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Tragically funny boycott calls and “terror figures on social media plotting” while negotiations continue. Turkey might just release Pastor Brunson…

In Uncategorized on August 14, 2018 at 23:36

Erdoğan says Turkey will boycott US electronic products

Turkish president issues defiant response amid slide in lira fuelled by standoff with US

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said Turkey will boycott electronic products from the US, as he issued another defiant response to sanctions imposed in a dispute over the detention of an American evangelical pastor.

The remarks by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan come as the country grapples with a worsening economic crisis and a widening diplomatic dispute with the United States.
White House Security Adviser Bolton and Ambassador to Washington Kılıç have held a meeting. Reporting the meeting, Bloomberg correspondent has said, “Fed up with Turkey, Trump is refusing to offer anything else in exchange for Pastor Brunson”
US President Donald Trump has approved the law draft which has stopped the delivery of F-35 jets to Turkey.

Andrew Brunson: the US pastor at the heart of an international crisis

Evangelical missionary, indicted in Turkey on charges of espionage and links to terror groups, is martyr in eyes of US Christian right

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s hubris has destablised a nation of pivotal regional importanceHubris begets nemesis, as the ancient Greeks opined. It’s a life lesson Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Turkey’s arrogant leader, appears unable to absorb as his country teeters over an abyss of his making. Erdoğan argued in June’s elections that an all-powerful executive presidency was the best way to govern – and he was the best man for the job. His wish was granted. Now Turkey is in crisis. The fall from grace – this shattering of the omnipotent strongman-sun king image – has come more quickly than anybody imagined. And since Erdoğan is in sole charge these days, he will be hard put to avoid sole blame.


Turkey lira crisis: Six things you need to know

A breakdown of the events, causes and effects, as Turkey’s currency collapses amid a diplomatic row with the US.
Turkey’s Financial Crime Investigation Board (MASAK) has launched a probe into what it described as “fake news” aiming to manipulate economy.
Calling out to US President Donald Trump by saying, “You can be a President all you want,” President Erdoğan has stated that the movements in the foreign exchange do not have an economic basis. Erdoğan has also added, “There are several economic terror figures on social media.”
Addressing the industrialists, President Erdoğan has said, “Do not rush to the banks to buy foreign currency. Otherwise, I would have to implement the plans B and C.”
The Kremlin said on Aug. 13 that Russia favoured bilateral trade with all countries in their national currencies, rather than the dollar, but that the idea needed detailed work before being implemented.
The Turkish lira continues to slide, and that’s starting to affect markets and currencies around the world.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said Aug. 13 his country is under an economic “siege” that has nothing to do with its economic indicators.

How serious is Turkey’s lira crisis and what are the implications?

The options as the country’s economic growth displays the classic signs of overheating

‘We can just pray to God’: Turks struggle as lira crisis bites

The currency crash and high inflation have made lives harder, with many blaming Erdoğan

On a normal day, Abdulmecit’s barber shop not far from the medieval Galata tower in Istanbul would be bustling with customers. A week before the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha, men would stream in for a shave or haircut before the holidays.


The Guardian view on Turkey’s currency crisis: it was made at home | Editorial

President Erdoğan won elections on the back of an economy that was boosted by cheap credit. Now the bills are coming due and no provision has been made to pay them

Erdogan, Trump and the ‘Plot’ Against the Lira

Tariffs and tweets have worsened a dispute between the United States and Turkey.

Trump misunderstanding over prisoner fuelled lira crisis – Ankara sources

US president believed he had secured deal with Turkish president to secure release of pastor, sources say

The currency plunge imperilling Turkey’s economy has been fuelled by a standoff between Donald Trump and Recep Tayyip Erdoğan over the fate of a Turkish woman detained in Israel whose freedom the US president brokered, and an American pastor held in Turkeywhose release he demands in return, officials in Ankara have claimed.

