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We remember: the extraordinary life and work of Türkan Saylan

One of Turkey’s most exceptional women passed away ten years ago today, 18 May 2009. Türkan Saylan was a doctor, educator and civil society activist, made famous first for her fight to eradicate leprosy and later for establishing Çağdaş Yaşamı Destekleme Derneği, ÇYDD (Association for the Support of Contemporary Living) to provide education for girls […]

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Your essential guide to Ramazan and why it’s important to Muslims

Today millions of Muslims around the world have started to fast during daylight hours. This period of abstinence will last for one month. Known as Ramazan in Turkish, or Ramadan, this month is regarded as the holiest in the Muslim calendar as it is believed this was when the Ku’ran was first revealed to the […]

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No way out? 15 years after Greek Cypriot voters dashed Cyprus unification hopes, why TRNC recognition is becoming the ‘default’ position

On 24 April, 2004, Turkish Cypriots voted in favour of uniting the island of Cyprus in historic referendums on what was dubbed the ‘Annan Plan’. But the United Nations blueprint for a federal solution remained just that after Greek Cypriots overwhelmingly rejected it – and were rewarded with European Union membership days later. In the […]

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Why is there such a lack of diversity in Turkish fashion media?

This weekend, from 20 to 21 April 2019, the second edition of Istanbul Modest Fashion Week will take place in its glorious home city. Launching to much anticipation from the media, influencers and the public alike, Istanbul Modest Fashion Week (IMFW) is going to be bigger than ever, with a host of top designers set […]

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Turkish TV series Diriliş Ertuğrul takes Britain by storm

Turkish soap operas have been appealing to global audiences for some time, but seldom have any generated the levels of fandom that Diriliş Ertuğrul (Resurrection Ertuğrul) has. Even more significantly, it is the first to have seriously penetrated the UK. From talks up and down the country, to arranged travel tours to the set, there […]

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150 years of Kızılay, also known as the Turkish Red Crescent: top 10 facts

Turkey’s largest humanitarian organisation, the Turkish Red Crescent, or Kızılay, has been celebrating its 150th anniversary this year. Established on 11 June 1868, it has been a core part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. Headquartered in the Turkish capital Ankara, Kızılay provides first aid, collects blood donations and provides assistance during […]

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Uyghurs in Turkey hopeful, but helpless
 

“Kardeş kardeşi satmaz,”Rukiye Turdush, a Canada-based advocate for the persecuted Uyghur minority in China said, switching from her local Turkic dialect spoken in China’s western Xinjiang region to the Anatolian dialect spoken in Turkey. A brother does not sell out his brother. “Uyghurs never lose hope in Turkey. They strongly believe that sooner or later […]