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R.I.P John Freely, ‘the memory of Istanbul,’ #istanbul news roundup

In Uncategorized on April 21, 2017 at 15:16

John Freely, the well-known author of many history and travel books on Istanbul, Turkey and Greece, passed away on April 20 at age of 90.

R&K Insider: Inside Istanbul edition

Our woman in Istanbul took a tour through four neighborhoods in Istanbul with four very distinct views on President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s

In Istanbul’s ‘Little Syria,’ refugees want more from US

Hussein Esfira, centre, cuts the meat of a sheep inside the butchery in so called ‘Little Syria’, the nickname for Istanbul’scentral Aksaray

Istanbul: A city divided ahead of Turkey referendum

With days to go until the vote, Istanbul is covered in referendum propaganda. The ruling AK Party’s “Evet” (“Yes”) campaign banners are plastered on …
Istanbul’s Topkapı Palace Museum is undergoing the most comprehensive restoration project in its history. The ongoing 24 projects are expected to cost 220 million Turkish Liras, Culture and Tourism Minister Nabi Avcı has said in a statement

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#journalism agenda: Google on an international framework for digital evidence…Facebook wants to embrace great journalism [despite its algorithms…

In Uncategorized on April 21, 2017 at 11:26

Facebook’s in the midst of a serious campaign to convince everyone how much it cares about journalism.

Even at F8, the company’s giant developer conference taking place this week, it’s saucing on the charm.

An international framework for digital evidence

Today, we’re releasing the latest version of our Transparency Report regarding government requests for user data. In the second half of 2016, we received over 45,000 government requests for user data worldwide. This is the most government requests we’ve received for user data in a six-month period since we released our first transparency report in 2010.

Google is taking a counterintuitive approach to countering adblocking: building an adblocking feature of its own.

The Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday night that Google is considering bringing an adblocking feature to the desktop and mobile versions of its Chrome web browser. The feature, which could be turned on by default, would block ads that don’t meet the standards set by the Coalition for Better Ads (of which Google and Facebook, among others, are both members and pay to fund), such as pop-ups, prestitials, and auto-play videos that have sound.

After a short trip to China where he met with business and government leaders, Financial Times editor Lionel Barber was faced with a conundrum that many journalists know well.

Barber co-wrote a number of stories for the FT based on the interviews he conducted, but he still had interesting material pertaining to mergers and acquisitions that he couldn’t quite fit into any of his other pieces.

This free iOS app allows mobile journalists to create short videos with text, stickers and music
Take these tips on board to ensure a smoother 360-degree production process

Fake news is affecting people’s trust in the news they read on Facebook

A lot of people get their news on Facebook — but a lot of people don’t believe the news they read on Facebook.

That’s according to a new survey from BuzzFeed and Ipsos Public Affairs, who quizzed 3,000 American adults on their views about Facebook and the news. The results were not pretty. Over half of those who took the survey said they trust the news they read on Facebook “only a little” or “not at all.”

A few things to watch from this weekend’s International Journalism Festival in Perugia

If you weren’t in Italy the past few days, here are a few sessions to watch from the International Journalism Festival, which took place April 5–9 in Perugia. Videos of all the sessions are here, and the hashtag is here.

Fake news was, not surprisingly, a big topic; here’s Facebook’s Aine Kerr, journalist Mark Little, Poynter’s Alexios Mantzarlis, BuzzFeed’s Craig Silverman, and First Draft News’s Claire Wardle:

Members of Congress are back in their districts this week for the start of a two-week recess, and as the senators and representatives hold town halls and meet constituents, The Washington Post is asking its readers to help its coverage by sharing video and audio clips from meetings they attend.

“We’ll take suggestions for any topic that piques your interest, though we’re especially interested in health care, immigration, actions taken by President Trump’s administration, and the federal budget,” Post Fact Checker reporter Michelle Ye Hee Lee wrote in a letter to readers on the Post’s website.

By the time White House press secretary Sean Spicer called ProPublica a “left-wing blog” in an attempt to delegitimize its reporting on changes to Trump’s trust, ProPublica was ready.

