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Citizens were expecting some kind of financial aid, then, instead, Erdoğan asked them to donate…

In Uncategorized on March 31, 2020 at 20:37

It is called the National Solidary Campaign. Several IBAN numbers are released. So citizens are supposed to help other citizens who need financial assistance. One wonders where the taxes go. Or the unemployment fund. All coffers seem to be empty. Istanbul and Ankara municipalities were already mobilized. But the government is jealous.  Ministry of Internal Affairs stopped these campaigns. Erdoğan donated his salaries for a few months that would be around 300 thousand Turkish liras. His palace’s daily expense is claimed to be 2 million Turkish liras…

Turkey’s Interior Ministry has said that municipalities run by the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) are “not abiding by the laws” in donation campaigns they launched during the coronavirus outbreak.

UPDATE: Both Istanbul and Ankara municipality bank accounts for fighting coronavirus now appear to have been shut on the orders of Turkey’s Interior Minister, effectively for competing with Erdogan’s campaign.

Suspicions grow in the announced numbers of Covid-19 cases in Turkey

The numbers announced in Turkey with regards to the impact of coronavirus outbreak has been subject of discussion among general public and civil society. Various organizations are considering the numbers announced by Ministry of Health to be misleading.

The Ministry of Health holds a central position in terms of struggle against the coronavirus Covid-19 outbreak and its impact in Turkey. The announced numbers do not specify the geospecific statistics, causing speculation and raising suspicions.

Turkey’s coronavirus deaths up to 214, with 15,422 total cases: minister

Turkey’s deaths from the new coronavirus increased by 46 to 214 on March 31, as the number of confirmed cases rose by 2,704 to
Journalism in times of COVID19: an update from Turkey

In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, Turkey persists in detaining and arresting new journalists. Calls by human rights organisations for the release of journalists and activists are multiplying

In the joint statement, it has been indicated, “We call on the Turkish authorities to immediately and unconditionally release journalists, human rights defenders and others who have been charged or convicted simply for exercising their rights.”

Turkish gov’t blocks municipal aid drives after launching national pandemic campaign | Ahval

Turkish municipalities cannot collect financial aid during the coronavirus pandemic without…

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It looks like the EU has a dictatorship among its members (Hungary)- #Covid-19 updates…

In Uncategorized on March 31, 2020 at 13:37

Orban was the first authoritarian to grasp opportunities during the pandemic…

[Coronavirus] Orban granted indefinite ‘authoritarian’ power

Ushering in a new era for Hungary – and for the EU – the central European country becomes the first to be ruled by decree, after Orban’s party forced virus emergency laws through parliament.

Hungary Is a Dictatorship Now. Kick It Out of the EU and NATO.

NATO troops should not be asked to spill blood for Viktor Orban.

Coronavirus: Countries reject Chinese-made equipment

The Netherlands, Spain and Turkey have all said some Chinese-made equipment is substandard.

1,610 new cases confirmed in Turkey, death toll hits 168

Turkey’s death toll from the novel coronavirus rose to 168 on March 30, as the number of confirmed cases increased
CNN – By Rob Picheta and Stephanie Halasz, CNN – Mar 30, 7:10 AM

(CNN) Hungary’s parliament has voted to allow Prime Minister Viktor Orban to rule by decree in order to combat the coronavirus pandemic, giving the populist leader extra powers to unilaterally enact a series of sweeping measures. The bill, which

Bloomberg – Zoltan Simon – Mar 30, 6:05 AM

Sign up here for our daily coronavirus newsletter on what you need to know, and subscribe to our Covid-19 podcast for the latest news and analysis. Hungary’s parliament handed Prime Minister Viktor Orban the right to rule by decree indefinitely

[Interview] How Europe coped with pandemic 100 years ago

The 1918 flu pandemic “was just another thing to put up with” for people numbed by World War One – but there were also parallels with today, a British academic says.
Duvar English

Turkey has placed 39 residential areas in 18 provinces under quarantine as of March 30 to contain the spread of the coronavirus, which has killed 131 people in the country.

Estimating actual COVID 19 cases (novel corona virus infections) in an area based on deaths

Estimating actual COVID 19 cases (novel corona virus infections) in an area based on deaths. Based on work by Tomas Pueyo at:…


The Mathematics of Predicting the Course of the Coronavirus

Epidemiologists are using complex models to help policymakers get ahead of the Covid-19 pandemic. But the leap from equations to decisions is a long one.

