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Refugee Crisis may also have a negative impact on scholars’ mobilities…

In Uncategorized on August 31, 2016 at 18:21

As many Turkish scholars are looking for jobs abroad, I hear a lot about that priority is given to those who have residency in the university’s host country.

UK universities seem to be particularly notorious about this. If two candidates have similar evaluations, priority given to the one who has not residency problems even if the other is slightly better. That’s one case I have particularly observed.

UK would prefer EU nationals over non-Europeans but I guess after the Brexit even that will be harder and for scholars from Turkey etc this will be even more difficult.

I will report about this particular angle when I have more details.

In looking for jobs abroad, current parameters of political economy of academy is felt too. Even if you believe you have done good stuff in the past, everything is boiled down to the number of citation-indexed articles or funded projects. Well life is never fair;)


Germany expects up to 300,000 migrants to arrive in the country this year, the head of Germany’s Federal Office for Migration and Refugees says.

Migrant crisis: Meet the refugee camp psychologist

A camp psychologist at the Kara Tepe refugee camp in Greece explains how refugees there take care of their mental health.

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Journalism agenda: “How Are Journalists Using Social Media? (Report)

In Uncategorized on August 29, 2016 at 16:29

How Are Journalists Using Social Media? (Report)

Social media has grown from friend communication service to all-encompassing digital life tool. During this digital evolution, journalists who were early adopters and used social sites for both gathering information and broadcasting content have become a core part of many platforms. A white paper from Cision, a provider of media management solutions, examines how journalists are using social media in 2016.

Cision categorized U.S. journalists into five archetypes:

Though I’ve published more than 2,500 articles on The Next Web, this is the first oneI’ve written about something that’s mine. A couple of months ago, a change in strategy meant venturing into the world of freelance work as an editor, tech journalist and media consultant to startups that don’t know where to start with approaching the media. What I quickly realized is that not having a full-time job meant I could start my own side projects that in turn gives me the opportunity to become a better tech journalist and editor. It also gives me the ability to truly live the…

‘Shared Media’ Is the Future And Will Disrupt Media Buying As We Know It

“Shared media” is outperforming traditional digital advertising by 10 times. So what exactly is shared media, and why is it so successful?

In traditional media buying, the advertiser buys audience exposure from a publisher, broadcaster or ad network. The publisher or ad network shows the ad to its audience and is paid by the advertiser according to the number of people reached.

Native advertising: Another false messiah?

I’ve been waiting for this: the leak in the native advertising balloon.

Tablets were going to save the news business. Not so much. Paywalls were our salvation, damnit. Nope. Native advertising is our future. Think again.

Digiday reports on the latest problem with the native advertising strategy:

Digital ad sales intelligence platform MediaRadar said the average renewal rate for sponsor content this year is 21 percent. Meanwhile, native ad tech company Polar recently described renewal rates as “weak,” with 40 percent of the publishers it surveyed showing renewal rates below 50 percent.

Native advertising isn’t going to cure all our problems because:

By now you’ll have heard that after 14 years, will publish no more. Univision, the new owner of’s sibling sites, likely decided it didn’t want to deal with the Gawker Media flagship’s baggage. Gawker’s writers are being folded into other sites like Deadspin, Gizmodo, and Jezebel, or into other parts of Univision (though there’s no guarantee many of them will want to stay).

Josh Laurito offers a fascinating look at the internals of a top-flight blog. Gawker, bankrupted by the Hulk Hogan lawsuit verdict and having sold off all its blogs (except itself) to Univision, is to cease publication this week.

How to source user-generated content legally with Lobster

Sponsored: With both the demand and the supply of user-generated content (UGC) increasing, newsrooms are turning to services which help them make sense of it all
The free app allows users to record high-definition footage in 1080p and edit packages with filters and sound

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“Campaign to Act in Solidarity With Aslı Erdoğan…

In Uncategorized on August 29, 2016 at 14:33

 Arrested Özgür Gündem daily Publishing Consultant Board member, novelist and columnist Aslı Erdoğan has noted that she had not been given her medication in the prison and was being held in a solitary confinement cell. Her attorneys have objected to her arrest.
In the campaign launched on social media to act in solidarity with arrested novelist Aslı Erdoğan, many well-known figures are expressing their support with their photos carrying banners reading “None of us are outside if Aslı Erdoğan is inside”.
Prize-winning novelist Aslı Erdoğan, who was arrested over alleged links to the outlawed PKK on Aug. 20, has said she is being treated in a way that will leave “permanent physical damage” in the prison she serves in Istanbul’s Bakırköy

In other news:

Stop the press: Turkey’s crackdown on its media goes into overdrive

Since the attempted coup, the government has ordered more than a hundred outlets to close and arrested 48 journalists

Turkey has intensified its crackdown on the media since last month’s attempted coup, with rights groups decrying a wave of decrees that have turned the country into the world leader in locking up journalists.

