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Not without a scene: “Erdogan protesters beaten and ejected from New York speech…

In Uncategorized on September 22, 2017 at 18:12

Violence erupts at a New York hotel as protesters heckle Turkey’s leader with chants of “terrorist”.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan criticized the indictment of a former official accused of helping Iran evade sanctions imposed by the United States.
Following the Sept. 19 meeting between President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and French President Emmanuel Macron in New York, the Turkish Presidency issued an ironic message saying “meeting with the President of Turkey is valuable.”
The number of Turks seeking asylum in Germany is up sharply this year and has been rising steadily since last year’s failed coup attempt, German government data showed on Sept. 18.
Turkey’s Future Is Moving Backward

Turks once saw themselves as a people who could merge Muslim culture with Western democracy and secularism. Nobody believes that anymore.
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said on Sept. 13 that Turkey is distancing itself from the European Union and will not become a member of the bloc in the “foreseeable future.”
Turkey Signs Deal for Russian Missile System

The purchase flies in the face of NATO cooperation and is likely to stir unease in Washington and Brussels.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has criticized the reaction from Turkey’s NATO allies over Ankara’s recent decision to purchase S-400 missile systems from Russia, vowing to continue to take “all necessary measures” regarding national security.

Turkey’s President Assails U.S. Over Indictment of Ex-Minister

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan criticized the indictment of a former official accused of helping Iran evade sanctions imposed by the United States.

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#Cyberculture agenda: “List of dead and worthless cryptocurrencies…

In Uncategorized on September 22, 2017 at 12:51

List of dead and worthless cryptocurrencies

Deadcoins (by matixmatix) is a list of, well, dead coins: the Bitcoin-esque cryptocurrencies that failed to take off, which were scams or experiments, or which otherwise are now deceased. Or, perhaps they’re all dead, the new Bitcoin boom notwithstanding. Speaking of which, Bitcoin is dead, long live Bitcoin.

A Brief History of Sex on the Internet

Few foresaw that the Web would become the largest wank-off machine in creation. Though there were inklings.

Everything we know about how Facebook helped Trump win: A timeline

Facebook played a vital role in the outcome of the 2016 election—ask any digital director on one of the presidential campaigns, or maybe some Russian propagandists.

News that Facebook took at least $100,000 from Russian troll farms to promote socially and politically divisive content reignited discussion around just how much of an impact Facebook had in getting Donald Trump elected.

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New photo from Facebook September 22, 2017 at 12:04PM

In Uncategorized on September 22, 2017 at 11:26

Bir suikastçinin kitap şeklinde gizlenmiş zehir kutusu. 17. yy. via Reddit. via Facebook Pages

“69,301 Students Behind Bars in Turkey…

In Uncategorized on September 21, 2017 at 14:39

Minister of Justice has announced that 69,301 students were currently behind bars in Turkey. CHP İstanbul MP and member of Commission on Human Rights Watch İlgezdi pointed out to arising problems such as expulsion due to absence, lack of learning space and the inability to cover the costs of education.
Yahoo – Sep 19, 7:56 PM

Ankara (AFP) – When Dilara left Turkey for Dubai five years ago, her friends said she’d made a mistake. The economy was flourishing, the cultural scene was vibrant and relations with the West warm. But now, ‘most of my friends are sending me their

The Guardian – Alison Flood – Sep 18, 3:29 AM

The prominent Turkish novelist Ahmet Altan has written an essay from his prison cell on the eve of his trial, describing his detention in a high-security jail where he is forbidden to send “even a two-line letter to my loved ones

English PEN – Ahmet Altan – Sep 18

Ahmet Altan was imprisoned in Turkey with his brother Mehmet in September 2016. Despite being denied access to receiving and sending written communications, he wrote The Writer’s Paradox for publication on the eve of his trial, which starts on 19

Bloomberg – More stories by Kerim Karakaya – Sep 6, 7:00 PM

Days after last year’s failed coup, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his allies set to work creating a wealth fund to safeguard what is now about $200 billion of assets, including cash, property and shares. Since then, officials have been

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A video: The Fact Checker’s 10th anniversary

In Uncategorized on September 21, 2017 at 11:24

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One wonders why: “#istanbul drops 12 places in global financial centers index….

In Uncategorized on September 20, 2017 at 17:56

In a leading index of global financial centers, Istanbul has fallen 12 places to 78th, despite a rise in its rating, among 92 centers across the globe on factors such as infrastructure and access to high quality staff.

Istanbul Biennial launches International Billboard Project to encourage dialogue between cities

The 2017 Istanbul Biennial has installed billboards around the world that pair photographs with slogans that raise questions about neighbourliness in …

Istanbul’s Hobbit House: recycled refuge where children are in charge

Hidden in the back streets of old Istanbul, the Hobbit House is no ordinary children’s centre. For a start, the children are in charge. Secondly, many a

Rich Kids of Istanbul boast of luxurious lives with jets, flash cars and pet snakes and tigers

You might have an expensive sports car as a Rich Kid of Istanbul. But when you hang out with your pals, the RKoI prefer to sit on the windscreen and

Fake News and History Books – The Istanbul Pogrom

The Istanbul pogrom, therefor, was carried out based on the fake news that Mustafa Kemal Atatürk’s birthplace in Thessaloniki, Greece had been

Contemporary Istanbul Showing Iranian Art

S hirin Art Gallery showcased artworks by four Iranian artists at the 12th Contemporary Istanbul (CI), an art fair in Turkey, September 14-17

Istanbul biennial hires provocative curators, but where’s the political art?

