Behind the Dervishes

  A journey into the world of Turkey’s famous yet mysterious whirling dervishes, learning more about Sufism along the way By: Samantha North for Time Out   Many visitors to Istanbul have seen the famous whirling dervishes conducting rituals in Sultanahmet or Galata. A stunning spectacle, the dervishes transport the viewer to a mystical realm and …

Turkish Defense Minister says hostages will soon be free

THE LEVANT – Turkey’s Defense Minister Ismet Yilmaz has revealed that his government is still in talks with all Iraqi sides regarding freeing the captured Turkish Consul General in Mosul and the other 49 Consulate staff that were taken hostage by ISIS last June. Islamic State of Iraq and Sham (ISIS) militants kidnapped all the …