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Arzu Kaya Uranli
Arzu Kaya-Uranli has been working as a broadcaster in New York, USA since 1998. She has worked with many different national TV and radio stations as a correspondent, reporter, anchor woman, director and producer. She currently writes weekly editorial articles for Huffington Post and Today’s Zaman about the hot topics in the USA while concentrating on human rights, education, gender equality, environmental issues and Turkey in general.
Kaya-Uranli is an award winning Turkish Literature & Language instructor and she has been teaching Turkish for 20 years at private tutoring settings, institutions and universities. Currently, she teachs Turkish intro intensive classes at The New School in NYC.
She has attended many seminars and events as a keynote speaker.
She is a current member of the Board of Directors of a local high school and she is also an award winner certified Girl Scout Leader in Northern NJ.
Arzu Kaya-Uranli is currently pursuing her master's degree in Transformative Women Leadership in Hartford Seminary.

Entries by Arzu Kaya Uranli

Breaking Bad Turkey!

(2) Comments | Posted December 23, 2014 | 12:51 PM

A concerned Egyptian journalist friend of mine called me asking, "Are you able to go to your country?" A Russian-American friend said: "You are in my prayers. I hope Turkey won't close its borders."

An Iranian colleague asked if I can still go back to my country! Because she told...

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Not Just a Ferguson Problem

(0) Comments | Posted December 1, 2014 | 12:28 AM


The United States is under the effects of a big storm: Ferguson. The city has been struggling to return to normal since an unarmed 18-year-old African American, Michael Brown, was killed by a white police officer, Darren Wilson, last summer. Then last Tuesday...

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Do What's Right Even When Everybody Does What's Wrong

(0) Comments | Posted November 17, 2014 | 12:37 AM


I've learned a lot from my children. The number one piece of wisdom I learned from them is about the rights and wrongs in us. We really do not need any education to learn what they are. We easily know what we do...

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What Has Changed for Women in the Middle East?

(7) Comments | Posted October 28, 2014 | 7:30 PM


Years ago, when I made the exhilarating discovery that the first university in the world was founded by a Muslim woman, I was very surprised. Yes, it was a Muslim woman who established the first institute of higher learning. The University of Al-Karaouine,...

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Rethinking Muslim Women and the Veil

(1) Comments | Posted October 8, 2014 | 1:49 PM

Rethinking Muslim Women and the Veil by Katharine Bullock, a convert Muslim who lives in the West, is probably one of the first meticulous books that is a detailed analysis of the hijab. Differently from most others, she asserts in the entire book that there is compatibility between veiling and...

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Voices of WLI: Where Love Is

(1) Comments | Posted June 19, 2014 | 3:03 PM

"Christians, Jews, Muslims, Quaker, Buddhist,
Single, divorced, married,
straight and gay,
in our 60s, 40s, and 20s.
We gathered that first time
unknown to one another yet
wanting to know about each other.
We shared our thoughts, our secrets,
our loves, our...

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Yes, Love Is a Verb!

(1) Comments | Posted June 13, 2014 | 3:34 AM

"This is the story of a man...a Turkish Muslim...a scholar... a preacher... and the global movement of social activists he inspires...In 2013, Time Magazine named him one of the most influential leaders in the world...Because of his risk children are now being educated in hundreds of countries...The...

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'We' Are What We Believe

(0) Comments | Posted June 5, 2014 | 3:21 PM

"O mankind, indeed We have created you from male and female and made you peoples and tribes that you may know one another."
Quran 49:13

Eboo Patel, the author of "Sacred Ground," indicates in his phenomenal book that "people without much knowledge of other religions, and who...

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Girls of Hope

(1) Comments | Posted June 3, 2014 | 3:38 PM

Education is an important worldwide issue. However, in developing countries such as Turkey, education is even more crucial because it is an important part of combating poverty and ongoing harmful traditions such as gender-based discrimination, violence...

"If you educate a man, you simply educate an individual, but...

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Noah, the movie

(0) Comments | Posted April 28, 2014 | 11:08 AM

"Then I have called them in a loud (emphatic) manner;"
"then again, I have called them in public; and I have spoken to them confidentially in private."
"I have said: 'Ask your Lord for forgiveness, for surely He has always been All-Forgiving."

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Nowhere Does Islam Excuse Child Brides

(2) Comments | Posted April 18, 2014 | 9:56 PM

A friend of mine sent me a a Daily Beast piece that said, "A new law would approve marriage to girls as young as nine in a bid to appease the nation's conservatives ahead of parliamentary elections in the Iraqi parliament in the last days before the April...

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Turkey Took a Big Time Selfie

(0) Comments | Posted April 1, 2014 | 6:53 PM

Nowadays, people are racing to take selfies and share them on social networks to be part of this phenomenon. On social media, we have seen very different kinds of selfies. It's hard to determine how artistic a selfie can be, but apparently these casual photos are getting more and more...

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Turkey's Women Were Heard in NYC

(0) Comments | Posted March 21, 2014 | 6:54 PM

"As a woman I have no country. As a woman, my country is the whole world."
--"Three Guineas," by Virginia Woolf

I followed the 58th session of the Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations for the last two weeks. This year's theme was "Challenges and...

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I Cannot Write

(0) Comments | Posted March 17, 2014 | 1:00 AM

I feel numb.

I cannot think.

I cannot write.

Holding the same passport as some people in Turkey makes me feel unbearably futile these days.

We are in the middle of nowhere, under darkness... That deep and thick darkness has captured us as...

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Turkey's PM Mr. Erdoğan's 'Othering' Is Unbearable

(0) Comments | Posted March 10, 2014 | 9:57 PM

"Everyone deserves not just to survive, but to live," said British director Steve McQueen when he received the Best Picture award at the 86th Academy Awards ceremony. Many people thought diversity was also a winner this year. For the first time, the academy gave the award for the best picture...

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Has the Turkish Miracle Come to an End?

(0) Comments | Posted February 25, 2014 | 2:19 PM

Nowadays, because of Turkey's political turmoil, foreign investors are nervous during a period of crisis affecting Turkey's neighbors Syria and Iraq. Benjamin Harvey and Isobel Finkel noted in Bloomberg Newson Feb. 19.:

The political crisis over the investigation accelerated a sell-off in Turkey sparked by the U.S. Federal...

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Internet Censorship Is a Big Problem for Turkey?

(0) Comments | Posted February 20, 2014 | 12:37 PM

"The cell phones you have now have more computing power than the Apollo space capsule, and that capsule couldn't even Tweet. So just imagine the opportunities you have in that sense," Fareed Zakaria, opinion writer for The Washington Post, once said in a commencement speech at Duke University.

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Does Erdoğan Really Need a Warning to See the Big Picture?

(0) Comments | Posted February 12, 2014 | 9:36 AM

It has become clearer with every passing day that democratic Turkey and the values it represents are under attack by the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party). Most people I come across in the US who are Turkish or have an interest in Turkey share a mutual concern about...

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Turkey Is Going Back to the Old Days

(0) Comments | Posted February 11, 2014 | 4:29 PM

My childhood memories are filled with anxiety -- I remember watching my mother's panic when my two older brothers were late coming back from school in the years before the 1980 coup.

I wasn't the only one. My generation grew up with a fear of expressing any political opinion because...

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How Does Turkey Look From the U.S.?

(0) Comments | Posted January 31, 2014 | 4:58 PM

"Mr. Erdogan, a conservative Muslim, has often seemed more at home in Tehran or Baghdad than in Berlin or Paris, and in recent years he has sought to fashion the country as a power in the Middle East." --Dan Bilefsky, The New York Times.

"What does Turkey...

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