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Turkish man strikes up 37-year friendship with swan
8 February 2021 - An unusual friendship between a Turkish man and a swan he rescued has endured for decades. Recep Mirzan and a group of friends were taking a shortcut in their car when they noticed the swan, with a broken wing, in an empty field. Mirzan immediately took the swan in to protect her from predators and kept her in the car until that afternoon, when he was able to take the swan to his home. Since then, Garip has lived on the man's farm in the Karaagac region, bordering Greece. (more)

The forgotten stones that still inspire Turks to help their neighbors
24 August 2020 - When Turkey suspended mass prayers in mid-March to try to stop the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, shoe racks at the entrance to Dedeman Mosque in northern Istanbul stood empty. And as businesses around the city shut their doors, the mosque's young imam, Abdulsamet Cakir, knew that the pockets of some members of his community might soon be empty as well. He dragged the shoe racks into the garden to clean them off and then filled them with some groceries. 'Then I called up some of the people in the neighborhood who I thought might be in need and invited them to come take what they wanted.' Word of Cakir's initiative spread quickly. Soon it was drawing recipients from all around Istanbul, and donors and media attention from across Turkey, and even abroad. But what seemed like a novel idea for pandemic times was actually inspired by a very old tradition: the sadaka tasi, or charity stone. (more)

Turkey's unique hand-sanitizing method
8 April 2020 - For hundreds of years, this Ottoman-era cologne has been synonymous with Turkish hospitality. Now, it's being used to fight coronavirus. As commercial hand sanitizers run dry in the US and Europe, people in Turkey are turning to a traditional, aromatic fragrance that has taken on a whole new relevance amid the coronavirus pandemic: kolonya. (more)

In Turkey, keeping a language of whistles alive
30 May 2019 - Before cellphones, Turkish 'bird language' allowed farmers to communicate across long distances in the Pontic Mountains. ... kus dili, or 'bird language,' ... transforms the full Turkish vocabulary into varied-pitch frequencies and melodic lines. (more)

Istanbul vending machines offer subway credit for recycled bottles and cans
17 October 2018 - The city of Istanbul is installing 'reverse vending machines' at metro stations that allow passengers to add credit to their subway cards simply by inserting a plastic bottle or aluminum can into the machine. The initiative aims to encourage recycling in the city of more than 15 million people, where recycling practices are scant or indifferent. But the alternative way of paying to travel is sure to be welcomed by commuters ... (more)

Turkey expected to reach 14 GW of solar in 2023
4 October 2018 - Turkish solar energy association, Gunder has released a new Solar Energy Map, which predicts that PV could reach a cumulative capacity of around 14 GW in 2023. This means that an additional capacity of more than 11 GW will have to be deployed in the country over the next five years, given that in mid-2018, total registered unlicensed solar power reached 4.8 GW (AC), according to the association's report. (more)

Turkey, Netherlands to reappoint ambassadors in couple of months: Cavusoglu
20 July 2018 - Turkey and the Netherlands will reappoint ambassadors in the next couple of months, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Friday (20 July), after the NATO allies agreed to normalize ties following more than a year of diplomatic tensions. (more)

Turkey's solar could pass 20 GW by 2026
9 May 2018 - In the most bullish scenario provided in a report published by Turkey's Shura Energy Transition Center, solar is predicted to reach 30 GW of installed capacity by the halfway point of the next decade. The report's most conservative scenario envisages around 6 GW. (more)

Turkey's first floating solar power plant built in Istanbul
4 August 2017 - The Floating Solar Power Plant, the first of its kind in Turkey, officially went into operation in Istanbul's Lake Buyukcekmece on Friday. The plant . . . is comprised of 960 polycrystalline photovoltaic panels that provide 260 watts of energy each. The plant is expected to prevent 210 tons of carbon dioxide emission every year. (more)

Turkey: Istanbul bookshop that transports young Syrians back home
23 January 2017 - Founder of city's first Arabic bookshop lets children read in their own language and escape the isolation of refugee life. Tucked in a corner across from Istanbul's Kariye museum is a haven for young Syrians who want to do one simple thing: read. Pages, a bookstore and cafe, represents one man's ambitious quest to change the lives of Syrian youth. More than three million refugees, the vast majority of them Syrian, live in Turkey. With Pages, Kadri hopes to create a space for young Syrians curious about the world, who want to escape the isolation of refugee life, and, for a fleeting moment, pretend they are back in their homeland. (more)

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Turkey: Maharishi Vastu conference in Istanbul draws developers, builders, architects from Middle East and Asia
4 May 2019 - Developers, builders, architects and engineers from the Middle East and Asia met together in Istanbul, Turkey, last month at a conference on Garden Cities and Communities for a Sustainable Future. The conference introduced participants to Maharishi Vastu architecture - ancient principles of proportion, placement, and orientation of buildings and planning, combined with up-to-date lifestyle trends including sustainability, community-building, and wellness. Architects who coordinate Maharishi Vastu projects around the world presented details on community design and led master-planning design workshops. The working groups produced designs for eight Vastu communities planned for the Middle East and Cyprus. (more)

