Most Turks have no vacation travel plans and Erkan is one of them…
found in Brent Stirton
Like in the beginning of every summer, people around me have alredy finished planning where to go and I haven’t even started. But I am glad that I am not alone:)
Most Turks have no vacation travel plans, survey shows
‘Beard Initiative’ from the Turkish military
Turkish Parliament discusses bill on RTÜK amid opposition
The Military Service Debate
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.
Turkish journalist prepares documentary film on bread
Turkish polarization leads to intolerant society, survery shows
Turks have the Power of Siege!
Minority foundations in Turkey: From past to future (1) by ORHAN KEMAL CENGİZ
Driving in Turkey: an update
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: