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  • Movie for a Sunday afternoon: "Istanbul"(1957)

    01/18/2015 12:02:27 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 8 replies
    YouTube ^ | 1957 | Joseph Pevney
  • Turkey Gives Go-Ahead for First New Church in Century

    01/05/2015 6:05:08 AM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 1/3/15 | Burak Akinci
    Ankara (AFP) - Turkey's Islamic-rooted government has authorised the building of the first church in the country in nearly a century, officials said Saturday. The church is for the tiny Syriac community in Turkey and will be built in the Istanbul suburb of Yesilkoy on the shores of the Sea of Marmara, which already has Greek Orthodox, Armenian and Catholic churches. The announcement came after Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu met Turkey's religious leaders in Istanbul on Friday and said no faith that has lived in the country could be regarded as foreign. "It is the first (new church) since the...
  • Work completed on historic sunken Yenikapı ships in Istanbul

    09/01/2013 7:42:47 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 9 replies
    Hurriyet Daily News ^ | August 26, 2013 | Anadolu Agency
    The movement of 37 sunken vessels... unearthed during excavations carried out as part of the Istanbul Marmaray and metro projects, has finally been concluded. The head of Istanbul University’s Department of Marine Archaeology and the Yenikapı Sunken Ships Project, Associate Professor Ufuk Kocabaş, said works had continued for eight years. He added that the structures and tens of thousands of archaeological artifacts found in Theodosis Port, one of the most important ports in the city in the Middle Ages, represented the largest Middle Ages boat collection in the world. Kocabaş said scientific works were still ongoing on the sunken ships...
  • Stone Age skeletons uncovered during tube tunnel excavations

    08/11/2008 3:01:40 PM PDT · by decimon · 16 replies · 84+ views
    Turkish Daily News ^ | August 11, 2008 | Mustafa Kınalı
    Human skeletons, which experts say could be more than 8,000 years old, were found in four prehistoric graves recently unearthed at the Marmaray tunnel excavation site in the Yenikapı district of Istanbul. These graves reveal Istanbul used to be home to some of the earliest types of settlements during the Stone Age when people migrated from Anatolia to the European continent,� said Mehmet Özdoğan, professor of prehistory at Istanbul University. �They also show that the Marmara Sea used to be a small and shallow water in ancient times. Özdoğan said the graves, two of which were smaller than the others,...
  • 1,500-Year-Old Byzantine Port Discovered

    07/23/2006 10:52:01 AM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 20 replies · 940+ views
    Associated Press ^ | July 22, 2006 | Benjamin Harvey
    It seems a typical scene of urban decay: abandoned buildings, crumbling walls, trash and broken wine bottles. Yet it's more than 1,500 years old. Engineers uncovered these ruins of an ancient Byzantine port during drilling for a huge underground rail tunnel. Like Romans, Athenians and residents of other great historic cities, the people of Istanbul can hardly put a shovel in the ground without digging up something important. But the ancient port uncovered last November in the Yenikapi neighborhood is of a different scale: It has grown into the largest archaeological dig in Istanbul's history, and the port's extent is...
  • DIGGING TO BYZANTIUM: Turkish Tunnel Project Unearths an Ancient Harbor

    05/10/2006 9:17:53 AM PDT · by a_Turk · 32 replies · 984+ views
    Der Spiegel ^ | 5/10/2006 | N/A
    Workers digging a railway tunnel under the Bosporus Strait have uncovered the remains of a major Byzantine harbor that archaeologists say is a trove of relics dating back to Roman Emperor Constantine the Great. The deepest underwater rail tunnel in the world will link Istanbul's Asian and European halves and ease bridge traffic across the Bosporus Strait. It may also be delayed by excited archaeologists. The tunnel, when it's finished, will end in a shining new railway station, the largest in Turkey -- a train and subway link surrounded by a 21st-century shopping center. Modern Turkish planners, though, weren't the...
  • Treasure (Archaeology) Dig Threatens Bosphorus Rail Link

