Democracy NOW!

GET OUT AND VOTE! Today is election day in Turkey.  The Prime Minister is not up for re-election, but his party is.  The three largest cities are Istanbul (over 14 million), Ankara (about 5 million) and Izmir (about 3.5 million).   Below is some reading from Turkish & International newspapers on the subject: Turkey Politicians Make... Continue Reading →

What did, do, the Protestors Want?

It was very early in the protests when I realized that no one was actually voicing their opinion.  They weren't clearly stating what they wanted.  Obviously, much like Occupy Wall St., it was hard to do.  The protests were growing around the country, but there was no clear leader.  No one to make demands. One... Continue Reading →

Racism Running Rampant — Still

In the news in Turkey is the Deputy Prime Minister Beşir Atalay with his anti-Semitic public comments. I have lived here over three years now.  I don't usually get into the depth of conversations, for lack of Turkish skills, that would make me aware of racism here.  Unfortunately, I do have one "friend" who in the... Continue Reading →

Taking a Break

Yesterday, a suicide bomber attacked the American Embassy in Ankara. He killed one of his own people, a Turkish citizen who worked as a guard. What the fuck?!  The man simply went to work one day and died because of some a-hole's radical political views.  The man lost his life, because he needed to feed... Continue Reading →

Turkish Journalists – Report from NPR

Very interesting newscast and article from NPR: Turkey is disputing a new report that names it as the world's leading jailer of journalists, with scores behind bars — ahead of Iran, China and other authoritarian states. Click here to read or listen to the entire story.  The link to the report is in Turkish and English.

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