Erdoğan’s high-risk path is surely leading Turkey to the IMF | Nils Pratley

Refusing standard monetary medicine means following Argentina is logical conclusion

There is not an easy way for Turkey to escape its financial crisis but three measures that might contain the coming pain would be these. First, raise interest rates to try to put a floor under the plunging lira. Second, tone down the bellicose rhetoric and certainly don’t pick new fights with the US. Third, call the International Monetary Fund.


Turkish lira crash ripples through global currency markets

Peso and rand are knock-on casualties of currency slide after lira falls 8% against dollar

A fresh plunge in the Turkish lira sent tremors through global currency markets on Monday, amid fears that the failure of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s government to tackle its worsening financial crisis would have a domino effect on other vulnerable countries.

Turkish financial crisis: Erdoğan says ‘attacks will continue’ – as it happened

All the day’s economic and financial news, as Turkey’s crisis hits shares and currencies around the globe


Lira crisis: action by Turkey’s central bank fails to quell contagion fears

Euro falls to one-year low as investors worry lira’s crash could infect European markets

The country’s finance minister says it will unveil details of its plan on Monday morning.

Turkish Regulators Step In to Deal With Fall in Currency

Turkish banks’ ability to swap liras for foreign currencies was curbed. The lira has been dropping since President Trump said he would raise tariffs on Turkish imports.
The Financial Times – Laura Pitel in Istanbul – Aug 13, 12:21 AM

The Turkish lira was trading sharply lower on Monday even after the country’s central bank announced measures to shore up the financial system amid warnings of a deepening crisis. The beleaguered currency fell as much as 11 per cent to a new record


Losing Faith Fast, Istanbul Merchants Throw in Towel on the Lira

And at the heart of Istanbul’s merchant capital, in the world’s oldest covered market, there are signs it’s starting to damage his credibility and chipping …

Turks Rally Behind Erdogan as Dispute with U.S. Deepens

As President Erdogan responded to U.S. sanctions with sanctions of his own, even his opponents cheers, but many worried about the fall in the lira.
With Turkish-American relations souring, the focus should be on freeing the imprisoned American citizens and Turkish staff of the United States embassy.

Reuters – Reuters Editorial – Aug 12, 12:57 PM

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – The Turkish lira sank to a fresh record low of 7.24 to the dollar in early Asia Pacific trade, as investor worries over the state of the economy and deteriorating ties with the United States continued to drag down the currency


Bloomberg – Constantine Courcoulas – Aug 12, 9:04 AM

As everyone knows, there are two sides to every trade. With more than 80 million Turks substantially poorer following a plunge in their currency, the winners were foreigners behind the velvet ropes at Istanbul’s Istinye Park Mall. They were lining

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New photo from Facebook August 14, 2018 at 10:47PM

In Uncategorized on August 14, 2018 at 23:16

Bu arada Monaco’da. via Facebook Pages

Amnesty campaign: #FreeShahidulAlam “The Bangladeshi authorities must immediately and unconditionally release Shahidul Alam

In Uncategorized on August 14, 2018 at 22:11

I met Mr. Alam in Berlin at a digital activism awards jury meeting. A nice and gentle person. I hope he will be released soon.

Bangladesh: Release photographer and end violent crackdown on …

Aug 6, 2018 – Shahidul Alam must be immediately and unconditionally released. … said Omar Waraich,Amnesty International’s Deputy South Asia Director.

Shahidul Alam was picked up by police for ‘provocative comments’ after media interviews about crackdown on protesters.

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Quoted in the CPJ report: “How Turkey silences journalists online, one removal request at a time

In Uncategorized on August 13, 2018 at 23:36


A picture representing a mugshot of the Twitter bird–Twitter’s logo–is seen on a smartphone with a Turkish flag on March 26, 2014, in Istanbul, during the ban of the platform for about two weeks in the country. (AFP/Ozan Kose)

On June 19, Abdülhamit Bilici, the last editor-in-chief of the now-shuttered Turkish paper Zaman, tweeted about the decline of press freedom in his home country. If you can see his tweet, you are probably not in Turkey because it is among the over 1.5 million tweets belonging to journalists and media outlets censored there under Twitter’s “country withheld content” (CWC) policy.Since 201213 countries have used Twitter’s CWC tool to effectively censor content, according to the social media platform’s transparency reports. Governments usually cite laws around national security, counter-terrorism, defamation, or hate speech when requesting removals.

