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#Istanbul Biennial rocks. Two pieces on the biennial

In Uncategorized on September 20, 2019 at 15:11

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440 pairs of women’s shoes were hung on one of the city walls in #Istanbul. This is the number of women murdered by their husbands in Turkey during the year

….and I believe I may be the only one who has not shared photos from the Biennial in his/her Instagram account…


The art festival is spotlighting our tragic impact on the planet. Thank goodness for the lighter moments – such as James Baldwin walking, talking and smoking by the Bosphorus

Japanese arrowroot blankets the Alabama countryside, strangling the trees and fields. An endless tyre dump stretches to the horizon. Plastic waste accumulates in the oceans, forming a seventh continent. In fact, the agglomeration of plastic waste floating about in the Pacific is sometimes referred to as the Seventh Continent. An indictment of the way we live, the ever-growing garbage patch is testament to our wastefulness, heedlessness and greed. The Seventh Continent also provides the title for curator Nicolas Bourriaud’s exhibition for the 16th Istanbul Biennial. The biennial is itself another kind of accumulation, and one that is itself not without its own material and ecological cost, its own political ramifications.

Major museums are opening, and the Istanbul Biennial is underway. Just don’t ask about politics.

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Looking at the “national car”

In Uncategorized on September 17, 2019 at 14:02

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Turkey’s ruling elites are at the height of a banal nationalism wave. In this staged photo, the minister along with a group of journalists and columnists, are looking at a prototype of a car that will be a national product. We do not see the “yerli oto” but a group collaborating media personnel like in some previous cases “see” the model. Turkey effectively prevented the development of digital economies by censorship and heavy taxation. Many creative people already left the country. Now the minister Varank, once allegedly headmaster of Aktrolls, is now making rounds of technology shows. All shallow. Not any real infrastructural progress…

 

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Politics of mothers

In Uncategorized on September 17, 2019 at 09:32

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If you search “HDP and mothers” in Google News you will reach a bunch of news and commentaries on the first page all from the pro-government media. It probably started with a sincere mother, but it was quickly appropriated by the government circles and trolls to encourage more mothers to participate (More mothers join protest at HDP office over sons’ abductions …) and to raise a more intense anti-HDP political climate. I am not sure if AKP really worked out a strategy here. I am not sure if a minister (the one with a beige dress and pretentiously sad face) attends a sit-in at the gate of an opposition party’s office and waiting for the latter to fix a problem. AKP leadership is continuously trying to save the day and it looks they have no plans beyond saving the day. Moreover, despite dramatizing around mothers, it was their leader who made masses boo Berkin Elvan’s mother in a rally, and it was their minister of internal affairs who let the police attack Saturday mothers

 

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Ahmet Altan did not surrender. He is kept as a prisoner for three years now…

In Uncategorized on September 12, 2019 at 09:36

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Tuesday marks the third anniversary of the imprisonment of prominent Turkish novelist and…

The Washington Post – Ahmet Turk – Sep 6, 2:40 PM

Ahmet Turk is a veteran Kurdish politician in southeastern Turkey. On March 31, I was reelected as the mayor of Mardin, Turkey. For me, as for so many of my colleagues in the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), this was no ordinary vote —

The Committee to Protect Journalists – Aug 21, 10:00 AM

Istanbul, August 21, 2019 – Turkish authorities must immediately release the seven journalists who were detained by police since August 19, as well as all journalists jailed for their work, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

Ministry of Interior Publishes its Decree on Trustees in Kurdish As Well

Removing the Metropolitan Mayors of Diyarbakır, Van and Mardin from office and appointing the governors as trustees in their
Families’ efforts to find their missing ones bogged down in Turkish Parliament as the ruling party killed off

Two Paralyzed Prisoners and One Prisoner Who Does Not Have Hands Stay in Same Cell

“They are aware that they have been left to die,” Lawyer Gülizar Tuncer said about the plight of prisoners who are arrested at the

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From Islamist foundations to extravagant numbers of car rentals, #Istanbul municipality continues to prevent funding for pro-government circles…

In Uncategorized on September 9, 2019 at 14:23

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Canan Kaftanciouglu: Turkish opposition figure faces jail for tweets

Canan Kaftanciouglu is the Istanbul head of the main opposition CHP party that now runs the city.

