Living in Istanbul, reading Polish and Turkish media I couldn’t help but notice some differences and similarities.
Perhaps you have too.
Tape Affairs in Turkey and Poland
Both former Prime Ministers Tusk and Erdoğan were subjects to a tape affair.
In both cases the affair did not damage their careers as it seemed it would at first.
Erdogan has been elected the President after 11 years in office as PM.
Tusk has been appointed to Brussels for an EU chair. And not just any. Head of EU Council.
Polish affair seems to be nothing in comparison to the Turkish one although the Turkish one, now after almost a year, seems to have been forgotten. It is still the President Erdoğan who the President Obama calls to discuss foreign affairs matters.
In the Polish affair there are a few players. The Central Bank chief offers a deal to break the law (Central Bank would finance political activity) where the PM is a partner. It involves also the former Foreign Affairs and Internal Affairs Ministers who frequently use rude language and laugh at quite unrefined jokes involving men’s parts and offend foreign politicians and governments.
In Turkey, it has been more serious. The Prime Minister has asked his son to remove huge amounts of money from the homes of family members and conceal it. His son reports he was able to remove most of it but they still have 30 million euros that we could not yet conceal …
In Turkey media were reporting that this is his political suicide, his end that he will never recover but … he is now the President. And his opponents … they have reasons to hate him even more.
The English transcripts can be found here
There is a gay Parliament Member in Poland.
I have no idea if there is one in the Turkish parliament but I doubt he would come out… In Turkey you do not come out. OK, maybe in some cities – in Istanbul, in Izmir you may find a group of friends but in the rest of the country … Many gays suffer from REAL persecution from their families. Not only do they fear ostracism, criticism but they also have the grounds to fear for their lives.
I recommend the Günesi gördüm movie for examples.
Or this article
We have had two women Prime Ministers. How many has Turkey had?
The government does not forbid us to laugh out loud and reminds to behave and know our place!
We hold high positions in big companies, banks, government. Of course, still, less than men but we don’t have to constantly prove we can do and know as much as men. Or more.
Polish business women are NOT that aggressive and career oriented because they are not in the underprivileged situation.
Only nuns cover their heads. Or fashion bloggers. By choice, not because they are expected to by their families. Travelling through Turkey I have been to regions where a woman with her hair uncovered is an exception. You can notice she is yabanci. For me, unfortunately, the headscarf is a synonym of backwardness. Perhaps in cities, there are educated women, holding high positions who do cover their hair. But somehow, even in Istanbul, I see them working as cooks, cleaners, sales assistants. Not as accountants, mangers, IT professionals.
I think it is saying something.
Child brides a.k.a. paedophilia
The use of the words child and bride, to me, is an oxymoron but here, in many (most?) places a normal thing. I am really amazed at how they incorporated the word bride to make it socially acceptable. In a normal country it would be called for what it is paedophilia. The child bride looks and sounds sweet and it makes me even more disgusted. I used to be a teenage girl too and I haven’t forgotten who a teenage is. A child.
If you think this is uncommon, please look up Hayrunnisa Gül- former president’s wife, the first lady. The Wikipedia entry of her name will inform you the couple married when the president was 30 and his bride 15, making her “the most famous child bride of Turkey.”
Come on… What does it say about the country? And its government.
I’m sure it could be regulated and controlled if someone cared.
According to the Ministry of Interior Affairs, in the last three years 134,629 persons below 18 years of age were married in Turkey, with 5,763 boys and 128,866 girls*
Moreover, the Gaziantep University research studied child marriage in various Turkish regions. Researchers found that 82% of child brides in Turkey are illiterate.*