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  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

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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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    Today, thousands of students who have the dream to get education in prestigious high schools have taken the exam of LGS (Exam for Enterance to High Schools). I hereby want to publish a post dealing with the education system in Turkey within a historical perspective and I will also attempt to employ the… » read more

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Bernard Lewis, a preeminent scholar of Middle Eastern history whose work profoundly shaped Western views of the region died on May 19. He was 101 years old. Beyond the polarizing arguments among the academics, Dr. Lewis was a man of expansive intellectual appetites…Lewis wrote more than 30 books, hundreds of articles and had competence in… » read more

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  As known, the elections are drawing near. The Presidential elections which will be held on June 24 will also determine the names of the deputies for the twenty-seventh term of office. In the presidential elections 6 candidates will run for office, the Council of Higher Election declared them as follows: Recep Tayyip Erdoğan Muharrem… » read more

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    In this post, I am sharing the election manifesto of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan based on two newsapers having quite different idelogical orientations… As known, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has revealed his party’s manifesto for the elections. He delivered vital messages for the economy, foreign policy, human rights and the regional status of Turkey… » read more

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“Turkey’s electoral system awards seats based on a proportional representation formula that tends to reward larger parties and coalitions. Parties that fail to achieve the 10% minimum of the national vote have any seats won reallocated to others that meet the threshold. In March, the AKP-dominated parliament passed a bill that permitted electoral alliances in… » read more

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Tomorrow is World Press Freedom Day. On the occasion of that day, I want to share an article of mine published in 2011. The article is entitled ” Instrumentalist Use of Journalism in Imposing the Kemalist Hegemonic Worldview and Educating the Masses in the Early Republican Period”   In the early years of the Republic,… » read more

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