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Tips from Savage Minds for graduate study applications

In Academia news, Anthropology on February 28, 2009 at 00:13

Rex from Savage Minds provides tips for applying anthro programs but i guess they are relevant for any social science programs… 

Getting into graduate school in anthropology: What we/I look for in applicants

By Rex on How To

I am serving on the admissions committee of my department again this year, and as usual we are in a position to admit at maximum 20% of the total applicants we receive. I don’t want to reveal the confidential deliberations of the committee, but it has gotten me thinking a lot about how to apply for graduate school, what I look for in an application and how people should prepare theirs. What people look for varies from place to place, and different people will have different priorities than I do, but I offer this to help orient people to an application process that is often confusing and opaque to people who go through it. What, then, do I look for when we admit people to graduate school?………

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Undeniable Galatasaray victory

In Attractions: football, cinema, music on February 27, 2009 at 15:05
Galatasaray fans light torches at Ali Sami Yen stadium in Istanbul, ...

Galatasaray fans light torches at Ali Sami Yen stadium in Istanbul, Turkey, Thursday, Feb. 26, 2009, during the UEFA Cup round of 32, second leg, soccer match between Galatasaray and Bordeaux. Galatasaray won 4-3 and advanced in the UEFA Cup.(AP Photo/Murad Sezer)

We, Beşiktaş and Fenerbahçe fans (basically Erkan and Çetin) were happily expecting a painful defeat for GS and were making fun of our dear GS supporter friends but in the end they teased us. In fact, I told Çetin to escape from the crime scene immediately but he did not admit GS’s success but focused on Bordeaux’s failure…

But I have to admit that GS had an undeniable victory last night. Congratulations:)


By Ahmet Turgut


Ahmet Turk’s Kurdish, a scandal?, a crisis?

In Turkey and Kurds on February 26, 2009 at 16:23
Ahmet Turk, the leader of the pro-Kurdish Democratic Society ...

Ahmet Turk, the leader of the pro-Kurdish Democratic Society Party or DTP, makes a speech in Kurdish in open defiance of Turkish laws, as he addresses his party members at the Turkish parliament in Ankara, Turkey, Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2009. Ahmet Turk’s speech in Kurdish could be used by a prosecutor as new evidence to shut down the party on charges of alleged ties to Kurdish rebels. (AP Photo)

 Despite the initial media hype, i don’t see Mr. Türk’s Kurdish speaking in the Turkish parliament as a crisis or scandalous act. Interested parties will speak out, nationalist rhetorics and cliches will be employed, there will be a great fuss momentarily but most know that something has already changed. In 1980, Turkish states officially denied the existence of a language called Kurdish, and now there is already a state TV channel in Kurdish…

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As party hangover continues…

In Attractions: football, cinema, music on February 25, 2009 at 23:59

………Legendary German thrash band, Kreator‘s new album, Hordes of Chaos, is a thrash masterpiece. It is a sign of God! A pure thrash sound.

In more mainstream, Franz Ferdinand’s new album is also great: Tonight:Franz Ferdinand

but of course, Turkish political scene never relaxes… more coming soon… 

Here comes the party… Erkan’s Field Diary presents the 750,000th Visit Party!

In Uncategorized on February 24, 2009 at 19:57


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Battle for Diyarbakır continues, AKP expects another victory, Kurdish and Turkish dialogue in Arbil, CHP’s election tactics and more…

In Elections in Turkey, Turkey and Kurds, Turkish politics on February 24, 2009 at 16:34

PM Erdoğan’s Davos reaction is appropriated in popular culture artifacts. This is the latest one. "One minute" tshirts are sold here… 


Erdoğan’s latest appearance was less eventful than his visit in last November. 

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A round up in Turkey’s foreign policy issues…

In TR-US relations, Turkey and Armenians, Turkey in Europe, Turkish foreign policy on February 23, 2009 at 15:15

A German court’s visa regulation about Turkish visitors is notable….

Israeli Chief of Staff officially apologizes because of Gen. Mizrahi’s statements…

Mr. Obama will not likely to use the word "genocide", so that there is less tension between TR-US recently.. 

There more op-eds about Turkey’s new foreign policy attempts and more questions arise whether Turkey leaves the "Western" front or not…

and there is more of course… 


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Ergenekon update- GATA and Ergenekon

In Uncategorized on February 22, 2009 at 21:08


I could not follow the Ergenekon case properly last week. You can find a weekly round up below. There appeared a pattern for those arrested in the case. They are hospitalized and then are transferred to the grand military hospital in Ankara, GATA(but it has other branches in other towns, too) There, it is decided that these people are sick and they they are released. So there appeared a suspicious situation in relation to this hospital. There also appeared some tapped recordings that supported this situation. But i did not follow it properly, i won’t have much to say.


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Czech president shakes up the EU Parliament…

In EU Foreign Policy, European Economy, European Parliament, State of Europe on February 22, 2009 at 14:30

It is now certain that the Czechs encolor the otherwise boring EU politics. His recent speech in the EU Parliament was sensational as the roundup shows.. In the roundup there is more about the EU- as usual…

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“Guide to Major Turkish Daily Newspapers 2008

In Journalism on February 21, 2009 at 20:55

I haven’t read it all yet but this guide seems to be a very good guide for beginners. In fact, I don’t have a similar guide around. Have a look.