Ottoman Empire

A history of the Ottoman ‘worldview’

FOLDED CORNER - ‘A History of the Ottoman Empire’ by Douglas A. Howard (Cambridge University Press, 393 pages, $35)

World History

5 Insanely Important Things We Never Make Movies About

Movies cover everything: the ups and downs of romance, WWII, the daily struggles of a SpongeBob, the heartbreak of cancer, WWII, humanity's far-flung …

Korean War

Can Vienna be saved again? Will it want to be saved?

Giulio Meotti<p>The writer, an Italian journalist with Il Foglio, writes a twice-weekly column for Arutz Sheva. He is the author of the book "A New …


Tulkarm aims to renovate century-old Ottoman train tunnel

Author: Ismail Abdel Hadi<p>TULKARM, West Bank — Under a slope near the Palestinian village of Balaa, in the hills 9 kilometers (5.6 miles) east of …


How World War I Made the Middle East What It Is Today

WWI redrew Middle Eastern borders and created new countries. Those changes have led to much of the conflict that remains there today. <br>Read More

U.S. Dept. of Defense

Who are the Palestinians?

This definitive study suggests the Palestinian Arabs would do well to define themselves constructively instead of making it up as they go along. …


Countries Like Macedonia Need a Protector

The EU could make a big difference for a place with a rough past.<p>Traveling through Macedonia this week led me to ponder the importance of a hegemon. Singapore and Dubai are both small, prosperous political units that rely partly on protection from the U.S. Navy, as well as having at least tolerable …


A new bid for Kurdish independence - Blogs - Jerusalem Post

Once upon a time, many thousands of years ago, a proud and independent nation lived and thrived in its own land in the heart of the Middle East. Down …

Middle East

Where Does Wine Really Come From?

Europe was relatively late to the game when it comes to winemaking, and the original inventors of our favorite fermented beverage are staging a …


Krujë Castle

The elliptical citadel resisted the advance of the mighty Ottomans several times, thanks to the military prowess of the "Dragon of Albania."<p>When the …


Putin Is Thirsty – the Troubling Problem of Kaliningrad

Watch Kaliningrad. This oft-forgotten Russian exclave, squeezed between Poland and Lithuania on the Baltic Sea, may be the focal point for a …


Download a Trippy New Set from Khidja

Andrei Rusu and Florentin Tudor's Khidja project (pronounced "Khadeeja") started in the 10th grade, in the backyard of their German High School. They …

Electronic Music

Making Sense of Turkey’s Syria Strategy: A ‘Turkish Tragedy’ In the Making

Following Turkish foreign policy has never been more exciting and terrifying. With its ever-increasing footprint in Syria, Turkey is now a …


Nonfiction Book Review: Empress of the East: How a European Slave Girl Became Queen of the Ottoman Empire by Leslie Peirce. Basic, $32 (368p) ISBN 978-0-465-03251-8

Empress of the East: How a European Slave Girl Became Queen of the Ottoman Empire<p>Leslie Peirce. Basic, $32 (368p) ISBN 978-0-465-03251-8<p>Peirce</i> …


Incredible Ottoman-Era Bird Palaces That Show How Much Turkish People Loved Birds

Back in the times of the Ottoman Empire, people would build elaborate miniature palaces for the birds. Found in the territory of today’s Turkey, the …


Germany and Turkey Are at a Breaking Point

Germany and Turkey have deep ties, with millions of ethnic Turks living in Germany, millions of Germans flocking to Turkey’s beaches and historic …


Turkey says Jews should appreciate the Ottoman Empire

The Turkish foreign minister charges that life was better for the Jews before the Jewish state.<p>The Jews should appreciate how good they had it under …


Israel, Turkey invoke Ottoman Empire in spat over Jerusalem

Bilateral ties tested by persistent Temple Mount standoff, though experts doubt crisis will unravel 2016 reconciliation deal


Turkey's Erdogan says Israel damaging Jerusalem's 'Islamic character'

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan accused Israel on Wednesday of inflicting damage on Jerusalem's "Islamic character", in comments likely to further inflame regional tensions in a dispute over the Al-Aqsa mosque.<p>The dispute over security at the mosque compound - where Israel …


Israel, Turkey continue war of words: 'The days of the Ottoman Empire have passed'

After Israel's Foreign Ministry spokesman calls Erdogan's comments on Temple Mount 'unfounded,' Turkish counterpart points to 50 years of 'East …


Syrians Fleeing the War Seek Refuge in Brazil Where the Assad Regime Has Some Powerful Supporters

The Brazilian flag with the revolution's flag in the center. Mixed by an anonymous blogger for Global Voices.Syrians fleeing the country's civil war …

Liberal View

Al-Qaeda strikes back

Al-Qaeda's attempted assassination of Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Nayef in 2009 appears to have ultimately brought the prince down in 2017.

Middle East

Israel to Erdogan after Jerusalem tirade: Days of Ottoman Empire are over

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan issued a blistering attack on Israel at a meeting in Turkey’s Parliament of his AKP Party.<p>Turkish President …


Greco-Turkish War, 1919-22

The bitter struggle that created modern Greece and Turkey. Since the fall of Constantinople to Ottoman Turks in 1453, the dream of Greeks had been to …


Top 10 Fascinating Facts About Turkey

Turkey—a land where Europe meets Asia, secularism butts heads with Islamism, and controversy meets more controversy. This continent-bridging nation …


The Middle East's New Peacemaker: Israel

The U.S. and Russia need a middleman. Enter Bibi Netanyahu.<p>The liberation of Mosul in Iraq and the imminent collapse of the Islamic State's Syrian capital of Raqqa are wins for President Donald Trump. He was elected on a promise to pound the terrorists into submission, and that is happening. Trump …


Please keep Louie Gohmert and Steve King apart

Whenever they’re together, the stupidity reaches criticality. Here’s Steve King making an argument for adding anti-transgender legislation to a …


And They Say Nothing Important Happens on a Friday

Steve King and Louie Gohmert are here.<p>WASHINGTON— It is a deep misapprehension among Beltway savants that Friday afternoons, especially Friday afternoons in the high summer, are pretty much a dead zone. However, for connoisseurs of high-flown political rhetoric, the 30-minute speeches in the House …

Loch Ness

Steve King compares military pay for gender transition to Ottoman's castrating slaves

Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) in a Friday speech on the House floor compared proposals to have the Pentagon pay for gender transition to the Ottoman …

Steve King

Rep. Steve King Compares Transgender Soldiers to Ottoman Empire Castrating Slaves: ‘Civilization Killer’

The House on Thursday defeated a measure which would have mandated that the Army not pay for gender transition surgery. The measure, which sought to …