Wednesday, May 02, 2007

The reputation of a headscarf

It takes 10 years to build a respected brand reputation, but you can destroy it in 5 minutes.
The Internet coup by the military was a start, but now it looks like that Turkey cannot get enough of all the negative images they are sending out! They are in the spotlight of the international media, and they don't want to leave the stage.

And..will the tourists come back this year? Good for the hard valuate.

Never heard that a country is sending its government away because it developed a rising economy, reshaping the social structure for its people, and last but not the least: was finally on track with what it promised before it came into power.
And this all because of a headscarf... Explore your senses, is what they promise in Greece...

I am knocking my head to the wall since I can not understand it anymore...

8 comments:

Biby Cletus said...

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Anonim said...

"[...] reshaping the social structure for its people [...]"

Hans, apparently, a significant portion of the said people, if not majority, are unhappy with this reshaping. Why is it so hard to understand? Too much romanticism or what?

It's not all because of a headscarf if you care to look more deeply. Also it's not merely a military vs. civilian government tension.

Anonim said...

"[...] reshaping the social structure for its people [...]"

Hans, apparently, a significant portion of the said people, if not majority, are unhappy with this reshaping. Why is it so hard to understand? Too much romanticism or what?

It's not all because of a headscarf if you care to look more deeply. Also it's not merely a military vs. civilian government tension.

Hans A.H.C. de Wit said...

Thanks for the comments.

In my opinion its all about a State ideology which surppress.
Iran went down because of that.

Romantism is more from you: demonstarion against the AKP gave a feeling of the sixties in the Western world. But May Day, May Day shows different.. as Metin stated.
Happy to be an European..

Anonim said...

Yeah right.

Denying the popular basis for opposition to AKP... Minimizing it as state ideology... Who or what purpose is it going to serve?

As for my being romantic, well, you don't know me, you don't know what I think/feel about the recent demonstrations.

Be happy...

Hans A.H.C. de Wit said...

Of course I dont know you: you post anonym.

I refer to a dear friend of mine: Mustafa Aykol, in today's TDN,

Why are Turks so upset if people refer to The State Id. of Mr. Ataturk.
Ever been to Latin America or former East block countries? The people over there can help you out..))
Ataturk...I have one thing in common with him, we share the same birthday..and in fact another thing: we encourage independent thinkers, not followers...))

Anonim said...

Okay then. I refer you to Cengiz Aktar in today's TDN (May 2). Not a dear friend of mine though...

Mustafa Akyol makes a lot of valid points, too. For one thing, Erdogan and Gul deserve to be at least given the benefit of the doubt in regards to their having changed, having become Muslim democrats if you will. But they should also be held accountable for having botched the EU process, slowed down the reforms, overplayed their hand (of 25-30% electoral support) to select a president without seeking wide-based consensus, etc.. More importantly, in my eyes, they terribly failed the "democracy" test when they didn't take a tough/determined stance against the ultra-nationalist rise following Hrant Dink's murder. They didn't even remove 301 from the penal code. Yeah, some democrats they are! What is their excuse for not doing it when time was as ripe as it could ever be? The Justice Minister even defended the sick logic that 301 protects minorities from harm by silencing them. Sorry, it's all Ataturk's bad.

Democracy is good, but not a substitute for secular republic. You may want to restudy Iran's slipping into a theocracy when all democrats (!) rose hand in hand against an American-installed sucker of a Shah regime. Sharia can come despite pure intentions of good Muslims. This may not concern a happy Dutch (sorry European), but do not make light of Turks' concerns please.

Hans A.H.C. de Wit said...

The EU procoss is has ben slowded down by Sezer's No-Veto mechanisme.
The whole new social security system was vetoed away by Sezer.

The treshold of 10% is too high. But quess who dont want to change this?

Dink's murder was a result of the nationalisme in Turkey. And for sure you can not blame the AK party for being nationalistic,

I dont underestimate the concerns, And indeed when 70% of the vots are not represented in the government, you or play by the rules and accept the situation of change the rules.