The problematic question that arises when dealing with this disaster is, should we repair the damage and rebuild so that our memory moves on from what happened? Or should we preserve the memories that capture the disaster?
Many secular Turks feel that the conversion of the most famous Istanbul museum to a mosque is mainly a struggle between Erdogan supporters and Atatürk Republicanism. Secularist Turks, who are in majority in Istanbul municipality, feel that the conquest of the city this time is targeting them.
Stations of history are narrated through stories, pictures and videos from the Syrian childhood tragedy… Here is an attempt to chart the course for the humiliation, as well as the shattering of Syrian childhood during the last decade.
I would not blame that young Armenian boy I was for the negative feelings towards the Ottomans: all four of my grandparents were born in the Ottoman Empire – what is now Turkey – and their own state forcibly deported them, dispersing or killing most of their family members.
The increasing censorship, which includes omitting scenes from dramas, totally prohibiting broadcasting them, or even excluding opposition actors from acting, has produced a weak Syrian Ramadan season.
Controversy rages over “Um Haroun”, the Jewish character in one of the Ramadan series. Here is an attempt to analyze the portrayal of Jews in Arab productions since the inception of films in the early 20th century.
At the end of the war, when the Ottoman Empire was defeated and the Ittihadist leaders escaped to Germany, Siruni came out of his hiding, and with few surviving intellectuals tried to re-establish a community that was mortally wounded.