Internet connectivity will be partially disrupted throughout Turkey from the 10th of August to protect a Qatar-owned media group’s sports broadcasting rights.

Turkish courts have ordered the periodic disruption of all internet live video streams in Turkey provided by Twitter Inc. under the Periscope service, known as Scope in Turkey, at times when Turkish premier league soccer matches are being aired by the group’s Digitürk brand.

Despite spending more than 20 months in prison, the Kurdish political leader Selahattin Demirtas finished third in Turkey’s election. But life may only get harder now.

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Bracing for impact (for a possible “Black Monday”) tomorrow… [ Volumes Surge on Turkey’s Crypto Exchanges as Lira Tanks]

In Uncategorized on August 13, 2018 at 02:11

A selection of tweets below that might give the reader some clues…

Turkish president says his country will not back down to ‘the bullets, cannonballs and missiles of economic wars’.

Global markets braced for hectic trading as Turkish crisis unfolds

Erdoğan accuses foreign interests of waging trade war after lira goes into freefall

Global markets are braced for another hectic day of trading amid Turkey’s unfolding economic crisis after the country’s currency, the lira, plunged 20% to record lows on Friday.

Erdoğan or the central bank have days to prevent a tsunami of selling and a collapse of the lira

Q&A: Why is the Turkish lira in freefall and should we worry?

As the currency plunges holidays in Turkey get cheaper but markets fear of contagion

Turkey’s currency is in freefall, its exports face US sanctions, inflation is rising but its president is defiant. So what’s going on in the country with 80 million inhabitants that is a key Nato ally?


The New York Times – Landon Thomas Jr. – Aug 11, 2:00 AM

For the last seven years, Tim Lee has been warning that a financial crisis in Turkey would set off a wider calamity in global markets. Just about nobody listened — until now. A plunge in the Turkish lira and the prospect that the country


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As the currency crisis deepens, Turkish leaders put all the blame on foreign interventions…

In Uncategorized on August 11, 2018 at 08:18

The son-in-law’s presentation today was utterly ridiculous. They are just making fun of citizens… 

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan tried to restore confidence in the Turkish lira after it plunged by more than 20% against the dollar on Friday. The sudden drop came when Donald Trump announced on Twitter he was doubling US import tariffs on Turkish steel and aluminium.

The Minister of Finance and Customs Albayrak delivered his speech at the publicity meeting, where he introduced the “New Economic Model”, when the exchange rate of US Dollar was 6.13 TRY. In the course of his speech, the exchange rate has hit 6.56 TRY.

Trump Doubles Tariffs on Turkey as Its Currency Craters

The president’s decision, announced in a tweet, raised the possibility of further tariff escalations with China and other countries whose currencies are falling against the dollar.

How Turkey Sees the Crisis with the U.S.

Unilateral actions against Turkey by the United States will undermine American interests and force Turkey to look for other friends and allies.
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Aug. 10 he had authorized higher tariffs on imports from Turkey, imposing a 20 percent duty on aluminum and 50 percent one on steel, as tensions mount between the two NATO allies over Ankara’s imprisonment of an evangelical pastor and other diplomatic issues.
Treasury and Finance Minister Berat Albayrak has vowed to execute Turkey’s new economic model together with “all national and international stakeholders,” while adopting a “decisive” approach.
US State Department Spokesperson Nauert has touched upon the bilateral meeting held with delegation from Turkey and said that they will “define progress as Pastor Brunson being brought home”.
The loss of confidence in the currency reflects tension between Ankara and Washington, as well as concerns among foreign investors over domestic policies.
Turkey’s currency falls 20% as the US leader announces a doubling of metal tariffs on the Nato ally.
A Litany of Grievances: How Turkish-American Relations Deteriorated

The case of a detained American pastor seemed to trigger the latest salvo. But a long list of complaints has been building between the two NATO allies.

