Recep İvedik vs. PSY’s Gentleman… A social fabric roundup from Turkey

The Irresistible Attraction of the Turkish Yokel

from The Istanbulian by Emre Kızılkaya

Turkish yokels probably have some kind of personal magnetism, as global superstars seem to keep copying them.


Cover of "Borat - Cultural Learnings of A...
Cover via Amazon

Firstly, it was reported that Borat could be a plagiarized character, derived from the real-life Mahir Cagri.


Minorities seen as threat by students

from Hurriyet Daily News

According to a survey conducted by Turkey?s Education and Science Employees Union..


Turkey’s Conundrum: Women and Modernity

from Yahoo news

In the late 1990s, Turkey banned women from wearing head scarves in public institutions. This edict, unfortunately, had the effect of denying some women the ability to pursue higher education ? and thus from sharing in and contributing to Turkey’s economic development.


Turkey Wired: By the Numbers

from Kamil Pasha by Jenny White

A recent article in Variety gave some information about the TV and film industry in Turkey and about social media usage. Here?s the article. Here?s the info briefly (with my comments):

Local movies took 47% of market share last year, despite only 70 local movies produced. (Fetih 1453 ? see my review here ? made $31 million.) Average movie ticket price is five bucks. But movie attendance is low (0.6 visits per person per year; 2.7 in the UK)


Figures de femmes kurdes : Le 8 mars à Dersim.

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

Comme je le disais dans un précédent billet, en Turquie  la journée de la femme kurde a duré  toute une semaine. Il fallait sans doute  ça pour tenter de convaincre les sympathisant(e)s du mouvement kurde qu?un processus de paix était bien enclenché.


Army launches training classes to stop suicides

from Hurriyet Daily News

In a bid to fight suicide cases, the army has started a program to strengthen the psychological arsenal..


Cem et semah alévis à l?auditorium du Louvre, le samedi 13 et le dimanche 14 avril.

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

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