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Coalition for Women in Journalism (CFWIJ) states “Turkey is the leading country for attacks, threats against women journalists’

In Uncategorized on May 8, 2021 at 19:23

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The first quarterly report of the Coalition for Women in Journalism (CFWIJ) has shown that a total of 114 women journalists have been attacked and threatened in the country since the beginning of 2021.


Angelina Jolie talks to Elif Şafak about İstanbul Convention

US actress Angelina Jolie has interviewed novelist Elif Şafak from Turkey for the TIME magazine about the country’s withdrawal from the İstanbul Convention, asking her what this decision means for women’s rights in her home country.
Council of Europe

May 2021 marks the 10th anniversary of the opening for signature of the Istanbul Convention. The international recognition that the Istanbul Convention has obtained and the concrete impact that it has had on national legislation and practices, as

 

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The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe has requested information from Turkey’s Justice Ministry about the situation of 24 journalists, including Melis Alphan, Kazım Kızıl, Elif Akgül, Hrant Dink, Levent Gültekin and Müyesser Yıldız.

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More insane by day: “Turkey probes Istanbul’s opposition mayor for ‘disrespect’

In Uncategorized on May 6, 2021 at 13:58

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İmamoğlu is also under investigation for visiting HDP mayors who were dismissed by the Interior Ministry over “terrorism-related” investigations against them
Istanbul mayor condemns Ottoman Sultan investigation as legally baseless | Ahval

Istanbul mayor Ekrem İmamoğlu strongly condemned an investigation against him by the Turkish
Interior Ministry inspectors are probing İmamoğlu because of “walking with his hands folded behind the back” at the tomb of Sultan Mehmed II and his visits to dismissed HDP mayors.

Turkey probes Istanbul’s opposition mayor for ‘disrespect’

ISTANBUL: Turkish prosecutors have launched an investigation into Istanbul Mayor Ekrem Imamoglu over his “disrespectful” behaviour during a visit
Afghans Fleeing Home Are Filling the Lowliest Jobs in Istanbul

After years working on American bases in Afghanistan and fearful of the Taliban, Afghans are heading to Turkey and

Erdogan Is Digging a Hole He Can’t Escape

Kanal Istanbul, a plan to dig a nearly 30-mile channel between the Black and Marmara seas, would turn half of Turkey’s largest city into an island

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Much effort spent for this conference: “Global Politics in the Age of Computational Propaganda Online Conference”

In Uncategorized on May 6, 2021 at 12:13

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We have spent a good deal of time in organizing this conference. Here are the full details: https://computational-propaganda.com/

Here are the links to access the conference rooms:

Day 1

Day 2

Also if possible, please remember to

  • access the Zoom link 15 minutes prior the event
  • use headsets with attached microphones
  • keep your microphones switched off when not speaking.

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#Europe agenda: Ursula von der Leyen says Chair Incident Was Sign of Enduring Sexism

In Uncategorized on May 2, 2021 at 15:03

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“Would this have happened if I had worn a suit and a tie?” asked Ursula von der Leyen, president of the European Commission, after she was left standing during a summit in Turkey this month.


Convicted last year, Ioannis Lagos is held in Belgium after the European Parliament lifts his immunity.

Iceland volcano eruption: Music video and wedding filmed at Fagradalsfjall

How an Icelandic band and a marriage ceremony made the most of spectacular scenes at Fagradalsfjall.
There’s growing interest in the German model, where fans hold a controlling stake in the clubs.

Sputnik V: How Russia’s Covid vaccine is dividing Europe

The vaccine has not yet been approved by Europe’s medicines agency but orders are piling in.

Europe has surpassed one million COVID-19 deaths: WHO

UN health agency warns of a ‘serious’ situation in the region as infections soar to record levels in some nations.

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Women villagers in an honorable resistance against mine construction in paradise valley, İkizdere, Rize

In Uncategorized on May 2, 2021 at 13:03

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by a Twitter user @yazs
Following a mining company’s attempt to construct a quarry in the Black Sea province of Rize’s İkizdere district, a group of villagers has started a protest against the construction in a bid to save a dense forest cover in the area considered one of the most precious natural beauties of Turkey’s northeast.

