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A Long, Hard Look at 'Zionism in Damascus'

Sami Moubayed | Posted 08.13.2015 | Books
Sami Moubayed

I have to differ with the author, however, about the status of Damascus Jews. Denying their persecution at certain epochs of Syrian history would obviously be incorrect, but so would to claim that Damascus was hell on earth for its Jewish community. That exactly is what the book tries to push through the reader's mind, quit intentionally.

This Week in World War I, August 9-15, 1915

Joseph V. Micallef | Posted 08.09.2015 | World
Joseph V. Micallef

The August Offensive in Gallipoli during the summer of 1915, also known as the Battle of Sari Bair, was the last attempt by the British to break the stalemate in Gallipoli and seize control of the peninsula in preparation for a final push to Constantinople.

Review: A Handful of Bullets by Harlan K. Ullman

Stanley Weiss | Posted 07.29.2015 | Books
Stanley Weiss

He takes a refreshingly balanced approach as he criticizes American government for being dysfunctionally and even menacingly intrusive in the life of society. He says that surveillance of our citizens has gone too far - something with which liberals and libertarians will agree.

On The Monster's Back: Heroism, Love and Survival by Robert D. Lamson

Stanley Weiss | Posted 07.27.2015 | Books
Stanley Weiss

It is easy to see how things could have gone differently for the boy, who might well have ended his days at the end of a Turkish rope.

Why Both Erdoganism and Kemalism May Finally Be Dead in Turkey

Doug Bandow | Posted 06.27.2015 | World
Doug Bandow

Turkey is headed in a dangerous direction, toward a corrupt, authoritarian state. The country needs an Arab Spring of sorts, but within the democratic process. An electoral revolution, not a street putsch. The use of the rule of law to end an illiberal government. The ballot box must make political power accountable.

This Week in World War I, June 6-12, 1915

Joseph V. Micallef | Posted 06.06.2015 | World
Joseph V. Micallef

By the beginning of June 1915, the stalemate that had ensued in the Gallipoli campaign prompted Lord Kitchener, the British Secretary of State for War, to decide to commit even more troops to Gallipoli.

Analysis From Turkey: Their Biggest Political Decision in 100 Years

John A. Tures | Posted 06.02.2015 | World
John A. Tures

Now, the current leader, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, seeks a presidential system that would resemble the French regime with its potent presidency, wielding power George W. Bush or Barack Obama could only dream about.

This Week in World War I, April 25-May 1, 1915

Joseph V. Micallef | Posted 06.22.2015 | Politics
Joseph V. Micallef

The naval attack in February had alerted Ottoman forces to Allied plans. By the time Allied troops began to land on April 25, Ottoman preparations were complete: Extensive fortifications had been built and the defending forces had been increased six-fold.

Why It's in Turkey's Interest to Acknowledge the Armenian Genocide

David Tolbert | Posted 06.24.2015 | World
David Tolbert

Denial is the final fortress of those who commit genocide and other atrocities. It not only damages the victims and their communities, but also promises a future based on lies, sowing the seeds of more conflict and repression.

Movie Review: The Water Diviner... Russell Crowe Should Crow About

Carole Mallory | Posted 06.22.2015 | Entertainment
Carole Mallory

A tender, soulful Russell Crowe makes The Water Diviner work. Crowe as a farmer who has lost his wife and three sons gives a masterful performance.

In Istanbul, Producer Sona Tatoyan Is Ready for Her Close-Up

Christopher Atamian | Posted 06.21.2015 | Entertainment
Christopher Atamian

Some thirteen years ago, Armenian-American actor and producer Sona Tatoyan embarked on a veritable odyssey to produce a feature film adaptation of Micheline Aharonian Marcom's contemporary masterpiece, Three Apples Fell From Heaven.

Sophia Jones

'The Genocide Is Not Forgotten. It's Impossible To Forget'

HuffingtonPost.com | Sophia Jones | Posted 04.24.2015 | World

Yetvart Tomasyan's father, Bedros (second from right), poses with his family for a photograph in the early 1900s in the Ottoman Empire, now modern-day...

