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New photo from Facebook August 04, 2015 at 03:39PM

In Uncategorized on August 4, 2015 at 14:50
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New photo from Facebook August 04, 2015 at 12:32PM

In Uncategorized on August 4, 2015 at 11:34
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Journalism agenda: New organizations using Slack.. “German Journalists Investigated for Treason after Publishing Surveillance Leaks…

In Uncategorized on August 4, 2015 at 10:11

Two journalists at the prominent German news website Netzpolitik are under investigation for treason after publishing details about the planned expansion of the German Secret Service’s Internet surveillance program.

Slack is a strange beast. Simultaneously a virtual meeting room and water cooler, it somehow encourages members of a distributed work force to socialize and get to know each other while also getting work done. It’s almost like a private social media network that also takes the place of email and instant messaging — what Facebook might have hoped its Messenger would do, Slack has accomplished, at least for a certain set of workers.

When you wake up in the morning, what’s the first app you open? Is it a social media app? If so, you’re in good company.

According to the latest quarterly State of Mobile Advertising report from Opera Mediaworks, which bills itself as the “first mobile ad platform built for brands,” the majority of smartphone users in the United States start their day with a social media app and end their day with an app from the entertainment section of the app store.

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The Associated Press and British Movietone are uploading 17,000 hours of archival news footage, some of dating back to the late 19th century. The videos can be found on the AP Archive and British Movietone channels. Some notable videos from the collection follow. Coverage of the Hindenberg disaster:

Like many other news organizations, The New York Times wrote about the recent high-profile resignations at Gawker (here’s the link), and like a few others, it chose not to link to the root of the Gawker upheaval, a story about a male escort’s attempts to blackmail a married media executive after discovering the executive had a famous brother. As the Times’ public editor Margaret Sullivanexplained in her blog post today, reasons for not linking had to do with Gawker pulling the original story as well as a desire to avoid exposing the name of a private individual — even indirectly through a link — whose privacy Times editors felt had been pointlessly violated.

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New photo from Facebook August 04, 2015 at 12:59AM

In Uncategorized on August 3, 2015 at 23:59
Viski zamanı! via @masal_ortusu via Facebook Pages

‘Breaking Bad’-themed café in Istanbul and more news from İstanbul…

In Uncategorized on August 3, 2015 at 17:18

Its owners say they opened the world’s first café to be inspired by the hit TV show ‘Breaking Bad’ in Istanbul’s Asian side.
Economist Daron Acemoğlu, who is a Turkish economist of Armenian descent living in the U.S., has topped the most influential economists list of the Research Papers in Economics (RePEc) for his last 10 years’ of publications.
Turkey’s Council of State has annulled a former ruling of an Istanbul administrative court which barred reconstruction projects in Istanbul’s Beyoğlu district, providing the legal ground for projects such as a plan to construct a mosque, shopping mall and multi-story building in the historical neighborhood

Istanbul’s IKSV festivals record 224,000 visitors in the first seven months – ARTS

The Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV) announced that its events for the first half of 2015- the Istanbul Film, Music and Jazz Festivals-
Istanbul tantalizes with its mix of cultures

The iconic Galata Tower stands tall, right, in Istanbul’s skyline. The former seat of the opulent Byzantine and Ottoman empires is divided into European
Number of business congresses rises 280 pct in Istanbul

The number of business congresses held in Istanbul increased 280 in the past decade, creating around $190 million income, according to the head of
Istanbul Convention: Britain drags its feet over women’s rights

Albania, Andorra, Malta, Serbia and Turkey are among the 18 states that have already ratified the Istanbul Convention. But the UK is still assessing
Historic Istanbul home of Russian revolutionary Trotsky up for sale

The Istanbul home of Leon Trotsky, the top Bolshevik politician who lost to Stalin in the struggle for control of the Soviet Union, is up for sale.
The Indulge top 10: Istanbul

It is also slap bang in the middle of Istanbul and very easy to get to. If you are spending a few days in the city, and this is your first time, buy a museum

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New photo from Facebook August 03, 2015 at 02:56PM

In Uncategorized on August 3, 2015 at 14:11
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Eurosphere agenda: “Channel Tunnel refugee drama… “Greek shares plunge as market reopens…

In Uncategorized on August 3, 2015 at 11:18

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble has put forward proposals for reforming the European Commission. According to media reports he wants to strip it of powers such as budget supervision and antitrust monitoring and transfer them to other authorities. While some commentators see a politically independent economic administration as unrealistic others say the proposals could convince Britain to stay in the EU.

