Social roundup: “Turkey launches officially ‘Turkvision’…”Turkey gets 2022 deadline to clear its almost 1 million landmines…
After snubbing the Eurovision song contest, Turkey launches officially ‘Turkvision’
The Turkvision project, branded as an alternative to Eurovision, has now become a reality after the official signing ceremony in Eskişehir
Ruling AKP deputy?s remark on disabled people stirs debate
Tekirdağ Deputy Ziyaeddin Akbulut has stirred controversy by claiming that parents used to pray for the death of their disabled children
45,000 people acquire Turkish citizenship last decade
The Interior Ministry has announced that within a decade, covering 2002 to 2012, a total of 45,959 people became Turkish citizens through marriage
Turkey gets 2022 deadline to clear its almost 1 million landmines
The Ministry of Defense has announced that there are a total of 977,922 landmines currently deployed in Turkey
Over 2,000 foreigners in jail in Turkey
There are a total of 1,066 convicted and 1,065 detained foreign nationals currently in Turkey?s penitentiaries
Turkey’s building boom unrest conceals fear of corruption
Istanbul riots started over proposed parkland development but government’s increasingly authoritarian policies fuel unrest
The protests triggered in Turkey by plans to redevelop a park into a shopping mall at first seem an unlikely cause for public anger. In reality, the demonstrations over Taksim Square‘s Gezi Park go to the very heart of Turkey’s modern discontents.
Why it has become such a fraught issue was hinted at in a statement issued in the midst of the protests by Istanbul‘s Chamber of Physicians, insisting: “It is not [the] job [of police and officials] to protect the profitability of the contractors who will build a shopping mall on Taksim Square.”
Today?s New York Times Sunday Magazine published a series of articles about the situation of women in the world ? and what can be done about it ? that are thought-provoking. (click here) The statistics and personal stories of abuse are horrifying, starting with the 100 million missing women who are aborted or left to die as infants in societies that give greater status to boys. This is the case ? even more prevalent, in fact ? even when the mother is educated and well off. She?ll have fewer children, thus the pressure to have a boy is more intense. (click here).