Turkey and the U.S. are on the verge of overcoming a major hurdle. A Turkish court ruled Friday to release American Pastor Andrew Brunson, who has been held in Turkey since 2016 on charges of helping terrorist groups. News of a deal between Turkey and the U.S. on the pastor’s release emerged Thursday. Also on Thursday, the value of the struggling Turkish lira rose 3 percent, welcome news for Ankara considering the Turkish economy’s recent woes. Just today, the central bank chief said that, despite tighter monetary policy, inflation – which reached a whopping 24.5 percent last month – could still climb even higher. But more important, Brunson’s release could remove a critical roadblock in U.S.-Turkey relations, which seemed close to their breaking point just two months ago. In the end, it appears the Brunson issue was mere politics.
There’s a new schism in the Orthodox Christian Church. The Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, considered the central church of the mo