The meaning of Davutoğlu’s visit with Patriarchs

ORHAN KEMAL CENGİZ o.cengiz@todayszaman.com 6/3/2012 Last week, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu visited with the Greek and Armenian Patriarchs, as well as held meetings with the representatives of other minority groups. For any country, a visit from a minister with members of religious minorities may be worth reporting, but these visits had implications that go well beyond newsworthiness. We used to ...

Religious minorities and New Constitution

ORHAN KEMAL CENGİZ o.cengiz@todayszaman.com 8/12/2011 According to a news article published by the Akşam daily on Dec. 8, the parliamentary Constitutional Subcommittee has invited the leaders of religious minorities to explain their viewpoints on the new constitution. The newspaper reports that: “In this regard, Greek Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew, Armenian Orthodox Archbishop Aram Ateşyan, Chief Rabbi of Turkey Rav İsak ...

Their properties have been given back, what about seized Foundations?

ORHAN KEMAL CENGİZ o.cengiz@todayszaman.com 1/9/2011 If you do not know the story of non-Muslim foundations in Turkey, I can summarize it as follows: In 1936, non-Muslim foundations in Turkey were requested to declare their immovable property to the government. In 1974, when the Cyprus crisis happened and the situation escalated, the Supreme Court of Appeals made a decision ...

What is Bartholomew grateful for?

ORHAN KEMAL CENGİZ o.cengiz@todayszaman.com 16/8/2011 What each person may be grateful for can vary quite significantly; of course, some factors might contribute to your sense of gratitude quite dramatically. Your level of optimism, your love and passion for others, whether you are a spiritual person and so on are all factors that may contribute to your feelings ...