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After all, “Turkish government seeks to mend ties with Israel, Egypt…

In Uncategorized on February 29, 2016 at 15:56

A nine-hour-long Turkish cabinet meeting chaired by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Feb. 22 focused on foreign policy, with the future of Ankara’s bilateral relations Israel and Egypt as well as its position regarding the Syrian conflict reviewed in a bid to update its roadmap on these thorny issues

Turkey to continue responding to ‘shelling from PYD,’ says Erdoğan

Turkey will continue to up the ante if attacks are conducted against it, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said, slamming U.S. State Department Spokesperson Mark Toner for warning Turkey to halt its shelling of PYD targets in northern Syria

Russian footballer provokes Turkey with Vladimir Putin T-shirt

Lokomotiv Moscow player Dmitri Tarasov removes shirt after match in Istanbul to reveal image of Russian president

Don’t sacrifice Turkey to save Syria | Jean-Marie Guéhenno

As suicide bombings rock Ankara, it’s clear Turkey is being dragged down by multiple crises. Its friends in the west must interveneMurderous suicide bombings. A deadly upsurge of ethno-sectarian violence spilling over from Syria. A country whose friendship with the US and EU is increasingly fragile, and is now at daggers drawn with a historic enemy, Russia.

What can we expect from the EU-Turkey deal over the lives of Syrian refugees?

EU and international organisations welcome the Turkish Government’s policy changes to curb the number of refugees entering Europe. But if this will work remains to be seen.

A Syrian refugee carries a baby over the border fence into Turkey. Lefteris Pitarakis/PA Images. All rights reserved.


Turkey will continue to strike back at Kurdish fighters of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) in Syria, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu told German Chancellor Angela Merkel yesterday (14 February),

Turkey issues new threats to Kurds

Turkey issues new threats to Kurdish forces in northern Syria, saying it will not allow them to take the border town of Azaz.
Turkey and Israel are close to a deal on normalizing ties more than five years after relations were downgraded, a senior Turkish official said on Feb. 16
Turkey’s government will not send the country on an unpredictable adventure amid the continued shelling of Democratic Union Party (PYD) positions in northern Syria, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmuş said Feb. 16

Turkish prime minister issues stark warning to Kurdish militia – video

Turkish prime minister Ahmet Davutoğlu speaks after Turkey’s military hit Kurdish militia targets around the northwestern Syrian town of Azaz on Saturday. He orders the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) to immediately evacuate the Minnigh airbase, amid suggestions that Ankara could take military action inside Syria. The shelling came just days after the US and Russia agreed on a “cessation of hostilities” in Syria within a week

Syrian refugees in Turkey are pawns in a geopolitical game | Cihan Tugal

Turkey’s government is trying to negotiate with the EU, using refugees as bargaining chips. This hardly brings the crisis closer to a resolutionIn September 2015, Donald Tusk, the president of the European Council,alarmingly prophesied: “We are talking about millions of potential refugees trying to reach Europe, not thousands.” In a short space of time his worries were confirmed. Today, Europe’s best bet against the mounting crisis seems to be to deploy the new regime in Turkey, the ruling Justice and Development party (AKP), with its mutating mixture of extreme nationalism, conservative religion, and militarisation. A harsh crackdown on refugees within Turkey began in October and has continued unabated. As one lawyer put it, Europe has “outsourced its border security to Turkey”.

Ankara has protested a statement by Washington classifying Turkey along with the “terrorist organization” Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) in northern Syria, while also warning the Syrian Kurdish militia of a “severe response” if they advance toward Azaz

Turkey shells Kurdish militia in Syria

Turkey shells a Kurdish militia in northern Syria and demands it retreat from territory it has seized, prompting concern in Washington.
Armed group strikes defiant note after Turkey demands Kurdish withdrawal from captured territories in Syria’s north.
The Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) on Feb. 14 rejected Turkish demands to withdraw from positions near the border, and warned that Syrians would resist any Turkish intervention in the country
U.S. State Department spokesperson John Kirby has urged both Turkey and the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) to step back and to focus on tackling the “common threat” of ISIL
The Turkish army shelled positions held by Kurdish-backed militia in northern Syria for a second day on Feb. 14, killing two militants, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group has said

Kurds carve out new reality in northern Syria

Kurdish YPG – viewed warily by the opposition and given a wide berth by the regime – advancing towards areas they have previously avoided

Amid the chaos in northern Syria in recent months, several themes have emerged.


