Category Archives: Turkish Controversies

Başınız sağolsun: A Turkish idiom in honor of the Soma disaster’s anniversary


Last year was witness to the worst mining disaster in Turkish history…as we drove through the town of Soma last June, the memorial to the miners stood tall. Black banners and flags flew off of a number of the terraces … Continue reading

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The will o’ the wisp and the Ottoman seal make a comeback in Turkey


The puppets are all snowed in thanks to Blizzard Juno…and in order to stave off cabin fever, Karagöz led the charge to find some good reading in our vintage book collection.  Hacivad Bey, our resident history buff, came across my … Continue reading

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An unexpected interfaith moment in the Muratlı mosque


Muratlı Village is hardly the place you would expect to find cosmopolitan and open armed views about the intermingling of religions and global peace. And we could use a bit of an interfaith moment these days, what with the pain … Continue reading

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