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Afro-Turks

By Ekrem Eddy Güzeldere in Features, November 12, 2010

In the late 19th century the slave trade from Africa towards the Ottoman Empire “boomed”. Most slaves came from Kenya and Sudan and arrived in Western Anatolia. Previously Ottoman slaves had been white from the Balkans and the Caucasus. After abolition, slaves slowly integrated into Turkish society but Afro-Turkish communities exist to this day.

Eye-Music

By Maddalena Gentili in Features, September 3, 2010

Deaf people rarely refer to deafness as a disability or something to be fixed, but rather as a human experience. Sign language has given them a powerful means of communication, overcoming the sound barrier that speech represents. Yet the history of “signing” is fraught with controversy – that continues to this day.

Thersites

By Tripp Chandler in Features, March 1, 2010

Scurrilous wag, half wit, proto marxist, social critic, insufferable cynic or the first great individualist. A bit part in the Iliad has led to a timeless debate.