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Losing the culture wars, Islamists begin to ban festivals, imprison pop stars…

In Uncategorized on August 29, 2022 at 09:44

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U.S. concerned about judicial harassment after Turkish pop star’s arrest | Reuters

WASHINGTON/ISTANBUL, Aug 27 (Reuters) – The United States said it remained concerned about Turkey’s censorship of free speech, and women’s groups .


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Three music festivals have been banned in the country since May. The opposition-led Fethiye Municipality said it will take legal action against the ban.
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One of Türkiye’s longest-running rock festivals banned ‘to protect public security’

The Zeytinli Rock Festival has become the latest example of the increasing bans on concerts and festivals over the past couple

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From Datça to Van, on a mission to visit ancient settlements

In Uncategorized on August 25, 2022 at 05:49

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After the Datça visit, I am about to fly to Van for a local journalism training program. It will be my first time in Van, and I will have time to travel around. My most recent obsession is to visit ancient towns in Turkey, and a rare goody to being a Turkish citizen is that the country has many places to see! Well, here is a site that lists the most notable ancient cities in Turkey. I have so much work to do!

In Datça and on my way back to İstanbul during a short road trip, I have visited at least four places.

Knidos was one of the highlights.

However, Stratonicea (Caria) was a major contender. Above, a more recent mosque is found at the ancient settlement and the mosque floor has several windows to show what is under.

The one below is from Lagina, which contains the temple of Hecate.

Van is a base for another ancient civilization: Urartu. Let’s see…

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New photo from Facebook August 24, 2022 at 04:30PM

In Uncategorized on August 24, 2022 at 15:34

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Unable to punish Turkey’s autocrats, Western countries are punishing Turkish citizens through the Visa processes

In Uncategorized on August 23, 2022 at 17:49

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Visa issues are a mess. The rejection rates increased. There are, of course, abusers, but many who have legitimate reasons are also victims of Western consulates’  new visa policies. Before rejecting, we need to collect many personal documents, and we need to get an appointment, which may take months. Then comes the rejection. It is humiliating on many levels. I should add that I never got a rejection, and I now have a green passport, so I do not need a Schengen visa anymore. However, to get an American visa, yes, an American visa, the author of this blog, who has been to the US, as you might know, needs to wait for a year!  (Just checked last night, and there is an opening, so I rescheduled my appointment to May 2023. How lucky I am!)

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Many Turkish students are not able to continue their education due to Schengen visa problems such as facing an increased scrutiny of visa applications and waiting for months to get an appointment date.

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A few days in Datça, Turkey participating @Mediawise Disinformation Project for the Senior Citizens

In Uncategorized on August 21, 2022 at 15:09

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It is hard to persuade many people that we are in Datça for work. It is my first time here, a very laid-back, relaxed vacation town. However, our mission is to promote the Meta Kafe. A pop-up cafe style first opened in the UK to promote digital literacy. Our special work here is to promote the localized version of Mediawise’s Whatsapp-based course. As the Bilgi University Communication School, we have localized the course, and our students are working in the cafe at the moment to engage with the citizens. Meta Turkey sponsors the project and Turkey’s two major fact-checking organizations supported us in the process: Teyit and Doğruluk Payı. Datça has one of the highest rates of senior citizens in Turkey, and that’s why we started here. Of course, Datça Municipality’s assistance was also a great factor. check out the municipality’s phenomenal Twitter account.  I could finally meet with the person who is behind this account. As for the vacation part, I had to see the Knidos ancient city!

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Let’s continue to be happy for this: “Alex Jones ordered to pay $45.2 mln more over Sandy Hook lies

In Uncategorized on August 15, 2022 at 12:14

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A Texas jury on Aug. 5 ordered conspiracy theorist Alex Jones to pay $45.2 million in punitive damages to the parents of a child who was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, adding to the $4.1 million he must pay for the suffering he put them through by claiming for years that the nation’s deadliest school shooting was a hoax.

Alex Jones ordered to pay $45m in damages over Sandy Hook lies

US conspiracy theorist had claimed the school shooting, in which 20 children died, was a hoax.

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New photo from Facebook August 15, 2022 at 11:56AM

In Uncategorized on August 15, 2022 at 10:59

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Turkey’s Moody’s rating downed to B3, the lowest in decades…

In Uncategorized on August 13, 2022 at 22:14

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Moody’s cuts Turkey’s rating to ‘B3’, raises outlook to stable

Aug 12 (Reuters) – Ratings agency Moody’s on Friday lowered Turkey’s sovereign credit rating by one notch to “B3” from “B2”, citing rising balance of payment pressures and risks of further declines in the country’s foreign-currency reserves.

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New photo from Facebook August 13, 2022 at 12:29PM

In Uncategorized on August 13, 2022 at 11:34

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For the record; some Fenerbahçe fans chanted for Putin and the club is fined

In Uncategorized on August 11, 2022 at 20:59

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Fenerbahce Hit With Fine, Partial Stadium Closure After Fans’ ‘Putin’ Chants


European soccer body UEFA has hit Fenerbahce Istanbul with a partial stadium closure and a fine after Turkish fans chanted the name of Russian President Vladimir Putin during a Champions League qualifier against Ukraine’s Dynamo Kyiv last month.

The chant was later condemned by the club’s management

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Fans of a Turkish football club, Fenerbahce, reportedly chanted “Vladimir Putin” from the stands during the Turkish Fenerbahce vs. Dynamo Kyiv match on July 27. The chant was intended to mock their Ukrainian opponents by referencing Russian President Vladimir Putin’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine.


Bulgaria and Turkey top list of cheapest destinations for British holidaymakers

Sunny Beach and Marmaris are joint cheapest of 16 popular European resorts, according to a survey

Bulgaria and Turkey are likely to be among the cheapest holiday destinations, according to a survey.


The history of Turkey’s unpopular hydroelectricity projects in Southeastern Anatolia

The Southeasternanatolia Development Project has prioritized economic development over history

Originally published on Global Voices

 

Map of the GAP hydroelectricity projects created by the Initiative to Keep Hasankeyf Alive. Creative Commons.

The following story is part of series on Turkey’s Ilisu Dam project and the flooding of Hasankeyf. 

In 1931, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of the Turkish republic visited Diyarbakır, the largest Kurdish-majority city in Southeastern Anatolia. Noting the region’s difference in the quality of life compared to Western Turkey, he proclaimed his goal to “see factories, irrigated farming, roads, electrified villages, houses with healthy dwellers, and evergreen forests” as soon as possible, because “the civilization and life in İstanbul must be brought [t]here too.”


‘Zakho is the second Roboski Massacre’: HDP, bar associations condemn Kurdistan strikes

Bar associations in several Kurdish-majority provinces in Turkey have called on the authorities to reveal those responsible

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