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POLITICS

France President Macron Getting Blowback From Muslim Leaders

Photo Attribution: Kremlin.ru Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan noted that French President Emmanuel Macron has “attacked Islam” by encouraging the display of cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad. Khan’s comments come days after Macron paid tribute to a French history teacher beheaded by an Islamist radical who wanted to avenge the use of cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad in a class on […]

NEWS

Bloodletting And Destruction Continue In Disputed Nagorno-Karabakh Region

Charges and counter-charges continue between Armenia and Azerbaijan’s leadership amid brutal attacks on the civilian population. According to the latest press reports, thirteen civilians have been killed, and more than 40 people were injured in an early-hours missile attack on Azerbaijan’s second-biggest city, Ganja. A missile raid leveled a row of homes in Azerbaijan’s second city of Ganja, killing and […]

POLITICS

Turkey vs. Greece: A New Conflict Escalating In Europe

After the failed military coup in 2016, Recep Tayyip Erdogan has emerged as one of the most powerful politicians Turkey has ever seen. Since Erdogan’s re-election as the President, Turkey has sought to exert his power in parts of the Middle East and Europe. He recently converted the Hagia Sophia, built by the Emperor Justinian I in 537, once the […]

NEWS

Biden Steps Into Hot Water With Turkey

There is no love lost between U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. In a New York Times report, Biden described the Turkish president as an “autocrat”, criticized his policy towards the Kurds, and advocated supporting the Turkish opposition. “What I think we should be doing is taking a very different approach to him now, […]

NEWS

Turkey And Greece In Tongue Fight Over Hagia Sophia

Turkey and Greece are in a war of words over the conversion of Istanbul’s Church of Hagia Sophia, to now the Hagia Sophia Grand Mosque. This comes on the heels of Islamic prayers held at the ancient site for the first time in 90 years. Built in 537 as the patriarchal cathedral of the imperial capital of Constantinople, it was […]

POLITICS

Reactions — Turkey’s Reconverting Church Into A Mosque

Following the decision by Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to reconvert Istanbul’s iconic Hagia Sophia church as a place of worship to Muslims, some church leaders and top officials worldwide have expressed concerns and reacted negatively to Erdogan’s move. On the other hand, Muslims are gleeful that the President has taken what is described as a weighty decision. Here are […]

EDITORIAL

Erdogan Pokes World Leaders In The Eye

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s decree of the reconversion of Istanbul’s iconic Hagia Sophia church building into a mosque has met with sharp criticisms from world leaders. However, as is said on this side of the pond, talk is cheap, and Erdogan rests his case on the altar of sovereignty, and in his book, no one can do a damn […]

POLITICS

Libya Gov’t Vows Response After Base Hit By ‘Foreign Air Force’

Turkey’s state news agency says air raids against al-Watiya was carried out by ‘unidentified planes’ with no casualties. Libya’s UN-recognised government on Sunday condemned overnight air raids against a recently recaptured airbase in the west of the country saying the attack was carried out by a “foreign air force”. Fighters loyal to the Government of National Accord (GNA) seized back […]

EDITORIAL

Trump — To Hell With Optics!

Love or hate him, but it must be said of President Donald J. Trump — he keeps things real. So, after siding with Turkey to move U.S troops out of the way and leaving the Kurds, an ally to fight for themselves against the heavy bombardment of the full force of the Turkish army, the President has shown his hand […]

TRAVELOG

Enchanting Turkey

Nowhere else in the world can you spend one day chilling in a cave hotel, the next day walking along ancient streets relatively unchanged since Roman times, and the very next at a high-tech exhibit. Turkey has a little bit of everything, from incredible natural beauty to exciting nightlife, to an inspiring historical backdrop. Hagia Sophia Museum/Church This museum has […]