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PM Davutoğlu in Dersim to reveal Alevi reform package as protesters gassed…

In Uncategorized on November 23, 2014 at 20:22


No ambulance for the injured worker and carried by like this…

Conservative, Sunni and anti-leftist Cihan agency frames the news like this:

Police disperses ultra-leftist demonstrators protesting PM in Tunceli

Cihan News Agency-54 minutes ago
About 300 people attempted to protest Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu in Tunceli province on Sunday, but police did not allow them to hold
Başbakan Davutoğlu Tunceli'de

Ankara to reveal code of new Alevi reform package in Tunceli Daily Sabah-Nov 16, 2014- During his visit he is expected to reveal the codes of the new reform package. Tunceli, formerly known as Dersim, has symbolic importance.

PM Davutoğlu has said the government is strongly against discrimination toward the Alevi citizens and he will ‘personally follow-up’ if any kinds of official discrimination occur
Police used a familiar itchy recipe against an inoffensive public statement attempt at Gezi Park: Tear gas
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has announced his intention to chair a Cabinet meeting before the end of 2014, underlining once again that this is a constitutional right
Biden and his wife Jill Biden visited the Orthodox Patriarchate in Istanbul’s historic Fener district
Regional conflicts in neighboring countries in conjunction with domestic issues have had a negative impact on hotel reservations in Turkey, said Turkey’s Touristic Hotels and Investors Association
The talk of the week in Turkey was President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s statement on the discovery of the Americas.
Here is that story, which was yet another headline-maker by Erdogan, and what followed it:

Erdoğan says America was discovered by Muslims, not Columbus

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Anthropology roundup: #AAA2014 Meetings… “Exploring the Digital Information Experiences of Ethnographer…s

In Uncategorized on November 23, 2014 at 19:13

American Anthropological Association #AAA2014 Meetings

Anthropology Meetings 2014The 2014 Annual Meetings of the American Anthropological Association are December 2-7 in Washington D.C.

Here’s the Searchable Program. What are you most excited to see?

Where to publish in OA anthropology

Below is a list of open access English language cultural anthropology titles with general information about the journal’s policies and website for authors to consider when choosing a venue to publish their work. If you would like to learn more about the various Creative Commons licenses, check this link. Journal titles with some missing descriptive data have been contacted and updates will be ongoing as they respond. Note that the inclusive dates after the title are meant to describe what is available to read freely online, which may or may not represent the true life of the journal.


Art And Anthropology In Afghanistan

Vermont Public Radio

It’s an immersive, complicated portrait of a complicated place created by an anthropologist and an artist working together as a team. We’ll talk to Noah Coburn, anthropology professor at Bennington College, and Greg Thielker, art professor at The

Exploring the Digital Information Experiences of Ethnographers

Dr Faye Miller

Queensland University of Technology, Australia

Over the past year I have had the privilege of being involved in the development of the open access journal Global Ethnographic. So far the work-in-progress has been a virtual collaboration between the editorial team in Japan, Australia and the USA. I have learned that developing an international publication across several different time zones has as many benefits as it has challenges. The following piece contains my ‘notes from the field’ including reflections and observations during my time with Global Ethnographic. Although in my case, my experience is an interdisciplinary one that crosses between two fields: my own discipline of information ecology and the field of applied ethnography, which interests me greatly as a generalist qualitative researcher.

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Despite friendly poses with the PM, Biden pointed out in İstanbul concentration of powers is ‘corrosive’…

In Uncategorized on November 23, 2014 at 17:22

US Vice President Joe Biden tells Europe it is time to act on improving its energy security, warning of Russia’s ‘track record’ in using energy supplies as a weapon
The U.S. and Turkey met on Saturday, but offered no indication of agreement over Syria and ISIS.

US to press Turkey over IS role

US Vice-President Joe Biden is to meet Turkey’s president, aiming to push for a bigger Turkish role in the fight against Islamic State.
US Vice President Joe Biden tells Europe it is time to act on improving its energy security, warning of Russia’s ‘track record’ in using energy supplies as a weapon
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu highlights the importance of the use of Cyrpus’s natural resources for peace, adding that Turkey will be the primary user of gas coming out of the divided island

Vice-president avoids mentioning Turkey specifically, but compares concentration of powers under a head of state to US’s three-branch system


Erdoğan and Putin: unalike likeness

The leaders of Turkey and Russia are often compared. But their differences are more instructive than their similarities.