Kurdish-backed forces take parts of town, edge closer to Turkish border: Monitor

The Kurdish-backed Syria Democratic Forces have taken control of around 70 percent of Tal Rifaat, a town between Aleppo city and Azaz near the Turkish border, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights conflict monitor said on Feb. 15
Saudi military jets have arrived at Turkey’s İncirlik air base in the southern province of Adana to carry out missions against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), a Saudi military spokesman said late on Feb. 13
Syrian forces, aided by Russian airstrikes, move closer toward a siege on Aleppo
Los Angeles Times
Pro-government forces backed by Russian airstrikes consolidated their grip Friday on strategic terrain in northwestern Syria, escalating an offensive that has pushed thousands of civilians toward Turkey and raised the prospect of a siege on the long
Turkey Poised to Invade Syria? Is NATO – Russia Confrontation Possible?Sputnik International
Chairperson of the Upper House committee for Foreign Affairs of Russian Federation Kosachev has said in case Turkey launches ground operation into Syria, a comprehensive war involving Russia and Iran might break out.
PM Davutoğlu again attacks Russia, accusing the Kremlin of threatening world war to forcibly impose its policies on Syria
ONE ON ONE – In Turkey, truth is underrated as it is not the primary thing that voters expect from political actors and there is already an acceptance that politicians lie, according to Ferdi Ferhat Özsoy, the co-founder of online fact-checking website ‘Share of Truth,’ which fact-checks the statements of Turkish politicians
Locals from the southeastern town of Nusaybin have started to flee their homes after Turkey’s interior minister signaled last week that operations against the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) would expand to the town

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Journalism agenda: “Source verification: Beware the bots…

In Uncategorized on February 28, 2016 at 22:24

Source verification: Beware the bots

Verifying your sources is key to any online investigation. When you find some compelling footage or images, getting to the “who” of where they came from is essential, and First Draft’s VisualVerification Guides give a great overview of things to consider when getting to the source:


The ideal scenario, of course, is to be able to speak directly to a source, if possible and appropriate, on the phone or in person. Even then, mistakes can still happen, especially when a source is pretending to be something or someone they’re not. Often these people are just hoaxers, but there’s a growing trend of accounts acting as sockpuppets: fake online identities set up to push or derail certain political or social agendas….

I will sound like a native of some isolated tribe where death is celebrated — and I might well be accused of dancing on print’s grave — but I think it is wonderful news that London’s Independent is turning off its presses … yet living on.

New York Times threatens to sue publisher of an art book critical of the paper’s war coverage


The critically acclaimed War Is Beautiful: The New York Times Pictorial Guide to the Glamour of Armed Conflict examines the ways in which the newspaper happily propagated the Bush Administration’s lies about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq that resulted in a senseless war that hurt millions of people and immensely enriched Halliburton, Blackwater, the Carlyle Group and other companies with close ties to the Bush and the Cheney families.

What is Yomapic? A tool for finding photos posted to Instagram and Russian-language network VKontakte by their location, either in your web browser or through the smartphone app.

Do I have to pay for it? Nope, it’s totally free.

So how do I use it? When so many people carry a smartphone in their pocket, eyewitnesses to a news event are likely to snap a picture and post it to their social network of choice within minutes.

ESPN is at a crossroads. Its business model, which has long been dependent on cable subscription fees, is becoming tenuous as more people cut the cord. ESPN president John Skipper said last week that the network is in discussions to offer broadcast options on additional streaming services.

AP wants to reach both viewers with VR headsets and those who watch 360-degree videos on their phones

The Accelerated Mobile Pages project has officially arrived. From idea to implementation to launch on Wednesday, it’s been just nine short, frantic, productive, promising months, Google’s head of news and social productsRichard Gingras told me, and less than five months months since Google’sofficial announcement in October.

Chances are good you haven’t been following the day-to-day workings of the House Transportation Committee. But something happened there recently that should have journalists and journalism educators paying attention.

Attached to a Federal Aviation Administration budget reauthorization bill is a little provision that does away with the FAA’s regulation of small drones — clearing the way for journalists, journalism educators, and many others to use flying cameras with fewer rules.

Nearly half of Reddit users go there for 2016 election info

Reddit users are feeling the Bern: That’s one finding from a Pew report, released Thursday, that looks at the role of Reddit as both a news source in general and a destination for information about the 2016 presidential election in particular.

The report found that seven percent of U.S. adults use Reddit. Of those:

[The] user base…is more likely to be young, male and liberal than the general public. 78 percent of Reddit users say they get news there. What’s more, 45 percent of Reddit users learn about the 2016 presidential campaign in a given week from the site. This is on par with the portion of Facebook (52 percent) and Twitter users (43 percent) who get news and information about the election on those platforms and outpaces most other social networking sites asked about.

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EFD Haftanın Web Projesi: Milli Coğrafya (@millicografya)

In Uncategorized on February 28, 2016 at 21:39

MilliCoğrafya toplumu kültürü ve siyaseti mekan üzerinden düşünmek..

ARTVİN MÜCADELESİNE DAİR DOĞRU SANILAN 18 YANLIŞ yazısıyla dikkat çeken blog çalışması.


Toplumu, kültürü ve siyaseti mekan üzerinden birlikte yeniden düşünmek için…

Şimdilik iki kişi:

aslı ikizoğlu erensü –

sinan erensü –


Önerilerinizi alalım:

Ha bir de EFD’ye katkıda bulunmak isterseniz:

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New photo from Facebook February 28, 2016 at 09:20PM

In Uncategorized on February 28, 2016 at 21:32

Los Angeles’in üzerine ay doğarken. via Reddit. via Facebook Pages

New photo from Facebook February 28, 2016 at 03:56PM

In Uncategorized on February 28, 2016 at 16:02

Taipei’de bir öğleden sonra…via Reddit. via Facebook Pages

New photo from Facebook February 27, 2016 at 01:53PM

In Uncategorized on February 27, 2016 at 14:02

Elizabeth Laird, Fort Hood’dan göreve giden 500,000 binden fazla askere sarılmış böyle. Geçtiğimiz yılın sonlarında vefat etti.. via Reddit. via Facebook Pages

New photo from Facebook February 26, 2016 at 07:55PM

In Uncategorized on February 26, 2016 at 20:04

Fişeklerden ağaç yapılır Artvin’de. via @otekilerpostasi via Facebook Pages

The day Erdem Gül and Can Dündar released, pro-Kurdish IMC TV satellite broadcast blacked out..

