Inside the Hidden World of Egg Donation

Our documentary for BBC 100 Women about egg donation…

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Fertility tourism is on the rise, in part because in countries like Turkey and many part of the Middle East, third-party reproductive assistance is illegal. And Cyprus has become a popular destination.

Shorter waiting lists and cheaper costs are attracting many couples from all around the world. Young women are lured into donating their eggs, mainly via social media ads, agents and clinics with promises of hefty sums of money offered as compensation.

BBC travels to Cyprus to find out more and to meet the women donating their eggs to help others to conceive.

Turkey-Syria offensive: Turks embrace nationalist mood

The Turkish players' military salute was greeted by fans copying their actions at the Stade de France on Monday night

They had been warned not to make political gestures, but they have now done it twice.

Turkey’s national football team stood on the pitch in their red and white strip and gave a military salute to the stands in celebration of their goals. First against Albania on Friday and then again against France on Monday night.

The salute was immediately adopted by supporters frantically waving Turkish flags in the Stade de France on Monday night.

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Turkey’s Gulen supporters flee to Greece – BBC World

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Hundred of members of Turkey’s Gulenist network have sought refuge in neighbouring Greece. Turkey accuses the network of being behind the failed coup in July 2016. And in recent months, the number of lives in exile appears to be increased as the BBC’s Cagil Kasapoglu reports from Thessaloniki. Camera & Producer: Efrem Gebreab

‘Damızlık Kızın Öyküsü’nün feminist yazarı Margaret Atwood: Haklı olduğum için üzgünüm

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“Siz evde kalanlardan mısınız, yoksa evde çoluk çocuğa karışanlardan mı?

Nasıl?! Kim?

Yok yani soruyorum, siz şimdi bir kadın olarak evde mi kaldınız, yoksa çoluk çocuğa mı karıştınız?”

İstanbul’un Akatlar semtindeki taksi durağında bindiğim aracın şoförü, günlük, sıradan gördüğü bir muhabbetin parçası olarak soruyordu:

Öfke ve şaşkınlıkla, “Doğurmanın ve doğurmamanın bir tercih olabileceğini, dolayısıyla ayrımın absürt olabileceğini düşündünüz mü? Ya da boşverin, siz hiç feminizm okudunuz mu?” diye soruverdim.

Zira, bu muhabbetten 20 saat önce Londra’da Southbank Centre’da dinlediğim, “Damızlık Kızın Öyküsü”nün (The Handmaid’s Tale) feminist yazarı Margaret Atwood’un konuşması yankılanıyordu zihnimde.

Dizi olarak da yayınlanan kitap, erkek egemen, teokratik ve totaliter bir toplum distopyası. Atwood’un 1985’te kaleme aldığı kitap, üremeyi odağına alıp, kadınları doğurganlıklarına göre sınıflayan, kürtajın “cinayet” sayıldığı baskıcı bir düzeni anlatıyor.

Şimdi taksi şoförü bana “Damızlık Kız” ya da “Martha” olup olmadığımı mı soruyordu?

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Yani “iki bacaklı rahimler” olarak üst egemen sınıfa hizmetini doğurganlığıyla sağlayan bir “damızlık” ya da “doğuramadığı” için yine üst egemen sınıfa bu sefer ev işleri sırtlayarak hizmet eden bir “Martha”…

Dolayısıyla her türlü hizmetin yine erkeğe yapıldığı ve “evde kalmak”, “çoluğa çocuğa karışmak” gibi kavramların da erkekler tarafından yaratıldığı bir toplum.

Orası Kuzey Amerika’da yeni kurulan Gilead ülkesi, burası İstanbul Akatlar…

“Ama hanımefendi, sayın bayan ben şaka yapmıştım…” dedi bu sefer taksi şoförü, ciddiye alınamayacağını anlayanların su üstünde kalma çabasını sergileyerek. Ama 32 yıl önce yazılan bir distopyadaki rolünüzü de hatırlatıyordu.

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Turkey’s Headscarf Row

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In May 1999, a newly elected woman MP for the pro-Islamic Virtue Party in Turkey, Merve Kavakci, appeared in parliament wearing a headscarf. She faced a strong reaction from secular MPs and the Prime Minister at the time. She was booed, shouted at and prevented from taking her oath of office. Merve Kavakci spoke to Cagil Kasapoglu about that day.

Photo: Merve Kavakci in the Turkish parliament. (Credit: Turkish Assembly TV)

To listen: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04n3p5j

Turkey-Greece Island Dispute

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A Turkish cargo ship ran aground on a tiny rocky island in the Aegean Sea in December 1995. But a dispute between Turkey and Greece over who owned the island sovereignty almost brought the two nations to war. Agreement still hasn’t been reached over the territory called Kardak by the Turks and Imia by the Greeks. Cagil Kasapoglu spoke to the former Turkish diplomat Onur Oymen and the former Greek foreign minister, Theodoros Pangalos, about the crisis.

Photo: Turkish journalists prepare a Turkish flag to replace the Greek flag on Kardak/Imia island, January 27, 1996 (AP Photo/Hurriyet)

To listen: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04km4gd

Crossing Turkey

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Turkey is the main route to Syria for would-be Islamic State recruits, and the authorities receive frequent requests to look out for and intercept the nationals of third countries. Cagil Kasapoglu of BBC Turkish has been covering the journeys of the jihadists and explains why so many of them succeed in crossing the country undetected. The link for the radio piece: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02tj82x
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Turkey social media ban raises censorship fears

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My piece on Turkey and the social media… – BBC News (7 April 2015)

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History is repeating itself in Turkey. Once again, Turkish authorities have blocked social media in the run-up to an election.

Last year, shortly before local elections in March, sites such as Twitter, Facebook and YouTube were banned after leaked audio recordings purported to reveal corruption within the inner circle of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan – who was then prime minister.

This year, it was an image of a Turkish prosecutor being held at gunpoint after being taken hostage in March that was circulating online. He was later killed.

A ban was necessary, the court argued, because the images were “propaganda for an armed terrorist organisation and distressing for the prosecutor’s family”.

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