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As many Turks are looking for an exit, for some other entrance got easier: “Reduction in Conditions of Acquiring Citizenship of Turkey

In Uncategorized on September 21, 2018 at 08:28

The amount of investments and purchases required to be made to acquire the citizenship of Turkey has been decreased.

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Both nightmarish and Sci-Fi-ish

In Uncategorized on September 21, 2018 at 01:53

Ahmet Mahmut Ünlü known as Cübbeli Ahmet, a popular Naqshibende preacher appeared to have kissed the prosthesis arm of tariqah sheik Dıyaüddin.  via

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Mass Surveillance Conference- 28 – 29 September, 2018- Istanbul [#MSConf2018]

In Uncategorized on September 20, 2018 at 23:53

Mass Surveillance Conference

We are talking Technology, Politics & DemocracyJoin us at #MSConf2018

Leading journalists, academics, business people, public-spirited digital security & privacy experts and civil society come together in Istanbul for an intensive two days of brainstorming to talk about the potential impacts of data and technology on the future of our democracy.

The Marmara Hotel, Taksim, Istanbul
 28 – 29 September, 2018

Please join us in this interactive and lively discussion.

* Registration is required.

** This program is organized by Freedom Research Association and supported by the Friedrich Naumann Foundation and ELF Ralf Dahrendorf Roundtable.
*** For the details, click here.

is an interdisciplinary conference1.        to explore the possible short and long-term effects of the use of mass surveillance technologies on human rights, governance, statehood, and the society.

2.        To address relevant responses; policy or other, to ensure better coordination vis-à-vis increasingly complex security challenges presented by increased capacity and willingness on the part of states to interfere with the lives of individual

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Maduro’s infatuation with Turkey continues. Now the Salt Bae feast…

In Uncategorized on September 20, 2018 at 08:37

Fury at Maduro’s Salt Bae feast in Turkey

Video of Nicolás Maduro eating in an Istanbul steak restaurant causes anger in crisis-hit Venezuela.

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A $500M gift to Erdoğan…

In Uncategorized on September 19, 2018 at 02:42

The Qatar emir loves him so much.
Turkey’s president says the jet, worth about $500m, was a present from the gas-rich Gulf state.

401 workers detained at new Istanbul airport protests: Istanbul governor

Most workers detained on Sept. 14 have been released after protests over labor conditions at the construction of Istanbul’s new airport, Istanbul …

Turkey raises interest rates to 24% in new bid to boost lira

Central bank makes move after failing to take action in July, sending the lira slightly higher.

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#Europe agenda: “10 years of women’s resistance to austerity across Europe – in pictures…

In Uncategorized on September 18, 2018 at 22:52

10 years of women’s resistance to austerity across Europe – in pictures

Women across Europe have not been passive victims of austerity policies. From Paris, France to Nicosia, Cyprus, they have protested and organised for alternatives.

Woman protesting cuts in the UK, 2016. Photo: Ik Aldama/DPA/PA Images. All rights reserved.It’s harder to ignore women’s mobilisations today, when smartphone cameras are ubiquitous and anyone can post images online. Even so, stories of women’s resistance remain underreported, and while impacts of austerity on women may sometimes make headlines, those affected are often portrayed as helpless.

They’re not; across Europe, women have mobilised against harmful austerity policies enacted in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. Here are 10 images that capture 10 years of women’s resistance.

Nicosia, 23 March 2013 – Confronted by mass bank closures, falling salaries and rising unemployment, women in Cyprus demonstrated in the country’s capital. The former offshore banking haven’s large financial sector and close financial ties with Athens left the country particularly vulnerable to economic collapse in the wake of the 2008 crash. The fallout included policies slashing social benefits, with tremendous impacts on women, particularly single mothers and domestic violence survivors. (Photo: Florian Schuh/DPA/PA Images. All rights reserved).

The Swedish model is still alive

Stefan Löfven’s party received 28.4% of the votes, a strong result for a Social Democratic party in government in today’s Europe.

Prime Minister of Sweden Stefan Lofven and his wife Ulla Lofven walk out to cast their votes in Stockholm, Sweden, Sept. 9, 2018. Shi Tiansheng/ Press Association. All rights reserved.

The inconclusive results of Sunday’s Swedish elections could be interpreted to support almost any narrative about the prevailing trends in European politics. Before the vote, most of the international attention on the race was focused on the rise of the Sweden Democrats, a far-right party with neo-Nazi roots that opposes immigration and wants to pull the country out of the European Union. Sweden has taken in more asylum seekers per capita than any other European country since the height of the migrant crisis in 2015. While there aren’t actually immigrant “no-go zones” in Swedish cities, as some foreign politicians and media outlets have claimed, it is true that concerns about crime and immigration have driven support for the far right.

