Reviewing this week in the Turkish Blogs, November 10th marked the anniversary of the death of Mustafa Ataturk. Erkan's Field Diary has a wonderful article posted about the death of Ataturk and how he is celebrated. Turkish Torque also has a post praising the accomplishments of Mustafa Ataturk. Besides being the father of the modern Republic of Turkey, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk is also accredited with major western reforms of the old Ottoman system, including language reforms which changed the Turkish language from being written in the Arabic script to the Latin script.
Amerikan Turk posts this week about how disillusioning it can be to live in America:
Sick things are happening the world over, as they have ever been. You don't need to look hard to find them. The ignorance of the typical American is astounding. Finding one who can hold a conversation is rare, for me. We're living such cushy lives, so insulated from danger and terror and bombs and famine and starvation.
Amerikan Turk talks about leftist student protesters in Ankara, coupled with a photo of a bleeding student being arrested. He also comments on the anti-Zarqawi protesters in Jordan. On a lighter note, he also posted about a new Nokia 888 phone that was designed by a young Turkish student. Several of the Turkish design blogs have been buzzing about this as well.
Turkish Torque has been prolific week. From posting Turgut Uyar poems to discussing the new European Court ruling support the hijab-ban in Turkey, Torque covers it all, including a post about the difficulties of translating from Turkish to English.
Phanja from The Need to Know talks about the right to choose to smoke cigarettes. And in talking about a recent incident of Russian porn being broadcast on Indian television accidently, she shares a humorous story of a misplaced XXX CD that was aired in an Educational summitt attended by the Turkish Education Minister in the ultra conservative town of Diyarbakir.
Metecem from Metroblogging: Istanbul reminisces about the differences in this life in Berlin and his life in Istanbul.
And first reported here last week, the first full length podcast of Kevin and Fatma take on the world is up and working.
And to conclude- the top finds of the week:
1. Food, food, food–yet another great food site (in Turkish) Hanife Dentarifler.
2. Bozdolap (refridgerator) is an interesting project, where people have been sending in photos of their fridge. Purpose=not sure, but great fun.