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Tuesday, September 13 2011 , Your time is 15:58:00
Last Thursday, the northwestern Turkish city of Edirne, just miles from the Greek and Bulgarian borders, was the stage for a historic event: The reopening ceremony of the newly renovated Great Synagogue, which had been dormant and rusting for almost half a century.
Last Thursday, on March 19, 2015, my wife Riada and I had to rush to our Istanbul hospital early in the morning.
The term “Islamophobia” entered the global political language in the past decade. The New American Oxford Dictionary defines it as “a hatred or fear of Islam or Muslims, especially when feared as a political force.”
One of the recent political curiosities in Turkey was whether retired President Abdullah Gül would re-enter politics by running for the parliament under the ticket of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP).
In political systems where power is highly centralized and personalized, laws, institutions and traditions do not matter much. Rather, almost all politics derive from the decisions - and fluctuations - of a Great Person
Mehmet Baransu, a Turkish journalist who first made a name for himself by publishing secret military documents, was arrested earlier this week.
One the recurrent themes in contemporary Turkish politics is President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s uneasiness with Turkey’s Central Bank. In the past six months, Erdoğan has repeatedly called on the institution to lower interest rates, but the Central Bank has by and large resisted this political pressure
On Feb. 25, 1994, an ultra-Orthodox Jew named Baruch Goldstein entered the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron, occupied Palestine, with a machine gun. Seconds later, he opened fire on the Muslim worshippers, killing 29 people and wounding more than 125. He himself was lynched to death by the survivors in the mosque, but only to turn into a martyr in the eyes of his comrades
Last weekend, public attention in Turkey was focused on the limited military operation in Syria. Some 100 Turkish armed vehicles and 570 soldiers crossed the border to relocate the tomb of Süleyman Şah, the grandfather of the founder of the Ottoman Empire, from Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) territory to a safer Kurdish zone
Since the terror attacks on the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington DC on Sept. 11, 2001, I have seen countless discussions in the West on a peculiar question: “Why do they hate us?”
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