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Judith Butler on “Transnational Solidarity” in solidarity with #BoğaziçiResistance

In Uncategorized on February 26, 2021 at 11:18

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PROTEST AGAINST VICE RECTOR: ‘Weren’t you ashamed at all when your two students are arrested?’

Boğaziçi University students met Prof. Naci İnci, who is appointed as the new vice rector. “The trustee will leave; so will you.

2 vice rectors for the appointed rector of Boğaziçi University

Five weeks after he was appointed as a rector to Boğaziçi University by AKP Chair and President Erdoğan, Prof. Melih Bulu’s

BOĞAZİÇİ UNIVERSITY PROTESTS: Police prevent academics’ press statement, so they walk

Academics from İstanbul University gathered in front of their campus in Beyazıt to make a press statement in support of Boğaziçi University protests. Police have prevented the statement, citing the COVID-19 pandemic.

Twitter flags two more tweets by Minister Soylu about Boğaziçi protesters, LGBTI+s

The platform has found that the minister’s posts violated its rules about hateful conduct and abusive behavior.

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Supporting Boğaziçi protests, student Beyza Buldağ arrested

Taken into custody for allegedly administering the “Boğaziçi Solidarity” Twitter account, Beyza Buldağ has been arrested for “provoking the public to hatred, enmity and hostility” and “provoking to commit crimes.”

Pro-MHP crime group leader warns Boğaziçi rector not to resign

Çakıcı has announced support for Prof. Bulu and said he should keep his post.

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Published in Turkish, Kurdish, Armenian and English, statement reads, “The decision which the Boğaziçi trustee rector unlawfully took to close the LGBTI+ Studies Club revealed the attitude of the government and so-called rector towards LGBTl+s.”

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Student protests grow as Turkey’s young people turn against Erdoğan

… students, in clashes between protesters and police marking one of the biggest displays of civil unrest in Turkey since the 2013 Gezi Park movement.
50 Turkish riot police vs. 5 women

 

Amid ongoing protests against the appointed rector of Boğaziçi University, Erdoğan has issued a Presidential decree to open two new faculties at the university. The Boğaziçi Solidarity has addressed an open letter to the President.

Opinion: Erdogan fears Generation Z

The president fears a second Gezi Park movement, says Banu Güven. Stundeten der Uni Boğaziçi (Bosporus) Proteste gegen

Turkish Student Protest Over Rector Becomes Wider Struggle for Freedom

There will not be no second Gezi Park protest,” he added, recalling the first mass street protests in 2013 against his rule. Undaunted, following Erdogan’s

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Looks like Ms. Sandberg is involved in another Facebook misdeed: “Top Facebook Execs Silenced an Enemy of Turkey to Prevent a Hit to the Company’s Business…

In Uncategorized on February 25, 2021 at 18:48

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People look on as smoke rises on the Syrian side of the border in Hassa, southern Turkey, on Jan. 28, 2018, when Turkish jet fighters hit People’s Protection Units (YPG) positions. Superimposed is the reply from Sheryl Sandberg in reference to blocking the YPG Facebook page. Credit:Photo illustration by ProPublica, photo by Ozan Koze/AFP via Getty Images

Sheryl Sandberg and Top Facebook Execs Silenced an Enemy of Turkey to Prevent a Hit to the Company’s Business

Amid a 2018 Turkish military campaign, Facebook ultimately sided with Turkey’s demand to block the page of a mostly Kurdish militia. “I am fine with this,” Sandberg wrote.

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A case was filed against Gergerlioğlu for “propagandizing for the PKK” before his election in 2018.
Over 1,400 issue joint statement in support of gov’t targeted ex-Boğaziçi rector | Ahval

Over 1,400 Turkish citizens have signed a joint statement in support of Turkish academic and former…
Less than 10 percent of the guests on discussion programs were women in the second half of the last year, according to a new report by KA.DER.

M4D Report: One out of every six journalists on trial in Turkey

A recent report released by the Association of Journalists has shown that one out of every two journalists were threatened and one out of every four journalists were subjected to violence in 2020 while one out of every six journalists are still on trial.

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#Cyberculture agenda: “Innovative information disorder tactics target Russia protests…. “Google fired Margaret Mitchell, its Ethical AI Team founder…

In Uncategorized on February 25, 2021 at 09:53

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Innovative information disorder tactics target Russia protests

Google fired Margaret Mitchell, its Ethical AI Team founder


Google has evidently fired the founder and co-lead of its Ethical AI team, Margaret Mitchell. This comes after weeks of being locked out of her work accounts over an investigation related to Mitchell’s objections concerning the controversial firing of her fellow co-lead Timnit Gebru. I’m fired. — MMitchell (@mmitchell_ai) February 19, 2021 According to a Google spokesperson, the investigation into Mitchell concerned alleged sharing of internal company files: Our security systems automatically lock an employee’s corporate account when they detect that the account is at risk of compromise due to credential problems or when an automated rule involving the handling…

A Second AI Researcher Says She Was Fired by Google

Margaret Mitchell was the co-leader of a group investigating ethics in AI, alongside Timnit Gebru, who said she was fired in December.
Former President Donald Trump was banned from major social media sites after the January 6 riot at the US Capitol.

