The word “nakba” means “tragedy” for Palestinian nationals. It tells the story of the Palestinians who were forced to leave their homes or were killed after the Arab-Israeli War following Israel’s declaration of independence on May 14, 1948.
The Israeli historian Yuval Noah Harari’s book “Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind” became enormously popular a couple of years ago. It is a must for everyone in Turkish politics and bureaucracy to at least read the chapter called “The marriage of science and empire,” if not the whole book.
In 2011, Şahika Ercümen broke a standing diving record of 108 meters by diving two meters further in a competition in Austria, breaking a world record previously set by a male diver.
We are going through tense times in Turkey. With the ongoing war in Syria, talk of a new Cold War, and talk about a snap election, we have more than enough news stories to keep us occupied.
Working for the Foreign Ministry is very prestigious and you get to travel a lot. And I am someone who speaks two foreign languages, is presentable, studied economics, and took some international relations classes.
A new decision in Saudi Arabia allows women to choose whether or not to wear the headcover or the black abaya robe.
My favorite nominee for “Best Picture” award at the 90th Academy Awards was “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.”
I have heard many interesting stories since the launch of Turkey’s state genealogy service. Many ordinary citizens have been surprised by what they found after enquiring about their ancestral records on the free-of-charge official genealogy portal.
“All the things we did for this land of ours / Some of us died / Some of us gave speeches,” wrote Orhan Veli Kanık in his poem “For Our Homeland,” one of his most well-known works.