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Once the Capital of Nostalgia, Istanbul Is Now the Capital of Anxiety and Neurosis

Kaya Genc | Posted 07.01.2016 | World
Kaya Genc

ISTANBUL -- Many a curious tourist had wandered in this city in the last millennia, and I wondered how it would be like for me to wander along the city's new outreaches. Those plans disappeared by 10:00 p.m, when like Istanbul locals and tourists, I was reminded that Istanbul was now a city ruled by terror.

Notes on The Residents at Gramercy Theater

Michael Nirenberg | Posted 04.28.2016 | Arts
Michael Nirenberg

As my friend and I were negotiating our press passes we saw a guy come up wearing pleated Dockers and holding his roller blades under his arm. In my head I made up a whole narrative about him.

Analyzing the Holy and Great Council

Evagelos Sotiropoulos | Posted 03.14.2016 | Religion
Evagelos Sotiropoulos

The Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church to be held in Crete during Pentecost has prompted a great deal of discussion. The affirmation at the...

Christian Leaders Gather in Turkey

Evagelos Sotiropoulos | Posted 09.08.2015 | Religion
Evagelos Sotiropoulos

Deep in the heart of Turkey, in the historic city of Constantinople (Istanbul), high-ranking religious leaders gathered recently to examine and deliberate on a range of both spiritual and secular issues.

Exploring Incredible Istanbul

Jamal Hammadi | Posted 07.12.2014 | Travel
Jamal Hammadi

My most recent exploits took me all the way to Istanbul and it was quite the adventure. Founded in 660 BC as Byzantium, in 330 AD it became Constantinople when it was overtaken by the Roman emperor Constantine.

The Sunday of Orthodoxy at the Great Church of Christ

Evagelos Sotiropoulos | Posted 05.14.2014 | Religion
Evagelos Sotiropoulos

Christianity has benefitted greatly by the multitudinous offerings of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, from its rich theological literature and its great missionary activity, to its contributions to the arts and iconography, music and hymnography and architecture

Has Syria's Famous Brocade Survived?

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 10.09.2013 | World
Magda Abu-Fadil

It dawned on me that period piece attire worn in popular Arabic TV serials resembles the elaborate and beautiful brocade designs I used to see in the ...

Talking Turkey: Gezi Park, Sevan Nišanyan and Old Armenian Ladies

Christopher Atamian | Posted 09.29.2013 | World
Christopher Atamian

Turkey has recently taken two steps forward and he would take it three steps back into religious intolerance and obscurantism. It's time for Erdogan to go, if you ask me, just the was it was time for Morsi to take a hike as well.

Can Bosra Still Beckon History Buffs to Syria?

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 09.16.2013 | World
Magda Abu-Fadil

Looking through stacks of old pictures today, I came across a set I shot in Bosra, Syria, 23 years ago showing stately, if worn, internationally recog...

The Fall Of Constantinople, Queen Of Cities

Evagelos Sotiropoulos | Posted 07.29.2013 | Religion
Evagelos Sotiropoulos

More than just the cultural, economic and political core of Eurasia, Constantinople was the center of Christianity. Today (May 29), the Orthodox Church remembers the fall of the city.

Turkey's Continuing Siege: Remembering the Fall of Constantinople

Dr. Elizabeth H. Prodromou | Posted 07.29.2013 | World
Dr. Elizabeth H. Prodromou

Today marks the 560th anniversary of the fall and capture of the magnificent Christian city of Constantinople, the eastern capital of the Roman Empire, to the forces led by the Ottoman Turkish Sultan, Mohammed (Mehmet) II.

Assaulting Armenians in Turkey: This Time It's Old Ladies

Christopher Atamian | Posted 01.31.2013 | World
Christopher Atamian

What kind of a coward attacks eighty- and ninety-year-old women on their way to church, stabbing them to death in one case and beating another senseless in the other?

10 Things You May Not Have Known About Turkey

Ronen Paldi | Posted 07.25.2011 | Travel
Ronen Paldi

Turkey is one of the most beautiful and exotic locations on earth. However, many people don't know just how amazing this land is, or they just have misconceptions about it.