    05/02/2006 11:44:06 AM PDT · by blam · 13 replies · 1,254+ views
    BBC ^ | 5-2-2006 | Sarah Rainsford
    Treasure dig threatens Bosphorus rail link By Sarah Rainsford BBC News, Istanbul The port has been uncovered at the site designated for a railway hub It's been called the project of the century: a mission to connect two continents with a $2.6bn rail-tunnel running deep beneath the Bosphorus Straits. The idea of linking the two sides of Istanbul underwater was first dreamt of by Sultan Abdul Mecit 150 years ago. See how the tunnel will cross the Bosphorus Now that Ottoman dream is finally being realised. But the modern version of that vision has hit a historical stumbling block. Istanbul...
  • Byzantine Shipwrecks Shed New Light On Ancient Ship Building

    01/03/2015 11:30:35 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 25 replies
    New Historian ^ | January 03, 2015 | Sarah Carrasco
    37 shipwrecks from the Byzantine Empire have been discovered as part of archaeological excavations that began in Turkey in 2004. The shipwrecks were discovered in Yenikapi, Istanbul, a port of the ancient city which was called Constantinople during the Byzantine period. The ships are in exceptionally good condition say the archaeologists, especially since they date back to between the fifth and eleventh centuries. Cemal Pulak, a study author from the Institute of Nautical Archaeology at Texas A&M University, stated, "Never before has such a large number and types of well preserved vessels been found at a single location." Eight of...
  • Intact 5th century merchant ship found in Istanbul

    09/03/2011 12:13:20 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 22 replies · 1+ views
    Past Horizons ^ | Tuesday, August 30, 2011
    The excavations started in 2004 at the construction site and reached back 8,500 years into the history of Istanbul. Skeletons, the remains of an early chapel and even footprints, in addition to 35 shipwrecks, have been uncovered by archaeologists so far. The ship was loaded with pickled fry (a type of small fish) and almonds, walnuts, hazels, muskmelon seeds, olives, peaches and pine cones The 15 to 16-metre-long, six-metre-wide shipwreck loaded with dozens of amphorae found last May brings new historical data to life. The amphorae differ from previous finds. It is assumed that the ship was completely buried in...
  • Turkish Minister: Muslims Discovered the Earth is Round

    11/30/2014 3:19:26 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 74 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 30/11/14 | Tova Dvorin
    The Turkish Science Minister has become the latest public figure to make outrageous claims over Islam's hand in science and technology, the Hurriyet Daily News reported Friday - this time, claiming that Muslims discovered that the world is round. "Some 700-800 years before Galileo, 71 Muslim scientists led by al-Khwarizmi convened by the order of the Caliph Al-Ma'mun and revealed that the Earth is a sphere," Minister Fikri stated on Thursday. Fikri further claimed that a copy of the original document proving Islam's role in astronomy is currently in the Museum of Islamic Science and Technology in Istanbul. The Earth...
  • 'Things will change!' Turkish girls hopeful after Pope's visit

    11/30/2014 3:39:57 PM PST · by NYer · 4 replies
    cna ^ | November 30, 2014 | Andrea Gagliarducci
    Pope Francis exits Istanbul's Holy Spirit Cathedral Nov 29. Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA. Istanbul, Turkey, Nov 30, 2014 / 01:47 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis’ visit to Turkey may change the traction Christians have in a country that is almost entirely Muslim, said two Turkish young women who had the occasion to greet the Pope on his recent trip. Baram, a nearly 30-year-old woman with a degree in French Literature, told CNA that “there is a group of people here in Turkey that does not understand Christianity, or simply they are not interested in Christianity.” However, she said, “the fact that...
  • Pope urges Muslim leaders to condemn violence done in name of Islam

    11/30/2014 3:48:51 PM PST · by NYer · 17 replies
    cns ^ | November 30, 2014 | Francis X. Rocca
    ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT FROM ISTANBUL (CNS) -- Pope Francis called on political and religious leaders across the Muslim world to condemn violence done in the name of Islam. The pope said he told Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan Nov. 28 that "it would be beautiful if all Islamic leaders -- whether they be political leaders, religious leaders, academic leaders -- would say clearly that they condemn (terrorism), because that will help the majority of Islamic people to say, 'that's true,'" and show non-Muslims that Islam is a religion of peace. Pope Francis answers questions from journalists on his flight...
  • Pope Francis: Mahmoud Abbas is a Man of Peace

