The Day I Witnessed War

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 →

Cats of Istanbul: A Fragmented Society’s Last Bit of Hope for Healing

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 →

As a Turkish Citizen, I Have No Sympathy for the Turkish Protesters in the Netherlands

Yazının Türkçesini burada okuyabilirsiniz. These two weeks have been a bumpy ride, to say the least, for the Turkish government in terms of foreign policy. First, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan attacked Germany, calling them Nazis, and now he did the same for the Netherlands following the cancellation of the Foreign Minister's plane's landing permit and the... Continue Reading →

Backlash against Emma Watson’s Vanity Fair photo shoot is more than a simple controversy

As I have been following people's reaction to Emma Watson's Vanity Fair photo shoot lately, I decided not to say anything because I thought it was simply not worth my time. Using someone's nudity to discredit their feminism? How are these two even relevant, right? But today, as I was running, thoughts began to flow into my mind.... Continue Reading →

Politics at UCSB Part 2: The Insider Guide to the College Republicans

I have been looking forward to writing this post since I left the Republican meeting last week. It was extremely uncomfortable that before the meeting, I felt the need to take "Black Lives Matter" and "Justice" pins off my backpack. Yet, it was still illuminating to just sit there and listen to a completely different... Continue Reading →

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