editor's pick

  • Portrait of the day: Simone de Beauvoir 

    Simone was a French writer, intellectual, existentialist philosopher, political activist, feminist, and social theorist. She was one of the women who laid the groundwork for the second wave and she is known for her most famous statement, “One is not born, but rather becomes, a woman”. She was born on January 9, 1908. She studied mathematics at the Institut Catholique de Paris and literature and languages at the Institut Sainte-Marie. She was the youngest person ever to pass the agrégation exam. At the end of World War II, Simone Beauvoir and Sartre edited Les Temps modernes, a political journal which Sartre founded along with Maurice Merleau-Ponty and others. She used Les Temps Modernes to promote her own work and explore her ideas on a small scale before fashioning essays and books. Beauvoir remained an editor until her death. She died of pneumonia on April 14, 1986, in Paris.

  • Movie of the day: My Marlon and Brando 

    My Marlon and Brando (2008) is a film written by a woman saying, “I can live everywhere if I live with my loved ones.” The film tells a woman’s struggle in Iran, Syria, and Iraq…Maybe most of us know the story of the film: Kurdish actor Hama Ali and Turkish actress Ayça meet each other on a film set. They fall in love while shooting a film. After the shoot, Ayça returns to Istanbul and Hama has to go back to his home

  • Song of the day: Zarance/Wayirê Vengê Ma 

    In recent years, more singers begin to sing songs in Zazaki, a dialect of Kurdish. Zarance’s album titled, “Wayirê Vengê Ma” is one of the works in Zazaki. Zarance explains why she released her album in the following sentences, “The primary aim to release this album is to be a breath in my mother language Xızır (also known as Zazaki/Kirmanckî), to protect the traditional culture, language, belief, and nature of Dersim (Tunceli). Zarance was born in the Ardıçlı (Gersunut) village of Dersim’s Pülümür district. She had her primary and secondary and high school education in Bursa province. She studied geophysical science at Istanbul University and she did her doctorate in geophysical science at Kiel University in Germany. Wayirê Vengê Ma is the first album of Zarance.

  • Book of the day: Betty Friedan / The Feminine Mystique 

    Betty Friedan’s book “The Feminine Mystique” was published in 1963. During 1964, the book became a bestselling nonfiction book with over one million copies sold. In the book, Friedan challenged the widely shared belief in the 1950s that "fulfillment as a woman had only one definition for American women after 1949, the housewife-mother." Andi Zeisler described the book as, “Feminine Mystique is the Tupac Shakur of literary feminism, reincarnated at least once every decade with new insights that engender old beefs while at the same time serving as a reminder of why it’s a classic.”

  • Movie of the day: SAZ 

    “Can you teach me a song you think I should bring back home?” is the only question of musician Petra Nachtmanova during her journeys to both the end of the world and the center of her heart. She travels from Berlin to Istanbul, through Anatolia, over the snowy peaks of the Caucasus and into the dusty desert of eastern Iran. Saz is a film about the power of music and the scope of the world, simultaneously a road movie and a quest for meaning, a breathtaking trip in the border region between Europe and Asia, which shows that despite conflict and crisis, there is a human everyday life out there, as well as something special that holds us together.

  • 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 the Çukurova University. Later she worked as an assistant at the Çukurova University. She began to get involved actively in politics

  • Song of the day: Reza Rohani ft Sara Naeini Bayad Del Sepord 

    Sara Naeini was born July 2, 1983 in Shiraz, Iran. Her mother Horoush Khalili is a music teacher, her father Rahim Hassan Naeini is a sportsman. Sara Naeini sings Farsi songs. The performance of female singers has been banned in Iran so Sara Naeini cannot take to stage to sing. Sara continues her musical life away from her homeland and sings Farsi songs.

  • Book of the day: Duygu Asena/ The Woman Has No Name 

    Her first book Kadının Adı Yok (The woman Has No Name) was published in 1987 but it was banned in 1998 by the government because it was found obscene, dangerous for children, and undermining marriage. After two years of lawsuits, the ban was lifted, and her book was also filmed. Her first book was translated into Germany and the Netherlands. Her second book “Aslında Aşk da Yok (Actually, There Is Also No Love)” is considered as the continuation of her first book.

  • Song of the day: Emel Mathlouthi/Holm 

    Born in Tunis in 1982, Emel Mathlouthi is a Tunisian singer-songwriter, musician, arranger, and producer. She rose to fame with her protest song "Kelmti Horra (My Word is Free)”, which became an anthem for the Tunisian revolution and the Arab spring. Her first studio album, also titled Kelmti Horra, was released worldwide in 2012. Her second album, Ensen, was released in 2017. Emel Mathlouthi started singing and acting when she was eight years old. She wrote her first song when she was 10 years old.