“Since we’re in the actually in the biz of facts, we figured we’d respond w/ a few…” ProPublica began on Twitter on April 3, launching into a 16-tweet tweetstorm filled with facts on how it’s held people in power accountable. It ended with:

‘We define our stories as things that we can’t do in another context’
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Bulgaria, “quasi-media” on the rise

Media on government payroll and distrust by citizens make Bulgaria a symbol of deteriorating freedom of expression in Europe

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New photo from Facebook April 21, 2017 at 12:08PM

In Uncategorized on April 21, 2017 at 11:14

Bu arada Balneário Camboriú, Brezilya. via Reddit. via Facebook Pages

New photo from Facebook April 21, 2017 at 01:33AM

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2.5 Million Votes Might be Manipulated but police is already after protesters #TurkeyReferendum

In Uncategorized on April 20, 2017 at 18:31

Alev Korun from the Council of Europe Delegation of Observers has said “The YSK has made a decision to count unsealed ballots valid in contravention of the law”.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said the Turkey’s Supreme Election Board’s (YSK) refusal to annul the April 16 referendum was the final decision on the matter.
‘Yes’ campaign secured narrow win in referendum to amend Turkey’s constitution, but what will this mean for the region?
Time has come to start a fundamental discussion on EU-Turkey relations following the April 16 referendum on constitutional amendments shifting the country’s governance system to an executive presidency, EU Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn has said.

Turkey Arrests Dozens Over Referendum Protests

The police said the demonstrators were trying to “agitate people” against an expansion of presidential powers, a lawyer for one of the detainees said
Unscrupulous leaders can manipulate the political environment, making it more likely that they will win future contests and gain false legitimacy.
The distribution of “yes” and “no” votes in provinces is demonstrated on a map through transition of colors prepared by Feryal Salman from the Human Rights Joint Platform.

Crushing the ‘saboteurs’ in Turkey and the UK | Letters

There are indeed striking similarities between the political situations in Turkey and the UK (Editorial, 19 April). In both countries massive constitutional changes have been approved by wafer-thin majorities in referendums, following dubious and dishonest electoral tactics by supporters of the winning sides. In the aftermath, the changes have been portrayed as the “democratic will of the people” and an overwhelming mandate for rejecting the EU in its entirety, with those questioning these changes in any way labelled as traitors and saboteurs. And now Theresa May is seeking the type of autocratic power and silencing of all opposition to her plans (not just for a hard Brexit but divisive schemes such as new grammar schools and increased privatisation of the NHS as well) that mirror the ambitions of Turkey’s President Erdoğan.
Lee Bridges
Ilmington, Warwickshire

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New photo from Facebook April 20, 2017 at 03:38PM

In Uncategorized on April 20, 2017 at 14:39

Bu arada Fransa’da. “The Citadelle de Bitche” via Reddit. via Facebook Pages

Anthropology roundup: “George Soros: Public Enemy and Human Sacrifice

In Uncategorized on April 20, 2017 at 12:01

George Soros: Public Enemy and Human Sacrifice

George Soros is one busy man, particularly for an octogenarian. If the rumors are to be believed, he is single-handedly funding agitators in the United States and Hungary (and likely other Central and Eastern European countries as well). He is funneling money into Black Lives Matter and importing Muslim refugees into Europe in order to destroy Christian white Europe. He is the mastermind behind lobbying groups masquerading as civil sector organizations in Hungary that have the goal of bringing down the Hungarian nation. In short, he is the perfect enemy. Nick Cohen writes in a recent Guardian article, “If he did not exist, they would have to invent him. As the ‘George Soros’ they credit with supernatural power does not exist, you could say that they have invented them.”

Even if you are not attending #AAA2017 in Washington, D.C. you have probably already heard about how much it sucked to try to register for it. The stories of frustration and anger on social media were, frankly, pretty epic. Over the past few years, I’ve felt a grudging respect for AAA staff, who have tried to modernize the office and make the AAA into a respectable organization. But it’s hard to find a bright side in the #AAA2017 registration sage. Let’s face it: As the AAA gets more corporate, it begins to suck the way a corporation sucks.

professors contextualize conflict in syria

Though Syrian communities pre-date the modern world, Syria’s national identity is only about 72 years old. Since 2011, the country has been involved in a civil war with Sunni rebel groups, ISIS, Al Qaeda affiliates and Kurdish forces up against the Alawite authoritarian Assad regime. All sides of the war have committed human rights violations and contributed to the mass refugee crisis that has only been worsening in recent months. Last month, the United Nations led Geneva peace talks on Syria, but no agreements have been reached and the fighting continues.

