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Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Vagina stirs up controversy in Turkish parliament

Turkey's deputy prime minister has caused a ruckus by admitting to being ruffled when an opposition member mentioned her vagina.

Bulet Arinc told the Republican People's Party deputy Aylin Nazliaka that she should've addressed Parliament while speaking, not him. "I am a shy person, I could get bothered when an elegant lady looks at me," he said.

Aylin Nazliaka's vagina has ruffled Turkey's deputy PM.
 
 The deputy PM then brought up the abortion debates that raged earlier in the year. "I also got extremely embarrassed during the abortion discussions when you [Nazlıaka], as a married woman with children, openly spoke of one of your organs [vagina]," he said.

Nazliaka had slammed the government's stance on abortions in May, stating: “The prime minister should quit playing politics over women’s bodies. To put it in a nutshell, I say the prime minister should quit standing guard over women’s vaginas."


After Arinc's latest comments, Nazliaka has said: "We are here [in Parliament] due to our personality, not to our femininity or our elegance. I would be happier if he was bothered by my statements, rather than by my gender," she said. "I am deeply upset by the deputy prime minister's statements, both for me and for the women of my country ... He should have been more serious in his manner of speaking."





Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Small Turkish village becomes Apocalypse hope


Worried about the world ending on December 21? It might be worth heading to a small village in Turkey, where many believe the positive energy of the area may be enough to ward off the apocalypse.

Sirince, a small village near Ephesus, has been flooded with cranks – er, spiritualists, I mean – who are convinced that the world will end in a week or so, as apparently foretold by Mayan hieroglyphs.

Sirince's positive energy might protect you from the Apocalypse.

According to the end-of-world believers, Sirince has a positive energy, thanks to the fact that it’s close to an area where Christians believe the Virgin Mary started her journey to heaven. This positive energy may well be sufficient to save the believers.

The sleepy village of around 600 inhabitants is expected to host around 60,000 visitors, according to the local media.

Hoteliers are rubbing their hands together at the unexpected winter windfall.

"It is the first time we witness such an interest in moving to Turkey during the winter season," one hotel owner was quoted as saying.

In fact, those working in Sirince’s tourist industry may well be the only people looking forward to the upcoming Apocalypse. "The rumours floating around have increased the number of customers. We are only happy about it," said one hotel worker.

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

'I wish all disabled people had Down Syndrome', - PM's wife

The award for patronising statement of the week goes to Emine Erdogan, who said that those with Down Syndrome will go "directly to heaven".

Speaking at a meeting yesterday for people with Down Syndrome Prime Minister Erdogan's wife told reporters that she had a relative with the syndrome.

Mrs Erdogan wished that all disabled people could have Down Syndrome.

Mrs Erdogan claimed that the relative, who died a few years ago, was "the mascot of the family".

"I wish all disabled people had down syndrome. Because, if I'm right, they are going to go directly to heaven after death according to Islam. I hope we will go to heaven too, for loving these people," she said. 

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Turkish channel fined for airing Simpsons show

Turkey's broadcasting regulator is fining a TV channel for insulting religious values - for airing an episode of the Simpsons featuring God and the devil.

The episode, which includes a scene where the devil asks God to make a coffee, caught the notice of watchdog RTUK, who are fining CNBC 53,951 lira (£18,400).



Although Turkey's a secular country with a secular government, most of its 75 million inhabitants are Muslim. There is a constant battle between religious conservatives and their secular opponents - who claim that the government is trying quietly to impose Islamic values.

 Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan is at the forefront of this push towards Islam, and although Erdogan has led the country into a period of great prosperity there are concerns about authoritarianism.

Last week Erdogan voiced his displeasure about wildly popular TV show The Magnificent Century, saying the makers were insulting a historical figure.

The Simpsons is well known for its irreverent portrayal of public figures, leading one Turkish columnist to wonder if the makers of the series will react to the ruling. "Maybe they will add an almond-moustached RTUK expert to the series," he said, evoking a popular Turkish stereotype of a pious government supporter.