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Turkish leadership refuses to accept economic crisis as 1 USD reaches 5.50 TRY…

In Uncategorized on August 10, 2018 at 00:48

Turkish lira reaches record low after U.S. says reviewing duty-free accessReuters –

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – The Turkish lira tumbled to a record low against the dollar on Monday, after the Trump administration said it was reviewing Turkey’s duty-free access to the U.S. market, a move that could affect some $1.66 billion

IMF: No sign Turkey considering asking fund for financial aidHurriyet Daily News Turkey has not asked for any financial aid from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the fund said in a statement.

Opinion | The Rupture Between Washington and Ankara

The New York Times – Amberin Zaman

Turkey’s relations with the United States have been unremittingly rotten for some time. They took a sharp turn for the worse when last week the U.S. Treasury slapped Turkey’s interior and justice ministers with sanctions inspired by the Global

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#Anthropology roundup: “Can Cryptocurrency Revolutionize the Rituals of Money?

In Uncategorized on August 7, 2018 at 00:47

Can Cryptocurrency Revolutionize the Rituals of Money?

 SAPIENS by Sara Ceraldi

[no-caption] Andrew Baker/Getty Images

Objects—pieces of paper, coins, lumps of precious metal—may serve as currency and represent specific monetary values, but what underpins the exchange of money is trust. We trust that our money will retain its value, that others will be willing to trade for it, and that it will still be in the bank when we come back for it. In recent years, cryptocurrency has emerged as a disruptive alternative to traditional money. Fundamentally, cryptocurrencies like bitcoin and ethereum function by replacing trust in banks and the government with trust in digital cryptography.

How Human Smarts Evolved

SAPIENS by Douglas Fox  /

[no-caption] Sara López Gilabert/SAPIENS

Suzana Herculano-Houzel spent most of 2003 perfecting a macabre recipe—a formula for brain soup. Sometimes she froze the jiggly tissue in liquid nitrogen, and then she liquefied it in a blender. Other times she soaked it in formaldehyde and then mashed it in detergent, yielding a smooth, pink slurry.

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The Myth of Racial Purity in Roman Britain

This model at the Museum of London depicts the first bridge over the River Thames, which was built by the Romans in the first century. Steven G. Johnson/Wikimedia Commons

This article was originally published at The Conversation and has been republished under Creative Commons.

Our knowledge about the people who lived in Roman Britain has undergone a sea change over the past decade. New research has rubbished our perception of it as a region inhabited solely by white Europeans. Roman Britain was actually a highly multicultural society that included newcomers and locals with black African ancestry and dual heritage, as well as people from the Middle East.

Repeat photography & coastal change: From notes and ideas to research method

 anthro{dendum} by Ryan  

Image 1: Storm battering the coast of Cabo Pulmo, 10:38 am on September 3, 2012.

You never know when or how new research will begin. Let alone how you’re going to do it. That’s why it’s always good to take notes…and photographs.

Why Are Some Caves Full of Shoes?

SAPIENS by Stephen E. Nash 

I’ve spent a good chunk of my life hiking the U.S. Southwest, and I’ve kicked my share of sharp rocks and prickly cactuses as I’ve walked across hot sandy stretches of desert. My hiking boots usually provide adequate protection, but I’ve endured an abundance of cuts, burns, and punctures. So I’ve often wondered: What did people do to protect their feet 1,000 years ago? And that begs another question: Did ancient people need footwear, or were their feet so tough and weathered that they could go barefoot most of the time?

As Seas Rise, Ancient Footprints Are Revealed

SAPIENS by Andrew Curry 

Archaeologists are uncovering footprints on beaches from Canada to South Africa. The oldest human footprints, one of which is shown here, were found in Tanzania and date back over 3 million years. John Reader/Science Photo Library

This article was originally published in Hakai Magazine, an online publication about science and society in coastal ecosystems. Read more stories like this at

Just below the South African village of Brenton-on-Sea, there’s a beach that looks like something out of a tourism brochure: a tiny, sheltered bay with 50 meters of sandy beach at low tide, backed by 100-meter sea cliffs rising into a blue sky. Right where sand and cliffs meet, there is a low-ceilinged cave carved out of the surrounding stone by pounding waves.

