Ece Temelkuran – Erdogan, Enough Is Enough

Ece Temelkuran, is a journalist, activist and author who has twice been named Turkey’s “most read political columnist”. She is currently campaigning with the famous hashtag #Tamam, which means ‘Enough’. It is circulating around on social media after President Erdogan announced he would step down if the people wanted it.

She was infamously fired in 2012 by the Habertürk newspaper because of articles your wrote that were critical of the Turkish government, and the massacre of dozens of Kurdish teenagers.

Ece has published 14 books including the best sellers – Women Who Blow on Knots and Turkey: The Insane & The Melancholy, which have won numerous awards.

Chapters:
00:00 Trailer.
03:40 Brian’s thoughts on the episode.
05:46 Brian’s introduction.
06:16 Ece compares opportunity to “make it” in London with New York.
09:05 Ece’s insider view of tensions in Turkey caused by Eastern and Western influences.
16:37 Mother’s early influence on Ece’s future storytelling writing style.
21:26 Study of law helps her journalism, but she has only been moved to take one case.
26:01 Why she has written about the plight of the Kurdish people.
27:56 Interesting time living in politicised Ankara.
29:43 Joy of having her first book turned into a stage play.
32:09 Inspiration for writing and where she finds freedom to do it.
38:24 Beirut gives you an illusion.
40:32 Why Ece returned to journalism and retains her storytelling style.
41:46 Fired as a journalist and facing horrifying massive backlash on social media.
49:31 Writing new book ‘How to Lose a Country’ about government paid social media detractors.
53:53 Erdoğan, his background, the events and the network which brought him to power.
58:22 Politics is about power and money.
1:00:12 2016 Turkish coup d’êtat attempt, how Erdoğan used it.
1:05:09 When you love your country, but he doesn’t love you back, it is heart breaking.
1:13:21 USA included in global pattern of what is happening in Turkey, Ece warns.
1:16:04 Women should take-action now, rationally, in their communities.
1:19:16 Famous people highlight protest movements, but it is the collective invisible who make change.
1:22:15 What we can learn from the 1970s.
1:23:15 The new book ‘How to Lose a County – The New Ice Age of Politics’ will be non-fiction.
1:35:10 Inspired by her time in Venezuela.
1:26:10 Her daily writing routine.
1:27:59 Success secrets.
1:28:24 What is her super power to achieve so much?
1:29:45 What would temporarily satisfy her?
1:31:55 Best and worst day of her life.
1:33:36 What we would be surprised to know about Ece.
1:34:23 What keeps her awake at night.
1:35:04 What scares Ece
1:35:49 Does she feel a responsibility to the people of Turkey to keep writing?
1:37:54 Telephone call to the 20-year old Ece.
1:39:03 Best advice you ever received with an explanation of book title ‘Women Who Blow on Knots’.
1:43:54 Advice to the young man or woman listening from a country with an authoritarian leader.
1:46:36 Brian’s summing up.

Notes:
Ece Temelkuran website
http://www.ecetemelkuran.com/en
Ece Temelkuran on Twitter
https://twitter.com/ETemelkuran?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor
Ece Temelkuran on Facebook
https://en-gb.facebook.com/EceTemelkuran/
Ece Temelkuran on YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCB4kJonPBpSJp2XW3-Myqhw
Ece Temelkuran on Wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ece_Temelkuran
Ece Temelkuran TEDx
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oYUTp-DTwUY

Books:
The Time of Mute Swans
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Time-Mute-Swans-Novel/dp/1628728140
Women Who Blow Knots
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Women-Who-Blow-Knots-Temelkuran/dp/1910901695
Turkey: The Insane and the Melancholy
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Turkey-Insane-Melancholy-Ece-Temelkuran/dp/1783608897
Deep Mountain – Across the Turkish -Armenian Divide
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Deep-Mountain-Across-Turkish-Armenian-Divide/dp/1844674231
How to Lose a Country – The New Ice Age of Politics – 7 Feb 2019
https://www.amazon.co.uk/How-Lose-Country-New-Politics/dp/0008294011
Book of the Edge
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Book-Edge-Lannan-Translations-Selection/dp/1934414360

Topics discussed:
Turkey
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turkey
Izmir
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C4%B0zmir
Izmir – Google maps
https://www.google.com/search?q=Google+maps+Turkey&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&client=firefox-b-ab
Kurds
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kurds
The Syrian Civil War
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syrian_Civil_War
Ankara
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ankara#
Instanbul
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Istanbul
Beirut
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beirut
Milliyet
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milliyet
Habertürk
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Habert%C3%BCrk
Tunis
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tunis
Central Anatolia Region of Turkey
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Central_Anatolia_Region
2016 Turkish Coup d’êtat attempt
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2016_Turkish_coup_d%27%C3%A9tat_attempt
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