    05/27/2014 10:13:06 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 05/27/2014 | Robert Spen
    AP reported Sunday that “Pope Francis delivered a powerful boost of support to the Palestinians during a Holy Land pilgrimage Sunday, repeatedly backing their statehood aspirations, praying solemnly at Israel’s controversial separation barrier and calling the stalemate in peace efforts ‘unacceptable.’”Not only that, but “Palestinian officials hailed Francis’ decision to refer to the ‘state of Palestine.’ In its official program, the Vatican referred to President Mahmoud Abbas as the president of the ‘state of Palestine,’ and his Bethlehem office as the ‘presidential palace.’ He pointedly called Abbas a ‘man of peace.’”This is not really all that surprising. After all,...
  • Pope Francis: I seek communion with Orthodox Churches

    11/30/2014 3:00:37 PM PST · by NYer · 32 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | November 30, 2014
    Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I embraces Pope Francis at a celebration of the Divine Liturgy in Istanbul - REUTERS (Vatican Radio)  In an address upon conclusion of the Divine Liturgy celebrated by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I at the Orthodox Church of St. George in Istanbul, Pope Francis said “the one thing that the Catholic Church desires and that I seek as Bishop of Rome…is communion with the Orthodox Churches.” Below, please find the complete text of the Holy Father’s address:             When I was the Archbishop of Buenos Aires, I often took part in the celebration of the Divine Liturgy of...
  • POPE FRANCIS, ISLAM AND CHRISTIANITY.

    12/30/2013 9:01:23 PM PST · by Dqban22 · 4 replies
    CHIESA ^ | December 30, 2013 | SANDRO MAGISTER
    POPE FRANCIS, ISLAM AND CHRISTIANITY. WHERE DIALOGUE STUMBLES http://chiesa.espresso.repubblica.it/articolo/1350689?eng=y In "Evangelii Gaudium," Pope Francis dictates the rules for the relationship with Muslims. The Jesuit Islamologist Samir Khalil Samir examines them one by one. And he criticizes their limitations by Sandro Magister ROME, ChiesaNews, December 30, 2013 In the Christmas message "urbi et orbi," Pope Francis lifted up this prayer: "Lord of life, protect all who are persecuted for your name." And at the Angelus for the feast of Saint Stephen, the first of the martyrs, he again prayed for the Christians who undergo discrimination because of witness rendered to...
  • Update: Pope Francis and One-World Religion [Pope Picked to Lead One-World Church]

    11/20/2014 8:57:24 PM PST · by ebb tide · 37 replies
    Catholic Family News ^ | 10/11/14 | Cornelia R. Ferreira
    Isnt it extraordinary how something long in existence can be suddenly re-proposed as a brilliant new idea? Politicians and educators, hoping we have memory problems, often do this to fool us into thinking they are working hard to improve a situation. Another audacious example of this strategy was recently provided by the Holy Sees support of a proposal for a United Religions. The proposal came from former Israeli President and Nobel Peace Prize-winner Shimon Peres. At a private audience with Pope Francis this September 4th, Peres proposed the founding of a United Religions organization modelled after the United Nations...
  • Weep for slaughtered Christians, not for dialogue with Islam

    08/30/2014 11:23:26 AM PDT · by Salvation · 49 replies
    Catholic Culture.org ^ | August 29, 2014 | By Phil Lawler
    Weep for slaughtered Christians, not for dialogue with Islam By Phil Lawler | Aug 29, 2014 Faced with the savage violence of the Islamic State (ISIS), Christians can be tempted toward two unhelpful emotional reactions. On one extreme is the thirst for vengeance. If Muslims extremists kill innocent Christians, intemperate voices suggest that we should kill innocent Muslims. Then we, too, would be terrorists. I trust that rational readers recognize the problem here.But at the other extreme is another irrational urge: the desire to overlook the violence, an inclination toward the mawkish hope that we might “just all be friends.”...
  • Holy Sees statement to cowardly terrorists, calls out mullahs, imams (Fr. Z)

    08/13/2014 2:44:36 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 19 replies
    Fr. Z's Blog ^ | 12 August 2014 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    [Fr. Z's comments in brackets and italics.]Bolded sections are from the document, Fr. Z's emphasis.The Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue released a statement about the wave of terror washing across Syria and Iraq. The statement was in French. HERE Here is an English translation: The whole world has witnessed with incredulity what is now called the Restoration of the Caliphate, which had been abolished on October 29,1923 by Kamal Ataturk, founder of modern Turkey. Opposition to this restoration by the majority of religious institutions and Muslim politicians has not prevented the Islamic State jihadists from committing and continuing to commit...
  • Vatican Denounces Islamic Caliphate Crimes

