June 25, 1999 |
You think you've got it bad? Not to make light of the subject - because the subject of Return With Honor is American POWs held captive during the Vietnam War. But watching the interviews and archival footage of the U.S. pilots shot down over North Vietnam and imprisoned for five, six, seven years, is to realize that the problems most of us have to contend with are puny by comparison. An emotionally explosive documentary, Return With Honor details the shoot-downs, captures, tortures and crushing isolation experienced by a group of top-flight Air Force officers.
May 24, 2012
Doha and Baku were eliminated from consideration for the 2020 Olympics on Wednesday by the International Olympic Committee. Tokyo, Madrid and Istanbul made the cut as the IOC executive board settled on the finalists in a meeting in Quebec City. Doha, capital of the Gulf state of Qatar, and Baku, capital of Azerbaijan, also failed to make the final list for the 2016 Games. Tokyo, Madrid and Istanbul will go through a 17-month competition until the IOC votes in 2014. SOCCER: Queens Park Rangers captain Joey Barton was given a 12-game ban and fined $118,000 by the Football Association for violent conduct in the last English Premier League game of the season.
May 27, 2011
Turkey suspects Kurds in bombing ISTANBUL, Turkey - A bomb mounted on a bicycle near a bus stop exploded during the morning rush hour in Istanbul on Thursday, wounding eight people, including a police officer. The government said the attack resembled a Kurdish rebel operation. Several ambulances rushed to the scene of the bombing on a multilane thoroughfare in a busy commercial area of Turkey's biggest city. Media reports said one woman lost a leg in the blast and another sustained severe burns.
June 30, 2004 |
Standing at the historic gateway to the Muslim world, President Bush yesterday sought to assure Muslim nations that he does not want to force American-style democracy on them, as hundreds of protesters clashed with police nearby. In a speech to university students in Istanbul, Bush said Islamic countries should shape democracies that fit local cultural and religious values. He delivered his remarks the day after power shifted to an interim government in Iraq, but his focus was on a far more ambitious plan to spread democracy throughout the Middle East.
September 11, 1986 |
With the Karachi and Istanbul atrocities, it's as if the horror movies on the late late show had moved over to Page One. But not even "The Chainsaw Massacre 1," which haunts the airwaves in the early A.M., could match the hideous spectacles of the Pan Am passengers mowed down as the lights went out and the shawled Jewish worshippers dying in a hail of lead in Istanbul. The late show you can turn off, but the dramas in the passenger cabin of Pan Am Flight 73 and the Neve Shalom synagogue have to play themselves out to the last bloody "reel.
January 28, 1996 |
The green hills of Asia roll up to the Bosporus straits, right to the edge of the European continent. Almost overnight, these slopes have succumbed to half-built brick shells and concrete pillars, future hovels for many of the nearly half-million newcomers crowding into Istanbul every year. And as these slums rise on Europe's doorstep, so, too, does a fervent Islamic movement flush with success. A political party that wants to remake Turkey into an Islamic state has just won the largest share of seats in the country's parliament, bringing down the government of Prime Minister Tansu Ciller.
January 15, 2004 |
Every month or so, Center City resident Nursal Hicdonmez and her friends Yonca and Yasemin Agatan, who live in Ardmore, get together to cook a feast of home. All three women are from Turkey - Hicdonmez from the Aegean coastal town of Izmir and the Agatan sisters from Istanbul, for centuries the capital of the Ottoman Empire. Though it's been more than 15 years since they've lived in their native land, a meal of Turkish delicacies is all it takes to conjure the joys of their heritage.
April 12, 2009 |
I always wanted to explore Turkey, but when it came time to board my flight in October, I had a bad case of the blues. Lucky for me, the sights that awaited me and my group of Americans, Australians, and New Zealanders in Istanbul (capital of empires), Ephesus (a classical site with a wealth of spectacular ruins), and Cappadocia (unique cave cities and churches) changed all that. Who cannot be touched and awed by the Wall of Wishes near the Shrine of the Virgin Mary outside Ephesus?
June 27, 2004 |
President Bush won European support yesterday for his plan for more NATO involvement in Iraq and expressed confidence that "the bitter differences of the war are over" with European allies. But after meeting with leaders from the 25-nation European Union, Bush acknowledged that the United States' image had suffered abroad. Polls in Europe show widespread opposition to the Iraq war and pervasive disdain for Bush. Despite those differences, the European Union joined Bush in urging NATO to help train and equip Iraqi security forces so that they can replace U.S. occupation troops in Iraq.