Category: Jenny White

Pope Francis in Turkey: Developing a Bond with the Orthodox

November 25th, 2014 in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Jenny White, Newsmakers, Newsmax 0 comments

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Jenny White, College of Arts & Sciences

Just six months ago, on May 25, Pope Francis and the Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I met in Jerusalem, a 50th anniversary commemoration of the meeting of their respective predecessors, which energized the modern effort to restore full communion between the Churches…

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“You can anticipate a negative reaction by some of the Turkish public if the Pope stays in the new 1,000-room Presidential Mansion, which was built illegally despite a court order stopping it. It was built on protected forest land planted by Ataturk, cutting down hundreds of trees. Also, President Erdogan is building an additional 250-room personal villa next door and architectural plans no longer show Ataturk’s home (he’s their George Washington). By staying there, people think, the Pope is legitimating the ruling party’s graft, lawlessness, and autocracy.”

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Jenny White on coffee, camaraderie and the cultural logic of factionalism

July 7th, 2014 in 2014, Jenny White, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors 0 comments

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By Jenny White, College of Arts & Sciences

Professor Jenny White has spent the academic year 2013-14 in Stockholm working on an intimate history of Turkey’s 1970s quasi-civil war. In a new article she takes stock of her time in Stockholm and reflects on the roots of contemporary Turkish society…

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Jihadist threat against sacred Turkish tomb threatens to widen Syria’s war

March 28th, 2014 in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, FoxNews.com, Jenny White, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Jenny White, College of Arts & Sciences

A man who has been dead for nearly 800 years could be the catalyst that draws Turkey into Syria’s bloody civil war. Jihadists who poured into Syria to help the Free Syrian Army only to turn on them, have threatened to attack the sacred tomb of Suleyman Shah, grandfather of the founder of the Ottoman Empire…

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“It would draw attention away from corruption allegations against the ruling AKP and pull the nation together against a common enemy. A wiretap of a conversation between high level officials was recently leaked in which they discussed the usefulness of such an attack to boost election results, causing public outrage.”

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Why are Neo-liberal ideas so resilient?

October 25th, 2013 in 2013, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Jenny White, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors 0 comments

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Co-written by Jenny White, College of Arts & Sciences

Despite the economic crisis that hit the US and Europe full force in 2008, political leaders have made little attempt to rethink the neo-liberal ideas that are in large part responsible for the boom and bust, let alone to come to terms with how immoderate the ‘Great Moderation’ really was…

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Where is Turkey Headed? Congress Tackles Issue of Turkey’s Future as a Democratic Model

August 31st, 2013 in 2013, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Jenny White, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Jenny White, College of Arts & Sciences

On July 31, the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, Subcommittee on European Affairs held a hearing on the future of Turkey after the recent protests in Gezi Park and Taksim Square…

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“The laws that were protecting the environment have been weakened, and have led to corruption.”

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‘Sinister’: Turkey Installing Tip Boxes Encouraging Neighbors to Spy on Each Other

August 13th, 2013 in 2013, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Jenny White, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Jenny White, College of Arts & Sciences

The Turkish government is launching a new campaign encouraging neighbors to tattle on each other by placing anonymous notes in boxes to be installed nationwide…

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“What we can expect is more people hauled from their homes for unspecified ‘crimes’ that they may or may not have done and that may or may not actually be on the law books. Serendipity might be the new watchword instead of justice — the chance to trample on your neighbor or a stranger with impunity.”

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Erdogan Plays the Headscarf Card

July 9th, 2013 in 2013, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Jenny White, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Jenny White, College of Arts & Sciences

On June 11, nearly two weeks into the mass anti-government protests that were rocking Turkey, the country’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan lashed out against the demonstrators yet again…

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“I don’t see Turkish bystanders allowing a baby or a mother with child to be brutalized in the street unless in a pogrom where the victims aren’t considered to be Turkish or even human.”

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Erdogan Tightens Grip on Turkey, Putting Nation at Crossroads

June 27th, 2013 in 2013, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Jenny White, Newsmakers, Wall Street Journal 0 comments

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Jenny White, College of Arts & Sciences

As mayor of Istanbul in the late 1990s, Recep Tayyip Erdogan publicly read a poem that included the lines: “The mosques are our barracks, the domes our helmets, the minarets our bayonets and the faithful our soldiers.”…

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“Erdogan is at his root a pragmatist and not unlike Bill Clinton—he would make you feel like you were the only person in the room. Erdogan is a product of Turkish culture that is characterized by militant masculinity that can easily turn to violence. It’s a loaded gun that can be manipulated and pointed, which makes it dangerous.”

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Turkish Liberals Turn Their Backs on Erdogan

June 19th, 2013 in 2013, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Jenny White, New York Times, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Jenny White, College of Arts & Sciences

For Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the antigovernment protests that have shaken Turkey have come with a jarring paradox…

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“He would ignore a table of bearded mayors after an event and talk to me like I was the only person in the world. There is that aspect of it that really captured people.”

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Descent into confrontation

June 13th, 2013 in 2013, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Jenny White, Newsmakers, The Economist 0 comments

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Jenny White, College of Arts & Sciences

The prime minister chooses toughness over talk. The consequences for Turkey could be seriously damaging…

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“Those who think he has lost his cool and is reacting blindly may find that this crackdown is Erdogan’s pragmatic strategy to shut down the protests once and for all.”

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