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World regions, bodies of water, land masses,
mountain ranges, countries, cities, nationalities and languages --
plus notable persons, places, and things
from current events and modern history, politics, art, law, business, etc.

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Examples, supplements, and explanations
gasp violent seizureA gaspçi is a kapkaççi who incorporates intentional bodily harm (or the threat of it) into the act of siezure. A gaspçi may use a weapon. A kapkaççi won't.
gaz maskesi [poison] gas mask
Illustration of a
World War II Gas Mask
in Turkish

Popüler Tarih Dergisi, March 2003
Right click the illustration or
use Print Preview for enlarged view.
gaza See Encyclopedia of the Ottoman Empire ... 
gazi See Encyclopedia of the Ottoman Empire ... 
GazzeGazaIt is the largest city of the Gaza Strip, in southwestern 'Palestine'. Gaza was the administrative headquarters for the Israeli military forces occupying the Gaza Strip from 1967 to 1994, at which time the Israelis began a phased withdrawal under the terms of the Israel-PLO accords.66

(Genetiği Değiştilmiş Organizma)
In English, GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) or GEO (Genetically Engineered Organism)...describes an organism whose genetic material is changed by genetic engineering methods. Such methodology, referred to as recombinant DNA technology, takes DNA particles from dissimilar sources, combines them into a single molecule, then uses them to create new genes. Such 'new' DNA is then transplanted into an organism, giving it modified genes -- that are uncharacteristic of the original organism.
GDO technology in Turkey has come under attack, with claims that it will result in tomatoes that taste of fish and chicken that smells like banana.

  • a house (usually associated with the poorest population) that is put up quickly without the proper permissions, a squatter's house
  • a shack of a house, a shanty
  • lit. a night condo
  • By law, these squatter-homes are supposed to be knocked down as soon as they are discovered. But the responsiblity for that falls to the local mayor's office. And these local mayors often 'look the other way' -- in return for the squatter's vote in the next election. Thus have great swaths of squatter villages arisen in the hills around Istanbul, Ankara, and Izmir -- and just about anywhere you care to look (including in the hills around the Aegean seaside resort town of Gümüldür, where your webmasters live).

    In the news: 17 March 2004...Istanbul 'Gecekondu Research Study' reveals surprising demographic data! Apart from the fact that women head the households of 75% of Istanbul's gecekondus (according to the Chamber of Commerce study), the study also revealed that...

  • 65% of squatters use credit cards
  • squatters own cars -- a favorite make is Renault
  • they like Turkish Rap and Arabesque music
  • they won't purchase a newspaper, but they'll read one if it's free
  • their favorite TV channels are TGRT, Kanal D, ATV, and Show
  • 46% of squatters buy second-hand clothes
  • 35% go to the cinema to see the latest films
  • 13% go to the legitimate theater
  • Gecekondu voters determined the winner in many of the March 2004 local elections...
    Hürriyet Gazetesi, 17 March 2004
    (For more surprising revelations, see the article at left.)
  • Gelibolu Gallipoli --
    seaport and manufacturing town in Çanakkale province, Turkey (European-side). Located at entrance to the Sea of Marmara, at the head of The Dardanelles.
    Ancient name, Calilipolis -- first colonized by Greeks; was a midieval trading center; was the first European conquest of the Ottoman Turks in 1354, during the reign of 'Sultan' Orhan.
    Also see Gelibolu Yarımadası
    Gelibolu Yarımadası Gallipoli Peninsula --
    the narrow tongue of land (63 miles long) extending SW from the S coast of Turkey (European-side), between the Dardanelles on the SE and the Saros Gulf and Aegean Sea on the NW and W.50
    ...was the scene of fierce battles in WW I during 1915-16, in conjunction with naval bombardment of Dardenelles forts. Allied troops (mainly Anzacs) landed 25 April 1915 -- the peninsula was defended (mainly) by Turkish forces led by Mustafa Kemal (Atatürk); there was severe fighting at Kirte, Sair Bair, Sulva Bay (now called Anafarta Bay). Unsuccessful Allied advance led to withdrawal 8 January 1916.50
    Gallipoli -- the landings
    25 April 1915

