Posts Tagged ‘ turkey ’

Armenian Bishop Armash Nalbandian: Countries Supporting the Turkish Criminals in Syria Bear Responsibility for Genocide

Mar 6th, 2017 | By

Bishop Armash Nalbandian, Primate of the Armenian Church of Damascus, accused Turkey of giving militants in Syria instructions “to target Armenian places, churches, and schools, and to target the very identity of the Armenians.” Bishop Nalbandian, speaking on the Egyptian ON TV channel on January 28, said that a new genocide was taking place in

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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 Denies Appeal to Imprisoned American Pastor

Jan 3rd, 2017 | By

A Turkish court as denied the appeal of Christian pastor who was imprisoned last month in Turkey on false terrorism charges based on his faith. Andrew Brunson, a pastor from North Carolina who had served the Turkish people for two decades, was imprisoned on Dec. 9 after being falsely charged with “membership in an armed

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Media Waterdowned Turkish Gunman’s Words

Dec 21st, 2016 | By

The mainstream media all across the world reported everything that the killer of the Russian ambassador to Turkey said as he murdered him, except for this one statement: “We are those who have given a pledge of allegiance to Muhammad that we will carry on jihad.” A gunman shouting “Do not forget Aleppo!” assassinated Russia’s

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Turkey Sends US Pastor To Prison On “Terrorism” Charges

Dec 14th, 2016 | By

ISTANBUL, TURKEY (BosNewsLife)– The wife of an American pastor who has been detained for more than two months in Turkey has asked for prayers after her husband was reportedly sent to prison on terrorism related charges. Trial observers said a Turkish judge sent Andrew Brunson to prison in the city of Izmir on Friday, 64

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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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Concerns Grow Over Detained Christian Couple in Turkey

Oct 31st, 2016 | By

Earlier this month, American Christians Andrew and Norine Brunson were arrested and detained in Turkey on charges that their friends have linked to their church work. On October 7, the couple was arrested by Turkish officials because their activities constituted “national security risks,” according to the advocacy group Voice of the Persecuted. The Brunsons have

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Erdogan’s tightening grip worries Turkey’s secularists

Aug 30th, 2016 | By

After a searing summer that has already featured a failed military coup, spectacular terrorist attacks and now a new war across the border in Syria, Turkey’s cultural elite is watching with increased unease as authoritarian President Recep Tayyip Erdogan rides a wave of nationalism that they fear will be used to brand his critics

Turkish Christians Targeted After Coup

Aug 3rd, 2016 | By

In the midst of Turley’s failed coup, Christians in the country were targets of violence. In Matalya, a city located in Anatolia, Turkey, Sunni Muslims targeted a Protestant church, which was a “small, modern shopfront nestled in the city’s minority Alevi district” because Protestants are prohibited from building churches in Turkey. Gangs of Sunni Muslim

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Only 10% of Christians Left in Syria’s Aleppo City Amid Civil War

Feb 18th, 2016 | By

The Christian population of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo has decreased by 90 percent since the onset of the civil war in the country, according to the mother superior at the Monastery and Convent of Saint James the Mutilated, located in the western Syrian town of Qarah.