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#Journalism – “A foreign correspondent goes to İstanbul – A starter’s guide Kareem Shaheen (@kshaheen) in @newslabturkey

In Uncategorized on February 27, 2019 at 22:03

Kareem Shaheen is the former Middle East and Turkey correspondent for the Guardian newspaper. He holds a Master´s Degree in War Studies from King´s College London, and was previously based in İstanbul, Beirut and Abu Dhabi. He was nominated for the Frontline Club award in print journalism for his coverage of the Khan Sheikhun chemical attack.

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Women’s rights group: “440 women were killed in 2018 in Turkey :(

In Uncategorized on February 26, 2019 at 10:01

440 women were killed in 2018 in Turkey: Women’s rights group

A staggering 440 women were killed in Turkey in 2018, according to an organization that keeps a tally of femicides

Colorized video from Turkish War of Independence from Turkey

Sunset squished against the front window of Metrobüs @ Okmeydanı. from Turkey

The view from the Istanbul University from pics


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Corbyn mulls new #Brexit vote… #Europe agenda…

In Uncategorized on February 26, 2019 at 07:11

UK opposition leader mulls new Brexit vote

Jeremy Corbyn says the party is prepared to support a new public vote as MPs seek to delay the UK’s exit.

German neofascists used Qanon to expand their reach

Germany’s Alternative For Germany (AfD) party ( previously ) are an insurgent neofascist movement with ties to senior


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Happy National Day, Estonia! from europe

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European parliament report called for suspension of Turkey’s accession but Turkish authorities will only care if that damages their economic survival struggle…

In Uncategorized on February 24, 2019 at 11:01

Human Rights Watch – Feb 21, 9:42 AM

(Geneva) – Turkey’s president and government should stop making baseless accusations, and the Istanbul prosecutor should drop the new charges against 16 people, including Osman Kavala, that view the Gezi protests as a coup attempt,

Amnesty International – Feb 20, 5:38 PM

In response to news that an indictment has been sent to the court setting out the case against Osman Kavala and 15 civil society figures for “attempting to overthrow the government”, Amnesty International’s Andrew Gardner said:

Marietje Schaake – Feb 20

The Foreign Affairs committee of the European Parliament just voted in favour of suspending the EU accession negotiations with Turkey. The call is part of the annual parliamentary report about Turkey. Member of the European Parliament Marietje

STATEMENT ON GEZI PARK CASE: Amnesty International: Osman Kavala And Yücel Aksakoğlu Must be Released

In a statement regarding the indictment on the 16 rights defenders for the Gezi Park protests, the Amnesty International has
EU: Gezi Park Indictment Creates a Climate of Fear

“The indictments announced yesterday against Osman Kavala and 15 others raise questions as to the adherence of the
Euro parliament report calling for suspension of Turkey’s accession unacceptable: Foreign Ministry

Turkey’s Foreign Ministry has condemned a vote by the European Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee calling for the suspension
European Parliament Adopts Draft Report on Turkey

The European Parliament has adopted the draft report on Turkey with a majority of the votes. The resolution underpins human

Justice Watch’ in Courthouse for Cumhuriyet Newspaper

Journalists and lawyers have gathered at the İstanbul Courthouse to protest the approval of the sentences in the trial of
Interior Minister Soylu defends police officer accused of groping female protester

Turkey’s Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu has defended a police officer who was caught on camera groping a female

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#Europe agenda: “Sweden sees microchip implant revolution (!)

In Uncategorized on February 24, 2019 at 03:26

Sweden sees microchip implant revolution

Microchip technology is getting under the skin of thousands of Swedes.

French President’s Promise to Crack Down on Anti-Semitism Could Threaten Critics of Israel

The French government will instruct police officers and magistrates to investigate critics of Israel who question its right to exist
Hungary’s Viktor Orbán is pouring cash into military sports and historical reenactments to boost patriotism

Historical re-enactors in Budapest in 2016. Photo courtesy of, the website of the Hungarian Government. The
The worst possible version of the EU Copyright Directive has sparked a German uprising

Last week’s publication of the final draft of the new EU Copyright Directive baffled and infuriated almost everyone, including the

Shamima Begum case: How do you deradicalise someone?

It comes amid debate over how to deal with British IS recruits, following the case of Shamima Begum.

rance anti-Semitism: Jewish graves desecrated near Strasbourg

Nearly 100 graves are damaged at a Jewish cemetery, ahead of marches against anti-Semitism.

Facebook, robot vacuum cleaner and pro-surveillance politician voted worst privacy intruders in Czech Republic

The Czech Republic Big Brother Awards ceremony in the Cross Club in Prague on 14 February 2019. Photo by Iuridicum

It is also the economy, stupid!’ The rise of economic euroscepticism in Central and Eastern Europe

Along comparable lines to Croatia, Latvia’s economy has not fully recovered from the recession of 2009-2011

Second big demonstration against article 11 and 13 in cologne today! from europe

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Belgrade continues expanding the pedestrian zone downtown from europe

Castle ruins Trosky, Czechia from europe


Earliest known photo of Doner Kebab, from 1855 in the Ottoman Empire from europe


Twitter tightens its political ad rules ahead of EU elections

Twitter is expanding its transparent ads policy to Europe ahead of the European parliament elections in May. The sweeping

Italy poll: Lega largest party of the country from europe


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#istanbul under fog.

