The Associated Press-GfK Poll in Turkey

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The Associated Press-GfK Poll in Turkey, on attitudes and opinions of Turks, was conducted by GfK Roper Public Affairs & Corporate Communications from Nov. 1 to Dec. 11, 2010. It is based on a national random sample of 1,200 Turks age 18 and older from different interviewing locations. Forty-eight cities and districts were initially selected, with probability proportionate to size. Next, 60 urban blocks and 40 rural blocks were randomly selected from the 48. Excluded from the block selection were remote areas without drivable roads, including some high-mountain terrain, and clusters of minority ethnic groups whose command of Turkish was limited. The lack of official statistics makes it difficult to estimate the amount of non-coverage, but it is probably somewhere between 7 and 12 percent. In the blocks, interviewers were assigned random routes with rules to randomly select a household for the interview. Interviewers then recorded the number of adults in the household and randomly selected one adult for the interview. Interviewers revisited the home if the selected adult was not present.

Bachelors not welcome in Turkish provincial rule

from Hurriyet Dailynews by ANKARA – Hürriyet
Single provincial officials should get married so they can appropriately fulfill their duty to visit citizens in their homes, the Turkish PM has told new appointees.

Turkey considers chemical castration for rapists

from Yahoo news
Turkey’s ruling party has proposed legalizing chemical castration as punishment for repeat rapists or pedophiles in a wide-ranging overhaul of sex abuse laws, according to a draft seen Thursday by The Associated Press.
Booze enters Turkeys political battlefield

Drink to AKP-Turkish protesters against new rules buy the Justice and Development Party, or AKP, on alcohol sales, take part in a demonstration organized through the web and titled a “drink to the AKP” in Ankara on January 29, 2011.? Read more » (AFP/Adem Altan)

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AKP’s rhetoric on alcohol regulation not convincing

from Hurriyet Dailynews by HDN
I am personally not convinced by the prime minister?s statement that the AKP is not intending to impose a way of life.

When The Turkish You Know Doesn’t Quite Apply

from Turkish Muse by Barbara J. Isenberg

When I first moved to Izmir nearly a year and a half ago, several people told me that I spoke like an “Istanbullu” (a person from Istanbul). I remember thinking, how can that be possible? My Turkish a) isn’t all that good, and b) I couldn’t discern any noticeable difference between Istanbul Turkish and Izmir Turkish. It wasn’t until I had been in Izmir for a while that I understood what they meant.

Babies behind bars: Turkey’s unique policy for incarcerated mothers

from Hurriyet Dailynews by ISTANBUL – Hürriyet
A university and two nongovernmental organizations launch a project at Bakırköy Women’s Prison to help inmates who are incarcerated with their young children. According to project leaders, Turkey is the only country where children younger than 6 stay with their mothers in prison, a situation they say is unacceptable

Half of Turks perceive modernizer-fundamentalist struggle, survey says

from Hurriyet Dailynews
A majority of Turkish Muslims perceive a struggle between fundamentalists and those who want to ‘modernize’ Turkey, with most placing themselves in the latter camp.

Profile of Turkey?s Youth

by Jenny White

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from Turkish Muse by Barbara J. Isenberg

Since moving to Istanbul for work in early November, I have flown back and forth from Istanbul to Izmir a total of 19 times. That number doesn’t include one international fight in mid-November to Sofia, Bulgaria, where Jeff and I spent our Kurban Bayram.

Murder Count: Killings of Women Up 1400 percent since 2002

from Kamil Pasha by Jenny White

Turkey?s democracy evolving but concerns about high youth unemployment, economy

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Associated Press (AP)

February 20th, 2011

Unlike people in many other countries of the Middle East, Turks actually like their government and their leaders. But they still don?t like the way their country is headed.

Helping advance the role of women in Turkey

from Yahoo news
As a young State Department political officer based in Istanbul, hannah draper is focused on helping improve the standing and lives of women in Turkish society.

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