The pressure for more production was an invitation for the Soma disaster’

An engineer from Soma Mining Inc. talked to HaberVs about the negligence chain behind the disaster*

Harun Şahnacı-Güventürk Görgülü

19/05/14 - 17:51

 

Free your library!

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A new social circle is growing based on lending and borrowing actual books, through the internet. The idea is to upload the covers of the books in your library to the web and then meet the people who want to borrow them. Thus building new friendships and acquaintances.

Kübra Aksu

5/06/14 - 14:24

“Spoken Word”: A new feature of cultural Istanbul

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The Spoken Word Istanbul is a cultural event unique in Istanbul. It gathers poets, musicians, actors, story tellers and expats from all over the world. It is an invitation to present one’s work, may it be a poem, a song, a joke, regardless of the quality of the piece.

Dominic Horinek

5/06/14 - 14:14

“Society has the problem – not me!“

Although Turkey is among the most liberal Islamic influenced countries, homosexuals face tough discrimination in everyday life. To see what life is like when you happen to be gay and live in Istanbul, we talked with Murat.

Felix Mergemeier

19/05/14 - 18:21

Separate prison for LBGT revives gay rights debate

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Protesting voices rose when Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag announced plans to separate LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) people from other inmates in Turkish prisons.

Markus Däubler

19/05/14 - 18:04

May Day impressions: Summer storms might follow

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May Day in Istanbul. Erasmus student from Germany writes his impressions. He walked up to the DISK headquarters only after the clashes subsided to see demonstrators playing marbles and “hop-scotch” in front of the TOMA vehicles blocking the street where the DISK headquarters are located.

Samuel Philipp Acker

2/05/14 - 17:38

Buzzed by a Water Cannon – Labor Day in Sisli

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First time in Istanbul, experiencing a very special May Day, Erasmus student Nina Rathfelfelder wrote her impressions, preferring to stay at home and being waked up by the engine noise of TOMA.

Nina Rathfelder

2/05/14 - 17:27

May Day Turkish style, as usual

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May Day dawned in Istanbul and Ankara with squadrons of police sealing off the main arteries leading to the squares declared “off limits” by the government and ended with hundreds of demonstrators arrested and scores hospitalized for injuries inflicted by gas canisters, police truncheons and plastic bullets.

News,Etc.

1/05/14 - 20:48

Career challenges too big for Turkish university grads

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Job instability, bad payment or even overdue salaries or wages – these are just some compromises of Turkey´s young university graduates have to accept in order to find their first job.

Nina Rathfelder

30/04/14 - 12:21

Going on a Walk with Art

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”Feeling the city trough art“, that’s how Ekta Hamand from India describes her Artwalk experience. It took her on a trip through Nişantaşı and Akaretler, showing the neighborhoods through the eyes of art.

Nina Rathfelder

30/04/14 - 11:43

“You have to be focused in every second”

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İsmet Cihan is one of the most experienced ferry captains on the Bosporus. The 52-year old is steering the “MS Fahri Korutürk”, a 2,100 passenger-capacity ferry. He is talking about how his love for the sea developed, what hidden risks the Bosporus holds and why his family is sometimes feels jealous of his ship.

Samuel Philipp Acker

21/04/14 - 19:32

Archaeologists restore the temple of Hadrian in Ephesus

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A team of archaeologists from the Austrian Archaeological Institute are restoring the Temple of Hadrian in Ephesus. The antique monument accessible for tourists again by July 2014 leading archaeologist says.

Dominic Horinek

18/04/14 - 14:18

Erasmus suspension looming over Turkey

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Erasmus is big in Turkey. Roughly 12.000 students use the exchange program of the European Union to leave the country every year. But now, an alleged corruption scandal in the National Erasmus Agency In Ankara threatens the continuance of the program for Turkey. The possible suspension of Erasmus might alienate young Turks from the EU.

Samuel Philipp Acker

18/03/14 - 16:58

Are the students being ripped off at the campus?

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Studying in a private university does not make students rich. Everything that is sold from water to cookies at the Bilgi University’s campus has extremely high prices. The result was a boycott held by students at the students’ cafeteria.

