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New photo from Facebook September 18, 2014 at 04:01PM

In Uncategorized on September 18, 2014 at 15:19
Geçen Boston’da metrodayım… via @Reddit via Facebook Pages

Anthropology roundup: “Why archeologists hate Indiana Jones

In Uncategorized on September 18, 2014 at 12:41

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Four Burni

Why archeologists hate Indiana Jones

Boing Boing by David Pescovitz

Inspired by Indiana Jones, I was an archeology major for about 10 minutes at the start of my freshman year in college

ng Questions for Audra Simpson, professor ofAnthropology at …

McGill Reporter

The soirée will feature Audra Simpson, a McGill alumnae who is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at Columbia University. In her address, Simpson will discuss the significance of McGill as a training ground for scholarship and engaged political life.

Asifa Majid on language and olfaction


When I first ran across Asifa Majid’s  article with Ewelina Wnuk in Cognition, about how speakers of Maniq, a language indigenous to southern Thailand, have a vocabulary for talking about smell, I was taken aback. In anthropology, especially since the work of people like David Howes, Constance Classen, and Andrew Synott, we know very well that different cultures privilege olfaction and other senses more than Westerners do. The anthropology of the sense has made it clear that the ideological privileging of vision in the West, and relative underdevelopment of sense of smell or proprioception, is not matched elsewhere.

Anthropology professor’s study analyzes Irish immigration

Observer Online

Ian Kuijt, professor of anthropology at Notre Dame, presented his findings regarding the importance of the hearth and its connection to the narrative of Irish immigration in the Snite Museum of Art on Saturday. Kuijt’s research, titled “The Empty .

Anthropologists Announce New Task Force on AAA Engagement with Israel/Palestine

American Anthropological Association by Joslyn O.

The Executive Board of the American Anthropological Association (AAA) announces the creation of the Task Force on AAA Engagement with Israel/Palestine, part of a broad association effort to respond to members’ interest in dialogue about the ongoing Israel/Palestine conflict. The Task Force is charged with helping the Executive Board consider the nature and extent to which AAA might contribute to addressing the issues that the Israel/Palestine conflict raises. It will report to the Executive Board by October 1st, 2015.

Cancer, anthropology and anger

In Malignant: How Cancer Becomes Us, Stanford anthropologist S. Lochlann Jain writes of her personal experiences with breast cancer, creating a tapestry into which she weaves both personal andanthropological perspectives. Jain seeks to understand the

What archaeologists do: Between archaeology and media archaeology

Savage Minds: Notes and Queries in Anthropology by Sara Perry

Archaeologists and antiquarians have been innovators, assemblers, critical interrogators, and remakers of media and media technologies for at least 500 years. Their outputs have been drawn into broader programmes of social theorising about modes of engagement, and they are often pioneers in the application of new media. While there are many people studying and broadcasting about these issues today – including a growing number of excellent blogs that deal directly or indirectly with the topic: see Digital Dirt|Virtual Pasts,Anarchaeologist, Prehistories, Archaeology and Material Culture, All Things Archaeological,Digging Deeper, Reimagining the Past, Rust Belt Anthro, in addition to some of the sites I highlighted in my last post), there still seems to be a conspicuous need to point out that this is not an uninterrogated subject matter.

Doing “Consumer” Anthropology

Join Dr. Ken C. Erickson next Wednesday afternoon for Webinar Wednesday! Registration is required, webinar is free:

KenDoing “Consumer” Anthropology, Warnings and Advice*

10 years and what about the future?

Although it was ten years ago I started this blog and anthropology portal, I am not sure if there is something to celebrate. The website has been more or less dormant for nearly two years now. Despite several attempts to start up blogging again, I failed to keep it going. But now, because of the anniversary, what about starting another attempt?

Life is more or less upside down after I went to Cairo, Egypt, three years ago and got stuck here. It was supposed to be a short trip, but I ended up getting married here. That was the most wonderful thing that ever happened to me. But I still have to find out how to combine my new life as husband with my previous favorite activities like blogging.


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Lady Gaga with headscarf in Istanbul… News roundup…

In Uncategorized on September 18, 2014 at 11:07

A day after performing her first concert in Turkey in front of a gigantic crowd, Lady Gaga was spotted walking and shopping in Nişantaşı wearing an Islamic headscarf and a long dress

 [Pics] Lady Gaga ALMOST Takes An Epic Tumble OutsideIstanbul Airport

Ah! Super high heels are every woman’s worst enemy. Lady Gaga performed a sold-out “ArtRave” concert last night in Istanbul, Turkey and this

Lady Gaga hit Istanbul stage

U.S. singer Lady Gaga, widely regarded as the natural heir to Madonna’s Queen of Pop throne, has hit the stage in Istanbul for her first performance in .

A quiet neighborhood in Istanbul


You can’t go to Istanbul and not visit the Hagia Sophia, which was built 1,600 years ago in a town noted for its earthquakes — and still it stands.

[Photo Story] Istanbul’s fortresses lie silent

Today’s Zaman

The city of İstanbul, which has stood throughout history at a point of strategic importance, has always been more vulnerable to threats from the sea .

