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Nice piece: “The UNESCO Site That Never Was [Hasankeyf]

In Uncategorized on April 30, 2020 at 10:54

The UNESCO Site That Never Was

The people of Hasankeyf, Turkey, have long enjoyed the nearby Tigris River, seen here in 2019. Recently, the creation of the Ilisu Dam has submerged their town. Burak Kara/Getty Images

In some of Zeynep Ahunbay’s earliest memories of southeastern Turkey, birds fly high above the town of Hasankeyf’s crumbling stone citadel. In one long, panoramic look, the conservation architect could take in an expanse of history, from the ancient stairs cut into limestone cliffs to the cluster of rickety cafes on stilts above the winding Tigris River.

Venice’s Black Death and the Dawn of Quarantine

The island of Lazzaretto Nuovo, shown here, was one of the isles where the city of Venice quarantined plague-stricken individuals. Archeoclub d’Italia Sede di Venezia

Just beyond the shores of Venice proper—a city comprised of dozens of islands—lie two uninhabited isles with a rich history. Today these landmasses are landscapes of grasses, trees, and worn stone buildings. But once they were among the most important gateways to this storied trading city.


Turkish Environment and Urbanization Ministry has started 24/7 live broadcast from Lake Salda, which is also known as Turkey’s Maldives, after construction attempts in the area caused uproar on social media.

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#Europe agenda: “Germany’s new Berlin airport set for take off, nine years late (!)

In Uncategorized on April 29, 2020 at 19:54

But I liked the old one. I have good memories of it. Let’s see how it will be with the new one…

There may be no passengers on the horizon but the long-awaited airport will launch in October.

World’s first Syria torture trial opens in Germany

Two ex-military members accused of torture had been living in Germany as refugees and were arrested over a year ago.

Fox News Tried Going After Denmark. Big Mistake.


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EFD Rights Watch: “Amnesty 2019 Report: Judiciary is Still a Tool of Pressure in Turkey

In Uncategorized on April 29, 2020 at 17:24

Amnesty 2019 Report: Judiciary is Still a Tool of Pressure in Turkey

From Amnesty International 2019 Report on Turkey: “There were severe restrictions on the rights to freedom of
Human Rights Watch (HRW) has called on the authorities in Turkey to conduct an effective investigation into the allegations of people who say that they were held in custody and tortured by government agents for many months.
A 19-year-old refugee was shot dead by the police during an ID check yesterday

President Erdoğan defends top cleric in homosexuality row

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has shown support to the head of the country’s top religious body who stirred

Ankara Bar Investigated After Criticizing Religious Affairs President over LGBTI+ Remarks

The bar association filed a criminal complaint against Erbaş over his remarks targeting LGBTI+s.

Director of Religious Affairs Erbaş targets LGBTI+ in the Friday Sermon on the first day of Ramadan

After Director of Religious Affairs Prof. Dr. Ali Erbaş implied that the LGBTI+ individuals and couples living together out

Turkey nabs over 400 people for social media posts about coronavirus

Turkey has captured over 400 people in the last 42 days for sharing “unfounded and provocative” posts on social media

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EFD Rights Watch: “I can’t keep my optimism, Osman Kavala says…

In Uncategorized on April 26, 2020 at 16:43

I can’t keep my optimism, Osman Kavala says in letter marking 2.5 years in prison

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I’m ashamed on their behalf, Kavala says after successive arrest rulings The influential

Mustafa Koçak Dies on 297th Day of Death Fast

Koçak (28) was on a death fast for a fair trial after having been convicted of aggravated life imprisonment

Mustafa Koçak of Turkish band Grup Yorum dies after hunger strike | Ahval

Musician Mustafa Koçak has become the latest member of the left-wing Turkish band Grup Yorum to die…

Armenian Journalists and Writers Killed in 1915

We commemorate the writers and journalists who were taken from their homes and newspapers and forced to set out on April 24, 1915 and lost their lives.

Bienvenue sur le site de Reporter sans frontières | RSF

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) presents the 2018 press freedom barometer.

Turkey Ranks 154th in RSF Press Freedom Index

Censorship of websites and social media in the country “has reached unprecedented levels,” says the RSF.

