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‘Some’ Turkish citizens react to call for support by the PM by burning dollars…

In Uncategorized on November 30, 2016 at 16:55

Turkey will overcome steep fluctuations in foreign exchange rates with the support of its citizens, as the foundations of the Turkish economy are strong and the Central Bank has taken precautions to maintain price stability, PM Yıldırım said

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Erdoğan’s latest remarks on Turkish military operations in Syria confuses Russians…

In Uncategorized on November 30, 2016 at 16:30

President Erdoğan admits that Turkey crossed into Syria to get rid of President Bashar al-Assad having previously highlighted the fight against ISIL
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s recent assertion that the Turkish military operation in Syria is aimed at “ending the rule of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad” will be discussed during an upcoming visit by Russian FM Sergei Lavrov to Ankara
The Kremlin said on Nov. 30 that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s recent assertion that the Turkish military operation in Syria is aimed at “ending the rule of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad” had come as a surprise to Moscow and that it expected an explanation from Ankara
ISIS has announced that it kidnapped two soldiers in Syria’s Al-Bab province, and the Turkish Armed Forces said “contact has been lost with two soldiers”.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan told the European Parliament to know its “limits” on Nov. 26, which came after a non-binding motion passed last week in the European Parliament that urged a freeze in the European Union’s accession talks with Turkey.
Turkey’s EU Affairs Minister, Ömer Çelik, on Tuesday (29 November) dismissed a European Parliament vote to freeze accession talks with Ankara as the “most unjust resolution in history” and urged solidarity instead.
The number of foreign arrivals to Turkey dropped by 25.8 percent to 2.45 million in October, compared to the same month in 2015, temporary data from the Tourism Ministry showed on Nov. 29

Torture in Turkey

The BBC uncovers claims of abuse in Turkey’s prisons from those detained after a failed coup.

Turkey and the EU

If MEPs vote to suspend membership talks with Turkey, it could prompt a sea-change in Turkish policy.
Suspending Turkey’s bid for EU membership would only help to erode democratic values further in Europe’s closest Asian neighbour. Laura Batalla Adam urges the EU to continue with the process.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said today (23 November) that a European Parliament vote set to back a freeze of membership talks with Ankara over its relentless post-coup crackdown would have “no value”.

Turkey threatens to end refugee deal in row over EU accession

President Erdoğan issues warning after European parliament vote urging ministers to freeze talks on Turkey joining the EU

Turkey’s president has threatened to tear up a landmark deal to stem the flow of refugees into Europe a day after the European parliament urged governments to freeze EU accession talks with Ankara.

Germany said “threats” were “not helpful” on the EU-Turkey migrant deal after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday warned he could drop border controls, allowing a flood of migrants into the bloc
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Monday (21 November) urged the European Union and West to step up backing of Ankara’s fight against Kurdish militants, as he addressed a meeting of NATO lawmakers.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was quoted saying yesterday (20 November) that Turkey did not need to join the European Union “at all costs” and could instead become part of a security bloc dominated by China, Russia and Central Asian nations.
The cancellation of the visit of a European Parliament delegation to Turkey after Ankara refused to see one member “is a temporary thing,” Kati Piri, the European Parliament’s rapporteur who Turkey rejected
Turkey’s top soldier and technology minister got engaged in a row with an Armenian lawmaker on Nov. 20 during the 62nd NATO Parliamentary Assembly Annual Session held in Istanbul
Ankara has paid attention to General Flynn’s full-throated support for Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government, and its desire to extradite Fethullah Gulen.

Erdogan Threatens to Reopen Borders

Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, accused the European Union of dishonesty and betrayal and threatened to remove controls from his borders, allowing the flood of migrants into Europe to resume.

EU in damage control on festering Turkey relations

The EU commission wants to maintain relations with Turkey, despite an EU parliament vote to suspend accession talks amid renewed threats from Ankara to scrap a migrant swap deal.

How Erdogan’s purge hit the EU and NATO

The European Parliament will this week vote on whether to suspend Turkey’s EU membership bid. Andrew Duff explains how the Turkish military has reacted to Erdoğan’s power grabbing and how NATO fits into the equation.

Erdogan Threatens to Let Migrant Flood Into Europe Resume

Turkey’s president accused the European Union of not keeping its commitments, and he suggested he might allow migrants to cross Turkish borders again.

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New photo from Facebook November 30, 2016 at 03:36PM

In Uncategorized on November 30, 2016 at 15:38

Mehrangarh Kalesi, 1460’da Jodhpur, Hindistan’dan yapılmış. by Rao Jodha via Reddit. via Facebook Pages

Cyberculture agenda: “Internet trust at all time low” acc. to Internet Society report…

In Uncategorized on November 30, 2016 at 14:40

Language English
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Five step approach identified to address data breaches and increase online trust 

[London, UK – 23 November 2016] – The Internet Society has today released the findings from its 2016 Global Internet Report in which 59 percent of users admit they would likely not do business with a company which had suffered a data breach. Highlighting the extent of the data breach problem, the report makes key recommendations for building user trust in the online environment, stating that more needs to be done to protect online personal information.