Historical Background

Before World War I, Syria was a province of the Ottoman Empire. In 1920, when the Empire was split into mandates, Syria became a mandate under French control, while Palestine and Iraq were British mandates. In 1946, Syria became an independent nation, and France began to remove their troops. The process of gaining independence was rocky, as the French were hesitant to leave, but eventually they withdrew completely, leaving a new government to take over.

Abortion Rights Are Being Eroded

After Tea Party activists won decisive seats in the 2010 midterm elections, controversial abortion legislation has been passed throughout the country. Pressure to rescind abortion rights reached all the way to the Supreme Court in 2016. Alex Brandon/Associated Press

The United States is now at a critical political and historical moment. An unprecedentedly regressive Republican political trifecta is poised to repeal rights to abortion. This includes attempts to reverse the landmark 1973 Roe v. WadeSupreme Court decision, which affirmed women’s right to abortion under the Constitution.

Empathy of Anthropology — anthro/studio

The number one rule in practicing anthropology is to be empathetic. This rule is incredibly important in today’s technological landscape. As we get increasingly intimate with our devices, work places, and institutions, producers are beginning to employ empathy —— often under a process called human-centered design. The popularity of this “innovative” design philosophy made me wonder: what were they designing around to begin with?

Humanizing Business with Stories

During the first week of April, I had the opportunity visit Smith College, where I did my undergraduate degree.  I was there to talk to Anthropology majors, speak to a Methods class (Anthropology with a sprinkling of Design Thinking), and deliver a public lecture. It was great to be back on campus and interact with the

Artisanal Anthropology Workshop

Savage Minds is pleased to announce our first workshop in artisanal anthropology. As we imagine a future for our discipline that is both sustainable and ethical, it is necessary that we look to the traditions established by our founding mothers and fathers. Theirs was an honest scholarship that was based on a healthy respect for the process of crafting research by hand.

Nature’s Most Creative Copulators

For humans, sex is risky, socially complicated, and culturally loaded—but it’s almost always fun.David Williams

Because I regularly teach the history of anthropology, I have thought a lot about classical texts and the shape of our discipline. I also recently had a chance to sit in on a roundtable on Decolonizing Anthropology at #AES2017. Sitting in that panel reminded me of something that Max Weber said. I first encountered Weber’s thoughts on value ideals and concept formation in the 1990s. That was back in the day when Weber used to come over to my apartment and we would smoke out and watch anime. The time I’m thinking of, he got the munchies really bad and ate a pint of Ben & Jerry’s — a pint — before we even got to the first commercial break of the Cowboy Bebop episode we were watching. I was all like: “Freckles” — back then everyone called him Freckles — “Freckles, you just ate a pint of Ben and Jerry’s in, like, two minutes” and Weber just looked at me and said:

On February 20, migrants and British nationals came together for One Day Without Us rallies, demonstrations, and other events throughout the United Kingdom to celebrate the role of migrants in the country. Danny Lawson/PA Wire/Associated Press

Pandora’s Brew: The New Ayahuasca Part 5

“The New Paradigm”

Yesterday marked exactly a year since Ayahuasca Healings submitted to the DEA their petition for exemption from the Controlled Substances Act. The cover letter, dated April 4, 2016, sets the tone for some of the backpedaling that will follow:

At the outset, petitioners wish to admit that they were previously mistaken about the current state of the law regarding Ayahuasca…This misconception has since been corrected, and Petitioners offer their sincere apologies for any prior conduct which the DEA believes might have run afoul of its regulatory agenda…[AHNAC 2016:1]

This week in anthropological rebuttals to Charles Murray

Just when you think that The Bell Curve has been thoroughly debunked, it rears its ugly head…again. It’s like a weed that just won’t go away–and that should give us something to think about. Charles Murray, one of the authors of that book, is apparently on a US tour promoting his ideas about intelligence and race to a new generation. Oh great. But, all things considered, we shouldn’t be surprised that these ideas have once again resurfaced in the public sphere (they never really went anywhere, after all). Now is probably a good time to ask why these ideas persist, and why they get so much applause and support from certain segments of American society. Hmmm.