Ceren Öztoprak, Kübra Aksu

24/12/13 - 16:25

Women robbed of their future

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Documentary film “Playhouse” tells the story of 5.5 million women in Turkey who are or were child brides. Filmmaker Bingol Elmas explains the stories behind these child marriages.

Sandra Sperling

17/10/12 - 13:11

 

2 October Thursday

Kronik Medya

Antonio Negri and Gezi Park – Theory and experience

Dominic Horinek

The documentary section of the recent 33rd edition of the Istanbul Film Festival put a critical, but not hopeless, view on society as exemplified in the theoretical documentary “Istanbul along with Negri” and its practical sibling-in-mind “Love will change the earth…”.

other articles


  • David Harvey at Bilgi: Urban organization to beat crises of capitalism

    A different kind of urbanization of which the main movers will be the excluded masses who cannot exercise their right to the city is needed to overcome the recurrent crises of capitalism, famous British social scientist David Harvey told a packed auditorium at the Bilgi University.

    10/06/12 - 23:50

  • “Silent witnesses of their times”

    Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar, widely known as Kapali Carsi (Covered Bazaar) is full of amazing surprises. Murat Bilir who has a liliputian shop selling what he terms as “cultural objects” is one of those surprises. He has a story to go with each artifact he displays.

    20/05/12 - 23:40

  • Istanbul, the most beautiful and the most ugly”

    Istanbul is the most beautiful city in Europe and at the same time the most ugly one according to Kai Strittmatter, the correspondent of the influential German daily “Süddeutsche Zeitung” who published recently a book entitled “Gebrauchsanweisung für Istanbul” that can be translated as “Users Manual for Istanbul.

    6/05/12 - 21:07

  • German on the road

    The purpose of the program is to motivate young Turks to learn German as their second or third foreign language. For this purpose a German bus has been traveling all over Turkey with young lecturers from Germany taking turns on board since September 2010.

    2/05/12 - 02:47

  • Visiting SALT: A hub of cultural activity

    The place is called simply SALT. It has the widest range of cultural activity from urban problems to film shows. The visitors can contribute too.

    22/12/11 - 03:36

  • Europeans learn Islamic banking

    The crisis shaking the financial world leads to new trends one of which is Islamic banking. In Brussels, two training courses are launched for those who want to learn everything about Islamic banking. ‘If everybody would have banked according to the sharia’, one of the organizers says, ‘there would be no crisis’.

    11/12/11 - 22:42

  • KREK: A complete new approach to theater

    At Santral Istanbul KREK theater is displaying a new approach to dramaturgy. Their works are also going to be performed in Europe.

    25/11/11 - 01:58

  • A ghost story from bustling Beyoglu

    Stories don’t need to be true to be good. The one I’m about to tell you is partly true and partly speculation. Or what else would you expect from a ghost story?

    23/11/11 - 00:57

  • Journalism: A dying profession?

    Next to his job as professor at Bilgi University, Prof. Dr. Haluk Şahin is also a renowned journalist whose latest book is called ‘Final notes on a dying profession’ and deals with the future of Turkish media. When it comes to Prof. Dr. Haluk Şahin, that future is anything but rosy.

    15/11/11 - 01:01

  • A traveling Czech in a most unlikely place

    What the heck a Czech girl passing the Islamic feast of sacrifice in a remote village with only five houses in eastern Turkey near the Armenian border? Moreover, she is in this country for the first time.

    6/12/10 - 15:57

  • An English philosopher at football stand

    Stephen Mumford is the head of Humanities School at Nottingham University, U.K. He is a philosophy teacher with a PhD. From Leeds University entitled “Dispositions and Reductionism.” But this introduction should not mislead the reader. He is by no means a long-haired, bearded, spectacled, and pensive philosopher. This is maybe due to his interest in football that goes back to his childhood years.

    25/04/10 - 18:19

  • Polonezkoy: Struggling to preserve its Polish identity

    In the Istanbul suburb, surrounded by woods in the company of wild animals lies a place which used to be called by the inhabitants, the ‘Polish oasis in foreign land’. More than a century-and-half after its foundation Polonezkoy is struggling to retain its Polish character.

    17/10/09 - 17:54