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#TurkeyElections – Main opposition’s candidate, İnce, is surprisingly successful in TV performances

In Uncategorized on May 31, 2018 at 22:04

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Muharrem İnce likes to take selfies with journalists after the talk…

Some fans produce Muharrem İnce videos like the one below. Remix culture at work. Fragments from İnce TV performances:

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In the meantime, a local AKP branch used a mosque during its election campaign…

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New photo from Facebook May 31, 2018 at 12:22PM

In Uncategorized on May 31, 2018 at 11:26

Kendi VPN’imizi Kuruyoruz! 6 Haziran’da by @tbidorgtr via Facebook Pages https://ift.tt/1heKubC

Europe’s largest wooden building awaits salvation off #Istanbul…Istanbul news roundup…

In Uncategorized on May 30, 2018 at 18:44

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Europe’s largest wooden building awaits salvation off Istanbul

Built at the end of the 19th century on an island off Istanbul, this unique 6-storey structure once served as a home for Greek Orthodox orphans until it
WOODEN. Piet Jaspaert, vice president of Europa Nostra heritage organization poses in front of the old Prinkipo Greek Orthodox orphanage at Princes island in Istanbul. Photo by Ozan Kose/AFP

WOODEN. Piet Jaspaert, vice president of Europa Nostra heritage organization poses in front of the old Prinkipo Greek Orthodox orphanage at Princes island in Istanbul. Photo by Ozan Kose/AFP

WOODEN. Piet Jaspaert, vice president of Europa Nostra heritage organization poses in front of the old Prinkipo Greek Orthodox orphanage at Princes island in Istanbul. Photo by Ozan Kose/AFP

Cisterns of Istanbul serve cultural life

Istanbul’s historic cisterns were built in the Byzantine era to meet the city’s water needs. Today, they draw the attention of tourists interested in culture and art

Greek Orthodox orphanage, Europe’s largest wooden building, awaits salvation off Istanbul

Built at the end of the 19th century on an island off Istanbul, this unique six-storey structure once served as a home for Greek Orthodox orphans until it …

Istanbul’s cabbies give Uber nasty ride

When night settles over Istanbul, Ahmet’s hand stretches down to check the steel pipe hidden under the driver’s seat of his Uber taxi. He is worried
Joan Baez comes to Istanbul

Folk legend Joan Baez will be in Istanbul as part of the world tour of her album ‘Whistle Down the Wind.’ She will take the stage at the Harbiye Open

Istanbul’s Leading Contemporary Art Space Reopens in a Very Different Turkey

ISTANBUL — Last month, more than two years after it had closed for “technical reasons,” SALT Beyoğlu celebrated its reopening. It was a jubilant

Meanwhile in the İstanbul Metro

A new floating pier in Istanbul’s Karaköy district was installed in the early hours of May 24, due to go into service later this month after 10 years closed.

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New photo from Facebook May 29, 2018 at 08:34PM

In Uncategorized on May 29, 2018 at 20:11

Edinburgh’da Yazarlar Müzesi…via Reddit. via Facebook Pages https://ift.tt/1heKubC

Cyberculture news in Steampunk Style: “The first cyberattack took place nearly 200 years ago in France… “Why London in 1854 was the world’s first smart city…

In Uncategorized on May 29, 2018 at 15:29

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France created a national mechanical telegraph system in the 1790s; in 1834, a pair of crooked bankers named François and Joseph Blanc launched the first cyberattack, poisoning the data that went over the system in order to get a trading advantage in the bond market. (more…)

Why London in 1854 was the world’s first smart city


What’s the first name that comes to mind when you think about a smart city? Elon Musk? Jeff Bezos? Travis Kalanick? It’s natural that we should leap to the technologists. Smart cities are, after all, about technology: driverless cars, drone deliveries, and Minority Report-style signs that change depending on who’s looking at them. But I’ll tell you who I think of first: an English physician called John Snow. An unusual choice, perhaps, given that he died in 1858. The reason I mention him is that as we think about the future of our urban spaces, it’s important to recognize that…

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Le Point cover is the latest in Turkey vs. France…

In Uncategorized on May 29, 2018 at 13:34

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French magazine Le Point said it had suffered harassment and intimidation by supporters of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan after it labelled him “The Dictator” on its front cover.

Support by Macron to Le Point Cover: Freedom of Press is Priceless

The President of France Emmanuel Macron has posted a tweet about Le Point magazine’s cover of President Erdoğan entitled “Le Dictateur” and said, “Freedom of the press is priceless; without it, here would be a dictatorship.”
After Le Point magazine’s cover of Erdoğan entitled “Le Dictateur” being taken down off, OSCE representative Désir has said, “Trying to export censorship to other countries is unacceptable”.
Two Turkish officers who fled to Greece following the July 2016 coup attempt were granted political refugee status on May 23 after an appeal lodged by the Greek government was rejected, Agence France-Presse reported, citing a judicial source.
Israeli lawmakers on May 23 approved a motion to hold a plenary debate on “recognizing the Armenian genocide,” as relations between Israel and Turkey continue their downward spiral.
Al-Monitor – Cengiz Candar – May 18, 5:38 AM

While the recent diplomatic rift between Israel and Turkey indicates a further deterioration in relations, the Turkish government has avoided taking concrete steps that could directly hurt Israel, whereas the Israeli response to Turkey’s rhetoric

 

The trial of Mehmet Hakan Atilla depicted high-level corruption in Turkey, and strained that country’s relations with the United States.

