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For the record; Turkey [silently] pauses energy-exploration research in east Mediterranean…

In Uncategorized on August 3, 2020 at 09:50

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Turkey pauses energy-exploration research in east Mediterranean

Turkey says it is ‘ready to discuss’ with Greece as it temporarily suspends oil and gas exploration surveys.

Germany no longer approving arms exports to Turkey except for naval equipment, says German FM

Turkey-Greece tensions escalate over Turkish Med drilling plans

Greece issues a naval alert after Turkey says it is sending a ship to carry out a drilling survey.
The area subject to a Navigational Telex (NAVTEX) that seismic vessel Oruç Reis will start research in the eastern Mediterranean as of July 21 falls under the continental shelf of Turkey and was notified to the United Nations, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hami Aksoy has said.

The Next Global Flash Point

In the Eastern Mediterranean, the West has retreated. That leaves Turkey and Russia to fill the vacuum.

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For the record; Netflix gave in to censorship by canceling a show to be produced in Turkey…

In Uncategorized on August 2, 2020 at 20:50

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The ruling party’s media head has said he believes that “Netflix will be more sensitive towards the Turkish culture with deeper cooperation.
A Turkish censorship row breaks out after a writer says her show was axed over a gay character.
Netflix has opted to stop filming a series set in Turkey, a day before shooting was to begin, over a row that it featured a gay character. The Financial Times, quoting Turkish website Altyazi Fasikül, says that officials refused a filming permit for.
Human Rights Watch – Jul 27, 12:00 PM

(Istanbul) – The Turkish government’s efforts to introduce new powers to control social media will greatly increase online censorship, particularly in light of the country’s poor record on freedom of expression, Human Rights Watch said

 

The New York Times – Marc Santora – Jul 29, 2:11 AM

Turkish lawmakers on Wednesday morning passed legislation that would give the government sweeping new powers to regulate content on social media, raising concerns that one of the few remaining spaces for free public debate in the country could fall

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For the record; “Turkey no longer official ‘global participant’ of F-35 fighter jets program

In Uncategorized on August 2, 2020 at 09:50

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Turkey was removed from the list of “global participants” on the United States’ fighter jet F-35’s official website following Ankara’s purchase of the S-400 defense system, independent news portal T24 reported on July 17.

Turkey was, until recently, one of the nine main contributors in the F-35 website along with the U.S., Australia, Canada, Denmark, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway and England.


Telegraph.co.uk – Gareth Browne – Jul 25, 10:00 PM

She was chatting to her son, when the phone call was suddenly interrupted. And that was the last anyone heard from Aimuzi Kuwanhan, a 59-year-old mother of two and a Uighur Muslim who had managed to flee China and make it to what she thought was a

Erdogan Talks of Making Hagia Sophia a Mosque Again, to International Dismay

The World Heritage site was once a potent symbol of Christian-Muslim rivalry, and it could become one once more.
Turkey will be forced to respond to new sanctions by the European Union over developments in the
Criticizing the former US National Security Advisor’s book for being “one-sided,” Altun has said Trump and Erdoğan put great effort into repairing the relationship between Turkey and the US.

It doesn’t take much for a Trump-related story to be widely circulated in the media.

However, with his former National Security Advisor set to release a book looking back at his time in the White House, interest has been raised to new levels.

This is exactly what happened over the past few days when the media began publishing bits and pieces from ‘The Room Where It Happened.’ Bolton’s book is officially published tomorrow but is already dominating the news.

Here Are the Wildest Allegations From John Bolton’s New Book

Trump once asked if Finland was part of Russia.

John Bolton urged to elaborate on Trump-Erdoğan claims

New book claims US president agreed to intervene in federal investigation into Turkish bank The former US national

Bolton claims Trump agreed to intervene in Halkbank probe upon Erdoğan’s request

Ahval – Jun 18

U.S. President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser John Bolton’s new 577-page book, ‘The Room Where It Happened’, reveals that Trump’s Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has had a quite impact on U.S. policy in Syria

Ahval – Jun 28

The German television channel ZDF released a documentary earlier this month that presented new evidence about espionage in Germany carried out against opponents and critics of Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) government and

The president of the United States must have 100 percent cognitive capacity to deal with certain
A German federal intelligence agency responsible for military counterintelligence has launched an…

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Turkey’s major women issues related GONGO gives official support to the İstanbul Convention as Hollywood Celebrities post black and white photos to voice solidarity with femicide victims in Turkey…

In Uncategorized on August 1, 2020 at 14:50

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KADEM’s support news in Turkish here. Oh You don’t know what GONGO is?

