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?
December 27, 2011 |
William Kenneth Headley, 89, of Paoli, a retired executive with Provident Mutual Life Insurance Co., died of complications from Parkinson's disease Wednesday, Dec. 7, at Bryn Mawr Terrace. Mr. Headley joined the accounting department at Provident Mutual in 1947. He became assistant controller in 1957 and eventually was appointed manager of electronic planning. He oversaw the installation of the company's first mainframe computers and helped design innovative business systems.
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.
March 30, 2015 |
On my second day in Paris, and the beginning of my 32d year, I stood among six or seven million skeletons as strangers sang "Happy Birthday" to me. There in the catacombs, 65 feet and 130 stone steps below the 14th arrondissement , I began my journey. It was last October, and Paris was the jumping-off point. From Gare L'Est, one of the city's oldest stations, I was to board the first of a series of trains that would take me across the waistline of Europe, tracing the original Orient Express through Germany, Austria, Hungary, Romania, and Turkey.
May 9, 2013 |
Whatever music Billy and Joe Tayoun play - the authentic folk songs of the Mid-East Ensemble, or the modern ethno-rock of Barakka - their surname carries a legacy. Through their two bands, the brothers are not only ambassadors for Lebanese culture in the Philadelphia area. They, along with brother-in-law Roger Mgrdichian, also are keepers of a family entertainment tradition that dates to 1959, when the Middle East Restaurant opened in South Philly at 10th and Ellsworth Streets. Owned by Joe and Billy's father, the late Edmond Tayoun, and their uncle, former City Councilman Jimmy Tayoun, the Middle East became a hotbed of live art, music, and dance when it moved a decade later to 126 Chestnut St. in Old City.
January 4, 2011 |
A LLEN IVERSON is sure glad they have T.G.I. Friday's in Istanbul. The Sixers legend, a former regular at the Friday's on City Avenue, is now playing basketball in Turkey and told Philadelphia magazine's Robert Huber that he goes to Friday's in Istanbul daily. "Man, listen," he says. "I didn't know that the Philly cheesesteak wrap was that good when I was in Philly. I tried them when I got out here and every day since then. Every day since then," Iverson said. Huber asks Iverson, who used to lose big money regularly at Atlantic City's Trump Taj Mahal and Bally's, if he has a gambling problem.
October 3, 2004 |
To understand how much this strategically important country has changed in a single generation, look no further than the Melek family. Yusuf Melek, 57, grew up in a tiny eastern Anatolian village with no electricity or running water. Though he never attended a day of school, he toiled his way into the merchant class, eventually moving west to Istanbul to set up a now-thriving carpet dealership. A devout Muslim, he prays five times a day. His wife doesn't leave the house without a head scarf.
July 1, 1990 |
We pulled into this hot, dusty city in the midst of the central Anatolian steppe with no small amount of trepidation. "Khomeini-like" and "fanatical" were the terms a friend in another Turkish city used to describe Konya's inhabitants. "Very conservative," others said. Clearly, we got the idea, Americans would not be welcome here. But Konya - famed as the home of Mevlana, the 13th-century mystic philosopher who founded the Order of the Whirling Dervishes, and still the center of the religious dancers - was a spot not to be missed on our tour of central Turkey.