Anti-alcohol bill leaves many Turks dispirited

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Vahe Capar dances at an impromptu party at his home while Semsettin Donmez plays a variety of Turkish, Armenian and Arabic folk songs on his baglama. The partygoers were a diverse mix of Turks, Armenians and Arabs, as well as Muslims and Christians. The music and raki, an anise-flavored liquor, brought them together. Photo by Sait Serkan Gurbuz/VAKIFLI.COM

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ISTANBUL (RNS) Turkey is about to enact the strictest alcohol laws in the republic's 89-year history in a move that some Turks complain is part of a creeping Islamist agenda.