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#Ferguson roundup. White cop, black boy hug at Portland..

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This striking photo by Portland-based photographer Johnny Nguyen is one of the most memorable to emerge from protests around the country. Read the rest
Ferguson protests at retail stores bring new meaning to Black Friday

In Ferguson, Missouri, protests over a grand jury decision not to charge a white police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black teen are taking place at Black Friday sales.
Ferguson-arrests

UPDATED 5:30 p.m. ET

Sixteen protesters were arrested in Ferguson, Missouri, on Friday night, as demonstrations raged on for a fifth day since Monday’s grand jury announcement

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New photo from Facebook November 30, 2014 at 06:49PM

In Uncategorized on November 30, 2014 at 18:52

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Eurosphere agenda: “Elysee shakeup over Hollande photos…”Swiss ‘reject immigration curbs’

In Uncategorized on November 30, 2014 at 18:30

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Elysee shakeup over Hollande photos

Five members of the French president’s staff are reassigned as police investigate photos taken of Francois Hollande with an actress inside the Elysee Palace.
The big speech has been delivered – you can read our response here, but below we round up the reactions from around Europe – remember, the changes Cameron set out today based on Open Europe’s research will require agreement from other EU leaders.

European Commission

Swiss ‘reject immigration curbs’

Swiss voters reject a referendum proposal to sharply cut immigration, according to projections from partial results on national TV.
A European Plan for France and Germany

With European growth barely visible, and dangerously low inflation causing real interest rates to rise, the weight of public and private debt has grown very heavy, and another lost decade may be at hand. France and Germany – which largely drove European integration for more than six decades – must not resign themselves to this fate.

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Turkish Constitutional Court working on 10 percent election threshold… Turkey’s Science Minister declares Muslims discovered Earth… Dispatches from Turkey…

In Uncategorized on November 30, 2014 at 17:52

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Turkey’s Constitutional Court is considering applications that call for lifting the 10 percent threshold in the Turkish election system, according to Constitutional Court head Haşim Kılıç.
After President Erdoğan’s ‘Muslims discovered America’ claim, a Turkish minister raises the ante
Fazıl Say received a 10-month prison sentence in April, on charges of ‘insulting religious beliefs’
Turkish defense producers aim to boost exports to $25 billion by 2023, from $1.5 billion this year, Defense Industry Undersecretary İsmail Demir says
Davutoğlu argued that the commission’s work should not be considered a routine parliamentary activity, as it is ‘a part of the judicial process’
A policeman was filmed while punching one of 22 students who were detained while staging a protest near the controversial presidential palace in Ankara
Erdoğan Bayraktar has defended himself against the graft probe allegations that led to his resignation from the ministry post
Putin, Erdogan turn blind eye to Russia-Turkey differences
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Shrugging off disputes that could have wrecked other relationships, the strongmen leaders of Russia and Turkey are pursuing a tight alliance at a time of chilly relations with the West. Russian President Vladimir Putin meets Turkish counterpart Recep .
Pope in Turkey treads carefully in footsteps of his predecessor

Francis prays alongside the Grand Mufti in ‘a moment of silent adoration’ at Blue Mosque to mark Christian-Muslim cooperation
Here are the updates as they happened throughout the day that Pope Francis started his historic visit to Turkey
The pope’s visit to Turkey is considered a message of solidarity with the Ecumenical Patriarchate of the Orthodox Church, which represents nearly 300 million Orthodox Christians worldwide.
‘We couldn’t explain our suggestions to Kurdish people for the solution of the Kurdish problem. We were at fault, not you,” CHP leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu said in Diyarbakır. The expanded delegation of the Kurdish-problem focused HDP, on the other hand, visited the jailed leader of the outlawed PKK

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Turkish government’s anxiety with Today’s Zaman editor. His Twitter account (@csagir2014) withheld again…

In Uncategorized on November 30, 2014 at 17:07

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New photo from Facebook November 30, 2014 at 03:02PM

In Uncategorized on November 30, 2014 at 15:15

Chaplin’den Anonymous’a Modern Zamanlar… via Facebook Pages http://www.facebook.com/pages/p/147142455311860

New photo from Facebook November 29, 2014 at 08:42PM

In Uncategorized on November 29, 2014 at 20:45

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Congrats Turkey (!) Isis launches attack on #Kobani from inside Turkey for first time

In Uncategorized on November 29, 2014 at 17:05

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Assault by Islamic State militants reportedly began with suicide attack on border between Turkey and strategic Syrian town

Islamic State (Isis) has launched an attack on the Syrian border town of Kobani from Turkey for the first time, a Kurdish official and activists said.

BEIRUT (AP) — The Islamic State group launched an attack Saturday on the Syrian border town ofKobani from Turkey, a Kurdish official and activists said, although Turkey denied that the fighters had used its territory for the raid.
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Turkish authorities will no longer be allowed to let citizens kiss their hands, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu has ordered. He also challenged the leader of Turkey’s nationalist opposition again about visiting eastern provinces

David Klein from Drexel University interviewed Dr C. Akca Atac for ‘Changing Turkey in a Changing World’ followers.

