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New study claims that Irishmen descended from Turkish farmers

New study claims that Irishmen descended from Turkish farmers

A new study has revealed that many Irish men may be able to trace their roots back to Turkey. Focusing on the role of the Y chromosome, which is passed from father to son, the research indicates Turkish farmers arrived ...

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Turkey Moves to Silence Dissenters, but With One Eye on Its Image Abroad

Turkey Moves to Silence Dissenters, but With One Eye on Its Image Abroad

Late one night last summer, at the height of antigovernment demonstrations sweeping Turkey, a group of protest leaders rushed to the home of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara, the capital, to negotiate a solution to the growing crisis. ...

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Socialist International passes declaration on Gezi Park

Socialist International passes declaration on Gezi Park

Socialist International (SI) members who were gathered in Istanbul for their annual Council Meeting issued a declaration in support of the Gezi Park protesters’ demands on Nov. 12. The umbrella organization representing socialist parties from across the world described the ...

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Turkey’s Current Account Under Pressure from the Syrian Effect

Turkey’s Current Account Under Pressure from the Syrian Effect

Turkey’s current account deficit–-long an Achilles heel for the emerging economy– is coming under pressure from a new and controversial source: Syrian refugees. Monthly data from Turkey’s central bank has for more than two years classified the estimated 600,000 Syrian ...

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Turkey’s Cleavage Crackdown Goes to College

Turkey’s Cleavage Crackdown Goes to College

I hate to admit it, but the paranoid secularists who for a decade have been saying Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan harbored a secret agenda are being proved right. For years I’ve been gently pointing out to those paranoid ...

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Nov 10, 2013 Ataturk Remembrance Day

Nov 10, 2013 Ataturk Remembrance Day

Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of the Turkish Republic, was commemorated on Nov. 10 2013, the 75th anniversary of his passing with official and unofficial ceremonies across the country and abroad. In Washington DC, the first statute of Ataturk was ...

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Signboard bearing Atatürk motto on Turkishness removed in eastern Turkey

Signboard bearing Atatürk motto on Turkishness removed in eastern Turkey

In a move that comes amidst Turkey’s renewed efforts to end the Kurdish conflict in the Southeast, a sign featuring a famous saying by founder of the Turkish Republic Mustafa Kemal Atatürk has been removed in the city of Diyarbakır. ...

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Turkey’s Jewish community in decline

Turkey’s Jewish community in decline

Rumors that Jewish families are leaving Turkey have been making the rounds for a long time now, but as relations between Turkey and Israel deteriorate, those rumors are slowly becoming facts. Turkey’s Jews interpret the hostility to Israel they hear day and night from ...

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Turkey: Regarding Relations Between the Sexes, Erdogan Knows Best

Turkey: Regarding Relations Between the Sexes, Erdogan Knows Best

Considering Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has gotten involved in telling Turks how many children they should have (at least three), what they should drink (the non-alcoholic ayran) and what kind of bread they should eat (whole wheat, preferably), ...

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Female, male students living together against our character: Turkish PM

Female, male students living together against our character: Turkish PM

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has condemned female and male students’ staying under one roof, vowing to take measures against this. “This is against our conservative, democratic character,” the prime minister said during a closed-door meeting Nov. 3 with ...

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