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New photo from Facebook January 31, 2015 at 03:58PM

In Uncategorized on January 31, 2015 at 15:59

Bir kale durumu var. via Facebook Pages

Eurosphere agenda: Merkel rules out Greek debt relief as Greece shuns debt talks with troika…

In Uncategorized on January 31, 2015 at 12:15

Greece shuns debt talks with troika

Greece’s new finance minister snubs his main eurozone counterpart, saying Athens will not negotiate over debts with the EU-IMF troika.
Merkel rules out Greek debt relief

German Chancellor Angela Merkel rejects any cancellation of Greece’s debt, saying banks and creditors have already made substantial cuts.
VIDEO: ‘Icy body language’ at Greek talks

Greece’s new left-wing finance minister says his government will not negotiate over the Greek bailout conditions with the “troika” team from the EU and IMF.
Podemos to hold Madrid mass rally

The far-left Spanish party, Podemos, is to hold a mass rally in the centre of Madrid looking to build on the recent victory of Syriza in Greece.
EU’s Moscovici wants Greece in euro

EU financial commissioner Pierre Moscovici tells the BBC that Greece belongs in the eurozone, and vows to prevent a “Grexit”.
Spanish feminists criticise male-dominated Greek cabinet
How Syriza could make a debt relief deal palatable to Germany | Henning Meyer

If a compromise is to be reached to avert a messy Greek default, there are three things that need to happenFollowing the formation of the new Greek government we are entering a period of negotiation. This is good news, and overdue given the scale of the social and economic crisis in Greece. The new prime minister, Alexis Tsipras, has announced that he will not unilaterally walk away from Greek obligations but seek dialogue with creditor countries. He has a clear mandate for change, but it is also important to bear in mind the constraints on the other side of the negotiation table.
Suzanne Moore is wrong about the Greens – they are plainly left wing

A quick examination of their policies shows a Green party hard to reconcile withMoore’s description.

MAIN FOCUS: EU deliberates further sanctions on Russia | 28/01/2015

After the attack on a residential area in the Ukrainian city of Mariupol, the EU foreign ministers plan to discuss further economic sanctions against Russia on Thursday. The EU is yet again being far too hesitant, some commentators criticise. Others go a step further and say Ukraine should be given weapons.



France is taking new steps to combat terrorism and believes French citizens can play an important role in identifying potential jihadis.


Pro-Russian separatists vow to push ahead with offensive as shelling on city of Donetsk kills six civilians.

Italian lawmakers failed to elect a new president in a first round of voting on Thursday (29 January), leaving Prime Minister Matteo Renzi hoping to push through his candidate only in a fourth round, when the required threshold of votes is lower.

A Greek Burial for German Austerity

Even before the leftist Syriza party’s overwhelming victory in Greece’s recent general election, it was obvious that, far from being over, the crisis was threatening to worsen. And it does not take a prophet to predict that the Greek election result will leave the European Union’s German-backed austerity policy in tatters.

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras plans next week to make his first visit to Brussels since coming to power promising to renegotiate his country’s international bailout, an EU spokesman said Jan. 30
Syriza: The radical left’s Greek Spring?

Will Syriza’s victory lead to a ‘radical left’ spring across Europe, or are such reactions premature?


New government to host the head of the European Parliament as European Commission says cancelling debt is not an option.
Portugal gives Jews ‘return rights’

The Portuguese government grants citizenship rights to descendants of Sephardic Jews expelled from the country five centuries ago.
New Greece government ready to toil

Elected Greek decision-makers take office, ready for long-awaited showdown with the Eurozone.

Charlie Hebdo numero 1178: all is forgiven?

Mutual recognition between people and cultures moves in mysterious ways, the cartoon its Rorschach test.

Third blot in the Rorschach ink blot test.


Je suis charlie - Diogo Baptista - demotix_0.jpg


UKIP’s 100 ideas


On Tuesday’s 100-days-to-go mark for the general election, UKIP published a list of ‘100 great reasons‘ to vote for them.

We want to be sure that the new Commission will not deregulate the labour market, because EU citizens are more important than the market, said Marita Ulvskog.


The European continent, ravaged by war for much of the last century, has been transformed to a bastion of justice, tranquility and progress, writes Egidijus Vareikis.

Why the Irish political elite is terrified of Syriza

The Irish political elite is deeply invested in an essentially religious narrative: Ireland sinned, Ireland confessed, Ireland did penance, Ireland has been forgiven, Ireland will be rewarded. If Syriza’s strategy in Greece succeeds, this will be exposed as a folly.

