Cycling in pursuit of a dreamMehmet Yapar created an Instagram account two years ago with the user name @kirmizibisikletim and shortly gained a great deal of followers. Delivering aid packages to needy village schools as part of his social responsibility project, Yapar is planning to cycle to eastern Van province if he can find a sponsormore
FeatureBetraying historyThis week, as the world has been shocked by the news out of Myanmar, where images of ethnic cleansing, the burning of villages and a mass exodus of people from the southwestern region of Myanmar bear testament to the history of this troubled country, underlining how tragic and horrific the treatment of the Rohingya people has become More
FeatureVisa required: Traveling to Istanbul during Ottoman eraAs the capital city of the empire, Istanbul was administered under strict rules and travel to the city was regulated. Different permits would be issued depending on whether you wanted to visit and or to settle down. The city population was also strictly maintained in order to avoid food shortages and keep the peace More
FeatureAyvalık: Anatomy of solo travel on a budgetTravelling solo gives you more freedom than you can imagine, and the best way to get a grip on solo trips is to find a place that is unknown to you. As a sucker for solo trips, I traveled to Ayvalık on a small budget More
FeatureUnited Nations goes AWOL in MyanmarDuring the eid al-adha, Muslims in Turkey and around the world were saddened by the ethnic cleansing of Muslims in Myanmar. As the world waits for the U.N. to step up, it seems the organization will continue to ignore human rights violations More
FeatureTurks' sacrifice traditionsThe ritual of sacrifice is observed by many traditions and religions, and, Turkic people, even before accepting Islam as their religion, are known to have practiced this tradition and continue to follow it during Eid al-Adha More
FeatureEid al-Adha: More than just slaughtering animalsThe origin of eid al-adha is tied closely to the hajj, the Islamic pilgrimage. The slaughtering of a cow, sheep, camel or goat is one of the final acts of the hajj and marks the successful completion of this religious duty. It is also a duty for Muslims throughout the world More
FeatureTesting times: How tests standardized students
Last week, on national television, the president of Turkey stated that the TEOG exam - an exam taken by children at the end of eighth grade to secure placement in high school - would be abolished. It is to be replaced by grade assessment throughout middle school and an entrance exam created by each high school that the child applies to. This sudden announcement sent shockwaves through the educational community, with positive and negative reactions emerging
FeatureFrom 'Communist threat' to 'Islamist threat'
In the 1930s and 1950s, the greatest threat to the Western world was communism. Today the ‘communist threat' has been replaced by the ‘Islamist threat.' What has changed and, more importantly, why is there a need for a ‘threat' of any kind?
FeatureEunuchs of the Orient
Harems and eunuchs are among the most eccentric issues of old oriental life. The discipline of the harem, where it was impossible to come across even a male fly, was handled by the eunuchs. Thanks to them, the palace didn't witness a single scandal in six centuries