Bitcoin isn’t getting greener — 4 environmental myths about cryptocurrency debunked


The price of bitcoin has reached US$50,000 (£36,095) – another all-time high. It’s hard to believe that 10,000 bitcoin would only buy a couple of pizzas ten years ago. It’s even stranger to think that bitcoins are completely virtual. You can’t hold one, except on a hard drive, and there’s no underlying asset to them. A bitcoin is simply a digital representation of the computer power needed to make one, what’s called its “proof-of-work.” This isn’t actually a new idea though. Rai stones were one of the first forms of money used on the Micronesian islands of Yap.

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#Europe agenda: [Article] “Law, politics, and efficacy at the European Court of Human Rights

In Uncategorized on February 24, 2021 at 16:53

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Law, politics, and efficacy at the European Court of Human Rights

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Why do people experience legal institutions as effective sites for political and social transformation? How do people translate political and ethical goals into modalities of law? In Europe many have responded to a widespread sense of political crisis by turning to legal remedies and judicial institutions. One of these institutions, the European Court of Human Rights, provides shared frameworks for combating people’s sense of impasse or decline. People experience the Court as a successful rights institution because it shapes and generates shared semiotic forms and repertoires. Through these, lawyers, judges, and rights advocates construct and recognize their actions as efficacious. Yet the experience of efficacy is an unequally shared resource. For some, legal frameworks are the condition of possibility for ethical and professional engagement. But for others, engaging with the law produces frustration and exclusion. Moreover, engaging in judicialized politics shapes some harms as legally legible and actionable, while it shapes others as tragedies beyond reach. [lawpoliticsliberalismjudicialization of politicsjusticehuman rightsefficacymetapragmaticsEurope]

Since the first case in northern Italy a year ago the lives of Europeans have been changed forever.

Spain: Rapper’s jailing, riots lead to rift within government

Protests against the arrest of rapper Pablo Hasél have gripped Spain, with dozens arrested during clashes with police.

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“Only one out of every 10 software developers are women in Turkey” and more news from Turkey…

In Uncategorized on February 24, 2021 at 14:33

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 Seventeen Swedish Journalists, including the presidents of major press institutions urged Turkey
A recent report has shown that while 88.2 percent of people working in Turkey’s software industry are men, only 11.8 are women: “While the pioneers of computer programming were mostly women, this lack of women’s representation is a critical issue.”
The Constitutional Court has canceled the Presidential Communications Directorate’s authority of inspection over the state-run Anadolu Agency (AA) on the grounds that the related authority renders the AA’s autonomy meaningless.

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Turkey is getting unhappier

The Turkish Statistical Institute (TurkStat) has shared the results of its “Life Satisfaction Survey” for 2020. While 52.4 percent said that they were happy in 2019, this rate dropped to 48.2 percent last year.

Turkey ranks last in financial support for citizens during pandemic

According to a recent report by the Research Center of the Confederation of Progressive Trade Unions of Turkey (DİSK), Turkey has allocated only 1.1 percent of its GDP for its citizens, including their health expenditures, during the pandemic.

Audit reports of Turkey Wealth Fund labeled as ‘classified’

The general director of the fund has said that it has 1 million Euro of debt with a capital of 33 billion dollars.
The president spoke about the importance of the Turkish language, criticizing internet slang.

Turkish Lira second most depreciated currency of 2020 | Ahval

The Turkish Lira has lost 24 percent of its value against the dollar in 2020, making it the second…

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#Europe agenda: Let’s see: “IKEA will help turn a Swedish city into a sustainable community

In Uncategorized on February 19, 2021 at 18:48

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IKEA is moving beyond the confines of the eco-friendly home to work on sustainable urban living. The flat-pack giant is partnering with the municipality of Helsingborg in its native Sweden on a green community project, known as H22, that takes in agr…
An amateur artist and volunteers create possibly the largest snow-drawing the country has ever seen.

France’s elite confronted by sexual abuse scandals

Revelations about sexual assaults and incest hit the reputation of France’s intellectual elite.

‘Historic victory’: France found liable for climate inaction

Landmark case saw NGOs accuse French state of failure to take sufficient measures to halt climate change.
What is being done to ensure the world’s poorest countries have access to COVID-19 vaccines?

