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December 08, 2007

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detonator

marvin needs to stay in the middle east, his facts are very distorted in regards to iraq, so perhaps he should make it his home there. guys like that are not ambassadors, but parasites. its a shame he could not have come from another country that would allow him to have become a sports figure, to travel the world, & then talk utter crap about his former country, & countrymen, as if they are uneducated. muslims in particular come up with there own brand of history,& philosophy that boggles my mind. and i am not a jew nor am i a christian. please, keep your basketball diplomacy, your firends make far to much money for their own good, american sports players are the biggest criminals, babies, & no good traitors that you will find here. foreign countries reap our benefits so guys like this can exist? makes no sense to me at all. but please, dont come back to america, whatever you do.

Edie

This story is wonderful. It's really too bad the U.S. is so isolated and Americans can't afford or choose not to travel more. This young man is just another example of an American who was able to travel and see things for himself ... and he reads.

Americans need to feel 'connected' to the rest of the world and not depend on their elected officials for facts or the main stream media here. Sorry. McClatchy is actually better than most.

But, I can't see McClatchy even picking up a story like this.

I'm glad this guy is out there showing average Joes in the M.E. that there are reasonable Americans, not just the cowboys they read about in papers or see in their news.

NN

Just a couple of my own recommends for Istanbul, since I could go on about that city forever (something about the feel of it is so close to the Beirut and Damascus I knew as a child). The ferry ride is a must, and if that hip-hop club in Taksim keeps you up until the wee small hours, you can have a delicious Turkish breakfast in Café Ara, off Istiklal Street, near the Lycée (Galatasaray Lisesi). Ortakoy is a great part of town on the waterfront, perfect for an evening out, iznik tiles, and sahlep (sahlab). Sokullu Mehmet Paça is a small jewel of a mosque in Sultanahmet, a little hard to find but beautiful. And watch out for a boulevard (I forget the name) lined completely with huge black and white photos of Ataturk at different phases of his life. More Fellini than Stalin. AND, to remember how to say the word for thank you, 'Teçekkürler', think 'they're secular'!

mbk

Eyup is another interesting little section of Istanbul. There's a really old mosque and cemetary, and Pierre Loti cafe at the top of the hill, if I remember correctly. A nice out of the way place to see if you have the time.

Hannah Allam

Teçekkürler for all the Istanbul suggestions!! Still cracking up at NN's memory trick: They're secular!
I'm hoping to go there for just a couple days over the Christmas holiday, news and editors permitting. I'll take some pics of the places you all suggested. Sagol!

mbk

Have a great trip!

firstprimate

@detonator:

You insulted Jews and Christians by saying "i am not a jew nor am i a christian" Your views are that of a retard.

Ming Chu

I am glad that he doesnt subscribe to the same ignorance that 99% of Americans do. He obviously has his own mind and is in no way handicapped by the American propoganda machine.

American people dont even own passports. They dont even desire to learn another language. This man I think represents the fundamental freedoms that America only preaches about around the world. Too many Americans have NO IDEA about the real truths in Iraq an I thank this man for actually researching and finding these truths out for himself.


Kudos to you! This ball player KILLS the stereotype that hampers most athletes

sultanahmet

Topkapi Palace is beatiful.
I will return.

Abercrombie outlet

As you stated, it's clear that many people were misleading some people, and from the very beginning.

abercrombie

Awesome coverage!

wctube

This story is wonderful. It's really too bad the U.S. is so isolated and Americans can't afford or choose not to travel more. This young man is just another example of an American who was able to travel and see things for himself ... and he reads..

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