editor's pick

  • Song of the day: Leman Sam/Daha Gidecek Çok Yolumuz Var 

    Leman Sam's origins have been described as Rumeli. She has sung in nearly 20 languages such as Turkish, Azerbaijani, Greek, French and Spanish. She is not only well known as a famous singer but also as an advocate for nature and animal rights. She has taken part in many works to protect nature and animal rights. For instead, she was one of 282 artist members of the “Art Initiative For Peace”. The initiative members sang songs at anti-nuclear protests in Turkey. Let’s listen to her song Daha Gidecek Çok Yolumuz Var (We Still Have A Long Way To Go).

  • Today in History: Vivian Malone becomes first black woman enroll at University of Alabama 

    Vivian Malone was one of the first two black students to enroll at the University of Alabama on June 11, 1963, and she became the university's first black graduate in 1965. Vivian Malone was born in Mobile, Alabama on July 15, 1942, the fourth of eight children. Her parents both worked at Brookley Air Force Base. Her parents emphasized the importance of receiving an education and made sure that their children attended college.

  • Movie of the day: Black Book (Zwartboek) 

    Black Book is a 2006 war drama thriller film. The film is about a young Jewish woman in the Netherlands who becomes a spy for the resistance during World War II after tragedy befalls her in an encounter with the Nazis. The film is directed by Paul Verhoeven and starring Carice van Houten, Sebastian Koch, Thom Hoffman, and Halina Reijn.

  • Song of the day: Trio Mandili/ Erti Nakhvit 

    Trio Mandili is a Georgian musical group that currently consists of three women. They became popular in Georgia when they uploaded a music video in which they perform Georgian folk songs and posted their video online, gathered over five million views. Trio Mandili has sung songs in other languages.

  • Book of the day: The Paper Bag Princess 

    The Paper Bag Princess is a children's book written by Robert Munsch and illustrated by Michael Martchenko. It was first published in 1980. The story reverses the princess and dragon stereotype. As a result, it has won critical acclaim from feminists. Since it was first published in 1980 it has sold more than seven million copies worldwide. The main character of the book is Princess Elizabeth, who is a brave, smart and resilient young woman. She plans to marry Prince Ronald, who she thinks is perfect. However, a dragon arrives who destroys her castle, kidnaps Ronald, and burns all her clothes, so she must look for something to wear. Her only option is a paper bag. She tries to save the prince from the dragon.

  • Portrait of the day: Şemse Allak 

    Şemse Allak was a mother of five. She raped by her neighbor Halil Açıl in July 2002. The incident came to light when she became pregnant. Şemse Allak was forcibly married Halil Açıl as his second wife. But her brother decided to kill her to save their “honor”. Three men found Şemse and Halil Açıl in Mardin on November 21, 2002, and beat them using stones and sticks. Halil Açıl died at the scene while Şemse was seriously wounded. She was taken to a hospital. She died on June 7, 2003, after six months in a coma. Women’s organizations protested the killing of Şemse

  • Book of the day: SCUM Manifesto by Valerie Solanas 

    Society for Cutting Up Men Manifesto is a radical feminist manifesto by Valerie Solanas, published in 1967. It argues that men have ruined the world, and that it is up to women to fix it. To achieve this goal, it suggests the formation of SCUM, an organization dedicated to overthrowing society and eliminating the male sex. It is a valid criticism of patriarchy in society. The manifesto opens with the declaration: “Life" in this "society" being, at best, an utter bore and no aspect of "society" being at all relevant to women, there remains to civic-minded, responsible, thrill-seeking females only to overthrow the government, eliminate the money system, institute complete automation and eliminate the male sex.”

  • Today in history: First Middle East Women’s Conference 

    The first Middle East Women’s Conference was held in Amed, city of the Northern Kurdistan on May 31, 2013. 250 women from different countries participated in the conference. The women came together to share their experiences and ideas at the three-day conference.

  • Song of the day: Behiye Aksoy/ Gülünce Gözlerinin İçi Gülüyor 

    When we want to listen to Gülünce Gözlerinin İçi Gülüyor (Your eyes smile when you smile) song, we remember Zeki Müren and Behiye Aksoy. Behiye Aksoy She was born in 1929. She was one of the most famous singers of her time and she received a platinum diadem for her success from her record company. She left her career in music in 1980. She suffered from Alzheimer’s disease and died in İstanbul on 31 May 2015.

