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#Europe agenda: Erdoğan and Germany, again. “German city removes gold Erdoğan statue after violent clashes…

In Uncategorized on August 31, 2018 at 04:32

German city removes gold Erdoğan statue after violent clashes

Controversial effigy of Turkish PM was part of Wiesbaden art Biennale

The German city of Wiesbaden has removed a large gold statue of Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan after it sparked clashes between his supporters and opponents.

“In agreement with state police, Mayor Sven Gerich decided to have the statue removed as security could no longer be guaranteed,” the city’s government said on Twitter.

The effigy of Turkey’s leader caused tensions in Wiesbaden after it was put up for an arts festival.

Golden Statue of Erdogan Is Removed in German City

The 13-foot statue of the Turkish president put up at an art festival was hauled away in the city of Wiesbaden amid fears that it was a security concern.

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Guess Why. “Number of green card lottery entrants from Turkey rises 49 percent in two years…

In Uncategorized on August 31, 2018 at 01:52

The number of entries from Turkey for the green card lottery, officially known as the Diversity Visa (DV) lottery, increased to 204,729 in 2018 from 137,146 in 2016, data from the United States Department of State shows.

How to Save the U.S.-Turkey Relationship

The Trump administration must not choose drastic and destabilizing steps to put further pressure on Turkey or strong-arm allies into playing along with its decisions.

A Turkish lira crisis involving dollar-denominated debt, a current account deficit, and foreign-exchange reserves may seem like an arcane Wall Street concern, right up there with bond-market liquidity and congestion at Teterboro Airport. But Turkey’s economic crisis is anything but. It represents the truly scary financial trends that are keeping investment bankers up at night: the weakening of emerging markets that’s threatening to spill across borders, a massive wave of maturing corporate debt that needs to be refinanced, and the ending of an era of ultralow rates We can now add an even scarier trend to the list: President Donald Trump’s willingness to make things worse. While the U.S. government has historically been a supportive force during financial panics, Trump has been treating Turkey’s economic meltdown like a bargaining chip, one more weakness to be exploited. This shouldn’t just scare Turkey. It should scare everyone.

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I knew it! #Europe agenda: “Why Nordic countries might not be as happy as you think

In Uncategorized on August 30, 2018 at 03:35

Why Nordic countries might not be as happy as you think

A new report aims to paint a truer picture of life inside some of the world’s happiest countries.

Sweden: Truth, lies and manipulated narratives

Is Sweden a Utopian dream or a multicultural nightmare?

The British government, veering toward a “no deal” exit from the European Union, has published “practical and proportionate” advice for citizens in the event of this taking place. The BBC posted excerpts.

After bailout Odyssey, Greece ready to be ’normal’ again

Greece’s eight-year bailout ordeal will forever be bookended by two of the country’s iconic islands.

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When in crisis both Turkey and Venezuela believe “Digital economy can help ‘break the privilege of some currencies’…

In Uncategorized on August 30, 2018 at 03:20

Venezuela has already started its not much reliable cryptocurrency, Turkey has no plans for that yet…
The privilege of some currencies can be cut by utilizing the tools of digital economy, Turkish Technology and Industry Minister Mustafa Varank said on Aug. 24.
Reuters – Reuters Editorial – Aug 28, 4:57 AM

AZAZ, Syria (Reuters) – In a part of northern Syria that Turkey’s army helped rebels capture in 2016, the plunge in value of the Turkish lira has hit shopkeepers, medical charities and fighters paid in the currency hard. Turkey has turned from its…



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Hmmm a Rand Report: “Russia’s Use of Media and Information Operations in Turkey

In Uncategorized on August 29, 2018 at 03:10

Russia’s Use of Media and Information Operations in Turkey

This Perspective assesses how Russia has used media and information operations to support its foreign policy goals related to Turkey.
The members of a delegation from the United States Congresg, who visited Turkey and met with their Turkish parliament counterparts on Aug. 27, have urged Ankara to give up purchasing S-400 missile systems from Russia to receive the F-35 fighter jets.
The former guard pleaded guilty to taking at least $25,000 from the wealthy Turkish gold trader in exchange for bringing him food, vitamin C packets and other contraband.
Reuters – Reuters Editorial – Aug 27, 4:02 AM

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Turkey’s currency crisis has roiled emerging-markets investors far and wide, including the U.S. state of Tennessee, where the state’s retirement system is the biggest institutional holder in a Turkey exchange-traded fund (ETF).


Foreign Policy – Durmus Yilmaz – Aug 22, 10:44 AM

For most of the 2000s, Turkey was one of the world’s fastest-growing economies. The country’s ambitions soared even higher than its achievements: Ankara openly aspired to be the world’s 10th-largest market with a $2 trillion economy, exports


How Turkey’s lira crisis was written in Istanbul’s skyline

Those observing Istanbul’s construction boom will not have been surprised by last week’s currency collapse – it’s all based on debt

From a distance, Esenyurt, a newly built up neighbourhood on the edges of Istanbul, looks a bit like Hong Kong or Dubai, with a bustling downtown of shiny skyscrapers. Upon closer examination, however, you notice that tower after tower stands incomplete, lacking windows or furnishings; others are only half-occupied, their windows dark after nightfall.

