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Marc Champion

Turkey Plays the 'Orientalism' Card

Ertan Aydin, a top adviser to Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, doesn't think much of foreign criticism of his goverment.

Ertan Aydin, a top adviser to Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, doesn't think much of foreign criticism of his government.

In an Al Jazeera op-ed article today, Aydin cited a recentpost of mine and a New York Times article by Tim Arango and Ceylan Yeginsu to make the argument that the Western news media are misrepresenting Turkey because of our "orientalism," a prejudice of West against East that has a long historical pedigree. I don't challenge the fact of orientalism, but it is hardly the case here.