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İstanbul’s new airports seems to be names as “Istanbul Airport”

In Uncategorized on October 31, 2018 at 01:21

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The construction of these projects by the corporations backed by the AKP government has caused immense destruction in the Northern Forests of Istanbul Mülksüzleştirme Ağları Click on the canvas to explore Scale Switch to

President Erdoğan has announced the name of the 3rd airport in İstanbul by stating, “May the İstanbul Airport be beneficial to the whole world, our region and our country”.

Istanbul to Unveil New Airport, Seeks to be World’s Biggest

Istanbul New Airport, on shores of the Black Sea, will serve 90 million passengers annually in its first phase. At its completion in ten years, it will …
The world’s biggest and most bizarre airports

With the opening of Istanbul New Airport, here’s a look at some of the world’s most bizarre airports.

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New photo from Facebook October 30, 2018 at 02:16AM

In Uncategorized on October 30, 2018 at 03:32

Bu arada Moskova. via Reddit. via Facebook Pages

#Europe agenda: “Bernie Sanders and Yanis Varoufakis announce Progressives International, to counter rising ultra-nationalism…

In Uncategorized on October 30, 2018 at 02:56

Bernie Sanders and Yanis Varoufakis (previously) (the “libertarian Marxist” former Greek finance minister who split with his party and resigned over their embrace of austerity) have announced the formation of a new global organizations called “Progressives International,” designed to serve as a check to the rising cult of ultra-nationalist authoritarian groups.

In the meantime:

The Czech Pirates have made quite a name for themselves in recent years.

The party previously took on a local anti-piracy outfit by launching their own movie download sites, making the point that linking is not a crime.

Angela Merkel to step down as German chancellor in 2021

The decision by Germany’s veteran chancellor comes after a series of regional election setbacks.

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Turkey’s Intelligence Agency has an e-museum

In Uncategorized on October 29, 2018 at 02:44

Not a very well designed museum, more like a photo gallery. Still, why now?

here is the link:


Turkey’s National Intelligence Organization (MİT) has opened an online museum dedicated to the history of espionage on its website. From Turkish intelligence reports on Lawrence of Arabia to curious gadgets for espionage, you can click through for the stories from MİT’s digital museum.


In other news:


Turkey has recently witnessed a significant increase in arrivals from Latin American countries, where a Turkish television series known as “Telenovelas Turcas” are quite popular in the region, a leading tourism association has said.

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The New Yorker piece on Ara Güler: “What Ara Güler, the Eye of Istanbul, Saw in His Homeland…

In Uncategorized on October 28, 2018 at 10:39

The Süleymaniye Mosque, the Golden Horn, Istanbul, 1962.

What Ara Güler, the Eye of Istanbul, Saw in His Homeland

“A photograph, too, has a mise-en-scène,” Güler says in “The Eye of Istanbul,” a 2015 documentary about his life and career. “A photograph has a

Istanbul metro receives first reverse vending machine

Istanbul’s İTÜ-Ayazağa metro station has become the first station to receive a newly launched vending machine that accepts recyclable cans and bottles as currency.
The city has installed “reverse vending machines” at metro stations that crush, shred and sort the materials as a way of paying for travel.

Top 10 museums in Istanbul, ranked by our jury

Being the capital of three empires, Istanbul hosts 82 different museums. The Hürriyet jury, composed of eminent historians, travelers and journalists, has picked the top 10 museums in Istanbul.
The famous photojournalist chronicled the changing face of Turkey and photographed many celebrities.

Ara Guler, Poetic Photographer of Istanbul, Dies at 90

One of the greatest Turkish photographers of his generation, Mr. Guler depicted the city with poignancy. He also photographed the famous worldwide.

Legendary Istanbul photographer Ara Guler dies aged 90

Legendary Turkish photographer Ara Guler, famed for iconic images of Istanbul which captured almost three quarters of a century of the city’s history, .

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“The Blacklist” for binge watching

In Uncategorized on October 28, 2018 at 04:19

I regularly watch something(s) but rarely I can concentrate for a long time. I guess I have gone through most of the thrilling stuff already. However, I am into binge-watching The Blacklist now. I don’t think it is a super-qualified TV show but I love James Spader’s performance- as I liked a lot some of his movie performances such as in Sex, Lies, and Videotape 

And I may be attracted to the Mr. Reddington character. Not exactly the criminal side of it but how cosmopolitan he is. How he operates at a global level. How well learned and well traveled…


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Khashoggi murder updates. I feel like Power of money will work and it will be another cover-up…

In Uncategorized on October 28, 2018 at 00:54

Officials now say that new evidence indicates the dissident journalist’s killing was “premeditated,” a conclusion most of the world reached some time ago.

Saudi Arabia Rejects Turkey’s Extradition Request in Khashoggi Killing

The Saudi foreign minister said the kingdom, not Turkey, would prosecute the suspects and called the backlash “hysterical.”

