Posts Tagged ‘ Islamism ’

Turkey’s Wavering Support For Religious Freedom

Jan 17th, 2017 | By

Turkey’s wavering support for religious freedom I walked into the Ankara airport on Dec. 20, after a long day of eye-opening meetings, to the news on CNN International – the Russian ambassador to Turkey had just been shot. Our U.S. ambassador to Turkey, John Bass, a career diplomat who expertly navigated our previous 24 hours

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Turkey’s New Islamic Republic

Dec 2nd, 2016 | By

By Andrew Harrod, originally published with The Philos Project. “What I just heard seemed to me to like a recipe for fascism.” So remarked Turkey scholar Gareth Jenkins during a recent lecture on Turkish politics, part of the Middle East Institute’s 2016 annual conference on Turkey. The participants soberly analyzed the dissolution of Turkey’s once

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Coptophobia

Feb 22nd, 2016 | By

As for targeting Christians, ISIS has made a very public fetish of destroying Christian symbols and sites, uprooting historic communities, and killing Christians as it gained territory in Iraq, Syria and Libya. But the group also did this when it was still publicly a member in good standing of Al-Qaeda (2003-2014). Both groups seem to harbor a particular hatred for the largest single Christian denomination in the Middle East and North Africa, the Coptic Orthodox Church, the “Patriarchate of Alexandria and the See of St. Mark.”



Genocide – Middle Eastern Christians know it, but the State Department won’t say it

Feb 17th, 2016 | By

Despite a foreign-policy mandate to speak out against religious persecution, the United States government has so far been silent on whether this epic religious cleansing of Christians, Yazidis, and other minorities from the heart of the Middle East ranks among the gravest of crimes. With pressure mounting, the State Department in October leaked word that an official genocide designation would be forthcoming but made clear that State would recognize only a Yazidi genocide and not one against Christians.