Turkey

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Turkish Fact 1 (Oct. 31–Nov. 6, 2010)

Turkey holds an interesting position on the world stage, being at once European (an original member of the UN, a member of NATO, an associate member of the EU, a secular democracy, and using a Latin alphabet), and also Middle Eastern (the home of the Ottoman Empire and predominantly Muslim).

Turkish Fact 2 (Nov. 7–Nov. 13, 2010)

Turkey’s major exports include clothing and fabric—largely sent to other EU members, including Germany, France, the United Kingdom, and Italy, and to neighbor countries like Iraq.

Turkish Fact 3 (Nov. 14–Nov. 20, 2010)

Syria and Iraq are protesting Turkish projects to dam the Euphrates River.

Turkish Fact 4 (Nov. 21–Nov. 27, 2010)

Turks cannot join the military until the age of 20.