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The Olive Tree: Turkey’s Past, Present, and Future

“Zeytinyağı gibi üste çıkma!” or “Don’t stick out like olive oil!” This time last year, my husband and I were sipping olive oil at a tasting course at the International Gastronomy Tourism Congress in Izmir, Turkey. In a process much like wine tasting, our host, Müge Nebioğlu guided us through the search for texture, flavors, and olfactory differences between more than ten different olive oils from the Aegean region of Turkey. We were amazed by the variety of flavors present in the oils – from g

Turkish 101: Four Idioms You Need to Know

If you have been living in Turkey long enough, surely you speak enough survival Turkish to get by in everyday life. However, every now and then there are some situations where basic Turkish doesn’t suffice, whether you want to impress that Turkish girl you just met at the bar or you want to look cool in your Turkish class. So here are four fun Turkish idioms that will help you carry your Turkish skills to the next level. Once upon a time there was a shepherd. He would take the goats to the same

What Are the Implications of the African Free Trade Agreement?

SEATTLE — Forty-four African heads of state met on March 21 in Kigali, Rwanda to discuss the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). If enacted by all 55 African nations, it will be one of the largest free trade areas in the world, encompassing 1.2 billion people and over $4 trillion in spending. While this is an exciting prospect for Africans and investors alike, there are still a lot of questions to be answered: what are the minutiae; what is the likelihood of the African free trade agr

10 Facts About Poverty in Istanbul

Turkey plays an important role geopolitically, and its most important city, Istanbul, bears the majority of that burden. The government in the only city that spans two continents is currently going through significant changes. Addressing poverty in Istanbul is now at the top of the to-do list. Below are 10 facts about poverty in Istanbul that will illuminate some of the issues that plague the region and megacities across the world, and will provide some insight into the best ways of tackling the

How the Media Misrepresents Turkey and Its Aid Programs

When reading articles about the nation of Turkey, the tone is frequently negative and often revolves around its pursuit of conflict in Syria. Seemingly, the only other topic is President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his questionable consolidation of power. However, there is a conversation to be had about how the media misrepresents Turkey. While the negative topics rightly deserve coverage, how the media misrepresents Turkey is quite simple: it ignores the nation’s positive undertakings. Whether it

Saudi Arabia vs Egypt: The Race for Solar Power in the Middle East

For the past 50 years, oil has been a defining characteristic of the Middle East. Energy production continues to be a mainstay for the economy in the region, but in the future, it will come from a different source; since 2013, governments and private industries have invested over $1 trillion in solar power in the Middle East. Rationale for Solar Power in the Middle East The reasons behind the boom in solar power in the Middle East stems from a few causes. Consulting firm Ernst & Young recently

Disease in South Sudan: Ending Guinea Worm

South Sudan is the youngest country in the world and with this has come significant growing pains. Despite the ongoing civil war, the alleviation of disease in South Sudan is quickly becoming one of its positive developments. The most recent example was the announcement of the eradication of the guinea worm within the country’s borders. What is the Guinea Worm and Who Does it Affect? According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), guinea worm disease only affects the poorest 10 percent of

5 Top Political Blogs: Where to Begin?

The innovation of blogs has had a major role in the modern political and media climate. With greater ability to voice one’s opinions comes the possibility of becoming inundated with sensationalist and unreliable news. Still, there are many thought-provoking and well-informed blogs available. To make the search easier, below you will find the five top political blogs. What started as a passion project for creator Nate Silver, then mostly known as a baseball analyst, has morphed into a statistica

Poverty in Tibet is Currently a Geopolitical Conundrum

Despite political tensions, Tibet has seen marked improvements in everyday life for its average citizens. The central government in Beijing and other nations may have ulterior motives behind their funding, but the result is the same: a more prosperous Tibet. Aid is flowing in from the Chinese government, the United Nations Development Project (UNDP) and Nepal, to name a few. According to the regional authority, over the course of the past five years, over 530,000 people have escaped poverty in

Could Jackfruit Be Key to Ending World Hunger?

It may seem crazy, but a fruit with the consistency of pulled pork, a putrid smell and a taste similar to pineapple could be one of the keys to ending world hunger. This crop, the jackfruit, can weigh up to 100 pounds and is rich in protein, potassium and vitamins. Unfortunately, with its notorious smell, jackfruit has fallen out of favor with consumers in the nations where it most commonly grows in the wild: India and Bangladesh. In India alone, more than 75 percent of the yearly yield goes to

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