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Booming industry has a black side. An episode sometimes last 2 hours and not all actors and actresses are compensated enough… So there many of them gathered together to protest unhumane working conditions….

More photos and news in Turkish here.

and a social fabric roundup:

Leftist ‘moral police’ busted by actual cops in Istanbul
Hurriyet Daily News
Thirteen people have been detained in Istanbul on accusations of membership in an illegal leftist organization and acting as ?moral police? by attacking

Turkey

from FT.com – World, Europe
The goal is to slow the economy, which sounds crazy, but these are crazy times

Turkey: Where the streets have too many names

from Hurriyet Dailynews by ISTANBUL – Hürriyet Daily News
Constantly changing street names in Turkey are vexing for taxi drivers and delivery people, but also have larger impacts on urban life. Whether a geographic location is renamed for political or other reasons, the alteration erases the historical and cultural fabric of a city, experts say, calling for regulations on such changes to be better defined

Balade à Yüksekova – Partie 2 : jour d?émeute kurde pendant Ramadan.

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

magasins fermés - Yuksekova (photo anne guezengar)

Deux jours après mon arrivée à Yüksekova en août dernier, tous les magasins de la ville fermaient malgré Ramadan. 4 PKK avaient été abattus par l?armée. Le bruit courrait qu?il s?agissait d?un groupe qui quittait les zones de combats pour se replier sur Kandil avec l?annonce du cessez le feu du PKK. De nouvelles émeutes s?annonçaient.

Religious movements in Turkey, Burhan Gurdogan

from open Democracy News Analysis – by Burhan Gurdogan

Cults in Turkey are organizations dating back to the Prophet?s era, each with their own unique tradition. The term cult means ?the way.? Members follow this ?way? in order to attain the highest condition of being human. By contrast, religious communities are typically based around social needs, such as education or charity. They follow a religion while fulfilling these social needs. In the past, cults excluded themselves from society. The intent of the cult members was to discipline themselves inside tekke ? dervish lodges. But after the inception of the Republic of Turkey, structures such as tekke and zaviye ? small dervish lodges ? were prohibited. Cults left their tekkes under this prohibition and began to interact with the public. They became easier to confuse with the work of the religious communities.

La neige à Urfa, c?est plus magique que derrière les vitres d?un aéroport.

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

A Poem for the Military Politics in Turkey

from İstanbul Altı by Asher

Constantine Cavafy was one of those Globally-educated guys that you ran into at the end of the 19th century. Born in Alexandria to a Greek family, he spent plenty of time in England as well. And befitting his 1863-1933 timeline, he clearly had no clue about modern Turkish politics.

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