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“The people of the republic, the army of the republic!

In Turkey in Europe, Turkish judiciary, Turkish military, Turkish politics on October 31, 2009 at 16:16
Honestly speaking, I have a date this evening which is more exciting than any news. But as a self-discipline man, I neglect my blog and and readers and here will offer you another roundup on Turkish politics, with a particular interest in anniversary celebrations and Ergenekon case… There are also some links to good articles… Talk to you soon:)
Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan (R) and Chief of ...

Turkey’s Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan (R) and Chief of General Staff General Ilker Basbug (L) are accompanied by military officials as they attend an official ceremony to mark the 86th anniversary of Republic Day at the mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, founder of secular Turkey, in Ankara October 29, 2009. REUTERS/Umit Bektas Read the rest of this entry »

A success day for Turkish cybersphere

In Blogroll, Cyberculture, Journalism on October 30, 2009 at 15:22

Web based Turkish  journalism sites’ representatives were invited to Presidential reception for the Republic’s 86th anniversary yesterday as note here.

A list of invitees:

Aktif Haber

En Son Haber
Haber Vitrini

Haber X


Süper Poligon
Türk Time


A roundup on journalism and cyberculture follows: Read the rest of this entry »

the Euprera Social Media Awards 2010

In Announcements, Cyberculture, Erkan as a lecturer on October 30, 2009 at 01:11

Erkan is  jury member in this event:


Enter the Euprera Social Media Awards 2010

Are you a PR student, researcher or educator doing great things with social media?

Here’s your chance to have your achievements recognised, boost traffic, link to leading colleagues, present your work at one of Europe’s leading social media conferences  – and win 250€!

As part of its EuroBlog investigation into the impact of social media on public relations practice Euprera will make three awards at its February Symposium at Ghent, in Belgium, February 2010. Each winner will receive a prize of 250€.


Shorlist announced: Sunday, January 24

Entries and nomonations open Sunday, October 11

Deadline for entries: Friday, January 1, 2010

Deadline for final blog postings to be considered by judges: Friday, January 8 Read the rest of this entry »

Blair vs Juncker: Hot debates for the EU presidency.

In European Economy, State of Europe on October 29, 2009 at 19:10


A. Gorskiy. Missed in action

A. Gorskiy. Missed in action. in Soviet War Paintings.


MAIN FOCUS: Juncker wants to stop Blair’s march to power | 28/10/2009

from euro|topics

The Prime Minister of Luxembourg Jean-Claude Juncker has declared his willingness to run for the post of EU president in an obvious bid to prevent British politician Tony Blair from obtaining the post and becoming too powerful. But in the end the EU may decide not to elect either of these two formidable politicians and opt for a lacklustre candidate instead. Read the rest of this entry »

The Republic is 86

In Documents, Turkey and Kurds, Turkey in Europe, Turkish military on October 29, 2009 at 15:30

Instead of self-congratulations here how we stand at our human rights record:

Turkey’s dirty stories on display – Hurriyet Daily News and Economic Review


Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor
October 26, 2009

The Constitution provides for freedom of religion, and other laws and policies contributed to the generally free practice of religion; however, constitutional provisions regarding the integrity and existence of the secular state restrict these rights.
The Government generally respected religious freedom in practice. There was no change in the status of respect for religious freedom by the Government during the reporting period. The Government continued to impose limitations on Islamic and other religious groups and significant restrictions on Islamic religious expression in government offices and state-run institutions, including universities, for the stated reason of preserving the “secular state.” Authorities continued their broad ban on wearing Islamic religious headscarves in government offices as well as public schools. The Government also continued to oppose “Islamic extremism.” Religious minorities said they were effectively blocked from careers in state institutions because of their faith. Minority religious groups also faced difficulties in worshipping, registering with the Government, and training their followers. Although religious speech and persuasion is legal, some Muslims, Christians, and Baha’is faced some restrictions and occasional harassment for alleged proselytizing. Read the rest of this entry »

Looks like a victory for Open Source movement?

In Cyberculture on October 28, 2009 at 20:17

The White House switch to open source: Tim O’Reilly’s thoughts

from Boing Boing by Xeni Jardin

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Over the weekend, the White House new media team announced (via AP) that now runs on the open source content management system Drupal. Tim O’Reilly puts this news into context:

A huge roundup on cyberculture follows: Read the rest of this entry »

Turkish Foreign Policy roundup.

In Turkey and Armenians, Turkey in Europe, Turkish foreign policy on October 28, 2009 at 12:15

More moves on the Eastern front…

EDITORS' NOTE: Reuters and other foreign media are subject ...

EDITORS’ NOTE: Reuters and other foreign media are subject to Iranian restrictions on their ability to film or take pictures in Tehran. Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (R) shakes hands with Turkey’s Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan during a meeting in Tehran October 27, 2009.

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Christian finishes his Eastern Anatolia trip…

In Turkish Society on October 28, 2009 at 09:00

A dear friend of me and Erkan’s Field Diary, Christian Runkel was on a special Eastern Anatolia tour and he has so far reported from Batman and Van and Mardin and from Mardin to Midyat and then moved to The City of Abraham (Şanlıurfa) and wrote about Green Democracy there.

Giza Pyramids in the Alps

A first in Erkan’s lecturing life

In Erkan as a lecturer on October 27, 2009 at 16:59

Photo by Şeyda Yiğit. From a lecture in 2008

In two hours, I will be lecturing on “Representation” to a group of Media and Communication Systems MA degree students. This is the first time I will be lecturing at MA level. For seven years, I taught at undergraduate levels and now here comes a first in my life and I am actually a little bit stressed:)

This is the logic of General Staff: Not denying coup allegations but accusing document leaks…

In Turkish military on October 27, 2009 at 13:04


This time Taraf is not alone. Many dailies cover the news on the first page and not too military friendly this time....

Either resign or apologize by EKREM DUMANLI

The most heated debate in recent years has most undoubtedly been on the “Plan to Finish the AKP [Justice and Development Party, AK Party] and Fethullah Gülen,” about which many newspapers had run and continue to run front page stories. Read the rest of this entry »