Sunday, February 17, 2013

The Turkish media: salivating over the Greek crisis

A relatively non-fascist Turk describes the Turkish press's coverage and gloating over the Greek debt crisis on his blog:
Ferhatbingol: Saliva of Turkish newspapers
December 18, 2011 
Let me be clear from the first sentence; this post will not be a Christmasy one because I will write about something that makes me angry for a while. So, this is a hate post

Whom I am angry is Turkish Newspapers. Since the crisis in Greece has started they look like enjoying the show from the first row. The first days, there were political comments like EU state Greece goes down etc. Nowadays, the comments became insulting and no body stops them. 

For example, today’s Hurriyet newspaper there is a so-called business man commenting about Greece saying that The Greek companies trying to sell themselves to Turkish companies; and they are running after us. First of all, who the frack are you? How many Greek companies came to you to even talk? 

That is the thing I am angry about, the SALIVA of some people are dripping from their mouth. Nobody even aware that if Greek market goes down the regional market goes down. 

Turks bet on their local economy to grow; but what will happen when the micro-loans you gave around like pop-corn collapse? Why did the mortgage interest raised 10% in 1 year? Because, where you get the money (Europe) see that you are going down and do not want to stuck with another mortgage crises. Self confidence without knowledge should be considered as crime. 

In my opinion, Turks should be more clever and LEARN from Greek crises instead of acting like the regional Gods They will need it I admit, the things will not be as bad as Greece when the crisis hit; because of the heavy industry BUT again, the salaries will go down, devaluation of Turkish Lira is a big possibility. 

Why do people are so happy to watch other people’s misery? Do they feel better about themselves? Superior? Don’t they see what ever IMF does to Greece is actually a recipe of what will happen to the others???
This is nothing new, in Turkish society negative stereotypes against non-Turks are common, even before the Greek crisis this was the stereotype that even elite and educated Turks held against Greeks:
Bianet: Racist State Report Withdrawn from PublicationAnkara, 05-03-2009, Tolga KORKUT  ...
A report by the Governmental Auditing Commission (DDK) on shipyards has been found to contain racist descriptions of Greeks, such as “lazy” and “a genetic hostility towards Turks”. When reported, parts of the reports were taken off the website. 
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Appendix 4 noted that this meeting took place on 12 December 2007 and was headed by Necmi U─čurlu, former Athens Trade Advisor. 
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Following the observation that public offices opened 7.5 hours a day in Greece, the report continued: 
This shows how lazy the Greek people are and how inefficient they are in their business life. Within these working hours there are another one and a half hours for tea breaks. Even if the President came, employees would not interrupt their tea breaks.” 
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