    08/12/2014 2:52:18 PM PDT · by Enza Ferreri · 8 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 12 August 2014 | Enza Ferreri
    The Vatican denounced the crimes of the Islamic Caliphate, with a strongly-worded Declaration by the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue. This is the text of the Declaration on the jihadist violence in Iraq, issued on 12 August 2014, translated from the Italian from the Vatican News website: The whole world has witnessed in shock what is now called the "restoration of the Caliphate," which had been abolished on 29 October 1923 by Kamal Ataturk, founder of modern Turkey. That this "restoration" is contested by the the majority of Muslim religious and political institutions has not prevented the "Islamic State"...
  • Pontifical Council speaks out against terror in name of religion

    08/12/2014 4:46:25 PM PDT · by markomalley · 6 replies
    Radio Vaticana ^ | 8/12/2014
    The Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue has issued a statement deploring the upsurge in violence in Iraq, calling on religious leaders, those involved in interfaith dialogue and on all men and women of good will, to unequivocally condemn terror in the name of religion. The Council also calls on religious leaders to exercise their influence with the authorities to end these crimes, to punish those who commit them and to reestablish the rule of law throughout the land, ensuring the return home of those who have been displaced."Below please find the English translation of the original French text:The whole world...
  • Vatican calls on Muslim leaders to condemn ISIL: No cause, no religion, can justify such barbarity

    08/12/2014 2:58:12 PM PDT · by NYer · 41 replies
    The Deacon's Bench ^ | August 12, 2014 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    From CNS: The Vatican called on Muslim leaders to condemn the “barbarity” and “unspeakable criminal acts” of Islamic State militants in Iraq, saying a failure to do so would jeopardize the future of interreligious dialogue. “The plight of Christians, Yezidis and other religious and ethnic communities that are numeric minorities in Iraq demands a clear and courageous stance on the part of religious leaders, especially Muslims, those engaged in interfaith dialogue and everyone of goodwill,” said a statement from the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue released by the Vatican Aug. 12. The full statement, from the Vatican: The whole world...
  • Pope's "Dialogue" with Muslims Is One-Way

    11/29/2014 4:55:00 PM PST · by Enza Ferreri · 20 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 30 November 2014 | Enza Ferreri
    Our guest writer Cassandra has written another article for this blog. ~~~~~~~~ The BBC reported that the Pope visited the Blue Mosque in Istanbul as part of a three-day visit to Turkey. According to the BBC reporter, the Pope offered a moment of silent prayer...next to the Grand Mufti. The BBC man said that it was, a moment of rich symbolism in terms of the inter-faith dialogue that the Pope is trying to promote. And it certainly was! For some reason the BBC didn't see fit to report on the Pope's visit to the Orthodox Christian basilica of Hagia...
  • Pope Francis Prays in Turkey's Mosque, Head Bowed Toward Mecca

    11/30/2014 3:46:00 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 50 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 11/30/2014 | Anugrah Kumar
    A day after calling for inter-religious dialogue to end Islamist extremism, Pope Francis on Saturday visited a 17th-century mosque in Istanbul and spent several minutes in a silent prayer with his head bowed in the direction of Mecca. The pope made the gesture to promote Christian-Muslim relations at the Sultan Ahmet Mosque, known as the Blue Mosque, on Saturday, the second day of his three-day Turkey visit, according to the Vatican Radio. He removed his shoes before entering the mosque with blue tiles on its walls. Standing next to him was the Grand Mufti, who explained about the Koranic verses...
  • Pope Francis vs. St. Francis of Assisi - the "Blue Mosque" Affair

    11/30/2014 4:21:14 PM PST · by ebb tide · 27 replies
    Catholic Family News ^ | 11/29/14 | John Vennari
    Pope Francis has dared to do what none of his predecessors had ever done, Le Figeros Jean-Marie Gunois rejoiced, to pray openly, side-by-side with a Muslim dignitary. The event took place at the Blue Mosque on November 29, the second day of Francis visit to Istanbul. In 2006, Pope Benedict XVI the ever-zealous advocate of Conciliar ecumenism visited the Mosque but supposedly remained in contemplation. This gave rise to speculation as to whether or not the Pontiff actually prayed in the Mosque, and also gave rise to scandal. Francis, according to Gunois, removed any hint of ambiguity. The...
  • Harry Reid: 'We Sure Do Like' Pope Francis

