editor's pick

  • Movie of the day: Where is Anne Frank? 

    Where Is Anne Frank is a 2021 animated film directed by Israeli director Ari Folman. The film tells from a new perspective the history of Anne Frank who kept a diary while in hiding in Amsterdam during World War II. The diary, which was published two years after her death in 1945 in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, has become world-famous. Through the diary, Anne Frank has become a worldwide symbol for the victims of racism, antisemitism, and fascism.

  • Never forgotten shame in history: 6/7 September events 

    6/7 September events, also knowns as the Istanbul pogrom, are never forgotten shame in the history of Turkey. Even though we saw the photographs showing how houses, offices, and shops were looted, there were untold stories; the stories of women and children…

  • 1 September World Peace Day 

    The whole world has become a battlefield. Conflicts, bomb attacks, civil wars, racism, and increasing arms sale continue almost in all countries while people just demand “peace”.

  • Song of the day: Köleler ve Kilitler by İlkay Akkaya 

    Singer İlkay Akkaya was born on May 26, 1964, in Istanbul. She studied at Marmara University and began her music career when she became a member of the music group Grup Yorum in 1987. On January 10, 1990, she founded the group Kızılırmak along with Tuncay Akdoğan and İsmail İlknur. By April 2008 the group had released 13 albums. One of her albums is “Köleler ve Kilitler (Slaves and Locks).” The album includes a song with the same name “Köleler ve Kilitler.” The song is about slave trades.

  • Song of the day: Eman Eman by Dengbêj Gazin 

    Raziye Kızıl, mostly known as Dengbêj Gazin, was born in the Tatvan district of Bitlis province in 1959. She began to sing Kurdish songs at a very young age. She released 12 albums and sang songs about sorrows, anger, joys, loves, and fights of her people throughout her life.

  • 39 years of longing: Elmas Eren 

    Hayrettin Eren was taken into custody on November 21, 1980. After receiving no news from him, his family began to look for him. They went to Istanbul Karagümrük Police Station and saw his name in the list of detainees. They were hopeful. Police station officials told them Hayri and eight people, who were detained in the same operation, were taken to the police station in Gayrettepe.

  • Book of the day: The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman 

    Charlotte Perkins Gilman, also known as Charlotte Perkins Stetson, was born on July 3, 1860 and died on August 17, 1935. She was an American humanist, novelist, writer of short stories, poetry, and nonfiction, and a lecturer for social reform. She was a utopian feminist and served as a role model for future generations of feminists because of her unorthodox concepts and lifestyle.

  • Book of the day: Imitation and Gender Insubordination by Judith Butler 

    Judith Butler is a philosopher and gender theorist. In her book “Imitation and Gender Insubordination”, she explores the production of identities such as homosexual and heterosexual and the limiting nature of identity categories. According to Butler, homosexual identity categories cannot be stable and if they became stable they would stop being appealing to her because she is attracted by their instability. She says, “I'm permanently troubled by identity categories; consider them, as sites of necessary trouble. In fact, if the category were to offer no trouble, it could cease to be interesting to me: it is precisely the pleasure produced by the instability of those categories which sustains the various erotic practices that make me a candidate for the category to begin with.”

  • Portrait of the day: Mardin Mahmut, missing child of Halabja 

    Mardin Mahmut Fetah was born in 1984, Halabja. When she was a child she lost her family in the Halabja Massacre. She was adopted by an Iranian family. She returned to Halabja after finding out she was adopted. She founded “Association for Finding the Lost Children of Halabja” to find the missing children of Halabja. Her story is actually the story of all the missing children of Halabja. On August 4, she died of cancer at the age of 37. She dedicated her life to finding the missing children of Halabja. Today, we want to share her story published by NuJINHA on March 16, 2021.

  • Movie of the day: Las Trece Rosas/ 13 Roses 

    13 Roses (Spanish: Las Trece Rosas) is a 2007 Spanish war film directed by Emilio Martínez Lázaro. It tells the story of 13 women and 43 men, who were executed by a Francoist firing squad just after the conclusion of the Spanish Civil War. 13 women were executed by a Francoist firing squad on August 5, 1939.

  • Today in history: ISIS committed genocide against Yazidis 

    On August 3, 2014, ISIS committed genocide against Yazidis. The fate of thousands of women is still unknown and Yazidi women are still being sold at slave markets.

