August 30, 2016 In the unadulterated barbarism called the Islamic State, you are allowed to shop for cucumbers and tomatoes, but you are not permitted to place them in the same bag. That’s because the noun cucumber is masculine in Arabic, and the noun tomato is feminine. Thus, the “morality police” of vegetables in the… Continue reading

Nov 30, 2015 We’ve heard the old saying, “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” We can now add: “Don’t judge a book by a quote in it!” The quote that troubles me is from a recent book about Turkey’s 11th president (2007-2014), Abdullah Gul: “We must have a vision that avoids slogans, focuses on… Continue reading

For the crimes of encouraging and instigating the mass murder: Fethullah Gülen, Cult Leader, 1857 Mt. Eaton Road, Saylorsburg, PA 18353, USA; For the crimes of creating the conditions and environment for the crimes of mass murder and mass injury by abusing their power and recklessly ignoring their public responsibilities: Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Turkish Prime Minister… Continue reading