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according to a Hürriyet news:

Turks don’t need condoms, Universiade organizers say

from Hurriyet Dailynews
Authorities removed condoms from Turkish athletes? rooms at the Winter Universiade Games Village on the grounds that they do ‘not belong to Turkish culture.’

and a social fabric roundup:

Nearly 4 million Turkish women illiterate, report says

from Hurriyet Dailynews
According to a report by the Directorate General on the Status of Women, illiteracy remains a big issue for Turkish women and a barrier to their successfully entering working life. Still, it adds, ?The increase in the number of female primary school teachers may have caused the parents of girls to allow them to go to school?

Sculptor Mehmet Aksoy to sue prime minister

from Hurriyet Dailynews
With the ‘Monument of Humanity,’ sculpted by Mehmet Aksoy in the eastern city of Kars, already a subject of controversy, authorities are delaying the installation of Aksoy?s broken-winged white dove statue, which he has dedicated to Hrant Dink, and he is planning to sue Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. ‘The Monument of Humanity, dedicated to Turkish and Armenian people, and even the little broken-winged white dove are enough to scare some people,’ Aksoy says

Polygamy widespread in Turkey, study shows

from EurActiv.com
Nearly 187,000 women in Turkey, a candidate country for EU membership, are in polygamous marriages despite the practice being illegal in the country, a report has revealed.

Drink until you burst

from Hurriyet Dailynews by HDN
Perhaps I should thank the PM because his ‘they drink until they burst’ sentence helped me remember poet Tevfik Fikret, of the dissolution period of the Ottoman Empire.

Let’s drink to that! Till we cough it out?

from Hurriyet Dailynews by HDN
‘Muslim democracy’ is different than ‘democracy.’ Otherwise it would simply have been called democracy.

Turkey?s new Alcohol Law: This Land was Made for You and Me?

from İstanbul Altı by Asher

Apologies for the thesis-wonderful title on this, but I have Guthrie on my mind.

I was locked in conversation last week with a friend of mine about what foreigners who?ve settled down in Istanbul think of Istanbul. How our biases shape our view of the city, how the city shapes our biases, and all of that sort of fun stuff. I won?t begin to hedge on his project, but it?s a fun late-night conversation, for sure.

Türkan Saylan (December 13, 1935 ? May 18, 2009)

by acturca

The Times (UK)

July 14, 2009, p. 53

Türkan Saylan, leprosy researcher and women?s rights activist, was born on December 13, 1935. She died of cancer on May 18, 2009, aged 73 Professor Türkan Saylan was one of Turkey?s most distinguished medical academics who did much to help to eradicate leprosy as a serious medical problem in her country. In response to increasing fundamentalism in Turkey,

Sibel Kekilli?s new reality

by acturca

The Wall Street Journal (USA), January 14, 2011, W3

By Rhea Wessel

Just when actress Sibel Kekilli thought she had been accepted for who she is?a talented German actress?she is being asked once again to explain the norms and behavior of Turkish-German immigrant families.

Thousands of polygamous marriages in Turkey: study

from Yahoo news
Around 187,000 women in Turkey are in polygamous marriages even though polygamy is illegal, according to a report seen by AFP on Tuesday.

CHP condemns deputy Turkish PM’s remarks on sex, alcohol

from Hurriyet Dailynews
Controversial remarks by Turkey?s deputy prime minister about alcohol and sex have ?worried? members of the country?s main opposition.

Protest Against Animal Cruelty in Istanbul

from Turkish Muse by Barbara J. Isenberg

I am writing tonight to let you all know about a protest against animal cruelty that’s taking place in Istanbul tomorrow. If you will be in Istanbul on Sunday, January 23, might you consider joining the 2000 or so people who have pledged to protest against the Istanbul Municipality’s barbaric treatment of the street dogs in their care?

High fashion and high drama at Ani

from İstanbul Altı by Rebecca

Alright, I was sitting here all set to write my 5-year retrospective on Turkey and how it and I have changed since I first stepped off a plane in Ankara on Jan. 22, 2006 ? five years ago last weekend, but then as I was procrastinating I saw a post on Jezebel referencing Elle Turkey.

Darwin Not Allowed in Turkish School

from Kamil Pasha by Jenny White

So much for Turkey?s future as an educated, science-literate  society. (Dorothy, or rather Ayse, you ARE in Kansas!) Click here. Excerpt:

?Süleyman Biçer, who has been teaching for more than 14 years, received a warning for talking about Darwinian evolutionary theory in response to a question posed by one of his students. Biçer, a teacher at the Mamak Trade Chamber Elementary School in Ankara, replied to a question from one of his students on the subject of whether human beings came from monkeys. The teacher reportedly told the class how human beings and other species have evolved over many years.

The Quote of the Week: ?Minority Rights in Turkey? by Gozde Yilmaz

by Changing Turkey

Excerpt from Gözde Yilmaz(2010) ?Is There a Puzzle? Compliance with Minority Rights in Turkey (1999-2010)?, KFG Working Paper Series, No. 23, January 2011, Kolleg-Forschergruppe (KFG) ?The Transformative Power of Europe? Freie Universität Berlin.

La vie d?un enfant kurde ne vaut pas cher à Semdinli, décide la justice turque.

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

Recep before Recep

from Mavi Boncuk by M.A.M


Before Turkish Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan there was another Recep from Kasimpasa, Yılmaz Güney

Mavi Boncuk |

These days, Kasımpaşa (the Istanbul semt; district that Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Singer Seda Sayan call home), is also home to a substantial community of gypsies. But it wasn’t always so…

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