September 1, 2002
As an Armenian American who has visited Anatolia, Turkey, I enjoyed Susan James' article "Anatolia, Where the Past Is the Present" (Aug. 11). Many Armenian Americans trace their ancestry to these areas, which were populated by Armenians for 2,500 years until 1915. The claim that Anatolia is an open-air museum is correct, at least for now. The Turkish government has a terrible record of protecting its non-Turkic antiquities. At the turn of the last century, there were more than 2,000 Armenian churches and antiquities in the area.
June 28, 1985 |
The crew of a Turkish Airlines jet overpowered a passenger who burst into the cockpit during a flight today crying "I want to blow up this plane" and sprayed the pilots with a fire extinguisher, Anatolia news agency reported. The Boeing 727, with 81 passengers aboard, landed safely in Istanbul, its destination, the agency said. The flight originated in Frankfurt, West Germany. Anatolia said the passenger, a Turk, was disgruntled because his West German work permit had been canceled.
September 7, 2002
In "A Remedy in Iraq: Kurdish Autonomy" (Commentary, Sept. 3), David Perlmutter claims that "legally there should be an independent Kurdistan" since "the Treaty of Sevres, which delineated the breakup of the Ottoman Empire after World War I, recognized that the Kurds deserved their own state." To substantiate his argument, he chooses to ignore the historical fact that while the Istanbul government of the Ottoman Empire officially accepted the Treaty of Sevres on Aug. 10, 1920--a vindictive document that put the Turkish state under the financial and military control of the occupying powers--the Turkish nationalists in central Anatolia under the leadership of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, founder and first president of the Republic of Turkey, rejected the document.
February 26, 1995
Your article on Turkey ("Romancing the Stones," Feb. 5) was fantastic. Part of my early childhood passed in Bergama, Turkey, playing hide-and-seek in those ancient historical ruins. We also used to play a game called "dig," in which neighborhood kids packed their toy picks and shovels and played archeologist. Someone almost always found something which, we were taught early on, to turn over to the local museums. ERGUN KIRLIKOVALI Irvine Your article failed to mention one of the best tours.
March 31, 2004 |
Something in us loves a maze. Clearly we derive a peculiar pleasure, at least a thrill, from experiencing confusion and physical disorientation. Else why are there fun houses at state fairs, or vegetation pruned into a complex of walls and cul-de-sacs, whether in an imperial garden or a farmer's just-harvested cornfield -- where for a buck or two anyone can have the adventure of getting lost then found?
April 10, 1988 |
Even at the height of his success as a Hollywood and Broadway director--he made "On the Waterfront" and "East of Eden," and staged "Death of a Salesman" and "Streetcar Named Desire"--Elia Kazan tells us that he detested the constraints of celebrity and longed to find authenticity by breaking away and working poor. It sounds like a familiar sort of pose, but it isn't. Or maybe it shows that if you live long enough, you can actually become what you pose as.