Peter Kenyon http://kplu.org en In This Turkish Town, Liver (And Olive Oil Wrestling) Are King http://kplu.org/post/turkish-town-liver-and-olive-oil-wrestling-are-king If we mention the northwestern Turkish city of Edirne, tucked up near the borders with Greece and Bulgaria, you may think, "Oh brother, not another story about olive oil wrestling."<p>Yes, it's true that each summer for the last 650 or so years Edirne has hosted the <a href="http://www.edirnetravel.net/oil-wrestling-kirkpinar">Kirkpinar Olive Oil Wrestling Festival</a>, in which half-naked men slathered in fragrant oil grapple in the grass. It's activity that's even recognized as a UNESCO Heritage Event.<p>But we're actually here today to discuss liver. Fried liver. Tue, 29 Apr 2014 22:34:41 +0000 Peter Kenyon 16325 at http://kplu.org In This Turkish Town, Liver (And Olive Oil Wrestling) Are King Still Reeling From Crisis, Ukraine Prepares For Presidential Vote http://kplu.org/post/still-reeling-crisis-ukraine-prepares-presidential-vote After a winter of lightning-fast changes – a president ousted and a peninsula apparently lost to Russia — Ukrainians are beginning to look ahead to elections on May 25 to replace Viktor Yanukovych.<p>The opposition leader who seemed to have the inside track a few weeks ago, ex-world champion heavyweight Vitali Klitschko, has taken himself out of the running. Tue, 01 Apr 2014 21:15:26 +0000 Peter Kenyon 15580 at http://kplu.org Still Reeling From Crisis, Ukraine Prepares For Presidential Vote Iran's Hope Is Sanctions Relief, But Reality Is Struggling Economy http://kplu.org/post/irans-hope-sanctions-relief-reality-struggling-economy Iran's economy may be struggling, but that doesn't mean everyone is suffering.<p>In a downtown Tehran restaurant, a well-dressed young man who asks to be identified only as Ahmad sits with a friend enjoying a water pipe of flavored tobacco.<p>Ahmad is a bit vague about what he does — first he says he's in the petrochemical business, then describes himself as an independent trader. Fri, 14 Feb 2014 18:54:10 +0000 Peter Kenyon 13657 at http://kplu.org Iran's Hope Is Sanctions Relief, But Reality Is Struggling Economy Iran's President Marks Revolution With Call For Negotiations http://kplu.org/post/irans-president-marks-revolution-call-negotiations Iran on Tuesday marked the 35th anniversary of its Islamic revolution, a day when the country's religious conservatives and military hard-liners take center stage, and calls of "Death to America" echo across the country.<p>In Tehran's Azadi Square, one man waving an orange "Down with the USA" flag condemned the U.S. and Israel, and then, perhaps not sure of the nationality of the reporter standing nearby, threw in England and France for good measure.<p>But Iranians say this year's rally had a different feel, especially when compared to those under the previous president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Tue, 11 Feb 2014 21:26:41 +0000 Peter Kenyon 13528 at http://kplu.org Iran's President Marks Revolution With Call For Negotiations Iran's President Rouhani Gets The Benefit Of The Doubt, For Now http://kplu.org/post/irans-president-rouhani-gets-benefit-doubt-now As Iran prepares to mark the 35th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution, it's not hard to find evidence of its much analyzed devotion to martyrdom, especially around this holiday.<p>It's also not hard to find chants of "Death to America." Just drop by the massive Mosalla Imam Khomeini mosque for Friday prayers.<p>The imam, or prayer leader, spoke of ancient beliefs and up-to-the-minute politics, condemning recent comments by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and U.S. nuclear negotiator Wendy Sherman. Fri, 07 Feb 2014 23:36:20 +0000 Peter Kenyon 13398 at http://kplu.org Iran's President Rouhani Gets The Benefit Of The Doubt, For Now In Istanbul, A Byzantine-Era Fleet Surfaces Again http://kplu.org/post/istanbul-byzantine-era-fleet-surfaces-again In Istanbul, major public transit projects are back under way after years of paralysis. The problem wasn't a lack of financing, but the layer upon layer of ancient artifacts that turned up every time the earthmovers started their work.<p>The excavation began eight years ago on projects intended to ease Istanbul's notoriously clogged traffic.<p>The job included building a tunnel under the Bosphorus Strait and linking it to a rail and subway network. Mon, 03 Dec 2012 18:35:25 +0000 Peter Kenyon 7267 at http://kplu.org In Istanbul, A Byzantine-Era Fleet Surfaces Again Istanbul, A City Of Spies In Fact And Fiction http://kplu.org/post/istanbul-city-spies-fact-and-fiction <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OErGKw_3o6Q</p> Sun, 09 Sep 2012 15:03:16 +0000 Peter Kenyon 6257 at http://kplu.org Istanbul, A City Of Spies In Fact And Fiction