Belle of the Bosphorus – a weekend of joy in Istanbul

Irish Independent

Make mine Istanbul. When it comes to city escapes, the Turkish capital may be gathering an increasingly touristy buzz but it still largely remains

Alternative groups emerge to protect İstanbul’s rough neighborhoods

Today’s Zaman

Masked young leftists protest against police officers during a police operation inİstanbul’s Gazi neighborhood on Friday morning. (Photo: DHA).


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Eurosphere agenda: “Voting begins in Scottish referendum

In Uncategorized on September 18, 2014 at 10:35

I hope Scotland leaves, and I hope England follows them

Britain is a dying project. A Yes would not only be good for Scotland but good for England; a major blow for popular sovereignty against unresponsive, undemocratic and incompetent rule.


The NHS has become the burning issue of the Scottish Independence Referendum. OurNHS takes a close look, and finds in favour of the Yes campaign.

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Many wants to separate in Europe. via @TopcuElmas

Scottish supporters of staying in the United Kingdom are 4 percentage points ahead of secessionists, with just a day to go before Scots vote in an independence referendum, three different opinion polls showed.

The Yes campaign is a campaign for Scottish nationalism

Many Yes campaigners may not be motivated by nationalism, but it’s important to understand.

You would be forgiven for considering this obvious, but it is in fact deeply controversial. For many of its supporters a Yes vote bears no relation to nationalism; it is a vote for democracy, fairness, and progress. This is not deceit either. They are not trying to sell nationalism falsely. They believe that their progressive ideals can be best realised through Independence. They are socialists, progressives and radicals, not nationalists. Nonetheless, they have joined a nationalist campaign, justified primarily by implicitly nationalist arguments

The referendum on independence for Scotland puts the EU in an unprecedented situation which is worth assessing on the basis of a series of legal, political and diplomatic considerations, writes Yves Bertoncini


How a Vote for Scottish Independence Could Affect the Caribbean

Labour for Scottish Independence; photo by Màrtainn MacDhòmhnaill, used under a CC BY-NC 2.0 license.


Voting begins in Scottish referendum

People in Scotland begin voting on whether the country should stay in the UK or become an independent nation.

What’s missing from the oil debate around Scotland’s referendum?

The UK collects less tax revenue from its oil than almost any other country on earth. Scotland could do much better.

Oil has been central to the arguments about Scottish independence. The SNP tell us there are decades of crude left in the North Sea, and that there should be an oil fund. Westminster politicians say there’s not much oil left.


An audio report on the generational divide over Scottish independence, talking to experts and young people voting Yes. The first piece in the Precarious Europe project, launched today.

This week, Scottish voters will decide whether or not Scotland goes independent. It’s neck and neck, and divided along generational lines. Young people are more likely to want to leave the UK, with the grey vote bringing the average down.

The peculiar coin of English nationalism

English supporters of a No vote often cling to Britishness as a remedy for England’s alleged ills: intolerance, ethnic nationalism, and so on. Yet we lose none of our tolerance in a Yes vote. We are the same England, and we should embrace this opportunity for constitutional renewal.


Precarious Europe: a project on young people begins

Today openDemocracy begins a partnership with Precarious Europe, a new media platform dedicated to documenting the experiences and perspectives of young people in Europe.

Precarious Europe launches today. Since the three of us decided to found the project, it has been shaped by friends, supporters, contributors and by openDemocracy which has agreed to be a project partner.

France’s embattled Prime Minister narrowly survived a confidence vote yesterday, by a margin of twenty-five votes. Addressing legislators, he painted a dramatic picture of the European economy, and demanded that the pace of deficit reduction be brought down.

U.S. Strategy to Defeat ISIL

Today, Secretary of State John Kerry appeared before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to discuss the United States’ strategy to defeat the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), a terrorist organization that is killing innocent, unarmed civilians in both Iraq and Syria.  In his testimony, Secretary Kerry said:

The parliaments of Ukraine and the EU ratified the association agreement on Tuesday. However its free trade provisions won’t enter force until the end of 2015. The members of parliament in Kiev also passed a law granting eastern Ukraine more autonomy. Commentators criticise the concessions to Russia and the separatists and see many obstacles still blocking Ukraine’s path towards the West.

As the US technology group is hit by tough scrutiny from European regulators, it has learnt the lessons of its peers to find influence
The ‘digital agenda’ was a key plank of Jean-Claude Juncker’s ‘campaign’ to become European Commission President and will be one of the top priorities for the next five years. Indeed, his new look Commission has its own dedicated ‘digital single market’ cluster, which incorporates a large number of the Commission departments:

Brave new Hungary

Fidesz does not have any coherent ideology, but depending on the context, employs elements of various currents, mixing neo-conservative tropes (God, Patria, Family) with anti-globalization arguments (anti-corporation, anti-finance), classic populist slogans with anti-EU and anti-minority refrains echoed by extreme right groups.


Legal prostitution in Europe: the shady facade of human trafficking

Criminalising the buying, rather than the offering, of sexual services is one of the ways to fight the transnational criminal networks behind the trafficking of women.

