Hello everyone! The blog has been quiet for a while but for a good reason. After a few interesting incidents, like one of my posts going viral all around the world, I decided that I no longer wanted this to be merely a personal space but something more than that: a platform to share my... Continue Reading →
While most of the political attention on the Middle East is concentrated on the resolution of the Syrian Civil War to stabilize the region, a quiet player jeopardizes its long-term political security. Despite the growing body of scientific findings that depict a grim picture of the region’s future climate conditions, the policy makers continue to... Continue Reading →
As I am trying to draft a better personal statement for my PhD applications that are due this week, I look out the window and watch the grim environment for a while: Ash on the floor, ash everywhere - maybe I should have taken in my bike rather than letting it get covered by asbestos-containing,... Continue Reading →
There has already been a greater anti-intellectualism movement slowly taking over our daily discourses. Republicans say college education is bad for the US; a presidential candidate says he loves uneducated people; the president of a university in Turkey says on live TV that the country needs an uneducated generation... But in this specific case, a particular type of hostility to intellectualism targets women by instilling a fear of undesirability, and men by instilling a sense of threat to their masculinity.
Never a morning person, I initially assumed it was a funny shaped plus sign. "Ugh, these kids, they just like scratching public goods." I thought to myself. But after a few seconds, I noticed the hooks at the tips. I have read so many news about swastikas appearing in public spaces since Trump came to power, but that was the first time I saw one with my own eyes.
When I watched Breaking Bad back in 2013, I had never stepped into the US soil before. I was deeply baffled and disturbed by why Walter White became a drug dealer after getting cancer. Yes, the cancer treatments are expensive in Turkey too but I never saw anyone from the middle class going bankrupt because... Continue Reading →
When the longing is real, my mother always tells me: "Look at us! The daughter I could not send to the market, fearing something bad will happen, is now on the other side of the world. The daughter I half-heartedly sent to school, fearing other kids might push or bully her (I was a very tiny... Continue Reading →
Image Source: Pinterest That beautiful afternoon, everyone was having a wonderful time. As I looked around the room, I saw only happy faces, smiling, eating snacks, chatting, flirting... I could also see the Sun outside the window right across the room, slowly descending to the horizon between the other long buildings. I wondered what floor... Continue Reading →
Yazının Türkçesine buradan ulaşabilirsiniz. The movie Kedi is finally on screen in Santa Barbara! I have been looking forward to watching it for the last few months, though I was also worried that it might disappoint me somehow, which is partially my fault. It simply meant more than a movie for me - more like... Continue Reading →