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“Protest schedule” for World Bank/IMF meetings

In Announcements on September 30, 2009 at 23:14
This blog author is one of the selected bloggers accredited for the annual World Bank/IMF meetings that will take place in Istanbul, Oct 6-7. This has been a fancy turn in the history of Erkan’s Field Diary. I hope to do substantive blogging inside the meetings. In the mean time, I will try to cover what happens outside. A friend of mine promised me to send photos and news briefs while I follow the meetings. Here is a protest schedule and other news from what activists are up to…

Global elites will meet in Istanbul between 28th September – 7th October to discuss  their new plans for exploiting all humanity and the world. For this reason we organized an extremely festive action programme.We’re inviting everyone -who has a problem with capitalism and the global destruction it created – to the streets and calling everyone to make Istanbul hell for the IMF & the WB!


1st October – We’re in the streets against the Social Security Law!Place: Taksim Gezi Park Time: 11:002nd October – Global resistance day against the ecological destruction of capitalism !Place: Galatasaray SquareTime: 15:003rd October – Global resistance day against Urban Transformation, Gentrification,  and Homelessness !Place: Taksim SquareTime: 15:004th October – Global insurrection day against capitalismPlace: Tunnel SquareTime: 15:006th – We’re shutting the IMF & the WB meeting down! Place: Tunnel Square
Time: 10:00 7th October –We’re shutting the IMF & the WB meeting down!Autonomous Actions Place: Everywhere

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The ban itself sued, Petition campaign and web censorship in Turkish humor magazine covers.

In Cyberculture, Turkish judiciary on September 30, 2009 at 17:28

More than 6 thousand sites are banned in Turkey...

More than 6 thousand sites are banned in Turkey...

Academic asks Turkish court to overturn Myspace and blocking decisions

Yaman Akdeniz, an Associate Professor of law at the Faculty of Law, Istanbul Bilgi University today (29 September, 2009) made an appeal to the Beyoğlu Criminal Court of Peace to overturn the blocking decision involving both and from Turkey. The blocking decision was enforced by the Turkish ISPs since Friday, 18 September, 2009 by the order of the Beyoğlu Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office (order no 2009/45 dated 26.06.2009).

Petition against Internet Censorship in Turkey here.

Cover page of Penguen magazine’s latest issue satirizes the ban.
and these are from the older covers that were related to previous bans…

My new office, new officemate

In Erkan as a lecturer, Erkan's habitus on September 29, 2009 at 15:36

post-service settlement -Part II

As of September 29, Prof. İsen and Dr. Saka become officemates. A power team emerges! 🙂

I had been a TA for Prof. İsen before and I owe him lots about socialhacks I have now and his great help in the last minutes of dissertation writings.

Conan the Barbarian

In Attractions: football, cinema, music on September 29, 2009 at 00:57

post-service settlement -Part I

Conan the Barbarian was the most fascinating comics for me when I was a kid.  When I was serving, one day I thought to read all Conan series I can find when I am free again. (I could not read most of it when I was a kid) (The other comics I loved was Asterix and I could read most of the series when I was in college when I was trying to learn French) Something that made me happy then. A friend of mine, Refika, is a Conan fan and I had called her that I would start reading the copies she had. Yes, today I got them:)

Conan the Barbarian (also known as Conan the Cimmerian, from the name of his homeland, Cimmeria) is a fictional character in books, comics and movies. He is a hero,[1][2] a well known and iconic figure in American fantasy, and the most famous barbarian in fiction.[3]

Burqas and anthropologists

In Academia news, Anthropology, Islam in Europe on September 28, 2009 at 12:22

France asks anthropologist for advice on burqa-ban

by Lorenz

France banned burqas in public schools in 2004. Now, a parliamentary commission is investigating a possible ban on burqas in public places and anthropology professor John Bowen was asked to testify on this matter, Student Life and New York Times report.

And older round of anthro news and unrelated images from the web:

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Turks may not have liked the German election results

In State of Europe, Turkey in Europe on September 27, 2009 at 23:11
source: Hürriyet

source: Hürriyet

updated: 28 Sept 2009- 18:20

Turkish newspapers lament the results as triumphant center-right coalition means continuing obstacle to Turkey’s EU membership (see Hürriyet)

Victorious Merkel vows recovery

German Chancellor Angela Merkel pledges to focus on reviving Europe’s largest economy after winning a second term in office.
A good round up by Grahnlaw:

German elections and the European Union

by Grahnlaw

The German elections have caused a shift in the federal parliament Bundestag, and they will bring in a new government coalition (Bundesregierung). The conservative parties, the Christian Democratic CDU and the Bavarian CSU, suffered some vote losses, but remain the largest group by far.

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A new academic blog on Turkey

In Announcements on September 27, 2009 at 21:41
Turkey's first lady Emine Erdogan arrives at the Andy Warhol ...
Turkey’s first lady Emine Erdogan arrives at the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, Friday, Sept. 25, 2009, for a luncheon hosted by first lady Michelle Obama for the spouses of the visiting heads of state attending the G-20 Summit. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Dear scholar,
We have established a new research group, namely ‘Changing Turkey in a Changing World’ affiliated with the Centre for Global and Transnational Politics led by Prof. Chris Rumford and Prof. Sandra Halperin. (Please, see the announcement at: )

This group starts by setting up a new blog. The blog address is:

We are looking for valuable contributions from researchers on Turkish society and politics. Could you help us to disseminate this information? Thank you very much for your interest and valuable collaboration….

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Chatting about Kurdish initiative?

In Turkey and Kurds, Turkey in Europe on September 27, 2009 at 13:44
Obama and Erdogan chat at G20 meeting. This photo hit the first pages of many Turkish dailies today...

Obama and Erdogan chat at G20 meeting. This photo hit the first pages of many Turkish dailies today...

The rumor is that they talk about the Kurdish initiative…

Nimet Çubukçu (Minister of Education)

Nimet Çubukçu (Minister of Education)

Mrs. Çubukçu, the new minister, started new school year with a course on “discrimination”. A great symbolic move.

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So did you do it?

In Turkish military on September 26, 2009 at 20:11

Ergenekon prosecutors asked the Office of Chief of Staff what they knew of coup attempts between 2000-2009:) News in Turkish. here and here.

According to an Hürriyet news, Turkish Armed Forces began to use its new slogan in army premises: “Strong Army, Strong Turkey”. This slogan has been debated recently. Pro-army people loved it, others questioned what that really means. Some suggested a change in places. Strong Turkey will provide a strong army not the other way. Not to mention the fact that Strong Army nations mostly remind dictatorships whose societies are indeed weak…
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Live and notes from “Netdaş” [Netizen] meeting at Istanbul Bilgi U.

In Turkish judiciary on September 26, 2009 at 16:42

Netdaş is a Friendfeed group that is organized by Turkish netizens to challenge web censhorship issues in Turkey. This has been the most qualitative blogger/web  producer meeting. Still, it could be more productive. Anyways, here is a few notes:

Presentation by Özgür Uçkan can be found here.

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