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Turkey: Redefining the public space, one piece at a time

Turkey: Redefining the public space, one piece at a time

By | July 6, 2013 at 12:27 pm | 2 comments

Republic of Turkey was founded on a vast space of historical heritage circa a century ago in Asia Minor. Connecting western and eastern hemispheres of civilizations, the region is the classical melting pot of different aspects of Hellenism, Roman might, Caucasian and Middle...

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Antioch – Conflicting Loyalties on the Doorstep of Civil War

Antioch – Conflicting Loyalties on the Doorstep of Civil War

By | January 11, 2013 at 9:20 am | No comments

It was a hot summer’s night of 2011, when I sat on a balcony with my family in my birthplace near the Syrian-Turkish border: Antakya, Hatay. My cousin’s relatives from Syria were visiting her. These guests were wealthy Christians that had a very modern air, as they sat...

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The Netherlands go where Turkey is coming from

The Netherlands go where Turkey is coming from

By | April 17, 2012 at 3:10 pm | 4 comments

Fréderike Geerdink “Abdullah Gül has no right to speak”, I hear all the time as a reaction to President Gül resisting the ideology of Dutch politician Geert Wilders, which discriminates against people and marginalises them. That’s because Gül has a problem handling...

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Smyrna: Destruction of a cosmopolitan city – 1900-1922

Smyrna: Destruction of a cosmopolitan city – 1900-1922

By | February 3, 2012 at 12:50 pm | One comment

An interesting and powerful documentary by Maria Iliou on destruction of Smyrna (Izmir) in the eve of the foundation of Turkish Republic. (English with Greek subtitles) Smyrna: Destruction of a cosmopolitan city Ταινία που αναφέρετε στην...

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A Time for Prudence

By | August 28, 2011 at 3:28 pm | No comments

Turkish parliament amending a law banning minority institutions to claim ownership on their confiscated real estates, made it possible for them to claim all such estates which they have declared back in 1936. In 1936, Turkish government asked such foundations to provide proofs...

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Tarsus Houses

By | August 19, 2011 at 8:48 pm | No comments

Since my last visit to Tarsus, I have been trying to investigate about the origins of the historical houses there. All my research ended up in nothing. All I could find was that they were being renovated for some time now and they were of great historical value. Even a blind...

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Dink: “Turkey should not boast of being a social state”

By | April 10, 2011 at 12:45 am | No comments

A.A. Wife of slain Armenian-Turkish journalist Hrant Dink, Rakel Dink said she doesn't know how discriminative and racist comments, behavior, plans and projects would be collected, put aside and trashed. She spoke at "Setting up peace" conference organized by Peace Initiative...

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Re-islamization of Asia Minor

By | September 30, 2010 at 9:08 pm | No comments

Ultra-nationalists are planning to conquer Asia Minor, all over again. Tomorrow, on October 1st, MHP, their major political organization is planning a Friday prayer session in Holy Virgin Cathedral at Ani, a sacred and antique settlement in what used to be Western Armenia. They...

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Votes, Churches, and other relevant frivolities

By | September 20, 2010 at 4:03 pm | No comments

A journalist friend of mine will get crazy about this article. She'd say "too many subjects in one single article" or "it's too long and complex to be read easily, and there are too many points to consider". Yes, I know. But in Turkey, the agenda is full of such frivolities that...

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Turkish State as an Impediment to Progress

By | June 10, 2010 at 12:19 am | No comments

What is the function of a nation state? If we listen to Rousseau, "... the general will is always in the right and inclines toward the public good" in a modern state. It finds its origins in a "contract". A contract between the electorate and elected to serve in the good of the...

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