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Re: News from Turkey
« Reply #15 on: December 31, 2016, 08:58:39 pm »
 

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Re: News from Turkey
« Reply #16 on: December 31, 2016, 09:21:39 pm »
Every time I hear horrendous news like this, this movie clip goes through my head:
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=gtIYkoL4P48
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Re: News from Turkey
« Reply #17 on: January 09, 2017, 12:29:02 pm »
Long setup; sorry.

Since Erdoğan came to power, a stronger theocratic mindset has been working its way into the country.  I'm not saying everyone was tolerant before him, but I do remember eating dinner in a cafe in İzmir in 2003, and watching two cross-dressing males walking down the street.  Apart from a few amused looks, it garnered no attention.  Going back to that same city years later, I was alarmed at how many more headscarves I saw on the streets.  That sounds simplistic, but in a country where headscarves in government buildings (including universities) used to be against the law, it is a real indication on how the prevailing winds blow.  I doubt those cross-dressers would walk so brazenly today.

When we moved to İncirlik, I was warned that the mindset that far east in the country would be less cosmopolitan, more ... Middle Eastern than European.  So this story really bothers me:  http://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2017/01/09/controversial-turkish-marriage-guide-allows-wife-beating/

ETA:  another article with more information - http://m.dw.com/en/turkish-marriage-guide-sparks-controversy/a-37049023

Kütahya is south of İstanbul.  Pamukkale is further south, but still considered west.
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Re: News from Turkey
« Reply #18 on: April 15, 2017, 11:02:35 pm »
I started this thread & don’t know why I put it on the “News of the Church” forum. It must have been because it was originally about Turkish missionaries serving there. Oh well, at least on this thread it won’t get buried as quickly as on the “General Discussion” thread.

Anyway, it is the last day of campaigning before a referendum on parliamentary vs. presidential powers. Maybe something Americans can relate to; in terms I understand, it seems to be about separation of powers & how much power should reside in a branch of government.

http://www.sfgate.com/news/world/article/Campaigning-for-Turkey-referendum-hits-final-11075137.php
 

 

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