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#Cyberculture agenda: “The EU’s New Proposed Rules on A.I…

In Uncategorized on May 1, 2021 at 18:23

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Hackers Used to Be Humans. Soon, AIs Will Hack Humanity

Like crafty genies, AIs will grant our wishes, and then hack them, exploiting our social, political, and economic systems like never before.
The guidelines offer very little concrete guidance to technology designers.
The EU released draft laws that would regulate facial recognition and uses of algorithms. If it passes, the policy will impact companies in the US and China.

Data Brokers Are a Threat to Democracy

Unless the federal government steps up, the unchecked middlemen of surveillance capitalism will continue to harm our civil rights and national security.

Amazon workers in Alabama vote against unionising

Workers at an Amazon warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama have voted against unionising, according to an unofficial tally.

Why scientists don’t actually know if social media is bad for you

15 April 2021 BBC Science Focus

It’s often said that social media is bad for our mental health – but does the evidence really support that?

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Turkish police doesn’t want to be filmed- A major censorship of citizen journalism on the making…

In Uncategorized on May 1, 2021 at 15:43

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Haber – Apr 30

The directive was published with the signature of Mehmet Aktaş banning audiovisual recording of protests and social events and proposes legal action against those who violate the ban. The published directive claims that the police officers

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Turkey’s first full lockdown begins today and the cunning authorities use it to ban alchoholic beverage sales… News from a failing state (3).

In Uncategorized on April 29, 2021 at 15:38

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Turkey announces full lockdown in bid to halt COVID-19 surge

Turkey will enforce a full lockdown starting from tomorrow evening until May 17 to stem the spread of coronavirus, the country’s president announced on Apri
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan did not announce a stimulus package to offset the economic impact of the new shutdown.

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Turkish authorities raided offices associated with Thodex, a cryptocurrency platform that suspended operations and froze accounts worth a total of $2 billion.
Faruk Fatih Ozer is believed to have fled to Albania with an alleged $2bn from 391,000 investors.

MP Garo Paylan threatened by nationalist lawmaker over genocide remarks

Ümit Özdağ has called Paylan, an Armenian of Turkey, “a vicious enemy of the Turkish nation” and said he would

France to Turkey’s state-run news agency: A propaganda body spreading fake news

In a series of social media messages, France’s Interministerial Committee for the Prevention of Crime and Radicalization has

HUMAN RIGHTS ASSOCIATION: ‘COVID-19 becomes a “pretext” in Turkey’s prisons’

The İHD İstanbul Branch has released its quarterly report on violations of rights in Marmara region’s prisons: “All social rights

HDP’s dismissed MP Gergerlioğlu indicted over his justice watch at Parliament

Stripped of his MP status, HDP Kocaeli MP Ömer Faruk Gergerlioğlu started keeping a justice watch at the Parliament in mid-

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Human trafficking to Europe by municipal means? At least 804 confirmed cases.. News from a failing state (2)

In Uncategorized on April 29, 2021 at 11:33

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Thwarting what could have been a deadly attack on civilians, Turkish security forces on April 28 caught two PKK terrorists after they planted explosives under a vehicle at an Istanbul bus station, according to Turkey’s interior minister.
After it was revealed that only a few of the dozens of people who were sent to Germany as part of an environmental project returned to the country, it was understood that it wasn’t the only such incident.

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Kobani Trial scandal. News from a failing state (1)

In Uncategorized on April 29, 2021 at 09:53

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HDP politicians were not even given a chance to defend themselves. AKP government does not even pretend to show there is an ongoing judicial process.

Kobanî trial: Request for recusal rejected

Facing aggravated life imprisonment over the Kobanî protests from seven years ago, the HDP politicians appeared before the judge today, on April 26. The court board has rejected the attorneys’ request for recusal.

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