The fact that SYRIZA (Coalition of the Radical Left) won last Sunday’s national elections in Greece was not a surprise. It had been leading opinion polls for months. The fact that the radical left SYRIZA formed a coalition government with the right wing ANEL (Independent Greeks) within hours of its electoral victory was not particularly surprising either. Greece has been governed by coalition governments that have included both left-of-centre and right-of-centre parties since 2011. The left-right dimension of party competition has become secondary to the issue of the terms of Greece’s membership of the Eurozone and both SYRIZA and ANEL are opposed to the current terms, which they feel have been imposed on Greece.

New resignations hit Germany’s Pegida

The new leader of Germany’s controversial anti-Islamisation group Pegida, Kathrin Oertel, resigns a week after her predecessor.


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an Infographic about Turkey’s human rights record in ECHR rulings… Dispatches from Turkey…

In Uncategorized on January 31, 2015 at 11:05

Turkey still heads the notorious list of countries sued or convicted at the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), but the number of applications against Ankara has recently been falling.
The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) is making calculations in an effort to determine how many extra seats it must win in June 7 elections to allow it to change the constitution on its own.
EU urges HDP not to take risks in upcoming polls

On June 7, 2015, some 54 million Turkish people will cast their votes to elect their parliamentary representative and to elect the new government.
The Turkish lira hit a record low against a strong dollar on Jan. 30, weighed down by expectations that the Central Bank could hold an extraordinary meeting next week to cut interest rates.
The Health Ministry is planning to introduce new measures and limitations on the use of tobacco in public places in Turkey, daily newspaper Sabah reported on Jan. 30.
On June 7, 2015, some 54 million Turkish people will cast their votes to elect their parliamentary representative and to elect the new government.

Turkish fighter jets entered Greek airspace after Panos Kammenos flew over uninhabited islets off Turkey coast which nearly triggered war in 1996

Greece’s new nationalist defence minister has prompted Turkey to scramble fighter jets just days after taking office by taking a helicopter trip over the uninhabited islets off the Turkish coast that nearly triggered a war in 1996.


Greek Defense Minister Panos Kammenos starts his term by reportedly leaving a wreath off the waters of the Aegean islets that led Ankara and Athens nearly to the point of war in the past. The right-wing politician’s move came days before PM Tsipras, leader of dovish Syriza, visits Greek Cyprus.

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Zeki Müren, Turkey’s first gay icon remembered….

In Uncategorized on January 31, 2015 at 10:11

You can watch 40 of his songs here
Zeki Müren in Wikipedia
Crowds flock to remember Turkish singer

Turkish singer who kept his trousers backstage

VIDEO: Turkey’s first gay icon Zeki Muren

An exhibition that charts the colourful life of Zeki Muren, a gay icon and Turkey’s most famous singer, has been drawing record crowds.

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New photo from Facebook January 30, 2015 at 11:19PM

In Uncategorized on January 30, 2015 at 23:29

Sağlam iradenin milli gelir performansı. via @efkanbolac via Facebook Pages

10 favorite Kebap places in İstanbul… Grand Bazaar haggling for survival… İstanbul news roundup…

In Uncategorized on January 30, 2015 at 20:19


Kurtuluş Adana Ocakbaşı

adana kurtulus


Japanese art of painting Sumi-e, which has a significant place in Far Eastern culture, has been brought to Turkey by SushiCo.
The sixth World Forum on Energy Regulation will gather energy regulators from all around the world in Istanbul later this year, Alberto Pototschnig, director of the Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators, said Jan. 28.

Life As a French Lesbian in Istanbul

I am a woman living in Istanbul and lately, I’ve been coming across a lot of articles titled “Why I left Turkey,” or some variation of that, in the local press.
Grand Bazaar haggling for survival

The world’s most visited tourist attraction in Istanbul may collapse from sheer indifference.
Istanbul’s Top 5 Beaneries (Updated)

Hüsrev's beans, photo by Ansel Mullins

Istanbul’s eaters are spoiled by opportunities to eat great beans – and in the Turkish kitchen that means white beans, in particular, if you’re lucky, the şeker fasulye type grown in Eastern Turkey’s Ispir region.

