Historical

The Cyprus issue: 40 years’ resolution and the matter of natural gas

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Dr. Can Erimtan is an independent scholar residing in İstanbul, with a wide interest in the politics, history and culture of the Balkans and the Greater Middle East. He tweets at @theerimtanangle Last Sunday, 20 July 2014, marked the 40th anniversary of Turkey’s direct involvement on the island of Cyprus. The so-called Attila-1 offensive was a military intervention aimed at bringing ... Read More »

Australian FM: Armenian Case Not Genocide

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WASHINGTON, DC – Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop informed the Australian Turkish Advocacy Alliance (ATA-Australia) that it was Australian foreign policy not to define the Armenian case as genocide, and that it was unconstitutional for Australian territories to promulgate their own foreign policy. The Foreign Minister’s policy affirmation was in response to the inquiry of Barrister and ATA-Australia Sydney President Ertunc ... Read More »

Back in the Paleolithic Era: The First Mariners

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As a breakthrough of experimental archeology can be viewed the team project “First Mariners,” who built a raft by using only organic materials and copies of Paleolithic tools, and travelled on it from Kythira to Crete island, thus confirming archaeologists’ assumptions that Paleolithic populations were able to cross large shipping distances with their own makeshift boats. The First Mariners’ team started its journey with the ... Read More »

Treason …powerful, complexing … exemplary…

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Brian Walters’s Treason gives a powerful, compelling and horrific account of the life and martyrdom of Claus von Stauffenberg, a German officer and aristocrat who committed an act of necessary treason in July 1944, attempting to kill Adolf Hitler and end World War II. The presentation is exceptional, with clips from films and newsreels, superb maps, valuable historical background and analysis, and ... Read More »

After Drugs and Guns, Art Theft Is the Biggest Criminal Enterprise in the World

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June 2014, and an unusual three-day conference is taking place in the basement room of New York University’s School of Law. The 200 or so attendees that have hurried their way across sunny Washington Square include FBI agents, lawyers, auction house heads, art dealers and collectors who buy and sell multi-million–dollar items. Waiting, sharp-suited, is -Brooklyn-born conference organiser Chris Marinello, ... Read More »

Not All Jews Support Israel

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To both Jews and non-Jews the idea of an anti-Zionist Jew can sound like a contradiction in terms—an abuse of Rabbi Hillel’s most famous ethical aphorism, “If I am not for myself, who will be for me.” But for Sam Weinstein, and for around 30 others, me included, tucked together in a small Jewish bloc at Saturday’s Gaza demo in ... Read More »

Corporate Medicis to the Rescue

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To Some Dismay, Italy Enlists Donors to Repair Monuments ROME — Since early July, workers have been carefully unscrewing the steel scaffolding that for months has obscured much of the ancient facade of the Colosseum. Slowly, this monolithic symbol of Rome is coming into view again after a 25 million euro ($34 million) refurbishment that underscores how Italy is coming to rely ... Read More »

How Cultures Around The World Think About Parenting 

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What can American parents learn from how other cultures look at parenting? A look at child-rearing ideas in Japan, Norway, Spain — and beyond. The crisis of American parenting, as anyone who has looked at the parenting section of a bookstore can attest, is that nobody knows what the hell they’re doing. Yet despite this lack of confidence and apparent absence ... Read More »