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Monday, September 25, 2006

New Column: Return of the Gazi

Still travelling. New column: Return of the Gazi. The topic is Turkey and where it is going...at this point, my conclusion is that it is too early to tell. The polls, however, spell a dire forecast.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can you tell us more about those polls? Is it more anti-Americanism?

3:38 PM, September 25, 2006

Blogger MadBadTurk said...

Love your site. Interesting article. A propos the "Gazi" business: the last man to be granted this title was none other than a certain.... Ataturk. So, return of *which* gazi? :)

10:40 PM, September 25, 2006

Blogger Nibras Kazimi نبراس الكاظمي said...

Dear madbadturk, thank you for your kind note, and good point on the "Gazi" title for Mustafa Kemal Pasha (...he wasn't Ataturk at the time). But, for what I recall, the title was given during the War of Independence when the Ankara government was still loyal to the Sultan/Caliph, and the title also carried plenty of Islamic undertones at a time when Turkish soldiers were shouting "Allahu Akbar" as they advanced on the Greek "infidels"...

Dear anonymous, these polls came out a month ago, and they showed, among other vector, that Turks were souring on the EU.

All the best,


10:32 AM, September 26, 2006

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Pope is visiting Turkey soon. Do you think he is in any danger? The last time a Pope was shot happened at the hands of a Turk.

11:39 AM, September 26, 2006

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great insight on the Turkish psyche. Can you give an opion on which option is best for Turks - and just the Turks? East, West, Islamic, non-aligned? What influence do you think will be the greatest in determining that outcome?

7:54 AM, September 27, 2006

Anonymous Anonymous said...


Fill us in on any juicy Iraq gossip if you have any. It's been a while!

7:27 PM, September 27, 2006

Blogger hala_s said...

Common Nibras its been sooooooooo long

1:57 AM, September 29, 2006

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Nibras,

I just wanted to ask are you Muslim? Your profile doesn't mention your religious affiliation if any, so I just wanted to know where your standpoint was from. What I gather from yor Gazi article is you are against Turkey's shift back towards Islam rather than securlarism. So I am right in assuming you are not Muslim?

7:15 AM, November 06, 2006

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