Daily Archives: Sunday, 4 November, 2012

The Prince, the brutal dictator and a friendship he just won’t give up

Duke of York continues to request briefings on Azerbaijan despite losing his trade role His lavish spending of taxpayers’ money on private jets, not to mention his numerous uncomfortable friendships with questionable world leaders and a convicted paedophile, forced Prince Andrew to step down as the UK’s Special Representative for Trade and Investment, amid claims […]

Turks, Armenians and Ottomans

CALIFORNIA – I really was not expecting to eat the best lahmacun of my life on the western coast of the United States. (Lahmacun, a sort of thin pizza with minced meat, is prominent in Turkish cuisine.) However Jack’s Bakery, a small family restaurant in the greater Los Angeles area, went beyond all my expectations. […]


ISTANBUL (CIHAN)- “Heroes are totalitarian.” It has been a long time since I first read the book “Cehenneme Ovgu, Gundelik Hayatta Totalitarizm” (Prisoners of Ourselves: Totalitarianism in Everyday Life) by Gunduz Vassaf, but I still remember this sentence from it. Whenever I hear the word “hero,” I cannot help but affix “totalitarian” to it. Vassaf […]