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Elif Şafak: “Literature is a love, and, like every love, it is irrational.”

15-19 October, 2008 Elif Şafak, a prominent Turkish novelist, spoke to us about her 15-year journey of writing, what literature means to her, where she sees herself in Turkish literature and what feeds her writing. In her first interview since giving birth to her second child, she announced that a new novel was on the way. Elif Şafak: Literature is […]

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Halil Karaduman; one of the world’s leading “kanuni”.

November 23, 2008 Halil Karaduman, one of the world’s leading “kanuni” (those who play kanun, or Turkish zither), is known as a fabulous musician of unlimited talents who uses the kanun in a very dynamic way and with a great deal of ability. Having played kanun for decades, the wide range of music he makes […]

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Kanun finds new life in the hands of skilled craftsmans

One of the unique characteristics of Kenan Özten’s signature kanuns is that every piece is made by him and his apprentice Zafer Kibar.  The kanun, an oriental zither, is a music instrument unique to Turkish music and is painstakingly difficult to manufacture as it requires long labor and great expertise, says a veteran kanun-maker. Kenan […]

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Denim sandblasters contract fatal silicosis in illegal workshops

October 19, 2008 Hundreds of workers in Turkey are exposed to the deadly disease silicosis simply because they were hired to manually sandblast denim in makeshift illegal workshops where the health and well-being of laborers were disregarded and safety gear ignored, activists say.