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Turkey’s internet speed in shambles:(

In Uncategorized on May 29, 2018 at 09:34

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#TurkeyElections- 144 Thousand [Kurdish] Voters to Vote at Ballot Boxes to be Moved…

In Uncategorized on May 28, 2018 at 16:41

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Supreme Election Board President Güven has said, “The number of voters to cast vote at the ballot boxes planned to be moved is 144 thousand”.

Turkey to implement cyber-security and social media blocking measures during June elections

Cyber-security and ICT incident response teams are to collaborate with the National Intelligence Organization during upcoming elections in June. Through the days of the election, the coordinated team will meet at the USOM cyber-incident response centre of the ICTA authority to implement coordinated cyber-security measures and online content blocking.

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“Abnormal” content on social media to be blocked amid cyber-security operations planned during upcoming June electionshttps://turkeyblocks.org/2018/05/25/turkey-cyber-security-social-media-blocking-june-elections/ 

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Cyber-security and ICT incident response teams are to collaborate with the National Intelligence Organization MIT during upcoming elections in June. Through the days of the election, the coordinated…

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In an interview with Turkish newspaper Hurriyet, deputy undersecretary of the Ministry of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications Galip Zerey outlined a series of measures to be taken to protect the electoral informatics system SECSIS during the June 2018 presidential and parliamentary elections.

Measures to be taken by the coordinated group during the election,

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Turkey will become a software-production base after the early elections on June 24, CHP presidential candidate Muharrem İnce vowed as part of his election promises on May 24

Turmoil for Turkey’s Trump

Incompetence at the top doesn’t really matter, until it does.
Turkey’s central bank has reacted to the drop in the value of the lira by raising key interest rates. The Turkish currency had already lost roughly a quarter of its value since the start of the year when it came under additional pressure on Wednesday morning after Japanese investors divested en masse. What are the factors behind the slump?

Why Turkey’s Erdoğan might actually lose the June 24 snap elections

The rise of authoritarianism in Turkey has gone hand in hand with a de-institutionalization, in favour of what many call the “one man regime”. How long can that last?

 

The OSCE’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) formally opened its election observation mission in Turkey on May 24 for the snap presidential and parliamentary elections to take place on June 24.
Broadened freedoms and rights, a stronger administrative system and a strong economy are among the main promises of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has announced while unveiling his manifesto for the June 24 early elections and introducing his candidates for parliament.

Erdoğan in Sarajevo: the Bosnians will pay the price

The recent electoral rally that Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan held in Sarajevo highlighted the difficulties of today’s Bosnia Herzegovina and the contradictions of Europe

Turkey’s snap elections: a level playing field?

The question remains whether the next elections will be free and fair. In light of Turkey’s recent political development, this is highly unlikely: the end of democracy sometimes comes not with a coup but with a vote.

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan poses for photos with children in commando uniforms as he addresses the members of his ruling party at the parliament in Ankara, Turkey, Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018. DepoPhotos/Press Association. All rights reserved.Despite months of insistent denials, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan called for early parliamentary and presidential elections to be held in June 2018 instead of November 2019. Hours after his announcement, Turkish parliament extended the state of emergency through July, the seventh such extension since the failed coup attempt.

Turkey’s EU Minister Ömer Çelik on May 26 criticized German authorities for allowing a Turkish opposition party to hold a rally he said was organized by supporters of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), considered a terrorist organization by the Turkish government.

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In its 5th anniversary of #OccupyGezi a wiki-like project: “The Gezi Archive” #Gezi5Yaşında #GeziyiHatırla

In Uncategorized on May 27, 2018 at 19:57

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I would like to introduce you a project I and many friends invested a lot. It is a kind of encyclopedia project on The Gezi Park Protests. Titles are in English but most stuff is in Turkish. You will still get a sense of what it is all about.

I am open to suggestions.

Please visit the site:

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#Europe agenda: “Ireland overturns abortion ban…

In Uncategorized on May 27, 2018 at 14:51

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Irish abortion referendum: ‘We made history’

Supporters of the Yes campaign react to the overwhelming vote to overturn the abortion ban.
Leo Varadkar says Irish people have voted for a “modern constitution for a modern country”.
The Republic of Ireland votes to overturn its abortion ban with 66.4% backing reform of the constitution.
Final results from a referendum show that Irish voters have overwhelmingly supported repealing their country’s constitutional ban on abortions and having parliament enact laws that reflect the popular vote.

Irish abortion result a seismic shift

The vote for liberalisation marks a significant break away from the influence of the Catholic Church.

Irish abortion referendum: ‘Today we say no more’

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar praises the “historic” vote to end the country’s abortion ban.

Irish abortion referendum: Why people voted how they did

A vote for Yes was pro-choice; a vote for No was anti-abortion. So how did Irish people vote, and why?

Exit Polls in Ireland Predict Landslide Vote in Favor of Lifting Ban on Abortion

Last Updated: Saturday, May 26, 11:35 a.m. EDT

Defying all expectations of a close contest, exit polls in Ireland predicted that the nation voted overwhelmingly on Friday in favor of repealing a near-total ban on abortion in a referendum.

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