The OECD’s 2011-2015, 33 country, 215,942-person study of computer skills paints a deceptively grim picture of the average level of computer proficiency around the world — deceptive because it excludes over-65s, who research shows to be, on average, less proficient than the 16-65 cohort sampled.

Amazon is one of the world’s largest retail destinations, but it doesn’t have much traction in the Middle East. That’s why rumors that it’s looking to buy, the Amazon of the Middle East, make so much sense. Bloomberg is reporting that Jeff B.

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New photo from Facebook November 29, 2016 at 10:50PM

In Uncategorized on November 29, 2016 at 23:08

Almanya’da bir orman yanında cam duvarlı kütüphane. via Reddit. via Facebook Pages

Eurosphere agenda: “Commission won’t call Castro a dictator…”French primaries…

In Uncategorized on November 29, 2016 at 21:46

Commission won’t call Castro a dictator

The EU executive says that a statement decribing the former Cuban leader as a “hero for many” is balanced and suggests that the use of the word dictator by a commissioner doesn’t reflect its position.

The Trump election gave real legitimacy to Europe’s fascist parties, including France’s Marine Le Pen of the National Front; and in the absence of real, left-win alternatives for populist discontent, the only real opposition to these authoritarians is coming from the hard right parties, which are swinging even further to the right to try to gain back some of their supporters.

What you need to know about the French left primary

The right has chosen François Fillon, now it is up to the left to choose its candidate for the 2017 presidential election.
France’s ruling Socialists scramble to avoid a damaging split over the spring presidential election.
Francois Fillon, having clinched the presidential nomination for the right-wing Republicains party, will now join a far bigger battle for the future of France, the European Union and mainstream politics in the West.

France election: Fillon floors rival in conservative primaries

Francois Fillon takes the conservative ticket in France’s presidential election by a landslide. is happy to unveil the Europa building, expected to be opened during the Maltese Presidency of the Council of the EU, starting 1 January 2017. Photographs of the Brussels location for future EU summits were kindly provided by the presidency.
The centre-right presidential candidate, who just won his party’s primary, wants a “more political” EU that would focus on security and the economy.

Commissioners at odds over Castro legacy

The death at the weekend of the revolutionary Cuban leader Fidel Castro saw sharp differences of opinion within EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker’s cabinet.

Notes on Associate EU Citizenship for Brits after Brexit

There has been quite some heated reaction to Guy Verhofstadt saying he backs the idea of individual Brits somehow being able to retain EU citizenship after Brexit, for a fee (Guardian story here). This builds on the initial proposal of Luxembourg liberal MEP Charles Goerens.

This is a pretty complicated and multi-faceted debate, and I will try to take apart each aspect of it.

A huge victory for Belgium’s CETA opponents: Paul Magnette’s speech

A patched deal allows CETA to pass to the next stage. But Belgium gained important concessions. We translate the historic parliamentary speech by the Minister-president of Wallonia in Namur on October 14, 2016.

The Italians will vote on a complex constitutional reform on December 4 that among other things foresees a smaller Senate. However according to observers the referendum is no longer about reform but a vote for or against Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and the potential consequences of a government crisis for all Europe. What is really at stake in Italy?
As of Monday Denmark has a new centre-right government. A coalition made up of the Liberal Party, the Liberal Alliance and the Conservative People’s Party has taken over from the minority government of the Liberal Party which had ruled the country up to then. The Danish media are scathingly critical of Prime Minister Løkke Rasmussen’s plans.
After his clear victory in the primaries, François Fillon will be the conservative candidate in France’s presidential election next year. Seen as embodying traditional values, the former prime minister is considered an economic liberal hardliner. Commentators discuss his chances against National Front leader Le Pen should the two face each other in a second round of voting.

EU and IMF in effort to unblock Greek bailout talks

Finance ministers from the main eurozone countries will meet IMF negotiators on Friday as Greece warns of new delays in the bailout programme.
Soigneusement évitée durant la primaire de la droite, la question européenne devrait s’inviter dans le débat pour le second tour. Le sujet représente en effet une ligne de fracture majeure entre les deux candidats en lice.

Maltese Presidency unveils logo, priorities

Malta, which will take over the rotating presidency of the Council of the EU on 1 January 2017, has unveiled its logo and priorities, its overarching objective being to restore trust in the Union.