  • Song of the day: Kardeş Türküler/ Sound of Pots and Pans 

    Kardeş Türküler is a contemporary ethnic/folkloric band in Turkey. It was formed in 1993 with a series of stage performances given by the music branch of the Folklore Club at Boğaziçi University in Turkey. Their song “Sound of Pots and Pans” was released in 2013 for the Gezi Park protests. During the protests, the protesters in Istanbul grabbed their crockery and spread the echoing sound of pots and pans from their balconies and windows.

  • Movie of the day: The Book Thief 

    The Book Thief is based on the 2005 novel of the same name by Markus Zusak. The film is about a young girl called Liesel living with her adoptive German family in Nazi Germany during World War II when she was nine years old. Her foster parents conceal a Jewish man named Max who has developed a close relationship with Liesel, teaches her to read, first in her bedroom, then in her basement. Recognizing the power of writing and sharing the written word, Liesel not only begins to steal books that the Nazi party is looking to destroy, but also writes her own story, and shares the power of language with Max.

  • Book of the day: They Can’t Represent Us by Marina Sitrin/Dario Azzellini 

    They Can’t Represent Us is a book written by writer, professor, lawyer and activist Marina Sitrin and Dario Azzellini. It is based on extensive interviews with movement participants in Spain, Venezuela, Argentina, across the United States, and elsewhere. It is an expansive portrait of the assemblies, direct democracy forums, and organizational forms championed by the new movements, as well as an analytical history of direct and participatory democracy from ancient Athens to Zuccotti Park. The new movements put forward the idea that liberal democracy is not democratic, nor was it ever.

  • Song of the day: Gülcan Altan – Yistanbulako 

    Singer Gülcan Altan is from the Shapsugh tribe of Circassians. She was born in Samatya as the youngest daughter of a Circassian family. She performed as a soloist for many orchestras. While studying business at Trakya University, she started singing professionally. After graduating from the Turkish Music State Conservatory of Istanbul Technical University in 2005, she completed her Master′s degree at Yeditepe University. The singer has worked on ethnic music all around the world. Let’s listen to her song “Yistanbulako” together.

  • Song of the day: Tarla Qızları/ İlhamə Quliyeva 

    İlhamə Quliyeva was an Azerbaijani celebrity, actress and singer of Azerbaijani folk and classical music. Throughout her active musical career, she gained popular success in her respective genre of music and received Honored Artist of Azerbaijani SSR in 1982. She continued to work until she died on 25 February 2016.

  • Today in history: First Women’s Congress in Turkey 

    Women’s organizations from different cities of Turkey, feminist groups, socialist women, independent women, Human Rights Association (IHD) Women’s Commission, and about 2500 women from other countries participated in the First Women’s Congress held in Turkey on May 19, 1989 “to discuss the problem faced by women for being a woman, to meet each other and to raise their voices.”

  • Book of the day: Interstellar Cinderella/ Deborah Underwood 

    Today, we recommend you a children’s book: Interstellar Cinderella written by Deborah Underwood. Once upon a planetoid, amid her tools and sprockets, a girl named Cinderella dreamed of fixing fancy rockets. Deborah Underwood has written many best-selling children’s books such as Part-time Princess, The Quiet Book and Part-time Mermaid. With a little help from her fairy godrobot, Cinderella is going to the ball. But when the prince's ship has mechanical trouble, someone will have to zoom to the rescue! Cinderella fixes the robot dishwashers and zoombrooms in her care, but late each night she snuck away to study ship repair. Our modern Cinderella is in space who likes to fix everything. She is clever, strong and brave.

  • Portrait of the day: Daphne du Maurier 

    Daphne du Maurier was an English author and playwright. Many of her stories have been adapted into films, including Rebecca, Frenchman's Creek, My Cousin Rachel, and Jamaica Inn, and the short stories The Birds and Don't Look Now/Not After Midnight. Daphne du Maurier was born in London on May 13, 1907. She was the middle of three daughters of prominent actor-manager Sir Gerald du Maurier and actress Muriel Beaumont.

  • Song of the day: Dina/Leila Qasim 

    Dina, a singer from Southern Kurdistan, sings the Leila Qasim song. The song in Sorani language, a dialect of the Kurdish language, is about the life of Leila Qasim. Leila Qasim or Leyla Qasim was born in 1952 in the Xaneqîn located in Iraq, close to the Iranian border. She had a significant impact on Kurdish students at the University of Baghdad. She was arrested and tortured by the Iraqi Ba'ath regime but she never bowed down and she always stood by the Kurdish freedom movement. After a short and show trial, she was sentenced to death. On 12 May 1974, Leila Qasim and her friends were executed by hanging by the Iraqi Ba'ath regime. She sang Kurdish national anthem “Ey Raqib” when she was being executed.