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Citizenship, cities and coronavirus: Measures to protect human life

On 23 January, the government of the People’s Republic of China imposed a quarantine on the central Chinese city of Wuhan, population eleven million. The quarantine measures, designed to counter …

Life

The cost of staying silent on Hagia Sophia

The date 24 July 2020 will go down in modern Turkish history as the day Turkey buried its founder Kemal Ataturk’s secular legacy. For Christians, the day will hitherto represent …

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Onassis Foundation panellists recount their experiences of life as black citizens of Greece

The relevance of  the words “I Can’t Breathe” that were  uttered by the dying George Floyd in the US strikes a chord with the nine AfroGreeks  who gathered for a …

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‘My friend received an airline refund. Why am I not eligible?’ A travel agent explains

I was contacted today week by a newspaper journalist who posed this question to me, as he was writing an article on why refunds seem to be months in coming, …

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Hagia Sophia reactions on mosaics, whores and prostitutes

I freely admit to deriving much enjoyment from listening to Sakarya University History Professor Ebubekir (P)sofuoğlu’s (the P may or may not be silent) enlightened ruminations. The depth of learning …

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Why Hagia Sophia remains a potent symbol of spiritual and political authority

Since its origins in the sixth century A.D, the Hagia Sophia has served as a church, a mosque, and, since 1934, a museum. But on July 10, the Turkish government …

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Hagia Sophia’s conversion to a mosque is as much an affront to Kemal as it is to Christianity

To the world, the Hagia Sophia museum is a hologram monument that belongs to all and means different things to different people depending on their perspective. For nationalist Turks, Hagia …

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Islamic view of the conversion of Hagia Sophia

We need to work together to convince President Erdogan not to convert Hagia Sophia into a mosque in Istanbul. Hagia Sophia was built as a Church and a pride of …

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Two weeks into Melbourne’s lockdown, why aren’t COVID-19 case numbers going down?

Fourteen days after Melbourne was put back into lockdown, the latest daily tally of 484 new cases in Victoria makes for dispiriting reading. Why have the numbers stubbornly refused to go down, …

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Energy isn’t just electricity – the common mistake obscuring the mammoth task of decarbonisation

One of the first things I teach students is the difference between energy and electricity. Electricity is a particular form of energy, but often the two words are used interchangeably. …