The Russian Red Army Chorus will be in Istanbul for a performance on June 13, and it is also set to include surprise Turkish songs in its set-list.
China is considering further changes to its family planning laws, Premier Li Keqiang said on March 15, after a relaxation in the “one child policy” failed to see significantly more babies being born
Category: BARÇIN YİNANÇ
A few days after the brutal murder of Özgecan Aslan, which put women’s murders under focus again and a few days before International Women’s Day, an incident that took place during the Gezi events came back to the agenda one more time.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel on March 10 urged Japan to resolve issues surrounding Tokyo's system of wartime sex slavery, her second foray into the delicate issue of East Asia's history.
Category: YUSUF KANLI
Turkey has an acute problem. Ethnic Kurds, non-Muslims, non-Sunni Muslims, women, disabled people, everyone suffers from a chronic problem: The lack of a democratic culture.
Maverick Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis -- who has become a media phenomenon since Greece's radical government came to power -- has reportedly been warned by his own prime minister to talk less and do more.
‘Honor’ was associated with married women, not unmarried women, because it was aimed at the protection of home and family. Virginity was prized because it signified that the girl hadn’t had sexual relations with a boy or man, ensuring that any offspring was her husband’s
Category: BLIND SPOT
All of our constitutions somehow seem as if they were brought by storks. What I mean is they are brought effortlessly, without a struggle, with no contribution from the ground, dropped from the air…
Organisers of the prestigious World Press Photo awards have revoked a major prize after the entry, which portrayed the gritty Belgian industrial town Charleroi, was accused of being staged in a deepening debate over manipulation of images.
With less than a week away from Women’s Day, Turkey has been seeing a plethora of mass protests, rallies and campaigns to stop and raise awareness on violence against women in the last couple of weeks
Category: TASTE OF THE PAST
In the days of the Ottoman Empire, pederasty-like relationships were common between pre-pubescent boys and bearded older men. Though today it seems homoerotic, the relationship had a deeper meaning according to the mystic Sufis and their search for God
More than a month after jihadist gunmen massacred much of the Charlie Hebdo editorial staff, the magazine is back at work with another savage swipe at its favourite enemies.
In a ground-breaking move the United States on Feb. 23 appointed the first US special envoy for gay and lesbian rights in a bid to help eradicate discrimination around the world.
More than a month after jihadist gunmen massacred much of the Charlie Hebdo editorial team, those who survived are slowly trying to return to a semblance of normality.
The United Nations' top climate change official will not chair a key meeting in Kenya next week as Indian police investigate a sexual harassment complaint against him, officials said Feb. 22.
While stoning is commonly believed to be the penalty for adultery in Islam, flogging was far more readily used following convictions for marital infidelity
Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami is offering tips on love and lust, counselling sex with a fish and advising one fan who wants to date a younger woman to read Sun Tzu’s “The Art of War.”
Pop diva Lady Gaga announced to the world Feb. 16 that she is getting married -- to an actor she met making a video, in which she wore her mother's wedding dress.
An usual, an individual protest in an Istanbul square triggers social media calls for a massive demo
A few days ago, a man called me telling me he had found my number via a job search site and asked me if I could help him out with his career plans as, he said, he admired my CV and believed I could advise him. “Of course,” I said, without giving it much thought
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