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Already a month in Irvine…

In Uncategorized on August 28, 2018 at 03:01

It has been nearly a month I am in Irvine and as if this “Californian laidbackness” has already grasped me. It took so long to provide you a new update.

But I love my place. I pay a lot. But gives me a good peace of mind.

The apartment complex I live in…

A Honda Accord 2001 model with relatively low mileage. Helps me to move around. It is the first time I have a second-hand car.

One of the best moments in Irvine. I have entered a cafe and I saw Chris Kelty and George Marcus chatting!

UC Irvine campus during the big wildfires. It is not cloudy. It is due to the fires.

Stopped by the Huntington Beach Pier.

…and the Beach itself…

On Tuesday nights we go to Buffalo Wings. The groups is already 8 and counting…

Well, online trivia quiz after eating at Buffalo Wings… I am kind of obsessed.

Yes, kind of…

Speaking of obsession, I have finally won with France in CIV 6. It took hours but I did it. Now comes the next civilization…

I haven’t seen much out there yet but Getty Museum in LA is one of the exceptions.

The American Qur’an. One of the current exhibitions….

The American Qur’an. One of the current exhibitions…

The Getty Museum’s garden…

Inside the museum. From the current exhibition on Ancient Egypt…

I have lost the mayordom of Istanbul Bilgi University in Swarm but I have another one now (!)

I stopped by Santa Monica Pier, too. Too crowded for me.

Another view of the Pier…

Ah 66…

Just an ordinary Irvine evening…

In the meantime, I could not stop by following news on the currency crisis.

Still collecting local newspapers…

This place was supposed to be Old Irvine House. Just hotels and stores. Nothing to visit actually…

It all started with a former student of mine… Now we are at least 8 to hang out…

Irvine is just too comfortable, new and cute and orderly. As if I am living in SimCity (another game I am obsessed with).  Although I am not as productive as I want to be, I have read a lot, I could finally meet with Prof. Bill Maurer and attend the Center for Ethnography’s new season preparation meetings and work on some of the article revisions.

Hopefully more to come soon…



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New photo from Facebook August 28, 2018 at 02:04AM

In Uncategorized on August 28, 2018 at 02:10

Estonya’da bitcoin’le ödeme kabul eden taksi. via Reddit. via Facebook Pages

Incoming generation: “Six out of 10 Turkish children have smart phones: Study…

In Uncategorized on August 28, 2018 at 01:15

Fifty-nine percent of children aged between six and 15 in Turkey use smart phones according to a recent survey undertaken by market research company GfK.

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New photo from Facebook August 27, 2018 at 12:30AM

In Uncategorized on August 27, 2018 at 00:10

Norveç kralı metro beklerken…via Reddit. via Facebook Pages

#Anthropology roundup: “Ancient Denisovan/Neanderthal human-hybrid discovered…”The Latest Trends That Make A Career In Anthropology Interesting…

In Uncategorized on August 26, 2018 at 23:27

Wow! Genetic analysis of a human bone fragment found in Siberia reveals that her parents belonged to two different groups of humans: her father was Denisovan and her mother Neanderthal.

A female who died around 90,000 years ago was half Neanderthal and half Denisovan, according to genome analysis of a bone discovered in a Siberian cave. This is the first time scientists have identified an ancient individual whose parents belonged to distinct human groups. The findings were published on 22 August in Nature1.

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How an Archaeological Experiment Revealed California’s Ancient Past

San Nicolas Island, the most remote and one of the smallest of California’s Channel Islands, is more than 60 miles from the mainland. The seas around the island are frequently rough and stormy, but they’re rich in underwater life thanks to kelp beds and rocky reefs that support thriving fish populations. Despite its remote location, San Nicolas Island was home to Indigenous populations as early as 6,000 years ago.

Scientists say they’ve found the remains of a prehistoric female whose mother was a Neanderthal and whose father belonged to another extinct group of human relatives known as Denisovans.

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Did Ancient People Die Young?

Edward the Confessor, one of the last Anglo-Saxon kings of England, died when he was in his early 60s. This illustration depicts the deposition of his body in a tomb at London’s Westminster Abbey in 1066.Historical Picture Archive/Getty Images

This article was originally published at Aeon.

You might have seen the cartoon: two cavemen sitting outside their cave knapping stone tools. One says to the other: “Something’s just not right—our air is clean, our water is pure, we all get plenty of exercise, everything we eat is organic and free-range, and yet nobody lives past 30.”

Every wanted a chunk of the Moon, a bit of the Space Shuttle that’s been in orbit, an ancient fossil, or a 14th century knight’s sword? Mini Museum sells tiny fragments of rare and interesting artifacts encased in lucite, each one a tiny journey through the history of Earth.

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