Prevent terrorism utilizing the most advanced and cost-effective technology
7 March 2016 - Dr David Leffler, in a letter published by The Turkish Sun, presents Invincible Defense Technology (IDT) as a way for Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to prevent terrorism. By deploying a proven, advanced human resource-based military technology, these specially trained IDT Prevention Wings of the Military reduce national and cross-border collective stress. The IDT soldier's daily routine includes the practice of the non-religious Transcendental Meditation technique and its advanced programs, which creates a palpable influence of peace that permeates the surrounding environment. Dr Leffler reports that military field tests and 23 peer-reviewed studies have shown that the technology quickly, effectively, and efficiently ends turmoil. He points out that this approach to reducing stress and violence is already part of the training of Brazil's Elite Police force, and has been field-tested by other militaries worldwide. (more)

Protecting Turkey: How to confidently achieve and maintain Middle East stability
19 October 2014 - Dr David Leffler, Executive Director at the Center for Advanced Military Science (CAMS) in Fairfield, Iowa writes that 'a statistical guarantee of stability, based on empirical evidence, is only attainable with the advanced military technology, Invincible Defence Technology (IDT).' He adds, 'a scientifically-validated defence strategy would protect Turkey by preventing hostility and conflict before they arise both within and outside the country.' (more)

Young leaders invited to first Global Enlightened Leadership Summit: 18-25 January in Turkey
1 January 2014 - The first Global Enlightened Leadership Summit (GELS) will convene 18-25 January in the beautiful setting of Antalya, Turkey. GELS is 'for all young leaders--those currently practising Transcendental Meditation and those who wish to learn'--a global network, all sharing a common desire to create a world of new enlightened leaders, governing from the deepest level of silence in their own consciousness. Attendees not yet practising Transcendental Meditation can learn the technique during the Summit, to be held at a 5-star hotel overlooking the Mediterranean. Concurrent with GELS is a conference of TM practitioners coming from many countries to create coherence and peace for the Middle East through their group meditations. (more)

Turkey: Natural health care, Vastu architecture, advanced meditation courses expanding
18 July 2013 - In the past year groundbreaking took place for the first Maharishi Peace Palace in Turkey. When completed the three-storey building, located in Istanbul, will be 1,000 square metres. The Peace Palace will be a home for the programmes of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, including Transcendental Meditation, and a lighthouse of harmony and peace for the area through participants' group meditations. (more)

Third Annual Middle East World Peace Assembly convenes in Turkey: Participants from 13 countries meditate together, create coherence and harmony
14 February 2013 - One hundred fifty participants from 13 countries convened for the Third Annual Middle East World Peace Assembly, 11-19 January in Antalya, Turkey. The participants were all advanced meditators who practised Transcendental Meditation and Yogic Flying together every day--a technology of consciousness shown by published scientific research to reduce violence and conflict, and create coherence and harmony in society. In a news article about the assembly, an Israeli journalist who was a participant wrote: 'Leave politics aside. In Turkey, Israelites, Palestinians, Iranians, Lebanese, and Egyptians who know how to bring peace to the area gathered together. On the agenda: Transcendental Meditation, including Yogic Flying together.' (more)

Turkey: Positive news reflects rising coherence in the nation through Maharishi's programmes
3 October 2011 - Initiatives in Turkey to promote social coherence through more people learning Transcendental Meditation and making use of its advanced programmes, are being reflected in news reports of rising positive trends in the nation, Transcendental Meditation teachers commented recently. (more)

Turkey: Bringing more approaches of Maharishi Ayur-Veda health care to the public
29 September 2011 - Maharishi Ayur-Veda health care has been expanding in Turkey, with more of its many valuable approaches becoming available for the public in the past year--including consultations with a renowned Vaidya (expert Ayurvedic physician from India), Vedic Aromatherapy, and Maharishi Light Therapy with Gems. (more)

Turkey: International courses aim to create coherence and harmony for Middle East
26 September 2011 - The first in a series of special international courses was held this summer, in a beautiful location in the mountains of Turkey. A main theme of the course was health--people from many countries enjoyed a variety of programmes and approaches of Maharishi Ayur-Veda health care, with training also held for medical doctors. All the participants practised Transcendental Meditation and its advanced techniques, and the course also inaugurated a one-year programme of advanced meditators' courses, with the goal of creating a continuous influence of peace, harmony, and coherence for the Middle East. (more)

Turkey: Meditators creating influence of peace for the region
8 June 2011 - Inspired by a large World Peace Assembly featuring group practice of Transcendental Meditation and its advanced programmes, held earlier this year in Turkey, continuous assemblies are planned from August through April to help create an influence of peace and harmony in the region. (more)

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Devastated by wildfires, Turkey's beekeepers see grim future
18 August 2021 - Turkey's wildfires have left little behind, turning green forests into ashen, barren hills. The destruction is being intensely felt by Turkey's beekeepers, who have lost thousands of hives as well as the pine trees and the insects their bees depend on. Twelve days of deadly wildfires have dealt a major blow to Turkey's honey industry and even its longer term prospects appear bleak. (more)

