PM Erdoğan messing around with minds: On Turkey’s “national drink”… and a social fabric roundup…

Turkey‘s Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan makes a speech during the Global Alcohol Policy Symposium in Istanbul April 26, 2013. REUTERS/Murad Sezer


For a healthy generation, grandfather suggested me to drink ayran: Erdoğan

from Hurriyet Daily News

Turkish PM Erdoğan explained why he branded the salty beverage as the national drink.


Turkish PM vows harsh action against alcohol

from Hurriyet Daily News

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan vowed today to introduce new measures in the fight against



Turkey’s leader hits a nerve over country’s “national drink”

from Yahoo news

By Jonathon Burch ANKARA (Reuters) – If you are looking for one sure way to split public opinion in Turkey, just bring up the word alcohol. That is what Turkey’s often divisive prime minister did late on Friday when he pronounced that the national drink was not beer, nor the aniseed spirit raki – choice tipple of Turkey’s founding father – but the non-alcoholic yoghurt drink ayran



Rakı to become ?national drink? if European body accepts it

from Hurriyet Daily News

Turkey?s Traditional Alcoholic Beverage Producers Association (GİSDER) applied to European


Ayran vs. Beer: A Photo That Erdogan Wouldn’t Like to See

from The Istanbulian by Emre Kızılkaya

Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan started yet another polemic by saying that “Turkey’s national drink is ayran, not beer.”


His critics are forming the anti-ayran front now.


A Workers? Lunchtime Paradise Lost

from Istanbul Eats by admin


In the realm of Turkey?s small businesses, the esnaf lokantası (tradesmen?s restaurant) hovers above everything like a uniting holy spirit. A good one certainly is divine in nature. Take just about any old esnaf lokantası, and you?re sure to encounter a community that only exists at that particular spot on earth.

End of Empire: The New Ottoman Archive

from Kamil Pasha by Jenny White

Main gate of the old Ottoman Archive, 11 March 2013. Photo by Michael Christopher Low. From

Three graduate students in Ottoman history have written an impassioned review of the new Ottoman archive that has just opened its doors in Istanbul?s Kağıthane neighborhood on April 22.



Photos reveal child heroes of Turkey in times of war

from Hurriyet Daily News

The Atatürk Research Center (ATAM) in Ankara opened the doors of its photo archive to mark April 23, Children?s Day


Posters promote Turkish tourism abroad

from Hurriyet Daily News

Visual materials used by the Culture and Tourism Ministry to promote Turkey



17 percent of Turkish population obese, report shows

from Hurriyet Daily News

Seventeen percent of the Turkish population aged 15 and older is obese..



Turkey?s kid population to drop significantly, data show

from Hurriyet Daily News

The proportion of children in respect to the total population of Turkey will fall in next four decades.


Religious Affairs Directorate to meet lighting costs of churches and synagogues

from Hurriyet Daily News

Turkey?s Directorate of Religious Affairs has kicked off a plan to meet the lighting costs of churches and synagogues


Turkish sites shortlisted for Europa Nostra program

from Hurriyet Daily News

Mardin?s St George Armenian Church and the historic city of Hasankeyf are two places from Turkey

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