Author: Edward Rowe

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The “monumental legacy” of Ahmet Ağaoğlu – a life linking Turkey and Azerbaijan

The historic birthplace of a leading Turkish-Azeri intellectual recently returned to Azerbaijani hands following a truce with Armenia. The town of Shusha, the home of the educator, publicist, Pan-Turkist thinker and politician Ahmet Ağaoğlu, who played an important role in the foundation of both Azerbaijan and Turkey, was among a number of areas brought back […]

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4 things I love about Shacklewell Lane Mosque

My name may not give it away, but I am in fact, a practicing Muslim. I accepted Islam in early 2018, and since then, I have visited mosques all over London. Plenty of these spaces are full of beauty, warmth and spiritual calm, but one of these in particular stands out. Shacklewell Lane Mosque, also […]

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Which political party should British Turks be backing? General Election 2019 T-VINE Special Report

With Britain’s General Election fast approaching, T-VINE looked into the major parties’ records on Turkey and Cyprus to offer British Turkish voters a more informed choice at the polls on Thursday, 12 December 2019. Main parties, main policies: who wants what? The Conservatives led by Boris Johnson are campaigning on a platform to “Get Brexit […]

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Number 10 praises British Turkish Cypriots’ achievements

aaNumber 10 has praised the achievements of Britain’s Turkish Cypriot community. In an unprecedented first, Downing Street has sent “warm wishes” and “congratulations to all the nominees and winners” at the Council of Turkish Cypriot Associations UK’s (CTCA UK) 2ndAwards Gala in a message on behalf of Prime Minister Boris Johnson after the group invited […]

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Turkish TV series Diriliş Ertuğrul takes Britain by storm

Turkish soap operas have been appealing to global audiences for some time, but seldom have any generated the levels of fandom that Diriliş Ertuğrul (Resurrection Ertuğrul) has. Even more significantly, it is the first to have seriously penetrated the UK. From talks up and down the country, to arranged travel tours to the set, there […]

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The Anatolian origins of the US Congress
 

Americans voted in the midterm elections this week, casting ballots for various seats in Congress including 35 in the senate and all 435 of the House of Representatives. As election fever swept the United States, T-VINE took a look at how an Ancient Anatolian civilisation influenced the authors of the US Constitution, and in particular […]

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Analysing the results of Turkey’s snap 2018 elections
 

Turkey witnessed its first joint presidential and parliamentary elections a little over a week ago, marking a significant change in the country’s political history. The 24 June snap vote had a turnout of around 87% and ushered in a new system of government, bringing reforms to the Turkish constitution –narrowly approved in a controversial referendum […]

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“Give North Cyprus an Emoji” say 1000 signatories
 

An online petition calling for a Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) flag mobile phone emoji has gained over 1000 signatures. The plea, named “Make a TRNC (Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus) emoji!!” which is directed at tech giants Apple, Samsung and Microsoft is registered on campaigning website change.org and is intended to gain greater global recognition for the […]

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Why it’s only a matter of time before all mosques follow Masjid Ramadan’s lead and accept Bitcoin

Britain’s first Turkish-owned mosque made history this week becoming one of the first UK Islamic institutions to accept donations in Bitcoin – a digital or cryptocurrency operating independently from central banks. The East London-based Masjid Ramadan, also known as Shacklewell Lane Mosque, “has embarked on a new venture, which is to take the Bitcoin as an […]