"The people of the republic, the army of the republic!

Honestly speaking, I have a date this evening which is more exciting than any news. But as a self-discipline man, I neglect my blog and and readers and here will offer you another roundup on Turkish politics, with a particular interest in anniversary celebrations and Ergenekon case… There are also some links to good articles… Talk to you soon:)
Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan (R) and Chief of ...

Turkey’s Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan (R) and Chief of General Staff General Ilker Basbug (L) are accompanied by military officials as they attend an official ceremony to mark the 86th anniversary of Republic Day at the mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, founder of secular Turkey, in Ankara October 29, 2009. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

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A success day for Turkish cybersphere

Web based Turkish  journalism sites’ representatives were invited to Presidential reception for the Republic’s 86th anniversary yesterday as note here.

A list of invitees:


Aktif Haber

En Son Haber
Haber Vitrini

Haber X


Süper Poligon
Türk Time


A roundup on journalism and cyberculture follows:

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the Euprera Social Media Awards 2010

Erkan is  jury member in this event:


Enter the Euprera Social Media Awards 2010

Are you a PR student, researcher or educator doing great things with social media?

Here’s your chance to have your achievements recognised, boost traffic, link to leading colleagues, present your work at one of Europe’s leading social media conferences  – and win 250?!

As part of its EuroBlog investigation into the impact of social media on public relations practice Euprera will make three awards at its February Symposium at Ghent, in Belgium, February 2010. Each winner will receive a prize of 250?.


Shorlist announced: Sunday, January 24

Entries and nomonations open Sunday, October 11

Deadline for entries: Friday, January 1, 2010

Deadline for final blog postings to be considered by judges: Friday, January 8

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Blair vs Juncker: Hot debates for the EU presidency.


A. Gorskiy. Missed in action

A. Gorskiy. Missed in action. in Soviet War Paintings.


MAIN FOCUS: Juncker wants to stop Blair’s march to power | 28/10/2009

from euro|topics

The Prime Minister of Luxembourg Jean-Claude Juncker has declared his willingness to run for the post of EU president in an obvious bid to prevent British politician Tony Blair from obtaining the post and becoming too powerful. But in the end the EU may decide not to elect either of these two formidable politicians and opt for a lacklustre candidate instead.

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The Republic is 86

Instead of self-congratulations here how we stand at our human rights record:

Turkey’s dirty stories on display – Hurriyet Daily News and Economic Review


Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor
October 26, 2009

The Constitution provides for freedom of religion, and other laws and policies contributed to the generally free practice of religion; however, constitutional provisions regarding the integrity and existence of the secular state restrict these rights.
The Government generally respected religious freedom in practice. There was no change in the status of respect for religious freedom by the Government during the reporting period. The Government continued to impose limitations on Islamic and other religious groups and significant restrictions on Islamic religious expression in government offices and state-run institutions, including universities, for the stated reason of preserving the “secular state.” Authorities continued their broad ban on wearing Islamic religious headscarves in government offices as well as public schools. The Government also continued to oppose “Islamic extremism.” Religious minorities said they were effectively blocked from careers in state institutions because of their faith. Minority religious groups also faced difficulties in worshipping, registering with the Government, and training their followers. Although religious speech and persuasion is legal, some Muslims, Christians, and Baha’is faced some restrictions and occasional harassment for alleged proselytizing.

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Looks like a victory for Open Source movement?

The White House switch to open source: Tim O’Reilly’s thoughts

from Boing Boing by Xeni Jardin

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Over the weekend, the White House new media team announced (via AP) that whitehouse.gov now runs on the open source content management system Drupal. Tim O’Reilly puts this news into context:

A huge roundup on cyberculture follows:

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Turkish Foreign Policy roundup.

More moves on the Eastern front…

EDITORS' NOTE: Reuters and other foreign media are subject ...

