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National Mountain Climbing Team --
ready for Everest...
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|dağcı; mountain climber|
dağcı ekibi; mountain climbing team
In the news: 23 March 2006 -- First time ever! Turkish mountain climbing team set to ascend Mount Everest... Continue reading, "Mountain Climbing"...»
|Danimarka (Danimarka/ Danimarkalı, Danimarkaca)||Denmark (a Danish person/thing, the Danish language)||A finalist country for the 2002 Football/Soccer World Cup tournament...|
|Defterdarlık||[the] Office/Title of the Director of Finance for a Turkish province|
|demografik yapı||demographic breakdown|
by religion and ethnicity
Operation Iraqi Freedom
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Maps of the World
|demokrasi (Demokrat, demokratik)||[a] democracy (a member of the [American] Democratic Party, democratic)|
|Demokratik Sol Parti||Democratic Left Party|
[usually referred to by its DSP acronym]
|...is a left-leaning Turkish political party that seems less effective in power (when it must compromise many of its founding principals in order to govern) than in opposition -- when it can be truer to its liberal ideals. The DSP favors abolishing Turkey's death penalty and can probably take recent credit for the fact that the court execution order (in 2000) for Kurdish terrorist and PKK-leader Öcalan (aka, Apo) has been put on indefinite hold. Note: there have been no state-executions in the country since the 1970's -- which, coincidentally, was when the DSP's current leader (Bülent Ecevit) was |
The DSP situation as of June 2002... The party, led by the ailing 78-year-old (Prime Minister) Ecevit, 'won' Turkey's last General Election in 1999 (by garnering just 23% of the votes cast). The DSP is the 'lead' member of the 3-party coalition (together with MHP and ANAP) that struggles to govern Turkey at this time.
The DSP situation as of October 2002...Ecevit's public appeals to bring him to power 'one last time' seem to be falling on deaf ears -- and according to pre-election popularity-polls, DSP may not even achieve the required 10% minimum vote-count to qualify for representation in the post-election Parliament.
silah denetçi; weapons inspector
|deniz kuvvetleri||naval forces|
The most and least
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Maps of the World
|Derin Gırtlağı||'Deep Throat'||...was the code-name that Washington Post reporters Woodward and Bernstein used for their informant, FBI-agent William Mark Felt, Sr., who provided clues that helped bring down the Nixon Adminisration (in 1974) as a result of the Watergate Scandal or the Linda Lovelace X-rated film by the same name.|
|devlet||[a] state, country government|
|Devlet Bakanı||Minister without portfolio|
|Devlet Başkanı||[a] country's leader, President||Rusya Devlet Başkanı |
|Devrimci Afgan Kadınları Derneğı||Revolutionary Afghan Women's Association|
[the only women's group in Afghanistan as of November 2001]
|Seher Saba, an RAWA member, declared recently, "From the point of view of women's rights, there isn't much difference between the Northern Alliance and the Taliban. Both of them have religiously fanatical elements. It's those elements we're afraid of. Today they'll let us remove our burqas but tomorrow they'll treat us just like the Taliban." |
16 November 2001
|DGM||Devlet Güvenlik Mahkemesi -- the State Security Court||...addresses court cases that concern Turkish national security.|
|DHKP-C||the Revolutionary People's Liberation Party-Front|
[a terrorist organization]
|dış||foreign||dış basın; the foreign press; foreign newspapers; foreign news media|
|dış ticaret||foreign trade||dış ticaret açığı -- foreign trade deficit|
dış ticaret karı -- foreign trade surplus
|Dışişleri Bakanı||Minister of Foreign Affairs|
|Dicle Nehri||The Tigris River||...originates in Turkey and flows through the country's Diyarbakır province. It is an important source of water for both Syria and Iraq.|
|Didim||Didyma -- ancient ruins of a town on Turkey's Aegean Coast, near modern Yenihisar -- almost equidistant from Kuşadası and Bodrum.||Didim Harabe; the ancient ruins of Didyma
...a thriving community of ex-patriot UK homeowners and renting holiday goers has developed in the environs of Didyma since the year 2000. The accomodating mayor of Yenihisar (who personally hosts welcoming parties for the newcomers) soon began printing bills for city services in English, in order to ease the transition to Turkish life of the incoming Britons.
|dikenli tel||barbed wire|
|Dimişk||[archaic name for] |
Map showing religious interactions in
The Middle East
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|Dinyester Nehri or Dinyester Irmağı||Dniester River [Moldavia]|
|Dinyeper Nehri or Dinyeper Irmağı||Dnieper River [Ukraine]|
|Diyanet İşleri Bakanlığı||[the Turkish] Department of Religious Affairs|
in Koran School
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| In the News: 10 December 2003, |
In the News: 18 October 2001,
also seen as: Diyarbakir, Diyarbekir or Diyarbakr...