Greek shares plunge as market reopens

The main Athens stock index, the Athex, plunges by 22.87% on Monday as trading resumes after a five-week closure.

Schaeuble’s recent ideas are not likely to fly, but the controversy over the role of the Commission is only a part of a bigger debate in Europe: the dispute over what the future European Union should look like, write Stratfor’s analysts.

A spectre is haunting Europe — the spectre of democracy

Since Greek voters rejected Troika rule by a landslide, the Hellenic citizenry presents a threat far greater than the government it elected. It must be punished.

Donald Tusk and Jean-Claude Juncker in press conference after EU summit on Greece.Donald Tusk and Jean-Claude Juncker in press conference after EU summit on Greece.Demotix/Sander de Wilde. All rights reserved.

Greece’s ruling Syriza movement backed a call on Thursday (30 July) from Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to hold an emergency party congress as he seeks to assert his control over rebel lawmakers balking at new bailout talks.

Prime Minister Tsipras requests extraordinary congress in September amid a deepening rift within ruling party.

In the last two nights alone, more than 3,000 people apparently tried to enter the UK via the Channel Tunnel from Calais. Another young man died in the attempt on Tuesday night. The countries of Europe must finally start cooperating on the refugee problem, some commentators urge. Others stress that the problem can only be resolved through a crackdown operation off Libya’s coast.

Spanish parties play power games over Greek bailout

Crisis in Greece resonates in Spain’s political rivalry

The Greek crisis has strained nerves on the eurozone debt market, but unlike four years ago there has been no contagion of financial uncertainty across the single currency bloc.


Can Britain be at ease in a European Union that is increasingly focused on the euro and its troubles? Britain’s eurosceptics think not. The eurozone’s many problems require it to integrate more closely, and that will be bad for Britain, they say, since the euro countries will start to act as a bloc and manipulate EU institutions for their own benefit. Therefore Britain should quit this euro-centric club and negotiate a new and looser bilateral relationship with the EU.David Cameron’s government has begun technical talks with its partners on reforms to the EU, prior to an in-or-out referendum. His officials say that though arguments over EU migrants’ access to benefits will generate more political heat, the relationship between the eurozone and the wider EU is the most important substantive problem. Both George Osborne, the chancellor, and many business leaders see this issue as a priority.
The Cyprus solution: gas, guarantees and grassroots

For the first time since 2004 there seems to be hope for a solution to the Cyprus problem. What are the impediments for the negotiations and how can they be overcome now?


Creditors in Greece for bailout talks

Negotiators from Greece’s creditors have begun arriving in Athens to start discussions on a third multi-billion euro bailout deal.

Experts from the EU Commission, the ECB and the IMF are expected in Athens on Friday for talks on a third bailout package. Envoys from the ESM bailout organisation will also be attending. Prime minister Alexis Tsipras has no choice but to sit down at the table with the Troika again, some commentators say. Others think he will be forced to call new elections very soon.


Varoufakis – a new kind of politics?

Varoufakis is an exception to the norm precisely because he really believes in representative democracy.

Yanis Varoufakis. Demotix/spirofoto. All rights reserved.Over the past few months the world has witnessed the short career of a Greek government vainly endeavouring to uphold an anti-austerity platform against the implacable power of the Eurozone’s financial institutions. Yanis Varoufakis, the former Greek Minister for Finance, was a central player in this drama. Interestingly, this political maverick did not play his part to the standard script. The distinctive characteristics of Varoufakis’ mode and purpose in politics are both troubling as regards what they tells us about the norms of contemporary politics, and fascinating as a possible paradigm for a new type of politics in the age of twitter and the blog.


