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the fish and I, by habibifar

February 14, 2018 Leave a comment

there is another short film here.
the fish and I (mahi va man) directed by Babek Habibifar

we may watch this in our saturday meetings with the teenagers.

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we will see if you can do this thesis with the kid..

December 13, 2017 Leave a comment

said the very-recent-professor from the university. looks modern, really hard-working, popular among students, used-to-be a twitter phenomenon, good researcher, but most probably a selfish husband and father. i would rather be unemployed, unoccupied, stay-at-home nonacademic person, instead of him.

made me sad. quite disappointed. very angry.

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long time..

it’s been really long time since i wrote. now, i have two theses to deal. and a class to teach. and kid to play. busy and tired. yet happy.

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i am on the move.

October 7, 2013 Leave a comment

we are in urfa since last week and will stay for a few years. i’m trying to get used to be here nowadays. today and in the coming days i’m gonna write about my tiny miny observations in this city.

last week we were on a taxi on our way home with my husband. the driver and f. started a discussion. f. first asked the driver why he did not turn on the taximeter. he said he is not using it anymore, because it is not profitable anymore. sounds weird :). then, he explained. because the oil prices increase very frequently, taximeter needs to be adjusted every time. and this adjustment cost him  a lot of money each time. so he simply decided not to use it. and brought us home for 15 tl. that was acceptable for us.

he asked f. where is he from. f. said ‘Urfalıyım’. man got a bit surprised. f. explained a bit, like ‘ i was abroad’ bla bla. man said ‘kaybolmuşsan’ (you are lost). f. approved him with a similar sentence, with a strong Urfa accent :). then the man became more talkative and asked further questions. and asked me ‘hanım kız sen niçin geldin buralara?’ (why you came here), i said ‘kocam geldi, ben de geldim işte’ (my husband came, so did i). i think he first didn’t understand that f. is my husband. he asked ‘urfanın defterine yazıldın mı?’ (i guess he meant ‘are you registered to the city council?’), i said yes. and he said ‘allah razı olsun’. i didn’t understand why. 


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thesis topic brainstorm

nowadays i am trying to write my thesis. most of the time procrastinating. i do not remember if i wrote about my thesis topic before. today i wanted to write a section on the refugee integration policies of the ottoman empire. i was planning to write about the Muhacirin Komisyonu, Emigrant/Refugee Commission, which was formed by the Ottoman government to deal with the outburst of refugees coming mostly from ex-Ottoman territories.

Now i am going to do some brainstorming, just to relax myself before i start writing.

This commission was formed in 1860. and lasted only couple of years. ottoman state thought that refugee flows would stop, after the crimean war. but many refugees continued coming. so, this commission was re-established under a different name. more active this time. they provided with many kinds of aid to the refugees. not just the financial aid. food and subsidy were given to them. empty lands were given for the agriculturalists. news houses were built for them. refugee children were sent to schools. the local people were expected to participate in all these activities of helping the newcomers. without their participation this would have been impossible, i think.

according to some historians of ottoman empire, formation of this commission and immigration-integration policies of the ottoman empire was very professional and modern attempts of dealing with refugees compared to other states of the time. these ottoman policies were there even before the establishment of unchr (united nations high commissioner for refugees). so, they argue, the ottomans were the pioneers of this field.

do I agree?

don’t know. i do not think that there was a conscious systematic long term policy making. the ottoman officials acted mostly in a pragmatic way.

white bread and the Turkish PM

January 18, 2013 Leave a comment

yesterday or the day before, the PM of Turkey made a statement and said that “we should remove the white bread away from our tables” (Artık şu beyaz ekmek denen ekmeği artık sofralardan kaldıralım). i really don’t know what is really in his mind. banning the production of white bread?

i have a serious problem with these manner of the PM. he is always and always and always talking about removing something away, banning or eliminating or destroying something. instead of banning something, why not just to promote the other alternatives. instead of removing away this so-called white breads, just encourage the production and consumption of healthier breads, like whole-grain bread etc.

his tone and attitudes are sooo irritating.

do not ban anything, dear Mr. PM, just support the alternatives!

once again,

October 4, 2012 Leave a comment

i have to write a thesis. again on migration. but this time it will be historical migration. i can briefly say that, this time i will write about istanbul, serving as a transit hub for the immigrants/refugees of Balkan wars (or Russo-Ottoman wars of 1876-77, it is not decided yet). details will follow. and i am hoping to write more posts as my thesis progress.

it is time to study.

it’s time to procrastinate. kidding :)..

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