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Watch duty at the Tosya Prison.

I finally find a task I can achieve successfully: I asked our lieutenant if I am allowed to buy newspapers every day for all soldiers here. Now that I am officially appointed, I go out everyday to buy at least two newspapers. Here I discovered a daily I have never heard back in Istanbul: Şok Gazetesi. This ultimate example of Yellow Press with showy female nude pictures, erotic stories and confessions is the best selling. However, since there is nothing left to do, young soldiers do also real more serious newspapers I buy:)

In the mean time, I realize that Hans is captured in some photos in his blog with nice views from his and Özlem’s apartment:)

In my very limited news following, I will have to agree to some extent with Hans and Omnium in PM Erdoğan’s constant usage of the word "genocide". For a round up on China’s Crackdown on Uighurs in Turkish press… and also you can check out Yigal’s pieces:  Turkey’s Uighur Problem, Cont.

Finally, Bertus Pieters’s card arrived! Thanks Bertus. And I received a second card a letter from Kathrine. Thanks for the recommendations!

Now I go back to prison again:)


  1. Jenny

    Great photo, Erkan!

    July 19th, 2009 at 23:43 (Reply)

  2. Bertus

    Good to see the card arrived well.
    Wow, i wouldn’t think of entering OR leaving that prison with you two dangerous guards at the door!

    July 20th, 2009 at 02:11 (Reply)

  3. kathrine

    Erkan, good to hear you got the card/letter…I’ll see if I can’t send you another one (although not much of interest going on here) before your army time is up. The count down has gone fast (although possibly not from your point of view).
    I am sure your blogging audience will find you again as soon as you get into the swing of it!
    take care, Kathrine

    July 23rd, 2009 at 16:32 (Reply)

  4. Di

    I’m sorry, I did abandon you but only because I’m a terribly irresponsible person sometimes … sorry 🙁 I went to Italy for 3 weeks and now I’m just back and moving house. There will be a room of your own when you finally come stay with us 🙂
    Take care, you are missed

    July 31st, 2009 at 22:55 (Reply)

  5. Hans

    not many days left Erkan!:)!
    h and O

    August 1st, 2009 at 12:53 (Reply)

  6. Nahal

    Sooo hard to believe your new look/position, Erkan!! It’s been so long since we last communicated. I also can’t believe we spent a magical half day together in Istanbul last year around this time! So much has happened to both of us since then!! Well, take care, Erkan. I don’t know if you’ll see this any time soon… Oh, if you do, will it be possible for you to remove my last name from the caption of the photo you have of me on your blog, you know the entry about my defense and congratulations and all that?! I’m sort of in the process of getting hired here at Tehran U and it’s better if they can’t find an unveiled picture of me online!! Haha. Thank you! Hugs, nn

    August 7th, 2009 at 07:35 (Reply)

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