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Erdoğan confirms Turkey’s testing of S-400 missiles while “U.S. Embassy in Turkey Issues Terrorism Alert and Halts Services. A FP roundup…

In Uncategorized on October 24, 2020 at 18:18

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The President has made remarks about the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and Libya ceasefire while Putin has called him a “flexible reliable partner.”
ANKARA SHARPLY CRTICIZED BY EUROPE: PACE urges Turkey to stop harassing the opposition

Parliamentary Assembly of The Council of Europe warns Turkey that Council of Europe membership might be at stake
The embassy said it had received “credible reports” of potential attacks and kidnappings aimed at Americans and other foreign nationals in Istanbul.
US suspends visa services in Turkey over possible attacks

The U.S. said on Oct. 23 it has decided to suspend visa services at its missions in Turkey after it received “credible reports of
Turkey Moves Closer to Activating Its Russian Air Defense System

With the firing of a test missile, Turkey appeared to ignore an agreement with the Trump administration to delay putting the
Bloomberg – Vivian Nereim – Oct 22, 3:49 AM

Herfy renames burger as Saudi businesses cut Turkish imports Strained relations between the kingdom and Turkey escalate Not much was Turkish about Herfy’s “Turkish Burger” besides the branding — an Ottoman fez over a black mustache

Nagorno-Karabakh: Armenia and Azerbaijan accuse each other of breaking fresh truce

Casualties reported after Armenia says it was shelled twice, while Azerbaijan says mortars and artillery were used against it

Erdoğan will be worried about Biden victory – columnist | Ahval

Turkey becomes world’s biggest importer of EU waste | Ahval

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#İstanbul Mayor, Ekrem İmamoğlu, hospitalized after testing positive for coronavirus

In Uncategorized on October 24, 2020 at 16:53

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Releasing a video message, İmamoğlu has said that he is and feeling well.
Main opposition CHP has found it “scandalous” that İstanbul Mayor Ekrem İmamoğlu was not invited to the COVID-19 meeting yesterday. Apart from Health Minister Koca, vice ministers and security director were also present in the meeting.
Istanbul residents will now vote online in a competition that features award-winning urban design projects to decide the fate of the important squares in the city, including the iconic Taksim Square.

Open Online Seminar: Mapping and the Historic Greek Communities of Istanbul

The historic ‘Rum’ (Greek-speaking) population of Istanbul lives with a hostile history. The current government mobilises the Conquest of .

Istanbul residents lose 6 days every month due to heavy traffic

The study titled “Traffic Autorhythm of Istanbul” suggests that people using private vehicles for their daily commute lose 70 minutes each day in peak

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AKP fails again in reaching digital natives: “AKP’s ‘Who are you?’ video

In Uncategorized on October 23, 2020 at 16:18

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Reactions against AKP’s ‘Who are you?’ video: ‘We are the massacred women’

In a video prepared by the ruling AKP’s Youth Organization, citizens are asked, “Who are you?” While the video starts with

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Tor Project’s the year-end fundraising campaign

In Uncategorized on October 23, 2020 at 15:23

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Dear Friend of Privacy,

As many friends and followers of Tor know by now, we spend the final weeks of each year asking for your help as part of our year-end fundraising campaign. This year hasn’t been a normal year at all, not for Tor and not for the rest of the world.

In many ways, 2020 has put the dangers of a centralized, surveillance-driven internet into even clearer focus. The pandemic has changed most of our lives dramatically. Many of us have shifted more of our work, socialization, shopping, medical care, and schooling online. We’ve seen governments and corporations roll out new surveillance technology, like tools to watch students while they take tests, tech to spy on workers, and contact tracing mechanisms that will change our world long after the pandemic is over.

But it’s not all doom. In the face of this widespread hardship, people all around the world have also demonstrated enormous gestures of solidarity and mutual-aid, and millions of people have risen in defense of Black lives in the U.S. and around the world.