Impact of Covid-19 on the gig economy

Guest: Dr Kelle Howson | Post-Doctoral Researcher at the Oxford Internet Institute

Coronavirus capital by capital: How are Europeans coping with shutdown?

Europeans face a blizzard of restrictions on their freedoms as authorities try to stop the spread.

Most Americans take it for granted that in the 1960s, more than 58,000 U.S. soldiers died in something called the Vietnam War. In Vietnam, however, there is no such thing as the Vietnam War. It is known there as “the American War.”

Anthropologists have known for decades that the names we give to things can be profoundly consequential. Words and names define the building blocks from which we assume the world is made up. They become our common sense. But seemingly self-evident words actually express a point of view. This may only become clear when we realize others have different building blocks or when the words are challenged.

Why fighting the coronavirus depends on you

If we can slow the virus down, it could save hundreds of thousands of lives. Read more about the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic at In March 2020, the World Health Organization officially classified Covid-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, as a pandemic. That means the disease no longer constitutes just an outbreak or even an epidemic; the coronavirus has now spread around the world, and will continue to reach into other countries and communities. That’s in part because of how contagious the virus is. When you’re infected with the flu, it takes about two days before you start to show symptoms. But coronavirus symptoms take an average of five to six days to appear, so it’s easy to spread well before you notice that you’re feeling sick. Many people are spreading it while going about their daily lives as usual. The risk is that once coronavirus starts to spread in a community, about 20% of cases are severe and may require hospitalization. As those cases multiply, hospitals can fill up quickly. And people with severe cases of COVID-19 who can’t receive proper medical attention are at a much higher risk of dying. Ideally, we would be able to stop the virus from spreading entirely. We can’t do that right now. What we can do is slow it down, so that the severe cases get spread out over a longer period of time, and hospitals are less likely to be overwhelmed on any given day. And that’s where each one of us comes in. The best way to slow down the spread is for everyone — healthy, sick, young, old — to limit social contact as much as possible, immediately. This is called social distancing, and it only works if enough of us do it. But if we do, it could mean the difference between the life and death of someone you know.

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New photo from Facebook March 30, 2020 at 05:30PM

In Uncategorized on March 30, 2020 at 16:46

From homo sapiens to homo ffice (!) Via @bencenanay via Facebook Pages

#istanbul Mayor continues to ask for curfew…

In Uncategorized on March 30, 2020 at 14:07

As the government is unwilling to declare a country-wide curfew, mayor İmamoğlu has suggested “partial restrictions” for the city of 15 million.

Hacı Bişkin / DUVAR

Despite of the coronavirus outbreak resulting in high numbers of new cases in Turkey every day, major construction projects continue full speed ahead in Istanbul, such as a mosque on a large and valuable piece of land in the city’s Levent district, an area with numerous skyscrapers and shopping malls.


Some 11 people have been detained after throwing a party in Istanbul’s Büyükçekmece district and sharing videos on social media outlets.

Istanbul buries coronavirus casualties in coffins instead of shrouds, eliminates communal funeral prayers


Persons who die from coronavirus-related complications in Istanbul are buried in coffins, an official from the Istanbul Cemeteries Directorate said, an unusual practice for the majority-muslim country.

In Islam, the dead are buried with no clothes on, but wrapped in shrouds instead.

However, anyone who dies from the coronavirus in Istanbul now gets buried in a coffin.

A tender has been lodged for the removal and reconstruction of two historical bridges along the planned route of Canal İstanbul project.

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#Cyberculture agenda: Such willpower! “The Pirate Bay’s Oldest Active Torrent Turns 16 Years Old…

In Uncategorized on March 30, 2020 at 00:37

The Pirate Bay has weathered quite a few storms since its inception.

The notorious torrent site, which is a piracy icon today, was originally founded by Swedish anti-copyright think tank Piratbyrån during the summer of 2003.

The Best and Worst Browsers for Privacy, Ranked

A new study examines how Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, Brave, Edge, and Yandex collect user data.

AI is An Ideology, Not A Technology

At its core, “artificial intelligence” is a perilous belief that fails to recognize the agency of humans.