The Justice Ministry has rejected claims by award-winning Turkish novelist Aslı Erdoğan that she has been mistreated in prison, after she was arrested over alleged links to the outlawed PKK – Aug 27, 3:54 PM

Turkey blocked access to three social media sites for seven hours on Thursday. On the night of Aug. 25, at 11:07pm local time, Turkish ISPs started throttling access to Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube: Confirmed: Twitter, Facebook & YouTube blocked

Elements in the Turkish military with ties to the Fethullahist Terrorist Organization (FETO) worked to stall Turkey’s operation in the northern Syrian city of Jarablus for over two years, a senior official has told the Hurriyet Daily News

Turkey PKK conflict: Cizre bomb kills 11 policemen

A car bomb claimed by Kurdish militants hits a police checkpoint in Cizre, south-east Turkey, killing 11 policemen and wounding 78.
Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım has declared total war against terrorism, in the wake of a recent terror attack carried out by the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in the southeastern city of Cizre, saying the nation would “bear their pain and continue to fight against terror.”

Aftermath of deadly truck bomb at checkpoint in Turkish border town Cizre – video

Aerial footage of the burning wreckage of buildings following the bombing of a police checkpoint in Cizre, a town close to Turkey’s borders with Syria and Iraq. Kurdish rebels were behind the blast, according to Turkey’s state-run news agency Anadolu


Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım has slammed German news magazine Der Spiegel over a report suggesting that Ankara was equally targeting the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) in the military operation launched against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) jihadist group
The bomb-laden vehicle suicide attack by outlawed the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) which killed 11 police officers and wounded 78 people in the Cizre district of the southeastern province of Şırnak was condemned by foreign diplomats and countries on Aug. 26, both through social media and in official statements
Tanks and Syrian rebels continue to make gains against ISIL, as US-backed Kurds follow Washington’s demands to retreat.

Is Turkey a U.S. Ally Against ISIS?

If Turkey doesn’t address its Kurdish problem it will continue to undermine the United States’ war on the Islamic State.

Erdogan at a crossroad: dictatorship or democracy

An interview with A.H. Banisadr, Iran’s former president, about the aftermath of the coup in Turkey.

Turkey: Erdogans Gamble, 2015. Lefteris Pitarakis /Press Association. All rights reserved.Mahmood Delkhasteh (MD): Is there any difference between the 14 July coup and previous coups in Turkey?

The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has expelled four of its district mayors over suspected links to the movement of U.S.-based Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen, said to be behind last month’s failed coup attempt

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New photo from Facebook August 29, 2016 at 02:37PM

In Uncategorized on August 29, 2016 at 13:40

Mağarada yaşamak. via Reddit. via Facebook Pages

As Turkey’s @EuphratesShield continues, “Turkey’s cabinet, businesspeople to launch international PR campaign in bid to improve country’s image…

In Uncategorized on August 29, 2016 at 12:43

Turkey’s economy ministries and a number of top businesspeople have decided to launch a comprehensive PR campaign to try to improve the country’s image abroad, following a series of negative recent events
Exclusive footage shows retaken IS stronghold Jarablus

Exclusive footage shows the offensive in which Syrian rebels, backed by Turkey, retook the border town of Jarablus from so-called Islamic State.

Turkish forces shell Syrian Kurdish YPG group near Jarablus

The Turkish military, which has entered Syrian town of Jarablus as part of the Euphrates Shield operation to back Syrian rebels sweep Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants off the border, hit the YPG by artillery fire
Civilians are paying the price for the competing interests of parties to the conflictIt is hard to anticipate whether Turkey’s unprecedented military incursion into Syria this week will change the dynamics of the multiple wars that have ravaged the region and put civilians through hell. If things already seemed complicated in the Middle East, they may have just become even more so. What started on Wednesday ranks as the largest Turkish military operation inside Syrian territory since the civil war began five years ago. A dozen tanks, reportedly followed by a bus transporting Syrian rebels, rolled into northern Syria to drive Islamic State forces from the town of Jarablus, one of their last footholds on the Turkish-Syrian border. Today Turkey sent more tanks in and told the YPG Kurdish armed group it had one week to retreat from the border areas.

Turkey plays its part in fighting Isis | Letter from the Turkish embassy in London

As an active member of the anti-Daesh coalition, and being far from indifferent, Turkey’s substantial contributions to the prevention of supplies and curbing the flow of foreign fighters in line with the international efforts are a well-known fact (Turkey’s leaders sat back as Isis took hold. Now its people are paying the price, 23 August). Turkey has participated in the coalition’s military campaign planning from day one, and has allowed its airbases and airspace to be used by coalition aircraft for both combat and non-combat roles, including intelligence gathering and personnel recovery. Moreover, Turkey has been striking Daesh targets since the beginning through air, artillery and other assets, and has eliminated more than 1,300 Daesh elements in Syria and Iraq. Turkey’s efforts to clear Daesh from its borders and ultimately defeat this threat in its close neighbourhood will continue unabated. This must be evident from the operation launched today by the Turkish armed forces.