Strongmen are in high demand across Europe’s fringes these days. Hungary’s prime minister Victor Orbán hit a raw nerve when, addressing a crowd of admirers in neighbouring Romania in July 2014, he declared that the era of liberal democracy was over. Orbán, the bête noire of many a Europhile, vowed to lead the Hungarian nation with a firm grip and to protect its vital interests against foreign encroachments. Amongst the examples he cited as inspiring this resolve were Russia and Turkey. – Erik – Nov 19, 3:33 PM – I recently ran across this old New York Times editorial, A Turkish Success Story, from January 28, 2004. It’s rather striking as it heaps praise over Erdogan even as he’s only been in power for less than a year: Under the leadership of Prime

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11 places for Turkish coffee in İstanbul and an İstanbul news roundup…

In Uncategorized on November 23, 2014 at 17:04




Being an Armenian today in Istanbul

Hurriyet Daily News

I had an Armenian intern at that time and I mentioned casually to the bunch I was eating with that it must be hard to be an Armenian in Istanbul during



Documentary on Istanbul’s Largest Greek Cemetery
Greek Reporter
Many Greek and Turkish historians, such as Vlasis Agtzidis, Dimitris Frangopoulos, Elena Papageorgiou, Professor Ayhan Aktar of Bilgi University, as well as Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, appear in the documentary. Şİşlİ Greek Orthodox Cemetery is



Old meets new in Istanbul

Evening Standard

Travel tales don’t necessarily need to begin at the beginning but arriving in Istanbulmakes such an impression you almost have to. Driving in from

The Architect’s Apprentice by Elif Shafak – old Istanbul brought to life

The Architect’s Apprentice describes how Istanbul blossomed in the 16th century under its most revered architect, Mimar Sinan, who served three
GAD’s Serra Gate on Display for Istanbul Design Week

GAD Architecture has installed their latest sculptural design, Serra Gate, in Istanbul‘s Taksim Square, just in time for Istanbul Design Week. Named

İstanbul’s Yedikule Gardens zoning plan spawns negative reactions

Today’s Zaman (press release) (blog)

The İstanbul Metropolitan Municipality has accepted a plan to transform the Yedikule Gardens, which sit at the foot of İstanbul’s historic city walls.


Historic İstanbul neighborhood to be outfitted with 7-story garage

Today’s Zaman (press release) (blog)

As the sun sets on a November evening in the dead center of İstanbul, a massive crane looms over the quarter of Tarlabaşı. Construction is moving full

How did Istanbul become one of the world’s great modern cities?

In his book ‘Midnight at the Pera Palace,’ Charles King considers the rapid transformation of Istanbul – a Muslim stronghold as part of the Ottoman
Life on Istanbul streets hard for Syrian refugees

ISTANBUL, TURKEY (CNN) – Imagine a world where your only hope of survival is in a foreign land. That of course is the fortune, but more often the ..
Faith and Fear in Istanbul 

Each Friday, Roads & Kingdoms and Slate publish a new dispatch from around the globe. For more foreign correspondence mixed with food, war, travel, and photography, visit their online magazine or follow @roadskingdoms on Twitter.


TASTE OF THE PAST – The ‘Sahaflar’ (used books) Bazaar has a history that stretches back into the days of New Rome, when the city was renamed Constantinople

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New photo from Facebook November 23, 2014 at 04:15PM

In Uncategorized on November 23, 2014 at 16:22
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Literati roundup: Interstellar understanding sources… Machine-Learning Algorithm Ranks the World’s Most Notable Authors

In Uncategorized on November 23, 2014 at 00:56

Deciding which books to digitise when they enter the public domain is tricky; unless you have an independent ranking of the most notable authors.


Revealed: The Lost Chapter of Interstellar

Revealed: The Lost Chapter of Interstellar

Before Cooper left his daughter to find humanity a new home in space, there were the Lazarus missions. Led by Dr. Mann, this was NASA’s first attempt to locate a hospitable exoplanet. So what happened to Mann on the other side of the wormhole? We teamed Christopher Nolan with award-winning comic-book artist Sean Gordon Murphy to tell Mann’s story.

The sounds of Interstellar

A look at the sound design of Interstellar, including some of the cool rigs they built to record sounds for the movie, including a truck driving through a corn field, sand hitting the outside of a car, and robots walking.