The Incas’ Knotty History

SAPIENS by Manuel Medrano and Gary Urton 

Khipu in the Museo Machu Picchu, Casa Concha, Cusco. Wikimedia Commons

This article was originally published at Aeon.

The Inca Empire (1400–1532) is one of few ancient civilizations that speaks to us in multiple dimensions. Instead of words or pictograms, the Incas used khipus—knotted string devices—to communicate extraordinarily complex mathematical and narrative information. But, after more than a century of study, we remain unable to fully crack the code of the khipus. The challenge rests not in a lack of artifacts—over 1,000 khipus are known to us today—but in their variety and complexity. We confront tens of thousands of knots tied by different people, for different purposes, and in different regions of the empire. Cracking the code amounts to finding a pattern in history’s knotted haystack.

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A substantive piece on purged academics: “Beyond the purge: How academics in Turkey are facing up to repression by reimagining education

In Uncategorized on August 6, 2018 at 23:27

Beyond the purge: How academics in Turkey are facing up to repression by reimagining education

Journalist Elif Ince spoke with Derya Keskin, Ulaş Bayraktar and Julia Strutz about how some academics from Turkey are responding to the crackdown in the country by re-imagining “the academy”….

Kültürhane’s library has eight thousand donated books, mostly from dismissed academics

Kültürhane’s library has eight thousand donated books, mostly from dismissed academics

Turkey to block Twitter Periscope live streaming service during super league football matches
Turkey Blocks – Aug 4, 6:49 AM
Internet connectivity will be partially disrupted throughout Turkey from the 10th of August to protect a Qatar-owned media group’s sports broadcasting rights. Turkish courts have ordered the periodic disruption of all internet live video streams in

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#Cyberculture agenda: “Authoritarians used to be scared of social media, now they rule it

In Uncategorized on August 6, 2018 at 23:27

new report from the Institute For the Future on “state-sponsored trolling” documents the rise and rise of government-backed troll armies who terrorize journalists and opposition figures with seemingly endless waves of individuals who bombard their targets with vile vitriol, from racial slurs to rape threats.

Killing speech softly: How the world’s biggest tech companies are quietly censoring critical expression in the Middle East

 Global Voices Online by Afef Abrougui 

Graphic by Omar Momani for 7iber (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

This post is published as part of an editorial partnership between Global Voices and Ranking Digital Rights.

Following the Charlie Hebdo shootings in January 2015, Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg posted a message reflecting on religion, free expression and the controversial editorial line of the magazine….

Amazon’s facial recognition AI confuses politicians with criminals

The Next Web by Tristan Greene 

Nearly a decade ago a 47-year-old black woman named Denise Green was pulled from her vehicle and held at gunpoint by six San Francisco police officers. One of them pointed a shotgun at her face, another handcuffed her and directed her to kneel. Despite having a history of knee problems, Green complied with every order given. Twenty minutes later she was released, free to go about her life. The police initially suspected Green of driving a stolen vehicle when a machine learning algorithm designed to scan license plates misidentified hers, and incorrectly flagged her car as stolen. 

Facebook’s Scandals Are Finally Starting to Hurt Its Business 

Slate Articles by April Glaser  

Until now, Facebook has appeared to be immune to the litany of scandals its business has generated over the past couple of years, with ever-increasing growth in revenue and users and an unsinkable stock price. On Wednesday, its ability to coast on its years of success finally seemed to give out. On an earnings call with investors, Facebook reported that its revenue grew by 42 percent over the same time last year, reaching $13.2 billion for the quarter—a number that was lower than the $13.3 billion analysts expected. The slight miss may have been what sent Facebook’s stock plunging more than 23 percent after the call in after-hours trading, but more likely it’s what’s going on with some of the social network’s metrics.

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