[Analysis] The EU’s vaccine strategy – the key points

As the EU Commission gets entangled in a dispute with one of the vaccine producers and gets heat for the perceived slow roll-out of the vaccines, we take a look at what the EU has done and not done.

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Universities continued to be targeted (from Boğaziçi Uni, to Galatasaray and Ankara Universities)

In Uncategorized on February 19, 2021 at 14:53

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Turkey, one university against the regime

For 45 days students and academics at Istanbul’s prestigious university Boğaziçi have protested the appointment of new rector Melih Bulu, a member of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP)

The University of Galatasaray (GSÜ) is an island of French-speaking knowledge on the edge of the…
Ankara University’s Faculty of Language and History-Geography (DTCF) has cancelled plans to mark

Court merges Osman Kavala’s ‘espionage’ case with Gezi trial

Despite the strong defense of the attorneys and witness statements, the İstanbul 36th Heavy Penal Court has ruled that Osman Kavala shall remain behind bars. The file of his “espionage” case has been merged with that of “Gezi”.

ECtHR applications from Turkey increased by 29 percent in a year

Applications from four countries made up 75 percent of all pending applications at the European top court, Spano has said.

Attorneys of Kavala: Courts disregard ECtHR, Council of Europe

“The common point of all verdicts about Osman Kavala is that these verdicts were given despite the ECtHR and the Committee of Ministers decision and by ‘disregarding’ these institutions and decisions,” the attorneys have said.
Access blocks affected at least 1,910 URLs, 870 of the blocked URLs contained news and 26 news websites were blocked from November 2019 to October 2020.
According to a recent report released by the Initiative for Freedom of Expression, one fifth of all prisoners in Turkey are either standing trial or already convicted of “terror” crimes.
Marija Pejčinović Burić, the Secretary General of the Council of Europe (CoE), has commented on Turkey’s failure to release businessperson and rights defender Osman Kavala despite the judgement of the ECtHR.

‘Osman Kavala’ statement by 8 Human Rights Ambassadors

Ahead of today’s hearing, the Human Rights Ambassadors of eight European countries have released a joint statement and called on the authorities to implement the ECtHR judgements and immediately release arrested businessperson Kavala.
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Today Voice of America released a new documentary titled, “Turkey: Breaking the Silence.” The film explores the erosion of press freedom in the two decades under President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s rule. Under Erdoğan’s

2020 was a year when Turkey, having serious problems with the European Union (EU) in strategic relations, could not convince the EU with its constant talks of reforms in human rights, rule of law and freedom of press and expression.

Free Web Turkey report: 42% of blocked news are related to government and its close circles

 

According to public sources, access blocks affected at least 1910 URLs
870 of blocked URLs contained news
26 news websites were blocked within twelve months

According to a new report launched by the Free Web Turkey platform, 42% of the blocked news between November 2019 and October 2020 were directly related to the Turkish President and Justice and Development Party (AKP) leader Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, his family or the mayors and officials of the AKP.

Rakel Dink said, “Let me put it bluntly. Claiming that Hrant was killed by FETÖ is synonymous to saying, ‘it was not me, it was my hand’. Alleging that Hrant was murdered by Ergenekon is tantamount to saying, ‘it was not me, it was my foot’.

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Document: “Kurdish Digital Journalism eBook is now out

In Uncategorized on February 19, 2021 at 13:53

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Things are bleak. But some people continue to try…

Kurdish Digital Journalism eBook has come out. Edited by Murat Bayram, the book has been prepared based on the discussions held during the Kurdish Digital Media Workshop.
Prepared based on the discussions held during the Kurdish Digital Media Workshop, the Kurdish Digital Journalism eBook is now online.

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New photo from Facebook February 17, 2021 at 09:32AM

In Uncategorized on February 17, 2021 at 09:36

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In the Gara incident, all (from the US to opposition parties and Boğaziçi students) guilty but the Turkish government

In Uncategorized on February 16, 2021 at 15:43

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Turkey told Washington’s envoy it took the “strongest” exception to a U.S. statement on the massacre of 13 Turkish citizens over the weekend, said the Turkish Foreign Ministry.
“Those who cannot clearly condemn the PKK terrorist organization cannot talk about the fight against terrorism,” Çelik has said.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan blamed the United States and opposition Kurdish politicians in an attempt to deflect responsibility for a failed rescue operation.
While the prosecutor’s office has launched an investigation into the social media posts about the 13 soldiers and police officers who died during a military operation in northern Iraq, the HDP has released a statement about the losses of life.
Referring to the US statement on the incident where 13 security personnel lost their lives in the Gare region in Iraq’s north, President and ruling AKP Chair Erdoğan has accused the US of “siding with the PKK and YPG.”

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