A tale of two passports: Turkey unrest underscores complexity of identity politics
A run-in with police in Turkey, a country with a beguiling kaleidoscope of ethnicities, reminds us that our identities can never be summed up just by the color of our passports.
TURKEY – Passports are nearly indestructible objects. An American-Israeli friend of mine discovered this in an Iraqi farmhouse when she frantically tried to get rid of her Israeli passport before her identity could be discovered by the Shia insurgents who had detained her and other journalists on the outskirts of Baghdad. She tried to set fire to it, but it wouldn't burn. She tried to flush it down the...
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