June 14, 1997 |
The Clinton administration has warned Turkey's military leaders that the United States will not support a coup against the country's Islamist-led government, officials said Friday. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright said any changes in Turkey's government should occur "within a democratic context and with no extra-constitutional approach." A White House official put the message more bluntly, saying: "No coups."
October 3, 1997 |
When Apostolos Daniilides, an ethnic Greek, decided to become an Orthodox priest 26 years ago, he set off for the only Christian theological university in Muslim Turkey. Perched on a pine-forested hill on a tiny island off the coast of Istanbul, the Halki Theological University has trained generations of Orthodox clergy and every ecumenical Orthodox patriarch who has led the world's 270 million Orthodox Christians.
August 28, 1999 |
Millions gathered at mosques across Turkey on Friday to offer solemn funeral prayers for the more than 13,000 killed by last week's earthquake, and the government acknowledged that the number of people left homeless could top half a million. As the scope of the housing crisis became clear, the government moved to assert greater authority in coping with quake-related emergencies.
January 15, 1991
Mustafa Kemal Ataturk (1881-1938) was a distinguished soldier and reformer; the founder and first president of the Republic of Turkey. Militarily, he was perhaps most famous as the Ottoman officer who inflicted two defeats on British forces at Gallipoli during World War I. Later, however, he set about ridding his country of some of the corruption, superstition and waste that had corroded the empire from within.
November 26, 1998 |
The government of conservative Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz collapsed Wednesday after losing a no-confidence vote in parliament, plunging the country into a fresh period of political uncertainty. Yilmaz's minority coalition with leftist leader Bulent Ecevit fell after lawmakers voted 314-214 against it. Shortly after the vote, Yilmaz submitted his formal resignation to President Suleyman Demirel. Yilmaz will remain in office as caretaker premier until a new government is formed.
August 27, 1999 |
Long suppressed by Turkey's secular government, Islamic activists are looking for political opportunity in a growing public outcry over the state's bungled handling of earthquake relief. Well-organized activists from the Virtue Party, the main Islamic political group, and from a variety of Muslim aid agencies mobilized from the first hours after the Aug. 17 quake. They provided comfort and assistance to victims while the government relief efforts were slow to get going.