The end of fasting in 3 hours.

I have to admit. Since I started fasting in high school, I have never missed so many fasting days like in this Ramazan. But this was not because of the long and hot days but I have travelled a lot and I used the right not to fast during travelling. In fact, I tried to fast but my body finally refused to go on:) Anyway, my last day of fasting will end with a feast but with an hasty breakfast as tonight is the day of Sosyal Medya and I have to be in the studio….

A social roundup follows:

Turkish test authority postpones two exams following cheating claims

from Hurriyet Dailynews
Turkey’s student Selection and Placement Center, or ÖSYM, postponed the Public Personnel Selection Examination, or KPSS, and the Medical Specialization Examination, or TUS, on Monday.

Sur les routes de l?Est de la Turquie pendant Ramadan.

from YOL (routes de Turquie et d’ailleurs) by anne

ramadan kurde  (photo anne guezengar)

Même si certains restaurateurs profitent de la période de Ramadan pour fermer et prendre quelques semaines de congés, on peut se restaurer partout sans problème dans les grandes métropoles turques. C?est vrai notamment à Istanbul, où Ramadam imprègne aussi son rythme. Il est déconseillé de choisir l?heure qui précède Iftar (la fin du jeûne) pour se déplacer, sauf si on est adepte des embouteillages monstres. La clientèle des meyhane, ces restaurants qui servent de l?alcool est un peu moins dense que d?habitude par exemple. Naturellement on risque d ?être réveillé avant l?aube par les roulements de tambour du davul. Et surtout les magasins d?alimentation, notamment les pâtisseries, sont encore mieux achalandés que d?habitude. Pour le reste un non jeûneur peut même oublier qu?on est en pleine période de ramadan.

La Turquie idéalisée des publicités de ramadan..

from YOL (routes de Turquie et d’ailleurs) by anne

Avec une amie qui vit en Turquie depuis son mariage – son mari est turc – nous évoquions l?époque où ses enfants qui ont maintenant un peu plus de 20 ans étaient bébés et que comme tous les expatriés, elle rapportait des provisions de couches culottes jetables à l?occasion de vacances en France. Depuis la Turquie a bien changé, les barrières douanières sont tombées et depuis l?accession à un crédit facile au début des années 2000, sa population fait un plongeon sans fond dans la société de consommation.

Media Sells Religion During Ramadan!

from Bianet :: English
With the start of Ramadan, mainstream media began distributing tables showing fast breaking times, Korans, and fast breaking dinner menus.

Karagöz remembered in Turkey only during Ramadan

from Hurriyet Dailynews
The ‘Karagöz’ shadow play, an important branch of traditional Turkish theater, is dying off, according to Karagöz master Ünver Oral, who says the art is remembered only during the month of Ramadan and will not survive once the last few masters are gone

A Sportswoman is Called a “Woman”, not a “Lady”

from Bianet :: English
The Basketball Federation has decided to use the term ?women?s league.? Associate Professor Dr. Cubukcu from Istanbul University says, “The equivalent of man is woman, not lady.? Language experts advocate the word, ?woman.? International sports organisations also use, ?woman,? not ?lady.?

Youth Unemployment in Turkey Twice as High as World Average

from Bianet :: English
ILO report states that there are 81 million young unemployed people in the world. The rate of youth unemployment in Turkey is more than twice the world average. The crisis hit the youth more than it hit the adults.

Holy month of Ramadan means hassles for some Turkish non-fasters

from Hurriyet Dailynews

Fasting, feasting and spiritual contemplation define Ramadan for Muslims, but some not-so-religious residents of Turkey say it’s a time of traffic jams, late-night noise pollution and judgmental stares for them. The social pressure goes both ways, fasters and non-fasters say, calling for tolerance and respect for pious and secular practices alike

Transgendered Lives in Istanbul

from Kamil Pasha by Jenny White

Nicholas Dynan at Global Post has done a lovely photo essay on a transsexual/transgender brothel in Istanbul that gives a compassionate look at one slice of life there. Prostitution is legal in Turkey, and sex workers receive permits and must regularly renew certificates of health. Transexuals, though, have long been harassed by police. The article says that despite prostitution being legal, the government has ceased issuing new permits for sex workers and brothels, leaving most of the industry illegal and often dangerous. Click here for the article and photo essay.

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