What I think

If anyone asked me what I thought about the recent resolution passed by a congressional sub-committee, I’d tell them that I agree with Daniel Schoor. You can listen to his thoughts here. Here’s a key quote that expresses my opinion about making a statement on issues that don’t directly involve me There’s nothing concrete to … Continue reading

Ottoman Involvement in WW1

Thanks to all who answered my request for info on how the Ottoman Empire entered WW1. I’m always amazed at how much I can learn by reading the comments on my own blog. I’ll try to summarize and synthesize what’s been written there. Please check out their entire comments. I’ll use liberty in editing, and … Continue reading

Guest Writer Wanted

The first part of the book I’ve been reading; “Portrait of a Turkish Family” revolves around the Ottoman Empire’s entrance into the First World War. I know this was a turning point in Turkish history, but I’ve realized I don’t know much about why they actually entered the war. I’m sure that at least one … Continue reading

Turkey and Afghanistan: two paths

In recent days as I’ve reflected on “A Thousand Splendid Suns” and “the Kite Runner,” a thought keeps coming back to me.  I keep thinking about what a close resemblance the Turkey of 1970 bears the Afghanistan of the early 70’s described in the beginning of these two novels. My knowledge of both is very … Continue reading

Message in a bottle

Emre Kizilkaya wrote a great piece about the great Ottoman Architect Sinan. It tells a story of a great artist hiding a “message in a bottle to help people 400 years later put his work back together. I recommend checking out the story here

Turkey’s Timeline

I’ve read a few books that outline the history of the current Republic of Turkey. Although I’ve heard all the facts, this timeline recently posted on the BBC was a great summary and reminder of the history of this great country from it’s founding in 1923 to now. I recommend it to anyone looking for … Continue reading

Turkey’s Timeline

I’ve read a few books that outline the history of the current Republic of Turkey. Although I’ve heard all the facts, this timeline recently posted on the BBC was a great summary and reminder of the history of this great country from it’s founding in 1923 to now. I recommend it to anyone looking for … Continue reading

Hope for Healing

My post on the Armenian bill in the American congress last week caused quite a stir. Reading the comments give me a good profile of the kind of opinions that are out there, and from Bob, a good glimpse of what it would take to actually research it. I hope my ignorance won’t continue forever. … Continue reading

Onlara ne? (why is it their business?)

I want to preface this post by saying that I don’t have a view on the Armenian issue in Turkey. I have mainly avoided digging into this issue because it is so explosive and it seems like an issue where it would be nearly impossible to find objective opinions, and honestly it seems that holding … Continue reading

Don’t go to museums on Mondays.

Do you see that that tan building with the rusty roof between our house and the Mosque? It’s the Adana Archeology Museum. I’ve been looking at it out my office window for the last 7 months, and walking past this big old Goliath size statue quite often as well. I’ve told myself over and over … Continue reading