A government-backed draft on Turkey’s Radio and Television Supreme Council, or RTÜK, will grant the body further authorization over broadcast supervision, according to opposition parties, who accuse the government of trying to control the media. Ruling party officials, however, reject the claims, arguing the motion is part of EU harmonization laws
from Turkish Politics in Action by Ragan Updegraff
An upcoming meeting between Prime Minister Erdogan and Chief of General Staff Ilker Basbug could produce new measures that would allow more Turkish men to pay to significantly reduce their military service. At the moment, college graduates are required to serve six months in the armed forces while other men are required to serve 18 months. Turkish citizens who have worked outside the country for at least three years can do complete their military servide with only 21 days of basic training. To read more on past provisions that have allowed some Turkish men to shorten their military service, as well as some insight into the debate, see this story from Hurriyet Daily News‘ Isil Egrikavuk. Such measures have been implemented throughout the Turkish Republic, including after the 1999 Iamit earhtquake as a means of raising state revenue. However, the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) has argued that allowing some to shorten their term is implausible given a purported 2/3 shortage of men currently in service and the political/morale problems that could result given the TSK’s operations against the PKK.
Rise of Nations is a highly popular real time strategy computer game published by Microsoft in 2003. The game features 18 civilizations, including Turks, playable through 8 ages of world history. Each of these civilizations in Rise of Nations has its own set of between four and eight unique units spread throughout the ages, as well as different powers than the others have. See the screenshot below:
The war against non-Muslims in Turkey has had many different dimensions. Undoubtedly, one dimension of this endless battle was routinely and systematically depriving these vulnerable groups of their possessions and financial means.
A few days ago I wrote a post about road deaths in Turkey that I want to return to briefly. I?d like first of all to direct you towards a few observations that the post prompted from social anthropologist and author Jenny White on her Kamil Pasha blog. Her recollections of road travel between Turkish cities in the 1970s are striking, illuminating and?particularly in relation to what women drivers had to endure?disturbing:
TRT Türkiye Radyo Televizyon Kurumu, Turkish Radio ? Television Corporation was founded 1964. It was the only radio and television provider in Turkey until 1990 before the first commercial radio station and 1992 before the first television channel. Today TRT broadcast around the world especially in Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia. Before TRT, TRT Radios was […]