Turkey ranks near bottom of press freedom index, named ‘world’s biggest jailer of journalists’

Duvar English Turkey ranked 154th in a list of 180 countries, ranked in decreasing order of media freedom by Reporters

Our eyes are on you – RTÜK warns Netflix over ‘Love 101’

With online streaming services now falling within the purview of RTÜK, the broadcast watchdog’s President Abu Bakr
Access to the Turkish website of the UK-based newspaper The Independent has been blocked in Turkey…

Turkey blocks Saudi and Emirati state news websites

The move comes after Saudi Arabia blocked several Turkish state media websites earlier this month.

3,544 Workers Infected with Covid-19 in İstanbul, Says Labor Unions’ Platform

İstanbul Labor Union Branches’ Platform has announced that 2,902 workers suspected to have contracted coronavirus

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#Anthropology roundup: “An anthropologist explains how #COVID-19 will change work forever

In Uncategorized on April 24, 2020 at 21:20

While sheltering in place in California during the COVID-19 pandemic, I have been spending a lot of time thinking about my graduation day—but not because it was particularly uplifting. On that day, I coincidentally and extraordinarily had a distressing run-in with a dead body.

I received my Ph.D. from Boston University in May 2017. The day of the graduation ceremony, I went for an afternoon jog along the Charles River to deal with the jitters of having to walk across a stage wearing a silly floppy hat in front of hundreds of strangers. In one direction, the run was uneventful. On the way back, though, I happened to glance out over the water and stumbled to a halt. There was a human head and shoulders just visible above the surface of the water, facedown, and about 10 meters from the riverbank. I kept staring. I saw no movement. Within minutes, I was on the phone to 911 dispatch, wading chest-deep into the river to make sure this was not a living person in need of assistance. It was not.

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, ecotourists like these, shown here viewing an Asian elephant, packed river boats on the Kinabatangan River in Borneo, Malaysia. Mark Sisson/Minden Pictures/AP Images

Until recently, boats ferried tourists each day along Borneo’s Kinabatangan River who were searching for elephants splashing on the shoreline, crocodiles peeking up from the khaki waters, and orangutans gliding through the treetops. But now, those boats remain moored.

For Japanese, blood type is a relationship maker, breaker

Stripes Okinawa
A mother gorilla cradles her dead baby at a zoo in Germany in 2008. Rolf Wilms/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images

As the SARS-CoV-2 virus rocks the world, a haunting aspect of the pandemic is coming increasingly into focus: The very sick are dying all-too-often without loved ones by their side.

Medical anthropologist offers insights from past pandemics  SF State News

Holocaust Archaeology Proves Deniers Wrong

At the Treblinka extermination camp in Poland, an estimated 800,000 Jews were murdered by Nazis and their collaborators. Richard Radford/Getty Images

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The consequences of disinformation is real: “Woman opens fire on cellular tower workers- #Cyberculture roundup

In Uncategorized on April 24, 2020 at 17:50

Woman opens fire on cellular tower workers

A woman in North Carolina was arrested this week in November 2019 after opening fire on workers maintaining a cellular tower near her home, reports WSOC TV in Charlotte. None of the workers were hit.

How Apple and Google’s Social Distancing Maps Work

New tools from the tech giants shows the dramatic impact of sheltering in place, using location data from phones like yours
CNBC – Megan Graham – Apr 23, 6:00 AM

Published Thu, Apr 23 2020 9:00 AM EDT Google began requiring political advertisers wanting to run election ads on its platform to verify their identity back in 2018. Now, that program is being extended to all advertisers, the company wrote in a


Why video games are made of tiny triangles


In 1979 This 9 Yr. Old Kid Was Seen As A Computer Genius

In 1979, when I was doing a television special for PBS on the coming of the information age, titled The Information Society, my team went to Cedar Rapids Iowa and just walked into a retail computer store and started filming. This boy and his dad were there to buy a new computer. When I 1st posted a version of this clip, people asked me who was and what happened to him and I had no idea. A subscriber using sophisticated software found him– Jay Ehrlich- and he is doing just fine in Chicago as a corporate executive and his dad is still alive. It was a wonderful experience to be able to just walk into a store, with no warning, and film interviews like this one. Thank you Jay Ehrlich and your dad.

