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Anne Szustek

Body polemics ala Turka

Singer and producer  Bülent Ersoy, a male-to-female transsexual and a national icon, was harassed by Mustafa TopaloÄŸlu, a singer who often appears on weekend programes airing on religious-leaning channels. While at an anniversary party for the Association of Customs employees on Friday, December 8, TopaloÄŸlu claimed to the press that …

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Dry Bosphorus

Deniz Som, a writer for the daily newspaper Cumhuriyet,along with approximately 300 people protested the Ãœsküdar Municipality by drinking on the shore of the Bosphorus on the Asian side of the city. The Islamist-leaning Ãœsküdar municipal government has been fining people for drinking in public and putting their names on …

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Shaky beams

Acarkent, an upscale housing division in the suburbs on the Asian side of Istanbul, has been racked with scandal the past week as investigations have shown that the lion’s share of the homes on the gated estate were constructed illegally and to the detriment of the local environment. The first …

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