Acknowledging the Armenian Genocide

James Zogby | Posted 06.11.2015 | World
James Zogby

It is wrong to say to just "get over it" to victim nations. For there to be reconciliation, there must be acknowledgment and justice. Just as we demand that Israel acknowledge and make recompense for its "original sin," we can want no less for the Armenian people.

Freedom in Martyrdom

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 06.10.2015 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

The public discussion about the causes of violent extremism has focused mainly on the socioeconomic and political conditions that exist in Arab countries. But we must also carefully consider how the events in the wake of World Wars I and II have impacted the psychological disposition of the Arab population throughout the Middle East.

Ten Reasons Why Obama Should Travel to Armenia on April 24

Harut Sassounian | Posted 05.30.2015 | World
Harut Sassounian

Armenia's President Serzh Sargsyan has invited several world leaders to Yerevan on April 24 to commemorate the Centennial of the Armenian Genocide. Here are 10 reasons why Air Force One should make an auspicious landing in Yerevan's Zvartnots International Airport on April 24.

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

Why Turkey Finally Made A Move Against ISIS

HuffingtonPost.com | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 02.23.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Turkey made its boldest move yet against the Islamic State over the weekend. It wasn't to help the U.S.-led air campaign against the...

The Fall of the Would-Be Emperor

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 01.20.2015 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

Turkey has the potential of becoming a significant global power, but to realize that, Erdogan must change course or leave. His arrogance, though, and self-styled piousness will prevent him from doing either and deny Turkey its deserving place to play a constructive role on the global stage.

Sophia Jones

Istanbul Fashion Week Opens With Ottoman Flair

HuffingtonPost.com | Sophia Jones | Posted 10.14.2014 | World

ISTANBUL -- Istanbul Fashion Week, abuzz with Turkey’s forefront designers and fashion icons, opened Monday with a salute to the country’s rich pa...

The Ottoman Revival That Is Anything but Brotherly

Sami Moubayed | Posted 10.11.2014 | World
Sami Moubayed

Last July marked the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War. It also marks the beginning of the end of the once all powerful and glorious Ottoman Empire.

Iraq, Syria, and Today's Other Killfests: The Great War as the Tragic Gift that Keeps on Giving

Doug Bandow | Posted 09.07.2014 | World
Doug Bandow

The morning of June 28, 1914 dawned bright for most Europeans. By sunset a geopolitical cataclysm loomed. World War I demonstrated the importance of saying no. Any of the great powers could have stopped the march toward war. America could have refused to join the parade after it started. The world would have been a better place had one or all done so. Today, Washington is filled with routine proposals for new interventions: bombing campaigns, foreign invasions, and military occupations. Most seem unlikely to trigger a new world war. But a century ago no one expected an assassination in a distant Balkan province to do so either. That is reason enough for Americans to make war truly a last resort.

ISIS: The Spoils of the 'Great Loot' in the Middle East

Conn Hallinan | Posted 09.01.2014 | World
Conn Hallinan

As Iraq tumbles into a yet another civil war, it is important to remember how all this came about, and why adding yet more warfare to the current crisis will perpetuate exactly what the "Great Loot" set out to do: tear an entire region of the world asunder.

If ISIS Is Such a Threat, Why No Air Strikes?

William Bradley | Posted 08.23.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

Have we learned nothing during our adventures in the Middle East and Central Asia?

If There Are U.S. Air Strikes, They Should Not Be For the Purpose of Propping Up the Failed Iraqi State

William Bradley | Posted 08.19.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

While the Iraqi military, with some help from Iran and the U.S., may be able to hold on to what is left within its purview, it's hard to see it reclaiming much territory without major foreign interventions. Which could easily backfire, both for Tehran and Washington, the only capitals which might be involved.

The Fig Orchard Discovered: An Interview with Author Layla Fiske

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 05.19.2014 | Books
E. Nina Rothe

Fiske tells the story of Nisrina, and her love Jabran, across ages and lands, borders that are created by men and wars, joy and tragedy and most of all, their undying devotion for each other.

Bosnian Sephardic Jews - Few But Influential

Stephen Schwartz | Posted 05.18.2014 | Religion
Stephen Schwartz

Sephardic voices continue to be heard in Bosnia-Herzegovina, providing an important alternative to a clogged system, obstructed progress, and hopelessness.