The Tricky Ethics of Intergalactic Colonization

The Tricky Ethics of Intergalactic Colonization

Leif Podhajsky Zheng He! Zheng He! Is there a better icon for interstellar voyaging? Between 1405 and 1433, Zheng set out from China on massive naval expeditions that reached as far as Mecca and Mombasa, journeys with more than 300 vessels and 28,000 crew, excursions far bigger and longer than those of Columbus more than […]

Interstellar Almost Had 6 Wormholes and 5 Black Holes

Interstellar Almost Had 6 Wormholes and 5 Black Holes

By the time Christopher Nolan signed up to direct Interstellar and started rewriting its script, astrophysicist Kip Thorne had been working with Nolan’s brother, Jonathan (who goes by Jonah), on getting his ideas onto film for years.


Letter From the Editor: What It’s Like to Collaborate With Christopher Nolan

Letter From the Editor: What It’s Like to Collaborate With Christopher Nolan

Late this summer, a single yellow Post-it note waiting on my desk rekindled our hopes. The message was simple but full of promise: “Chris Nolan called.”

Interstellar Director Christopher Nolan Invites You to Explore the Universe in Multiple Dimensions

Interstellar Director Christopher Nolan Invites You to Explore the Universe in Multiple Dimensions

Spacetime. One of the most stimulating and challenging compound nouns. Thoughts of Einstein, of relativity, of complex physical laws that hover tantalizingly beyond our ability to grasp (I’m not writing this for Kip Thorne and his colleagues).


To really get ‘Interstellar,’ you’ll have to read Kip Thorne’s book


LOS ANGELES, OR POSSIBLY THE FIFTH DIMENSION — If you’re struggling to understand how the “tesseract” scene in Interstellar got Matthew McConaughey from the other side of the universe to the backside of his daughter’s bookcase — or if you’ve read anything on the Internet this week throwing shade at the film’s science in general — Kip Thorne has some choice words for you. Most of them are in his book.


Art in a Time of Surveillance

The Intercept by Peter Maass

This just happened — while trying to figure out a colorful way to begin the story you’re reading, I toggled to Twitter and saw a link to a short film by two Brooklyn directors who used a drone to film actors having sex. Their project, somewhere between art and porn, hovers on the R-rated margins of a thriving cultural movement in which artists of all stripes are exploring what it means to live in a state of surveillance.


Download 110 Free Philosophy eBooks: From Aristotle to Nietzsche & Wittgenstein

Open Culture by Dan Colman
Just wanted to give you a quick heads up that we’ve recently spun out a collection of Free Philosophy eBooks (from our larger, more diverse collection of 600 Free eBooks). Right now, you will find 110 classic works on the new list — foundational texts written by Aristotle, Descartes, Hegel and Kant, not to mention Kierkegaard, Wittgenstein and Nietzsche, too. The list will keep growing at a steady clip. But if you see any crucial texts missing, please let us know, and we will try to get them added ASAP. Of course, we’re looking for works in the public domain.

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New photo from Facebook November 22, 2014 at 10:59PM

In Uncategorized on November 23, 2014 at 00:43
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Eurosphere agenda: One year after Euromaidan… UKIP has another seat in parliament…

In Uncategorized on November 22, 2014 at 20:39

One Year Later: Ukrainians Remember Euromaidan Online

Euromaidan protesters sing the Ukrainian anthem in central Kyiv. Photo from Demotix.

Euromaidan protesters sing the Ukrainian anthem in central Kyiv. Photo from Demotix.


VIDEO: Ukraine uprising: One year on

Services have been held in Ukraine to mark the anniversary of the mass protests which sparked the downfall of former president Viktor Yanukovych.

The Eurosceptic Ukip party won a second seat in the British House of Commons on Thursday in a by-election in the southern English town of Rochester. Voters wanted to punish the established parties, some commentators write. For others, Ukip’s success is due to widespread xenophobia.

Ukraine’s year of chaotic events

Making sense of Ukraine’s year of chaotic events

Over two thousand students took to the streets of the Macedonian capital Skopje on November 17, 2014 to march against the decision of the government to impose external testing in the country’s universities. The protest march began in front of the St. Cyril and Methodius university main building. Students then proceeded to block streets around the University and marched towards the Ministry of Education and Science, with occasional stops in front of the Government building and the Student Parliament.

