Showing posts with label bombing. Show all posts
Showing posts with label bombing. Show all posts

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Weekend Reading: Burning Trees in Athens, Bombing in Ankara

Some weekend reading about Turkey, Greece and Cyprus, but don't expect good cheer:

This news is deeply disturbing: the Economist reports of multiple attacks on old Christian women in Istanbul in recent weeks. The first reader comment on the Economist piece? A diatribe denying genocide. Relatives of one 85-year-old Armenian murder victim said that the lines of a crucifix had been knifed onto her unclothed body. All of the incidents occurred in Istanbul's Samatya neighborhood, home to 8,000 Armenians and the Armenian Patriarchate. Istanbul's governor insisted in a Tweet that one particular incident was motivated by theft, not hate, which is a prevailing view according to this Catholic News report.  I wrote about Istanbul cemetery vandalism in 2009.

Two weeks ago, a young New York mother and aspiring photographer disappeared in Istanbul while on a solo trip, and it doesn't sound like she met with a good end. She found cheap accommodations on and the New York Post reported Friday that Istanbul police are detaining a man she agreed to meet on a bridge.

Here is Daily Telegraph coverage of Friday's deadly bombing at the U.S. embassy in Ankara, Turkey.

Over in Greece, poor people desperate for heat are cutting down trees for firewood, and apparently even chopped one tied to Plato. The Atlantic wrote Thursday that the pollution one sees hovering over Athens, "is the smog of austerity. Greece is literally breathing in the fumes of its recession." Make that depression.

Cyprus needs a bailout, in case you have crisis fatigue and ignore financial news. Even if Russians who like to bank in Cyprus chip in some cash, European authorities must step in, says this English-language article in Kathimerini. Complicating matters: hydrocarbons could be exploited off the southern coast, which is the Greek coast, of Cyprus. Seems the northern, Turkish side wants in, but someone forgot to toss a seismic detector into the Mediterranean Sea circa 1974. Until now, valuable discoveries were more along the lines of the icon of Christ that Boy George handed over to Cypriot authorities.

Finally, check out my friend Jim Montalbano's movie review blog. "Once Upon A Time in Anatolia," a  Turkish fictional drama about -- what else? -- death, is one of his favorite films of 2012. The official trailer is here. Looks pretty dark. I watched "The Lark Farm" last weekend - a dramatization of 1915 atrocities in Turkey focused on a wealthy Armenian family that protected poor neighbors. All were sent into a starvation exile and most died. Watch it for actress Arsinee Khanjian's natural looks and to contemplate what would have happened if her daughter had run off with the handsome Turkish soldier - and what happened to those women who pursued such survival tactics. Film available on Netflix.

Just rented Madagascar, whose animated critters promise to lighten things up.

Monday, December 29, 2008


I typed this at the airport as I was leaving on Saturday:
So I am thinking that I need a last will and testament, pronto. First, because the Israelis bombed the Gaza Strip today and killed more than 200 people, which is the worst attack on either side in a decade. Maybe I shouldn’t even go to Jerusalem? And it doesn’t help that the Pakistanis are moving troops to the India border, resulting in more frantic television mentions about the nuclear threat each country poses to the other. Relatives from Athens wished I would cancel the entire trip. Mom says don't go to Israel. My plan is to sneak in and out without a problem.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Jaipur Bombings

More than 60 people died Tuesday in Jaipur, the city that charmed me most in India, following bomb attacks in the walled city. Officials imposed a curfew Wednesday; hard to imagine bustling Jaipur without activity, or innocent-looking bicycle rickshaws used in the bombings. The CBC quoted a Johri Bazaar merchant aptly: "Neither the Hindus or the Muslims here want to fight," said Mohiuddin Qureshi, a gemstone trader who works in a market that was bombed. "Our lives are together, our businesses are together. This is the work of outsiders." I passed or visited some of the sites bombed: the Hawa Mahal (above), Sanganeri Gate, Chhoti and Bari Chaupar, Tripolia, Chandpol Bazaar and Johri Bazaar, where jewelry and gems are sold. The Hindustan Times has posted a page devoted to the bomb tragedy and video.