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Making of a photo: A Turkish postman in Cappadoccia in 1969 in a coffeehouse [in English]

In Uncategorized on September 30, 2019 at 13:33

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I have seen this photo several times. Hard to believe it is from Turkey.

But a brief story of the photo here in English. Photographer Bill Ray explains how he did it…

 

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Turkey in the science news- for wrong reasons… “Turkish scientist gets 15-month sentence for publishing environmental study

In Uncategorized on September 30, 2019 at 10:28

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Science – Eva Frederick Sep. 27 – Sep 27, 2:35 PM

A Turkish food engineer and human rights activist was sentenced yesterday to 15 months in jail after publishing the results of a study he and other scientists had done that linked toxic pollution to a high incidence of cancer in western Turkey.

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5.8 magnitude earthquake shows Istanbul is not ready for a bigger one…

In Uncategorized on September 28, 2019 at 12:20

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We felt the earthquake when we were having lunch in the campus restaurant. I guess this was the biggest one I felt since the notorious 17 August 1999 quake. However, this was a quiet moderate one compared to that. But it showed that Istanbul is not ready for a major quake. All public funds since 1999 have been spent on other issues but definitely not for earthquake preparation… A former minister, Mehmet Şİmşek, once said they spend the money on building more highways…

It was so bad that all major GPS companies failed in communications and it was to share other tools in case of emergencies.

İstanbul Technical University: Situation ‘Critical’ After Earthquake on Locked Fault

The İTU has said that the fault segment where yesterday’s earthquake occurred is the segment where “the expected
Along the eastern margin of the Mediterranean (near Turkey), the Sea of Marmara is a transition zone between the extensional regime of the back-arc of the Hellenic subduction system to the west, and the strike-slip regime of the North Anatolian Fault to the east. The North Anatolian Fault accommodates much of the right lateral strike-slip motion between the Anatolian Block and Eurasia Plate. Between 1939 and 1999, a sequence of 11 M6.7+ strike-slip earthquakes propagated westwards along the North Anatolian Fault.

Sep 26,2019 | Marmara Earthquake

Between 1939 and 1999 a series of devastating M7+ strike-slip earthquakes propagated westward along the North Anatolian Fault Zone, beginning with the 1939 M7.8 Erzincan earthquake on the eastern end of the North Anatolian Fault system. The 1999 M7.6 Izmit earthquake, located on the westward end of the fault, struck one of Turkey’s most densely populated and industrialized urban areas killing, more than 17,000 people.

5.8 magnitude earthquake shakes Istanbul, 8 slightly injured

A 5.8 magnitude earthquake in Istanbul slightly injured eight people Thursday and sent school children and residents into the streets of Turkey’s …

İstanbul Earthquake: First Statements by Mayor, President

Mayor İmamoğlu has said they are “on alert”, President Erdoğan has remarked that there are “tens of thousands of assembly

5.8-magnitude earthquake jolts Turkish metropolis Istanbul

A 5.8-magnitude earthquake which struck southwest of Istanbul in the Marmara Sea on Sept. 26 caused panic among the

The Question After the Istanbul Earthquake: Earthquake Emergency Assembly Areas

Today, the earthquake with a magnitude of 6.0 moment in the afternoon off the Silivri district of Istanbul in the Marmara Sea

Demographics of Istanbul

Throughout most of its history, Istanbul has ranked among the largest cities in the world. By 500 CE, Constantinople had somewhere between 400,000

Istanbul earthquake: Magnitude 5.8 quake hits Turkey

An earthquake measuring 5.8 magnitude shook Istanbul on Thursday, causing panic among residents, the evacuation of schools and public offices,

 

In other news: 

Istanbul’s Massive New Airport Will Eventually Be Bigger Than Manhattan

Mavi Boncuk | It can currently handle 90 million passengers a year. Once completed in 2027, the 29.5 square-mile airport will be

Gorgons and organs: the Istanbul Biennial 2019 – in pictures

The art festival focuses on the environment for its 16th edition, The Seventh Continent. Its title refers to the huge island of plastic

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New photo from Facebook September 28, 2019 at 11:58AM

In Uncategorized on September 28, 2019 at 12:03

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New photo from Facebook September 27, 2019 at 03:36PM

In Uncategorized on September 27, 2019 at 15:28

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Erdoğan in NY in the UN Summit…

In Uncategorized on September 25, 2019 at 21:29

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Meeting with the anti-Sionist marginal Jewish group’s representatives…
Meeting with the representatives of NYPD Muslim Officers Society
At every opportunity, Erdoğan likes to criticize US but happy to have a family photo.