Dr. C. Akca Atac is an Associate Professor of Political History at Çankaya University in Ankara. She di376530_10151224946016586_1280253743_n (1)d her PhD in History at Bilkent and pursued postdoctoral studies at the UCLA. She has publications in journals such as History of Political Thought, Turkish Studies andPerceptions, and she has contributed chapters to books published by Brill, I.B. Tauris and Honore Champion/Paris. She won second place in the 5th International Sakıp Sabancı research Awards in 2010. Her latest article which is a comparative reading of Niall Ferguson, Amin Maalouf and Ahmet Davutoğlu with respect to their takes on civilization is currently under review for publication.

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Eurosphere agenda: “EU Parliament takes Google to task… “Finland Becomes an Unlikely Battleground for Same-Sex Marriage Debate

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The European Parliament voted on Thursday in a non-binding resolution to separate Internet companies’ search engine business from other commericial activities. This could lead to Google being split up. Some commentators praise the Parliament for countering Google’s abuse of its market dominance. Others call for concrete steps against the US company, for example in the ongoing antitrust dispute.

 

Juncker interview: the annotated transcript

Juncker presents his €315bn investment plan to the European Parliament in Strasbourg

On the eve of two of the most momentous events of his young tenure as European Commission president – Thursday’s failed vote of no confidence against him in the European Parliament and Friday’s long-awaited decision on whether to sanction France or Italy for failing to comply with EU budget rules – Jean-Claude Juncker sat down for his first interview since assuming office with a small group of European newspapers in Strasbourg.

 

A pensioner’s plight highlights Spain’s housing rights crisis

In the first six months of 2014, banks reclaimed over 26,500 homes. The dream of owning one’s own home has, for many, turned into a nightmare of foreclosures, evictions, and over-indebtedness.

Carmen Martínez Ayuso, who is 85 years old, was evicted from her home of 50 years in Madrid on November 21.  Her eviction provoked outrage, pledges of support by the neighbourhood football club, and scrambling by authorities to save face.

We’ve laid it out in our response today, but in an attempt to elucidate things we’ll go into a bit more detail in this post. In addition to the general ‘fairness’ discussion – making sure that there’s a link between what people put in and what they take out – the debate is now centred on the practical impact of the proposals.

The European Commission on Friday (28 November) presented a new proposal for the 2015 EU budget, after member states rejected it on 17 November. However, the new proposal is almost identical to the former one, and there is little chance that the institutions will come to an agreement.

The big speech has been delivered – you can read our response here, but below we round up the reactions from around Europe – remember, the changes Cameron set out today based on Open Europe’s research will require agreement from other EU leaders.

European Commission

A Commission spokesperson said after the speech that:
Juncker interview: the annotated transcript

Juncker presents his €315bn investment plan to the European Parliament in Strasbourg

On the eve of two of the most momentous events of his young tenure as European Commission president – Thursday’s failed vote of no confidence against him in the European Parliament and Friday’s long-awaited decision on whether to sanction France or Italy for failing to comply with EU budget rules – Jean-Claude Juncker sat down for his first interview since assuming office with a small group of European newspapers in Strasbourg.

 

The long-awaited European Fund for Strategic Investments was unveiled yesterday (25 November). The EIB, who will be investing 5 billion euros, hopes to wave its magic wand to mobilise 315 billion, without dipping into the Commission budget. EurActiv France reports.

 

Prime Minister Viktor Orban still dominates Hungary’s political scene, in spite of recent large demonstrations in Budapest. But his political reforms and economic and foreign policies are raising more and more questions abroad as well as at home. If Orban thinks he can ignore such criticism, he is wrong: Hungary’s economic development depends on its Western partners.

In view of the widespread poverty, unemployment and suffering of refugees, Pope Francis called on Europe to remember its fundamental values in an address to the EU Parliament on Tuesday. In Strasbourg the pontiff made an appeal for more European integration and encouraged politicians to believe in change, commentators write.

This is the name which has been given to the long touted €315bn investment fund which European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has put front and centre of his programme to deliver jobs and growth. The key points of the proposal (EC press release,Juncker speech, Katainen speech) are:

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Pope Francis visits Blue Mosque…. İstanbul news roundup…

In Uncategorized on November 29, 2014 at 15:55

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Pope in Istanbul ‘silent adoration’

Pope Francis stands in “silent adoration” in Istanbul’s Blue Mosque alongside the city’s top Muslim cleric, on the second day of his Turkey visit.
VIDEO: Pope Francis visits Blue Mosque

