From Jeremayakovka (his links):
The International Press Institute is slated to hold its "World Congress and 56th General Assembly" from May 12-15 in Istanbul, Turkey. Sitting on the crossroads of two continents makes Istanbul a curious locale. Yet while Istanbul is curious, the World Congress is peculiar. As you can glean from its web site, it is an occasion to showcase Turkey as a model for democratic stability and ethnic tolerance (and to lobby for its admission to the EU). Yet not one panelist is slated to appear from the tiny democracy of Israel, nor for that matter from any of Israel's Arab neighbors.
From the Congress's Programme, the May 13th panel: Turkey, Sharing the Democratic Experience.
Well established democracies feel the strain of faith-based politics ranging from Christian fundamentalism in the U.S. to Islamic extremists in Europe.
No, Rosie O'Donnell is not on the panel.
Can the Turkish experience be emulated by other contries in the region and beyond?
Yes, I'm afraid so.