Stories about Turkey from November, 2008
Armenia: Chess, Karabakh and Turkish Relations
West of Igdir comments on the latest developments in Armenia including a second victory for the country in the International Chess Olympiad, speculation over negotiations to resolve the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan over Nagorno Karabakh and last week's visit to Istanbul by the Foreign Minister.
Turkey: Crimean Tatar Diaspora
My Simferopol Home writes about the Crimean Tatar diaspora in Turkey.
Armenia: Rahm Emanuel Concerns
And Nothing Else Matters [RU] voices its concern with Barrack Obama's choice of Rahm Emanuel as Chief of Staff. The blog reminds its readers that Emanuel was one of those opposing a bill recognizing the Armenian Genocide which was to be presented to the U.S. Congress last year.
Turkey: Is Handwriting Still Important
Talk Turkey discusses whether or not in this day and age of texting, email, and the internet that handwriting should still be taught in schools.
U.S.: “Weighing Obama versus McCain”
Marko Attila Hoare of Greater Surbiton is “weighing Obama versus McCain.”
North Caucasus: Circassian girls
The Tbilisi Blues pays homage to Circassian girls, apparently among the world's most beautiful women. The blog posts some early photographs of what it calls Moss-haired Girls and says that many were to be found in the harems of Turkish sultans.
Armenia: Defense Spending
The Armenian Economist comments on the size of the Armenian military budget and notes that it pales into insignificance compared to that of Azerbaijan and Turkey, the country's traditional foes in the region. The blog wonders if it wouldn't be better to spend more on education and health care instead.