I began to feel that PM Erdoğan is moving away from the knowledge of sense of people he knew very well. After a week of barraging at some citizens’ lifestyle, was he expecting no backlash? An upper middle class fanbase is already “anxious” with AKP politics and PM Erdoğan’s pejorative way to approach to alcoholic beverage drinkers (tıksarana kadar içiyorlar, birşey mi dedik?) may have paved the way to extraordinary protest against him two nights ago at Galatasaray’s new stadium’s opening game. Another issue to be noted is that protesters are accused of ungratefulness as PM Erdoğan was behind the stadium’s quick construction. So, first of all, what a professional football club is rewarded like that and secondly, whose money was spent there? Taxpayers’ or Erdoğan’s own?


Adding Insult to Injury | Throw Them to the Lions

from Mavi Boncuk by M.A.M

After bidding farewell to its legendary Ali Sami Yen Stadium, Red and Yellow moved into the Türk Telekom Arena with a friendly against Ajax Saturday night. The match ended scoreless. The team color red must however will be in their faces after the booing incident that happened when the Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and several cabinet members attended the grand opening ceremony.

The incident at Türk Telekom Arena

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is rightfully bothered by the treatment he received at the opening ceremony of the Türk Telekom Arena, the new stadium built for the Galatasaray club. Everyone who watched the incident on television or read about it in the papers was bothered by it because it conflicts with our customs and traditions. The construction of the facility, including landscaping, cost $600 million and was completely funded by public resources.

Protesting the prime minister

Jeers and protests from Galatasaray fans against Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan cast a shadow over the inauguration ceremony of Galatasaray?s long-awaited stadium, the Türk Telekom Arena, on Saturday night.

Protesters at new stadium ‘ungrateful,’ Turkish PM says

from Hurriyet Dailynews
Government officials did not deserve the protests they received at the opening ceremony of the Galatasaray football team’s new stadium, PM Erdoğan said Sunday.

a social roundup follows:

New Report on Marriage Practices in Turkey

from Kamil Pasha by Jenny White

İlknur Yüksel Kaptanoğlu and Banu Ergöçmen at Hacettepe University?s Population Research Institute have released findings of a study of marriage practices in Turkey (news article here). Although polygamy is illegal in Turkey, they found that the husbands of at least 186,000 women have taken another woman as a second ?wife?, usually using religious ceremonies, which have no legal standing. This is particularly common in the east, although I have encountered several examples in both the poor neighborhoods of Istanbul and among educated Islamist intellectuals. The legal wives are devastated by the situation, but have no financial means of leaving or are expected to stay by attitudes in their community. (Among the intellectuals, it would be seen as ?treason to the cause? to make a scene about something like this that is, after all, allowed in Islam. Because of their precarious position socially in Turkey, even educated Islamist women can?t afford to lose the protection and goodwill of their community.)

Ataturk as Cult Figure, and a Poll

from Kamil Pasha by Jenny White
Ataturk in Arnavutkoy, image from www.dubretzelausimit.com

Sculptor Aylin Tekiner has written a book on Atatürk monuments, Atatürk Sculptures: Cult, Aesthetics, Politics. A discussion of the book and interviews can be found here. An excerpt:

Yüksek Sadakat to represent Turkey at Eurovision

from Hurriyet Dailynews
Turkey will be represented at the 56th Eurovision Song Contest by rock group Yüksek Sadakat this year. During a press conference Monday, the band members spoke about the process of composing the song for the contest, noting that while English-language songs are most successful at the competition, they also intended to enthusiastically represent Turkey

Two Locks of Hair: The Missing Girls Of Dersim

from Mavi Boncuk by M.A.M

Mavi Boncuk | Two Locks of Hair: The Missing Girls Of Dersim (Turkish: İki Tutam Saç: Dersim’in Kayıp Kızları) TÜRKİYE/TURKEY, 2010, betacam, color, 55 min. Kurdish; English & Turkish s.t.: directed by Nezahat Gündoğan.

Turkish Automotive Industries Profile

from Mavi Boncuk by M.A.M

Mavi Boncuk | Automotive

In the global automotive industry, opportunities and risks are everywhere ? in emerging and mature markets alike. While possibilities are plentiful, profitable growth is becoming more difficult to achieve and challenges ? from the supply chain to the retail environment ? can upend even the best laid plans. Amidst this landscape, automotive organizations must conduct their business, while at the same time adapting to new regulations, reducing costs, managing capacity and inventory, and controlling healthcare and compensation costs.

Turkey?s Audacious Experiment In ?Post Modern? Monetary Policy

from A Fistful Of Euros » A Fistful Of Euros by Edward Hugh

The recent decision of the Turkish Central Bank to lower rather than to raise interest rates in an risky attempt to quench the inflation flames that many feel are threatening to engulf what some call an ?overheating? economy (or here) has lead to a good deal of heart-searching and consternation in the economic and financial press of late. After all, at the end of the day aren?t they doing exactly the opposite of what the text book says they should? Well, as is usual in the realm of the dismal science, all is not exactly what it seems to be.

Catching Up Quickly with the ODTU (Middle East Technical University) Protest

from İstanbul Altı by Asher

Apologies for the delay here at Istanbul Alti headquarters as real life and day jobs have a nasty habit of getting in our way. We?ll try and do a recap of some issues that we?ve missed in the past week in order to get caught back up to speed next week.

Student protests in Turkey are not new experiences, and are not all that shocking in a historical context. So when you hear that 500 students are protesting the AKP in Ankara, realize that we?re not talking about a Green Revolution or anything. We?re talking about the grand history of Turkish students here.

Turks embracing malls, research says

from Hurriyet Dailynews
Turks are increasingly enjoying shopping and socializing in malls, according to a study conducted by Turkey?s Council of Shopping Centers, or AYD.

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