How free games are designed to make money

Two Amazon Workers Explain Why They Walked Off the Job for COVID-19 Protections

They cite absent managers, too few cleaning supplies, and too many nonessential orders.


How Amazon Delivers On One-Day Shipping


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Three sites in Turkey added to UNESCO’s tentative list…

In Uncategorized on April 24, 2020 at 13:20

Ankara’s historic Beypazaro district on April 18 entered the tentative list of UNESCO with its thousands of years old history.
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Koramaz Valley in the central Anatolian province of Kayseri was added to the tentative list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Turkey April 14.

The valley, described by UNESCO as “an earthquake fracture which is 12 km long and sweeps from the east and to the west” is home to ancient underground structures, and tunnels that are thought to cover entire residential areas.

Diyarbakır’s ancient Zerzevan Castle added to UNESCO World Heritage list

Vecdi Erbay / DİYARBAKIR While the coronavirus has been taking lives every day and causing countries and cities to

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New photo from Facebook April 23, 2020 at 06:15PM

In Uncategorized on April 23, 2020 at 17:29

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New photo from Facebook April 23, 2020 at 06:15PM

In Uncategorized on April 23, 2020 at 17:29

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Battle of words between Turkey and NYT on #COVID-19 death toll in Turkey…

In Uncategorized on April 23, 2020 at 15:20

Turkey refutes NYT article on Istanbul COVID-19 deaths

Turkey’s health minister on April 22 refuted allegations in a recent New York Times article on the death toll in Istanbul
The New York Times – Carlotta Gall – Apr 20, 11:47 AM

ISTANBUL — For weeks President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has presented Turkey’s performance in handling the coronavirus as one of the world’s most successful, as he maintained strict control over information about the outbreak. The presidential

The New York Times – Jin Wu – Apr 21, 2:10 AM

At least 26,000 more people have died during the coronavirus pandemic over the last month than official death counts report, a review of mortality data in 11 countries shows — providing a clearer, if still incomplete, picture of the toll of

Turkey’s Coronavirus Death Toll Rises to 2,376 as Total Cases Near 100,000

The Ministry of Health has announced that Turkey’s coronavirus death toll has risen to 2,376 and the total number of
US coronavirus deaths reach 45,000, doubling in less than one week

U.S. coronavirus deaths reached 45,000 on Tuesday, doubling in a little over a week. The total number of confirmed
Bloomberg – James Thornhill – Apr 19, 3:28 PM

Oil extended its slide in Asia, trading at near two-decade lows after production cuts agreed by top producers last week were seen barely making a dent in the demand destruction wrought by Covid-19 and increasing concerns that traders are quickly – Oli Smith – Apr 19, 6:01 AM

Germany has sparked outrage in China after a major newspaper put together a £130bn invoice that Beijing ‘owes’ Berlin following the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Germany has followed France, the UK and the US in directing its

The New York Times – Apr 22, 2:09 AM

The revelation that a coronavirus death took place in the United States in early February shifts the understanding of its arrival in this country and changes the picture of what the nation was contending with by the time government officials began

Reuters – Reuters Editorial – Apr 19, 9:58 AM

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkey’s confirmed coronavirus cases have risen to 86,306, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said on Sunday, the highest total for any country outside Europe or the United States. An increase of 3,977 cases in the last 24 hours

Turkey loses prominent writers Erkmen and Koloğlu

Duvar English Turkey has lost two of its renowned writers this week, Nevzat Erkmen and Orhan Koloğlu. Erkmen, who

The Sunday Times – Insight – Apr 18, 10:00 AM

On the third Friday of January a silent and stealthy killer was creeping across the world. Passing from person to person and borne on ships and planes, the coronavirus was already leaving a trail of bodies. The virus had spread from China to six

The New York Times – Donald G. McNeil Jr. – Apr 18, 9:55 AM

The coronavirus is spreading from America’s biggest cities to its suburbs, and has begun encroaching on the nation’s rural regions. The virus is believed to have infected millions of citizens and has killed more than 32,000. Yet President Trump

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