    11/28/2014 11:42:46 AM PST · by ebb tide · 31 replies
    NewsMax ^ | November 26, 2014 | Cathy Burke
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Mormon, says he's an unabashed fan of Roman Catholic Pope Francis. "We sure do like this new pope," Reid gushed to the The New York Times. The veteran Democrat acknowledges that he can profess his admiration even though he's "had dealings" with Cardinal Raymond Burke, a powerful Roman Catholic leader who's been demoted twice from key positions by the pope.
  • Pope calls for fighting hunger and poverty as key to stopping jihadists

    11/28/2014 8:34:45 PM PST · by Arthur McGowan · 36 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 141128 | Robert Spencer
    Alleviating hunger and poverty wont end jihad terrorism. The Pope here is repeating the oft-refuted notion that poverty causes terrorism. CNS News noted in September 2013 that according to a Rand Corporation report on counterterrorism, prepared for the Office of the Secretary of Defense in 2009, Terrorists are not particularly impoverished, uneducated, or afflicted by mental disease. Demographically, their most important characteristic is normalcy (within their environment). Terrorist leaders actually tend to come from relatively privileged backgrounds. One of the authors of the RAND report, Darcy Noricks, also found that according to a number of academic studies, Terrorists turn out...
  • Pope says it is wrong to equate Islam with violence

    11/30/2014 4:03:48 PM PST · by FR_addict · 188 replies
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 11/30/2014 | Philip Pullella
    ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (Reuters) - Pope Francis said on Sunday that equating Islam with violence was wrong and called on Muslim leaders to issue a global condemnation of terrorism to help dispel the stereotype. Francis, the leader of 1.2 billion Roman Catholics, told reporters aboard his plane returning from a visit to Turkey that he understood why Muslims were offended by many in the West who automatically equated their religion with terrorism. Francis' predecessor, Benedict XVI, caused storms of protest throughout the Islamic world in 2006, when he made a speech that suggested to many Muslims that he believed...
  • Never before seen - Francis bows his head and asks Separated Patriarch: "Bless me...

    11/29/2014 4:30:23 PM PST · by BlatherNaut · 116 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 11/29/14 | New Catholic
    Never before seen - Francis bows his head and asks Separated Patriarch: "Bless me and the Church of Rome" Istanbul, November 29, 2014. ... Filled of "gratitude and eagerly waiting", [the Pope] concludes [his address] by wishing Bartholomew and the Church of Constantinople the "fraternal" wishes for the feast of the patron saint to be celebrated tomorrow. In return he asked - unexpectedly - for a favor: "Bless me and the Catholic Church", bowing his head, waiting for the 'brother' to lay hands on him. And Bartholomew, without hesitation, gives him a kiss on the head affectionately. [Italian] Listening to...
  • Turks Want to See a Mosque in Athens Before Reopening a Seminary in Istanbul

    11/30/2014 9:27:34 AM PST · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    Aleteia ^ | 11/29/14
    Vatican's chief ecumenical officer speaks about implications of this weekend's papal visitPope Francis and Ecumencial Patriarch Bartholomew will sign a joint declaration Sunday, confirming the growing relationship between the long-separated Churches of Rome and Constantinople. The Pope's visit comes just six months after he and Bartholomew met in Jerusalem and singed a Joint Declaration about their commitment to the search for Christian unity. Accompanying Pope Francis on the journey to Turkey is the head of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, Cardinal Kurt Koch, who said in a Vatican Radio interview this week that first of all ithe papal...
  • Patriarch Bartholomew: Christian Martyrdom Makes Unity Urgent [Full Text]

    11/30/2014 6:14:08 AM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | 11/30/14
    Calling Pope Francis his beloved brother in Christ, the head of the Orthodox Church, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I on Sunday recalled their gathering last May at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem on the fiftieth anniversary of the historic ecumenical meeting of their predecessors, Pope Paul VI and Patriarch Athenagoras. Welcoming the Pope after a celebration of the Divine Liturgy at the Patriarchal Church of St. George in Istanbul, Patriarch Bartholomew said the path toward unity is more urgent than ever for those who invoke the name of the great Peacemaker. Citing the diverse divisions, conflicts and animosities,...
  • Pope's Homily at Istanbul's Catholic Cathedral of the Holy Spirit