    Left click for image enlargement.
    gelir income, revenueIn the news: 15 July 2003 -- Turkish Information Minister Kerem Bikmen revealed yesterday that, "Our largest 500 business companies receive 85% of their income from interest payments they receive from short-term repurchasing agreements (REPO) with Turkish banks. Only 15% of their income comes from production activities that they can control." Gözcü Gazetesi, 15 July 2003

    gelişmiş ülke

    [a] 'developed country'gelişmekte olan ülke;
    [a] developing country
    gemi shipuçak gemisi; aircraft carrier
    Genel Kurmay Başkanı
    Also seen as
    Genelkurmay Başkanı.
    Yaşar Büyükanıt
    Genelkurmay Başkanı

    Click for
    Turkish Who's Who entry
    about General Özkök.

    Deeply concerned?
    Hilmi Özkök
    Genelkurmay Başkanı


    Click for
    Turkish Who's Who entry
    about General Özkök.
    Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
    The Husrev Kutlu 'flap'

    Left click for image enlargement.

    Well kiss my beard, Muhsin!

    Left click for image enlargement.
  • ABD Genel Kurmay Başkanı, Richard Meyers; USA Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Richard Meyers (during Operation Iraqi Freedom, 2003)
  • Türk Genelkurmay Başkanı Yaşar Büyükanıt; Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of Turkey (2006-)
    In the news: August 2006 -- Victory Day Speech warns of 2 internal threats: Relegion in Government and PKK Terrorism.
  • Türk Genelkurmay Başkanı Hilmi Özkök; Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of Turkey (in 2003-4)
    In the news: 1 January 2004...He may have needed a nudge from a subordinate, but when Orgeneral (and Genelkurmay Başkanı) Hilmi Özkök finally reacted today it was to express his 'deep concern' about recent events involving high-profile political officials. He singled out for special attention a) AKP representative Husrev Kutlu -- for his recent disparaging remarks concerning an Atatürk portrait and the famed Turkish Parliamentary Guards (Muhafız Taburu), and b) BBP Leader, Muhsin Yazıcıoğlu -- for his atavistic 'beard kissing' of a controversial Muslim elder during a funeral ceremony two days ago at Istanbul's (in)famous Fatih Cami. See photo-articles at left. 2 January 2003... After hasty behind the scenes consultations, Prime Minister Erdoğan decried yesterday's news reporting, saying, "Nothing can come between the Government and the Army." And, a spokesperson for Husrev Kutlu said, "He didn't mean what he said intentionally." Also, despite the eye-witness confirmations and the apparent photographic evidence, Muhsin Yazıcıoğlu said he didn't kiss anybody's beard. Are these religious-right politicians telling the truth or just practicing 'takiye'?
  • Genel Kurulu General Assembly 
    gıda foodgıda karşılığı petrol programı; Food for Oil Program [the UN program intended to feed poor Iraqis after sanctions were imposed on the Iraqi regime following the Gulf War of 1991. The regime used the program to control and manipulate the poor -- and to enrich itself.]
    [Girit Adası]
    [the island of Crete]
    [Güney Kıbrıs Rum Yöntemi]
    Southern Cyprus
    [under Greek influence]
    Also see KKTC.
    Click below for map of
    divided Cyprus
    Gobi Çölü [the] Gobi Desert...great desert and semidesert region of Central Asia covering huge portions of Mongolia and China (1,000 miles long and 300 to 600 miles wide -- estimated area 500,000 square miles [1,300,000 square kilometres]). Much of the Gobi is not sandy desert but bare rock -- drivable by car for long distances in every direction...66
    görgü tanığı[an] eye-witnessgörgü tanıkları;
  • sth that has been reviewed and approved (possibly, after alteration) by an official body that has censoring powers (e.g. a country's ruling government)
  • sth that has received a 'seal of approval' from a civilian watchdog group (e.g. religious group, human rights organization, educational association, or political advocacy group)
    For the Turkish media
    Difficult days ahead...
    Turkish newspaper dictionary -- difficult days for Turkish news media
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  • In the news: 9 June 2005 -- The new TCK with its stricter media-constraints (which had been forced through the Turkish parliament by the AKP religious-right majority party) came into effect 1 June and has already snagged its first newspaper reporter victim -- which has sent shivers down the collective spine of the entire Turkish news media. As shown below and at left, media response has been swift, with dire warnings of dangerous governmental control over Turkish news outlets.
    'Seal of Approval'

