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Where is Turkey heading?

By Ayşe Sozen | 13 Oct 2012

Five civil Turkish citizens were murdered in the small town of Akcakale adjacent to Syrian border by the shelling from Syrian side on October,3. Turkey has promptly launched retaliatory shelling over Syria on the same day and called The Turkish Parliament for an urgent session, on the next day, to authorize the Turkish troops for cross border operations in Syria.


UNESCO to declare 2013 year of Ottoman captain Piri Reis

Source : Anadolu Agency | 04 Oct 2012

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has agreed to declare 2013 the year of Piri Reis on the occasion of the 500th anniversary of a map he drew up that included seven continents, reported the Anatolia news agency.


Europe to follow Turkish model on medicines

Source : Anadolu Agency | 18 Sep 2012

The Council of Europe will follow the Drug Tracking System (ITS) of Turkey in a European project whereby patients can reach medication safely.

A senior official with the European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines and HealthCare (EDQM), Francois Xavier Lery closely observed the ITS in Turkey and took notes for the council's drug tracking project, eTACT.


What does Iran get for supporting al-Assad?

By Tim Lister | CNN | 09 Aug 2012

In public at least, the message was defiant. Beleaguered Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, sitting alongside Iran's intelligence chief, proclaimed Tuesday "the determination of the people and government of Syria to cleanse the country of terrorists."


Süleymaniye Mosque restoration alters site's unique acoustics

Source : Agencies | 06 Aug 2012

The unique architecture that ensured an equal distribution of sound throughout Mimar Sinan's Süleymaniye Mosque has been altered by a recent restoration of the mosque, the Radikal daily reported.


UNESCO adds one more Turkey site to World Heritage List

Source : Agencies | 02 Jul 2012

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has decided to add Turkey's Çatalhöyük, a Neolithic settlement in southern Anatolia, to UNESCO's World Heritage List.


Making Mosques a place for women

By Dorian Jones
Source: / Dec. 13/2011

A campaign to make Istanbul’s roughly 3,100 mosques more welcoming for women could set off a gender revolution in Turkey’s places of Islamic worship – and one that may not be uniformly welcomed.


World cartoonists gather in Istanbul 31st Nasreddin Hodja contest

Source : Cihan news agency | Istanbul | 14 Oct 2011

Talented cartoonists from all over the world have been gathering in İstanbul this week for the 31st edition of the annual international Nasreddin Hodja Cartoon Competition, the Anatolia news agency reported on Tuesday.


Mahinur Ozdemir MP – a story of hope and courage

by Osman Karolia /

Mahinur Ozdemir is a young Belgian Parliamentarian of Turkish heritage who fought incredible opposition to become the only member of any European parliament to wear the hijab. She also observes her five prayers, speaks five languages and has achieved an impeccable academic record. Today Mihnur is more popular than ever and has been an inspiration to a whole generation of Muslim women across the western hemisphere to wear the hijab and to also seek an education.


Balkans between two worlds: Turkey and Europe

By Mesut İdriz | Today'sZaman | Istanbul / 09 Oct 2011

Geo-ontologically the Balkans falls at the crossroads between the heartlands of Turkey’s Anatolia and Europe.
Normally Greece, Slovenia and to some extent Romania try to avoid being placed within the socio-conceptual and contextual expression referred to as the Balkans. Nevertheless, all the countries within the historic peninsula are undoubtedly considered the Balkans.


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