Search Results for "Istanbul" : 10

by / on May 4, 2012 at 2:14 am / in Middle East, World

Stuffed Democracy

…elf-awareness as the modern, European heart of a far more pious and conservative country. His tenure as mayor of Istanbul, though not free of scandal sourced in his controversial piety, is remembered by many Istanbulites as a rare time of relative transparency and rapid infrastructure improvements. And particularly since 2002, when Erdoğan shrugged off a ban on his participation in politics to form the Justice and Development Party (AKP) and was…

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by / on June 4, 2012 at 2:46 am / in Opinion, Uncategorized, World

P5 + 1 Meetings Accomplish Little

by photo of 2006 P5+1 Meeting from Wikimedia Commons Last week, the second round of the seminal P5+1 (the US, the UK, France, Russia, and China plus Germany) talks surrounding Iranian uranium enrichment concluded in Baghdad. The powers had met with Iran in April in Istanbul and plan to commune a final time in late June in Moscow. In classic fashion, and altogether unsurprisingly, the outcome of the Baghdad talks seems inconclusive and…

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by / on May 4, 2012 at 2:07 am / in Arctic and Antarctic, World

Dire Straits

by Illustrations by Amalia Rinehart Ever since Egypt’s great Pharaonic dynasties and through the successive apogees of Athens, Rome, and Istanbul, the Mediterranean Sea has been at the world’s political center, constantly in the grip of global powers. Thanks to its geographical position, the Mediterranean basin has played a critical role in commercial and cultural exchanges between mighty Asia, old Europe, and the great new world. How…

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by / on May 9, 2014 at 9:28 pm / in Current Issue, Europe, Middle East, Organizations, World

#Diplomacy

by On the morning of March 21, 2014, Turkish Twitter users woke up to the sounds of phones buzzing and computers pinging as over 40,000 people logged on and tweeted from the microblogging site. That Friday morning saw the number of tweets sent from devices inside Turkey increase by 138 percent, growth that would continue in the following days to a rate of 17,000 tweets per minute. Odd, considering that Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdo…

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by / on April 11, 2012 at 3:55 pm / in Domestic, Election 2012, Opinion, World

Living On a Thin Line

by As I have repeatedly argued, Barack Obama is in a reasonably strong position heading into this fall’s presidential election: The economy is improving (though still vulnerable), his opponent seems inadequate to the task of unseating him, and his personal popularity with the American people has never left him. Nevertheless, we should not forget that national security and foreign policy can play a decisive role in domestic politics – o…

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by / on April 4, 2014 at 5:40 pm / in Issue, Middle East, World

Israel/Palestine Debates

by PROMPT:  What is the academic boycott of Israel and why is it so important? PANELISTS:  Isabel Peñaranda, CC ’14, is studying Anthropology, and uses it to draw connections between the dispossession of poor communities of color in Harlem due to Columbia’s Manhattanville expansion, the people of Palestine by the Israeli state, and peasants by state and paramilitary violence in Colombia, where she is from. She hopes to retur…

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by / on May 4, 2011 at 3:54 am / in Issue, Main Menu, Middle East, World

Turkey Gets Engaged

by Illustrations by Ashley Lee On November 29, 2010, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan received an international human rights award named for Colonel Muammar Qaddafi in the Libyan capital of Tripoli. The award was a sign of international appreciation of Turkey’s foreign policy and domestic leadership in promoting “peace, justice and human rights.” In his acceptance speech during the award ceremony, Erdogan stated that the pr…

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by / on May 2, 2007 at 9:33 pm / in Issue, Main Menu, Middle East, World

How (Not) to Conclude the Debate on the Armenian Genocide

by You hear the story every year around this time: Turks massacred hundreds of thousands of Armenians in the early 1900s. The modern state of Turkey claims that the crumbling Ottoman state did not premeditate or direct the killings, noting that the Turks suffered as many deaths as the Armenians. Armenians, for their part, want the episode recognized as genocide, and they blame the international community for its inattention and hypocri…

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by / on October 31, 2010 at 8:21 pm / in Issue, Main Menu, Middle East, World

Public Enemies

by Three years ago, 17-year-old Ogün Samast entered the upscale Sisli district of Istanbul, Turkey, wearing a white beret and carrying a gun. He turned onto the street of Sebat Sokak, reached the publishing house of the bilingual Turkish-Armenian newspaper Agos, and waited. Moments later, when the newspaper’s editor-in-chief Hrant Dink stepped out, Samast shot him dead in broad daylight. Dink’s assassination on January 19, 2007, was bu…

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by / on October 3, 2011 at 5:30 pm / in Most Recent Column, Opinion, World

Desert in Bloom

by I’ll be writing this column, focused on the Middle East, for the year. While some of you may be well-versed in the culture and history of the region or even may be from one of the many ethnicities and peoples that call that area home, others may be unfamiliar with it. My column coincides with my personal journey as well; although I am of Lebanese and Syrian descent, I was born in America and was raised initially with little idea of…

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