve iyi yönetimin hâkim olduğu,… Continue reading

Nov 15, 2015 My cheers for Russian President Vladimir Putin are tongue-in-check, based on his vow to bomb the Islamic State cutthroats and their cousins who are battling the Syrian regime of Bashar Assad. The man who demolished Grozny, the Chechen capital, and renamed its main boulevard after himself believes in the supremacy of brute… Continue reading

Kani Xulam   Oct 6, 2015 The year was 249 BC. Rome was snarled in its First Punic War against mighty Carthage. One of the two Roman consuls for the year, Publius Claudius Pulcher, thirsted for “glory” and wanted to humiliate the great Carthaginian naval power. The fact that Romans were new to seafaring and… Continue reading

Aug 13, 2015 Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu unfortunately talked out of both sides of his mouth last month in his Washington Post op-ed extolling his country’s battle against terrorism. Instead of letting the Post list his supposed credentials, he declared them himself, and in his opening lines no less: “A professor of history, diplomat… Continue reading