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Arzu Kaya Uranli
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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

Voices of WLI: Where Love Is

(1) Comments | Posted June 19, 2014 | 2:03 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 | 2:34 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 influence...at 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 | 2:21 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 | 2:38 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 | 10:08 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 | 8:56 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 | 5:53 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 | 5:54 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 | 12:00 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 | 8:57 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 | 1:19 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 | 11:37 AM

"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 | 8:36 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 | 3:29 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 | 3:58 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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Where Is Controversial Internet Censorship Heading in Turkey?

(1) Comments | Posted January 23, 2014 | 9:43 AM

From Berlin Wall to Firewall

Since the Internet became a common tool, the world has become smaller. Because we live 10,000 kilometers apart, the Internet is the most efficient way to communicate to my family in Turkey, as it enables us to be as close as the click of a...

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It's Still the Same Old Same Old in Turkey

(0) Comments | Posted January 22, 2014 | 5:13 PM

What it looks like from across the ocean is that polemics are causing deep divisions and polarization in Turkish society and causing confusion and a lack of credibility with regard to foreign affairs. The latest picture of Turkey shows that people need to be more aware of the influences that...

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Is Turkish Democracy at a Dead End?

(0) Comments | Posted January 11, 2014 | 9:53 PM

These days, shocking events have been taking place one after another in Turkey. Watching what's going on is very perplexing. Because Turkey is seven hours ahead, we in the United States have been waking up to shocking news, especially since Dec. 17, 2013, when news of alleged corruption in the...

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A New You in the New Year

(0) Comments | Posted December 31, 2013 | 11:49 AM

"Necessity of action takes away the fear of the act,and makes bold resolution the favorite of fortune." -- Francis Quarles

These very last days of the year are a great time to review and look at the pros and cons of the year, to prepare ourselves for a better...

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Talk to Thrive

(0) Comments | Posted December 29, 2013 | 8:21 AM

"Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak." -- Alan Dundes

A friend of mine called me last night in tears, telling me that she had a very serious fight with her mother over the situation in...

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