For our 2020 campaign, we wanted a theme that conveys a positive message and speaks to the power of this kind of community action. That’s why we decided on the theme Use a Mask, Use Tor.

There is a lot of meaning and intention behind this slogan. To put it simply, using a mask keeps yourself and your communities safe in person. Using Tor keeps yourself and your communities safe online. Both tools help to conceal your identity, can break systems of surveillance, and their widespread use can promote the health of communities while undermining the power of systems bent on dividing us. Using a mask and using Tor helps us stand in solidarity with one another.

Now is the time we ask you to stand with Tor. We believe it IS possible to resist the surveillance pandemic. Your support makes this mission a reality. In 2021, we are taking some big steps, including:

  • Improving speed and user-perceptible performance on the Tor network, particularly for people who are connecting on mobile devices with slow connections and limited data.
  • Providing more support to the relay operator community.
  • Bringing more censorship circumvention tools to mobile devices and making this experience more seamless for users.
  • Making it easier for any developer to embed Tor in their mobile app.
  • Continue our work in UX research, metrics, network health, onion services, and Tor Browser for desktop.

Will help resist the surveillance pandemic by supporting Tor today?

Every donation made from now through the end of 2020 will count towards our year-end campaign. Be on the lookout for events, giveaways, and new merch available from now until December 31.

And don’t forget: use a mask, use Tor.

Yours in Privacy,

Isabela Bagueros
Executive Director
The Tor Project

P.S. Don’t forget to check out the Tor new hoodies and t-shirts we’re rolling out today with this campaign.

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#Europe agenda: “Big Science and Research Infrastructures in Europe…. “Teacher beheaded by Islamofascists in France…

In Uncategorized on October 21, 2020 at 14:28

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What are Research Infrastructures and what roles do they play in the European integration process? These and other questions are addressed in recently published book Big Science and Research Infrastructures in Europe, edited by Katharina Cramer and Olof Hallonsten. In this Q&A with Europe of Knowledge blog, they explain origins, key concepts and findings of this book.

 

Q1: What have been the rationales and origins of this book?

Teacher beheaded in France

A French teacher who had recently shown students cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed was beheaded outside his school on Oct. 16, in what President Emmanuel Macron called an “Islamist terrorist attack”.
Pupils who identified Samuel Paty to the attacker before gruesome killing among those investigated.

#CyprusPapers, if the EU passport is for sale

Cyprus has cancelled its controversial “citizenship for investment” programme after an investigation by Aljazeera – called #CyprusPapers – uncovered corruption

Norway is the latest country to accuse Russia of infiltrating its systems. Government officials claim Russian state-sponsored hackers were behind a breach of its parliament‘s email system which was disclosed back in August. “This is a very serious incident, affecting our most important democratic institution,” said Norway Foreign Affairs Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide. “Based on the information the government has, it is our view that Russia is responsible for these activities.” The Russian Embassy in Washington, DC hasn’t yet addressed the allegations, but the Embassy in Oslo has downplayed the claims as “unacceptable” and “destructive for bilateral relations,” CyberScoop notes. Although

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Turkish oligarchs lead…

In Uncategorized on October 21, 2020 at 13:33

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This was published a few days ago. None of the oligarchs in authoritarian countries get as much public tender as Turkish ones do. They are squeezing the economy/ public funds…

Kalyon Construction, a leading Turkish construction company, received tax incentives of 9,449,995,833 lira in addition to winning a bid to build the tracks for a rail line worth 9,990,632,770 lira: these two figures, which are almost identical to the penny, seem to have a meaning beyond just showing favoritism for a commercial group close to the government. That’s because we are experiencing a “new political state” that cannot be explained by only favoritism, corruption or waste.

