Turkey’s Anti-Semitic, Anti-Democratic, Pro-Erdogan Hit Television Drama

One of Turkish television’s most popular series, The Last Emperor, tells of the final years of Sultan Abdulhamid II—before he was overthrown in 1909 by advocates of constitutional monarchy. While Abdulhamid is still remembered by many in Turkey as the ruler who revoked the Ottoman empire’s short-lived first constitution, instigated bloody pogroms against Armenians and other minorities, and cultivated a pan-Islamist ideology, the show makes him its hero. Aykan Erdemir and Oren Kessler describe its depiction of his opponents:

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More about: Anti-Semitism, Arts & Culture, Ottoman Empire, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Television, Turkey

An American Diplomatic Mission to the Palestinian Authority Doesn’t Belong in Jerusalem

July 28 2021

After the U.S. moved its embassy to Israel’s capital, it closed down its consulate in the city because the new embassy had subsumed its functions. But two months ago, the State Department announced that it intends to reopen the consulate, which will function as a mission to the Palestinian Authority. Elliott Abrams and Amanda Rothschild write:

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More about: Jerusalem, Joseph Biden, Palestinian Authority, U.S. Foreign policy, US-Israel relations