    11/30/2014 6:06:15 AM PST · by marshmallow · 35 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 11/29/14 | Edward Pentin
    Pope Francis this afternoon celebrated Mass at the Catholic Cathedral of the Holy Spirit in Istanbul. Present at the Eucharistic celebration was the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, along with several Catholic and Orthodox patriarchs from the region. During his homily, Francis said: "Only the Holy Spirit is able to kindle diversity, multiplicity and, at the same time, bring about unity. When we try to create diversity, but are closed within our own particular and exclusive ways of seeing things, we create division. He added: "When we try to create unity through our own human designs, we end up with uniformity...
  • Pope Franciss Address to the Ecumenical Patriarch in Full

    11/30/2014 5:59:52 AM PST · by marshmallow
    Pope asks Patriarch to 'bless me and the Church of Rome'The full text of the Popes address to the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomew I, at a prayer service in Istanbul, courtesy of Vatican Radio: Your Holiness, my dear Brother, Each evening brings a mixed feeling of gratitude for the day which is ending and of hope-filled trust as night falls. This evening my heart is full of gratitude to God who allows me to be here in prayer with Your Holiness and with this sister Church after an eventful day during my Apostolic Visit. At the same time my...
  • Turkey's Largest City Is Rattled By Growing Signs Of ISIS Support

    10/14/2014 4:58:11 AM PDT · by blam · 12 replies
    BI - AP ^ | 10-14-2014 | RAPHAEL SATTER AND ISIL SARIYUCE
    RAPHAEL SATTER AND ISIL SARIYUCEOctober 14, 2014Istanbul University student Aysegul Korkut is outraged by the images coming out of Syria. But these days the Islamic State group's horrors seem closer to home: She recently faced off against masked supporters of the brutal militants on her own campus. "I couldn't understand what was happening at first," the 21-year-old said of the moment she first spotted baton-wielding youths striding across the Department of Literature, shouting: "Allahu Akbar!" Within minutes, she and other leftist students had been sucked into a fight, with both sides hurling glass bottles at each other and trashing a...
  • Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics Security Will Be Beefed Up...

    04/21/2013 4:11:43 PM PDT · by Cindy · 44 replies
    TELEGRAPH.co.uk ^ | 10:10AM BST 16 Apr 2013 | By Telegraph Sport, and agencies
    SNIPPET: "Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics security will be beefed up following Boston Marathon explosions, officials say Russian sports officials said they will beef up security at forthcoming sports events and the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games in the wake of deadly explosions at Boston's marathon that killed three people, and injured over 140 others." "Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics security will be beefed up following Boston Marathon explosions, officials say" SNIPPET: "The World Athletics Championship takes place in Moscow on Aug 10-18, and the event is seen as a dress rehearsal for the 2014 Winter Games in the Black Sea resort...
  • Passenger claiming to have bomb tried to divert plane to Sochi

    02/07/2014 10:00:14 AM PST · by george76 · 7 replies
    Washington Times ^ | February 7, 2014 | Suzan Fraser
    ANKARA, Turkey A Turkish official says a passenger claiming there was a bomb on board tried to divert an Istanbul-bound plane to Sochi, Russia, where the Olympics are kicking off.
  • Startling Revelations from an Iranian Smuggling Case in Hamburg

    09/18/2013 1:43:22 AM PDT · by Cindy · 2 replies
    ALGEMEINER.com - Commentary-Opinion ^ | September 17, 2013 | by Matthias Kuentzel
    SNIPPET: "I rarely attend trials, but this one is special. On July 24, 2013, the main hearing in the case of German businessman Rudolf M. and Iranian-Germans Gholamali K., Kianzad K., and Hamid Kh. opened at Hamburgs Higher Regional Court. The defendants are charged with exporting 92 German-produced specialized valves for use in Irans Arak plutonium reactor and arranging the shipment of 856 nuclear-usable valves from India to Iran in 2010 and 2011. The reasons why the UN Security Council has ordered Iran to halt the construction of the Arak reactor are compelling. If this nuclear plant comes online in...
  • The Imperial Kitchen (Ottoman History)