Climate shifts and rising demand leave Turkey battling growing water stress
10 May 2021 - Population growth, urbanization, climate change and -- critics say -- poor water management all are straining Turkey's water supplies. ... As that happens, shared water has become an increasing source of political tension between Turkey and its downstream neighbors Iraq and Syria. (more)

The Eastern Mediterranean tinderbox: Why Greek-Turkish rivalries have expanded
25 August 2020 - Over recent weeks, tensions have been rising in the waters of the Eastern Mediterranean, prompted by what seems like a simple rivalry over energy resources. Turkey has pursued an aggressive gas exploration effort, its research vessel heavily protected by warships of the Turkish Navy. There have been encounters with rival Greek vessels and a third Nato country, France, has become involved, siding with the Greeks. Most recently it's been announced that a small number of F-16 warplanes from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are deploying to an air base on Crete for exercises with their Greek counterparts. Ostensibly this is a routine deployment. So what is going on here? (more)

Turkey's tourism takes big hit after extremist attacks
7 January 2017 - The once bustling Grand Bazaar in Istanbul is astonishingly quiet. The shops and restaurants in the city's trendy Istiklal Street are all but empty of foreign customers and the hotels in the upscale Nisantasi district are nearly deserted. Turkey's economy is suffering in the face of a string of extremist attacks -- including the nightclub massacre of New Year's revelers, most of them foreigners -- and uncertainty following the failed coup in July against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that saw more than 270 people killed. There was a time when tourism in Turkey was red hot, climbing from 10.5 million visitors in 2000 to 36.2 million people in 2015, making it the sixth-most visited destination in the world. Istanbul, the country's most popular tourist destination for foreigners, has been the biggest target for extremists. (more)

Turkey faces more turmoil as violence continues
2 January 2017 - The deadly New Year's attack on a ritzy Istanbul nightclub has brought more turmoil to Turkey and shown how the conflict in neighboring Syria easily can spill over to threaten Europe's stability. The assault that happened in the second hour of 2017 bookended another holiday season terror in Europe -- the December 19 attack at a Christmas market in Berlin. Both IS-linked assaults were carried out with the simple, low-tech approach that seems to be gaining favor with extremists. This is the reality facing Europe as the Islamic State group loses territory in Syria and Iraq, but maintains followers, returning fighters and sleeper cells in the West eager to launch attacks. Turkey, which shares a large, porous border with Syria, is an appealing target because it is a NATO ally of the United States that has attacked IS positions in both Syria and Iraq. And it is relatively easy for IS sympathizers to infiltrate Turkey and to move around in densely populated urban areas. (more)

Families of U.S. personnel ordered to leave parts of Turkey amid security concerns
29 March 2016 - The Obama administration ordered the families of U.S. military and diplomatic personnel to leave parts of southern Turkey on Tuesday and warned U.S. citizens against travel to the region amid mounting security concerns. The U.S. State Department also warned U.S. citizens of 'increased threats from terrorist groups throughout Turkey.' (more)

Suicide bombings in Turkey since July 2015
20 March 2016 - A look at the suicide bombings in Turkey since July 2015: (more)

Turkey: Istanbul bomber identified as militant with IS links
20 March 2016 - Turkey's interior minister on Sunday identified the suicide bomber who killed four foreign tourists in Istanbul as a militant with links to the Islamic State group. Minister Efkan Ala said the bomber was Turkish citizen Mehmet Ozturk, who was born in 1992 in Gaziantep province, which borders Syria. He said Ozturk wasn't on any list of wanted suspects and five other people were detained as part of the investigation. Saturday's explosion wounded dozens of others. The attack targeted Istanbul's pedestrian Istiklal Street, which is lined with shops and cafes in an area that also has government offices and foreign missions. Istanbul remained tense a day after the bombing, with Turkish authorities postponing a high-profile soccer match between two major teams, citing an unspecified threat. Turkey has endured six suicide bombing attacks in less than a year, and the country faces a wide array of security threats. (more)

Car bomb in Turkey's capital kills at least 34, wounds 125
13 March 2016 - A suicide car bomb went off near bus stops in the heart of Turkey's capital on Sunday, 13 March, killing at least 34 people and wounding around 125 others, officials said. The bombing was the third in the city in five months and came as Turkey is grappling with a host of issues, including renewed fighting with Kurdish rebels, threats from the Islamic State group, and a Syrian refugee crisis. (more)

Turkey downs Russian warplane near Syria border, Putin warns of 'serious consequences'
25 November 2015 - Turkey shot down a Russian warplane near the Syrian border on Tuesday, saying the jet had violated its air space, in one of the most serious publicly acknowledged clashes between a NATO member country and Russia for half a century. Russian President Vladimir Putin said the plane had been attacked when it was 1 km (0.62 mile) inside Syria and warned of 'serious consequences' for what he termed a stab in the back administered by 'the accomplices of terrorists'. (more)


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