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For the record, Turkey’s top court had decided that ‘oral, anal, group, gay or lesbian’ porn “unnatural”

In Uncategorized on April 27, 2015 at 01:42

The Constitutional Court has upheld prison sentence for those who store ‘oral, anal, group, gay or lesbian’ porn because they are ‘unnatural’
Turkey’s top religious body, the Diyanet, has opened an investigation over a Quran-shaped cake made by a Quran class in the Black Sea province of Tokat in 2013, stating that the cake did not comply with the spirit of the Holy Birth of the Prophet Muhammad and the Quran
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said Turkey has been spinning its wheels in the economy for the past three years and the way out of this loop and to keep the system flowing with speed was to adopt the presidential system of government
The governor of Şırnak said a pack of mules allegedly used for smuggling and found dead were not killed, but rather had jumped off a cliff after being startled by the sound of gunshots
‘The political race for the June 7 general elections in Turkey is turning into an auction of populism, which looks increasingly dangerous for the already-strained economy.’
An actor has claimed that he was duped to appear in promotional films and banners for Turkey’s first nuclear power plant
The problem with insulting Erdogan

Insult the president of Turkey and you may pay a heavy price
The Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), which is focused on the Kurdish problem, announced its election manifesto on April 21 in Istanbul with the aim of surpassing the unfair 10 percent national threshold in the Turkish election system.

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New photo from Facebook April 26, 2015 at 10:34PM

In Uncategorized on April 26, 2015 at 21:39
“Altan Tan: Hasip sen ateist misin?
via @Heisinbergg via Facebook Pages

New photo from Facebook April 26, 2015 at 08:38PM

In Uncategorized on April 26, 2015 at 19:50
:) “Cumhurbaşkanlığı Turu’nun ilk etabını kazanan bisikletçinin ödülü; muz! via @t24comtr via Facebook Pages

Eurosphere agenda: Finnish elections…”Politicians blocking users on Twitter…

In Uncategorized on April 26, 2015 at 16:03

Why the Finnish elections matter for Europe

Why the Finnish elections matter for Europe

The Finnish elections on Sunday are unlikely to lead to a radical change in the country’s Eurozone policy – however, they will still have relevance for the rest of Europe. Mats Persson investigates.

Finland candidate’s unusual tactics to encourage people to vote

Athens has asked the IMF for a deferral of further loan repayments, according to media reports. IMF head Christine Lagarde rejected the request as “unsatisfactory” on Thursday, at the start of the spring meeting with the World Bank in Washington. If the debt conflict leads to a Grexit it will mean the end of the EU, some commentators warn. Others see a radical restructuring of the Eurozone as Europe’s last chance.

IMG_7731Yesterday evening I was browsing Twitter, and saw this tweet about serious allegations of election fraud by UKIP from Labour politician John Mann (Bassetlaw) retweeted into my timeline. Oh, I’ll retweet that I thought (I’m on John’s side here, not UKIP’s), but Twitter prevented it –

Spanish leftists join fight against ISIL

The Syria-is-Spain debate takes new turn as Spanish Marxists challenge Europe’s hands off Syria policy.
Greece in new credit rating downgrade

S&P downgrades Greece’s credit rating saying it expects its financial commitments will be “unsustainable”.

The European Commission threatened the Russian company Gazprom with a multi-billion euro fine on Wednesday. In ongoing anti-trust proceedings it has accused the gas giant of abusing its dominant market position regarding supplies to several EU member states. The EU will provoke further conflict with Russia, some commentators fear. For others, the defence of the common market warrants such disputes with foreign companies and governments.

The EU heads of state and government agreed on Thursday to triple the funds for search and rescue operations to nine million euros per month, and to crack down on human smugglers in the Mediterranean. The traffickers are in for hard times, some commentators note. But if refugees drown it’s not the fault of smugglers but of the EU’s isolationist policy, others argue.


European Central Bank President Mario Draghi was the target of an epic confetti-bomb during a press conference on Wednesday.

