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?
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.
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.
January 3, 1993 |
The last people to see Tayfun Obut, 17, were his parents. It was a chance encounter about 10:30 a.m. on Dec. 1. Saliha and Fethi Obut, who do residential cleaning, were on their way to work. Their son, a junior and a soccer star at the Burlington County Institute of Technology in Medford, was supposed to be in class. They ran into him walking west on Route 70, just beyond the Medford Circle. He said he had a headache and was walking off the pain. They gave him $2 and took him to a McDonald's restaurant nearby.