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Luxury and poverty hand-in-hand in Turkey

MELİS ALPHAN writes:

According to the newly-released income and living conditions survey of the Turkish Statistics Institute (TÜİK), the rich have become richer while the poor have become poorer.

Comment(s) 9/24/2016

Shared values, not shared enemies

MELİS ALPHAN writes:

I was 15 years old in the mid-1990s.

Comment(s) 9/20/2016

The arrests of journalists and other civilians

MELİS ALPHAN writes:

When the state of emergency (OHAL) was declared, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan himself said it would “absolutely not be used as a practice against democracy, the law and freedoms. On the contrary, it aims to protect and strengthen these values.”

Comment(s) 9/10/2016

Join the efforts of these young people

MELİS ALPHAN writes:

In the World Giving Index, Turkey always ranks among the bottom. In 2010, among 153 countries, Turkey was 134th; in 2011, it was 136th; in 2012, among 146 countries, we were the 137th; in 2013 and 2014, among 135 countries, we were 128th. In other words, our latest ranking was seventh from the bottom in the world

Comment(s) 9/9/2016

Domestic classes on introduction to violence

MELİS ALPHAN writes:

If you search YouTube for “Tokat oyunu” (Slapping Game), you will see a long list of many video links. In some of them a father plays it with his son or daughter, in others two brothers play

Comment(s) 9/6/2016

A film festival in Van, against all odds

MELİS ALPHAN writes:

In 35 years, the Istanbul Film Festival has raised a generation of movie-makers. Some of them met the cinema in this festival; some of them watched movies that opened new worlds in their minds in this festival

Comment(s) 9/2/2016

That masculine tongue giving instructions to women

MELİS ALPHAN writes:

It was back in 2013 when British Conservative MP Richard Graham recommended that women should not wear short skirts and high heels if they wanted to avoid rape while walking home alone through London’s Gloucester Park

Comment(s) 8/30/2016

Would you want a rip-off or a beating for dessert?

MELİS ALPHAN writes:

When abroad, when you are eating out, the waiter would attend to your table every 10 minutes or so and ask if you were content or whether there was anything else you wished for

Comment(s) 8/27/2016

A documentary on coal power plants

MELİS ALPHAN writes:

A woman in a village tells her story in the middle of her garden, which used to be right in the middle of paradise

Comment(s) 8/19/2016

Cabinet cannot be above the nation and the law

MELİS ALPHAN writes:

A draft law for amendments in certain governmental decrees consisting of 75 articles on the establishment of a Turkey Sovereign Wealth Fund was submitted to the Parliamentary Speaker’s Office on Aug. 1

Comment(s) 8/15/2016

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