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New photo from Facebook July 25, 2018 at 01:46PM

In Uncategorized on July 25, 2018 at 12:48

Dün Avrupa yanıyordu…”Europe Weather Report- July 24th via Facebook Pages

A building collapses right in the middle of the city… #istanbul news roundup…

In Uncategorized on July 25, 2018 at 10:21

Increasing corruption in local governments…

Look what is done to Yassıada

The religion of Concrete.

A new Nusr-Et steak house in Istanbul, which has hit worldwide fame thanks to its eccentric founder known as “Salt Bae,” has been fined by Turkish authorities for its advertisement that was recently slammed as an “insult to history.”

Are ‘global cities’ an antidote to populism and nationalism? Istanbul offers some hope.

In cities like Istanbul, change briefly seemed possible. The odds, nevertheless, were stacked in favor of a government that controls the media,

10 impressive start-ups from Istanbul to watch

A city of the ages that bridges Europe with Asia, Istanbul has been at the centre of world history for two millennia and has also been known as
Turkish police have saved 645 people from jumping off the bridges in Istanbul over the last three years, according to security sources.
Huge thunderclouds caused an electric storm in Turkey’s Marmara region, particularly hitting Istanbul with thousands of lightning bolts in the early hours of July 24.

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Erdoğan puts an end to Özil drama (!): “Özil’s stance is ‘national and native’”

In Uncategorized on July 24, 2018 at 17:11

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said German-Turkish footballer Mesut Özil has displayed a “national and native stance” by quitting the German national over what he called racism in Germany.
DFB insists footballer should explain Erdogan meeting, as Turkish and German politicians slam treatment Ozil received.
Germany midfielder Mesut Ozil’s decision to quit international football has brought criticism from some, and sympathy from others.
Mesut Özil on July 23 was warmly applauded by Turkey but faced uproar at home in Germany after announcing he was quitting the German national football team, lambasting “racism” over criticism for the side’s World Cup debacle.
Germany’s football association rejects allegations of racism from Mesut Ozil but accepts it could have done more to protect him from abuse.
The hometown of Turkish-German football star Mesut Özil will soon replace his photo in a German national team jersey with another one in which he is seen with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
Footballer Mesut Özil said on July 22 that he had no regrets about his photograph with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan that sparked questions about his loyalty to Germany’s national squad ahead of the World Cup.

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“Jailed MP Berberoğlu cuts all communication with all visitors in protest… A judiciary roundup…

In Uncategorized on July 24, 2018 at 17:11

William Armstrong tweeted: “Eye-catching anti-coup attempt monument in Sındırgı, Balıkesir


Jailed lawmaker Enis Berberoğlu said he would cut all communication with his family, lawyers, and fellow lawmakers in a declaration he made via his lawyers on July 22, protesting the Court of Cassation’s July 20 rejection of a demand to stop legal proceedings against him.
HDP İstanbul MP Ahmet Şık could not complete his speech due to the attack of the AKP İzmir MP Alpay Özalan. Şık has been given a penalty of not attending two parliamentary sessions by the votes of the AKP MPs.

Turkey ends state of emergency but continues crackdown

The state of emergency introduced after the failed coup in 2016 ended on Thursday morning – but a new terror bill will maintain some of its measures.

Turkey ends state of emergency after two years

The measures, in place since a failed coup in 2016, saw tens of thousands arrested or fired from jobs.

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#Cyberculture agenda: “EU fines Google a record $5 billion for Android antitrust violations – Trade wars?

In Uncategorized on July 23, 2018 at 11:26

The European Commission ordered Google to pay a $5 billion antitrust fine for exploiting its dominant market position in search engines, mobile operating systems and app stores for Android. This means that the Commission did not fully exhaust the available framework of fines of up to 10 % of the annual worldwide turnover. In the case of Google and its parent company Alphabet, a fine of up to $11 billion would have been possible.

Google hit with biggest antitrust fine in EU history

The EU Commission has imposed a €4.34 billion ($5.04bn) fine on Google for using its leverage on the Android operating system (O.S.) in order to “cement its dominant position in general internet search.” Alphabet, Google’s parent company, plans to appeal the ruling, claiming that “Android has created more competition, not less.”

The 12 Russian intelligence officers accused of hacking the DNC allegedly used $95,000 worth of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies to fund their operation.

The office of special counsel Robert Mueller has indicted 12 Russian intelligence officers for hacking into email accounts belonging to Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager John Podesta and the Democratic National Committee during the 2016 presidential election. The indictment, which was released on Friday, included details about the hackers’ use of cryptocurrency to carry out their operation.

On Friday, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced that the Department of Justice had indicted 12 Russian intelligence officers for working to undermine the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

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New photo from Facebook July 20, 2018 at 01:43PM

In Uncategorized on July 20, 2018 at 12:53

Bu arada Sacra di San Michele, Piedmont, İtalya. via Reddit. via Facebook Pages

Osman Kavala still in prison for more than 260 days without an indictment… A judiciary roundup…

In Uncategorized on July 20, 2018 at 11:11

A photograph of rights advocate and businessperson Osman Kavala and his wife Prof. Dr. Ayşe Buğra Kavala has been published.

It has been stated that the photograph published on the website Free Osman Kavala was taken during the open visit on the occasion of Ramadan Feast on June 15-16.

Osman Kavala, who has been behind bars since November 1, 2017, has been tried on charges of “attempting to overthrow the government of the Republic of Turkey” and “attempting to eliminate the constitutional order.”

