MHP lead Devlet Bahçeli has likened the disarmament call by the jailed PKK leader to the Treaty of Sevres, which marked the defeat of the Ottoman Empire at the end of World War I.
The government’s proposal for a presidential system is effectively one-man rule without the checks and balances of the US system, prominent legal scholar Ergun Özbudun tells the Hürriyet Daily News, adding that the AKP is distorting the facts to suggest that presidential systems are the most successful models around the world
Category: TASTE OF THE PAST
In the days of the Ottoman Empire, pederasty-like relationships were common between pre-pubescent boys and bearded older men. Though today it seems homoerotic, the relationship had a deeper meaning according to the mystic Sufis and their search for God
A ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) deputy has caused consternation by retweeting an insulting post about former President İsmet İnönü, one of the founders of the Turkish Republic, triggering reactions even from her own fellow party members.
The historical Valide Sultan Bath, built by Kanuni Sultan Süleyman’s wife Hürrem Sultan in the central Anatolian province of Konya’s Karapınar district in the 16th century, has been turned into a museum
Category: FOLDED CORNER
FOLDED CORNER: ‘An Englishwoman in Angora’ by Grace Ellison (Cambridge University Press, 344 pages, $38)
Category: MUSTAFA AYDIN
Turkey woke up to the week with a surreal story: The Turkish Armed Forces with 39 tanks, 44 armored and 17 other vehicles, 542 soldiers, 19 F16s, two AWACs and two UAVs moved 40 km into Syrian territory, recovered the remains of Süleyman Shah
Apparently inspired by ‘Erdoğan’s 16 warriors,’ several electoral candidates for Turkey’s ruling AKP have posed for their nomination campaign posters dressed in the Ottoman style, going viral on social media with some users mocking and others supporting them.
Category: MUSTAFA AKYOL
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
Category: SERKAN DEMİRTAŞ
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan had promised to be a running, sweating president, unlike his predecessors, who mainly fulfilled their ceremonial duties. However, what we have found over the last seven months is rather a “talking president,” unlike his predecessors and his colleagues across the world
U.S. congressmen working on a resolution to recognize the 1915 killings of Ottoman Armenians as genocide have missed the deadline to submit the motion, as preparations by Armenian lobbies in Washington for the 100th anniversary are reportedly proceeding more slowly than intended.
Category: SEMİH İDİZ
The evacuation of the Süleyman Şah tomb, and its relocation a hundred meters from the Turkish border, is a public relations disaster for the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government.
Unidentified vandals scrawled “death to Turks” on the entrance of a religious affairs office in southwestern Bulgaria late on Feb. 22.
Turkey evacuated its military personnel protecting the Tomb of Süleyman Şah in northern Syria by an operation jointly conducted by the intelligence organization and the Turkish army early Feb. 22, few days after reports suggested that the tomb was besieged by ISIL
FOLDED CORNER: ‘Confronting Political Islam: Six Lessons from the West’s Past’ by John Owen (Princeton University Press, 216 pages, $29.95)
The most comprehensive exhibition on coffee in Turkey, ‘A Drop of Pleasure: 500 years of Turkish Coffee’ opens at the Topkapı Palace
In a flea market in Germany, footage has been found of the excavations on Mount Nemrut from 1965, as well as the life of locals in the region.
World-renown Australian actor Hugh Jackman has said his grandfather was an Ottoman and he might “call myself a Turk.”
Fire, earthquakes and Westernizing, modernizing efforts have taken their toll on Istanbul. The loss can’t be recouped
HDN's William Armstrong speaks to translator Jennifer Manoukian about late Ottoman Armenian feminist Zabel Yessayan’s mysterious life and exceptional work.
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