Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Violence in Turkey

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Moving to Turkey has been interesting and eye opening in more ways than I could have ever imagined. Things, such as hot water (or water at all!), electricity, and reliable information, are things that I never questioned before I moved here. I think the biggest difference between Turkey and the United States is the difference in free speech.

In the United States, you have the right to free speech. There's really not a lot of questions about it.  You can't yell "fire" in a crowded movie theater, but if you don't like something the government is doing, you can make your thoughts known (as most people do, thanks to Facebook, Twitter. etc.).  Turkey is...different.

Last weekend, there was a bombing in Ankara that killed 100 people and injured almost double that.  There is a lot of speculation over who is responsible and we have witnessed huge protests outside of our house in response to this.  The government has stated that any news source that shows videos/pictures that incite fear based on the bombings will be shut down.  Therefore, even though this little blog of mine is not a news source, I'll keep my photos and videos on my phone and not be posting them here.

That being said, times are a changin' here in Turkey.  There is an election on November 1st, which is a cause for tension.  Add in the bombing last week and people are tense.  So, instead of speculating on who is responsible for last weekend's casualties, just say a little prayer, send some good vibes and think positive thoughts that this country and it's people will help Turkey become a prosperous and peaceful country.