Saudi Arabia, in Reversal, Says Khashoggi’s Killing Was ‘Premeditated’

The announcement that his death was not an accident was the latest change in the kingdom’s official account of how the journalist and dissident had been killed.
Turkey’s President Erdogan has been restrained in his criticism of Saudi Arabia. Mark Lowen asks why.
Riyadh’s financial clout among the Arab media helped the kingdom in getting favourable coverage of Khashoggi affair.
It was the crown prince’s most public speech since the backlash over the Oct. 2 killing of the journalist, Jamal Khashoggi, has roiled the kingdom.,

Mohammed bin Salman calls Khashoggi murder a ‘heinous crime’

Saudi prince breaks silence over killing of journalist at consulate in Turkey

Saudi Arabia’s crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, has broken a three-week public silence over the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, describing the journalist’s murder as a “heinous crime that cannot be justified”.

Turkish President said Khashoggi was killed in a planned operation, contradicting official Saudi account.

Khashoggi’s killing planned, says Turkish President Erdogan

The Turkish president says the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi was planned by Saudi officials days in advance.
Mr. Trump said he would reserve final judgment on who was responsible for Mr. Khashoggi’s killing until American officials returned from Turkey in the next couple of days.

Prince and President Escalate Battle Over Khashoggi Killing

For the strongmen of Turkey and Saudi Arabia, the fight over the killing of a dissident is personal and political.

Gina Haspel, the director of the United States Central Intelligence Agency, is reported to be traveling to Turkey late Monday to assist in “an investigation” over the death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

The Republic of Turkey currently ranks as the world’s leading jailer of journalists, with 73 behind bars at the end of 2017. Since a failed coup in the summer of 2016, the government has pursued a massive and brutal crackdown against thousands of its critics and opponents, both real and probably imagined. This has included U.S. citizens: Pastor Andrew Brunson was finally released after two years in custody on laughable terrorism charges earlier this month. Former NASA scientist Serkan Golge remains in prison.

The suspected murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi by Saudi Arabia is pushing the U.S. government toward a major internal confrontation over its role in the war in Yemen, one that could have significant consequences for a Saudi-led, U.S.-backed intervention that has exacerbated the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.


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Jamal Khashoggi: Erdoğan rejects Saudi account of killing

Turkish president calls for ‘highest ranked’ of those responsible to face justice

President of Turkey Says Khashoggi’s Killing Was a ‘Planned Operation’

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey spoke in Ankara on Tuesday to his parliament about what he called the “very cruel murder” of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Erdoğan’s Khashoggi speech poses tough questions for Bin Salman

Turkish leader appears to tread carefully when it comes to revealing evidence but clearly wants answers

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan had billed his speech in the Turkish parliament as the moment that the “naked truth” would come out over the death of Jamal Khashoggi. Instead, the circumstances remain partially clothed.

The images were published by the Turkish media as part of the continuing leaks from the investigation into the journalist’s death inside the Saudi Consulate.

Khashoggi Case Erodes Saudi Reputation, and Allies Worry

As Crown Prince Mohammed faces accusations in the killing of a dissident, Israel, the U.A.E. and other allies fear that damage to him could upend their own plans.

Khashoggi case has put Saudi prince right where Erdoğan wants him

Turkish president on losing end of regional power struggle with Bin Salman now finds himself in the ascendant

Erdoğan rejects Saudi account of Jamal Khashoggi’s death

At about noon on Tuesday two regional leaders are due to make landmark addresses. In Riyadh, the de facto ruler of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman, will open an investment showpiece declaring the kingdom open for business. In Ankara, the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, is expected to make a speech that may well shut down the beleaguered kingdom.


Saudi king and prince phone Khashoggi’s son to give condolences

Turkish president says details of journalist’s killing will be revealed in parliament

The Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman has called the son of Jamal Khashoggi to express condolences on the death of the journalist, who was killed at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in disputed circumstances.

Haaretz Com – Louis Fishman – Oct 24, 11:16 AM

All eyes were on Turkey on Tuesday morning, in anticipation of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan ‘s promise to reveal the ‘naked truth” of the murder of Saudi journalist, Jamal Khashoggi. Most suspected that he would present evidence


CCTV footage appears to show Khashoggi body double in Istanbul

CNN publishes footage of man wearing clothes of journalist, who was killed at consulate earlier this month

CNN has released CCTV footage of a man wearing what appear to be the clothes of the murdered Saudi journalist. The US broadcaster cited a Turkish official as saying the man was Mustafa al-Madani, who was a member of a 15-man Saudi team sent to target Khashoggi

The New York Times – Declan Walsh – Oct 26, 2:06 AM

The Tragedy of Saudi Arabia’s War Amal Hussain, 7, is wasting away from hunger. The Saudi-led war in Yemen has pushed millions to the brink of starvation. Declan Walsh and Tyler Hicks reported from Hajjah and other areas of northern Yemen this

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#anthropology roundup- You can add your signature: “Public Statement on the AAA’s “Repository for the Common Good”

