Turkey

Sezen Aksu (Episode I)

Her albums are available on iTunes. If you go to Turkey don’t hesitate to visit D&R (music & book shops that you can discover in many towns), you’ll be able to find her albums as well as some boxes. I want to start by suggesting these songs : ‘Nihayet’ : (my favourite) ‘Şen şarkı’ (my… » read more

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Ahmet Kaya (Episode I)

I grew up with his songs. Perhaps that’s why I was often sad during my childhood. Ahmet Kaya was a great master of music. In my opinion Turkey’s greatest singers and composers are Sezen Aksu and Ahmet Kaya. I ought to not have hesitated to introduce him in this former article of mine (it was… » read more

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I discovered Kızılırmak when I was nearly 10-12 years old. I love their album ‘Pir Sultan’dan Nesimi’ye Anadolu Türküleri’, a great album that is available on iTunes. Here are two songs. ‘Şifa istemem’ : ‘Haydar’ : Yours sincerely, Cem TwitterFacebook0Linkedin

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Yıldırım says Channel Istanbul project to be initiated in June – May 3rd 2013 “Transportation, Maritime and Communications Minister Binali Yıldırım yesterday attended the Rivers and Lakes in Ottoman Empire International Symposium, hosted by Erciyes University in Kayseri and jointly organized by the Transportation, Maritime and Communications Ministry and the Forestry and Water Affairs Ministry.… » read more

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European Aviation Award Goes To Atatürk Airport – April 12th 2013 “Istanbul Atatürk Airport has been named by Skytrax as the winner in the “Best Airport in Southern Europe” category. Skytrax CEO Edward Plaisted presented the award to Business Development Director of TAV Airports Holding Serkan Kaptan. “It is very important to receive such a… » read more

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Gül presented water, earth and flag from Çanakkale – March 19th 2013 “President Abdullah Gul on Monday received Acting Director General of Sports Mehmet Baykan and his accompanying delegation at the Çankaya Presidential Palace, where he was as presented the water, earth and flag from Çanakkale on the occasion of the 98th anniversary of the… » read more

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Turkish voleyball side Vakıfbank wins European crown – March 11th 2013 “Turkey’s women’s volleyball team Vakıfbank defeated Rabita Baku in three straight sets during the finals of the CEV Champions League Final Four which was held on Sunday in Istanbul. Vakıfbank crowned its extraordinary run by wiping out its Azeri rival 25-17, 25-20 and 25-23,… » read more

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Russian deputy visits Turkish woman taking care of disabled Russian – February 18th 2013 “Roman Khudyakov, a deputy from the Russian Liberal Democratic Party, on Sunday visited the home of Gülsüm Kabadayı, a woman who took a young disabled Russian man into her home and began caring for him like one of her own in… » read more

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We lost Mehmet Ali Birand

I feel pain. Mehmet Ali Birand was a great journalist. Most probably the best of Turkey (with Fikret Bila) and perhaps the best of the world. He was incredibly courageous. He knew his job. Whenever there was some tension within the Turkish society, his analysis was very much expected and always relieved us. His words… » read more

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Bu yazı 2011’de yazıldı. Yayınlandığı gün Türkiye’deydim. O zaman biraz okumuştum. Bugün tam okudum. Bu yazıyı blog’umda sunmak istemiştim, ve hatırlamak için gazetenin bir parçasını yırtmıştım. Ama sadece bugün sunmayı düşündüm. Çok şükür bu yazı internet’te hâlâ mevcut : Bahadir Kaleağası : “AB ile müzakereler ve KKTC konusunda koşul ve tarih koyan taraf, artık Türkiye… » read more

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