In 2010 cartoonist Sarah Glidden tagged along with journalist friends as they traveled to Turkey, Iraq and Syria to report on those displaced by the war in Iraq. "Rolling Blackouts" features her hand-drawn observations.
Sexual harassment, from catcalls to groping by strangers, is a common experience for women living independently in cities in many parts of the world. Usually, the harassment goes unpunished. But a woman in Turkey pursued a harasser who groped her and won her case.
Decadence takes many forms. In China, some display their wealth by killing tigers at parties. Chinese officials are trying to stop the practice. In the UK, military officials are under fire for using pigs to test body armor and train medical personnel. And Taiwan's students protest with sunflowers, in today's Global Scan.
Soap operas open new windows into our increasingly global world. For example, Latin America is a prolific producer — and consumer — of soap operas. But now it's important soap operas from abroad, too. Including from Turkey.
It looks like Turkey is heading for a fresh start, after elections. The conservative Islamic AK Party has dominated the country for 13 years, but has now lost its majority. Many young Turks have never known anything except AK rule. A coalition is now likely, and that will likely reverse the country's trend to authoritarianism.
Relations between the US and Turkey are deteriorating. Now, the countries have enacted new visa restrictions against one another's citizens. Those affected most include students, business travelers, tourists and other nonimmigrant travelers.