In Uncategorized on October 28, 2018 at 00:24

Public Statement on the AAA’s “Repository for the Common Good”

The American Anthropological Association (AAA) has recently announced its intention to create what its president has termed a repository for the common good—a “freely accessible repository for all kinds of anthropological knowledge, including article preprints, conference papers, technical monographs and gray literature reports, datasets, project metadata, or any other kind of information anthropologists of all kinds and from all areas deem appropriate” [1]. At the same time, with little fanfare, the AAA has indicated that it plans to partner with Atypon [2], a company owned by the commercial publisher Wiley, in developing the proprietary infrastructure for this repository…. click here to continue
I assume you do not necessarily need to be an anthropologist… 

All anthropologists should consider using archives in their work.  When I was in my 20s and working as a contract archaeologist on cultural resource management projects, I used state archives to get information on the land we worked on, and when doing ethnographic fieldwork in Egypt in 1989-90, I combed collections at the Egyptian Ministry of Irrigation, the American Research Center in Egypt, and the Institut d’Égypte. And while tens of thousands of pages of Freedom of Information Act documents form the backbone of my work examining relationships between anthropologists and the national security state, much of the context for examining these documents comes from identifying supporting documents in archives.  Archives can be an invaluable resource for any anthropological project.

How Halloween Has Traveled the Globe

A young girl attends a Día de Muertos celebration in Mexico dressed in a Halloween costume. Peter Langer/Getty Images

Wendy Fonarow arrived in Mexico City late in October 2017, eager to observe the nation’s Día de Muertos or Day of the Dead. Celebrations for this holiday—also called Día de los Muertos—start on the evening of October 31 and in fact span several days during which people celebrate lost loved ones. On November 1, they memorialize children, and on the second, adults.

On May 23, a bystander filmed 20-year-old Claudia Patricia Gómez González after a U.S. Border Patrol agent shot her in the head. The young woman had recently crossed into Texas from Mexico, and she was unarmed. In an article published soon after her death, her mother, who still lives in Guatemala, described her as “naughty and cuddly and playful,” adding that “she loved to draw and sing.”

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Beware of @FlixBus dear fellow travellers…

In Uncategorized on October 27, 2018 at 00:54

My 5-day intense trip ended last night as I arrived back to lovely Irvine.

The only problem was the last part of the trip. Instead of continuing the train trip to Los Angeles, I had decided to take the bus from San Jose to Anaheim in order to shorten the trip. I was recommended to get a Flixbus trip. This is a relatively new, eco-friendly- and cheap- bus company. I was quite happy and elevated as I reached San Jose despite sleeplessness. Major bus services like Greyhound and Megabus pass through the Amtrak station. But in order to get the Flixbus, you are supposed to go the eastern San Jose and instead of the transportation hub, you get to take it at a specific location at a mall next to the hub. I got a bit anxious to be there. I checked the map several times to make sure I was at the specified location. There was no sign of Flixbus. It did not look very professional… But I got at least two emails about my incoming trip so it was still ok. But what is professional? I can live with that if the bus shows up!

BUT IT DİD NOT. I have waited for an hour. I tried to download the app so that I could see where the bus is. But the app could not download- it downloaded towards evening. 6-7 hours later. Its website does not show that info. I tried to call them. I waited for 12 minutes and I did hang up. I got very stressed. The cheapest and most practical route was to take a Greyhound bus to LA. So did that. The bus did not have AC. I felt I was traveling somewhere in the middle of Turkey but even the smallest bus companies in Turkey have now busses with ACs. That’s another story… Anyways, I got finally arrived home. But I will never try to use FlixBus again.


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Attending this workshop now: “Anthropological Publishing Through an Anthropological Lens

In Uncategorized on October 27, 2018 at 00:24

I have attended (or attending right now) this workshop. That was the reason I cut short my trip and got back to this fantastic workshop:

UCI Open Anthropology Seminar

Anthropological Publishing Through an Anthropological Lens


11:30am: Introduction and lunch

12:00pm: Launching a New, Open Access Journal: Teaching and Learning
Anthropology (Angela Jenks)


Serving as a Journal Managing Editor (Sean Mallin, Tim Elfenbein)

[I would definitely to try to be an editor. It needs a special skill]

2:00pm: HAU Not!: Learning From Allegations of Journal Mismanagement
(Ellen Kladky, Tom Boellstorff, Kim Fortun)

[this session did not start yet, I am expecting good gossip here]

3:00pm: Open Access Publishing, Open Data, and the Need for Public
Research Infrastructure (Chris Kelty, Mike Fortun)

[Oh, my idols are here. ]

4:00: Closing discussion

Recommended reading /watching:

Hau Not! [2]

Libraria [3]

To Secure Knowledge: Social Science Partnerships for the Common Good [4]

Don’t worry. All the workshop will be transcribed and you can get a good sense of what went through. I know I am a lousy note taker in conferences:)


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