Sam Taylor

The Ottoman Spring

Review: Bedross Der Matossian’s ‘Shattered Dreams of Revolution’

On July 24, 1908, a group of disaffected Ottoman military officers and members of the secretive Committee of Union and Progress (CUP) mounted a successful coup against the despotic rule of Sultan Abdulhamid II, and restored the constitution that he had suspended thirty years prior. What became known as the Young Turk Revolution brought euphoria and optimism to the multi-ethnic, multi-religious populations of the Ottoman Empire, who were enticed by the CUP with the promise, rooted in the rhetoric of the French Revolution, of ‘Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity.’

Israeli Defense Minister Slams Turkey for Supporting Hamas

Concerned about a 'bad' nuclear deal with Iran

Protesters burn an Israeli flag during a protest rally outside the Israeli consulate in Istanbul, TurkeyIsraeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon criticized Turkey for providing safe haven to Hamas operatives to plan and carry out attacks against Israel during a meeting with U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel at the Pentagon on Tuesday.