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Created by John Eipper on 03/10/12 2:48 PM

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WAIS Welcomes Yusuf Kanli (Turkey) (John Eipper, USA, 03/10/12 2:48 pm)

This morning (10 March) Yusuf Kanli wrote on the ongoing conflict between democracy and secularism in Turkey.  I am now pleased to introduce Yusuf to WAISdom.  He sends the following bio:

I was born in Cyprus in 1959. After my primary and secondary education in Cyprus, I moved to Ankara, where I studied English language and literature at the DTCF (Ankara University's Faculty of Letters). I began working in journalism with the Turkish Daily News in June 1978 while I was still continuing my university education.  Between 1983 and 1985 I fulfilled my military service.  Returning from the military, I started assuming administrative duties with the newspaper, besides being a diplomatic correspondent. In 1993, over differences with the publisher over role of journalists, I resigned from the TDN and joined the Anatolia News Agency as deputy foreign news editor. While at AA I followed the Armenian-Azerbaijani war and extensively traveled in the former Turkish republics. In 1995, refusing an order from the prime minister of the time to run a fake report, I was dismissed from the agency. I established my own agency but it did not succeed. Later that same year I returned to the Daily News (at the invitation of the publisher who conceded the past mistake) and served there until resigning from all active administrative duties in March 2008. Since then I have been a columnist for the Daily News and some Turkish Cypriot newspapers and news portals. I am married Dr. Aydan Kanli and have a daughter.

JE comments:  From Yusuf Kanli's biography, we see that he is a writer of experience, achievement and integrity.  Our colleague Robert Gibbs met Yusuf while in Ankara, and heartily recommended him to join our ranks.  The Membership Committee was in unanimous agreement, citing Yusuf's ability to provide a much-needed Turkish perspective to our analyses of European and Middle Eastern affairs.

Welcome to WAIS, Yusuf Kanli!  I look forward to your active participation in our discussions.

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  • Yusuf Kanli (John Torok, USA 03/14/12 1:56 AM)
    I'd like to extend a WAIS welcome to Yusuf Kanli. I too look forward to his posts. My last name in Hungarian actually means Turk, and dates back to the 17th-century defensive wars under Hungarian monarchs against the Ottoman empire military expansion of that era.

    JE comments: Torok the Turk--I never thought of the obvious connection. Prof. Hilton was always fascinated by names and their meanings. It's good that we're carrying on this tradition with our ongoing discussions of etymologies.


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