LOCAL > VIDEO: Istanbul’s shoeshine boys filmed conducting trick on tourists

A group of shoeshine boys in Istanbul has been caught on camera using a classic trick to swindle foreign tourists. Turkish broadcaster Show TV …


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Erdoğan likens himself to Britain’s Queen as Turkish government suspends metal workers’ strike in the name of NATIONAL SECURITY

In Uncategorized on January 30, 2015 at 20:15

In a bid to justify his support for a change to the political system in Turkey, President Erdoğan has suggested that the United Kingdom is run as a semi-presidential system in which the will of the Queen is dominant.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan brushed off criticism that he’s trying to amass sultan-like powers, saying he really just wants to be more like Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II. Erdogan told state-run TRT channel on Thursday that his desire for an expanded presidential role would not undermine democracy — and he pointed to the UK as an example. The UK is a constitutional monarchy, governed …
Erdoğan: presidential Turkey would be like UK, where Queen’s in charge

Leader vying for more powers says Britain’s constitutional monarchy is close to system he is trying to buildRecep Tayyip Erdoğan raised eyebrows last year when he unveiled a grand new presidential palace on the outskirts of Ankara that was bigger than Buckingham Palace (and the Kremlin, and the White House). Now he has sought to boost his ongoing campaign for a presidential system in Turkey with claims that the Queen is in charge of Britain.

The government has suspended an ongoing strike in Turkey’s metal sector, citing national security.
A CHP)deputy has filed a parliamentary question for Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu to answer about the death of a 12-year-old boy in Turkey’s southeastern district of Cizre
A Turkish court has ruled that the owner of a hamam, Turkish bath, in Istanbul is to pay 3,000 Turkish Liras for discriminating against a transgender woman by denying her entry

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New photo from Facebook January 30, 2015 at 07:09PM

In Uncategorized on January 30, 2015 at 19:15

Bir @bobilerorg çalışması: “Toplu Taşımada Kişisel Alan” via Facebook Pages

Literati roundup: Orhan Pamuk looks at sources of inspiration for “The Museum of Innocence”

In Uncategorized on January 30, 2015 at 17:49

A look at the sources of inspiration behind “The Museum of Innocence”

In a famous article in the “Paris Review”, Hemingway made a list of the literary figures who had influenced him. When I decided to become an author, I was determined to make the same list.



The Public Domain Project Makes 10,000 Film Clips, 64,000 Images & 100s of Audio Files Free to Use

Sure, we love the internet for how it makes freely available so many cultural artifacts. And sure, we also love the internet for how it allows us to disseminate our own work. But the internet gets the most interesting, I would submit, when it makes freely available cultural artifacts with the express purpose of letting creators use them in their own work — which we then all get to experience through the internet. The new Public Domain Project will soon become an important resource for many such creators, offering as it does “thousands of historic media files for your creative projects, completely free and made available by Pond5,” an entity that brands itself as “the world’s most vibrant marketplace for creativity.”


Critics Pick the Top 100 Movies of All Time in the Pages of Cahiers du Cinéma

Yesterday I wrote about the hugely influential film journal Cahiers du cinéma. It is not hyperbole to say that the publication not only altered the course of cinema history but it also, most likely, affected the way that you understand film. If you think of The Shining as a Stanley Kubrick movie instead of a Jack Nicholson flick, you can thank Cahiers du Cinema.

Dostoevsky Draws a Picture of Shakespeare: A New Discovery in an Old Manuscript


Dostoevsky, a doodler? Surely not! Great Russian brow furrowed over the meaning of love and hate and faith and crime, diving into squalid hells, ascending to the heights of spiritual ecstasy, taking a gasp of heavenly air, then back down to the depths again to churn out the pages and hundreds of character arcs—that’s Dostoevsky’s style.


Last month, we featured Every Frame a Painting, Tony Zhou’s series of video essays examining the filmmaking techniques of directors like Martin Scorsese, Edgar Wright, Steven Spielberg, and David Fincher. His newest piece looks at just one element of just one scene, but one directed by one of the highest figures, if not the highest figure, in the cinematic pantheon: Akira Kurosawa. Zhou, as any cinephile might expect, has a full-length examination of “the Emperor” of Japanese film in the works, but for now he’s put out a short video essay on the geometry of a couple minutes from The Bad Sleep Well (1960).

Whitney Museum Puts Online 21,000 Works of American Art, By 3,000 Artists

soir bleu

Soir Bleu by Edward Hopper, 1914.

The trend has now become delightfully clear: the world’s best-known art institutions have got around to the important business of making their collections freely viewable online. We’ve already featured the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Rijksmuseum, and the National Gallery (as well as new, internet-based institutions such as theGoogle Art Project and Today, we bring news that the Whitney Museum of American Art has joined in as well.

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New photo from Facebook January 30, 2015 at 04:28PM

In Uncategorized on January 30, 2015 at 16:34

Grev yasakçıları zamanında grevcilerdi. via @DurBirDinlee via Facebook Pages