Artists from Mersin University and local children are painting a local Roma neighborhood together. While the project aims to reflect the community's vibrant culture, the university team envisions to turn the neighborhood into a monument of Roma people.
A Greek Orthodox Foundation in southern Hatay won a legal battle against the re-zoning of a cemetery as "green space." The municipality failed to notify the community of a change in status in the parcel's plans, but the re-zoning plan was suspended.
An association that aims to introduce the Aegean province of İzmir to Russian speakers recently launched its website. The Russian Speakers Friendship and Solidarity Association (RUSDER) website will provide information about local cultural events and archaeological sites in Russian, also bringing together the local Russian diaspora.
In 2008, then-Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan vowed to “save Sulukule from its state of monstrosity” invoking the same word for monstrosity (ucube) he later used to describe the Statue of Humanity, a sculpture built in the eastern province of Kars to symbolize friendship between Turkey and Armenia. Like Sulukule, the statue was torn down.
Yiğit O. Özdemir writes: Today, what we know of as Istanbul's Istiklal Avenue was originally called Grande Rue de Pera. It is where decisions are made, especially when it comes to how and with which tools will “urban plunder” be managed. Mechanisms of consent and resistance are formed here. The victories and defeats of campaigns about urban space happen here.
Luke Frostick writes: In her new book Precarious Hope, Ayşe Parla focuses on the experience of Bulgarian Turks. They are the only undocumented group in Turkey that gets regular amnesties. A sense of privilege they feel compared to other economic migrants is identified in Parla's book. However, they are still vulnerable to exploitation by the state.
France will replace an imam exchange program that was established in 1977 and allowed teachers to be sent to France from nine countries to teach languages and culture without Paris' supervision, President Emmanuel Macron said on Feb. 17. Instead, France will sign bilateral agreements with those nine countries, though not with Ankara.