The average office worker in the United States must keep track of between 20 to 40 different username and password combinations. With so many passwords to remember, many of us use the same ones over and over, or have a running list of passwords saved somewhere. Passwords are a very serious and expensive security risk. It’s why companies like Microsoft , Apple and Google are trying to reduce our dependence on them. But the question is, can these companies break our bad habits? Update (January 21, 2020): A website mentioned in this video, WeLeakInfo, was shut down by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and other law enforcement agencies on Friday, Jan. 17, 2020. The site claimed to have more than 12 billion usernames and passwords from more than 10,000 data breaches. Passwords are a very serious and expensive security risk. A report by Verizon looked at 2,013 confirmed data breaches and found that 29% of those breaches involved the use of stolen credentials. Another study by the Ponemon Institute and IBM Security found that the average cost of a single data breach in the U.S. was more than $8 million. Even when passwords are not stolen, companies can lose a lot of money trying to reset them. “Our research has shown that the average fully loaded cost of a help desk call to reset a password is anywhere between $40 or $50 per call,” says Merritt Maxim, vice president and research director at Forrester. “Generally speaking, a typical employee contacts a help desk somewhere between 6 and 10 times a year on password related issues,” Maxim said. “So if you just do the simple multiplication of six to 10 times, times 50 dollars per call, times number of employees, in your organization, you’re talking significantly hundreds of thousands of dollars or even potentially millions of dollars a year.” » Subscribe to CNBC: » Subscribe to CNBC TV: » Subscribe to CNBC Classic: About CNBC: From ‘Wall Street’ to ‘Main Street’ to award winning original documentaries and Reality TV series, CNBC has you covered. Experience special sneak peeks of your favorite shows, exclusive video and more.


At any given time, most of us are within earshot of a virtual assistant. Computer scientists have been working on some of their underlying technologies for more than half a century — so why can’t Apple make Siri work better? Watch the video to find out where virtual assistants came from, where they go wrong, and what the future may hold for them.


Why Google search once said Obama was a king and dinosaurs weren’t real. A previous version of this video neglected to credit The Outline for some of the information in this video. You should read The Outline’s work on this topic here:… For much much more on this topic, you also can read Danny Sullivan and Eric Enge at, who answered many of our questions about featured snippets. Subscribe to our channel! is a news website that helps you cut through the noise and understand what’s really driving the events in the headlines. Check out to get up to speed on everything from Kurdistan to the Kim Kardashian app.

The Business Of Amazon Shipping Boxes


Cardboard boxes are a really big deal in the U.S. Amazon alone shipped over 5 billion packages through Prime in 2017. But as Amazon moves to plastic mailers and paper mailers the corrugated box market is bracing for the fallout. There are other players in the space but today the four big cardboard box manufacturers that dominate the market are International Paper, WestRock, Packaging Corporation of America and Georgia-Pacific.

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#Covid-19 updates: 100 Coronavirus Fact Checks from Snopes… “Turkey’s Coronavirus Death Toll Rises by 23 to 131, Total Cases Reach 9,217…

In Uncategorized on March 29, 2020 at 21:07

100 Coronavirus Fact Checks

The novel coronavirus that causes the respiratory disease COVID-19 was first identified in Wuhan, China, in 2019 and quickly spread throughout that country and beyond. It is now a full-blown pandemic, and viral misinformation is spreading as rapidly as the disease itself.

Snopes fact-checkers have been on the case since the outset, tracking and investigating rumors and memes reported to us by readers. Our Coronavirus Collection now stands at just over 100 completed fact checks. Stay tuned for more.

Browse the Coronavirus Collection


In the last 24 hours, 23 people died, 9,982 people were tested and 1,815 were found to be infected, according to the Ministry of Health.

Lockdown, what lockdown? Sweden’s unusual response to coronavirus

While swathes of Europe are under lockdown, Sweden is allowing life to go on much as normal.
Football fans around the world are turning to Belarus to get their fix during lockdown as the game carries on in the former Soviet republic.

The pontiff urges the world to see the coronavirus pandemic as a test of solidarity and a reminder of basic values.

Coronavirus Infection Map

All data on the Covid-19 pandemic by country and territory.

Duvar English

Istanbul’s famous Grand Bazaar (“Kapalı Çarşı) has been closed amid coroanvirus precautions.



Police seized some one million counterfeit masks in a raid in Istanbul’s Sultanbeyli district on March 24.

Turkish authorities have ramped up operations against counterfeit face mask producers amid coronavirus outbreak in the country.

As infections spike across Europe, Italy, Spain and UK’s healthcare systems struggle to cope after medics fall ill.

