Tuesday, 4 October , 2022

Orthodox Christians

Why the U.S. will do nothing to protect the Hagia Sophia

By Edward G. Stafford Jul 08 2020 The Council of State, Turkey’s highest administrative court, is currently considering whether to reconvert the Hagia Sophia museum into...

Hagia Sophia becomes mosque again after Erdogan signs decree

Turkey's president has signed a decree to formally turn the Hagia Sophia into a mosque - a move which threatens to upset Christians around...

UNESCO sent letter to Turkey regarding turning Hagia Sophia into a...

Jun 26, 2020 Ernesto Ottone Ramírez, Assistant Director-General for Culture said that UNESCO sent a letter to the Turkish authorities at the beginning of June regarding...

‘Can’t erase history’: Putin & Stalin mosaic for military cathedral is...

25 Apr, 2020 President Vladimir Putin and Soviet leader Joseph Stalin will both make a surprise, if minor, appearance inside the main cathedral of the...

Turkey converts yet another ancient Greek church into a mosque

By Uzay Bulut Feb 4, 2020 The Turkish newspaper Hurriyet has reported that the Hagia Sofia “Mosque” in Edirne is being restored, and it will...

A long farewell to Yugoslavia

In an interview with Martin Meyer and Andreas Breitenstein, Peter Handke discusses what happened in the break-up of the former Yugoslavia 22/06/2006 With Montenegro's declaration of...

Erdogan’s Cultural Wars

What caused Erdogan’s change of heart on Hagia Sophia? March 29, 2019 President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s recent remarks that Hagia Sophia, a famed Istanbul landmark,...

Politics and Spirit: the Battle for Balkan Minds

by William Mallinson  Dimitris Konstantakopoulos’ punchy piece of 11 December about the split between Moscow and Constantinople triggered in my mind some other related factors...

Ukrainian far-right MP declares ‘hunt’ for Moscow-loyal priests after split

17 Dec, 2018 A Ukrainian MP and ex-head of ultra-nationalist Right Sector has called for all priests loyal to the Russian Orthodox Church to ‘hunted...

Imperialism, Geopolitics and Religion: The Split Between Moscow and Constantinople

By Dimitris Konstantakopoulos 11.12.2018 A very serious rift regarding Ukraine is now developing between the Ecumenical (Universal) Patriarchate of Constantinople and the biggest and more powerful...