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Like in the beginning of every summer, people around me have alredy finished planning where to go and I haven’t even started. But I am glad that I am not alone:)

Most Turks have no vacation travel plans, survey shows

from Hurriyet Dailynews
One out of every two people in Turkey does not make plans to take a vacation, according to a survey that evaluates the travel habits of people in 16 countries.
AND A ROUNDUP:

‘Beard Initiative’ from the Turkish military

from Hurriyet Dailynews
Turkey?s General Staff began a study this week to consider softening a ban that prevents men with beards from entering military facilities.

Turkish Parliament discusses bill on RTÜK amid opposition

from Hurriyet Dailynews
A government-backed draft on Turkey’s Radio and Television Supreme Council, or RTÜK, will grant the body further authorization over broadcast supervision, according to opposition parties, who accuse the government of trying to control the media. Ruling party officials, however, reject the claims, arguing the motion is part of EU harmonization laws

The Military Service Debate

from Turkish Politics in Action by Ragan Updegraff

An upcoming meeting between Prime Minister Erdogan and Chief of General Staff Ilker Basbug could produce new measures that would allow more Turkish men to pay to significantly reduce their military service. At the moment, college graduates are required to serve six months in the armed forces while other men are required to serve 18 months. Turkish citizens who have worked outside the country for at least three years can do complete their military servide with only 21 days of basic training. To read more on past provisions that have allowed some Turkish men to shorten their military service, as well as some insight into the debate, see this story from Hurriyet Daily News‘ Isil Egrikavuk. Such measures have been implemented throughout the Turkish Republic, including after the 1999 Iamit earhtquake as a means of raising state revenue. However, the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) has argued that allowing some to shorten their term is implausible given a purported 2/3 shortage of men currently in service and the political/morale problems that could result given the TSK’s operations against the PKK.

Turkish journalist prepares documentary film on bread

from Hurriyet Dailynews
Journalist and writer Coşkun Aral is preparing a documentary film on the most important consumption product, bread, and its history since early times.

Turkish polarization leads to intolerant society, survery shows

from Hurriyet Dailynews
As it is expected, the higher the level of education, the higher the level of tolerance in attitudes concerning minority groups in Turkey.

Turks have the Power of Siege!

from Turkish Images
Rise of Nations is a highly popular real time strategy computer game published by Microsoft in 2003. The game features 18 civilizations, including Turks, playable through 8 ages of world history. Each of these civilizations in Rise of Nations has its own set of between four and eight unique units spread throughout the ages, as well as different powers than the others have. See the screenshot below:

Minority foundations in Turkey: From past to future (1) by ORHAN KEMAL CENGİZ

The war against non-Muslims in Turkey has had many different dimensions. Undoubtedly, one dimension of this endless battle was routinely and systematically depriving these vulnerable groups of their possessions and financial means.

Driving in Turkey: an update

by istanbulnotes

A few days ago I wrote a post about road deaths in Turkey that I want to return to briefly. I?d like first of all to direct you towards a few observations that the post prompted from social anthropologist and author Jenny White on her Kamil Pasha blog. Her recollections of road travel between Turkish cities in the 1970s are striking, illuminating and?particularly in relation to what women drivers had to endure?disturbing:

Soap Operas in the Arab World Yield Their Own Soft Power

from NYT > Turkey by By MICHAEL KIMMELMAN
Soap operas filmed in Turkey with Muslim characters hold influence over many viewers in the Arab world.

TRT ? Turkish Radio Television Corporation

from Istanbul-pedia by Ali Akpinar
TRT Türkiye Radyo Televizyon Kurumu, Turkish Radio ? Television Corporation was founded 1964. It was the only radio and television provider in Turkey until 1990 before the first commercial radio station and 1992 before the first television channel. Today TRT broadcast around the world especially in Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia.  Before TRT, TRT Radios was […]

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