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Courage Is Mastery of Fear, Not Its Absence

Courage Is Mastery of Fear, Not Its Absence

Our experience of the world is the most basic stuff of life. In other words, the most basic human reality is to live our lives in this world of experiences. Unlike the Earth, the world that we inter-subjectively share has been conceived, shaped and signified by our very own humanity. We are the creators of [...]

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Defying Male Oppression With Women’s Laughter

Defying Male Oppression With Women’s Laughter

In Turkey, women are truly worried about the future. One reason for this is that those who rule the country — rather than solving real problems such as stemming the rise in violence against women, finding solutions for female homicide or generating employment for women — are limiting their political engagement with women to issues [...]

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Liberate History to Conjure a Better Future

Liberate History to Conjure a Better Future

A tragic event etched a deep scar in one’s psyche, and the good life’s exhilaration became a thing of the past. Then time stood still. The drive to move on sputtered and quit, after reality suddenly changed. Ahead lies a dark abyss. “The deep silence of the heart” creeps in and reigns. The sense of [...]

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Poetry Is a Tunnel, a Forest in the Human Heart

Poetry Is a Tunnel, a Forest in the Human Heart

As I move down the streets, where the fog from the sky melts with the dust, the streets become hazy…. And this reminds me of my own soul – The perennially hazy evening that my soul is. I still remember the afternoon when one of my boisterous uncles, perhaps out of concern, said to me, [...]

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Patriotism: Extension of Family, Cultural Ghetto, or License to Kill?

Patriotism: Extension of Family, Cultural Ghetto, or License to Kill?

  “A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government.” – Edward Abbey Patriotism is basically an expression of love toward one’s homeland that takes into consideration all its circumstances, including its people and culture. Patriotism is characterized by a deep attachment a citizen of a country feels obliged to acknowledge [...]

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