What is “whataboutism”? Oxford Dictionaries defines it as: The technique or practice of responding to an accusation or difficult question by making a counter-accusation or raising a different issue. An example of this Soviet propaganda technique is when a headline that reads “The Hagia Sophia should remain a museum” is met with the comment, “What…… Continue reading Hagia Sophia and “Whataboutism”
A report published by the London-based Conflict Armament Research consultancy found that Islamic State militants had access to large numbers of U.S. weapons, which they were shifting to key battlefields. Pictures of these weapons can be viewed here: 11 Photos Of U.S. Weapons Used By ISIS — And Some Rockets From America’s Friends. The report drew no conclusions…… Continue reading London-Based Consultancy: Islamic State Rebels Using U.S. Government Weapons
First of all, HAHAHAHA and LOL. In all seriousness though, this story is no laughing matter. Telling any person, let alone a woman, not to laugh in public is inhumane and stripping an individual of some of the joys of life including humor and friendship. Imagine how strange and miserable life would be without laughter. Imagine that there…… Continue reading Politician in Turkey Calls on Turkish Women to Stop Laughing in Public, Calling it “Immoral”.
News of the beautiful and awe-inspiring Hagia Sophia, or “Holy Wisdom,” turning into an active mosque is a tricky situation for political and cultural reasons, as Religion News Services reports (via Huffington Post). Christians and other minorities may see the Hagia Sophia’s conversion into a mosque as a challenge to Turkey’s secular-republican origin, whereas Muslims…… Continue reading Turning Hagia Sophia into a mosque, a church, or both?
I visited the Hagia Sophia at the end of 2011. It is the most magnificent building I have ever seen. A truly inspiring and breathtaking experience.
I visited Istanbul, Turkey, over 1 year ago, but I’m just now adding them to the blog. Istanbul is a remarkable city with tons of history and culture. I made it to all the key historic spots including the Hagia Sophia (my favorite), all the main mosques, Topkapi Palace, and managed to catch a ferry…… Continue reading Pictures of visit to Istanbul
I took this at Kadikoy, Turkey at the Sali Bazar in January 2012.
It’s a true shame I can’t remember its name, but like most mosques in Istanbul, this one was beautiful. The best part of the visit was the complete silence (though that really doesn’t come across in this video). Strangely, you will also notice the banging going on in the background. I feel like it’s well…… Continue reading Beautiful mosque in Istanbul
I was in Istanbul, Turkey for New Years 2012. One evening, whilst staying in a hostel in the ‘Old City’, a few of us were hanging around when a local young man, who happened to be living at the hostel, decided to play us a tune on his clarinet. Notice the slow pace in which…… Continue reading Clarinet in an Istanbul stairwell