“God, Grant me the serenity to accept the things that I cannot change, The Courage to change the things that I can, And the wisdom to know the difference.” This brilliant prayer, originally written by the American theologian and philosopher Reinhold Niebuhr and curiously adopted by Alcoholics Anonymous and other twelve-step programs, grants us both […]Read more "The “Secret” Formula for Happiness: Not Desiring What is Undesirable"
I found in a rare book, written by my uncle Mehmet Koç in 1964, a striking quotation of a public statement on a train wreck by an “unknown” state official in Turkey: “Citizens, Regrettably, our nighty three citizens passed away in the deplorable train wreck last night. Our sorrow is overwhelming. Our only consolation is […]Read more "Let’s Vomit It: Disgust, Purity, and Hate"
In association with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA), the Association of Researchers on the Middle East and Africa (ORDAF) organized an international conference in Istanbul on June 23, 2012 on the African Nomads known as the Tuaregs. Although they are the ancient and principal inhabitants of the […]Read more "Uncharted Territory: Understanding the Tuaregs"