Ayla Albayrak, a journalist with the Wall Street Journal has recently been convicted in absentia by the Erdoğan controlled Turkish court system. The trial leading to this conviction came about after she wrote a very fair and truthful article: Urban Warfare Escalates in Turkey’s Kurdish-Majority Southeast. I myself had been there around the same time (As The... Continue Reading →
What saddens me more than anything is that we aren't discussing the reasons why an NFL player would feel strongly enough about something to take a knee despite all the pressure and ridicule he has received.
Where do I begin? I am running late. Normally, I have this letter all written and sent at least a few days before the month ends. Yet here I am at 8PM still looking at my keyboard wondering where I begin. I have a lot I want to say, but how to say it? From... Continue Reading →
There is nothing Christian about a ban on Muslims. There is nothing Christian about refusing refugees. There is nothing Christian about denying safe harbor to those fleeing violence. Nothing.
My heart breaks for Izmir and the victims of this second national tragedy to strike Turkey in a year that is not yet a week old. My heart also breaks for the countless victims caught in the crossfire of the multiple simultaneous conflicts that are ravaging my home of Southeast Turkey as well as Syria and northern Iraq. When will it end?
Over the past week or so, I have seen an abundance of articles like this: Just A Fraction of the Refugees to the US Are Christian If you aren't familiar with this very legitimate complaint, please read the article on the link before my comment below: I won't say that the US has no blame... Continue Reading →
This is why. This is why I will go to cities like Suruc to teach English and share God's love. This is why I will invest a portion of each day learning a language I did not even know existed a year ago. This is why I gave up everything I had in New York... Continue Reading →
The fastest goal ever scored in a World Cup Match was eleven seconds. Hasan Şükür was the man who pulled that off in a match against South Korea. While that name might not mean that much to those in the West, anybody here in Turkey would immediately know who I was talking about. Şükür was one of... Continue Reading →