I assume after this support misogynistic circles inside the ruling party may retreat a little bit…


The Guardian

Feminists in Turkey have called on the rest of the world not to forget the original context of Instagram’s #challengeaccepted trend, which was supposed to draw attention to skyrocketing rates of gender-based violence in the country before it was

Dozens of celebrities all over the world have posted black and white pictures of themselves to voice solidarity with victims of femicides in Turkey.

The celebrities, including Ellie Goulding, Christina Aguilera, Milla Jovovich, Cobie Smulders, Eva Green, Florence Pugh, Halsey, Jessica Biel, Olivia Wilde, Emmy Rossum, Evan Rachel Wood, Sophia Bush, Demi Moore, Vanessa Hudgens, AnnaSophia Robb and Demi Lovato, shared pictures of themselves either in their stories or timelines, while also pointing to violence against women and femicides in Turkey.

Challenging the Istanbul Convention is a serious setback for women’s rights”: Jelena Drenjanin

“The Istanbul Convention is the first legally binding instrument at European level, providing a comprehensive legal framework for the prevention of
Actresses, artists and singers from around the world have joined the social media campaign that started after Pınar Gültekin was murdered by a man. Women post their black-and-white pictures, attaching the note, “Challenge accepted.”

Feminists remind world of Turkish origins of latest ‘challenge accepted’ trend | Ahval

Feminists in Turkey have spoken out to remind social media users of the Turkish origins of…
Hollywood actresses and world-famous celebrities have joined Turkish women’s social media campaign calling for putting an end to domestic violence with the hashtag #ChallengeAccepted, urging other women to join the trend.

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This guy really enjoys visiting Hagia Sophia:

In Uncategorized on July 31, 2020 at 09:50

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Scenes after conversion to a mosque..


This 130-year-old beer factory has been demolished last week…

The Bomonti front in Turkey’s culture wars

Photo Gallery: Istanbul Airport museum opens with treasures of Turkey exhibition

Istanbul Airport has opened its museum, the Istanbul Airport Museum, with an exhibition on important Turkish artefacts. Ilaria Grasso Macola 3 mins

stanbul Film Festival begins with open-air screenings

Istanbul Basaksehir win Turkish title for first time to end big three dominance

Istanbul Basaksehir won the Turkish title for the first time on Sunday, ending the dominance of the city’s big three clubs Fenerbahce, Galatasaray and .

Converting Hagia Sophia into a mosque is an act of cultural cleansing

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is famous for saying, “If we lose Istanbul, we lose Turkey.” Last year, he lost the city’s municipal elections.
Syrian painter Akram Zave’s oil-color exhibition “the decedents of the Piper” opened for visitors in Istanbul on July 18.

Erdogan Fulfills Cherished Goal, Opening Hagia Sophia to Prayers

ISTANBUL — President Recep Tayyip Erdogan sealed his long-stated desire to restore the historic Hagia Sophia as a working mosque on Friday, …

Hagia Sophia: Interesting facts about Istanbul’s architectural wonder

The fate of Istanbul’s iconic Hagia Sophia has been decided, fulfilling Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan’s pledge to rename it as a mosque and revive
Çınaraltı: Istanbul’s historical tea garden

A decades-old Istanbul tea garden on the shore of the iconic Bosphorus Strait is a frequent stop for both locals and tourists

Sunflower Seed Spitting Banned by Üsküdar & U.S. Baseball

//Ed. note: TNT visited Üsküdar a couple

of days ago. Lovely view, especially minus
sunflower seeds, but not a tree in sight – a
burning concrete shoreline desert.  How
about diverting some fine money to tree-
planting maybe.//
türkçe links to original Turkish article
baseball & sunflower seeds click here for the
story of U.S. baseball banning sunflower seed
spitting.
 
                 Just like the bench in a baseball dugout.
The habit of sitting on benches along the shore, chewing sunflower
seeds and spitting the shells on the ground has been banned by the
Üsküdar municipality in Istanbul.  Mayor Hilmi Türkmen explained
that “this is a difficult but necessary decision for us.  From now on
chewing sunflower seeds from Harem to Küçüksu along the Üsküdar
coast is prohibited.”

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New photo from Facebook July 29, 2020 at 09:51PM

In Uncategorized on July 29, 2020 at 21:39

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Swords etc. Too much Symbolism makes all ineffective…

In Uncategorized on July 28, 2020 at 12:50

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Turkey’s Religious Affairs Directorate (Diyanet) head Ali Erbaş delivered the Friday sermon at Hagia Sophia with a sword in hand, presenting an Ottoman tradition of conquest.

