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Canadian journalist covering mostly #Turkey. @LAReviewofBooks @globeandmail @TheTLS @ForeignPolicy @POLITICOEurope @TheWorld @TheAtlantic @Newlinesmag, etc.
Apr 30 12 tweets 4 min read
Was just looking through some old photos from Moscow, where I taught English and studied Russian from 2007-09. This was from a student in a teenaged class. The other students once said to me: "Don't answer a question with a question Nick, that's what Jews do." Here's a few others from a rally I once walked past. The sign talks about how the "Jewish mafia" has settled into the Kremlin and are doing bad things on Russian land.
Jul 9, 2019 9 tweets 6 min read
Going through some of my old online Turkish learning materials. Here are some of the most useful/creative:

Learning through popular songs: tuned-in-turkish.com

Through podcasts: turkishteatime.com

Through an interactive graphic novel: cis.uchicago.edu/turkish-graphi… Short videos about Turkey: langmedia.fivecolleges.edu/culturetalk/Tu…

Video lessons: turkishclass101.com/index.php

Lessons using clips from the Bizimkiler series: turkish-tutor.org/home

Learn through classic songs via @AnatolianRockRP (excellent English subtitles): youtube.com/channel/UCCpTa…
Mar 31, 2019 11 tweets 3 min read
A thread on the #TurkeyElections and a short history of democracy there, especially for non-Turkophiles:

1. Turkey has elections (often, and with extremely high, extremely enthusiastic turnout), but is not a democracy. This is quite new. 2. Experts disagree over when exactly this 'exit' occurred, but most agree that elections can no longer result in a change of power (on a national level; there are many cities & provinces administered by opposition parties). Elections are unfair, and if need be, partially rigged.
Sep 18, 2018 5 tweets 2 min read
"'The claim to set up new States according to the limits of nationality is the most dangerous of all Utopian schemes,' the Austrian Foreign Ministry warned in 1853," - from the excellent The Balkans: A Short History, by Mark Mazower #EnSonNeOkudun Love this colourful description of inter-group intolerance in the massively cosmopolitan Ottoman Empire, where most groups got along, but didn't necessarily like each other: