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From Ataturk to Erdogan

aljazeera.com: A hundred years ago this week, an Ottoman army lieutenant-colonel stationed in Sofia as a military attache received a telegram from the Ministry of War back in Constantinople. In…

Turkish PM compares Netanyahu to ‘Paris terrorists’

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Thursday accused hisIsraeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu of committing “crimes against humanity” comparable to those of the Islamist gunmen behind the Paris attacks that left…

Grammar school jihadist claims Turkish police fed him Domino’s pizza in jail before handing him over to ISIS in prisoner exchange which has caused diplomatic storm

Shabazz Suleman studied at the Royal Grammar School, High Wycombe 19-year-old thought to have tried to cross into Syria while on holiday in Turkey He had a place at university,…

Turkish president accuses ‘the West’ of being behind Charlie Hebdo attacks and deliberately ‘blaming Muslims’ as conspiracy theories sweep the Internet accusing Israel of orchestrating it

Turkish president accuses ‘the West’ of being behind Charlie Hebdo attacks and deliberately ‘blaming Muslims’ as conspiracy theories sweep the Internet accusing Israel of orchestrating it The President of Turkey…

The freedom of religion as practiced in the Ottoman Empire

Fatih Sultan Mehmed permitted the Serbs freedom to practice their religion. When Sultan Fatih’s armies reached the borders of Serbia, the Serbs had to decide whether they should put themselves under…

Istanbul suicide bombing kills police officer in tourism district

Source: CNN Istanbul (CNN)A woman carried out a suicide bombing at a police station in Istanbul’s historic Sultanahmet district Tuesday evening, killing one police officer and injuring another, officials said.…

Turkey Approves Construction Of First New Church In Nearly A Century

Huff Post: Turkey is getting a brand new church for the first time in nearly a century. The $1.5 million Virgin Mary Syriac church will be built in the Istanbul…

Turkey gives go-ahead for first new church in 90 years

  ANKARA — Turkey’s Islamic-rooted government has authorised the building of the first church in the country since the end of the Ottoman empire in 1923, AFP has learned. The…

Vast 5,000 year-old underground city discovered in Turkey’s Cappadocia region

Vast 5,000 year-old underground city discovered in Turkey’s Cappadocia region The city may be the biggest in the world, officials say JON STONE Wednesday 31 December 2014 PRINT A A A A…

Erdogan to chair Cabinet in unprecedented move

ANKARA: President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday announced he would chair a Cabinet meeting in January, a move unprecedented for a Turkish head of state in recent times.   Erdogan…

Turkey orders extradition of president’s rival Fethullah Gulen over terrorism claims

LAMIAT SABIN              THE INDEPENDENT Saturday 20 December A Turkish court has issued an arrest warrant for dissident and self-imposed exile Fethullah Gülen as he is accused of…

ACCIDENTAL TOURISTS: Inside the Smuggling Networks Flooding Europe with Refugees

12.14.14 On scene at what’s becoming Italy’s makeshift Ellis Island. Will Europe learn to accept Syria’s huddled masses yearning to breathe free? AUGUSTA, Sicily—“There is a little office near the…

Media chiefs held in Turkey swoop on Erdogan opponents

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Erdoğan laments Turkish youths know Einstein but not Muslim scientists

Turkish youths know about foreign scientists and pop stars but they are not informed when it comes to Muslim scholars and local musicians, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said during an…

Do you know the difference between a Holocaust and a holocaust? The Armenians do Despite what some sub-editors might think, the genocide of 1.5m Armenian Christians in 1915 was not a holocaust

BY ROBERT FISK, THE INDEPENDENT What’s in a name? Let’s start with the Persian Gulf. Or the Arabian Gulf. Or just the Arab Gulf. I’m indebted to reader (and surgeon)…

Pope and patriarch condemn Mid-East ‘persecution’

Epigraph: There should be no compulsion in religion. Surely, right has become distinct from wrong; so whosoever refuses to be led by those who transgress, and believes in Allah, has…

Pope ends Turkey trip seeking unity with Orthodox

ISTANBUL: Pope Francis wrapped up his three-day visit to Turkey on Sunday with a liturgy alongside the spiritual leader of the world’s Orthodox Christians and a meeting with young refugees…

Pope Francis prays in Istanbul’s Blue Mosque

BY REUTERS 11/29/14 AT 5:54 PM Pope Francis prayed silently alongside a senior Islamic cleric in Istanbul’s Blue Mosque on Saturday, in a gesture of inter-religious harmony in a country…

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