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Turkey welcomes the EU summit by detaining one of the most prominent civil society supporters in Turkey: Osman Kavala

In Uncategorized on October 19, 2017 at 23:42

Businessperson Kavala known with his NGO works, Kavala has been detained on his return from a meeting of a project planned to be realized in cooperation with Goethe Institute in Antep.
Businessperson Kavala known with his NGO works, has been detained on his return from a meeting of a project planned to be realized in cooperation with Goethe Institute in Antep.
EP Rapporteur for Turkey Kati Piri stated that she would propose in the European Parliament to launch an urgent call for release of Anadolu Kültür Board Chair Osman Kavala, who was taken into custody yesterday evening.
EU meeting in Brussels comes amid deteriorating relations and calls to freeze Ankara’s EU membership bid.

Ahead of summit, Turkey appeals for keeping the EU accession process alive

Turkey is determined to press on with its efforts to join the European Union despite tensions with the bloc, the government said yesterday (15 October) ahead of an EU summit which will discuss the frayed relations between Brussels and Ankara.

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ah #istanbul :( “World’s 10th Most Dangerous City for Women: İstanbul…

In Uncategorized on October 19, 2017 at 13:37

According to Thomson Reuters Foundation’s survey, İstanbul is the 10th most dangerous city for women among 19 megacities.

Istanbul Taxi Cameras Prompt Surveillance Concerns

In Turkey’s largest city, Istanbul, cameras are being installed inside taxis in a move city authorities claim will provide security for both drivers and

 Istanbul Street to be Named after Famed Armenian Photojournalist Ara Güler

ISTANBUL (A.W.)—Tosbağa Street in Istanbul’s Beyoğlu district will be renamed in honor of famed Istanbul-Armenian photographer and

 Istanbul Biennial: revealing the human cost of political turmoil

Professorial curators should be nervous. This year’s Istanbul Biennial, curated by Berlin-based artist duo Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset, proves

In the Face of Terror, Istanbul’s Underground Is Still Dancing

In the past year, Istanbul’s streets have seen it all: tanks and bombings, economic crash, political rallies and protests quashed before they began

Art and politics mingle uneasily at Istanbul art fair

This year’s Contemporary Istanbul, which included Ecaterina Vrana’s ‘Ayse’ (2017), felt more robust than the previous iteration. Contemporary Istanbul

How Istanbul’s Greek community is disappearing

Only a few thousand Greeks now remain in Istanbul, which was once home to hundreds of thousands. Although the community is attempting to

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#Europe agenda: “Malta blogger Daphne Caruana Galizia dies in car bomb attack :(

In Uncategorized on October 18, 2017 at 12:56

Government critic Daphne Caruana Galizia dies in an attack the PM calls “barbaric”.
Why does Catalonia want independence?

Why is there a Catalan crisis? The answer is in its past, as Europe correspondent Gavin Lee explains.
At least 41 people died in Portugal and four in Spain in a wave of wildfires.

Catalonia: Spain detains two separatists

A Spanish judge orders the detention of two Catalan pro-independence leaders accused of sedition.

Spain says Catalonia leader Puigdemont ‘unclear’ on independence

Madrid extends the deadline to Thursday as Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont calls for further talks.

Sebastian Kurz: Austrian conservative set to become world’s youngest leader

Conservative Sebastian Kurz, 31, on course to lead country after campaign dominated by immigration.
Age of the Wunderkind

Austria’s Sebastian Kurz is just 31 – but he is not the first “Wunderkind” in modern politics.
Madrid’s Monday deadline has expired without Catalonian regional president Carles Puigdemont having clarified whether or not he declared Catalonia’s independence last week. In a letter to Rajoy he has now proposed a two-month period of dialogue. The central government has set Thursday as a new deadline. According to journalists Madrid clearly has the upper hand.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives lost a closely-watched regional vote on Sunday (15 October), weakening her hand as she embarks on complex coalition talks following a disappointing showing at last month’s general election.

