Editor's Note:
Prophesy-infused Politics
Eser Turan

Eser Turan

13 July 2020

Much to our chagrin, Turkey's ongoing battle with Western politics results in a decree that redesignates Hagia Sophia as a mosque. Honoring Muslim expectations that view the building's 1453 conversion as Prophet Mohammed's first prophecy fulfilled against the mysterious figure called 'the Antichrist', this 2020 reconversion is well-timed to position President Erdogan as 'Mahdi', the prophesized savior of the Muslim world, passifying his grumbling voter base.

This hardly works for the International Turkish community however. Bombarded with questions and comments, we face a daunting task that requires us to discuss the power of mysticism in Turkish politics. For those that are not well-equipped, 'The Protector' on Netflix comes to our rescue. 

HAZ Premier Place in London also helps. Boasting modern interiors, the classy decor showcases a unique design approach that reflects the somber meditation we seek in the West. Such subtle moves of brilliance can also be seen in Sevan Bicakci's imperial designs, as documented in 'Timekeeper'

That grandeur generally translates as generosity, recently exemplified in TASC's drive to extend free care to New Jersey residents, a formidable effort that surpassed the welfare plan of the US government.  

Charting out on a unique path, Alev Ozten's underwater explorations in the Caribbean present a wonderful example of Turkish comfort with the wild and the unexpected. As she shares her experience, our warrior genes receive a boost to further take the road less traveled.

Wishing you a fun vacation filled with great explorations,

Eser Turan
Founder and Editor

 
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