The racial myth of English nationhood

Isolation from Europe and an end to immigration are disastrous policies derived not from patriotism but from a racial myth whose most vociferous advocate was Enoch Powell. His pernicious legacy endures.

German leftists agree historic deal

Germany’s three left-leaning parties agree a historic deal which will see the first far-left state president since the fall of Communism.

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Wednesday. Putin’s invitation came as a surprise as German Chancellor Angela Merkel had recently voiced harsh criticism of the Kremlin chief. Merkel has done major damage to relations between Russia and the West, some commentators write. Others believe Steinmeier could thaw the frosty mood in the Ukraine crisis.


Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, seen by some in Brussels and Washington as cosying up to the Kremlin, said his country would not be forced to pick one side or another in a Cold War-style standoff in Europe.


The Guilder – was it close to making a comeback?

Yesterday, former Dutch Finance Mininister Jan Kees de Jager, who held the role until November 2012, revealed something very interesting. Apparently, the Dutch government, together with the German govenrment, made contingency plans during the height of the eurozone crisis for the two countries to ditch the euro. A “team” of lawyers, foreign policy experts and economists were employed to investigate different scenarios,. One was to reintroduce the “guilder”:

The Campaign Bus of Jeane-Claude Juncker (President of the European Commission) - European Parliament Elections 2014The Campaign Bus of Jeane-Claude Juncker (President of the European Commission) -European Parliament Elections 2014 (Image Source: Flickr/EPP/CC BY 2.0)
 Global Voices Online by Kevin Rennie

The G-20 Leaders - Caricatures. Flickr photo by DonkeyHotey (CC License)The G-20 Leaders – Caricatures. Flickr photo by DonkeyHotey (CC License)

There was extensive debate about what should have been discussed at Brisbane’s G20 summit on 15-16 November. As Clarencegirl shared on her blog North Coast Voices, even Pope Francis had ideas for that very public member of his Catholic flock, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott:


New Romania foreign minister resigns

Romanian Foreign Minister Teodor Melescanu steps down a week after his predecessor, over an election in which expatriates struggled to vote.

“Italy Calls For A Bretton Woods For The Eurozone” by Paolo Pini

French President Francois Hollande has announced that he will ignore the European budget constraints; his intention is to defer the return of the deficit/GDP ratio to below 3% for two years. This could signal the end of Fiscal Compact austerity.

The French decision only highlights the critical state of the overall system (and the widespread violation of the rules) that has existed for some time. There are many countries in the EU whose deficit/GDP ratio is greater than 3% (in addition to France, also Spain, Portugal, Greece, Croatia, Slovenia and even virtuous Poland), while Germany has been persistently violating the upper limit to the trade surplus.

Review: Andrew Wilson ‘Ukraine Crisis’

Cover Wilson Ukraine Crisis.jpg

Russian propaganda is taking the EU off-guard. Some who still remember the Communist days say it is reaching heights unknown, since the end of the Cold War. Thirty years ago, this propaganda was on the defensive, while now Moscow is on the offensive, writes Georgi Gotev.

Georgi Gotev is Senior Editor of

After his victory in the Romanian presidential elections, Klaus Iohannis called on parliament on Monday to vote against an amnesty law that would protect party colleagues of Prime Minister Victor Ponta from corruption investigations.

Starving England’s hospitals of cash is ‘hog-whimperingly stupid’

The Chancellor’s Autumn Statement is expected to throw a couple of billion at the NHS in the face of a mounting crisis – but we need a much ‘bigger bazooka’.

Romania: Last minute mobilisation makes Iohannis president

A strong wave of civic mobilisation led to centre-right Klaus Iohannis being elected as Romania’s next president.

Flickr/Liviu Florin Albei. Some rights reserved.

Iain Duncan Smith’s opposite number, Labour’s Rachel Reeves, has written an interesting piece on EU migrants’ access to welfare for the Mail Online, in which signals an important shift in Labour’s policy.

Czech President Pelted with Putrid Eggs

By James Krotz

enhanced-buzz-8265-1416245615-40President Zeman’s security detail brandishes umbrellas to protect the President from flying garbage hurled by protestors.

Norway’s new passport design is a work of art


It’s usually function before form when it comes to passports

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