  • Book of the day: Oya Baydar/Farewell Alyosha 

    If you haven’t read one of Oya Baydar’s books, Farewell Alyosha will be a good start. Her book “Farewell Alyosha”, which compiled 12 stories of exile, was published in Turkey in 1991 and was awarded the Sait Faik Story Prize. She won the Yunus Nadi Novel Prize in 1993 with her novel Cat Letters. “Returning Nowhere” was published in 1998

  • Song of the day: Petra Nachtmanova/Arix 

    Arix is a Kurdish song about an earthquake that took place in the Arix village of Erzincan province between 26 and 27 December 1939. The women in the village sang this song to mourn their loved ones they lost in the earthquake. Petra Nachtmanova was born in Vienna to a Polish mother and a Czech father. She went to Erzincan and stayed there and felt the pain of the people in the village. She sings the song as if she experienced the earthquake. She both sings and plays her saz.

  • Song of the day: Telli Turnalar/Nubari 

    Nubari is an Armenian folk song sung by Telli Turnalar musical group. The group members are Petra Nachtmanova, Gülay Hacer Toruk, Cangül Kanat and Eléonore Fourniau. Each group member has different ethnicity and language. Let’s listen to Nubari from Telli Turnalar together.

  • Book of the day: A Strange Woman by Leyla Erbil 

    A Strange Woman is a novel written by Leyla Erbil. The book is divided in four parts. The first part is called Daughter and is set in Istanbul between 1950 and 52 and is narrated by a nineteen-year-old woman, Nermin. Nermin is a university student and writes poetry but she faces difficulties just for being a woman

  • Song of the day: Ayşenur Kolivar / Norhars Ellim 

    Born in Rize's Çayeli district in 1976, singer Ayşenur Kolivar sings her songs in Homshetsi and she is well known for her strong voice. The singer from the Black Sea has also carried out research on Black Sea culture. The music life of Ayşenur Kolivar, who has worked with many musicians from the Black Sea Region, began for keeping alive the Laz language

  • Movie of the day: Incendies 

    We can say that “Incendies” is one of the best movies telling the impact of conflicts on women and children in the Middle East. Following the death of their mother Nawal, Jeanne and her twin brother Simon meet with French Canadian notary Jean Lebel, their mother's employer, and family friend. Nawal's will makes reference to not keeping a promise, denying her a proper gravestone and casket, unless Jeanne and Simon track down their mysterious brother

  • Song of the day: Joan Baez/Donna Donna 

    Joan Baez is an American singer, songwriter, musician, and activist. Her contemporary folk music often includes songs of protest and social justice. Baez has performed publicly for over 60 years, releasing over 30 albums. Fluent in Spanish and English, she has also recorded songs in at least six other languages. Baez is generally regarded as a folk singer, but her music has diversified since the counterculture era of the 1960s and encompasses genres such as folk-rock, pop, country, and gospel music

  • Book of the day: Suzanne Collins- the Hunger Games 

    Imagine a society in which the strongest has power over the weakest or don’t imagine just read. The Hunger Games is a 2008 dystopian novel by the American writer Suzanne Collins. It is written in the voice of 16-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives in the future, post-apocalyptic nation of Panem in North America. The Capitol, a highly advanced metropolis, exercises political control over the rest of the nation. The Hunger Games is an annual event in which one boy and one girl aged 12–18 from each of the twelve districts surrounding the Capitol are selected by lottery to compete in a televised battle royale to the death

  • Movie of the day: Interstellar 

    Interstellar is a 2014 epic science fiction film directed and produced by Christopher Nolan. It stars Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Bill Irwin, Ellen Burstyn, John Lithgow, Michael Caine, and Matt Damon. Crop blights and dust storms threaten humanity's survival. The life of the Cooper family, a former NASA pilot, changes when he and his family see the patterns. After a dust storm, strange dust patterns inexplicably appear on his daughter Murphy bedroom floor

  • Book of the day: The Autobiography of a Sexually Emancipated Communist Woman/Alexandra Kollontai 

    Alexandra Mikhailovna Domontovich was born on March 31 1872 in St. Petersburg. She was a Russian revolutionary, politician, diplomat, and Marxist theoretician. Serving as the People's Commissar for Welfare in Vladimir Lenin's government in 1917-1918, she was a highly prominent woman within the Bolshevik party and the first woman in history to become an official member of a governing cabinet. Being a daughter of an Imperial Russian Army general, Kollontai embraced radical politics in the 1890s and joined the Russian Social Democratic Labor Party (RSDLP) in 1899. When she was 20 years old, she got married.