No tour of Istanbul can fail to include Hagia Sophia. The same is true enough of the British Museum in London or the Louvre in Paris, but Hagia Sophia is more than a museum: it’s also spent different stretches of its near-millennium-and-a-half of existence as an Eastern Orthodox cathedral, a Roman Catholic cathedral, and a mosque. Stripped of its religious function in the mid-1930s by the administration of President Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, remembered for his creation of a secular Turkish republic, the majestic building has spent the past 85 years as not just a museum but the country’s top tourist attraction. Now, according to a decree issued last week by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Hagia Sophia will become a mosque again.

Erdoğan leads first prayers at Hagia Sophia museum reverted to mosque

Turkish president recites Qur’an at monument as Greece declares day of mourning

Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has led worshippers in the first prayers in Istanbul’s iconic Hagia Sophia since his controversial declaration that the monument, which over the centuries has served as a cathedral, mosque and museum, would be turned back into a Muslim house of worship.

Sermon with a sword, arrival with an Audi car:

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After the sermon with a sword, stopping at a third-wave coffee store:


Prominent Turkish author Adalet Ağaoğlu died on July 14 at the age of 91.

She is described as the most prolific authors of 20th century Turkish literature.

“We lost Adalet Ağaoğlu this morning,” wrote Turkish literary critic Semih Gümüş on Twitter.

“She was one of the most important writers of our literature. Her novels were very special,” Gümüş said sharing a photo of the Turkish novelist along with her husband who died in 2018.

A total of 330,289 people left Turkey to live abroad in 2019, marking an increase of 2 percent compared to the previous year, online news platform T24 said on July 17, citing data released by the Turkish Statistical Institute (TÜİK).

Some 54.6 percent of them were men, while 45.4 percent were women.

Some 84,863 of the 330,289 that left Turkey were Turkish citizens, while the rest 245,426 were foreign nationals.

Famous Turkish showman and actor Seyfi Dursunoğlu, who was known by his stage name “Huysuz Virjin” which translates as “The Grumpy Virgin,” passed away on July 17 at the age of 87.

Dursunoğlu was hospitalized 15 days ago after suffering from a stomach problem and spent the last three days in intensive care due to respiratory failure and multiple organ failure, Turkish media outlets said. He had chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Famous Turkish showman and actor Seyfi Dursunoğlu, who was known by his stage name “Huysuz Virjin” which translates as “The Grumpy Virgin,” passed away on July 17 at the age of 87.

Dursunoğlu was hospitalized 15 days ago after suffering from a stomach problem and spent the last three days in intensive care due to respiratory failure and multiple organ failure, Turkish media outlets said. He had chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

  • Club only sixth side to win the Super Lig
  • Team includes Gaël Clichy and Martin Skrtel

Istanbul Basaksehir won the Turkish title for the first time on Sunday, ending the dominance of the city’s big three clubs Fenerbahce, Galatasaray and Besiktas.

At Least 60 Migrants Killed in Turkish Boat Disaster

Rescuers continue to pull the bodies of victims from Lake Van, in eastern Turkey, more than three weeks after the fishing boat carrying them sank.

Seyfi Dursunoğlu, better known as Turkey’s most famous drag queen “Huysuz Virjin” (Grumpy Virgin), died on July 17 in hospital in Istanbul due to complications from pneumonia brought by COPD.. He was 87.

In 2007, Radio and Television Supreme Council (RTÜK) announced that his program could no longer be broadcast on television channels and that he would no longer revive the character of Huysuz Virjin but he presented the dance program Huysuz’la Dans Eder misin? on Show TV in 2012. In the same year, he joined Benzemez Kimse Sana as a judge which aired on Star TV. On the program’s final episode, he appeared as Huysuz Virjin and said “This is my last kanto“, implying that he could not sing kanto again due to his age. He later announced that he would donate ₺15 million of his property to the Association for the Support of Contemporary Living.

Governing AKP targets Rainbows claiming it is LGBTI+ propaganda

Governing Justice & Development Party that has been targeting the LGBTI+ communities and Pride Week activities harshly over the last few years has increased its pressure in recent months. Lately concernign all legislative actions of the party there has been made claims of combatting the LGBTI+ agenda, be it the multiple bar associations bill, or withdrawal from The Council of Europe’s Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence [known as the Istanbul Convention] or even the Digital Platforms Regulation. Most recently AKP vice chair & İzmir deputy Hamza Dağ came out against the rainbow images in his city.

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“Statement by Osman Kavala who is imprisoned for 1.000 days” and a judiciary roundup…

In Uncategorized on July 28, 2020 at 10:50

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United States Department of State – Jul 27

As of this week, Turkish philanthropist and civil society leader Osman Kavala has spent 1,000 days in detention without being convicted of any crime. The United States underscores the importance of respecting international obligations and

Philanthropist businessperson from Turkey, who has been in prison for 1.000 days despite being acquitted in court, has published a statement.