Turkey and US unite to oust Isis and curb Kurds

Joe Biden reassured Ankara, but it is unclear how Washington’s Kurdish proxies will react to his demand that they step back

Turkish tanks have moved rapidly through the Syrian town of Jarablus on Wednesday, ousting Islamic State from one of its last border strongholds – but the most important outcome in Ankara’s eyes was beating the US-backed Kurdish fighters in a race to seize the surrounding area.

Why do some Turks hate the Gülenist movement so much?

Erdoğan’s purge of ex-allies blamed for failed coup bid has its critics, but many Turks remember the ruthless rise of the cleric’s followers

In 2008, his last year of military high school in the western city of Bursa, Mehmet Koç noticed that things were changing in the Turkish army. The school had just been handed over from the army to the air force, and a new group of commanders took over the education of the cadets.

The German military is preparing for a possible withdrawal of six Tornado reconnaissance jets from Turkey’s Incirlik Air Base given Ankara’s continued refusal to allow German lawmakers to visit the facility, Der Spiegel magazine reported on Aug. 25

Turkey requests extradition of Fethullah Gülen but not for coup attempt, says US

  • State Department did not specify what the Turkish cleric was being sought for
  • Joe Biden expected to meet Erdoğan on Wednesday in wake of foiled plot

The US has confirmed it has received a formal extradition request from Ankara for the Turkish cleric Fethullah Gülen, but not over the July coup attempt the Turkish authorities has accused Gülen of orchestrating.


Photographs showing top commanders, including Chief of General Staff Gen. Hulusi Akar, being forcibly abducted by pro-coup soldiers at the military headquarters, was broadcast by Turkish broadcaster Haber 7 on Aug. 23

Turkey’s Great Purge

Is President Erdogan crushing his critics or addressing a real threat to the Turkish state?
After exhaustion of domestic remedies upon Constitutional Court dismissing the suit regarding Roboski massacre, the case has been brought before the European Court of Human Rights with application by 281 claimants.

European commission due to report on whether Turkey has done enough to gain visa-free travel to Schengen zone

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New photo from Facebook August 29, 2016 at 10:06AM

In Uncategorized on August 29, 2016 at 10:18

#VedatTūrkali via Facebook Pages

New photo from Facebook August 27, 2016 at 04:47PM

In Uncategorized on August 27, 2016 at 15:48

Minneapolis’da bir kış ortası sabahı… Sıcaktan bunalmışken. via Reddit. via Facebook Pages

New photo from Facebook August 27, 2016 at 11:56AM

In Uncategorized on August 27, 2016 at 11:03

“Allahını seversen koyver beni rahat. Zira işim çok” via @halilbabilli “250 yıl önce konuşulan Türkçe Latin harfleri ile yazılmış : Bir karı koca kavgası. via Facebook Pages

Istanbul’s Third Bosphorus Bridge- Construction over a year by the Sentinel-2A satellite… Istanbul news roundup…

In Uncategorized on August 26, 2016 at 18:17

Istanbul’s Kabataş closes down as construction begins for ‘Seagull-shaped’ transfer center

The Kabataş ferry dock in central Istanbul shut down on Aug. 11 and will remain closed over the next two years

Istanbul New Airport Placed on short list for architectural award

In the category “Future Projects – Infrastructure,” Istanbul New Airport has made it through to the finals of this year’s World Architectural Festival (WAF)

Details About Colomina and Wigley’s 3rd Istanbul Design Biennial—”Are We Human?”—Revealed

The 3rd Istanbul Design Biennial, which will officially open on the 22nd … Five primary venues—the Galata Greek Primary School, Studio-X Istanbul

BaBa ZuLa: Do Not Obey review – rousing set from Istanbul’s cultural crossroads

BaBa ZuLa: Do Not Obey review – rousing set from Istanbul’s cultural crossroads … A rousing, defiant set from the cultural crossroads of Istanbul.
Istanbul’s culture and tourism hub, İstiklal Avenue, has been experiencing scores of store closures, with owners citing financial hardships and lowering revenues stemming from larger problems which have impacted the popular street, including terror attacks and a series of protests
Canadian entertainment company Cirque du Soleil will be in Istanbul once again for seven shows between Oct. 5 and 9
The breakwater of the ancient Theodosius Harbor, which was discovered during the Marmaray excavations in Istanbul’s Yenikapı, has been broken into pieces

15 July Martrys’ Memorial wall in Istanbul

ISTANBUL, TURKEY – AUGUST 08: People walk past 15 July Martrys’ Memorial wall at Istanbul Taksim square in Istanbul, Turkey on August 08, 2016.