    09/17/2013 11:01:09 AM PDT · by mojito · 12 replies
    Lapham's Quarterly ^ | Summer 2011 | Jason Goodwin
    ...Set on the first of the citys seven hills, overlooking the Bosporus and the Asian coast, Topkapi Palace was home to the Ottoman sultans from shortly after the conquest in 1453 until the nineteenth century. It is not a typical castle or stately home. The Turks were firstly nomads, and Topkapi most resembles an encampment in stone, a collection of fossilized tents and open spaces. A wit once remarked that it looked as if it had been shaken out of a bag. But what thrilled foreign visitors to the marrow during the Ottoman period was the human architecture of the...
  • Persistent rumours suggest Hagia Sophia will be turned into a mosque

    09/03/2013 1:14:11 AM PDT · by markomalley · 17 replies
    Asia News ^ | 8/30/2013
    Increasingly, rumours are circulating about the future transformation of the Cathedral of Saint Sophia into a mosque. This is worrisome because two other temples, also dedicated to Saint Sophia, were recently transformed from museums into mosques. The two churches in question are Hagia Sophia in Nicaea (Iznik), where the first ecumenical council was held, and Hagia Sophia in Trebizond (Trabzon). For the record, with the fall of Constantinople (1453), all of the city's churches were converted into mosques, but with the advent of the Turkish Republic in 1923, the most important monuments were turned into museums.Skylife, the free magazine handed...
  • Five things you should know about Turkey and the Istanbul protests

    06/04/2013 8:59:08 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 19 replies
    Telegraph ^ | June 3, 2013 | Ruth Sherlock
    1. Turkey's political ideology Since the 1920s Turkey has been vigorously secular in its public sphere. Now protestors accuse Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan of blurring the line between religion and state by trying to impose the Islamist values of his Justice and Development party (AKP) on society as a whole. Last month the government introduced a new law cracking down on alcohol, banning the sale of drink between 10pm and 6am and forcing restaurants near schools or mosques to be dry. The government has also tried to clamp down on kissing in public. Some have also perceived a state...
  • Turkish protest: Think Tehran in 2009, not an Arab Spring

    06/04/2013 5:05:54 AM PDT · by joygrace · 7 replies
    The Globe and Mail ^ | Jun. 3 2013 | Dirk Matten
    "In the aftermath of the Arab Spring, Turkey was often seen as the model for a democracy in the Muslim world. The economic policies of the current government of Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Islamic Fundamentalist party AKP have been praised widely in the West, just last week again by star-economist Jeffrey Sachs. So, where is the uprising coming from? To understand what is happening in Turkey, it makes sense to look at neighbouring Iran. In some ways, Iran could be seen as the prototype of the current regime in Turkey.".....
  • Turkey protests: Clashes rage in Istanbul's Besiktas (REVOLT AGAINST ISLAMISM)

    06/03/2013 12:04:58 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 56 replies
    BBC News ^ | 6/3/2013 | bbc
    Turkish protestors have clashed with police in Istanbul overnight, in some of the worst violence since unrest erupted three days ago. Protesters in Beskitas district tore up paving stones to build barricades, and police responded with tear gas and water cannon. The violence was sparked by plans to build on a city park but have broadened into nationwide anti-government unrest. Protesters say the Turkish government is becoming increasingly authoritarian. They fear Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's Justice and Development Party (AKP) is trying to impose conservative Islamic values on the officially secular country and infringe on their personal freedoms. correspondents...
  • Police Attack Protesters In Istanbuls Taksim Square

    05/31/2013 2:57:07 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 6 replies
    The New York Times ^ | May 31,2013 | Tim Arango,Ceylan Yeginsu
    ISTANBUL Police officers attacked a group of peaceful demonstrators on Friday in Istanbuls Taksim Square with water cannons and tear gas, sending scores of people, protesters and tourists alike, scurrying into shops and luxury hotels and turning the center of this city into a battle zone at the height of tourist season.
  • FBI: Aurora teen arrested before heading to Syria to join jihadist militant group

    04/20/2013 3:33:19 PM PDT · by EBH · 41 replies
    Sun Times Media ^ | 4/20/2013
    An 18-year-old Aurora man was arrested Friday night before he tried making his way to Syria to join a jihadist militant group, federal authorities said. Abdella Ahmad Tounisi was taken into custody without incident late Friday at OHare Airport by members of the Chicago FBIs Joint Terrorism Task Force as he attempted to board a flight destined for Istanbul, Turkey, according to the FBIs Chicago office. Tounisi, a U.S. citizen, appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Daniel G. Martin Saturday for allegedly attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization. He appeared on Saturday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Tounisi,...
  • Missing Staten Island woman found stabbed to death in Istanbul