EU ministers close ranks to support Iran deal

Europe will give fresh backing to the Iran nuclear deal on Monday (16 October) after US President Donald Trump threatened to tear it up in a belligerent speech that alarmed allies across the Atlantic.

Austria holds watershed election marked by migrant crisis

The country is tipped to return Europe’s youngest leader amid a shift to the right after the migrant crisis.
The Catalan president attends a commemoration as Madrid awaits his final say on independence.

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New photo from Facebook October 18, 2017 at 12:17PM

In Uncategorized on October 18, 2017 at 11:18

Maintenon Kemerli Köprüsü, Eure-et-Loire, Fransa. via Reddit. via Facebook Pages

New photo from Facebook October 16, 2017 at 03:27PM

In Uncategorized on October 16, 2017 at 14:46

The Seda Larung Wuming Buddhist Institute by Jing Wei, via Reddit. via Facebook Pages

A Global Voices piece: “omical Unintended Consequences of Turkish President Erdogan’s State Visit to Serbia…

In Uncategorized on October 16, 2017 at 10:26

Screenshot of satirical “news” entitled ““In honour of Erdoğan’s visit, 17 journalists were arrested today” by, a Serbian website similar to

New York Times – Patrick Kingsley – Oct 14, 2:00 AM

The conversations caught on wiretaps planted by the Turkish police are alleged to show a conspiracy to help Iran skirt American sanctions by trading gold for gas. The recordings also suggest that the plotters aimed to please one man: Recep Tayyip

Eight human rights defenders, among them Amnesty International’s Turkey director İdil Eser, were detained on 5 July while attending a workshop at Büyükada island in Turkey. They were there with two international trainers from

New York Times – The Editorial Board – Oct 13, 6:39 PM

Turkey has been a vital ally of the United States since World War II. It fields NATO’s second-largest army, after America’s, and anchors the alliance’s eastern flank. It hosts military bases that are central to American operations in the Middle

Why a New York Court Case Has Rattled Turkey’s President

The Turkish government has dismissed telephone recordings as fabrications concocted by treasonous adversaries. But United States prosecutors have taken a different view.

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New photo from Facebook October 16, 2017 at 10:46AM

In Uncategorized on October 16, 2017 at 09:46

Portekiz’de yangınlar…via Reddit. via Facebook Pages

#anthropology roundup: “Learning to Trust Machines That Learn….

In Uncategorized on October 15, 2017 at 15:42

Learning to Trust Machines That Learn

Imagine lying on a hospital bed. Doctors with grave expressions hover. One leans down to tell you that you are terribly sick and says they recommend a risky procedure as your best hope. You ask them to explain what’s going on. They cannot. Your trust in the doctors ebbs away.

Replace the doctors with a computer program and you more or less have the state of artificial intelligence (AI) today. Technology increasingly insinuates itself into our lives, affecting the decisions we make and the decisions others make for us. More and more, we give computers responsibility and autonomy to decide on life-changing events. If your hospital bed happens to be in the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, for example, your oncologist might have asked IBM’s Watson for advice. Watson is a computer system that can answer questions posed in everyday language, most famously using its skills to win the TV quiz show Jeopardy! in 2011.

White supremacists surrounded counterprotesters at the University of Virginia campus on August 11. Shay Horse /Associated Press

In memory: Anthropologist Sinoto’s work key to understanding Polynesian migration

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In memory: Anthropologist Sinoto’s work key to understanding Polynesian migration
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Internationally renowned anthropologist Yoshihiko Sinoto, whose archaeological work spanned more than 60 years and provided the basis for understanding the Polynesian migration, died Wednesday of natural causes at age 93. “He was a giant in the field …

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New photo from Facebook October 15, 2017 at 03:48PM

In Uncategorized on October 15, 2017 at 15:01

Lovech, Bulgaristan. via Reddit. via Facebook Pages

Cats and academia in Turkey…

In Uncategorized on October 14, 2017 at 16:37

It all started with a Twitter message:




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