No indictment has been brought against Kavala yet.

A photograph of Osman Kavala, who has been behind bars since November 1, 2017, has been published. The photograph was taken during the open visit, when Osman Kavala met with his wife Prof. Dr. Ayşe Buğra Kavala.
‘Suffocating climate of fear’ in Turkey despite end of state of emergency

Laws enacted after 2016 coup attempt are lifted, but Recep Tayyip Erdoğan appears determined to continue pursuit of opponents


Turkey’s spy agency brings two suspected Gülenists from Azerbaijan, Ukraine to Turkey

Two suspected members of the network of U.S.-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gülen, referred to by the authorities as the Fetullahist Terrorist Organization (FETÖ), were brought to Istanbul by the National Intelligence Organization (MİT) on July 12.
France-based news site Euronews has reported that Grup Yorum band members, who are on the “wanted” list released by Ministry of Interior, have applied for asylum in France.
The Guardian – Owen Bowcott – Jul 11, 9:00 PM

The Turkish government’s seizure of independent media companies is to be challenged in two international cases on the grounds that the multibillion expropriations breach investment treaties involving Britain and other EU states. The UK-related

An Istanbul regional court ruled 11 months and 20 days in prison for Turkish singer and actress Zuhal Olcay for “insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan” and postponed the sentence in a hearing held on July 12.
Cumhuriyet Newspaper Representative to Ankara Gül has been acquitted of the trial in which he was being tried together with Can Dündar. Gül was charged with “obtaining and declaring state’s confidential documents”.
An Ankara court on July 11 arrested four students who were previously detained on charges of “insulting” President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan for a placard they carried at the graduation ceremony of the Middle East Technical University (ODTÜ).
U.S. President Donald Trump on July 19 urged his Turkish opposite Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Twitter to help release an American pastor kept behind bars in Turkey since October 2017.
Andrew Brunson, one of 20 Americans swept up by Turkey after a coup attempt two years ago, is accused of terrorism and espionage.
Trump has denonuced the court ruling for continuation of arrest of Pastor Brunson, who has been kept in custody for 21 months on charges of “espionage” and “committing crime on behalf of a terrorist organization”.
Global ratings agency Fitch Ratings downgraded Turkey’s long-term foreign currency rating on July 13 to ‘BB’ from ‘BB ‘ with a negative outlook.
A leading Turkish-American non-governmental organization has run an advertisement in the U.S. daily Washington Post warning Americans about the Gülen network, which Turkish authorities refer to as the Fetullahist Terrorist Organization (FETÖ).

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Last trip before the longer trip: In Ayvalık… (and in Bozcaada)

In Uncategorized on July 20, 2018 at 10:16

Before going to Ayvalık to visit a long friend of mine, I stopped by Bozcaada (Tenedos in Greek). This is a view of the island from where I stayed.

Çetin has moved to Ayvalık for a while ago and before the US trip, I thought I must see him again. One of my long-lasting friendships… In my first stay in the US, he was the one I would regularly call and talk-off my loneliness in the early days…

He has bought and renovated a stone-house and he has opened up a little pretty pudding house called: Macaron Muhallebicisi

Macaron Muhallebicis

I stayed in a nice small hotel and guess what. One of the managers was my former student. I had no idea.

Well, you can stop by Sızmahan and say hello to Özge there.

Yes, you can drink/eat something right there inside the hotel…


I stopped by somewhere called Şeytan Sofrası (The Devil’s Meal Table) But nothing to be afraid of, I guess…

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New photo from Facebook July 19, 2018 at 07:59PM

In Uncategorized on July 19, 2018 at 20:13

Bedelli ikinci el araba piyasasını canlandırmış gözüküyor. via Facebook Pages

#Cyberculture agenda: “These nine companies are snapping up almost all the AI startups” AND PEW report on Digital Activism…

In Uncategorized on July 14, 2018 at 17:14

In the current acquisition binge around artificial intelligence, tech behemoths with deep pockets lead the way, including Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon, Intel, Microsoft, Twitter, and Salesforce. The only one with a limited consumer-facing presence is social monitoring firm Meltwater.

Activism in the Social Media Age

This month marks the fifth anniversary of the #BlackLivesMatter hashtag, which was first coined following the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin. In the course of those five years, #BlackLivesMatter has become an archetypal example of modern protests and political engagement on social media: A new Pew Research Center analysis of public tweets finds the hashtag has been used nearly 30 million times on Twitter – an average of 17,002 times per day – as of May 1, 2018.

1. Public attitudes toward political engagement on social media

Social media use has grown rapidly over the last decade. Today, Americans use a range of social media sites and are increasingly turning to these platforms to get news and information. Social networking sites have also emerged as a key venue for political debate and discussion and at times a place to engage in civic-related activities.

Along with conducting a survey of public attitudes toward political engagement and activism on social media, the Center also performed a separate analysis of several Twitter hashtags. First, it examined the volume of tweets using the #BlackLivesMatter hashtag and other hashtags related to issues, causes or news events to see how usages differ over time and across issue areas. Second, it conducted a content analysis of the topics that are most often mentioned in conversations around the #BlackLivesMatter, #BlueLivesMatter and #AllLivesMatter hashtags during major news events.

The #BlackLivesMatter hashtag has been a relatively consistent presence on Twitter for the last five years, with periodic increases in usage around key events

A number of these experts wrote about both sides of the story, taking the time to point out some of the ways in which digital life is a blessing and a curse. A selection of these mixed-response anecdotes follows.

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