The Kalyon story was in the news last week, but almost one month earlier, there was a peculiar ceremony held. It was an opening ceremony for a new section of the North Marmara Highway and was held on September 19. On the giant screen overlooking the podium, there was President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. In front of the screen were the owners of the Cengiz, Limak and Kalyon consortium, all in line on the podium. Erdoğan told the men to point themselves out when their names were called. Whoever heard his name took a step forward, raised his right arm with the palm facing forward, then took his hand to his heart and saluted the giant screen. Cemal Kalyoncu expressed his gratitude, on behalf of his partners as well, saying “All thanks to you, highest authority.”


Some 37 people who collected 200 million liras ($25.2 million) from nearly 12,000 people in six months, with the promise of giving high revenue in return with Turkey’s “national” alternative digital currency, were sued for fraud, according to a report by daily Hürriyet.


And then why some ask the Turkish lira continue to weaken? :

 

A missile was fired into the sky on Oct. 16 on Turkey’s Black Sea coast where the military was expected to test its Russian-made S-400 defence systems, according to local video obtained by Reuters.

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Tragedy of Turkish Judiciary: A roundup and “Erdoğan rewards prosecutor who penned 2nd Kavala indictment with making him deputy justice minister

In Uncategorized on October 19, 2020 at 13:28

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Former Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş, who has been jailed for nearly four years, says that his imprisonment is the result of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s fear of himself and his party’s political power.

“I’m not a prisoner, I’m a political hostage. I clearly know that Erdoğan fears me, that is why he keeps me here,” Demirtaş told news portal T24.

“But I and others like me can’t be confined by four walls, that’s what they don’t understand, because we are not anyone’s man, we are the children of the people,” he added.

Former Istanbul Deputy Public Prosecutor Hasan Yılmaz, who prepared the second indictment against businessman, activist, and political prisoner Osman Kavala, was appointed Deputy Justice Minister within seven days of penning the document.

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan removed former Deputy Justice Minister Cengiz Öner from his post and replaced him with Yılmaz, author of the current indictment against Kavala, who has been behind bars for nearly three years.

Yesterday marked the 3rd year since businessperson and rights defender Osman Kavala was taken into custody. In a video shared on “Free Osman Kavala” website, people are seen to be shuffling through book pages, unable to find a sentence.

Constitutional Court member’s tweet leads to new row with government

Turkey’s top court has lately been part of political debates as the ruling AKP and its ally MHP criticize the court’s decisions and
Turkey’s top court has lately been part of political debates as the ruling AKP and its ally MHP criticize the court’s decisions and say that it should be “reshaped.”

 

A local court on Oct. 13 rejected former main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) deputy Enis Berberoğlu’s demand for a trial despite a previous top court ruling, in a move that was deemed by the CHP leader as “unconstitutional.”

The 14th Heavy Penal Court has ignored the Sept. 17 ruling of the Constitutional Court, which said that the politician’s right to compete in elections and to conduct politics as well as his right to personal liberty and security had been violated.

The top court said that the ruling will be sent to the Court of Cassation so that a retrial takes place for the outcomes of the violations to be eliminated.

CHP leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu slammed the local court’s decision.

 

Noam Chomsky has called for the immediate release of businessman, philanthropist and human rights activist Osman Kavala, who has been behind bars for over 1,000 days on bogus charges.

“Osman Kavala, who I remember very well from my visits to Turkey. Strong, passionate, defender of human rights and justice. He has been in prison for over 1,000 days on frivolous charges,” Chomsky said on Oct. 13.

“The European Court of Human Rights has demanded that he be released. Now we should all strongly support that demand. Kavala should be released immediately and such criminal acts of state repression should never be tolerated,” he added.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has appealed to a court to have his photos with a Turkish

Erdoğan targets medical group critical of Turkey’s COVID response, calls its chair ‘terrorist’

Duvar English – Reuters President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan urged Turkey’s parliament on Oct. 14 to legislate to curb the influence
The President called Prof. Korur-Fincancı “a terrorist” after she was elected the Turkish Medical Association (TTB) Chair.

