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As #BilgiMedya department, we have contributed to UNESCO’s Global Media and Information Literacy Week (#GlobalMILWeek)

In Uncategorized on October 28, 2021 at 18:29

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It is Republic Day tomorrow and today is also a national holiday. I took the opportunity to work on my own stuff. I have several writing pieces to finish up by 1 November. I have a relatively heavy workload this semester and every holiday helps, not for rest but channelizing the work-energy (!)

I am proud to have organized a series of events for UNESCO’s Global Media and Information Literacy Week with my colleagues from the department but also from the other universities and civic initiatives. It was tiring but it was worth it. All events were in Turkish but I have entered the titles in English here.

Three events were broadcast through our School’s Youtube channel and the others from SosyalKafa

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New photo from Facebook October 25, 2021 at 07:17AM

In Uncategorized on October 25, 2021 at 06:19

Bu arada Potala Sarayı, Lhasa, Tibet. via Reddit. via Facebook Pages https://ift.tt/1heKubC

EFD Rights Watch: There is a bully at Boğaziçi University…

In Uncategorized on October 24, 2021 at 21:19

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The tent where the students of Boğaziçi University have been holding a vigil in protest against the appointed rectors has been removed upon the instruction of the Rectorate. Police have entered the campus, taking at least 45 students into custody.

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GLOBAL ORGANIZED CRIME INDEX: Turkey tops global human smuggling, arms trafficking rankings

The country’s criminality score is higher than any other county in Europe. It is second to Syria in “state-embedded criminal actors” ranking.

460 prisoners with a PhD degree: ‘Academic confinement’

The fact that there are over 2,000 prisoners with an MA degree shows the current dimensions of academic confinement in Turkey. While Boğaziçi University has 449 faculty members with a PhD degree, prisons have 460 prisoners with a PhD degree.
When people wanted to commemorate the 103 people killed in a bomb attack in Ankara in 2015, police intervened with tear gas in the first two years. A limited attendance was allowed next year. The ceremony in 2020 was not allowed “due to pandemic.”

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10 Western ambassadors to be made “non grata” – suicidal mode continues…

In Uncategorized on October 23, 2021 at 18:19

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Erdogan says Turkey is set to banish 10 Western ambassadors

ISTANBUL (Reuters) -Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday he had ordered the foreign ministry to declare 10 ambassadors from Western countries ‘persona non grata’ for calling for the release of philanthropist Osman Kavala.

The ambassadors of 10 countries including Germany and the United States who appealed for the release of  Osman Kavala will be declared “persona non grata,” President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Oct. 23.
Kavala refuses to attend hearings after Erdoğan’s insulting statements | Ahval

Prominent philanthropist and businessman Osman Kavala said that he will no longer attend court…

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New photo from Facebook October 23, 2021 at 03:53PM

In Uncategorized on October 23, 2021 at 14:54

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Once he needed Soros…

In Uncategorized on October 23, 2021 at 14:24

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Erdoğan once well connected to George Soros despite recent fall out | Ahval

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan recently said businessman and philanthropist Osman Kavala…

TEN AMBASSADORS SUMMONED: Turkey’s axis is shifting in foreign policy, human rights, says former ambassador

We have interviewed retired Ambassador Yalım Eralp about the Osman Kavala case and Turkey-US relations.
Turkey issues rebuke to 10 Western embassies over Kavala case

Ankara summons envoys over joint call for release of Osman Kavala, who has been jailed without conviction since 2017.
10 embassies made a statement calling for Kavala’s release in the 4th year of his detention. Ministers and AKP politicians have denounced the statement while the AA has reported that the envoys have been summoned to the Foreign Ministry.

Erdoğan: Turkey shouldn’t host ambassadors who called for Kavala’s release

The president has lashed out at the 10 ambassadors that demanded the release of Kavala while stressing that Turkey is

Turkey summons 10 diplomats over call for activist’s release

… accused of attempting to overthrow the Turkish government through the 2013 nationwide demonstrations that started at Istanbul’s Gezi Park.

After critical EU report, Turkey’s bid to join bloc remains at a ‘standstill’

ISTANBUL – With Turkey’s bid to join the EU long frozen, the European Commission (EC) released its annual report Tuesday on the nation’s accession

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Turkey in an economic suicide mode: “Turkish lira drops to new all-time low after rates slashed

In Uncategorized on October 22, 2021 at 17:54

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Turkish lira drops to new all-time low after rates slashed

Finance watchdog FATF ‘grey lists’ Turkey, Turkey denounces the decision

The Financial Action Task Force has downgraded Turkey to the grey list due to its shortcomings in preventing money
The Turkish Central Bank on Oct. 21 lowered its one-week repo rate by 200 basis points, well above market expectation.

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Merkel, Erdoğan’s strongest supporter in Europe, pays a farewell visit..

In Uncategorized on October 17, 2021 at 13:34

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Saturday vowed to continue relations with Turkey on the basis of…


Turkey ranked as one of world’s worst countries for rule of law | Ahval

Turkey ranks as one of the world’s worst countries for rule of law, according to a new report.…
DELEGATION OF THE EU TO TURKEY: ‘Implement the ECtHR judgement, release Osman Kavala’

In a statement shared by the Delegation of the European Union to Turkey, it is said, “We urge the Turkish judiciary to implement
Turkey-EU ties little better than past year: Rapporteur

2020 was the worst year in ties between Turkey and Europe but now they are slightly better, a rapporteur of the European

In talks with Taliban, Turkey underlines need for inclusive Afghan government

In talks with the Taliban, Turkey on Oct. 14 reiterated the importance of government inclusiveness for Afghanistan’s unity, said a
In the past week alone, 18 journalists, most of whom work for Kurdish media outlets, were put on…
Turkey among countries affected by advanced Israeli spyware DevilsTongue | Ahval

Computers in Turkey were among those targeted by advanced malware from an Israeli hacking…

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Look who was in town: Taliban

In Uncategorized on October 16, 2021 at 15:29

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The Taliban officials have pledged to provide the utmost support to return of the refugees, Minister Çavuşoğlu has said.


Amid Tensions With U.S., Erdogan Praises Ties with Russia

Meeting with President Vladimir V. Putin, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey said “there is no path back” from Turkish-Russian military deals opposed by the West.

Disappointed by the US, Turkey cautiously looks to Russia

Turkish President Erdogan set to meet Russian counterpart, as the split between NATO allies Turkey and the US grows.

MHP leader holds Biden responsible for ‘tension’ in US-Turkey ties

Turkey and the United States fell apart in bilateral dialogue, their ties have come to a point of “tension” and this is a serious issue before the two NATO allies, Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahçeli said on Sept. 28.
The leader of Turkey’s far-right Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) on Tuesday condemned a U.S. bill…

Turkey’s Uyghur dilemma in the context of China’s Belt and Road Initiative

Yet Ankara’s recent alliances with Beijing are complicating historical bonds

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Follow @metcihan for TÜGVA Papers Scandal

In Uncategorized on October 13, 2021 at 16:04

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Dear Metin Cihan is the best representative of citizen journalism at the moment in Turkey. He is releasing leaked documents from the Turkish Youth Foundation, TÜGVA, an Istanbul-based youth and student foundation. Bilal Erdoğan, son of President of the Republic of Turkey leads the foundation. Mr. Cihan was careful to take care of private personal data as much as possible while releasing a massive amount of corruption and cronyism data about the public positions and funding…

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