In Uncategorized on February 26, 2016 at 18:24

The release of two prominent Turkish journalists, who had been arrested and detained for months over a story on state-owned trucks allegedly carrying weapons to Syria, has been met with praise by the international community
The satellite broadcast of IMC TV was blacked out on Feb. 24, following a public prosecutor’s demand that its frequency be cut for “making terror organization propaganda.”
TÜRKSAT cuts off imc TV broadcast upon Chief Public Prosecution sending notice to TÜRKSAT.

Dr. Howard Eissenstat: There are no longer any checks and balances in Turkey – Feb 25

While Turkey is reducing its commitment to democratization and heading in a very autocratic direction under President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan ‘s rule, experts raise their concerns and disappointments about the Justice and Development Party

Turkish court frees journalists, saying their rights were violated

They spent three months in prison for publishing an article about Turkey’s arms transfers to Syria – now they face life sentences in a coming trial

Can Dündar and Erdem Gül returning to building of Cumhuriyet daily have made a press statement after their imprisonment of 92 days.
Can Dündar released from Silivri Prison has noted; “This profession has paid the price with lives for the sake of publishing these news. Ours is nothing compared to that. We could stand upright thanks to you”.
Family members, friends, MPs, and other prominent figures greeted daily Cumhuriyet journalists Can Dündar and Erdem Gül upon their release from Silivri Prison near Istanbul late on Feb. 25, after Turkey’s Constitutional Court ruled that their rights had been violated.
The Turkish president’s office has noted that the release of daily Cumhuriyet editor-in-chief Can Dündar and Ankara bureau chief Erdem Gül does not mark the end of the judicial process, adding that it is “closely following” the case
Presidential Spokesperson Kalın has said, “They haven’t been acquitted, we will follow legal process” as to release of journalists Erdem Gül and Can Dündar.

Turkish journalists released from jail after court rules press freedom violated

Erdem Gül and Can Dündar charged with revealing state secrets for report alleging Erdoğan government tried to ship arms to Islamists in Syria

Turkey’s constitutional court on Thursday ruled that the rights of two Turkish journalists charged with revealing state secrets in a hugely controversial case had been violated, leading to their release after three months in jail.

Turkey: Court Says Officials Violated Rights of 2 Journalists

The country’s highest court paved the way for the release of the journalists, who were jailed on terrorism and espionage charges.
Cumhuriyet Editor-in-Chief Can Dündar and the daily’s Ankara bureau chief, Erdem Gül, were released early on Feb. 26 following 92 days in prison on terrorism charges, hours after the country’s top court’s ruled their arrest had violated their rights

The confessions of the prime minister

The prime minister recently spoke on Al Jazeera, saying, “If there is no Turkish support for the Syrian people, then how did they defend themselves?
Saudi warplanes arrived at the İncirlik Air Base in the southern province of Adana on Feb. 26 to help support the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL)
A draft law on the protection of personal data fails to outline the establishment of an independent oversight body that would guard such data as required by the EU acquis, an official from the bloc has said

Turkish PM confirms shelling of Kurdish forces in Syria

Ahmet Davutoğlu says YPG units have been warned to withdraw from border territory captured from Syrian rebels

Russia has noted that the suggestions made as alternatives to the truce agreement and to a peaceful solution of the crisis in Syria were unacceptable. The US on the other hand has noted that they respected Turkey’s concerns regarding PKK-YPG connection.
Turkish artillery on Feb. 13 bombarded Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) targets in northern Syria, Turkish security sources has told private broadcaster CNNTürk.

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Turkey’s contribution to Facebook likes:

In Uncategorized on February 26, 2016 at 15:08

SELİN NASİ >Dimensions of polarization in Turkey
Hurriyet Daily News
“We are living in separate worlds where party affiliation and social identities overlap. Our identities have become so politicized that differences in political perspectives have turned into social distance, causing a psychological distance as well
Polarization in Turkey alarming says reportToday’s Zaman

Davutoğlu: Women Giving Birth Actually Perform Civic Duty

Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu has made a statement on the omnibus bill requiring parental leave regulations and has noted that women giving birth “performed also their civic duties”.
A new survey conducted by energy efficiency conglomerate Honeywell shows that many Turkish homeowners are not using the right technologies to make their heating cheaper

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New photo from Facebook February 26, 2016 at 01:48PM

In Uncategorized on February 26, 2016 at 14:01

“Skull Chapel” Bu küçük kilise Czermna, Polonya’da imiş. via Reddit. via Facebook Pages