In Uncategorized on February 22, 2019 at 02:48

I hear that Istanbul under heavy fog for a few days now… Check social media for beautiful images.

For my Mecidiyeköy Ni🅱🅱as: Büyükdere Cd. after yesterday’s heavy fog from Turkey

M2 Vezneciler from istanbul

Mecidiyeköy Kedi, A.Ş. from Turkey


Hot potato: Turkey sells cheap vegetables before elections

When housewife Betul Sonmez heard about the initiative, she rushed to the big tent put up by the municipality in the district of Besiktas on the ..

Turkish police officers in Nigde Police Station, 1945 from Turkey


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Hey Douglas – istiklal Re-Edit [and some #istanbul news]

In Uncategorized on February 21, 2019 at 09:13

I know, I know I am late to discover Hey Douglas. I have been listening to his remixes continuously nowadays. Such as this one


Article | Orhan Pamuk on Cihangir Mostly.

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Nobel Laureate Orhan Pamuk: A love letter to Istanbul

Orhan Pamuk is a novelist and the winner of the 2006 Nobel Prize in Literature. His new book The Innocence of Memories (Faber & Faber; £14.99) is out now. 

The Telegraph
February 4, 2019

An Istanbul ‘Timekeeper’ Who Believes in Taking It Slow

Sevan Bicakci spent more than nine years creating the 85 pieces in his first watch collection.

Four New libraries will provide 24/7 service inIstanbul

The Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (IMM) plans to keep libraries open around the clock, particularly for students staying up late and offer free tea

Good morning from the Bosphorus from europe


Mecidiyeköy Madness – İstanbul from Turkey


A noon time nap from istanbul



Rainbow over Dolmabahce from istanbul


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Revenge Justice: “Osman Kavala and 15 Rights Defenders Facing Aggravated Life Imprisonment for ‘organizing Gezi Park protests’

In Uncategorized on February 20, 2019 at 20:57

The indictment for 16 rights defenders including Osman Kavala and Yiğit Aksakoğlu has been prepared. It alleges that the 16 people are the “head executives” that organized the Gezi Park protests.
An Istanbul prosecutor has sought life in prison for 16 suspects including philanthropist Osman Kavala and actor Mehmet Ali Alabora on charges of “attempting to overthrow the government,” state-run Anadolu Agency has reported.,

In other news:

ECtHR Ruling: Turkey Violated Six Articles in One Case

Concluding Ruşen Bayar’s application, the ECtHR has ruled that Turkey violated six articles of the ECHR, including the rights to
STATEMENT ON CUMHURİYET NEWSPAPER’S TRIAL: Amnesty International: Courts are Being Used to Strangle Media Freedom

Commenting on the conviction of Cumhuriyet journalists, the Amnesty has said, “By using the courts to increase their
Demirtaş Sends Letter to European Parliament and PACE

In his letter, HDP’s imprisoned former Chair Demirtaş has drawn attention to Leyla Güven, who has been on a hunger strike for
BİA Media Monitoring Report 2018: One Year of the Journalist and the Media

Out of 123 imprisoned journalists, 47 were convicted, 34 were on trial, 30 were under investigation by the end of 2018. 12 cases
Court of Appeals Upholds Verdict on Cumhuriyet Case, Journalists Say ‘Goodbye’

The Court of Appeals has upheld the verdict of the local court on the Cumhuriyet newspaper case. This is the final
LETTER FROM SİLİVRİ PRISON: Arrested Activist Aksakoğlu: ‘I Defended Peaceful and Nonviolent Methods’

Yiğit Aksakoğlu, who has been under solitary confinement for three months, said in his letter that he does not give up hope of
Over 3,500 detained in nationwide safety operation in Turkey

Turkish police, gendarmerie and coast guard units conducted a “safety and peace” operation across Turkey, the Interior

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#Cyberculture agenda: UK Parliament’s Fake News Report

In Uncategorized on February 18, 2019 at 22:12

UK Parliament’s Digital, Culture, Media and
Sport Fake News Inquiry final report which is just published:


Users flood Reddit with China censorship memes, balk at $150 million investment from Tencent

Political satire about the censorship of Winnie the Pooh in China. Illustration by @Badiucao, used with permission.

If you search “China” on Reddit this week, you’ll find a deluge of political memes — from the Tiananmen Square “Tank Man” photo to Winnie the Pooh to the Terminator.




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#Europe agenda: John Oliver’s latest on #Brexit

In Uncategorized on February 18, 2019 at 19:42

Spain: Protest in Barcelona against Catalan separatists’ trial

Thousands marched in Barcelona against the trial of 12 Catalan separatist leaders that started this week.
The Guardian – Toby Helm – Feb 16, 2:01 PM

Campaigners against Theresa May’s “my deal or no deal” Brexit strategy are planning to mobilise the public and politicians for a showdown over the UK’s future in Europe in the final six days before Britain is due to leave the EU, t

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Welcome to North of Macedonia from europe

Brașov/Kronstadt/Brassó , Transylvania from europe

Changes in Warsaw between 2009 and 2018 from europe

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