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No headscarf-wearing lady working here

by NAGEHAN ALÇI – AKŞAM
During a TV program several months ago, when Turkish Industrialists and Businessmen?s Association (TÜSİAD) Chairwoman Ümit Boyner made a statement about welcoming headscarves, a viewer sent an e-mail to the program asking Boyner whether there were any veiled women working at least as cashiers at Boyner stores.

Military service in Turkey

from Hurriyet Dailynews by HDN
A reader asks if he would have to do complete military service if he takes Turkish citizenship.

A snapshot of Turkey?s health system

by istanbulnotes

The OECD published its annual Health Data report at the end of June, providing a broad survey of conditions in the health systems of the organisation?s 31 member countries. Turkey continues to have the lowest level of per capita health spending among these countries, at US$767 in 2008. This is well below the OECD average of US$3,060, but hardly surprising given that Turkey also has the lowest GDP per capita in the OECD. However, Turkey also underperforms in relative terms, spending just 6.0 per cent of its GDP on health each year. This compares to an OECD average of 9.0 per cent?only Mexico devotes less of its economic resources to health, with a figure of 5.9%.

Rumi frenzy transformed into an industry in Turkey

from Hurriyet Dailynews
A phenomenon sweeping both Turkey and the world, the ?Rumi frenzy? is a juggernaut that has transformed a Sufi saint into a commodity bought and sold across the globe.

Les crimes d?honneur font le bonheur des gros racistes.

from YOL (routes de Turquie et d’ailleurs) by anne

jeunes filles de Diyarbakir (photo anne  guezengar)

Il arrive que certains lecteurs occasionnels, rares heureusement, ne se contentent pas d?utiliser la fonction commentaires pour exprimer leur désaccord, ou apporter un autre éclairage sur un billet de ce blog. Ils estiment avoir le droit de me dicter ce que je devrais écrire. Trop paresseux (ou incapables d?aligner 2 phrases à peu près correctes) sans doute, pour créer leur blog et se charger eux-mêmes de divulguer leur profonde réflexion.

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