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Hot weather triggers air-conditioner usage record in Turkey

from Hurriyet Dailynews
Extremely hot weather and industrial consumption pushed Turkey?s air-conditioner usage to 700 million kilowatts per hour on Friday.

Turk accused of beating wife ‘was dancing’

from BBC News | Europe | World Edition
A man accused of beating his wife tells a New Zealand court they were performing a traditional dance, not fighting.
A holidaymaker cools herself at a public beach ...

A holidaymaker cools herself at a public beach in the Aegean town of Kucukkuyu, western Turkey, August 7, 2010. The hot weather across Turkey is expected to last 10 more days as temperatures rise above seasonal norms by 6-8 degrees Celsius in most parts of the country. Picture taken August 7 2010.? Read more » REUTERS/Murad Sezer

ORHAN KEMAL CENGİZ – Is Orhan Pamuk a paranoid liar?

Fatih Altaylı, the editor-in-chief of Habertürk, a major Turkish daily, titled his column yesterday ?Students and Pamuk.? I think his article was extremely illuminating to get a picture of the mentality and psychology of secular Turkish elites.

Damned statistics: poverty rates in Turkey?s regions

by istanbulnotes

Turkey?s Income and Living Conditions Survey for 2008 was released at the end of July. As is always the case with these releases, and as the table at the foot of this article makes clear, it?s worth having a rummage around in the data to see what patterns may have been overlooked.

Inequalities run deep in Turkey and women suffer the most

from Hurriyet Dailynews
Women?s employment has been decreasing since 2000 and the participation of women in the workforce lags not only behind OECD countries, but other Islamic countries as well.

Mustafa Kemal, A sharp Dresser

from Mavi Boncuk by M.A.M

M.K. Ataturk, is the subject of a new book[1] that provides men’s fashion tip from the founder of the Turkish Republic. Many cream colored silk scarves with snow flake design from Sulka & Company were amongst his favorite haberdashery. The purchases must have been made from the Paris store. The label shown is from a 1948 ladies scarf from the Paris store which must be similar to men’s.
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Aglama, Fazil Say – ne pleure pas

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

C?est sa fête sur le site d? Erkan?s field diary. Il faut dire qu?il y a de quoi. La dernière de Fazil Bey est qu?il a honte pour son peuple, qui ne lui en demandait sûrement pas tant. Et de quoi a-t-il honte ce virtuose ? Du goût des Turcs pour la musique arabesk !

Turkish Cuisine Forbids Racism

from The Istanbulian by Emre Kızılkaya

NPR has an interesting broadcast today, declaring that Turkish cuisine is the best among the three great cuisines; French, Chinese and Turkish. Weekend Edition food commentator Bonny Wolf explains that its awesomeness derives from the multiculturalism of the Ottoman Empire.

Southeastern Turkish culinary museum appeals to many tastes

from Hurriyet Dailynews
An old house donated to the Gaziantep Metropolitan Municipality two years ago is now a museum devoted to the area?s local food. The Emine Göğüş Culinary Museum displays tools depicting the culinary culture of the southeastern province of Gaziantep, mockups, paintings and information on the region?s dishes, which are famous throughout Turkey

Most common Turkish words for addressing people

from Istanbul-pedia by Ali Akpinar

You will probably hear these words below, most common words that people address each other on the streets of Istanbul, at the markets, on the bus, ferry, at the cafes, restaurants etc.

Abi means big brother, short form of agabey e.g. Ali Abi, Murat Abi. It is also used to address senior males, either someone you know or a stranger, customer, anyone on the street, to show respect just as to a big brother e.g.  Bakar misin Abi? Abi bu kaç para? Buyur Abi? N?aber Abi? Tamam Abi. Yok Abi. Var Abi. Sağ ol Abi? It is also used for ?bro? between male friends (and even between girls).

Weddings and funerals

from Hurriyet Dailynews by HDN
Weddings and funerals are the two major events where people “coincidentally” discuss business – in Istanbul – and politics – in Ankara.

Interview with Dr. Amy Mills on Turkish national identity and memory

from Changing Turkey in a Changing World

Dr. Amy Mills completed her degree in Religious Studies at the University of Rochester in 1994. She spent her junior year abroad studying at the American University in Cairo between 1992-1993. This experience inspired her to continue learning about the Middle East, and she completed her MA in Middle East Studies at the University of Texas at Austin in 1998. Her thesis was about public health and public space and the Greater Wastewater system in Cairo. While in graduate school, she developed an interest in Istanbul and began studying Turkish. Dr. Mills completed her Ph.D. in Geography at the University of Texas at Austin in 2004. She was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Kentucky before joining the faculty at the University of South Carolina in 2005. Her research has been funded by various institutions, including Fulbright Hays and the Institute of Turkish Studies.

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