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New photo from Facebook December 01, 2021 at 02:36PM

In Uncategorized on December 1, 2021 at 14:39

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Just a few months ago UAE was demonized, as financial patrons of 15 July coup attempt, now Turkey’s new favorite…

In Uncategorized on November 30, 2021 at 15:05

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It seems UAE is the new financial breath for Turkey’s collapsing economy. One wonders what it gets in return…

The reconciliation efforts between Turkey and the United Arab Emirates, created an opportunity for…
Turkey and the United Arab Emirates have signed several agreements following Crown Prince of the…

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EU Parliament okays $170 mln to extend support for refugees in Turkey

The European Parliament on Nov. 24 gave the final green light for extending a cash-assistance program for the vulnerable Syrian refugees in Turkey.

Report: Two EU member states want Turkey to be named as a threat in Eastern Mediterranean

Last week, the EU prolonged the sanctions on Turkey over its drilling activities in the Eastern Mediterranean for a year.

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The Lodos wind in #istanbul and around is quite strong today…

In Uncategorized on November 29, 2021 at 17:14

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Hundreds of women gathered on Tunnel Square in Taksim, İstanbul despite a heavy police presence.
March for the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women confronted by riot police.

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Again; police violence against the women who protests violence against women (NOVEMBER 25 NIGHT MARCH)

In Uncategorized on November 27, 2021 at 19:49

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Turkish police fire tear gas at women protesters in Istanbul – Al Jazeera

Istanbul, Turkey – Turkish police fired tear gas and rubber bullets on Thursday to push back thousands of people, many of them women,

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The most recent raid left hundreds of recycling workers unemployed

Originally published on Global Voices

 

A container full of trash. Image from Pixabay. Licensed under Pixabay.

Istanbul police conducted raids on dozens of waste collector depots last month, allegedly to address potential health hazards, public security concerns, and the employment of unregistered migrants. Some 200 workers were detained in raids that took place at 49 locations in Istanbul in October. According to reports, excavators demolished the depots, and at least three workers were arrested. Police also seized hundreds of hand carts that workers had been using to collect recyclable waste. Similar raids were carried out in September when police raided some 100 depots, seizing 650 hand carts and initiating administrative action against 286 waste collectors, including 145 Afghan migrants. The most recent raid left hundreds of recycling workers unemployed, and many migrants likely face deportation.

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New photo from Facebook November 26, 2021 at 05:45PM

In Uncategorized on November 26, 2021 at 17:49

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Turkey decides to keep Osman Kavala as a political hostage- again

In Uncategorized on November 26, 2021 at 17:39

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Decision paves way for Council of Europe to launch infringement proceedings against Turkey

A Turkish court on Friday extended the imprisonment of the philanthropist Osman Kavala, whose case caused a diplomatic crisis with the US and other western countries after they called for his release.

NOVEMBER 25 | CFWIJ REPORT: ‘Turkey is the leading country in terms of physical assaults on women journalists’

The Coalition for Women in Journalism has released a report on the occasion of November 25 International Day for the
The DEVA Party Founders’ Committee member and academic Metin Gürcan has announced that he has been detained for “political espionage”.
Boğaziçi University protests | Court rejects 52 students’ request for acquittal

Taken into custody at their campus for protesting the appointed rector, 52 students of Boğaziçi University appeared
ANNUAL REPORT: 2,416 women, LGBTI+s subjected to violence in Diyarbakır

The Diyarbakır Network for Struggle Against Violence has released its annual report: 2 thousand 416 women and
PHYSICIANS ARRIVE IN BURSA: White March | ‘Our salaries are below poverty line’

Bursa Medical Chamber Chair Alpaslan Türkkan has said, “While the number of applications per physician was 3.1 in 2002,
Turkey witnesses 251 femicides in a year: Minister

Turkey has witnessed some 251 femicides in a year as of Nov. 15, Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu has said in a video-
Turkey accused of using Interpol summit to crack down on critics

Campaigners claim Ankara is abusing its position as host, by pressuring the police body to harass dissidents living abroad

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Statewatch press release: “Turkey: Algorithmic persecution based on massive privacy violations used to justify human rights abuses”

In Uncategorized on November 26, 2021 at 13:04

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Press release

Turkey: Algorithmic persecution based on massive privacy violations used to justify human rights abuses, says new report

More than 13,000 Turkish military personnel have been dismissed since July 2016 on the basis of an algorithm used by the authorities to assess the alleged “terrorist” credentials or connections of military officers and their relatives in violation of multiple human rights, says a new report published today by Statewatch. [1]

The algorithm, known as the ‘FETÖ-Meter’, is based on 97 main criteria and 290 sub- criteria, [2] many of which violate individual privacy. It was deployed following the July 2016 coup attempt in order to root out alleged followers of the cleric Fethullah Gülen.

Hundreds of thousands of people have been profiled and assigned a ‘score’ by the algorithm, which is operated by a special unit called ‘The Office of Judicial Proceedings and Administrative Action’ (ATİİİŞ in Turkish acronym) within the Turkish Navy.

The report, which includes testimonies from several high-ranking former military officers who have since sought asylum in the EU, highlights that application of the algorithm has been arbitrary and underpinned punitive measures not only against primary suspects, but anyone in their social circles, including their family members, colleagues, and neighbours.

