September 23, 2017

Thoughts on Political Socialization

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Why political socialization is important to shaping and reshaping societies and how citizens find their morals and beliefs through it? Read More »

Nearly 100 Years Ago, Baseball Almost Banned Broadcasts

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With owners deeply divided over radio, a 20-year tug-of-war would ensue. Read More »

The Power of Stones Used in Ottoman Jewelry

The 75 carat Hooker Emerald Brooch is part of the Gem and Mineral Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. The stone reputedly was once part of a stone worn by Ottoman ruler Abdul Hamid II. (Photo via Daily Sabah)

Could the Ottomans have known something that we didn’t about the stones and gems they used in their jewelry? Here is a look at the significance of the stones used in the making of these flamboyant pieces Read More »

FoodLense: The İstanbul-Berlin Döner Wars

German Chancellor Merkel is seen cutting döner from a spit. The döner industry, which is mostly in the hands of the Turkish community, sells nearly 300 tons daily in Germany.(Photo via Today's Zaman)

Turkish dish the döner has carved out a place for itself in modern German cuisine. It has surpassed the hamburger in Germany's fast food sector. Despite its Turkish roots, some people think the döner made in Germany is better than those made in Turkey. Read More »

Phil Hughes: The Tragic Reality of Life’s Frailty

Phil Hughes tragic death has left the cricket world shocked and stunned.

Sport, they say, mirrors life. Rarely, though, does it mirror the grim realities that force us to take time to examine our own frailties. Phil Hughes, whose life was ended doing what he loved most, forces introspection of just how fragile life can be. Read More »

FoodLense: The Star of Thanksgiving Dinner

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Traditional foods are a large part of Thanksgiving celebrations, which includes turkey, stuffing, gravy, sweet potatoes, cornbread, mashed potatoes, and cranberry sauce. But making a delicious turkey remains central to the tradition. Here is one recipe to add taste to your Thanksgiving dinner table. Read More »

FoodLense: The Story of Harisa to Haleem


Haleem, nihari and biryani are robustly rustic, and before they were refined to lavishly lay on the table of royalty in the subcontinent they were cantonment foods; fit to feed the Army battalions. Read More »

Turkish Delight: Baked Eggplant Kebab

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The Turkish city of Gaziantep is known for its eggplant kebab which is normally made on grill and tastes even better. But this one is also extremely good. Read More »

Almost Afghan! Roasted Salmon With Dill and Cilantro

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Landlocked Afghanistan may not have salmon on top of its national cuisine, but improvisation in recipes can give the fish a unique Afghan flavor. Read More »

A Culinary Tour of Eid Dishes Across Middle East

The traditional lamb karahi originates from the rustic and traditionally Pukhtun town of Landi Kotal.  (Photo by Fawad Ahmed, via Dawn)

Muslims mark Eid al-Adha celebrations with a feast. Thalia Rahme brings us some traditional and not so traditional recipes prepared by Muslims across the Middle East on that day. Read More »