A news conference by European Central Bank president Mario Draghi in the bank’s headquarters was briefly interrupted April 15 when a young woman charged at Draghi calling for an “end to the ECB dictatorship”.

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Anthropology roundup: Dataverse: an open source solution for data sharing…

In Uncategorized on April 26, 2015 at 15:32

Dataverse: an open source solution for data sharing

When you think of scholarship you might think first of publications, articles and books, but that is just the final product. Yes it is polished through countless hours of research, writing, and responding to reviewers, however all that work is built on an even more time consuming foundation of collecting raw materials. In cultural anthropology this includes field notes, journals, marked up literature, audio recordings, transcripts, and maybe photographs and video. I think I even have a few 3-D objects squirreled away in banker’s boxes. Although we seldom refer to it as such all of this is “data,” it is information awaiting interpretation.

The House of Commons: An Anthropology of MPs at Work, by Emma Crewe
Times Higher Education
In this first-ever anthropological account of the secrets of the Commons, drawing on Emma Crewe’s first-person interviews with politicians, we learn that one MP won her seat by using modern electioneering methods to target tens of thousands of
A Cultural Anthropologist Reads a Science Journal

One morning, chasing down a lead about research on plant memory from an article published in The Economist, I ended up at the journal Oecologia. This trajectory is increasingly familiar: a news source renders a popular account of life science research, and, trying to learn more, I end up at the academic source. The table of contents quickly overwhelmed me, though, and provoked me to stop for a moment and take stock of what I look for or find interesting in journals on genetics, biology, and botany.

Teaching and using anthropology in the modern world
The Edwardsville Intelligencer
To many, anthropology brings to mind living in remote places, studying mysterious rituals, or harrowing adventures “Indiana Jones” style. These images make anthropology seem very exotic and removed from day-to-day life. In reality, anthropology is .
Fast Writing: Ethnography in the Digital Age

[Savage Minds is pleased to run this essay by guest author Yarimar Bonilla as part of our Writer’s Workshop Series. Yarimar is Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Caribbean Studies at Rutgers University. She is the author of Non-Sovereign Futures: French Caribbean Politics in the Wake of Disenchantment(University of Chicago Press, forthcoming Fall 2015) and has written broadly about social movements, historical imaginaries, and questions of sovereignty in the Caribbean. She is currently a fellow in the History Design Studio at Harvard University where she is working on a digital project entitled “Visualizing Sovereignty.”]

In a recent contribution to this writers’ series, Michael Lambek offered some reflections on the virtues of “slow reading.” In an era of rapid-fire online communication, when images increasingly substitute for text, Lambek argues we would be well served to revel in the quiet interiority and reflective subjectivity made possible by long-form reading.


While I am trying to get back into the blogging business, here three selected pieces that I’ve written recently for the University of Oslo.

Two of them are accounts on somehow positive change that is happening.

Is email one of the last private spaces online?
Scientific American (blog)
The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily those of Scientific American. Email Print. Krystal D’Costa is an anthropologist working in digital media in New York City. You can follow AiP on Facebook. Follow on Twitter @krystaldcosta.

By Profs. Pervez Hoodbhoy and Scott Atran

After he circulated his address to the UN Security Council on extremism (available here), Prof. Scott Atran received the following response from Prof. Pervez Hoodbhoy of Pakistan. Prof. Hoodbhoy is a nuclear physicist, essayist, national security advisor, and social activist. A prize-winning scientist with a PhD from MIT, Prof. Hoodbhoy teaches at Forman Christian College University in Lahore and the Quaid-e-Azam University in Islamabad. 

Anthropology PhD student explores new approaches to humanitarian photography
Emory University News and Events
“I sat down with Marciella on some rocks in front of her house and had a chat, I asked her how she wanted to be represented,” recalls Aubrey Graham, a photographer and a PhD candidate inanthropology at Emory’s Laney Graduate School. “She said that …

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Another justice scandal: “Release of 76 suspects blocked last night…

In Uncategorized on April 26, 2015 at 14:44

A Turkish court has ordered the release of 75 policemen and a media manager who were accused of belonging to ‘the parallel state’ of the government’s ally-turned-foe Fethullah Gülen, a U.S. based cleric, but a judge reversed the decision, stirring debate.