The report’s authors, Dr. Emre Turkut and Ali Yildiz, argue that the FETÖ-Meter system therefore gives rise to a dangerous standard of guilt by association, in flagrant violation of many fundamental human rights and principles of modern criminal law.

The ATİİİŞ obtained the sensitive personal data of at least 810,000 individuals from various official bodies including nineteen million lines of financial data from Turkey’s Savings Deposit Insurance Fund which was used to identify those who had an account in Bank Asya, and those who have made payments or donations to media outlets, education institutions, trade unions, associations and foundations which were dissolved by emergency decrees. Even linguistic skills such as knowledge of English were included in the FETÖ-Meter as a criterion pointing to possible involvement in a subversive conspiracy.

In addition, the telephone calls and Internet records of approximately one million GSM numbers have been processed by the ATİİİŞ. The report finds that there is no legal basis to obtain and process such personal data.

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Ali Yıldız, a lawyer registered in the Ankara and Brussels bars and one of the authors of the report, said:

“The report shines a flashlight on the (mis)use of algorithms and other information-based systems by the Turkish government in its ruthless counter- terrorism crackdown since the July 2016 events. Thousands of people have been put out of work, detained, and persecuted by reference to ‘scores’ assigned to them by a tool of persecution, the so-called FETÖ-Meter. This situation is far from being unique to Turkey: in an increasingly connected world where states make wider recourse to counter-terrorism surveillance tools, the possibility of falling victim to algorithmic persecution is high. The report therefore serves as a wake-up call to bring more awareness to the devastating effects of algorithmic persecution and oppression not just in Turkey, but also in the entire world.”

Yasha Maccanico, a researcher for Statewatch, said:

“This report is a chilling reminder that criteria used to algorithmically identify suspects can be engineered to allow the authorities to criminalise whoever they wish. It also raises the issue of whether it is appropriate for EU funding to be allocated to a country instrumentally designated as “safe” for refugees in which a crackdown on civil society, public officials, military personnel and political opposition is underway. It is worth reading about this example of blanket algorithmic criminalisation in connection with the EU’s own expansive hi-tech plans for internal security.”

Notes for editors

[1] The report, ‘Algorithmic persecution in Turkey’s post-coup crackdown: The FETÖ- Meter system’, was written by academic Emre Turkut and a practicing human rights lawyer, Ali Yildiz. It is available here: https://www.statewatch.org/fetometer

Statewatch produces and promotes critical research, policy analysis and investigative journalism to inform debates, movements and campaigns on civil liberties, human rights and democratic standards. It began operating in 1991 and is based in London.

[2] These are detailed in the report on pages 13-18.

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As part of the “Resilience” project, with bianet/IPS Communication Foundation one of its partners, “The Factsheet on the National Regulatory and Self-Regulatory Framework Against Hate Speech and Disinformation in Turkey” has been published.


Turkey releases Israeli couple detained on espionage charges

The couple was arrested after taking pictures of President Erdogan’s residence atop Istanbul’s tallest building.

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Gov’t response to economic meltdown: Denial and repression- “271 social media accounts over ‘foreign exchange’ posts

In Uncategorized on November 25, 2021 at 17:14

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The Directorate General of Security has announced that it has launched an inquiry against 271 social media accounts that posted messages about the rising exchange rates.
We cannot make a living’: Protests against economic crisis continue in Turkey

In the face of continued depreciation of Turkish Lira and price increases, several people took to the streets in several

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Analysis: push for interest rate cuts has divided party and left Turkish president in precarious position, say experts

Turkey’s president is gambling that a strong economic recovery from the pandemic will stay on track despite rocketing inflation that has hit living standards and sparked protests in major cities.

 

The president says the country is in an “economic independence war” after lira’s plunge following policy rate cuts.

People protest economic crisis across Turkey, call on AKP to resign

Several people in different cities across Turkey took to the streets and protested the economic crisis and high cost of living.

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The oldest tree in #Istanbul 1,300-years-old and more news

In Uncategorized on November 25, 2021 at 08:04

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The oldest tree in Istanbul is a 1,300-year-old oriental plane that is under protection in a forest in the Sarıyer district, an academic has said.

Oldest tree in Istanbul 1,300-years-old: Expert – Turkey News

The oldest tree in Istanbul is a 1300-year-old oriental plane that is under protection in a forest in the Sarıyer district, an academic has said.


Istanbul International Short Film Festival – Overview – IMDb

Istanbul International Short Film Festival. See Also. Event Overview; All Events · http://www.istanbulfilmfestival.com/hometurkish.html.

Istanbul’s historic city walls digitalized

With a project initiated by Koç University – Stavros Niarchos Foundation Center for Late Antiquity and Byzantine Studies, the historic walls of Istanbul can be seen on a website
Istanbul seen from the Bosphorus

Osman Kavala’s portrait on the streets of İstanbul – english – Bianet

21 May 2021: At the hearing held by the İstanbul 30th High Criminal Court, the court board ruled that Osman Kavala’s arrest on “espionage” charges
Istanbul photograph taken by a German aviator – 1918. via

A sub-governor’s office in İstanbul bans a Kurdish play ‘without citing a reason’ – english – Bianet

The Fatih Governor’s Office in İstanbul has banned the “Dawiya Dawi” stand-up show without citing any reason for the ban. İstanbul – BIA News Desk

1845 Map of Istanbul

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New photo from Facebook November 25, 2021 at 07:45AM

In Uncategorized on November 25, 2021 at 07:49

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