When I was arrested on two charges a thousand days ago and as I kept waiting for the indictment to be issued for the ensuing 16 months, all that happened to me – I thought – would expose and make visible the problems in detention practices, and would be corrected after the State of Emergency. But now I understand that unlawful practices in politically motivated cases are not considered as a…

Bärbel Kofler from Germany’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has released a statement on the 1,000th day of businessperson and rights defender Kavala’s arrest: “I look with increasing concern at the status of the rule of law and fundamental freedoms in Turkey.”
Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch (HRW) have released statements regarding the social media bill passed by the Parliament’s Justice Commission, raising concerns that the amendments in question will increase censorship.
101 people from different segments of society, backgrounds and politics have made a joint call: “Young people, hear our voice. The promise of a bright future is in your hands. And, we, the grey-haired elders, would like to see its light in our life-time.”
In a social media post, the mother of Nadira Kadirova, a domestic worker who suspiciously died at the house of ruling AKP MP Şirin Ünal, has said, “Şirin Ünal, you don’t have the right to live in this world, either. You killed my daughter.”
Ferhat Tepe, a reporter for Özgür Gündem newspaper, was abducted in the eastern province of Bitlis on July 28, 1993. He was found dead in Elazığ, another eastern province, on August 4. We remember Tepe on the 27th anniversary of his death.
Lawyer Rezan Epözdemir has appealed to the prosecutor’s office, requesting that the investigation into Pınar Gültekin’s murder be extended. “We think that this brutal murder was committed with premeditation,” the lawyer has noted.
Al Arabiya English – Emily Judd – Jul 26

Turkey is sending Uighur refugees back home to China, where they face imprisonment and persecution, through third countries like Tajikistan, the Telegraph revealed on Sunday. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan “is helping China

The Financial Times – Laura Pitel in Ankara and Hannah Murphy in San Francisco – Jul 23, 3:22 AM

Turkey is headed for a showdown with Twitter, YouTube and Facebook after pushing ahead with a proposal to block social media sites if they refuse to comply with stringent new conditions. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned this month that he

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#Cyberculture agenda: “Europe Proves Contact-Tracing Apps Aren’t A Coronavirus Cure-All…

In Uncategorized on July 27, 2020 at 17:50

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Twitter Cracks Down on QAnon. Your Move, Facebook

Twitter’s new policy won’t make the conspiracy group disappear. But experts say it could dramatically reduce its ability to

Twitter Is Finally Going After QAnon

Twitter is essentially banning QAnon conspiracy theory content.

A system which worsens discrimination.

Facial recognition technology analyses the structure of faces to allow identification of individuals. Image used with permission. Source: Pikrepo

Predictive policing algorithms are racist. They need to be dismantled.

Yeshimabeit Milner was in high school the first time she saw kids she knew getting handcuffed and stuffed into police cars. It was February 29, 2008, and the principal of a nearby school in Miami, with a majority Haitian and African-American population, had put one of his students in a chokehold. The next day several dozen kids staged a peaceful demonstration. It didn’t go well.

Twitter says hackers ‘manipulated’ employees to access accounts

Twitter locked large number of accounts in damage control move after high-profile attack on the social media company.

Twitter attack was work of young hacker pals: NYT

Hackers involved in the high-profile hijacking of Twitter accounts earlier this week were young pals with no links to state

The Big Twitter Hack Keeps Getting Stranger and Stranger

If this incident was, in fact, the result of social engineering, that’s good news.

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The first Friday prayer in #HagiaSophia after 8 decades…

In Uncategorized on July 24, 2020 at 12:50

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Erdoğan’s team at work

HİKMET ADAL REPORTS: Updating: First Friday prayer at Hagia Sophia

People have gathered around Hagia Sophia after its conversion into a mosque, a decision that caused worldwide

Hagia Sophia ready for first Muslim prayer after years

images hidden with curtains…

 

Some 500 worshippers are set to attend Muslim prayers at UNESCO World Heritage site on Friday.
Erdoğan and his wife visited Hagia Sophia yesterday. These propaganda images are from the presidential office.
The Hagia Sophia has been designated as a mosque again, its status as a museum viewed for decades as a seal on the country’s spirit.
The American who restored Hagia Sophia’s mosaics

Turkey: Muslim prayers in Hagia Sophia for first time in 86 years

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to join hundreds of worshippers after iconic landmark’s reconversion into mosque.

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