In World’s Most Vulnerable Countries, the Pandemic Rivals the 2008 Crisis

As capital flees emerging markets, those countries are absorbing the most potent economic shocks of the coronavirus outbreak.

Turkey adopted new measures early on March 24 on shopping and transportation in an effort to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.

The Interior Ministry issued a notice saying all intercity and intra-city buses will be allowed to carry only half their capacity.

Also, all grocery stores will only provide service between 09:00 and 21:00 local time, as part of the new measures.


A group of prominent Turkish academics have urged the government to announce an extraordinary spending program to tackle the effects of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The group including Korkut Boratav and Hayri Kozanoğlu released a statement featuring 22 suggestions on March 29, calling on the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) to abandon neoliberalism and adopt concepts such as planning and societal solidarity.

Flying intensive care unit, sent from Germany to Bergamo to take patients from the overloaded hospitals. from europe

Spanish princess Maria Teresa is world’s first royal to die from the coronavirus from Coronavirus

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New photo from Facebook March 29, 2020 at 06:36PM

In Uncategorized on March 29, 2020 at 17:46

Zoom is my girl. via @NicolaiFoss via Facebook Pages

Nothing can prevent AKP’s mega projects (!) First tender for Kanal #istanbul with masks during the #covid-19 pandemic…

In Uncategorized on March 29, 2020 at 12:57

Turkey Holds First Tender Related to Istanbul Canal Project

ISTANBUL — Turkey held its first tender on Thursday to prepare to build a huge canal on the edge of Istanbul, a Transport Ministry spokesman said,

Two cemeteries in Istanbul designated for virus victims

One of those sites is in Istanbul’s Beykoz district, on the Asian shore of the city, while the other designated burial site is located in the Kilyos

Cats reconquer Istanbul’s empty streets amid COVID-19 measures

Cats have always been a part of Istanbul. Virtually every shop and every apartment in the city has their designated cat or even cats. But nowadays the

Istanbul Battles Coronavirus Behind Closed Doors | Voice of America – English

ISTANBUL – Istanbul, Turkey’s largest city, is at the center of the country’s efforts to control the spread of COVID-19. Authorities are ramping up

Coronavirus restrictions leave over 1000 Algerians stranded in Istanbul’s airport

More than 1,000 travelers from Algeria are stuck inside an Istanbul airport after their country closed its borders to curb the spread of the coronaviru

On this day in 1930, Constantinople was renamed to Istanbul

On this day in 1930, the name of the city Constantinople was officially changed to Istanbul by Ataturk’s government, which requested all countries to

Exclusive: Iranian Diplomats Instigated Killing of Dissident in Istanbul, Turkish Officials Say

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Two intelligence officers at Iran’s consulate in Turkey instigated the killing last November of an Iranian dissident in Istanbul who

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#Coronavirus updates: “Turkey’s Coronavirus Death Toll Surge to 108 as 1,704 New Cases Confirmed

In Uncategorized on March 28, 2020 at 19:27

(200326) — TRIPOLI, March 26, 2020 (Xinhua) — A UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) fighter wearing face mask fires at East-based Libyan National Army (LNA) forces during clashes at Ain-Zara frontline in Tripoli, Libya, March 25, 2020. The Minister of Health of Libya’s UN-backed government, Ehmid Bin Omar, on Tuesday announced the first novel coronavirus infection in the country. (Photo by Amru Salahuddien/Xinhua) (MaxPPP TagID: xnaphotostwo203392.jpg) [Photo via MaxPPP]
Total number of the cases have increased to 7,402 while 16 people died of Covid-19 in the last 24 hours, bringing the death toll to three-digit numbers.

Turkey’s Coronavirus Death Toll Jumps to 92 as Health Minister Advises Quarantine

In the last 24 hours, 2,069 people tested positive as total cases has reached 5,698, Minister Koca has stated.

Scenes from a day of weirdness in quarantine in Rome, Italy as Romans socially distance to avoid spreading the coronavirus. ‘Rome, Closed City’ is a short directed by Mo Scarpelli….

How New Yorkers Are Coping With Coronavirus | NYT News

With restrictions tightened on businesses and daily activity, residents are grappling with uncertainty about resources, health care and their paychecks.

New data confirms the improvement in air quality over Europe – a by-product of the coronavirus crisis.

