trilemma: rotten, soldier, objector
A documentary from Turkey examining how gays and the Turkish military view each other in a complex and changing society in which military service is considered a rite of passage for every man. The Turkish army regards gays as sick or diseased and issue medical exemption reports to gays known as ?rotten? reports. Gays have to decide whether to try to get such a report, do their military service, or become conscientious objectors.
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Turkey dropped three places in this year?s Human Development Index, ranking 79 out of 182 countries, despite an increase in Turkey?s life expectancy rates, literacy and gross national product. In the role of women in society, Turkey ranked 101 out of 109. Click here for full article.
During his speech at the AKP party convention on October 3, PM Tayyip Erdogan listed a number of people whose contributions he said are central to Turkish culture. Here?s the list: 6 Sufis, 1 Alevi, 1 nationalist, 1 Armenian, 2 Kurds, 2 leftists, and 1 woman. (For details and an expanded explanation of the names, click here.)
A recent study by psychology professor Selçuk Sirin of the political identities of Turkish youth found that
young people in Turkey are not buying into this split idea of left vs. right or Islamists vs. Secularists. Young people in Turkey have multiple identities. They combine patterns of political identity like religious identification, the degree to which one feels part of the Turkish nation and the feeling of belonging to what we call the ?secular movement? or ?Atatürkism??
Kurdish Cinema part 1…………….
Photos by Emre Rende
by Orhan Pamuk in Financial Times
|Inside a café, Tophane, 1959|
I had not yet been born when Ara Güler took his first photographs, in 1947. I first noticed his name when his photographs appeared in the news weekly Hayat during the 1960s. Whenever the newspapers of the 1970s needed a photograph that realistically reflected the spirit of the city at work, they knew that Güler would provide them with the best images.
Turkey’s national soccer team coach Fatih Terim (C) reacts after his team’s World Cup 2010 qualifying soccer match against Belgium at King Baudouin stadium in Brussels October 10, 2009. Terim received a one-match ban after being sent off in Turkey’s last match against Bosnia.