EVERYTHING SHOULD BE UNDER THE SUN
We have only one WORLD yet!
If we destroy it, where else can we go to? - 7th issue - Fall 2001
below quotes selected from various reviews and interviews in the US
Media about the book "Crescent
& Star: Turkey Between Two Worlds" by Stephen KINZER,
published by Farrar, Straus and Groux, in New York, 2001.
adventures in Turkey gave him in-depth knowledge and real appreciation
for the country and its potential... He makes a powerful case that this
is a country that we must watch." --Chicago Tribune
"This critical but affectionate portrait of Turkey's recent history throws considerable light on the complex ways of this strategically important ally of the West." --The Economist
can no longer plead ignorance about modern Turkey . . . An excellent,
journalistic eye serves him well as he goes beyond the political, describing,
for instance, the importance and allure of the narghile salon, where
Turks smoke water pipes . . . . Readers who want a one-volume guide
to this fascinating country need look no further." --Publishers Weekly
"Unlike Germans, whose diverse country now includes many young ethnic Turks born to "guest workers," we lack a significant Turkish minority. Unlike Europeans, who wondered for centuries, as Stephen Kinzer writes, "whether the Ottomans would sweep into Paris and claim the entire continent for Islam," Americans never experienced the Ottoman Empire, or its successor, the Republic of Turkey, as a threat on our doorstep.
KINZER: The Muslim world is a phrase that in itself is misleading.
We're talking about more than 50 countries with a variety of forms of
government. If you were to place these countries on a spectrum, from
the most radical, to the most secular and modern, certainly, the country
on the most radical end would be Afghanistan. The country on the other
end of the spectrum, the Muslim country closest to universal ideals
of democracy and individual rights, is Turkey. In a place like Turkey,
there is naturally sympathy for Muslims in other countries. At the same
time, however, there is a recognition of the extremes to which religious
terror can be taken, and a great desire to help the West resist and
"Best of all, Kinzer introduces us to one of the greatest of 20th century poets, Nazim Hikmet (1902-1963), a Communist who spent most of his adult life in Turkish jails and died in Moscow, whose passionately patriotic verse was banned in his homeland for years.
Kinzer revels in the generous contradictions of a country in which cybernet yuppies have evil-eye amulets dangling from the rearview mirrors of their BMW's, and Courvoisier-swilling prime ministers belong to mystical dervish sects. But he is continually frustrated by Turkey's inability to achieve its democratic potential.
Also: ---"Former Istanbul
bureau chief for the New York Times, Stephen Kinzer" by Terry Gross
---"Former Istanbul bureau chief for the New York Times, Stephen Kinzer" by Terry Gross
We will be celebrating the second anniversary with the Winter-2002 issue.
Deadline: January 7, 2002