Surviving Climate Change in Italy

On a cold, wet afternoon in February 2014, Andrew Mathews stood on a mountain in Tuscany and looked out over the valley below. An environmental anthropologist and a professor at the University of California, Santa Cruz, Mathews had gone there to see chestnut forests that were growing in the Monti Pisani, a mountainous region west of Florence, Italy. The air smelled of rotting leaves, and many of the trees were hundreds of years old.

“It wanted to be spring, but it wasn’t quite there,” Mathews recalled when we spoke, “and the leaves hadn’t really come in on the trees yet. Everything was still pretty bare.”

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#Europe agenda: “EU parliament votes to pursue unprecedented disciplinary action against Hungary…

In Uncategorized on September 17, 2018 at 08:45

Allegations of rules being breached trigger Article 7 of EU treaty in unprecedented move.
European Parliament votes to launch disciplinary action against Hungary for flouting its core values. What’s next?

The European Parliament has voted to pursue disciplinary action against Hungary due to alleged breaches of the EU’s core values, including government attacks on the media, minorities, and the rule of law. Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s government denies the charges.

Viktor Orban told state radio he expected a ‘serious legal debate’ about the EU decision to sanction Budapest.

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Thousands of workers in Istanbul’s 3rd airport constructed protested inhumane working conditions and hundreds arrested…

In Uncategorized on September 17, 2018 at 03:10

Not only they are not paid for six months but work conditions are terrible. As you can guess the government and company and their puppets accused workers to be part of some international conspiracy…


BBC news in Turkish here

A pro-labor newspaper’s detailed account here in Turkish

Reuters – Reuters Editorial – Sep 15, 3:19 AM

ISTANBULISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkish police have detained hundreds of workers protesting over labor conditions at Istanbul’s new airport, a giant project championed by President Tayyip Erdogan and due to open next month, a union leader said on


Turkey fires tear gas at Istanbul airport workers: Report

ISTANBUL — Turkish security forces on Friday fired tear gas at construction workers at Istanbul’s new airport who were protesting dangerous working …

Police raids new Istanbul airport site, detains 600 strikers

Turkish police and gendarmes launched an operation in the construction site of Istanbul’s third airport on Saturday morning and detained 600 people

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Farewell Galip, my old friend…

In Uncategorized on September 15, 2018 at 21:50

Galip and his cell phone.

I remember the first time I had seen you walking down the corridor in Kuştepe Campus. I was depressed because everyone said you are a very difficult professor to work with and I was appointed as a teaching assistant to your classes. I introduced myself, you punched my belly lightly and said ok.

I remember a winter afternoon with snow around near Karaköy Pier. We have met in your apartment there, finished up a bottle of wine and continued grading student essays. I managed to persuade you not to fail some worse papers. We would rush to attend a wedding ceremony in Kadıköy but you told me we should first drink a little bit more and we were then late, smelling alcohol, saying it because of traffic and nobody believed us.

I remember the Friday night I was late to meet you at our usual tavern in Tarlabaşı. I came in rush and said I had a weird car accident in the campus parking lot (going through the foot of a parking employee and crushing down the gate and a bumper of a car parked outside. You said well done.

I remember the morning in Kavala, Greece when you got annoyed with me because I ditched a journalist woman out of pride because she had declined my offer to go out before. He told me and others he checked out our hotel doors that night and they were all unlocked. “if you were fked, you woudn’t realize” he said.

I remember the day I got my first feedback after I submitted my dissertation thesis. I was told it was just too disorganized. I got too stressed. You let me stay in your office for a week to re-organize my text while you listened to Tai-chi videos all day long and while you said nothing about the fact that you hate anything related to postmodernism and offered your most practical help.

I remember the day in Bodrum where you want me to wear slip red trunks when we went swimming and I had nothing to wear. Only İlkim could save me from wearing that. I remember again that you confiscated my computer for a little while so that I would enjoy Bodrum.

I remember our road trip from Bodrum to Afyon where I took a bus to go to Niğde and Ereğli to visit my brother and a friend.

I remember the night we took George (Marcus) and Pat to a fancy Greek style restaurant where I and George were about to fall asleep in the end but you were fully energetic and discussing from marine life to Mediterranean history.

But there are so many other moments. I have made my best to ignore your situation as far as I could. Because it is just too painful to lose a person who was like a second father to me, who was a great friend and a great mentor of life. I had some hope that you would recover and we could just go back to the old days. This morning I got the news that you passed away. Rest in peace dear Galip. I will really but really miss you…

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Killing it softly: “Turkey’s media watchdog fines TV series over ‘adultery’… A judiciary roundup…

In Uncategorized on September 15, 2018 at 00:40

Turkey’s top media watchdog has fined the TV series “Koca Koca Yalanlar” due to the way the popular series narrates the story of a man who is cheating on his wife.
Turkey’s FOX TV anchor Fatih Portakal has testified after a prosecutor in Istanbul launched an investigation into whether he insulted President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan through his tweets.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has vowed to take new steps to keep a rein on foreign currency exchange rates.
Property contracts must now be agreed in lira as President Erdogan moves to revive the currency.

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