Scandinavian duo Elmgreen and Dragset say biennial offers a nuanced perspective on the country, but Turkish artists admit need to censor their work

In recent years the Istanbul biennial has grappled with subjects such as the city’s anti-authoritarian protests in Gezi Park in 2013 and Europe’s migration crisis. In 2009 the biennial’s manifesto said “politically neutral art is a means of policing the art world”.

Subverting Expected Narratives, Elmgreen & Dragset Curate an Indirectly Political 15th Istanbul …

Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset, the curators of this year’s Istanbul Biennial, stand for a signature approach of narrativistic subversions and

Historical areas in Istanbul have deteriorated badly

Historic Areas of Istanbul: Historical areas in Istanbul have deteriorated badly – See 9305 traveller reviews, 22538 candid photos, and great deals for

Let’s visit Contemporary Istanbul

This year, the 12th edition of the Contemporary Istanbul art fair has been opened to visitors. At the opening, I personally witnessed the immense

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Meanwhile in #Europe: “Juncker’s full 2017 State of the Union speech

In Uncategorized on September 16, 2017 at 14:32

Juncker’s full 2017 State of the Union speech

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker’s annual State of the Union speech covered what the EU achieved last year and where the bloc is heading.
Juncker calls for united EU under one leader

The Commission president wants his position to be merged with the presidency of the European Council, and for all EU states to be in the eurozone and Schengen by 2019, post-Brexit.
Without changing treaties, Juncker changes the EU

The long-awaited State of the Union address delivered by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on Wednesday (13 September) has boldly set a plan for EU institutional change, without changing the Treaties.
Russia’s Zapad war games unnerve West

From planes, radars and ships in the Baltics, NATO officials say they are watching Russia’s biggest war games since 2013 with “calm and confidence”, but many are unnerved about what they see as Moscow testing its ability to wage war against the West.
Prosecutors order council leaders to appear for questioning over the banned independence referendum.

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It is just disgusting: Ultranationalist mob attacked Kurdish politician’s mother’s funeral ceremony…

In Uncategorized on September 16, 2017 at 13:02

Here in this photo, one of the attackers (R) is seen with Turkey’s current Minister of Internal Affairs (L)…

I believe even the ordinary AKP voters would not initiate such an attack. AKP leadership’s current alliance with Turkish ultranationalists is triggering these disgusting actions. I feel like Turkish security system is hijacked by all these dark personas whose evil deeds that took place in 1990s are to re-emerge….
An attack was carried out on the funeral ceremony of arrested HDP Deputy Co-Chair Aysel Tuğluk’s mother Hatun Tuğluk. Tuğluk’s family exhumed Aysel Tuğluk’s body and took it back the djemevi.
The burial of the mother jailed Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) deputy co-chair Aysel Tuğluk was attacked by a group chanting racist slogans in the capital Ankara late on Sept. 13, temporarily preventing the burial from taking place
Their supporters say the government does not want them to be seen in their emaciated state.

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Reading “Night Train to Lisbon”, staying in Switzerland and thinking about a project in Lisbon…

In Uncategorized on September 15, 2017 at 19:02

Just another view from the cabin.

It was in my reading list and I started to read the novel, Night Train to Lisbon. It was a good coincidence that I came to Zurich and now in Austria we are talking about the project that will take place in Lisbon. The main protagonist in the novel is from Switzerland. Although not from Zurich, I can still feel as if I am in where he used to be. Then the protagonist goes to Lisbon and his narrations remind me my previous stays in Lisbon. The novel is melancholic and it makes me melancholic, too. But apart from that it creates locational sensations.

Meanwhile, our meeting continues. It is actually a meeting, not metaphorical, in that beautiful cabin I mentioned in an earlier post. We are hosted by dear Prof. Tanja EISELEN, FHV University’s rector.

The pre-meeting team.



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#istanbul news: “New art complex awakens hopes for Istanbul’s dying Istiklal Avenue

In Uncategorized on September 15, 2017 at 10:37


Çağdaş Erdoğan arrested in Istanbul

Turkish photographer Çağdaş Erdoğan has been arrested in Istanbul, … into custody whilst taking photographs in Istanbul’s central Kadikoy district.

New art complex awakens hopes for Istanbul’s dying Istiklal Avenue

ISTANBUL, Sept. 14 (Xinhua) — A newly renovated and grand art complex was just opened on Istiklal Avenue, rekindling hopes for a revival of art and .

Istanbul: A Megacity in the Light of Turkey’s Political Transformation

This book is the result of more than twenty years of social, economic, and urban observations and investigations by a geographer[i] in Istanbul, a city …
The paradoxical position of the Istanbul Biennial

In 1995, the fourth Istanbul Biennial took the theme ‘Orient/ation: The Vision of Art in a Paradoxical World’. Curated by René Block, it featured the likes …
Istanbul Biennial

Each Istanbul Biennial is the result of a different curatorial approach. It is always exciting to unveil new layers of the city through different perspectives

Istanbul drops 12 places in global financial centers index

In a leading index of global financial centers, Istanbul has fallen 12 places to 78th, despite a rise in its rating, among 92 centers across the globe on

The Collaborative Spirit Comes to Istanbul as Galleries Open New Hub

This week, as the city of Istanbul readies for the opening of the 15thIstanbul Biennial, and as Contemporary Istanbul—the city’s main art fair—is about

Awaited Istanbul earthquake may destroy 600000 building units: Minister

Some 600,000 independent building units in Istanbul are facing the risk of collapse in the event of a strong earthquake expected to rattle the country’

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