Samanyolu reporter detained, defense lawyers beaten outside İstanbul Courthouse

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A former Turkish prosecutor has claimed that he was facing a life sentence on terror charges for retweeting a leaked tape that implicated President Erdoğan in corruption

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New photo from Facebook April 25, 2015 at 09:12PM

In Uncategorized on April 25, 2015 at 20:20
Siyasi kültürde devamlılık. via @_azizistanbul via Facebook Pages

New photo from Facebook April 24, 2015 at 10:01PM

In Uncategorized on April 24, 2015 at 21:06
Arçelik reklamıdır heralde. via Facebook Pages

Better than nothing. The Commemorative Events in Istanbul. Turkey hesitant reacting Russia, France’s G-decisions. #ArmenianGenocide

In Uncategorized on April 24, 2015 at 17:48

On the anniversary of 1915 Genocide, several events were held in Istanbul. The official ceremony, the genocide march, and erecting memorial stone in front of the victims were some of the ceremonial events among others.

Demoyan, the director of Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute, has compiled the front page coverage in press regarding Ottoman and Armenians on 19th and 20th century, and the reflections of the Armenian Genocide in world press within the book of “Armenian Genocide: Front Page Coverage In the World Press”.
Armenian genocide 100 years on: ‘We were raised with this trauma. It’s in our blood’ – video

After 50 years living in Switzerland, 67-year-old Armenian Bogos Tomasian returns to his village near the town of Mutki in Turkey to commemorate the centenary of the Armenian genocide of 1915, when historians estimate up to 1.5 million Armenians were killed by Ottoman Turks. He expresses his grief through song Continue reading…
Turkey, which recently recalled two of its ambassadors, has signalled that it will not rush to take a similar measure against Russia and France over ‘genocide’ remarks
After recalling its ambassador to Austria on April 22, Turkey has now recalled seven ambassadors to Ankara over the last few years for various reasons, including bilateral political strain or security concerns in those foreign capitals
One Hundred Years of Exile
The Atlantic
He became not only a pioneer of Armenian studies in the United States but also, in time, an internationally recognized authority on those secret events of 1915 replaying in his father’s subconscious: the Ottoman Turkish government’s efficient

Five years ago, 53-year-old freelance columnist Miran Pirgiç, a resident of the eastern Turkish region of Tunceli, decided to disclose a tightly held secret — his Armenian ethnicity. Increasingly, scores of ethnic Armenians whose ancestors survived the 1915 massacre and were raised as Turks, Kurds or Alevis are choosing to do the same.

They came by the hundreds, even thousands — ethnic Armenian women who had survived the World-War-I-era massacres in Turkey and were brought by ship to the United States to meet the equally anxious Armenian men, complete strangers, who would become their partners for life.

Armenia: Survivors of the Great Catastrophe

In 2005, I took a picture of 100-year-old Yerevan resident Remella Amlikian, a native of the Turkish village of Vakif who had survived the Ottoman Empire’s 1915 massacre of hundreds of thousands of ethnic Armenians. She could hardly see, could hear nothing, and could not move.

For Armenians, the towns of Muş and Sason in southeastern Turkey, not far to the west of Lake Van, hold particular historical significance. But today, 100 years after the massacre of 1915, few ethnic Armenians still remain there

Britain sidesteps Armenian genocide recognition a century after killings

Foreign Office documents show a need to emphasise suffering in 1915 massacres but to continue policy of avoiding the G-word to avoid angering Turkey

Armenia and its tragic history has had an intensive blast of media coverage in the run-up to the April 24 centenary of what is now widely – though not universally – referred to as the genocide of 1915. Presidents Vladimir Putin and Francois Hollande will be in Yerevan representing Russia and France, the two most important countries to have risked Turkey’s wrath and use the G-word with reference to the mass deportations and killings in the final days of the Ottoman Empire. The US, which also does not use it, is sending the Treasury Secretary, Jack Lew. Britain will be represented by John Whittingdale, the Conservative chairman of the all party committee on Armenia.


