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Natasha Kumar By Natasha Kumar Mar15,2024

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The opening of a Radio-Canada office in Istanbul underlines the importance of Turkey on the world stage.

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The opening of a Radio-Canada office in Istanbul confirms the historical importance of Turkey and its place in the geopolitics of today's world. Let's travel to this fascinating country thanks to reports from Radio-Canada.

It is a country that we have known by various names.

It was part of the Roman Empire, then called Byzantium, Constantinople and the Ottoman Empire, before becoming the Republic in 1923 from Turkey.

The territory that constitutes it is at the crossroads of the Asian and European continents.

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Its neighbors include Iraq, Iran, Syria and Ukraine.

Istanbul is located near Beirut, Damascus, Tel Aviv and Tehran.

This makes it an ideal location to cover one of the most volatile regions in the world.

Turkish Ambassador to Canada Taha Carim answers questions from Nicole Germain and Jacques Fauteux on Turkey.

The geographical location and the weight of its history have always provoked fascination and questioning about the realities of Turkey.

Istanbul, the main city of Turkey, is home to a tangle of historical remains and monuments, often thousands of years old, which come from several civilizations.

This explains the multiple questions posed to the Turkish ambassador to Canada, her Excellency Taha Carim, the host Nicole Germain and the host Jacques Fauteux of the showMirroirs d'Ève on October 28, 1963. < /p>

Co-host Yoland Guérard and columnist Renée Morin discuss Turkish history.

April 23, 1968, Yoland Guérard, co-host of the show Woman of Todaytalks with columnist Renée Morin who has traveled to Turkey several times.

Renée Morin describes in particular the Hagia Sophia basilica which is one of the most emblematic monuments of the Byzantine Empire and which remains today one of the most major tourist attractions in Istanbul.

She also tells us about the Göreme region, in the central region of Cappadocia, where we can visit churches filled with frescoes which, despite their age, are still very well preserved.

By its history and geography, Turkey has always wanted to be part of Europe.

In April 1987, the Turkish Republic formally submitted an application for membership in the European Community.

A few months after this filing, journalist Raymond Saint-Pierre went to Istanbul.

Report by journalist Raymond Saint-Pierre on the obstacles to Turkey's admission to the European Community.

On December 17, 1987, the journalist presented to theTéléjournala report which showed the numerous obstacles encountered by the Turkish application file for the European Community.

These include the weakness of the Turkish economy compared to European economies.

Turkey must also improve its record regarding respect for human rights.

If Turkey has never withdrawn its application, its admission process to the European Union is currently at a standstill.

In 2003, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan became Turkey's new strongman.

With his coming to power, the Islamic religion regained considerable political weight in the institutions of state and society in Turkey.

In 2010, journalist Gilles Gougeon returned to Turkey, which he had last explored times 20 years ago.

Report by journalist Gilles Gougeon on the revolutionary mosque built in Istanbul by architect Zeynep Faddillioglu

On December 3, 2010, he presented on the show One Hour on Earth a report he produced in Istanbul.

This report shows that a quiet revolution could be underway in Turkish Islam.

In 2010, the Erdoğan government, although supported by a base made up of faithful Islamists, encouraged certain reforms of the Islamic religion.

This is how Gilles Gougeon found himself in a brand new mosque in Istanbul whose architecture and decoration had been planned and designed by a woman.

It is in fact the architect Zeynep Faddillioglu who designed this place of worship which presents several revolutionary aspects.

Contrary to tradition, the walls are open to the outside and let the light in.

Zeynep Faddillioglu also creates an openwork space where women from the top of the mosque can better see the religious rituals.

On the other hand, she does not has not broken with the tradition of separating spaces for men and women for prayer in the mosque.

In 2024, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is still President of the Turkish Republic.

Islam plays a dominant role in the country.

Turkey has an increasingly important strategic role in contemporary geopolitics.

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Natasha Kumar

By Natasha Kumar

Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my natasha@thetimeshub.in 1-800-268-7116

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