What does Erdogan mean by 'Alevis without Ali'?

Al-Monitor 6 June 2014
By Fehim Tastekin

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has displayed remarkable boldness in using century-old yet still explosive conflicts as material for his everyday politics. His


Mosque reopens in Cyprus after 51 year closure

World Bulletin 6 June 2014

A mosque in the Greek side of Cyprus opened its doors to Muslims on Tuesday after having remained closed for the last 51 years. Following the inauguration ceremony, Turkish


Turkey Lifts Two-Month Block on YouTube 6 June 2014
By P. Nash Jenkins

A Turkish court declared the ban unconstitutional, in another blow to Prime Minister Erdogan's Internet-censorship efforts YouTube is back online in Turkey after more than two


Turkey’s religious body urges Muslim world to ‘update itself’

Hurriyet Daily News 6 June 2014
By Meltem ÖZGENÇ

The deputy chairman of Turkey’s Religious Affairs Directorate (Diyanet) has urged Muslim societies to "update themselves” and "engage in self-criticism,” in a message penned to


Muslims Pray to Turn Turkey's Hagia Sophia Back Into a Mosque

Assyrian International News Agency 3 June 2014
By Ayla Jean Yackley

It has served as the exalted seat of two faiths since its vast dome and lustrous gold mosaics first levitated above Istanbul in the 6th Century: Christendom's greatest


CNN Reporter Detained in Turkey While Live on Air

TIME 3 June 2014
By Sam Frizell

Istanbul correspondent detained while on air as Turkey remains starkly divided A CNN reporter was detained in Turkey Saturday while filming a live news report on


Erdogan sparks assimilation debate in Germany

Deutsche Welle 3 June 2014
By Michael Scaturro

Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan held a rally for his expatriate supporters in the German city of Cologne last weekend. He hopes to grab the votes of some 1.5


Turkish Alevi leader slams sectarian provocations

World Bulletin 3 June 2014

Fuat Mansuroglu so slammed European attempts to divide the Muslim community by registering Alevism, a mystic branch of Shiite Islam, as a seperate religion from Islam.


Oxford's first female selectman lost family in Armenian genocide 3 June 2014
By Ellie Oleson

OXFORD — Two of the 1.5 million Armenian Christians slaughtered by Turkish Muslims between 1915 and 1922 were grandparents of local resident Alice Kulungian Walker, 85, the


Turkey: Ottoman-style circumcision triggers public outcry

ANSA med 30 May 2014

A deputy governor in the western Turkish province of Bursa recently organized an Ottoman-style circumcision ceremony for his son near the tomb of a sultan, drawing public criticism and prompting officials to announce his retirement on May 30, as daily Hurriyet online reports today.


Erdogan And The Bitter Lessons Of Modern Muslim Leadership

World Crunch 29 May 2014

There’s a cold civil war in Turkey. An event like the mining catastrophe and its 301 victims could have united the deeply split country, emotionally. But not even the grief of so many


One year on, Turkey's environmentalists embattled

DW 29 May 2014

In the frantic summer of protests that swept Turkey one year ago, the life of 30-year-old computer programmer Ali Yildirim took an abrupt and unexpected turn. Braving tear gas and riot


Turkey's 'Winter Sleep' takes top prize at Cannes

Eye Witness News 29 May 2014

Turkish film Winter Sleep examining the huge divide between rich and poor and the powerful and powerless in Turkey won the Palme d'Or award for best film for director Nuri Bilge Ceylan


Bulgaria's Prosecution Probes Hacking of the Patriarchate Website

Novinite 29 May 2014

Bulgaria's Prosecutor's Office probes the hacking of Bulgarian Orthodox Church and the resulting “death sentences” from nationalist organizations, reports


Turkish government tries to disintegrate Alevis: HDP

Hurriyet Daily News 29 May 2014

The police are running amok under the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), People’s Democracy Party (HDP) co-head Sebahat Tuncel has claimed, adding that the


Video: Thousands protest at Erdogan German rally

The Local 29 May 2014

Turkish Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan visited Germany on Saturday, splitting the large Turkish community between passionate street protesters and conservative supporters flocking to what was widely seen as a campaign speech.


Turkey Needs Germany as a Scapegoat

Gates of Vienna 27 May 2014
By Baron Bodissey

The recent visit to Cologne by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has caused a lot of discussion in the German media. JLH has translated an article about Mr. Erdogan’s provocative words in Cologne, and includes this introductory note:


Turkish Cypriot religious leader calls to reopen Hala Sultan mosque

World Bulletin 27 May 2014

The Religious Affairs Minister of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) Prof. Dr. Talip Atalay has called on the Greek Cypriot authorities in the south of the island


Why Turkey wants journalists with ‘one eye closed’

The Star 27 May 2014
By Tanya Talaga

Turkey is facing a press freedom crisis. The scope was first revealed a year ago during violent protests in Taksim Square. Thirty journalists were hurt — and dozens were fired


Turkish court orders arrest of four Israeli generals over jihad flotilla

Atlas Shrugs 27 May 2014
By Pamela Geller

These bloodthirsty savages should be prosecuted for war crimes, but in this upside-down world, Obama’s “most trusted ally” is calling for the arrest of the Jewish victims.