Turkey

Day 1: Christmas Gift! - Yule Blog
Day 1: Christmas Gift!

The manger scene these days really is the face of Christmas for most people and, perhaps not surprisingly, it is one of the aspects of the season that keeps causing trouble.

Bottom-Up Hope: Local Governments Bolstering Religious Pluralism in Turkey - Ekrem Imamoglu - Istanbul
Bottom-Up Hope: Local Governments Bolster Religious Pluralism in Turkey

While religious minorities go back and forth between being scapegoats and props, Istanbul Mayor Ekrem Imamoglu has demonstrated that municipalities can play a key role in making their religious minority residents feel welcome as equal citizens and valued stakeholders.

Be Hopeful as Near East Peace Comes Closer
Be Hopeful as Near East Peace Comes Closer

That Jesus Christ’s two advents are set against the backdrop of a region rarely associated with good news is ironic, but this year that irony is less obvious. Good things are happening in the Near East if you know where to look.

Why is the road to The Hague accessible to Armenia and Azerbaijan but not to Cyprus and Turkey? Tasoula Hadjitofi
Why is the road to The Hague accessible for Armenia-Azerbaijan but not for Cyprus-Turkey?

To my frustration, the 1899 Hague Conventions, the 1907 Hague Regulations, and the 1954 Convention have all been flouted in Turkish-occupied Famagusta and in other parts of Cyprus. Just as frustratingly, Turkey has tried to block the road to justice via The Hague.

Lift US Sanctions on the Autonomous Administration for North and East Syria?
Lift US Sanctions on the Autonomous Administration for North and East Syria?

The Autonomous Administration for North and East Syria (AANES) is seeking international recognition as a legitimate government, but currently it is campaigning the US to lift sanctions on its territory.

The Return of Old Middle Eastern Empires
The Return of Old Middle Eastern Empires

What is emerging is a return of three ancient regional power centers, would-be Persian and Turkish hegemons wishing to once more dominate in the domain of their past empires. In the middle is an Arab and Jewish coalition, anxious not to fall prey to their old masters.

Turkey’s Taliban Ties Worry Cyprus
Turkey’s Taliban Ties Worry Cyprus

“Turkey has nothing that contradicts Taliban’s faith,” said Turkey’s president, a country that is also a NATO member. The comments…

Turkey’s Anti-Kurdish Measures Violate Religious Freedom
Turkey’s Anti-Kurdish Measures Violate Religious Freedom

It is time for the US Commission on International Religious Freedom and the global religious freedom advocacy community to highlight the egregious religious freedom violations that result from Turkey’s restrictions on using the Kurdish language as part of religious services.

Resolution in US House Would Recognize Simele Massacre against Assyrians in Iraq
Resolution in US House Would Recognize Simele Massacre against Assyrians in Iraq

The Simele Massacre, which occurred in 1933, is a largely forgotten tragedy that still awaits official recognition from both the Iraqi government and international community.