    02/02/2013 11:10:30 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 37 replies
    NY Post ^ | 2/2/13 | AP
    Turkey's state-run news agency says a missing New York City woman has been found dead in Istanbul. Sarai Sierra, a 33-year-old mother of two, went missing while vacationing alone in Istanbul. She was last heard from on Jan. 21, the day she was due back home.
  • US Ousts Israel From Counterterrorism Forum

    06/10/2012 3:50:19 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 28 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 10/6/12 | Rachel Hirshfeld
    The United States blocked Israel's participation in the Global Counterterrorism Forum's (GCTF) first meeting in Istanbul on Friday, despite Israel's having one of the most extensive counterterrorism experiences in the world. Israel was excluded from the meeting due to fierce objections by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a Washington-based source told Globes news. According the State Departments website, the GCTF, which was established in September 2011, aims at strengthening the global counterterrorism (CT) architecture in a manner that complements and reinforces the CT work of existing multilateral bodies. Twenty-nine countries are participating in the GCTF, ten of which are Arab...
  • Turkish police dispose of bomb near Istanbul hotel

    04/02/2012 6:32:48 PM PDT · by Cindy
    (AP) via YNETNEWS.com ^ | Turkish police dispose of bomb near Istanbul hotel | n/a
    TRT television says hotel cleaners discovered a bag outside the hotel early Monday and notified police. It said bomb squads determined that the bag contained a bomb, closed all adjacent roads and set it off in a controlled-explosion. (AP)
  • Colorado Muslim Arrested on Islamic Terror Charges

    01/23/2012 1:52:29 PM PST · by Nachum · 11 replies
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | 1/23/12 | Pamela Geller
    The media will spend the next ten years with their heads up their sphincters trying to determine motive. Hmmm ..... what could it be now? For those of us in the media who have not surrendered to jihad (all three of us), we have noticed a decided uptick in this activity. Arrests in the US are weekly now, sometimes daily. Nothing to see here, folks, keep it moving until the next catastrophe. And then the enemedia and Hamas-CAIR operatives in DC will blame ...... counter jihadists. :) Colorado man arrested on terrorism AP (hat tip Ken) AURORA, Colo. (AP) ...
  • Israelis held in Istanbul airport

    09/05/2011 10:42:35 AM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies
    YNet News ^ | 9/4/11 | Attila Somfalvi
    About 40 Israeli passengers on board a Turkish Airlines flight from Tel Aviv to Istanbul were held for several hours by local police on Monday after their passports had been taken away from them. The passengers said that the Turkish police officers were disrespectful, claiming that such an incident was unprecedented. [Snip] Everyone was in shock; we didn't know what they were going to do to us. Obviously this was done intentionally in order to create an unpleasant feeling."
  • Istanbul Rocked By Suspected Suicide Bomb

    10/31/2010 3:15:31 AM PDT · by Cardhu · 74 replies
    Sky News ^ | October 31, 2010 | Damien Pearse
    <p>At least 15 people have been injured in a suspected suicide bomb attack in Istanbul's main square. The blast rocked the city's central Taksim Square, Turkish television channel NTV reported.</p> <p>The suspected bomber targeted a police vehicle, NTV said.</p> <p>TV footage showed police and ambulances rushing to the scene.</p>
  • Five Killed in Istanbul Bomb Attack on Soldiers' Bus

    06/23/2010 1:28:27 AM PDT · by Cindy · 3 replies
    BBC News ^ | Page last updated at 14:31 GMT, Tuesday, 22 June 2010 15:31 UK | n/a
    SNIPPET: "A remote-controlled bomb that hit a bus carrying Turkish soldiers and civilians has killed five people and left at least 12 injured in Istanbul. The explosion took place when the vehicle was passing through the Halkali district on the outskirts of the city. The Kurdistan Freedom Falcons (TAK), believed to be an offshoot of the PKK Kurdish rebel group, later claimed responsibility for the attack. The PKK has recently stepped up its attacks on Turkish military targets."