Issue 75

  • Beyond the Mountains

    In the morning I checked everything a second time: yes, I had my razors and shaving cream, an extra shirt just in case of spilling tea, and of course lots of socks, for visiting a book fair means a lot of walking. I had prepared m

    Published May - June 2010 - The Fountain

    Chaos and the Mystical World of Faith

    Today, everyone breathes resentment, swallows hatred, curses all that is deemed to be an enemy with a fixed and determined passion, as if programmed for fury. The ink that flows on the pages of newspapers, the pictures that are br

    Published May - June 2010 - M. Fethullah Gulen

    The Water Towers of the World

    Mountains have been the source of inspiration to human beings in history, with their magnificence and great silence. As the famous mountain photographer Ansel Adams said, "No matter how sophisticated you may be, a large granite m

    Published May - June 2010 - H. Huseyin Erdem

    Existential Questions: Can We Avoid Them?

    I recall a conversation that I had with my best friend in high school. I was deeply troubled by the death of my sister, who passed away a few years ago at the age of 19, and was asking my friend what she thought was the meaning of

    Published May - June 2010 - Eren Tatari

    Bridging Omo-ilu and Ara-ilu Gaps... A Simple Justobification

    Societies are often classified into different groups. These groups could be ethnic, as in most Sub-Saharan African societies, or racial, as in the mixed societies of South Africa, Western Europe, Australia and America. The bases f

    Published May - June 2010 - Abdul-Gafar 'Tobi' Oshodi

    Why the Arrows of Misfortune Strike Good People

    “In heaven all is gladness. In hell all is sorrow. Upon this earth, since it lies between, sometimes the one, and sometimes the other. We have our being between the two extremes, and so it partakes of both.”

    Published May - June 2010 - Harold R. Olcese

    I Am the Earth

    My existence is essential for human life, and only human beings can truly appreciate my value. I was created in the most suitable way for humans to live among the many other planets continuously orbiting the sun. I am the earth.

    Published May - June 2010 - Ibrahim Ugurlu

    A Record to Break...

    Halima heard the front door close with a click that was almost inaudible. Casting a quick look at the digital clock on the kitchen counter, she surmised that her son, Ahmet, must have come home from school. Since Ahmet began carry

    Published May - June 2010 - Mirkena Ozer

    Natural is Nothing Less Than Miraculous

    Alexander: I worry about this huge activity to try and make ourselves immortal, and try to extend our life by another decade or so, when such big slices of the world’s population are still lacking even the very basic medical car

    Published May - June 2010 - Mustafa Tabanli

    Storm of Change

    It was one of the first days of spring when a butterfly appeared in our forest. She was so charming in her vibrant blues, yellows, and blacks that everyone wanted to be close to the butterfly. In order to attract her for a chat, t

    Published May - June 2010 - Sermed Ogretim

    Spiritual Capital for Social Change

    When talking about capital most people think of money, gold, homes, and land. But there is a new and growing perspective focused on non-traditional capital, according to Dr. Katherine Marshall, a leading global development exp

    Published May - June 2010 - MaryLynn Schiavi

    When Your Heart Speaks, Take Good Notes

    Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace...One School at a Time
    By Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin
    2006, Penguin Books

    “The first time you share tea with a Balti, you are a stranger, th

    Published May - June 2010 - Alice Bolton

    It's me Peter, your Endocrine System!

    We are now approaching the end of the series of organs that told you about themselves. They have been pointing out the seal of God on them, and celebrating themselves as they manifest the beauties and the delicacies of

    Published May - June 2010 - Irfan Yilmaz

    Delusion of Immortality

    Question: How can the delusion of immortality be overcome?

    The phrase “delusion of immortality” means people think they are eternal and immortal. Such people are obsessed with the world, as if they will never

    Published May - June 2010 - Hikmet Isik

    A New Hope for Type I Diabetes

    1- Original Article: Wang, M. et al., PNAS (published online before print on March 1, 2010).
    Periodic injections of insulin to manage blood sugar levels is critical for the treatment of diabetes patients. It requires c

    Published May - June 2010 - The Fountain