Category: TASTE OF THE PAST
Despite occasional efforts to outlaw the habit, the smoking of all kinds of tobacco and opium was a favorite pastime of the Ottomans
Category: BLIND SPOT
Responses vary to the realities of Turkish men coupling with foreign women. Love comes first in most relationships, but the mother-in-law and cooking come right after love
Category: GÜVEN SAK
We do not call them Islamic banks in Turkey. Banks are banks, administrative apparatuses. In the past, they were termed “Special Finance Institutions” and only after the 2005 amendments to the Banking Law are they now called “Participation Banks.”
Category: VERDA ÖZER
There have been extensive allegations lately regarding the relationship between Turkey and the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
Category: MELİS ALPHAN
I was going to write today on the wild natural life of Africa, but I was made aware of a debate on a fashion brand’s commercial that erupted while I was away. So I postponed my Africa piece to a later date…
Category: MUSTAFA AKYOL
On June 10, 2014, the notorious “Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant” (ISIL) took over Mosul, a key city in northern Iraq, with a swift conquest that caught many off guard.
Category: GWYNNE DYER
“If Hitler invaded Hell, I would make at least a favourable reference to the Devil in the House of Commons,” said Winston Churchill in 1941, defending his decision to regard Stalin as an ally after Germany invaded the Soviet Union.
With temperatures rapidly dropping and the European summer almost over, politicians in European capitals and Brussels are rightly asking themselves the question: What if Russia turns off the gas supply to Europe?
The outdoor flea markets of Istanbul, are a paradise for bargain hunters, collectors, hipsters and the nostalgic
Galatasaray visits Balıkesirspor while defending champion Fenerbahçe hosts Gaziantepspor in the Spor Toto Super League’s third match day this weekend.
Turkey can't impose a buffer zone on the Syrian border without a UN Security Council decision, Beşir Atalay says
Category: MURAT YETKİN
The U.S. Senate on Sept. 18 approved a bill to authorize President Barack Obama to provide equipment and training for Syrian rebel forces in order for them to fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), both in Syria and in Iraq.
Category: SERKAN DEMİRTAŞ
The entire Middle East is passing through dire straits as the world’s most brutal terror organization, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), consolidates its power in Iraq and Syria, storming both countries and turning the lives of non-Sunni communities into a nightmare.
Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu has said Turkey’s 'democracy and culture,' including its religious education in schools, prevent it from becoming a breeding ground for radicals such as ISIL
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has announced Turkey's 49 hostages held by ISIL militants for 101 days have been freed through an operation conducted by the country’s spy agency. Here are the live updates
Erdoğan has pointed at an 'operation,' while PM Davutoğlu has referred to 'contacts'
CHP head Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu calls PM Davutoğlu in a rare political gesture
'Our consul general faced great difficulty. Two or three times, [the ISIL militants] tried to force him to make a statement by putting a gun to his head. Despite being at gunpoint, he didn't do anything they wanted,' one freed hostage has said
More Syrian Kurds fleeing advancing ISIL militants have poured across the border into Turkey
Sources have started providing answers regarding the hostage release situation
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