According to a Hürriyet news, Diyarbakır Police Department, who issues car licence plates, is having a problem with GA, GI and GU letters. Because GA means “ox”, GU means “shit” in Kurdish. And finally, GU means “shit” again in the local Zaza accent…

Turkey's Chief Rabbi Ishak Haleva (C) is accompanied by ...

Haleva (C) is accompanied by Beyoglu district Mayor Ahmet Misbah Demircan (R) as they walk together with residents during a commemoration near the Neve Shalom synagogue in Istanbul, November 15, 2009. Relatives and friends gathered at a peace monument near the Neve Shalom synagogue to mark the sixth anniversary of the Al Qaeda-linked twin suicide car bomb attacks against the city’s two main synagogues. Neve Shalom and Beit Israel synagogues had been devastated in twin suicide car bomb attacks on November 15, 2003, killing around 30 people including Jewish people praying as well as Muslim passersby.REUTERS/Murad Sezer


and a few more from the Turkish society…

The swine flu and errors

Health Minister Recep Akdağ entered into the debate arena over swine flu with a stance that managed to frighten many.


A new polemic: GMO regulations


The adoption of a regulation last month regarding genetically modified organisms (GMOs) has led to heated debate in Turkey, with environmental organizations, consumer associations and many other nongovernmental organizations lashing out against the regulation, saying it poses a great risk to public health and allows GMOs to enter Turkey freely.

Murder Count: Murders of Women Increase Exponentially

by Jenny White

Statistics made public by Justice Minister Sadullah Ergin reveal that the number of women murdered in Turkey has drastically increased in the past seven years. Sixty-six women were murdered in 2002, whereas 953 were slaughtered in just the first seven months of this year?


Court of Appeals: Virginity as Essential Wedding “Qualification”

from Bianet :: English
The Court of Appeals decreed in favour of men who want to annul their marriage because their wives supposedly did not enter the marriage as virgins. Lawyer Akın commends, “This discriminating decision enhances once more a male dominated state and judicial system. It is also problematic regarding the formal procedures”.

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