Tag Archives: Turkey

Syria: The Raw Material; by TE Lawrence, 12 March, 1917

The following report, by the officer who became known as Lawrence of Arabia, reveals how what is known today as Syria was, and perhaps still is, a collection of very different groups, divided by mountains; trade; politics; religion; and ethnicity, … Continue reading

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‘Collapsing Kurdistan government a greater threat than ISIS,’ Parliament hears

On the day the Prime Minister asked MPs to consider air strikes in Syria, elsewhere in Parliament heard how an economic crisis in Iraq has overtaken ISIS as the top security concern. Sparked by a dispute between the national government … Continue reading

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The silent hand: China in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

By @JGWillsher I become an acquaintance of an Uighur student in King’s Lynn, Norfolk, a decade ago; he pronounced his ethnic nomenclature as Oi-ghur, not Wee-gerr, as news reports did at the time of Uighur riots taking place in western … Continue reading

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An audience with Boris Johnson: the Mayor meets London’s Turks

City Hall, London: invitation to a reception for London’s Turks, hosted by the Mayor, Boris Johnson, himself of Turkish ancestry, an Ottoman minister for a great-grandfather. We queue for bags and briefcases to be searched at the ground floor check-in … Continue reading

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