editor's pick

  • Song of the day: Shakhataei by Sima Bina 

    Sima Bina is an Iranian traditional musician, composer, researcher, painter, and teacher. She was born on January 4, 1945. She started her career on Iranian radio at the age of nine, under the guidance of her father, Ahmad Bina, a master of Iranian classical music and poet. She studied the radif repertoire and avaz vocal technique with great masters such as Maaroufi and Zarrin Panjeh.

  • Movie of the day: The Cut 

    The Cut tells the story of the Manoogian family during the Armenian genocide. It tells how the suffering of the peoples, who were subjected to genocide, is the same.

  • Portrait of the day: bell hooks 

    Author, professor, feminist, and social activist bell hooks died on December 15, 2021, at her home in Berea, Kentucky, aged 69.

  • Today in history: Student Day in Iran 

    December 7, 16 Azar 1332 in the Iranian calendar, is the Student Day in Iran. It is the anniversary of the murder of three students of the University of Tehran on December 7, 1953, by Iranian police in the Pahlavi era. Every year, university students organize local demonstrations at many universities.

  • Portrait of the day: Şilan Kobanê 

    When women participated in the revolution in Rojava, they followed in one women’s footsteps; Meysa Baqi, also known as Şilan Kobanê. Şilan Kobanê was born in a family of nine, a family from the Kêtikan tribe in Kobanî. She was a member of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) Central Committee when she was killed on November 29, 2004.

  • Song of the day: Nutbush City Limits by Tina Turner 

    Tina Turner, who was born Anna Mae Bullock on November 26, 1939, in the USA, is a well-known singer and actress and one of the best-selling recording artists of all time. She began her musical career with Ike Turner's Kings of Rhythm in 1957. Under the name Little Ann, she appeared on her first record, “Boxtop”, in 1958. In 1960, she was introduced as Tina Turner with the hit duet single “A Fool in Love”. She has received 12 Grammy Awards.

  • Portrait of the day: Parvaneh Eskandari, a brave and self-sacrificing woman 

    Politician and activist Parvaneh Eskandari is a victim of the chain of murders of Iran in 1998. Before being killed, she was detained and arrested many times due to her activism. But she never gave up and fought capitalist modernity, the latest form of the male-dominated system.

  • Portrait of the day: Dolores İbárruri; “We would rather die on our feet than live on our knees” 

    Isidora Dolores Ibárruri Gómez, known as la Pasionaria (the Passionflower) was a Spanish Republican politician of the Spanish Civil War of 1936–1939 and a communist known for her famous slogan ¡No Pasarán!. She was born on December 9, 1895, Gallarta, to a Basque miner and a Castillian mother. She left school at fifteen after spending two years preparing for teacher's college at the encouragement of the schoolmistress. Her parents could not afford further education, so she went to work as a seamstress and later as a housemaid. She became a waitress in the town of Arboleda. There, she met Julián Ruiz Gabiña, union activist and founder of Socialist Youth of Somorrostro. They married in 1915. They participated in the general strike of 1917. Dolores İbárruri spent nights reading the works of Karl Marx and others found in the library of the Socialist Workers' Centre in Somorrostro.

  • Movie of the day: In the Time of the Butterflies 

    “In the Time of the Butterflies” is a movie that can be watched every day. It tells the story of the Mirabal sisters during the time of the Trujillo dictatorship in the Dominican Republic.

  • Book of the day: Prayers for the Stolen by Jennifer Clement 

    Jennifer Clement is an American-Mexican author. In 2015, she was elected as the first woman president of PEN International. She also served as President of PEN Mexico from 2009 to 2012. Her books have been translated into 30 languages. She is the author of four novels: Gun Love, Prayers for the Stolen, A True Story Based on Lies, and The Poison That Fascinates.

  • Portrait of the Day: Olympe de Gouges 

    Olympe de Gouges was a French playwright and political activist whose writings on women's rights and abolitionism reached a large audience in various countries.

  • Today in history: November 1 was declared as World Kobanê Day 

    November 1 has been celebrated as the World Kobanê Day since 2014. How was this day declared as Kobanê Day?

  • Portrait of the day: Lise Meitner 

    Lise Meitner, who did not give up her passion for physics and made great discoveries despite she faced discrimination, died on October 27, 1968, in Cambridge.

  • Portrait of the day: Reyhaneh Jabbari 

    Reyhaneh Jabbari killed Morteza Abdolali Sarbandi, a former Iranian intelligence officer, in self-defense when he tried to rape her in Iran. In 2007, she was arrested for murdering Morteza Abdolali Sarbandi. In her statement, she said that Morteza Abdolali Sarbandi had tried to rape her and she killed him in self-defense. In 2009, she was sentenced to death by a Tehran court.

  • History repeats itself in Til Cuma village 

    Meryem Xano, a Syriac woman, told us the story of Mart Schmoni Church, “This story is very similar to today and history repeats itself.”

  • Portrait of the day: Journalist Dilan Ölmez 

    Journalist Dilan Ölmez is remembered by her friends on the second year of her death with the legacy of “truth” she left behind.

  • Colleague of journalist Dilişan İbiş: She wanted to be the voice of truth 

    Journalist Dilişan İbiş was killed in the attack of ISIS against civilians four years ago. “She wanted to report the atrocity of ISIS against women to the whole world. Dilişan struggled for women’s freedom. She wanted to be the voice of truth,” her colleague says.

  • Portrait of the day: Eqide Osman 

    Eqide Osman was killed in the attack of Turkey on a civilian convoy heading to Serêkaniyê. “Eqide Osman never accepted violence against women. She always stood by justice and women’s rights. She was a real friend,” her workmates said when they talked about her.

  • Comrades of Hevrin Khalaf: Women’s revolution was her childhood dream 

    Kurdish female politician Hevrin Khalaf was killed on October 12 by Turkish-backed Ahrar al-Sharqiya fighters near the M4 Motorway south of Tell Abyad during the 2019 Turkish offensive into north-eastern Syria. “Women’s revolution was her childhood dream,” her comrades promise to keep her struggle.

  • Portrait of the day: Gurbetelli Ersöz 

    Gurbetelli Ersöz was Turkey’s first female editor-in-chief. She was born in the Akbulut village of Elazığ’s Palu district. When she was born, her father was a worker in Germany and that’s why she was named Gurbetelli (foreign place). When she was a third-grade student at primary school, her difference with her friends and teachers was her language. She began to ask why, how at that time. She studied chemistry at Çukurova University. Later she worked as an assistant at the Çukurova University. She began to get involved actively in politics