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The relations between nations / states – I here use them interchangeably although they do not refer to the same thing – ( let me say international relations) are managed in both a dynamic and static style. Firstly, I see it as a dynamic process ( the interaction between nations) because the global arena does… » read more

Posted by Begum Burak

Women’s fight for suffrage started early in the 20th century in Ottoman Empire – then ruled by a monarchy – but they faced many other challenges after the country switched to a parliamentary system as they failed to have suffrage added to the new constitution in 1924. Before Atatürk´s reforms, it is known that, peasant… » read more

Posted by Begum Burak

Yesterday was the 130th anniversary of Namık Kemal’s death. Namık Kemal in full Mehmed Namık Kemal was born in Tekirdağ in 1840 and he had been one of the pioneering figures of Young Ottomans. The Young Ottomans had been a secret nationalist organization formed in 1865. This group called for the creation of a constitutional… » read more

Posted by Begum Burak

Two days ago, on November 28, a large concrete block fell during the construction of a highway viaduct in northwest region of Turkey, killing three workers. The accident occurred near the town of Gebze, in Kocaeli province, during the construction of the North Marmara Highway. With the collapse of the concrete block, the workers working… » read more

Posted by Begum Burak

  A few days ago, one of the popular celebrities, namely Gamze Özçelik (born in 1982) was spotted wearing a headscarf. For a few days, Gamze Özçelik and her headscarf have been one of the hotly-debated issues on TV shows and programmes. I prefer to use the term “headscarf” instead of “turban” because in my… » read more

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  FOLLOWING THE FOOTPRINTS OF THE HEAD TEACHER The work of teachers and their contributions to the society are incredibly innumerable. It is known that, since 1994, many countries celebrate Teachers’ Day on the 5th day of October with the recommendation of UNESCO. In Turkey this special day is celebrated on November 24. After the… » read more

Posted by Begum Burak

Yesterday was the anniversary of the foundation of Council of Higher Education (YÖK). There had been a considerable amount of news coverage about YÖK in those years. Exactly 37 years have passed since the debates related to YÖK have first begun. The number of universities had been 19 before the foundation of YÖK. Today, there… » read more

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    Bülent Ecevit died at the age of 81 on November 5 in 2006. Bülent Ecevit started his political career in the Republican People’s Party. He then became the leader of Democratic Left Party in 1987. In addition to Ecevit’s political career, his talent in poetry is also well-known. Ecevit studied Middle Eastern politics… » read more

Posted by Begum Burak