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The Last Time The Cubs Won, The Ottoman Empire Still Existed

The Huffington Post | Todd Van Luling | Posted 10.31.2016 | Comedy

Any informed Chicago Cubs fan knows that the last time the team won the World Series — Oct. 14, 1908 — the Ottoman Empire still existed. (The diss...

After the Failed Coup, Many Young Turks Are Yearning for Independence

Kaya Genc | Posted 10.19.2016 | World
Kaya Genc

ISTANBUL ― “Did I do the right thing when I brought my kids from the U.S. to Turkey?” a young Turkish scholar asked me last week. We were chatti...

Turkey's Attempted Coup: The Collapse Of The Ideal Islamic Democracy

Doug Bandow | Posted 07.24.2016 | World
Doug Bandow

Recep Tayyip Erdogan has ruled Turkey for more than a decade. He should be enjoying his time of triumph. He towers above the political system, able to create and dismiss governments at will.

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.

How Erdogan Rewrote History of the Great Arab Revolt

Sami Moubayed | Posted 06.24.2016 | World
Sami Moubayed

This month marks the 100th anniversary of the self-proclaimed "Great" Arab Revolt of 1916, launched against Ottoman rule from the Arabian Desert by Sharif Hussein, emir of Mecca. Thanks to a systematic decade-long campaign orchestrated by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the event will pass almost unnoticed in most Arab cities and media outlets.

This Week in World War I: May 14-20, 1916

Joseph V. Micallef | Posted 05.28.2016 | World
Joseph V. Micallef

Sykes-Picot a Century Later Sir Mark Sykes (left) and Francois Georges Picot (right) May 16 marks the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Sykes...

In Turkey, Secularism Is Much More Than a Word

Kaya Genc | Posted 05.02.2016 | World
Kaya Genc

ISTANBUL -- Nowadays, Turkey is going through a difficult period, and there is a growing sense of public anxiety following attacks by militants from ISIS and the PKK. But the current political climate, with its heated debates about big issues like secularism, is not unique in Turkey's history: the country has been here before.

New Old Music Recordings: Bach's Goldberg Variations for Bassoons, Bach's French Suites for Harpsichord and an Ottoman Musical Carnival

Laurence Vittes | Posted 04.20.2016 | Arts
Laurence Vittes

This week's pièce de resistance is Bach's Goldberg Variations in perhaps its best performance ever. On the MDG audiophile label. Played by the Bassoon Consort Frankfurt. Really.

This Week in World War I: April 9-15, 1916

Joseph V. Micallef | Posted 04.09.2016 | World
Joseph V. Micallef

During World War I, the Allies engaged Ottoman forces on three principal fronts: Gallipoli, the Caucasus and the Sinai Peninsula.

The Unraveling of Turkey's Democracy

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 03.09.2016 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

Only a few months after Turkey's President Erdogan raided the offices of the Koza Ipek Media Group, the Turkish police assaulted early this month the offices of Feza Publications, which owns two newspapers and two TV stations, without any warning.

This Week in World War I: January 23-29, 2016

Joseph V. Micallef | Posted 01.22.2017 | World
Joseph V. Micallef

The Caucasus campaign was, in terms of forces deployed, a relatively minor theatre of World War I. Its long-term strategic importance, however, far outweighed, its practical tactical value.

Adventures in Islam: The Myths and Legends of Muslim Homogeneity

Tithi Bhattacharya | Posted 01.05.2017 | Religion
Tithi Bhattacharya

While it seems that both Donald Trump and ISIS agree that there is this preexisting unified group of people called "the Muslims," I would like to spend some time in this column talking about the immense diversity and heterogeneity of Islam and Muslims.

Time to Leave the Middle East to the Arabs

Sarwar Kashmeri | Posted 12.16.2016 | World
Sarwar Kashmeri

There seems to be no limit to the ruthless and cold-blooded killing practiced by those convinced of the righteousness of their cause. How else to des...

This Week in World War I, November 28-December 5, 1915

Joseph V. Micallef | Posted 11.25.2016 | World
Joseph V. Micallef

The Balkan Front was a 900-mile front that stretched from the Isonzo River valley in northeast Italy to the Romanian Black Sea coast. The front consisted of a series of largely separate campaigns.

Damascene Sufism: The Antidote to ISIS

Sami Moubayed | Posted 11.24.2016 | World
Sami Moubayed

When the Islamic State stormed the city of al-Mayadeen in the eastern countryside of Deir ez-Zour along the Euphrates River, they struck with particular vengeance at the homes of Syrian Sufis. Members of the Sufi order were arrested; their clerics were flogged, their spiritual corners torn down.

A Long, Hard Look at 'Zionism in Damascus'

Sami Moubayed | Posted 08.13.2016 | 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 08.09.2016 | 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 07.29.2016 | 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 07.27.2016 | 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 06.27.2016 | 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 06.05.2016 | 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 06.02.2016 | 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.