Mark Lowen reports from Istanbul in Turkey on a visit by Pope Francis to the historic city.
ERD05. Istanbul (Turkey), 29/11/2014.- Musiciaqns entertain people waiting the arrival of Pope Francis in front of the Hagia Sophia Museum in Istanbul, Turkey 29 November 2014. Pope Francis is on a three-day trip to Turkey during which he is expected to focus on Catholic-Orthodox reconciliation, as well as reaching out to Muslims and condemning the persecution of Christians in the Middle East. (Papa, Turquía, Estanbul) EFE/EPA/ERDEM SAHIN
SDT03. Istanbul (Turkey), 29/11/2014.- People await the arrival of Pope Francis in front of the Hagia Sophia Museum in Istanbul, Turkey 29 November 2014. Pope Francis is on a three-day trip to Turkey during which he is expected to focus on Catholic-Orthodox reconciliation, as well as reaching out to Muslims and condemning the persecution of Christians in the Middle East. (Papa, Turquía, Estanbul) EFE/EPA/SEDAT SUNA

Being an Armenian today in Istanbul (2)

‘I asked one day at school what kind of a coincidence it was that all Armenian writers suddenly died of ‘tuberculosis?’ I was sent home early that day and cautioned not to ask any further questions’

Istanbul’s parks under threat

The Turkish city of Istanbul recently made a bid to become the Europe’s Green capital for 2017. But the move has left many locals scratching their .

CINEMA-TV > Russell Crowe to come to Istanbul for film premiere

The Oscar winning actor Russell Crowe will be Istanbul on Dec. 5 for the premiere of his film “The Water Diviner,” which also stars Olga Kurylenko and
Turkish photographic pioneer honored at Istanbul Modern

The most comprehensive exhibition of photographer Şahin Kaygun, is on display atIstanbul Modern. The show features the original prints of Kaygun’s .
ARCHAEOLOGY > Bathonea excavations shed light onIstanbul’s history

We now think Istanbul was livelier than we had thought back in the … during excavations, we started filling the gaps in Istanbul’s historical chronology

Another Byzantine structure rescued in Istanbul

When they arrived in the area, archaeologists from the Istanbul Archaeology Museum found the structure, which is thought to be a Byzantine cistern,

Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s photos go on display in İstanbul gallery

A photo from “About Looking,” Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s new solo exhibition, which opened on Tuesday at Dirimart gallery in İstanbul.

The best of Italian cinema in Istanbul

…ng with Italian Cinema” lifts its curtains today at CineMajestik Theater in the Beyoğlu district of Istanbul
Istanbul mayor rejects plan to open historic Yedikule Gardens to construction

Istanbul Mayor Kadir Topbaş has rejected a controversial plan that would allow construction in the historic Yedikule Gardens, a UNESCO-protected site near the Marmara shoreline along the Byzantine-era ramparts surrounding the
Semiha Berksoy’s extraordinary life on and off the stage in exhibition

A new exhibition in Istanbul dedicated to late opera and theater artist Semiha Berksoy aims to raise awareness of her work in Turkey and the world, and to support the establishment of a museu
Bathonea excavations shed light on Istanbul’s history

…a excavations that have been continuing in the Küçükçekmece lake basin for five years fill a gap in Istanbul’s chronology by revealing traces from 2,000 B.C

Unseen photos from ‘Eye of Istanbul’ in Seoul

The capital of South Korea is hosting an exhibition by Turkey’s legendary photography virtuoso Ara Güler. The works include shots from his museum, as well as vintage photos that have never gone on display before
Istanbul’s Catholic community awaits Pope Francis’ visit

Catholic clergy gathered in central Istanbul on Nov. 24 ahead of Pope Francis’ scheduled visit to Turkey…

İstanbul mayor opposes plan to transform historic gardens

İstanbul Mayor Kadir Topbaş has vetoed a transformation project involving the Yedikule Gardens, a green area which sits at the foot of İstanbul’s .

Special Istanbul task force to probe murder of Red Star fan Marko Ivkovic

Istanbul police have established a special task force to investigate the murder of 25-year-old Marko Ivkovic, who was killed Nov. 21 before a Turkish …

Istanbul’s Catholic community awaits Pope Francis’ visit

Speaking at the gathering Istanbul Latin Catholic Church Bishop Monsignor Louis Pelatre stated that the pope’s Nov. 28-30 visit will only include the
Turkish Delight: Inside Istanbul’s Newest Luxury Spa

The nearly 33,000 square foot spa at Raffles Istanbul sits at the heart of the Zorlu Center, a mixed-use development in the Zincirlikuyu neighborhood,
Ottoman-era objects, paintings to be auctioned in İstanbul

The İstanbul-based Asar-ı Atika antique art gallery and auction house is organizing the sale, set for Sundayafternoon, at the Conrad İstanbul hotel.

Unseen photos from ‘Eye of Istanbul‘ in Seoul

Seoul will have the opportunity to cast its gaze on the “Eye of Istanbul” for the near future with the opening of a new exhibition of 110 vintage photos by .

Kronos Quartet makes once-in-a-decade İstanbul appearance

Not since 2004 has the world-famous Kronos Quartet appeared in İstanbul. For their once-in-a-decade performance, they brought eight .

LETTER FROM ISTANBUL: City of Horizons

Even today, at a population of nearly 15 million souls, Istanbul continues to march forward and grow. In the five years I have lived here, we have seen

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