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Controversy over legacy of Turkish painting legend

MELİS ALPHAN writes:

An officially registered Art Nouveau mansion on 3.5 hectares of land on the Istanbul island Büyükada, as well as the works of many famous painters in the mansion…

Comment(s) 8/14/2017

Even the plants of Istanbul are escaping to nature

MELİS ALPHAN writes:

Prof. Ünal Akkemik, the head of the Forest Botany Department of Istanbul University’s Forestry Faculty, is the one who enabled me to meet the Belgrade Forest in Istanbul in real life

Comment(s) 8/12/2017

Amnesty Turkey head will return to work

MELİS ALPHAN writes:

As you know, last month, a group of human rights activists who had gathered in Büyükada at a training intended for the protection of human rights activists, were taken into custody, and afterwards were arrested.

Comment(s) 8/9/2017

Nature and history butchered for coal

MELİS ALPHAN writes:

On one side there is Bodrum; on the other side there is Marmaris. At the center of this paradise lies the Yatağan Thermal Power Station with its giant polluting capacity

Comment(s) 7/10/2017

Walking for rights, law and justice

MELİS ALPHAN writes:

June 23 was the ninth day of the “justice march.” I arrived in Yeniçağa, a district of the Central Anatolian province of Bolu, in the morning, got out of the vehicle and joined the march in the middle of the marchers

Comment(s) 6/28/2017

Why do we insist on coal despite our renewable potential?

MELİS ALPHAN writes:

Although fossil fuels, especially coal, dominated the world after the Industrial Revolution, times have changed.

Comment(s) 6/17/2017

Neighborhood attackers count on impunity and brothers

MELİS ALPHAN writes:

The first incident was on Sept. 21, 2010, when a group of 20 to 30 people with sticks in their hands smashed glasses and windows of art galleries along Boğazkesen Street in Istanbul’s Tophane. They injured those attending an opening. Their reason was that they were drinking.

Comment(s) 6/13/2017

Taking advantage of Turkey’s state of emergency

MELİS ALPHAN writes:

A police operation in relation to the Fethullahist Terrorist Organization (FETÖ) was conducted at the Mersin Metropolitan Municipality in southern Turkey and 25 people were detained on Aug. 2, 2016. The same day, police came to the Ankara home of Erkan Karaarslan, one of the advisors of Mersin Mayor Burhanettin Kocamaz from the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP). They searched the house.

Comment(s) 6/5/2017

Dismissed teacher can’t find job even as waiter

MELİS ALPHAN writes:

He and his wife had been teachers for 10 years.

Comment(s) 5/24/2017

Half of Turkey’s secondary schools don’t even have a gym

MELİS ALPHAN writes:

Answering a parliamentary question from main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) deputy Fethi Gürer, Education Minister İsmet Yılmaz stated that out of 6,857 secondary schools in Turkey, 6,280 have a physical education teacher. In other words, in 577 secondary schools there is no physical education teacher.

Comment(s) 5/16/2017

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