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New Article by Virginia Brown in the Olive Oil Times!

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Olive Oil and Trade Talks JULY 24 2013 | FILED IN: OPINIONS By Virginia Brown Keyder Olive Oil Times Contributor | Istanbul
Sometimes a style or an ideology becomes so dominant that it is reflected everywhere. Just as everything from luxury yachts to cars to steam irons and vacuum cleaners have all come to resemble running shoes, so ‘the market’ is now the only criterion for judging anything having to do with give and take among humans. ‘Negotiations’ have recently begun on the right flank (or left, depending on whether you are on the ground or in outer space) of the US’s massive economic carrion bird called ‘trade’ — mate to the illustrious banking vampire squid — the ‘Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.’ (The ‘Transpacific Trade Partnership” or TPP, provides the requisite avian symmetry.) As part of the process, economic actors are being asked for their two cents. As usual, the plaintive cry of ‘We only want an equal playing field’ is the chorus sung by sectors from aircr…

Zeytin Hikayeleri 1 : Fukuoka Tarım Felsefesi

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ZEYTİN FUKUOKA
Genç adam ve kadın bir zeytin bahçesine girerler. Erkeğin elinde bir kamera vardır. Kendisine çevirdiği objektife bakarak yanındakine bir şeyler mırıldanır. Kayıt tuşuna bastığında  büyükçe bir zeytin ağacının altına gelmişlerdir.Bundan sonra, genç adamın ve genç kadının bazen teatral de olan  konuşmaları, ağacın kovuğuna sabitlenen bir kamerayla,amatör çekim olarak, kameranın yerinden oynadıkça düzeltilen gözünden izlenir.

-‘’Selamlar, ben Doğan. Arkadaşım da Elif. Arkamdaki  zeytin ağacının adı da Fukuoka. Evet, komik bir isim. İzah edeyim efendim;
Fukuoka Japon bir bilim adamı/çifçinin adı. 1913 te doğmuş, mikrobiyoloji alanında bitki pataloğu olarak eğitimini  tamamladıktan sonra, 1950’lerde endüstriyel tarımda zehirli kimyasalların verdiği zararı görerek , biyolog ve ziraat danışmanı olduğu laboratuvarda işini bırakıp Güney Japonya’daki çiftliğine dönmüş. Yıllarca süren denemeler ve birçok başarısızlığın ardından, doğayı gözleyip onun izinden giderek minimum müdahaley…

Is Turkey a Secular Muslim country?

Friday, October 9, 2009 Why is "secular" a hot button topic? This was written following a short discussion between a group of Turkish and American AFS colleagues (we are trying to compose a booklet (aka HOW document) that describes Turkish culture to American host families) on whether it is common to wake up at 5 am for morning prayer in Turkey. As I was trying to compose a meaningful reply, I realized sensitivity on religion has a lot to do with our history.

The secular republic of Turkey started in 1923 right after WW1. Our grandparent's and their parent's generation turned a weakened 600 year old empire, which ruled a huge land spread on three continents through islamic rule, into a secular democracy almost overnight. The great grassroots potential energy of the people was miraculously harnessed by a man, Ataturk, and transformed the nation into something very different than anyone has ever seen before: a secular country with a mostly muslim population (in other wor…

Bilim Kantini - Sabancı Üniversitesi

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Science Bar: A wonderful site and initiative from Sabancı University faculty and staff. 
Ellerinize sağlık arkadaşlar!  Bizi davetiniz ve değer görüp konuşmayı da web sayfalarında yayınladığınız için teşekkürler! 

 http://kantin.sabanciuniv.edu/