Major Istanbul hub İstiklal Avenue faces spree of shop closures

Istanbul’s culture and tourism hub, İstiklal Avenue, has been experiencing scores of store closures, with owners citing financial hardships and falling

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Eurosphere agenda: “France burkini highest court suspends ban…

In Uncategorized on August 26, 2016 at 17:18

France burkini highest court suspends ban

France’s highest administrative court suspends a ban on controversial full-body “burkini” swimsuits in a town on the Mediterranean coast.
The burkini as a mirror

Unless we are willing to live with the discomfort of what is different and challenging, we are inviting a world of needless incivilities and lack of understanding.

Demonstrators stage a beach party outside the French Embassy, in Knightsbridge, London, in protest at the French government’s decision to ban women from wearing burkinis. PAimages/Dominic Lipinski. All rights reserved.Last week, the mayor of Oye-Plage in France was so disturbed by seeing a woman in a burkini on the beach that he is planning to ban such a garb from the beaches of his own town. This reminded me of some of my own experiences in the past that may just be relevant to the current debates over the burkini in Cannes, Marseille and other beaches in France.


The ‘Burkini Battle’: France’s capitulation to extremism

Reduced to symbols of national identity, women are caught in the center of a tug-of-war in which any amount of violence, of coercion and regulation of their bodies is justified in order to win the battle.

Chris Carlson/AP/Press Association Images. All rights reserved.Approximately two years ago in Turkey, there was an odd case in which AKP-allied Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc made a statement declaring that it was indecent for women to laugh in public or, presumably, in mixed company.

The choice of Matteo Renzi to hold the meeting with President Hollande and Chancellor Merkel in Ventotene was highly significant, writes Monica Frassoni.
Italy earthquake: Aftershocks hamper rescue efforts

Hundreds of aftershocks rock areas of central Italy devastated by an earthquake that left at least 250 people dead, hampering rescuers.
Images of French police appearing to fine a woman on a beach in Nice fuel the debate over a controversial “burkini ban”.
Liberté, Egalité, Burkini?

Social media debates what the burkini ban says about French values.
France’s ridiculous policing of women’s beachwear

Bans on burkinis go too far.
The Australian woman credited with creating the burkini says bans on the full-bodied Islamic swimsuit in France have boosted sales.

The Multifaceted ‘Burkini’ Debate

Heated discussions over Islamic women’s wear are not limited to France. And the arguments – for and against – run the gamut of reasoning.

The real dangers of banning the burkini

A full-body wetsuit garment for Muslim women is at the centre of a controversy in France, and the debate is raising difficult questions about feminism, Islamophobia and the country’s values.

Confronting France’s Jihadis

The official French response to repeated terrorist attacks in recent years continues to focus myopically on symbolic measures, embodied in a broadening sartorial crackdown on devout Muslim women. But France doesn’t need fewer burkinis; it needs more jobs and better domestic intelligence.

Sarkozy’s Campaign of Fear

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s decision to seek the presidency again in 2017, and his emphasis on the supposed threat of Islam to national identity, should not be surprising. Fear is a powerful weapon, and Sarkozy, like Donald Trump, is eager to wield it.

Attacks by Islamist militants, strikes and floods have caused a substantial drop in the number of tourists visiting Paris, officials say.
A Frenchwoman said she was fined for wearing a hair-covering veil on the beach in Cannes, after the mayor imposed a controversial ban on “burkinis”.
Brexit: Limiting the damage

Britain, Europe and, indeed, the United States have an interest in limiting the damage from a decade of tortuous Brexit negotiations that will probably be dominated by disruption and disinvestment, writes Michael Leigh.
Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy on Monday officially announced his candidacy for the 2017 presidential elections with his book Tout pour la France (All for France). In November he will run in the primaries organised by the French right. Commentators warn of the dangers of voting a candidate with catchy slogans and a populist programme into the Elysée Palace.
Powerful earthquake strikes central Italy

Quake magnitude 6.2 followed by long aftershocks that bring death and devastation to towns and villages.
The leaders of Italy, France and Germany insisted Monday (22 August) that Britain’s shock decision to quit the European Union would not kill the bloc. Merkel suggested she could be flexible over EU budget rules, as Rome grapples to kickstart its stalling economy.
Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania celebrated the 25th anniversary of their independence on the weekend. After the failed August Putsch of 1991 the Soviet Union recognised the sovereignty of these three states, which had already declared independence in 1990 following the Singing Revolution. Many columnists take the anniversary as an opportunity to take stock of the progress made since then.

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