Sociologist Göze Orhon, who was only 2 years old when “it happened”, dedicated her thesis to the memory of September 12. She contends that the untold stories, the lingering tensions within families had a profound effect on the psyche of the following generations.
Turkish scientists have uncovered animal footprints imprinted in the ground as far back as 22-33 million years ago. The footprints likely belong to a member of the double-hoofed horse family, an expert said. The imprints are said to be unique in that no remains have been so far found from this family of animals in Turkey.
Strictly speaking, Turkey could indeed do whatever it wishes with the Hagia Sophia. Yet calling the conversion a “reversion” is revolting. The conversion indeed points to a reversion, not of the Hagia Sophia, though, but of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) of President Erdoğan.
Istanbul Municipality recently tore down fences around a renovated historic block that was gated-in to give the appearance of a housing complex to a city block. With a history of booming nightlife, Istanbul's Sulukule neighborhood became the site of a state urban transformation project in 2005.
Ever since it came to power in 2002, President Erdoğan's Justice and Development Party (AKP) has sought symbols that would capture its very own ideology. Today as the AKP government is suffocating politically, it gave up on its quest for a symbol to present to the world.
Our official and public/individual reactions to Mr. George Floyd’s killing is a perfect looking glass mirror. We are exempt of all sins. There were no enslaved Circassian women’s blood running in our veins. No property “confiscated” from our Armenian neighbours who decided to take an unexpected walk.
Turks and Kurds are not exotic fruits that grow in faraway lands. As citizens of this country, namely the Republic of Turkey, they yearn for equality, justice for all, state of law, plurality, agency, effective administration through decentralization, secularism, better education and economy for their children, security.
Filiz Gazi reports: At the latest hearing of a trial regarding the 2015 Suruç massacre on May 20 - in which ISIS killed 33 young leftists - a lawyer seeking justice for the victims has revealed that hours of surveillance footage following the attack was likely erased or concealed. The next hearing in the Suruç case has been scheduled for August 18.
A 1300-year-old mosaic portrait was confiscated in the western province of Bursa where five suspects were trying to sell it. All of the suspects were detained by police.
A group of Turkish Circassians staged a protest in condemnation of recent remarks made by Russia's Turkey Ambassador Alexei Erkhov, the latter of whom referred to the 1864 Circassian Genocide as a “wonderful myth”. Members of the Caucasus Federations Association (KAFFAS) assembled at an Ankara park after a meeting with Erkhov failed to result in the apology that they were anticipating.
Kurdish archaeologist Ahmet Kınay says that Kurdish society has overlooked its own history in favor of ideological in-fighting, and that its misconception that historical research is nationalism has pushed it away from looking into its heritage.
The Ottoman Empire's first radio telegraph station, located in the Mediterranean ancient city of Patara, will be transformed into a museum. Built in 1906 to communicate with African commonwealth, the station was able to communicate the longest distance with radio telegraphs at the time.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said 2020 will be the "year of Patara" on Feb. 12. Patara is an ancient city located in located in Turkey’s Mediterranean resort city of Antalya which served as the Lycian civilization's main port city.
The historic Prinkipo Greek Orthodox Orphanage - located on Istanbul's Büyükada island and considered to be Europe's largest wooden structure and the world's second largest - is rotting and at risk of collapse. The Greek Orthodox Patriarchate announced that it could not come up with enough funds to protect the building. People's Democracy Party (HDP) deputy Tuma Çelik called upon the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism to take immediate action.