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Plagiarism at First Lady level (!) @MichelleObama @EmineErdogan_TR

In Uncategorized on September 18, 2014 at 09:47


A Twitter user (@bawerito) pointed out this plagiarism.

I just checked it. It is still like this. I guess they will change it soon. There should be some embarrassment.



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New photo from Facebook September 18, 2014 at 10:35AM

In Uncategorized on September 18, 2014 at 09:38
-EE olacaktı assdfasdjlkfja via @bawerito via Facebook Pages

Erdoğan slams credit agencies, Turkey’s Culture Minister slams Wikipedia, Euro court criticizes Turkey to amend religious courses.. Life goes on…

In Uncategorized on September 18, 2014 at 00:20

The Turkish education system is still inadequately equipped to ensure respect for parents’ religious convictions, Euro court says
ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has accused rating agencies Moody’s Investors Service and Fitch Ratings of political motives in their assessments of the Turkish economy, and warned Ankara could cut its ties with them, local media reported on Tuesday. Both Moody’s and Fitch have in recent weeks warned of the potential impact of continued political uncertainty following …
‘Mentioning Turkey alongside the [North] Korean regime and the [Abdel Fattah] el-Sisi regime in Egypt is just a kind of operation, not an intellectual analysis,’ Çelik tweeted
Kurdish fighters advance against jihadis in Syria
Yahoo News
Turkey is also wary of the group, which it believes is affiliated to the Kurdish PKK movement, which waged a long and bloody insurgency in Turkey’s southeast. View gallery. Islamic State extremists. This undated file image posted on a militant website .
John Bass, who was nominated in June but had his nomination held up by the Senate until after the August recess, is finally approved
A Times correspondent goes into the heart of ISIS’s recruitment center in Turkey.
The possible independence of Scotland may ‘create opportunities’

ISIL and Turkey’s PKK quandary

The emergence of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has left Turkey facing a series of quandaries. One of these is related to the fact that when faced with ugly choices, the usual thing to do is to opt for the lesser evil.
The map titled “ISIL Ambition, projected 2016” was exposed during a testimony by U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Chairman of Joint Chief of Staff General Martin Dempsey before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Sept. 16, 2014.
Deputy PM Yalçın Akdoğan reiterates that Turkey is pursuing a cautious policy over ISIL because of the 49 Turkish hostages that the jihadists are still holding
Exactly last year, at around this time, just as the European Commission was about to release its progress report on Turkey, we found out that the Commission’s envoy in Ankara, Jean Maurice Ripert, had been appointed as France’s new ambassador to Moscow.
The 2014 International Hrant Dink Award has been presented to Fincancı in Istanbul
The Ankara Public Prosecutors’ Office has demanded the arrest of a Kuwaiti diplomat’s driver, appealing a court decision that released him following an assault of a Turkish pilot in Ankara
Turkey and US are close allies and the media is not an actor that makes Washington’s policies, Ambassador Wilson has said
A recent survey reveals that being a citizen of the Turkish Republic is the most important identity factor for Kurds in Turkey
Could Kurdish voices become part of the political mainstream in Turkey; and could the PKK have its status as “terrorist” removed?
The resolution process maintains its utmost importance; however, the KCK does not stop its actions of protest.

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New photo from Facebook September 17, 2014 at 09:25PM

In Uncategorized on September 17, 2014 at 20:37
haftaya başlayacak düşünce tarihi dersine hazırlık yapıyorum. via Facebook Pages

Fethullah Gülen ad in US papers condemns ISIS while Erdoğan slams New York Times over ISIL story…

In Uncategorized on September 17, 2014 at 18:38

Mavi Boncuk |
ISIS Cruelty Deserves Our Strongest Condemnation
President Erdoğan has slammed the New York Times for a recent story claiming that Turkey is one of the biggest sources of recruits for ISIL militants


The Turkish government is pondering its potential contribution to the global fight against jihadists
The padlocks on the primary schools that were to provide education in Kurdish in southeastern Turkey were removed, while some public schools were attacked with Molotov Cocktails in response to the initial locks
YDG-H members set alight schools in Cizre by pouring fuel on the buildings and throwing Molotov Cocktails
Turkey is preparing legislation to tighten regulations for the construction business amid growing safety woes in the sector.
A group of miners who were laid off at a private coal mine staged a protest in front of the governor’s office in the Black Sea province of Zonguldak on Sept. 17
As Turkey debates work safety for laborers on private construction projects in the wake of a deadly incident in Istanbul, new pictures have emerged showing that those toiling at public buildings are little better off
The leader of Turkey’s main opposition party will watch Beşiktaş’s UEFA Europa League tie against in the stadium alongside çArşı, as an act of solidarity with the supporters’ group whose members were recently charged with ‘attempting to stage a coup’
Kılıçdaroğlu’s letter came a day after Erdoğan called on Turkey’s banking watchdog to take steps against Bank Asya

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New photo from Facebook September 17, 2014 at 05:42PM

In Uncategorized on September 17, 2014 at 16:51
TC yöneticilerinin yeni resmi üniforması. via @fatihvural_ via Facebook Pages

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