President Trump has held daily pressers with his coronavirus task force to let the public know what he and the administration are doing. Chris Cillizza goes through 10 of Trumps most, well “Trump-like” lines on coronavirus so far in a special edition of The Point at Home. SOURCES AND FURTHER READING: Blame game escalates between US and China over coronavirus disinformation… On virus missteps, Trump declares, ‘I don’t take responsibility at all’… Fact check: A list of 28 ways Trump and his team have been dishonest about the coronavirus… A state-by-state breakdown of US coronavirus cases… Cases in U.S.… Brazilian president’s press secretary tests positive for coronavirus, days after meeting Trump… March 11 coronavirus news… US coronavirus scare prompts NBA to suspend schedule while communities take mitigation steps… Was the White House office for global pandemics eliminated?… Here’s Donald Trump’s angry response when asked what he would tell scared Americans… Donald Trump would like everyone to say ‘thank you’ for his coronavirus actions… About me: I was named “best dressed” in 7th grade. That, along with being CNN’s editor at large and author of the daily “Point” newsletter are my proudest achievements. Look for me here every Tuesday and Thursday to find out what’s really going down in politics. CREDITS Writer: Chris Cillizza The Point team: Leigh Munsil and Allison Gordon Editor: Michelle Cho Producer: Arielle Sacks

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Despite pandemic, the establishment as usual: crackdown on HDP municipalities; local journalists intimitated, political prisoners are left to their fates…

In Uncategorized on March 28, 2020 at 16:53

Friday Prayer was performed in a single mosque, Beştepe Mosque, in this way.


Following the orders of the university’s rector, a field harvesting local seeds and plants at Pamukkale University in the province of Denizli was recently bulldozed.

The field, which was created with the support of the Ministry of Agriculture and the EU, was bulldozed for the purpose of creating a social facility. Students assembled in front of the bulldozers for the purpose of saving the field.

Like all governments around the world, the Turkish government has a number of tough calls to make during this time of public health turned economic crisis. The trade-off is straightforward. Governments must keep an eye on two curves. The first one shows the number of infected patients. That curve is a function of the number of people tested on daily basis. So it may or may not increase depending on the number of tests that are being undertaken. Yet official figures are now somewhat irrelevant.

Turkish authorities detained mayors of five municipalities in the southeastern provinces as part of a widening government crackdown against the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), the party’s co-chair said.

Detained over a news report on coronavirus outbreak in Turkey, İsmet Çiğit, the editor-in-chief of a local newspaper from Kocaeli, says, “I know that the news is true. The state wanted to intimidate. But we now only report on official statements.”
Human Rights Watch – Mar 23, 7:56 AM

The risk the coronavirus pandemic poses to staff and inmates in Turkey’s vastly overcrowded prisons has prompted the government to accelerate a plan to substitute prison time with alternatives such as early parole and house arrest. While a welcome

A legal action has been taken against 316 social media users who shared images or voice records about Covid-19. The total number of probed social media accounts has hit 1,748.
Evin Jiyan Kışanak, Hülya Oruç, Zeynep Mızraklı, Mehmet Altan and Özge Terkoğlu slam the 3rd Judicial Reform Package for excluding political prisoners from reduced prison sentences to be introduced by the amended legal regulation on execution.
Turkey on March 23 launched TV-based distance learning for around 18 million primary, secondary and high-school students, with Education Minister Ziya Selçuk giving the first lecture as he advised families to create the necessary conditions for their children at home.
Turkish state-run television broadcast an animated video of the hanging of a Turkish prime minister…
Around 150 foreign journalists in Turkey have been forced to wait for more than two months for the…
In the past ten years, Turkey’s foreign policy has experienced major shifts in alliances. While it bolstered its relations with some countries, it undermined other alliances. For the past five years in particular, Turkey’s close ties with Russia and other countries in the East has drawn it away from NATO and the EU.

Yet amid rising tensions with Russia in Syria, the question arose of whether Turkey has any real allies on the international stage. At Tü, we asked our respondents to rate the following countries and international organizations based on how much they trust them.

Turkey Steps Back From Confrontation at Greek Border

The country is winding down an aggressive two-week operation to move tens of thousands of migrants to its frontiers. But relations with Greece and Europe have suffered.

Who’s who in Babacan’s party?

Neşe İdil / Duvar English

Former deputy prime minister Ali Babacan filed the application to found his long-awaited opposition party on March 9, with the list of the founders including 90 individuals.

Being one of the founding members of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), Babacan announced his resignation eight months ago over “deep differences.”

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