No Memati for a kid’s name…


A father wanted to rename his two sons after the famous characters in the TV serials Valley of the Wolves: Polat and Memati. A local court rejected one of the names: Memati. Turkish Supreme Court of Appeals confirmed the local court decision: Memati is an Arabic word that means “death” or “fatal” and thus not suitable for a kid’s name… Well, nobody knows what Memati means really. I did not know myself. So I am not sure if this is really a good decision. I would feel better for a name like “Ayetullah”. That was a friend’s name back in college. His father was an Islamist and he named him like that. That was a loaded name to carry along… …

In the mean time, Turkish police forbidden a MultiPlayerOnline Game to be played in Internet Cafes (I wonder if they really have the authority to do that): Metin 2. A popular game with too much violent stuff. The police thinks it is not good for the kids.

In Turkish Press, most mentioned columnist of the week:

Köşe Yazarı
Haber/Yazı Adedi
Ertuğrul Özkök
Cengiz Çandar
Nuray Mert
Rıdvan Dilmen
Ahmet Hakan Coşkun
*MTM Medya Takip Merkezi’nin, 4-10 Ocak 2010  tarihlerinde, basında yaptığı haber takibi sonuçlarından derlenmiştir.


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HTS people are advised to read The Deceivers

I Hope That The Human Terrain Teams Read The Deceivers by John Masters: An Anthropological Novel

from by Tony

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