Saturday, February 14, 2009

New York Times features an interview with İzhak Alaton

Izhak Alaton, Turkish entrepreneur, delivered the Campagna-Kerven Lecture at Boston University in 2001. He spoke candidly about the political reform, corruption and change in Turkey. Izhak-bey came into the limelight when the longtime partner and friend Uzeyir Garih was murdered visiting a cemetary in Istanbul in 2001. At the time, the incident seems to be isolated and strange, but in recent months it has become clear that there was probably a deep conspiracy.

If you are going to be in Boston in April, don't forget the annual lecture will be April 15 with Mustafa Akyol, who may be able to shed light on these matters, as well as the structural underpinnings of violence. In one of recent posts he discusses the phenomenon of anti-Semitism in Kemalist Turkey, which is also the subject of a recent post in Kamil Pasha. In his C-K lecture, he will examine the "deep-state" in Turkey and related themes.

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