Every primary school in Turkey has been commanded since January to show students a propaganda film vilifying Armenians as murderers of Turks in the early 20th century. The army produced it and sent it to the Ministry of Education, which distributed the six-part "documentary" to schools last June. Last month, the ministry sent the schools letters requiring them to show the film to students "when convenient" and report on student reactions by March 2.
With my 19-month-old son Max Ali on my lap, I was trying to keep my tears from falling on his head. Obama had been president for a couple of minutes when I was overcome with a sudden optimism for the world my son will know.
Standing on a beach in Gaza a few years ago, I found myself between a group of young armed Israeli settlers and three unarmed Palestinian youths, two of whom were small.
A demure beauty with big blue eyes, my niece melts hearts wherever she goes, especially here. Nineteen on Monday, she came from the U.S. to stay with us in Istanbul last week. With all the crap she has had to deal with in her life, and there has been much, she believes she is lucky. Her family on all sides has embraced her as gay.