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Good riddance: President Erdoğan ousts Boğaziçi University rector whom he himself had appointed 7 months ago

In Uncategorized on July 15, 2021 at 11:49

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on July 15 replaced a top Istanbul university rector whose appointment led to months of student-led protests against his rule.

APPOINTED RECTOR DISMISSED: Boğaziçi University | Vice rector appointed as acting rector

Shortly after Melih Bulu, the appointed rector of Boğaziçi University, was dismissed by a Presidential decree, the Council of Higher Education (YÖK) has appointed Bulu’s appointed vice rector as the acting rector of Boğaziçi University.

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“#Istanbul Mayor launches bid for 2036 Olympic Games

In Uncategorized on July 15, 2021 at 11:19

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Istanbul Mayor launches bid for 2036 Olympic Games

Istanbul has launched a bid to host the 2036 Olympics and Paralympics as it seeks to finally stage the Games. The Turkish capital bid for each of the

Istanbul’s population more than 75 countries despite slight decline

Istanbul was home to nearly 600,000 fewer people than in 2020, when the population was 14.8 million, as per the population map prepared based on

The geopolitical and environmental dangers of Turkey’s Bosphorus bypass canal

But Istanbul’s opposition mayor, Ekrem Imamoglu, has voiced alarm. “I am sweating when I talk about this channel because I can feel this is a nightmare;

Canal İstanbul: What if the opposition takes over before it’s completed?

Opposition tries to dissuade potential financiers of Canal İstanbul • Turkey is officially out of İstanbul Convention • Erdoğan makes false claims on

Istanbul Canal: A geopolitical tinderbox in the making?

Mr. Zafar focuses on the political, economic, and strategic elements of the Istanbul Canal, which as per President Erdogan’s plans, will be ready by …

The weird, wonderful relationship between Istanbul and its cats

Istanbul, Turkey, where we’re currently living, is a city of remarkable beauty. The stunning mosques and their slender minarets soaring overhead

A Bittersweet Return to Normalcy for Some Istanbul Residents

… all COVID restrictions and is seeking a return to normalcy after several months of lockdown measures. Dorian Jones reports for VOA from Istanbul.

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Erkan’s recent presentations and a new publication

In Uncategorized on July 13, 2021 at 10:49

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As the classes ended, I thought I would be more relaxed but ongoing writing tasks exhausted me. I assume I will not be free until the end of August to finish up all writings and a project on disinformation. However, I and two friends will take a road trip up to Artvin next week and I will probably escape out of town a few days during August. Pandemic messed up all the schedule. August used to be the least busy time but now we will be around to meet with the new students.

Despite the ongoing exhaustion I have, I am glad to have had a productive time in the last couple of months. Here are a few presentations and a new publication during this time:

Saka, E. (2021). Networks of Political Trolling in Turkey after the Consolidation of Power Under the Presidency. In Digital Hate. The Global Conjuncture of Extreme Speech. Indiana University Press. https://ift.tt/3yT0ZXK

Saka, E. (2021, March 20). Creating a Digital Archive of Dissent: The Gezi Archive. Recording it Ourselves  A Day Event about DIY Cultures, Information, Archives and Heritage. https://ift.tt/3i3iFch

Saka, E., & Furman, I. (2021, June 20). Digital Blessings for Holy Days: Performing Islamic Piety in the Age of Social Media. Materialities of Everyday Religiosity:  Historical and Contemporary Dynamics in Turkey and Iran.

Saka, E. (2021, July 7). Rebuilding Mainstream Media in Turkey. Spatial Dimensions of Two Online Media Venues (Medyascope and T24). Media Building. https://ift.tt/3effsFA

Kılıç, B., & Saka, E. (2021, July 9). Ethics State of AI Startups in Turkey: A Look at the Developers’ Perspectives. CEPE/IACAP Joint Conference 2021: The Philosophy and Ethics of Artificial Intelligence. https://ift.tt/3kc7dhb

 

You can find my detailed CV here.

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For the record, “Turkey ranks 107th out of 128 countries in Rule of Law Index

In Uncategorized on July 10, 2021 at 18:09

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More countries declined than improved in overall rule of law performance for the third year in a row, the WJP has noted


The Reporters Without Borders has once again ranked President and ruling AKP Chair Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on its list of “Press Freedom Predators”, defining “critical journalists” as his “favorite targets”.


The European Parliament has adopted a resolution condemning the repression of the HDP and the opposition, stressing that this backsliding “reveals the dire human rights situation in Turkey and the continued erosion of democracy and the rule of law.”
A shady organization that plans to make Minister Soylu the president armed civilians, Peker has claimed.
Fahrettin Altun has accused YouTube of “hypocrisy,” claiming that it ignores hate speech against Islam and Muslims.

Turkey was placed on the list of countries due to its “tangible” support to an armed group in Syria using child soldiers, according to the US Department of State.


Turkey’s Presidential Spokesman İbrahim Kalın has accused the European Union of lacking the vision…

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New photo from Facebook July 09, 2021 at 10:47PM

In Uncategorized on July 9, 2021 at 21:50

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An anti-government Turkish journalist knife attacked in Berlin, Germany

In Uncategorized on July 8, 2021 at 10:49

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Acarer has been reportedly assaulted in the yard of his home in Berlin, where he has been living for four years.

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The media authority has also fined the channel because of a pundit’s remarks during a program.


Academics have demanded the resignation of Rector Bulu and other appointed officials.

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Check out Erdoğan’s new palaces

In Uncategorized on July 7, 2021 at 15:34

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It seems that the sand for the artificial beach for the palace was transported from either Patara or Salda beaches contributing to their demise…

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New photo from Facebook July 07, 2021 at 12:00PM

In Uncategorized on July 7, 2021 at 11:04

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Gergerlioğlu (@gergerliogluof) finally released

In Uncategorized on July 7, 2021 at 10:19

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Father and son, who was briefly detained for protesting the authorities for not releasing his father

Ömer Faruk Gergerlioğlu (born 2 November 1965) is a Turkish medical doctor[1] (pulmonologist), human rights activist[2] and an MP (Member of the Turkish Grand National Assembly – TBMM) for the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP).[3] He has dedicated his political career to fighting against the human rights violations in Turkey

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#Europe agenda: BBC explains the “EU vaccine ‘passport’” and more…

In Uncategorized on July 6, 2021 at 22:54

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The government says it’s confident an Indian-made AZ vaccine used in the UK won’t affect people’s ability to travel abroad.
Denmark’s emotional progress in Euro 2020

Denmark are riding the crest of a wave at the European Championship, but how have those from the country seen the tournament and how far the team will go?
EU and climate change: a lot of funds, few results

As part of the Common Agricultural Policy, the European Union spent 100 billion Euros to combat climate change between 2014 and 2020. But these funds, which make up half of the entire EU budget earmarked for the fight against climate change, have not led to a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions

Fragmented politics and voter apathy: France’s regional elections are troubling for party leaders.
A new report reveals how extremists attempted to exploit the Covid-19 pandemic to spread their radical messages and propaganda across the EU. In 2020, a total of 57 completed, failed or foiled terrorist attacks took place in the EU.
Valérie Bacot’s story of abuse shocked France, but she still served a year in jail.

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