At first glance, you might think that psychotherapy would be a natural fit for the South Caucasus country of Georgia, a society famed for its love of conversation and sharing emotions. But only now are Georgians turning to counseling to solve problems that would ordinarily have been left to families to resolve privately.
Nearly 90 years after its transformation from provincial market town to capital city, Ankara, to most foreign tourists, still remains in the cultural shadow of Turkey’s snazzy, onetime Ottoman capital, Istanbul. Yet as Turkey reconsiders everything from the role of the military to the role of Islamic beliefs, a revaluation of Ankara’s role in the country’s modern art scene is also gaining pace.
When it comes to the brewing arms race in the Caspian Sea region, no one can accuse Turkmen leader Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov of navel-gazing. Ashgabat is now able to back its claims to some energy-rich patches of the sea with considerable firepower.
For Nurlan Kenenov’s three-year-old daughter, the symptoms started with yellowing eyes. Then a fever set in. Fortunately, she got well on her own, but now his nephew is in the hospital, fighting hepatitis. “There were at least 20 children” there when they checked him in, Kenenov said. “Many more had been there before we arrived.”
When it comes to Azerbaijan and music, Eurovision – and, now, Jennifer Lopez – have largely hogged the outside world’s attention. But practitioners of mugam, an ancient Azerbaijani form of musical poetry set to percussion and strings, feel no sense of threat. Western pop music and mugam – the one about glamour, the other about ghazals – can peacefully coexist, they say.
A debate in Turkey over abortion is growing increasingly heated. But, unlike earlier controversies sparked by the Islamist-rooted Justice and Development Party’s reform initiatives, the opposing camps in the abortion battle do not necessarily fall along secular-versus-religious lines.