Category: Eurasia

Phil Bennett and Moises Naim on 21st-century Censorship (inc. Egypt, Iran, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Turkey)

[ 0 ] January 13, 2015 |

Governments around the world are using stealthy strategies to manipulate the media by PHIL BENNETT AND MOISES NAIM for COLUMBIA JOURNALISM REVIEW on JANUARY 5, 2015: Two beliefs safely inhabit the canon of contemporary thinking about journalism. The first is that the internet is the most powerful force disrupting the news media. The second is […]

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Duke Ceremony Thursday to Pay Tribute to Pioneering Turkish Studies Scholar

Duke Ceremony Thursday to Pay Tribute to Pioneering Turkish Studies Scholar

[ 0 ] January 7, 2015 |

Talât Sait Halman had strong connections to Duke scholars by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary for DUKE TODAY on JANUARY 6, 2015:  DURHAM, NC – Turkish scholar, poet and translator Talât Sait Halman passed away last month at the age of 83.  A mentor, respected colleague, and friend to Turkish studies scholars around the world […]

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A Proposal: Let’s Disentangle Religion from Politics

A Proposal: Let’s Disentangle Religion from Politics

[ 0 ] January 7, 2015 |

by Sümeyye Kocaman for ISLAMiCommentary on JANUARY 7, 2015: As we hear more and more about the Caliphate, the ummah, Islamic law and the Islamic State, I am surprised by many things: the so-called experts’ lack of information; how the facts are being politically manipulated; how people of faith are letting religion be used in this […]

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The Celebration of Mawlid, The Birthday of the Prophet (by Omid Safi)

The Celebration of Mawlid, The Birthday of the Prophet (by Omid Safi)

[ 0 ] January 2, 2015 |

by OMID SAFI for ON BEING on JANUARY 2, 2014:  Lots of people argue over Christmas, whether it is the holy day to honor the birth of the Jesus or a commercial, secular holiday. (And at least to Neil deGrasse Tyson, the birth of Isaac Newton). Muslims are no strangers to arguments, and have their […]

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WATCH: Santa Claus is from Turkey?

[ 0 ] December 26, 2014 |

via MARK LOWEN/BBC NEWS on DECEMBER 24, 2014:  Although widely thought to hail from the North Pole, Santa Claus is in fact originally from Turkey. The BBC’s Mark Lowen visited the southern Turkish town of Demre to trace the roots of old Santa.

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Turkey Reinvents the One-Party State

Turkey Reinvents the One-Party State

[ 0 ] December 24, 2014 |

by Erdağ Göknar, Writing from Istanbul for ISLAMiCommentary on DECEMBER 22, 2014: If we read the recent government-ordered police raids against opposition media in reverse, we can get a better sense of how last year’s bribery and corruption investigation (December 17-25, 2013) — targeting figures connected to Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) — hit close […]

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Zeynep Tufekci: Social Movements and Governments in the Digital Age

Zeynep Tufekci: Social Movements and Governments in the Digital Age

[ 0 ] December 18, 2014 |

Evaluating a Complex Landscape by ZEYNEP TUFEKCI for COLUMBIA JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS (Vol 68, No 1 Fall/Winter 2014) on DECEMBER 12, 2014:  SUMMARY: Recently, social movements have shaken countries around the world. Most of these movements have thoroughly integrated digital connectivity into their toolkits, especially for organizing, gaining publicity, and effectively communicating. Governments, too, have been […]

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What’s Behind the Arrests in Turkey? (by Howard Eissenstat, Amnesty International)

[ 0 ] December 16, 2014 |

“Signs in Turkey are worrying.  The rhetoric from the government has become increasingly belligerent.  Meanwhile, legislation aimed at increasing political control of the courts and bureaucracy have been coupled with extensions of police powers.” — Howard Eissenstat by HOWARD EISSENSTAT for AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL on DECEMBER 15, 2014:  A wave of arrests Sunday morning shook Turkey […]

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WATCH: Elif Shafak– The Politics of Fiction

WATCH: Elif Shafak– The Politics of Fiction

[ 0 ] December 15, 2014 |

Elif Shafak has a new book out called “The Architect’s Apprentice” — “an exuberant tale of a young boy’s twisting fortunes in 16th-century Istanbul” which “conveys deeper truths about human experience.” (reviewed by Rebecca Abrams in The Financial Times). Watch Shafak’s 2010 TED Talk above.  via TED, JULY 2010:  Listening to stories widens the imagination; telling them […]

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Omid Safi: Heaven is Not a Zip Code

Omid Safi: Heaven is Not a Zip Code

[ 0 ] December 8, 2014 |

by OMID SAFI for ON BEING on NOVEMBER 27, 2014:  What if we have gotten Heaven all wrong? Many Christians, Muslims, and some Buddhists imagine a heavenly place as an eternal reward for the faithful. While this place is often described as a garden of serenity and tranquility, we often see many faithful arguing about who […]

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