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turkish chess : the invisible hand

… a ghost in the machine that plays chess…Does God play chess with the universe? And how does one figure in the future’s future? Walter Benjamin called the future, “the small gate in time through which the messiah might enter.” … Continue reading

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from istanbul: the sequel?

Does history repeat itself? To rewrite the history once more of the Ottoman conquest of the Arab peripheral regions; a manifest destiny to tame, pacify, discipline and civilize the Other from what they regard as tribal savagery and ineptitude. Ottomans … Continue reading

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