  • Song of the day: Shengal by Rojda 

    Singer Rojda’s song “Shengal” is about the genocide against Yazidis on August 3, 2014. “They shout, call for help But no one hears their voice They are hungry and have no clothes to wear They are helpless on mountains.”

  • Book of the day: Virgin: The Untouched History by Hanne Blank 

    In “Virgin: The Untouched History by Hanne Blank,” Hanne Blank brings us a revolutionary, rich, and entertaining survey of astonishing untouched history. She tackles the reality of what we do and don't know about virginity and provides a sweeping tour of virgins in history. In this fascinating work, Hanne Blank shows for the first time why everything we think we know about virginity is wrong.

  • Today in History: The start of women’s revolution in Rojava 

    The July 19th Revolution, which started in Kobanî and was soon heard in the region and the world, went down in history as the “Women’s Revolution”. On March 15, 2011, the Syrian civil war broke out and the peoples of NE Syria started to build their future against the Assad regime nine years ago today. And then, they staged a struggle against ISIS.

  • Portrait of the day: Catherine Leroy 

    Legendary war photographer Catherine Leroy was 21 years old when she bought a one-way ticket to Saigon in 1966 to take photos of American soldiers in Vietnam. She became the first accredited journalist to participate in a combat parachute jump on February 23, 1967, joining the 173rd Airborne Brigade in Operation Junction City. In 1968, she was captured by the North Vietnamese Army. She managed to talk her way out and emerged as the first newsperson to take photographs of North Vietnamese Army Regulars behind their own lines. The subsequent story made the cover of Life Magazine. She was the first woman to receive the Robert Capa Gold Medal Award. Her photographs were published in newspapers and magazines all over the world. Leroy won numerous awards for her work, including in 1967 the George Polk Awards.

  • Book of the day: Haifa Fragments by Khulud Khamis 

    “Haifa Fragments” is the first novel written by Palestinian writer Khulud Khamis. The novel has been translated into English, Turkish and Italian. Feminist writer Khulud Khamis tells the story about Palestinian identity in this novel. The main character of the novel is a young Palestinian and Christian woman living in Haifa. Khulud Khamis’ novel looks at the lives of Palestinian Christian women.

  • Book of the day: Haifa's Broken Parts by Hulûd Hamis 

    “Haifa's Broken Parts” is the first novel written by Palestinian writer Hulûd Hamis. The novel has been translated into English, Turkish and Italian. Feminist writer Hulûd Hamis writes about Palestinian identity in this novel. The novel tells the story of a young Palestinian woman living in Haifa but has an Israeli citizenship and she is also a Christian woman. Hulûd Hamis’s novel shows the lives of Palestinian Christian women.

  • Movie of the day: Good bye Lenin! 

    Good Bye Lenin! is a 2003 German tragicomedy film, directed by Wolfgang Becker. The story of the film is about the relationship between a mother, who believes in socialism, and her son. The film is set in East Berlin, from October 1989 to just a year after German reunification. Alex Kerner lives with his mother Christiane, who has a heart attack and falls into a coma after seeing Alex being arrested and beaten. She doesn’t know how the world changes when she is at the hospital. The film stars Daniel Brühl, Katrin Saß, Chulpan Khamatova, and Maria Simon. The film received numerous honors, including 2003's European Film Award for Best Film and German Film Award for Best Fiction Film.

  • Song of the day: Someone to watch over me by Ella Jane Fitzgerald 

    Ella Jane Fitzgerald was an American jazz singer. She was famous for her purity of tone, impeccable diction, phrasing, timing, intonation. In her fifty years music career, she earned fourteen Grammy Awards, including a Lifetime Achievement Award in 1967. She was the first African American woman to receive the honor. She was born on April 25, 1917 and died on June 15, 1996.

  • Song of the day: Music of Refugees/ Orta(k) Doğu 

    In our world, where millions of people have to change cities, countries, and even continents, this song is a remarkable song with its lyrics and melody telling the problems of being a refugee. Mülteci Makamı (Music of Refugees) is written and composed by Memo Hussain Hajj. The lyrics of the song are as follows; “We apologize if we become beggars in squares, avenues, and streets. We apologize if we become illegal workers in your workplaces, workshops, and fields. We apologize if our bodies wash ashore. We apologize, we cannot complain. We drowned in crocodile tears. In truth, I am a refugee.”