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Turkey – for almost a century the most secular and moderate nation in the Muslim world – seems to be flirting with its Islamic caliphate roots, dreaming of the Ottoman Empire’s glory days, jihad, conquest and superiority over the “infidel” West. Mustafa Kamal Atatürk, father of modern Turkey Turks are being […]

More than 250 Turks dressed as zombies filled Istanbul’s Ortaköy Square to raise money for earthquake victims. They gathered in the Turkish capital to celebrate Halloween, commemorate the late famous pop singer Michael Jackson in what they described as a […]

Teachers at a public high school in Turkey’s Antalya province on the Mediterranean Sea have been ordered to stay at least three feet away from their students and to avoid any touching whatever. The order comes after on a decision handed down by Erdem Kaya, education […]

With Turkey threatening naval action against Israel, the Jewish state and Greece have invoked a mutual defense pact they signed without publicity only 12 days ago. “Greek Defense Minister Panos Beglitis, making the first official visit by a Greek defense minister to Israel, […]

Is the Daily Beast, a news and opinion website published by British-born Tina Brown in conjunction with Newsweek magazine, being over-generous in defending Turkey’s Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan — who has broken off relations with Israel and says the Turkish navy will […]

In an unexpected move, the Turkish government is releasing hundreds of properties seized 75 years ago from Jews as well as Christians in Turkey’s Greek, Armenian and Syriac communities. “The times when citizens in our country were oppressed for their beliefs, their ethnic […]

“Fasting, feasting and spiritual contemplation define Ramadan for Muslims, but some not-so-religious residents say it’s a time of traffic jams, late-night noise pollution and judgmental stares for them,” reports Özgur Ögret in Turkey’s Hürriyet Daily News. The social pressure goes both […]

 Turkey’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has expressed concern a new outbreak of violence against Muslim ethnic Uyghurs in China’s Xinjiang region. About 20 Uyghurs were killed in separate incidents in the cities in Kashghar and Hotan in the southern part of China’s Xinjiang […]

The powerful Foreign Affairs Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives is planning to hold a vote Wednesday on an amendment calling for Turkey to “return stolen Armenian and other Christian churches to their rightful owners,” reports the Hurriyet Daily […]