Greece’s Imperfect Imperative

The latest deal between Greece and its creditors is far from perfect, particularly because its emphasis on fiscal targets risks undermining structural reforms. But the deal can – and must – serve as the basis for saving Greece and the eurozone.


The EU states have agreed to take in 55.000 refugees who are currently located in Italy and Greece. The EU Commission originally proposed obligatory quotas for the resettlement of 60,000 people. The European press is debating how best to integrate the refugees in the various countries.

Europe’s enemy is not the Greek crisis

A single currency implies a federal state, like the US or Brazil. The Greek crisis confronts Europe with its future. Português

To achieve anything in politics, including changing the rules, you have to master ‘the art of the possible,’ as conservative German statesman Otto von Bismarck famously said, rather than merely trumpet ‘the truth.’


The Netherlands’ disgrace: racism and police brutality

A disturbing trend in the Netherlands towards more intense forms of racial profiling is converging with increasingly frequent and violent forms of police repression against minorities.

A man wearing a t-shirt commemorating Mitch Henriquez. Demotix/Jaap Arriens. All rights reserved.A man wearing a t-shirt commemorating Mitch Henriquez. Demotix/Jaap Arriens. All rights reserved.Despite the murder of Aruban-born Mitch Henriquezby police late last June in The Hague, the Netherlands has largely been ignored by the international press.

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Coalition talks: Erdoğan & MHP vs. AKP & CHP

In Uncategorized on August 3, 2015 at 10:18

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is blocking efforts by political parties to form a coalition, even though Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu genuinely wants to create a government, according to the head of the Republican People’s Party (CHP).
Coalition talks between AKP and CHP will enter a new phase following a last meeting by respective delegations on Aug. 3, with the two parties’ leaders to decide in an encounter
Economist – Jul 29

ON TUESDAY representatives of each of NATO’s 28 member states gathered at the organisation’s headquarters in Brussels, at Turkey’s behest, to address the security threats that country faces related to the Syrian civil war. Turkey says it wants its

POLITICS > Top military board convenes to appoint new command echelon
Hurriyet Daily News
Importantly, participants are set to decide on the fate of high-ranking military personnel who have been convicted or accused of being part of the controversial Ergenekon and “Balyoz” (Sledgehammer) coup attempts. Some 46 senior personnel whose ..

Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu has harshly criticized the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), describing the party as “the gladio of terrorists.”
Turkey in danger
Voltaire Network
First of all, he blamed the Gladio Network (Ergenekon in its Turkish version) [12]. Then he had all the officers arrested who, since the end of the Cold War, had been thinking about changing their alliance – these officers had contacted the Chinese .
PKK militants killed at least 12 police and army members in one week, after Turkey launched a two-pronged ‘war on terror’ over an ISIL suicide bombing.
A new deputy from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has fallen asleep in a parliament session, breaking his campaign promise during the third session he attended.
Turkey is displaying a largely hands-off attitude to the current Cyprus negotiations, according to Turkish Cypriot Foreign Minister Emine Çolak. Turkey’s stance at the moment is devoid of any manipulation or interference, she says
The Supreme Military Council (YAŞ) will convene for a regular annual meeting on Aug. 3 to discuss appointments and retirements in the top echelons of the Turkish Armed Forces amid ongoing cross-border operations in Iraq and Syria
Selahattin Demirtaş, the co-chairman of the Kurdish problem-focused Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), is nowadays the focus of a denouncment campaign by Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu’s Justice and Development Party (AK Parti) government

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New photo from Facebook August 03, 2015 at 10:49AM

In Uncategorized on August 3, 2015 at 09:56
Whatsapp atar. via Facebook Pages

New photo from Facebook August 02, 2015 at 04:57PM

In Uncategorized on August 2, 2015 at 16:06
Uçak selfiesi. via Facebook Pages

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