EDITORS’ NOTE: Reuters and other foreign media are subject to Iranian restrictions on their ability to film or take pictures in Tehran. Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (R) shakes hands with Turkey’s Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan during a meeting in Tehran October 27, 2009.

REUTERS/Raheb Homavandi

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Christian finishes his Eastern Anatolia trip…

A dear friend of me and Erkan’s Field Diary, Christian Runkel was on a special Eastern Anatolia tour and he has so far reported from Batman and Van and Mardin and from Mardin to Midyat and then moved to The City of Abraham (Şanlıurfa) and wrote about Green Democracy there. Giza Pyramids in the Alps

A first in Erkan's lecturing life

In two hours, I will be lecturing on “Representation” to a group of Media and Communication Systems MA degree students. This is the first time I will be lecturing at MA level. For seven years, I taught at undergraduate levels and now here comes a first in my life and I am actually a little … Read more

This is the logic of General Staff: Not denying coup allegations but accusing document leaks…

This time Taraf is not alone. Many dailies cover the news on the first page and not too military friendly this time....

Either resign or apologize by EKREM DUMANLI

The most heated debate in recent years has most undoubtedly been on the ?Plan to Finish the AKP [Justice and Development Party, AK Party] and Fethullah Gülen,? about which many newspapers had run and continue to run front page stories.

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Not easy to choose the Europe's first president…

On ?the President of Europe?

from Nosemonkey’s EUtopia

The proposed President of the European Council is very far from being ?President of Europe? ? either in terms of profile or power.

Whoever lands the job (and it?s highly unlikely to be Tony Blair) will have practically zero influence on anything, acting instead as little more than a moderator between the governments of the member states as they continue to run the EU show. And will be in office for just two and a half years ? which is no time at all in EU terms (hell, it?s just taken more than a decade to get agreement on a treaty which doesn?t solve half the problems it was meant to?)

Not all bands like their music used for torture…

Rage Against Gitmo

from FP Passport by Lauren Seyfried

A large contingent of American bands have joined the Close Gitmo Now campaign in direct protest of the use of their music during torture practices at Guantanamo Bay. The new campaign is led by two retired generals: Lieutenant General Robert Gard and Brigadier General John Johns. Robert Gard has spoken out in defense of the musicians, stating:

In the mean time, Rammstein’s new album is out. It is good but i was not super impressed.Just usual Rammstein I like to listen to without sensational new songs…

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Museum of Innocence is out in English…

Museum of Innocence
Museum of Innocence

last updated: 30 Oct 2010

I have read the novel, The Museum of Innocence,  in Turkish last year. In strictly literary terms, this is his weakest novel. However, a very different sort of project intended here. An actual museum has been built in Istanbul and will be opened soon. This book  is a novel-catalogue that actual museum and a great documentary of a particular section of Istanbul’s everyday life. Another intervention to the lives of republican Turkish elites. In the mean time, I have a plan to assign the first 100 pages to my first year students which has a very rich account of approaches to relations, sex and gender roles which are still valid in contemporary Turkish lives.

I was not in love with the literary level of narratives particularly but towards the end I fell in love and in the last pages  I remember feeling sad and crying… Thank you Orhan Pamuk. You do enrich our lives.

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Photography of Çağın Ünsal

I realized that a dear former student of mine, Çağın Ünsal, is into photography and some photos he exhibited in his Facebook account were fantastic. I knew that he was an amateur theater player and I watched him play once or twice but I did not know he has also an interest in photography. He exhibits his photos in a photography site called 40 Haramiler. With his curtesy and selection I offer three of his photos here. Enjoy and check his other photos at the link I have just given…

Picture 4018psK

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Anti-Kurdish Initiative propaganda begins to gain ground…Political Cartoons at work…

I have begun to receive forwarded emails with highly ultranationalists propaganda against Kurdish initiative. DTP’s show of force triggered a Turkish nationalist reaction against the initiative. Here is a collection of cartoons that are found in mainstream press and forwarded as a bundle through emails…