Erdoğan calls Turkish Medical Association Chair ‘a terrorist’, hints at new law

Speaking at his party’s parliamentary group, the President has said the “crooked structure” of professional organizations

‘LIGHTS ARE ON’ POLEMIC: Constitutional Court says member’s tweet doesn’t reflect institutional view

Court member Engin Yıldırım’s tweet has sparked a new debate with the government.

İstanbul Mayor İmamoğlu slams ban on Kurdish theater play

İstanbul Mayor İmamoğlu has spoken about the ban on “Bêrû”, a Kurdish theater play to be hosted by the Municipality’s City

Why the authorities banned a Kurdish-language play

It has been many years since I last attended a play in the theaters of Istanbul. Yesterday, I hit the road to see a play that was to be performed in Kurdish. Not that the Italian playwright Dario Fo – whose play was to be performed – really suits my literary tastes, but as a Kurd who has been living in Istanbul for 45 years, I was looking forward to attending a play in Kurdish for the first time in my life.

FREEDOM HOUSE: Freedom on the Net report: Internet is ‘not free’ in Turkey, again

Freedom House has released its “Freedom on the Net 2020: The Pandemic’s Digital Shadow” report. Covering the period from

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Turkey’s candidate, Rightwing hardliner, Ersin Tatar, wins Turkish Cypriot presidential runoff

In Uncategorized on October 19, 2020 at 11:43

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Ersin Tatar elected new Turkish Cypriot leader

Right-wing nationalist secures victory over incumbent Mustafa Akinci at runoff vote.

Rightwing hardliner wins Turkish Cypriot presidential runoff

Ersin Tatar, who favours even closer ties with Turkey, defeats incumbent Mustafa Akinci A rightwing hardliner who has long

Premier Tatar ousts incumbent president in Turkish Cyprus vote

Prime Minister Ersin Tatar won Oct. 18’s presidential runoff in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) with 51.69% of
Ersin Tatar, who is pro-Turkey and wants Cyprus to be two separate states, is elected president.

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Turkey now has a bootleg alcohol problem [among many others]. At least 55 dead so far…

In Uncategorized on October 19, 2020 at 11:18

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Update: The death toll is now at least 50. Now 55.
Excessive taxation and regulation led to bootlegging and some leads to fatal results:(

Death toll from bootleg alcohol rises to 49

Turkey has stepped up crackdown on bootleg alcohol as the death toll from poisoning since Oct. 9 rose to 49 on Oct.
At least 15 people have died and more than 60 have been hospitalized over the last two days in the western province of İzmir and the Central Anatolian province of Kırıkkale after consuming counterfeit alcohol.

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#FreeCihanErdal “2,500 academics worldwide sign petition for Turkey to release Cihan Erdal…

In Uncategorized on October 18, 2020 at 17:53

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Some 2,500 academics worldwide have signed a petition for Turkey to release Cihan Erdal, a PhD candidate and researcher at Carleton University in Canada and an LGBT activist, who was detained in Istanbul on Sept. 25.

Famed scholars Enzo Traverso, Judith Butler, Etienne Balibar, Noam Chomsky, Silvia Federici, Toni Negri and Wendy Brown are among the names who signed the petition titled “#FreeCihanErdal.”


The Washington Post – Editorial Board – Oct 15, 10:49 AM

WHEN TURKEY’S Recep Tayyip Erdogan rose to power in the early 2000s, he cast himself as the leader of a model Muslim democracy whose top priority was membership in the European Union. Slowly but relentlessly, he has evolved into a swaggering

Turkey bans Kurdish-language play in Istanbul

Shortly before “Beru,” which translates as “Faceless,” was due to be performed for the first time in Istanbul’s municipal theater, it was banned by the
Medium – Abdullah Ayasun – Oct 17, 6:49 PM

The Covid-19 virus continues to be a menacing enemy, no matter what governments (in non-democratic countries) do to obscure the exact

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