"Mehmet Ali Birand: Why are we frightened of minorities?
Wednesday, March 9, 2005
A 70-million-strong Turkey is clearly frightened of its few hundred thousand non-Muslim citizens. Can there be any other reason why the foundations law has not yet been passed?
Mehmet Ali Birand
Turkey has a �taboo� subject and such a deep-seated fear of it that almost no one knows about it, and very few people have the courage to say something on the matter.
I'm talking about the properties of non-Muslim foundations.
Most belong to Greek Orthodox and Armenian foundations. Others, such as the Jews and the Syriacs, also own property. "
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