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Sowing the Seeds of Paranoia

from Istanbul Calling by Yigal Schleifer


The start of the academic year is always a good time to instill some wisdom and knowledge in the minds of young and impressionable students, which is just what Yusuf Ziya Ozcan, head of Turkey’s Higher Board of Education (YOK), tried to do in a recent talk in front of students at Central Turkey’s Nevsehir University.

?No Kurdish husband? phrase infuriated Turkish TV hostess | Armenia News – NEWS.am

BDP files complaints against ‘anti-Kurdish’ shows on Turkish TV

from Hurriyet Dailynews
The co-chair of Turkey?s most prominent pro-Kurdish party has filed a complaint with the country?s media watchdog over four TV series he considers ‘anti-Kurdish.’

Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) Condemns TV Serials

from off the screen by feyza

This is a news item from today?s Milliyet-online newspaper. Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) condemns four TV serials for inciting hostile feelings against the Kurds in Turkish people. One of them, Sakarya-Fırat, is aired on state television,. The other three, Kurtlar Vadisi, Olumsuz Kahramanlar and Tek Turkiye are aired on different private TV channels.

The Motto of the New Day-Time Show: ?Be Ready for Change!?

from off the screen by feyza

A new day-time TV show started on Kanal D. The hostess is Iclal Aydin, who is well-known from television serials and former television shows. The program is presented as a new format in Haberturk-online newspaper.

Once Upon a Time in Turkey | Karakoy Mosque

from Mavi Boncuk by M.A.M

During the late 80’ies I designed a store and head office for the Odeon white goods chain at the ground floor of Casa Botter and vaguely remember the Karakoy Mosque. My mother worked at the Ziraat Bank. (old Wiener Bank- Verein[1] 1912 building).
Mavi Boncuk |Karaköy Mosque stood behind the bank building until 1959. Build during the reign of . Abdülhamit the second by the royal architect Raimondo D’Aronco[1] it was dismantled during the massive modernisation that caused many architectural treasures to dissappear. With plans to be transfered to Kınalıada, one of the Princes islands the transport ship listed and lost its unbalanced cargo during the short trip.

Once Upon a Time in Turkey | Crying Boy

from Mavi Boncuk by M.A.M


Famous kitsch poster of late 70’ties.

Mavi Boncuk |
The Crying Boy was a mass-produced print of a painting by Spanish painter Bruno Amadio[1], also known as Giovanni Bragolin.

LALE KEMAL – Military service in Turkey

Turkey has begun to break another one of its taboo issues now that discussions have intensified over a controversial suggestion that compulsory military service be changed so that all male citizens are conscripted for a fixed period of time regardless of their level of education.

Access to secondary education: an uphill struggle for Turkey?s girls

by istanbulnotes

According to Turkish government figures, in the 2006-07 school year the overall rate of enrolment in voluntary secondary education (ie, schooling above the eight years that?s compulsory) was 56.5 per cent. This breaks down into rates of 60.7 per cent for boys and 52.2 per cent for girls. What causes this gap between male and female enrolment rates? In order to answer this and related questions, in 2009 researchers at Galatasaray University conducted a statistical analysis of data from TurkStat?s 2003 Household Budget Survey. You can find their report here (pdf; Turkish).

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