April, 2009

  • April 26, 2009  |  No Comments

    Going offline again…

    My weekend leave comes to an end in a few hours. We were given a leave after the Oath ceremony and I have been a civilian again from Friday noon... Read more

  • April 25, 2009  |  No Comments

    Erkan ends up the first and the hardest part in his military service…

    Our division gets ready to start the Oath Ceremony.    Oath takes place on the flag and the gun (We use AK-47 machines guns a.k.a. Kalashnikov)   I am 33... Read more

  • April 11, 2009  |  3 Comments

    Erkan now goes offline.

    Please come back from time to time and check back how Erkan survives. Check the countdown on the upper right hand side.   My dear friend, Can Avcı, will take... Read more

  • April 10, 2009  |  4 Comments

    Towards the service (Part III)

    I got the courage to ask the commander of the local Military Office if I could bring some stuff to read. He told me I can if that’s not overtly... Read more

  • April 10, 2009  |  No Comments

    Breaking news:

    Erkan will be in the gendarmerie force, stationed in Kastamonu for 5.5 months. [googlemaps http://maps.google.com/maps?q=kastamonu&oe=utf-8&client=firefox-a&ie=UTF8&split=0&ei=W4PeSdLLHoOPsAbQta0J&ll=43.484812,34.848633&spn=7.651007,19.775391&z=6&output=embed&w=425&h=350] Kastamonu is a western Black Sea town, 7 hours away from Istanbul.. That’s what I... Read more

  • April 9, 2009  |  No Comments

    After Obama

    There is of course a huge flow of journalistic production. This is just a small bite. Unfortunately, I don’t have time to collect more links. In the very end, there... Read more

  • April 9, 2009  |  No Comments

    last days as a civilian..

    I am doing my best to finish up my to do list before my civilian life ends on Sunday.  One of the final tasks is to finish up writing an... Read more

  • April 8, 2009  |  2 Comments

    "G20: a photo essay

    G20: a photo essay Britain’s policing problem, Guy Aitchison from open Democracy News Analysis – by Guy Aitchison Britain was once famous for its unarmed and relatively restrained police force, but the... Read more

  • April 8, 2009  |  1 Comment

    I have resigned today

    There cannot be a leave without salary. The military service has its own insurance regime. So I have to resign from my work. It is mostly symbolic but still upsetting.... Read more

  • April 7, 2009  |  No Comments

    Obama and me

    A message written by US president Barack Obama in the visitors’ book at the Ataturk Mausoleum in Ankara. Obama, seeking to boost ties with a key Muslim ally, touted Washington’s... Read more

  • April 5, 2009  |  No Comments

    Joy and pain in Beşiktaş

    While I had a rare moment of bliss when I was drinking with my friends back in Beşiktaş square, marching Beşiktaş fans clashed with police. When we arrived the stadium,... Read more

  • April 4, 2009  |  No Comments

    As Mr. Obama comes to town…

     Yuvakuran collects nearly all pieces on Turkey-US relations. Check out this blog for the latest… Talking to Turkey, but Islam is listening Mr. Obama and Turkey... Read more

  • April 4, 2009  |  No Comments

    Franco-German pressure on Turkey for the NATO chief selection…

    I am watching the discussion on Turkey’s opposition against Mr. Rasmussen’s candidacy to head NATO in NTV news channel. It seems that even the former diplomats whom PM Erdoğan does... Read more

  • April 3, 2009  |  No Comments

    Hutan Hejazi: On the Spanish representation of Turkey

    I was exchanging emails with my dear friend Hutan Hejazi from Spain before the national game between Spain and Turkey. I, Hutan and Eric Baum were the three amigos that... Read more

  • April 1, 2009  |  No Comments

    Tuzla Piyade Okulu*

    * Tuzla School of Infantry.  I will spend all my day tomorrow there. Test, interviews… A first real touch of army life… No cell phones allowed. So I will be... Read more

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