Why is the UK government so afraid to speak of Armenian genocide? | Giles Fraser

Britain’s strategic relationship with Turkey has been more important than telling the truth. If Armenians are to find closure, we must recognise their suffering
Commemorations for Armenian massacre victims held in Turkey

Human rights groups and activists gather in Istanbul to mark centenary of the start of mass killing of Armenians by Ottoman Turks

More than 100 people gathered in front of the Islamic Arts museum in Istanbul on Friday to commemorate the massacre of Armenians during the last days of the Ottoman empire.


The Turkish government’s denials of the Armenian genocide is seen by historians and others as an attempt to head off reparation claims by survivors and their descendants.
Armenian tragedy still raw in Turkey 100 years on

Darkest moment still haunts Turkey 100 years on
The Armenian rugs that tell two stories

The rugs that tell two stories, one bitter, one sweet
Many ethnic Armenians who are rediscovering their roots have found it easier to discard their Kurdish or Turkish identities than to relinquish their religion.

Turkey and the United States expressed hopes Tuesday that 2015 could be the year when a long-elusive diplomatic solution is finally found to the decades-old division of Cyprus.

Widow’s husband, father and uncle were Anzacs in first world war – video

Valarie Trevithick’s father and uncle served in the Gallipoli campaign. Her husband, company quarter master Sgt Leslie Sinclair, was 19 years old when he enlisted. He embarked for overseas service in April 1916 and joined the 53rd battalion in France. Twice wounded in action, the second wounding had him invalided home and medically discharged. He re-enlisted in September 1918, however, the armistice meant that he was demobilised in December of that yearContinue reading…
On the 100th anniversary commemoration of the Gallipoli Campaign, Ankara discovers a military graveyard on a Greek island where Turkish and Egyptian soldiers were buried by British forces
Remembering Gallipoli: honouring the bravery amid the bloody slaughter

Princes and prime ministers are in Turkey to mark 100 years since the disastrous campaign that became a cornerstone of Anzac pride

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Another Turkish College Student convicted in the rule “The New Sultan of Turkey

In Uncategorized on April 24, 2015 at 11:58

The New Sultan of Turkey

A diminutive 63-year-old with dyed blond hair and a raspy smoker’s cough, Mücella Yapici hardly fits the profile of a criminal mastermind. But Turkish judicial authorities see it differently. Since last year, the architect and urban planner has been on trial for organizing and maintaining an “illegal criminal organization.” If convicted, Yapici could face 30 years in jail.


Why Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan May Be the Next Putin
Slate Magazine
Erdogan’s 2008–2013 prosecution of leading generals and officers, as well as journalists, politicians, and other prominent secularists, under the guise that they had been involved in the so-called Ergenekon conspiracy to undermine the state, has


A court in Turkey sentenced Meral Tutcali to one year in prison for the offense of “insulting a public official” by sharing a satirical news story.
The title of this article should have been “Zaytung and 5G or you can surf the net faster as long as you behave as I want you to.” President Tayyip Erdoğan spoke about Turkey’s mobile network at an event earlier this week.
Rethink Paper (Rethink Institute) No. 23, April 2015 Turkey Task Force On Sunday, June 7, 2015, Turkish citizens are headed to the polls once again. The elections will be nationwide general elections for 550 seats in the Turkish Parliament.The major issues that have permeated the electoral climate are the potential switch to presidentialism, trampled rights […]
Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) and the Kurdish problem-focused Peoples’ Democracy Party (HDP) have recently announced their manifestos for the June 7 general elections.
June 7 looms large for the AKP
Today’s Zaman
When the 2011 elections rolled around, the AKP postured itself as the party bravely in the face of military threats to overturn the government, as reflected in the Ergenekon and Balyoz coup trials. Its promised voters civilian-based, legitimate .
People across Turkey, particularly children, celebrated Sovereignty Day and Children’s Day on April 23, though the deaths of three people in three separate cities and unfavorable weather conditions darkened the festivities

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