Another English case:

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Turkey Now the Only G20 Country Not Ratifying Paris Agreement

As Russia has signed the act ratifying Russia’s participation in Paris Agreement, Turkey is now the only G20 country which

Will you pay for me too?’: Putin buys an ice cream for Erdoğan – video

The Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, and Vladimir Putin have underscored their close links with ice cream
The Atlantic – Aug 28, 10:00 PM

ISTANBUL—Under the cover of night, Turkish police officers pushed Ahmed onto a large bus parked in central Istanbul. In the darkness, the Syrian man from Damascus could discern dozens of other handcuffed refugees being crammed into the

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Isn’t it kind of barbaric? “Turkey prepares to flood 12,000-year-old city to build dam

In Uncategorized on September 24, 2019 at 13:57

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The ancient cave-city of Hasankeyf on the Tigris River. Photograph: Alamy
After the half-hour drive from Batman in south-east Turkey, the ancient city of Hasankeyf, which sits on the banks of the Tigris River, appears as an oasis.

Hasankeyf is thought to be one of the oldest continuously inhabited settlements on Earth, dating as far back as 12,000 years and containing thousands of caves, churches and tombs. more here

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A weekend in Diyarbakır (Amed) (and Mardin)

In Uncategorized on September 24, 2019 at 09:32

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I was invited to a wedding and since I had time I said why not. The whole weekend was intense, I met some really good people who showed me around. This was, in fact, the third time I was in Diyarbakır -thank Swarm I know the exact dates in 2011 and 2015) but this was the first I had a better grasp of the city. This trip was also sad in some respects. The historical Sur, old town, is completely destroyed. I had wondered in there last time in 2015 but after the fierce fightings in 2016, the whole district was destroyed. Parts of the district is still closed to the public and a few quietly ugly supposedly buildings are built but most parts are still barren.

Sheikh Matar Mosque or Sheikh Mutahhar Mosque is a historical mosque in Diyarbakır, Turkey, best known for its unique minaret based on four columns, dubbed the Four-legged Minaret. You see it on the left-hand side. That barren area was once full of houses…
The entrance to parts of Suriçi is closed to the public. This is from the Four-legged Minaret section.
This is the famous four-legged Minaret where Tahir Elçi was killed. A very upsetting incident.
Bullet holes in the narrow street where Mr. Elçi was killed.

I have also seen the street where Gaffar Okan, a beloved police chief- which is a rare thing in Kurdish cities, was assassinated. The killers- a Kurdish Islamist gang- are allegedly connected to the Turkish deep state. We may never know the truth…

Well, the famous Diyarbakır breakfast…
I have stopped by a “Dengbej house.” Dengbej refers to a musician who performs traditional Kurdish folk songs. More here
I have stopped by Mardin’s Dara ruins, too. I have seen it before. But why not to see it again?

And the Dara “dungeon.” It is actually not a dungeon but a cistern.

And why not stop by the Mardin city center to have a cup of Menengiç coffee?

 

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#Istanbul Biennial rocks. Two pieces on the biennial

In Uncategorized on September 20, 2019 at 15:11

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440 pairs of women’s shoes were hung on one of the city walls in #Istanbul. This is the number of women murdered by their husbands in Turkey during the year

….and I believe I may be the only one who has not shared photos from the Biennial in his/her Instagram account…


The art festival is spotlighting our tragic impact on the planet. Thank goodness for the lighter moments – such as James Baldwin walking, talking and smoking by the Bosphorus

Japanese arrowroot blankets the Alabama countryside, strangling the trees and fields. An endless tyre dump stretches to the horizon. Plastic waste accumulates in the oceans, forming a seventh continent. In fact, the agglomeration of plastic waste floating about in the Pacific is sometimes referred to as the Seventh Continent. An indictment of the way we live, the ever-growing garbage patch is testament to our wastefulness, heedlessness and greed. The Seventh Continent also provides the title for curator Nicolas Bourriaud’s exhibition for the 16th Istanbul Biennial. The biennial is itself another kind of accumulation, and one that is itself not without its own material and ecological cost, its own political ramifications.

Major museums are opening, and the Istanbul Biennial is underway. Just don’t ask about politics.

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Looking at the “national car”

In Uncategorized on September 17, 2019 at 14:02

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Turkey’s ruling elites are at the height of a banal nationalism wave. In this staged photo, the minister along with a group of journalists and columnists, are looking at a prototype of a car that will be a national product. We do not see the “yerli oto” but a group collaborating media personnel like in some previous cases “see” the model. Turkey effectively prevented the development of digital economies by censorship and heavy taxation. Many creative people already left the country. Now the minister Varank, once allegedly headmaster of Aktrolls, is now making rounds of technology shows. All shallow. Not any real infrastructural progress…

 

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