|[the] historic province of southeastern Turkey -- which is also the name of its provincial capital city||The name means "district (diyar) of the Bakr people". Its most important natural resource is the Tigris River. Besides its capital city, the province's principle cities include: Bismil (in the northeast), Çermik (in the southwest), Çınar (in the south), and Dicle (in the north). The region's historical past stretches back at least to the 3rd millennium BC -- it has even been argued that it was the original jumping-off point for the Indo-Europeans and that they gradually spread east and west after about 7000 BC, carrying with them not only their language but also the invention of agriculture. Certainly, the presence of the life sustaining waters of the Tigris was attractive to early agrarian civilizations, such as the Hurrians (3000 - 1700 BC), the Mitanni (1500 BC), The Hittities (1700 - 1180 BC). Currently, the province is home to a significant population of Turkish Kurds [381,144 in 1990].66|
|doğalgaz yatağı||'natural gas' bed|
|dolmuş||the original Turkish short-range passenger vehicle (usually a fairly modern minibus, nowadays)...And, without much trouble, fuss or planning, you can travel quite easily anywhere you like (North, South, East, or West) throughout the whole of Turkey -- even coast to coast -- by the loosely-linked system of dolmuş vehicles. |
The word dolmuş itself means (approximately)
|Prepared September 2004 --|
Starting back in the 1940's and 50's, when they first became really popular, each dolmuş was often independently owned -- a business unto itself. [Sadly (?), these days, the independent dolmuş şofur business-man-driver is a dying breed (especially in the larger Turkish cities) -- as conglomerates take over.]
Those original dolmuş vehicles consisted mainly of oddly repaired American gas-guzzlers that were often rescued and resurrected from auto-graveyards of the time. In the original days, too, dolmuş drivers traveled according to no set time-schedule, but departed from the dolmuş durağı (mini-station) as soon as all the vacant seats had been occupied.
As mentioned, the dolmuş system has been modernized of late (since the turn of the century). These days, the vehicles travel according to a (sort of) set time-schedule -- are better maintained and (usually) adhere to a strict no-smoking policy. (Though as recently as last year, the early-morning driver of our dolmuş couldn't stand the nicotine-strain and frantically 'lit up' as we approached our final destination.) The 'no smoking' policy was forced on drivers when foreign tourists became downright militant in the late 90's, refusing to travel in any 'smoking permitted' dolmuş vehicle. And when dolmuş profits began to drop dramatically during the generally lucrative tourist season, so did the number of 'smoking permitted' dolmuş vehicles -- until the 'no smoking' dolmuş became the norm. And, in the year 2000, that 'norm' was formalized into law -- for the entire Turkish travel industry!
Disputes about dolmuş routes are still apt to lead to violence in the provinces, though... Around where we live (off the beaten track in Gümüldür near Izmir, along the Aegean seacoast) a dolmuş route-war erupted shortly after we returned for good in 1992. The Gümüldür dolmuş drivers (predominantly of Kurdish descent) became incensed because dolmuş drivers from other municipalities were entering Gümüldür to drop off and (as they left) to pick up passengers.
The Kurdish dolmuş driver response to this was to have family members
roam the Gümüldür streets with wooden clubs -- to intimidate passengers so
they wouldn't use the outsider mini-busses to leave Gümüldür.
This led to a confrontation between the Kurds and roughnecks from the MHP (old Turkesh's party) in which the roughnecks beat the crap out of the Kurds in a street battle. The next day a band of Kurds (approximately 200 in number) showed up in full battle gear and were about to charge the MHP roughnecks, when the Gümüldür town mayor stepped between the factions and declared that if any more violence occurred, he would revoke the Kurdish dolmuş driver's licences and shut down the MHP Gümüldür Headquarters. So the war was averted.
|Doğru Yol Partisi|
|True Path Party
[Turkish political party usually referred to by its DYP acronym]||[Prepared 13 October 2002...]|
Tansu Çiller -- once Turkey's brightest political-star, DYP-leader Çiller has been revealed over the years to be no more 'respectable' than her worst political rivals. Government contract award irregularities (related to her husband's business activities while she was Prime Minister in the mid-1990's) still plague her public reputation (among all except die-hard Çiller followers). Dooms-day predictions (if she is not returned to power) and strident personal attacks on political opponents have become hallmark features of her increasingly-negative political-style. But, she is still a power to be reckoned with in the run-up to the November 2002 national-election.
[Updated 31 August 2003...]
|doğu ||[the] east, eastern,|
|Doğu Timor||East Timor||In the news: 28 November 2002, The world's newest country (East Timor) gains independence.|
|dokunulmazlık||immunity||'dokunulmak' istenen vekil; governmental representative(s) who want immunity from prosecution|
|donanma||fleet, naval force, navy|
|DSP||See Demokratik Sol Parti...|
|Dünya||[the] World, Planet Earth|
|Dünya Bankası||[the] World Bank|
|Dünya Sigarayı Bırakma Günü||World 'Quit Smoking' Day|
|Dünya Ticaret Merkezi||[the] World Trade Center|
[New York City]
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'Black Comedy' Cartoon...
|Düşes||Duchess||York Düşesi Sarah Ferguson; |
Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York
|DYP||see Doğru Yol Partisi|
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