“Orhan Pamuk and the onslaught of urbanisation” Istanbul news roundup….

Lost in Istanbul: Orhan Pamuk and the onslaught of urbanisation The National Lost in Istanbul: Orhan Pamuk and the onslaught of urbanisation The National “Can you tell me where Istanbul ends, and the rural begins?” Cihan Uzuncarsili Baysal, a housing rights activist and Bilgi University law professor asks during a recent talk on urbanisation at Kadir … Read more

Eurosphere agenda: “France launches Syria anti-IS strikes

France launches Syria anti-IS strikes BBC News | Europe | World Edition France says it has carried out its first air strikes against Islamic State militants in Syria France launches first air strikes against ISIL in Syria  AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (IN DEPTH) Announcement comes after Hollande unveiled change of strategy due to growing concern over Syrian refugee … Read more

For the level of Turkish politics: “Turkish official ‘barks’ after tweet by fake Ankara mayor….

‘Bismillah’ campaign song debate heats up between AKP, opposition AKP Deputy Chairman Bekir Bozdağ has said his party will object the Supreme Election Board (YSK) decision to ban the use of “Bismillah” (in the name of God) in the AKP’s campaign jingle. Turkish official ‘barks’ after tweet by fake Ankara mayor A tweet by a parody account … Read more

Dear friends, Wired offers us how to be culturally literate in 2016… Meanwhile, “UC Berkeley issues first-ever university transparency report- Literati roundup…

What You Need to Know to Be Culturally Literate in 2016 Wired Top Stories by Robert Capps Here’s a cheat sheet of everything you need to know to understand what’s happening in science, culture, security, business, and design. Feel free to take notes. UC Berkeley issues first-ever university transparency report Boing Boing by Cory Doctorow April writes, … Read more

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