EU citizens enjoy longer lives, but not health equality

Europeans live almost 7 years more compared to 1990, but this does not necessarily mean that these years are healthy, a new report has found

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EFD Rights Watch: Tahir Elçi remembered…

In Uncategorized on November 29, 2016 at 21:20


The killing of Tahir Elçi, the Diyarbakır Bar Association head who was killed in an armed clash in November 2015 in Diyarbakır, is becoming an unsolved murder, his wife has said, as she commemorated the first year of her husband’s death.
Los Angeles Review of Books – Nov 27

THERE ARE MANY THINGS I remember about the night of July 15 in Istanbul. I was with my then girlfriend and her friends when we heard a military coup was taking place. We decided to do the most sensible thing we could think of: buy beer and

Reuters – Gulsen Solaker – Nov 28, 6:57 AM

ANKARA Turkish authorities are investigating foster families for suspected ties to a failed coup and may remove children from homes if their guardians are found to be supporters of the putsch, a government official said on Monday. The government

The Guardian view on Turkey’s repression: stop this stalemate | Editorial

Post-coup crackdowns in Turkey are wrong in themselves and risk putting relations with Europe in jeopardyFor the past four months, Turkey’s leader has subjected his country to sweeping political purges – but there are few signs of an end soon. The new announcement that 6,000 teachers will be reinstated in their jobs after having been suspended is a welcome gesture but does little to reduce the level of tension.

The Union of Chambers of Turkish Engineers and Architects has stated that 2,054 engineers and architects have been discharged so far in the 12 Statutory Decrees issued in the State of Emergency.

Former PM Davutoğlu met Gülen in US: Ex-AKP lawmaker

A former lawmaker from Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has said former Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu visited the U.S.-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gülen at his home in Pennsylvania with his family and stayed with him for more than four hours
Musician Joan Baez has sent a message of solidarity for the music band “Grup Yorum”, some of whose members were arrested yesterday, and said “I’ll tell your story when I sing”.
Seven of Grup Yorum band members and a worker working at a cultural center construction during raid have been arrested. Gas masks in the cultural center, green shirts and magazines were shown as evidence by judgeship’s decision of arrest.

I am like Diyarbakır: grieving, furious, resentful but still I stand

While our elected representatives are in jail, we have learned that the government has selected a group of people from influential families to launch a new “peace process”.

Turkish TOMA’s. Wikicommons/Vikiçizer. Some rights reserved.Last Friday 370 civil society organizations were closed by the government under the allegation of supporting terrorist groups. 50 of these organizations are based in Diyarbakir, in my city. There are associations that support the families who lost their houses during the curfews or families who live under the poverty line in the region. Associations that represent women and children’s rights, Kurdish linguistic rights, “lost” people, reconciliation, Kurdish culture, lawyers rights have all been closed by the government.

Round the clock control in Diyarbakir

The state will also try to put those into high positions who are close to the government or available to switch alliances. In other words: divide and rule.

Police using teargas and water cannon,Diyarbakir region, December 2015. Demotix/ Avni Kantan. All rights reserved.On November 2, 2016, the Metropolitan Municipality of Diyarbakir has been put under forced administration by the central Turkish government. This act of repression is part of a larger campaign of the AKP government to crush the Kurdish and left opposition, increasingly so since the failed military coup in July 2016. In total 35 municipalities ruled by the HDP (People’s Democratic Party), respectively its member party DBP (Democratic Regions Party), have now been taken over by an AKP administrator, are occupied by a big number of police and to date hundreds of employees have been fired. This is an account of the life within the Municipality of Diyarbakir by one of the employees after the occupation.

University World News – Nov 18

For approximately 20 years I have been working as an academic and since 1993 I have also been active in the media. I started my journey in journalism at the Milliyet newspaper as a correspondent and continued as an analyst and columnist. I worked…

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New photo from Facebook November 29, 2016 at 03:06PM

In Uncategorized on November 29, 2016 at 15:09

Jeonju, Güne Kore’nin geleneksel evlerinin çatılarını kar tutmuşken… via Reddit. via Facebook Pages

Digitizing old photos with Google’s new app: PhotoScan

In Uncategorized on November 29, 2016 at 13:55

Google now wants our oldest photos that remain in old family photo albums. Newly released mobile app PhotoScan helps you to do that. Of course, I have scanned the oldest photos and Google totally owns me now:)


Doesn’t my father look like Escobar? I should be 6 at this time (right)


This is my oldest photo. 13 April 1977. When I am 1.


I should be 4 here. My parents at a younger age…


I and my sister.


In my secondary school graduation. It should be 1996 Summer.


Guess where I am here. One of the girls was my very first crush in life.


My most nationalist moment.


I have had such glasses. I wonder why I did not have a girlfriend.


This is from the 1980 coup days. My father would take me for walks.


I am with my parents again.


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As Post-Truth is the 2016 Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year, other “Top Trending Words and Phrases of 2016

In Uncategorized on November 29, 2016 at 13:30

Post-Truth is the 2016 Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year

Top Trending Words and Phrases of 2016, Thus Far: Bigly, Brexit & Non-binary

AUSTIN, Texas July 15-17, 2016 – Bigly, Brexit, and ‘Non-binary’ lead the Top Trending Words and Phrases of 2016 thus far, followed by the Prince Symbol, Zika, Gun Violence / Gun Culture, Safe Place, Heroin and fentanyl according to the current word trends in global English being tracked by the Global Language Monitor, the big data, trend tracking consultancy.

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