Race, Gender, and Collective Schizophrenia in Turkey

If countries were human beings and could be put to a therapist’s chair, Turkey would probably be sent to a clinic instead of being prescribed regular sessions. Before one overcomes the shock from one absurdity, one would be showered by five more (often heavier) blows.

Deputy Prime Minister Bülent Arınç’s recent remarks that “There is no racism in Turkey” and “When we look at Europe and other countries we see how far behind us they are and we feel really sorry” sounded rather like a Saudi prince saying “There is no gender discrimination in the Kingdom” or “When we look at Europe and other countries we see how far behind us they are in gender equality and we feel sorry.”

  • tom_billesley

    The Turkish law on asylum is that it may be granted only to those arriving from the west (i.e. Europe) and not to those arriving from the countries east of Turkey. This is of course, directionist and not racist.

    Lifting the geographical limitation by the Turkish government is one of the many essential conditions to become a member of the European Union. However, it is not the intention of Turkey to lift the geographical limitation, or not for the moment at least. The official response from the Turkish authorities is that they do not want to be a target country for asylum-seekers and migrants.

  • Warren Raymond

    Yes, the Turks suffer from a form of collective insanity. Here’s another example:


  • tom_billesley

    btw: This map will upset Greeks, as Rhodes, Kos, Chios, Samos, Lesbos and some other islands in the eastern Aegean have been coloured red.