Models present creations for Muslim women during an Islamic Fashion Fair in Istanbul April 11, 2010. From a simple headcovering, stigmatised in the early days of the Turkish Republic as backward and rural, the headscarf has become, in the last decades, a carefully crafted garment and highly marketable commodity, embodying the challenge of a new class of conservative Muslims to Turkey’s secularist elites. Picture taken April 11, 2010. To match Feature TURKEY-FASHION/HEADSCARF/ REUTERS/Murad Sezer/Files
Much has been made of Turkey?s increasing efforts to develop its trade and investment links with the countries of its neighbouring regions. For some, this is one of the indicators of Turkey?s alleged turn towards the east. For others, these deepening financial ties indicate precisely the opposite, by showing commercial pragmatism at play rather than ideological realignment.
It?s old news at this stage, but the resignation under fire of Hürriyet?s chief columnist Oktay Ekşi at the end of last month continues to leave a bad taste in the mouth. This kind of free speech question usually draws out a few straightforwardly liberal responses from English-language commentators, but support for Mr Ekşi has been muted. It has also been partly qualified in two recurring ways: first, with reference to the ?intemperate? nature of the column that got him into trouble and, second, on the basis that Mr Ekşi appears to be someone who has treated others badly over the years.
Every year on November 10, at exactly 9:05 a.m., Europe’s biggest city comes to a halt. Air raid sirens begin to blare. Pedestrians freeze in their tracks. Schools, factories, and government offices suspend work to observe two minutes of silence. On Istanbul’s massive thoroughfares, cars, buses and trucks screech to a stop, their drivers and passengers spilling out onto the street, many of them teary eyed, to stand to attention.
This is a news item from www.medyatava.com . Two guests, Necati and Yadigar, who met in Esra Erol?s program and were dating to get to know each other so as to be able to decide whether to marry or not, broke up in the studio.
A very interesting documentary film directed by Doğa Kılcıoğlu. The film is about one of the most popular daytime shows, a matchmaking show, Esra Erol?la Izdıvac. I haven?t seen the film yet, but the trailer is very exciting and triggers my enthusiasm about my research project.