Tag Archives: Turkey

Erdie in the Twilight Zone

25 Nov

I always hear the Twilight Zone theme in my head when Erdie or other Turkish politicians make statements like this:

Erdoğan calls Demirtaş a ‘terrorist,’ denies existence of a Kurdish problem in Turkey

Turkish Minute@TurkishMinuteTM https://turkishminute.com/2020/11/25/erdogan-calls-demirtas-a-terrorist-denies-existence-of-a-kurdish-problem-in-turkey/ Translate Tweet 3:56 PM · Nov 25, 2020·Twitter Web App

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Erdoğan, Cyprus: “Mr Erdoğan’s vulgarity has no limits.”

24 Nov

Agnes C. Poirier liked

Anastasios Antoniou@AnastasiosAA

Turkey just renamed John Kennedy Avenue in Varosha to Semih Sancar Avenue. Semih Sancar was Turkey’s chief of armed forces in 1974, when Turkey invaded Cyprus. Mr Erdogan’s vulgarity has no limits.

8:33 AM · Nov 24, 2020·Twitter for iPhone

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Bravo coffee’s silly Politisses commercial

22 Nov

I like that they dress the women up in a way that recognizes Constantinopolitan Greeks’ deep, deep bourgeoisness and αστισμό — perhaps the most precious thing we lost through that community’s destruction. But Polites didn’t talk with that weird accent and that thick Turkish “λ”. They spoke perfect, accentless Modern Greek.

Anyway, I guess it’s significant and positive that they remain an archetype Greeks are still conscious of.

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From Duvar: Turkish parliament speaker rejects draft bill to declare 1955 Istanbul pogrom a day of mourning

22 Nov
Turkish Parliament Speaker’s Office has rejected to hear a draft bill seeking to have the Istanbul pogrom, anti-Greek riots of Sept. 6 and 7 in 1955, recognized as a national day of mourning. Parliament Speaker Mustafa Şentop said that he found the wording used in the draft bill as “rough and hurtful.”

Read whole Duvar piece.

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Who started this fashion of balding, paunchy, late middle-aged political leaders playing with military dress?

20 Nov

There’s something Village People-ish about it, at best; Commodus, Roman-decadent at worst…

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“İstanbullu Rumlar” — Greeks of Istanbul; and a Politike Kouzina addendum

15 Nov

The photos don’t say much, but they do capture the smart, urbane joy of Constantinopolitan life; and begs the question: did Greeks have a special sensory feel for the pleasures of Istanbul life, or did Greeks themselves generate that joy, now sorely missing from the contemporary city and its overgrown vulgarity?

Plus, dress and hairstyles look kind of early to middle 60s. Meaning that after the repeated blows of Varlık Vergisi in 1942-43, the Pogrom of September 6-7, 1955 and the Deportations of Istanbul Greeks in 1964-1965 (subject of incredibly moving scene in Tassos Boulmetis‘s film A Touch of Spice (Πολίτικη Κουζίνα/Politiki Kouzina/Istanbul Cuisine — see video at bottom), Greeks still knew how to have a good time in their beloved City.

And the scene from Politike Kouzina, with the family, deported and once settled in Athens, waits for the grandfather to come from Istanbul for a family wedding:

“I’ll tell you something and get it into your thick heads. Grandpa won’t come tomorrow and never intended to. Grandpa wouldn’t come to Greece even if Aemilios was marrying a film star. Grandpa hasn’t come all these years because he didn’t want to. He would never leave the City. None of us would, for anything in the world…

“Constantinople was called the City because it was the most beautiful city in the world.”

[My emphases]

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Photo: Enes Kanter is a class act: “Thank you for supporting innocent people in Turkey…”

14 Nov

“No picnic over others’ pain” — Turkish Cypriots protest Erdoğan’s planned trip to Cyprus

14 Nov

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is scheduled to make an official visit to Turkish occupied northern Cyprus tomorrow. He has announced that he will “picnic” in the city of Famagusta/Amochostos/Αμμόχωστος, which has remained a unoccupied no man’s zone between Greeks and Turks since the 1974 invasion. Turkey has refrained from settling Turks from Anatolia in this part of Cyprus and it has — since the invasion — been seen as a sort of potential bargaining chip between the island’s two communities. Erdoğan’s visit is a clear symbolic statement that that will no longer be the case.

The protest is a sign of hope (though yes, the second video below contains a lot of Turkish gloating). It’s also an indication of the moderately nationalist and genuinely secular and modern identity of Turkish Cypriots. It was a real mistake on Greek Cypriots’ part to harass them as they did in the 50s and 60s, alienating and painting them into a corner.

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Photos: Armenians, when does it end?

12 Nov

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Pompeo heads to C-town, and makes a bee-line to the Greek Patriarchate

11 Nov
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and wife Susan

Pompeo is apparently — finally! — going to Turkey after visiting several neighboring countries, including Greece, so far this autumn and blowing Turkey off. But the US administration says that during his visit Pompeo will only meet with the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew in the Phanar and not with any member of the Turkish government. And to discuss religious freedom in Turkey and around the world at that!

A major χυλόπιττα (wet “noodle” in Greek, meaning major dis or slap upside the head) for Erdoğan and Erdoğan’s Turkey generally.

Yes, too bad it’s Pompeo and the Trump administration. But the Talmud says that even the actions of the worst-intentioned individual can have positive consequences.

Apparently Pompeo’s wife Susan is Orthodox, and “…impressed everyone with her knowledge about the Divine Liturgy…” during their visit to Greece last year.

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