    Turkish newspaper dictionary -- government seal of approval
    Left click for image enlargement.
    gösteri[a] demonstrationgösterici;
    [a] demonstrator
    gözlemciobserverDiplomatik gözlemci;
    Diplomatic observer
    • power
    • [a] [military] force(s)
    güç(ler) dengesi; balance of power(s)
    İngilize Gücü; British Military Force(s)
    See also peace-keeping force, super-power...
    güdümlü mermi
    [a] guided missile 
  • sin
  • crime; shame
  • günah keçisi; scapegoat
  • In the news: Sins of the father, visited on the (female) daughter (only)? Saime Öncel's daddy taught her how to do the Arabic and Ottoman religious hat, a couple years before he died quite unexpectedly. And, out of necessity, in order to earn 'bread money' for her surviving family, Saime began selling her calligraphic wall-hangings to Bursa's numerous cami's -- for display as devout 'reminders' to the faithful. But, as Saime explains, "When certain people found out I was a woman, they said my work was sinful and that I should stop. I tried to resist, but soon found myself unemployed." So Saime dropped the e-letter from her female given-name and began signing her work as Saim -- which is the male counterpart name to Saime. That seemed to do the trick -- and she's back now, earning 'bread money' for her needy family. Still, she may be working on borrowed time... only until those same 'certain people' discover her ruse. We opine that Saime's pose for the photo-article at left may not have helped her 'undercover' cause. oh well, fame is a powerful drug...Hürriyet Gazetesi, 21 May 2005
  • Also see cartoon illustration below.

  • "It's not my fault..."

    Left click for cartoon legibility and complete translation...
    Güneş tutulması

    Thanks to
    Focus Dergisi
    Mart 2006

    Eclipse of the Sun, 29 March 2006, Global Map of Path
    Left click for image enlargement and story...
    Solar Eclipse;
    Eclipse of the Sun

    Thanks to
    Bilim Çocuk Dergisi
    for the following illustrations.

    Path of Eclipse thru Turkey --
    29 March 2006

    Eclipse of the Sun, 29 March 2006, Turkish Map of Path
    Left click for image enlargement
    and legibility.

    In the news: 15 March 2006 -- Watch out Konya, here they come! Hotel bookings are going through the roof as city planners prepare for...
    Continue reading
    "Effects on Konya, Turkey"
    20 March 2006 -- If the crowded hotel situation puts you off Konya, then why not consider a VIP alternative in ancient Cappadocia with...
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    27 March 2006 -- What is it in the human psyche that drives thousands of people...
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    "Those Solar Eclipse Addicts"
    Güney Afrika
    South Africa (the region)

    Map of the South African Region
    in Turkish

    Turkish newspaper dictionary -- south african regional map
    Left click for image enlargement.
    Güney Afrika Cumhuriyeti (Güney Afrikalı, 9 Afrika Dili/İngilizce/
    Afrikaner Dili
    [the] Republic of South Africa (a South African person/thing, the languages of South Africa [9 African languages/English/
    Güney Amerika
    [the] South American Region 
    Güney Çin Denizi South China Sea 
    Güney KoreSouth Korea 
    Güney Kutbu

    Turkish newspaper dictionary -- Learn Turkish sounds
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    South Pole
    [the center of the Antarctic region]
    Gürcistan (Gürcü, Gürcice)
    Georgia [in Kafkasya]
    (a Georgian person/thing, the Georgian language)
    Georgia was once a republic within the [then] Soviet Union. Now an independent state (west of the disputed Russian province of Chechnia), she still has close ties to Russia. See also Pankisi Vadisi...
    [BM] Güvenlik Konseyi[the UN] Security Council 
    güvenoyu [a] vote of confidence 

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