October 16 2020
From President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s passion for large roads to the sprightly octogenarians’ desire to “enlarge the balcony just a bit,” the Turks just love construction – even at the risk of bending local laws.
Some of Turkey’s fierce secularists like to portray child abuse - and its cover-up - as the practice of sects and conservative families, but this is not the case. Some cases make it to the press but more cases go unknown or hushed up within families.
Turkey’s creative sector has been stifled by limitations on free speech and faltering finances. COVID-19 made it significantly worse, particularly with a harsh winter on the way.
Izmir-born Fancy Women’s Bike Ride moves online this year, but continues to advocate clean transport and “women’s natural right to cycle and do whatever she pleases.”
As Erdoğan and Macron trade insults and predictions of each other’s brevity, Duvar English takes a look at the barbs that the two ancient empires have received and delivered.
Nektaria Anastasiadou’s debut novel “A Recipe for Daphne” visits the ghosts of the past, including those of September 6-7,1955, but comes out unhaunted and hopeful.
From Turkish journalists working for foreign media to women who suggest that motherhood is not the highest honour bestowed upon them, there are many types of public enemies in Turkey. Here is a crash course on just who those shady characters are.
Failing political regimes are like marriages on the rocks – when it gets too dreary, they remember the past or promise the moon in some unspecified future date. But take away the AKP’s tales of glory and people face a sober autumn with COVID-19 and forex spinning out of control.
AKP Old Guard’s oppressive statements on women and their glorification of the family at the expense of women no longer sit well with the young conservatives, particularly women.
Turkey’s Ministry of Education has finally announced that it will delay face-to-face education until September 21. But dilemmas and questions remain.
A nationalist MP who says Syrian refugees get their cars checked for free was mocked on social media, celebrities who recommend ginseng against COVID-19 get slapped with a fine and a mystery over the assault of a Ukrainian model at a posh beach in Turkey carries on.
Once-bustling Istanbul office of Turkey’s EU Affairs Ministry turns into a shisha cafe; thousands apply for an ad that seeks “gigolos for rich older women” and an online campaign #womenempoweringwomen turns to a “mirror mirror on the wall” contest.
Dursunoğlu’s death comes amid increasing homophobia, intolerance and censorship towards the LGBTQI community in Turkey, particularly in the creative sectors.
Our fear of the virus has driven us to use more plastic, more paper and more chemicals than we ever did. By allowing the importing of plastic from the EU to exceed quotas, the government is not acting any wiser.
COVID-19 confirmed what I have always known and experienced - that even among white, middle-class families, household and childcare chores are hopelessly lopsided. While the “modern man” undertakes some of the chores, what he mostly takes over is either considered in line with male roles.