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Turkish election board rejects opposition appeal to nullify referendum AS Turkish Government Doesn’t Cooperate for Investigation into Infraction Allegations…

In Uncategorized on April 19, 2017 at 17:21

The Supreme Election Board (YSK) on April 19 rejected the opposition appeals to nullify the April 16 referendum on constitutional changes over irregularities
OSCE: It is fixed that YSK’s decision to count unsealed ballots valid contravenes Turkish legislations.
New York Times – Patrick Kingsley – Apr 19, 4:11 AM

ISTANBUL — Dozens of members of Turkey ‘s political opposition were arrested in dawn raids on Wednesday, as a crackdown began on those questioning the legitimacy of a referendum on Sunday to expand the powers of President Recep Tayyip

Ece Temelkuran’s Turkey: the Insane and the Melancholy (2016) chronicles Erdoğan’s paranoid style of politics and his lurch into authoritarian populism.

Erdoğan claims victory while supporters celebrate near Taksim Square, Istanbul. Depo Photos/PA Images. All rights reserved.“The slave begins by demanding justice and ends by wanting to wear a crown.” Albert Camus’ description of the journey taken by many a rebel is an apt characterisation of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s trajectory. Turkey’s President has gone from Islamist activist railing against his country’s authoritarian secular elites to untouchable sultan purging his enemies – real and imagined. He has become a cliché.

Erdoğan’s Pyrrhic Victory?

Turkey’s Easter Sunday referendum will create a new political system in 2019, after parliamentary and presidential elections that year, with executive power to be concentrated in the hands of a president who also leads a political party. But President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s campaign for the changes could cost him key voter groups.

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#Europe agenda: the French presidential election roundup….

In Uncategorized on April 19, 2017 at 15:36

All you need to know

A quick guide to the French presidential election – said to be the least predictable in decades.

Will France’s next president be innovative?

France’s election is a test-bed for democratic renewal. However, without a more coherent understanding of how to be more democratic, it is unlikely that the next French president will be truly innovative, writes Stephen Boucher.

France’s turmoil makes Brexit seem tame

But both hold consequences for NATO and the European Union.

French tragedy or farce: the 2017 presidential election – 1

Why Jean-Luc Mélenchon’s late surge? Are we about to see de Gaulle’s fifth republic replaced by a sixth? And in 2017, what does a Citizens’ Revolution look like?

The two frontrunners in the French presidential election, far-right leader Marine Le Pen and centrist Emmanuel Macron, staged rival rallies in Paris on Monday, while outsider Mélenchon cruised through the capital on a barge.

French candidates in final election push

Macron and Le Pen are leading in polls, but Fillon and Melenchon also stand a chance in France’s most unpredictable vote in decades.

EU in threat over Hungary university and asylum moves

The EU’s executive says recent conservative moves by Hungary could conflict with EU law and values.

Serbs continue to protest election outcome

Ten days of protests against Serbia’s election results continued on 13 April, with Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić minimising their importance, and the opposition saying that the political system needs changing. EURACTIV Serbia reports.

70,000 march in Budapest to protest legislative attack on Central European University

Joe writes, “Hungarians rose up in one of the largest protests against the seven-year rule of right-wing Prime Minister Viktor Orban on Sunday, protesting against new legislation that could force out of the country one of its top international universities.”

Belgrade’s voices of protest

Having decided to protest until the bitter end, the students of Serbia have received the support of both the police union and the military – “Against dictatorship”, against nepotism and corruption

Racially-charged US memes spread to France

How American internet “warriors” took their fight to France’s elections.

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Despite the referendum propaganda, “State of Emergency to Be Extended for 3 More Months

In Uncategorized on April 19, 2017 at 14:46

Vice PM Kurtulmuş has announced that the cabinet decision to extend the State of Emergency was submitted to the Grand National Assembly of Turkey
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has turned his claimed victory into political reality, but the vote’s legitimacy is still in doubt as observer groups list many concerns.
Having called the HDP voters “scumbags”, AKP MP Kocabıyık has sued sociologist Öztürk upon responding to Kocabıyık’s offense as “No, you are the scumbag”.

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