Turkish opposition politician sentenced for ‘insulting’ Erdogan

Indictment accused Kaftancioglu of insulting the government and public servants and ‘spreading terrorist propaganda’.

İstanbul Municipality Piles up Hundreds of ‘Surplus Cars’ from AKP Era

Mayor İmamoğlu promised before the election to display “surplus cars” of the municipality.

İstanbul Mayor: We Canceled 357 Million Liras Worth of Contracts with Foundations

It has been revealed that the municipality 56 million liras for “food aid” to a foundation, İmamoğlu has announced.

Istanbul’s opposition mayor cancels over $ 60 million in support for AKP-linked foundations | Ahval

The Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (İBB), under the leadership of opposition mayor Ekrem…

Erdoğan: We will Prevent İstanbul from Being Gifted to Terrorism Supporters

The President has spoken on the dismissal of HDP mayors and the main opposition’s support for the HDP.

Bulgarian artist incorporates Istanbul in sculpture

A Bulgarian artist has created a sculpture incorporating Istanbul and its landmarks.

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Supporting the views of Democratic Party, Istanbul Express Newspaper was owned by Mithat Perin, editorial director of that time was Gökşin Sipahioğlu. ‘Our father Atatürk’s house has been bombed’ made the headline of the

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New photo from Facebook September 07, 2019 at 10:50AM

In Uncategorized on September 7, 2019 at 09:54

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A good example of Gonzo Journalism: “Them: Adventures with Extremists Book” by Jon Ronson

In Uncategorized on September 6, 2019 at 17:25

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There may not be many exciting examples of gonzo journalism nowadays but I loved reading Jon Ronson’s Them: Adventures with Extremists Book

It is a kind of multi-sited ethnography (!) from radical İslamists to KKK gangs…

I list all my readings here at Goodreads.

 

 

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Turkish Rappers declared independence (!): #SUSAMAM

In Uncategorized on September 6, 2019 at 14:19

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A highly critical rap song made my several Turkish rappers led by Ezhel and Şanışer tops the Turkish Youtube trend list now. The 14-minute long version includes a social critique of AKP government from education to judiciary degeneration…

#Susamam – Şanışer ft. Fuat, Ados, Hayki, Server Uraz, Beta, Tahribad-ı İsyan, Sokrat St, Ozbi, Deniz Tekin, Sehabe, Yeis Sensura, Aspova, Defkhan, Aga B, Mirac, Mert Şenel, Kamufle

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Something that should have been done years ago… “Istanbul Joins 24-Hour Transit Club

In Uncategorized on September 5, 2019 at 12:51

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As Islamofascists are driven away bit by bit, life comes back…

Istanbul Joins 24-Hour Transit Club

Istanbul, Turkey’s largest metropolis and the largest city in the world to span two continents, has become a true 24-hour city. As of the end of August
Istanbul at night (Photo by Mattia Panciroli / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Turkey plans to build mosque on site of Istanbul’s first beer factory

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkey’s first modern beer factory could face demolition after being transferred to the country’s highest religious authority, which

Istanbul unprepared for next big deadly earthquake, say experts

In the early hours of August 17, 1999, a 7.4 magnitude earthquake rattled the Marmara region east of Istanbul for 45 seconds. More than 18,000
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Heavy downpours wreak havoc in Istanbul, flooding historic Grand Bazaar

ISTANBUL: Strong rains in Istanbul on Saturday flooded several neighbourhoods, as well as the Grand Bazaar, while officials said one person was …

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Turkey’s Space Agency…

In Uncategorized on September 3, 2019 at 15:58

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I don’t why they had to wear what they wore…

Wikipedia site for the agency, which is still in the beginning phase…

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