Towards elections: Women still left unprotected by the State. A social roundup.


by Jenny White
Photo from Radikal

A group of young people staged a kiss-in protest on a bus on the Taksim-Sariyer route. They got on the bus at Taksim and all started kissing, then got off at the next stop to applause. They were responding to an incident last week when a couple was forced to get off a public bus on this route by the driver who objected to their kissing (some say they were just holding hands) by yelling at them that this wasn?t a ?sex bus?. He refused to drive further unless they got off. When another passenger intervened, the driver got off the bus and a physical altercation ensued. (Click here, in Turkish)

Women Left Unprotected By The State

by Jenny White

A new report by Human Rights Watch about violence against women in Turkey, ?He Loves You, He Beats You?: Family Violence in Turkey and Access to Protection. Click here for a link to the report.


Women Still an Untapped Labor Force in Turkey

Creating more economic opportunities for women is among the goals of the 2011 Global Summit of Women meeting through Saturday in Istanbul.


Free-Spending Turkey Hopes to Avoid a Fall

from NYT > Turkey by By LANDON THOMAS JR.
The country?s economy, which crashed in 1994 and 2001 and was set back by the global financial crisis, is showing signs of overheating, fueled by consumer spending.


Turkish Attitudes Toward Arabs (and everyone else)

by Jenny White

SETA has issued a new report (click here for the full report in English) based on a study of Turkish attitudes toward Arabs and others. Pretty negative overall, with results varying somewhat between upper and lower income groups and men and women.

Weary public pleads for end to clan violence in Turkey

by acturca

International Herald Tribune, Thursday, April 28, 2011, p. 501

By Susanne Güsten, Istanbul

As the town of Siverek cowered in dread of the next burst of gunfire in an ongoing war between local clans, a group of citizens ventured out into the spring sunshine to say, Stop!

Domestic violence rings alarm bells in Turkey

From 2002 to 2009, the number of Turkish women killed in premediated murders rose 14-fold, according to justice ministry statistics which do not provide details on the perpetrators and circumstances.(AFP/File/Adem Altan)


Kissing in protest

by HDN
Young lovers gathered on a bus in Istanbul on Sunday to make a kissing protest following last week?s ?sex bus? incident.


2011-04-13 Future and Freedom in #Turkey – cable analysis series – Part 1, RELIGION

ImageTurkey is a land of many lands. A checkpoint, a bridge between the East and the West used by many cultures and civilizations across the history of humankind. In many ways, however, the country is not only divided by the classical dichotomy between Europe and Asia, as it is a nation made up of many different groups, clans and tribes. It is difficult to accept that those living in Bodrum along the Mediterranean beaches are from the same country as those living in the deserted Diyarbakir; and it would be hard to argue that those living in the orthodox Kayseri are the same culture as those in modern Istanbul. Colloquially one could say that Turkey suffers from an identity problem. This has been seen as an obstacle for the government, obsessed with standardizing religion so as to moderate extremist clans that have an unfavourable view in Europe. To unite people under the giant Turkish state, the government has spread the same flag over the whole country, trying to make it present in every village, town or major city. But far from making one single body of Anatolian citizens, the red fabric painted with a star and a moon all abroad the country only denounces the paradox of Turkish society in religious affairs.

We will be publishing a series of reports related to freedom on Turkish lands and minds. For more information or if you want to help us continue our work contact us at or on Twitter @wikileaks_world.



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