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Europäische Visionen

The “European Visions” omnibus includes 25 short films from the 25 countries that constituted the European Union in 2004. The project was inspired by Lars von Trier. Filmmakers had five minutes to explore the theme of “Europe.” The German segment … Continue reading

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Müll im Garten Eden (Garbage in the Garden of Eden)

This documentary follows villagers in Turkey’s Black Sea village of Çamburnu as they struggle with the central government’s decision to turn establish a garbage dump in the hills above their community. The film is not currently for sale in the US. Links: IMDB, Official … Continue reading

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Turkish – German writer criticized

This article talks about a Turkish-German writer who defends democracy, freedom, enlightenment, secular order and civil society. Necla Kelek’s new book  “casts a critical look at Islam and condemns the oppression and lack of freedom within Turkish communities and families … Continue reading

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German Youths become Islamic Extremist Expats

According to Germany’s Federal Office of Criminal Investigation (BKA), a colony of German Muslim extremist youths has taken hold of the Afghan-Pakistani border. These young people are recruited in Germany and then sever all ties with their homeland and head … Continue reading

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Islam Critic Necla Kelek: An Enthusiastic Defender of Freedom

The subject of this article is Necla Kelek, a controversial Turkish-German writer who grew up “in a completely Turkish world” under patriarchal authority, where she “experienced what it was not to be free.” Kelek is known for her criticism of … Continue reading

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Gender Gap in Germany

This article highlights the growing wage gap between women and men in Germany. According to this article women on average earn about 23% less than their male colleagues. This number is 5% higher than EU’s average, and somewhat higher than … Continue reading

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US-Turkey relations

This article summarizes the crucial role Turkey plays in a diverse set of important areas, seen form the US point of view. “Given Turkey’s history as a secular democratic stat that respects the rule of             law, but is also … Continue reading

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Berlin’s Museum of Islamic art reaches out to new audiences

Berlin’s Museum of Islamic art is vastly expanding.  The museum plans to reach out to non-Islamic people by “making sense of the present through the past”. In this article, Stefan Weber, in charge of the expansion, seems to genuinely want … Continue reading

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“Nur nicht auffallen” von Claudia Keller, Der Tagesspiegel, 1.2.2010

The article describes the life of the Martinez family, a family that lives illegally in Berlin and the challenges they face to keep their status from the authorities. They live a relatively normal middle class life but beneath the surface … Continue reading

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Studie zu “Ehrenmorden”

Ein Bericht über eine Studie zu “Ehrenmorden”, die viel Aufmerksamkeit in der deutschen Presse finden, aber nicht unbedingt als solche bezeichnet werden sollten. Die Zeit: Was den Mord zum Ehrenmord macht

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Kazim Erdogan spricht über das Betreuungsgeld und was seiner Meinung nach besser wäre für türkische Migranten. Spiegel Online: “Betreuungsgeld ist Unfug”

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Debate about Sarrazin’s comments about Immigrants

Thilo Sarrazin’s controversial comments about Turkish Immigrants have led to a broader discussion about immigration and integration in Germany. Spiegel Online: Sarrazins türkenfeindliche Tiraden lösen Entsetzen aus Spiegel Online: Türken empören sich über Sarrazin Zeit: Zentralrat sieht Sarrazin in der … Continue reading

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Alltag

With actors Florian Panzner and Neelesha Bavora Deutschland 2002, TV-Spielfilm Links: IMDB, Film Portal

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Am Rand der Städte (On the Outskirts)

Zwischen den größeren türkischen Küstenstädten, am Rande der Durchfahrtsstraßen im Süden, sind in den letzten Jahren Siedlungen entstanden, deren Struktur und Aussehen für die Türkei völlig neu sind. Große Wohnblöcke sind kreisförmig um eine Art Park herumgebaut, in dem sich … Continue reading

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