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Tuesday, September 13 2011 , Your time is 15:58:00
It is more than relieving that we have a prime minister who thinks he can end the half-century-long dispute over Cyprus just by having a spot of tea with his Greek counterpart on both sides of the divided island. Why did the whole world not think of this before?
Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu has pledged that from now on, “with God’s permission,” no prime minister shall be held accountable at a court, he will only be accountable “to those who vote for him, and in the presence of God.”
In the old town of Damascus there are coffee shops where men gather over coffee, cigarettes and shisha. One feature that those coffee shops boast is the old tradition of storytelling, or “hakawati,” which may or may not be still alive.
Turkey’s leaders often boast that their country has a big and quickly growing economy and a big population. That criteria never makes a country a decent place to live in.
Turkey’s Religious Affairs Directorate (Diyanet) is so rich (its budget surpasses that of a dozen ministries combined) that it regularly produces data for social and political sciences.
Turkey’s political Islam has had a love-envy-hate relationship with Shia Iran since the 1979 Islamic revolution: envy, because the Iranians built an Islamic state; love, because it is an Islamic state, but; hate, because it is a Shia Islamic state
After Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s elevation to the seat of the prime president minister, Ahmet Davutoğlu is taking over as the prime foreign minister.
The metropolitan of Thessaloniki, Anthimos, has never been known to be a man of compassion and peace, especially when the subject contained any of the words Turkey, Turkish or Turk.
One of Turkey’s most popular Islamic preachers is Nihat Hatipoğlu, a professor of theology who runs a top-rated TV show.
One of the commanders of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), which reflagged itself to a more compact “Islamic State” (IS), has thanked Turkey for growing strong enough to conquer large swathes of Syria and Iraq.
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