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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.

Turkey's Body Politics: Can Turkish Democracy Survive?

Roger Friedland | Posted 02.02.2014 | Religion
Roger Friedland

Everyone was keeping an eye on Turkey, hopeful that this country would show the way that liberal democracy and political Islam might together find an alternative path to modernity.

The 'Tarboush' Caused Egypt-Turkey Flap

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 01.29.2014 | World
Magda Abu-Fadil

What an eye-catching headline! The tarboush, a/k/a the fez of Middle Eastern and Arab lore, was pegged as the root cause of the recent flap between ...

Turkey in Disarray

Allan Topol | Posted 12.28.2013 | World
Allan Topol

In an effort to make himself the leader of the Islamic Middle Eastern world, Erdogan decimated that relationship which has cost Turkey in terms of shared intelligence about hostile neighbors including Iran.

Suleiman's Heart Divides and Then Unites Two Countries

Emre Kizilkaya | Posted 11.30.2013 | World
Emre Kizilkaya

The shrine, which was built in 1573-77 supposedly with a golden dome, was plundered and razed in 1692-93 by the Habsburg army which would ultimately repel the Ottomans from Hungary in the next seven years.

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 ...

The Halil Connection: The Story of Gezi Park

Connor Ryan | Posted 08.17.2013 | World
Connor Ryan

For the past two weeks Turkey has been experiencing what could best be described as a movement somewhere on the spectrum between "Occupy Wall Street" and the "Arab Spring." But it will not result in a popular revolution of the government, nor will it be remembered for achieving anything but attention.

Idea Butterflies: Random Thoughts from My Notes

Rick Steves | Posted 07.22.2013 | Travel
Rick Steves

When I travel I collect ideas like butterflies as they flutter by. I jot them down, never knowing if they will find a place in something yet to be com...

Of Sultans and Soap Operas

Peter Henne | Posted 01.30.2013 | World
Peter Henne

Last December, I was in Doha to attend the UN's Alliance of Civilizations conference. While fighting off jet lag in my hotel room -- the 13 hour flight is a killer -- I saw a commercial for Hareem al Sultan, a racy-looking soap opera on a UAE TV station.

Ottoman-America

Michael Vlahos | Posted 11.28.2012 | Politics
Michael Vlahos

We were an outsider civilization that was going to calm and shape the Arab Middle East. Today our enterprise is in ruin. The Ottoman metaphor is relevant because we tried, however unconsciously, to be like them.

Baba Rexheb: A Balkan And American Sufi Saint

Stephen Schwartz | Posted 08.23.2012 | Religion
Stephen Schwartz

Sunday brought a distinctive commemoration of Muslim spirituality. The occasion was Baba Rexheb Appreciation Day, honoring an Albanian-born Sufi.

The Greeks of Edremit

Olympia Dukakis | Posted 10.21.2012 | World
Olympia Dukakis

Prior to the first world war, the Greeks of Edremit, including my parents and their brothers and sisters, fled the pogrom. They made it to the ocean, but not before my father endured a critical experience in his life and received the last rites as they waited for the boats to arrive.

The Uses And Abuses Of God

Haroon Moghul | Posted 09.27.2012 | Religion
Haroon Moghul

Unlike Him, we do not have infinite capacity. We are failed deities. We try and we stumble, and we have few resources to fall back on. So we end up as I did, prostrated pathetically after the prayer, tears streaming from my cheeks.

Taking Advantage of Ankara's Resurgence with NATO

Joshua W. Walker | Posted 07.25.2012 | World
Joshua W. Walker

At a time when Western leadership is being questioned, encouraging Turkey's emergence as a responsible transatlantic partner in regional stability has never been more necessary.

Greece in Agony

Robert Cabot | Posted 05.09.2012 | World
Robert Cabot

There is a surplus of the ugly in Greece -- of avarice, of hideous modernity, corruption, exploitation. But though it is largely hidden, there is something about the tough, durable fiber, the pride of generosity, the fierce instinct for independence which is at the core of the Greek soul.

The Lost 1001 Arabian Nights

Doug Lieblich | Posted 12.05.2011 | Comedy
Doug Lieblich

There was once a pauper renowned for giving perfect impressions of the sultan...

Courting Disaster: Eight Addictions Preventing Greece's Economic Recovery

Vanessa Andris | Posted 12.04.2011 | World
Vanessa Andris

There comes a time in every potentially fatal crisis when diplomacy becomes a criminal disservice and people who really care need to speak the unvarnished truth.

A Brilliant Fraud

Stanley Weiss | Posted 11.15.2011 | World
Stanley Weiss

Prime Minister Recep Erdogan is less interested in preserving Ataturk's vision of Turkey as a secular state and more committed to bringing about "a return to the Ottoman Empire's glory days."