Well the Turkish roundup is back after a long hiatus, and as it has been so long there is no way to get fully caught up or cover everyone, so we are going to focus on the highlights. Let's get caught up a bit on our friends shall we?
Amerikan Turk, who recently injured himself in a soccer game (get well soon-my friend), has posted a record 45 times in the last three weeks, perhaps that doesn't mean much to anyone, but I think that it is of statistical interest….and for the rest of the authors I cover this week, I am going to tell you their post count for the past three weeks. However, continuing on with the update… Murat gives us a comprehensive look at Muslim protests throughout the world over the recent Mohammed cartoons, but sharply outlines the hypocrisy of Muslims protesting about a cartoon while children are suffering from the earthquake in Pakistan.
Erkan's Field Diary (69 posts in three weeks) mentions the assasination of a Catholic priest in Turkey which has been linked to the outrage over the Mohammed cartoons. Erkan also went to the courthouse where the trial of several Turkish journalists are being held, it is an interesting introduction to the Turkish Judical system. He posted a copy of a cartoon about Turkey joining the EU which I found hilarious, but those who haven't encountered a restroom of that sort might not get it.
Ignore Me If You Can (13 posts in three weeks) posts about beggar-children in Turkey, a horrible but very common encounter that happens in Turkey. She also announces the addition of new authors for Metroblogging: Istanbul (25 posts in the last three weeks). Metroblogging covers a range of items this week that range from ATM scams in Istanbul and a tribute to the alcoholic beverage Raki.
Turkish Torque (60 posts in three weeks) writes about compassion in nature and Turkey's first Olympic skater. However Tork's most important post in these past few weeks is his announcement that he was named as one of the top 12 blogs in Asia by the Best of Blogs. Congrats!
The final blog to be covered in this post and also our winner of the most posts in three weeks–a whooping 93!– is Mavi Boncuk, who recently celebrated his 1300 posting. With so many postings and gems of Turkish and Ottoman history it is hard to select only a couple of highlights, here however is my short list: the train car of the sultan, background on the recently deceased Princess Durruhsehvar of Berar the last Ottoman princess, and a book that I desperately want, Slang in Turkish Culture.
Lastly, I would like to apologize to the Turkish bloggers that I regularly cover for slacking off as I have, the friendship offered to me by this blogging community means a lot to me and I am very grateful for their support.