#AhmetŞık arrested. Reasons for arrest are fascinating.

https://twitter.com/SezinOney/status/814892221371731968?s=03 Court arrests Turkish journalist Ahmet Şık   An Istanbul court on Dec. 30 ordered the arrest of prominent journalist Ahmet Şık, one day after he was detained over several tweets and his articles for daily Cumhuriyet Turkish journalist Ahmet Sik held ‘over tweet’ BBC News | Europe | World Edition   A leading Turkish investigative journalist, … Read more

After snowy weather, Massive power blackouts hit #Istanbul

Massive power blackouts hit Istanbul Hurriyet Daily News   At least 14 districts of Istanbul were affected by massive power blackouts due to bad weather conditions on Dec. 29, Doğan News Agency has reported. The Energy and Natural Resources Ministry made a statement following the blackout, stating that it was related to a downpour Istanbul-themed souvenirs at … Read more

#Cyberculture – “US expels Russian diplomats over cyber attacks…

US expels Russian diplomats over cyber attacks AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (IN DEPTH)   Obama defends expulsions, calling action “a necessary and appropriate response to efforts to harm US interests”. Russia-US row: Putin rules out tit-for-tat expulsion of diplomats BBC News | Europe | World Edition   Russia’s President Putin rules out a tit-for-tat expulsion of US diplomats … Read more

Let’s see how long: “Russia-Turkey brokered truce comes into force in Syria…

  Syria conflict: Russia-Turkey brokered truce comes into force  BBC News | Europe | World Edition   A nationwide ceasefire brokered by Russia and Turkey comes into effect in Syria. How Syria Defeated the Sunni Powers NYT > Turkey by By EMILE HOKAYEM   Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar bet on the losing side of the Middle … Read more

#Eurosphere – Romania President rejects Muslim Sevil Shhaideh as PM, Romanian left proposes new PM candidate…

Romania President rejects Muslim Sevil Shhaideh as PM  BBC News | Europe | World Edition   Romania’s president rejects a candidate who would have been the country’s first female, Muslim PM. [Ticker] Romanian left proposes new PM candidate EUobserver.com – Headline News   Romania’s social democrats have nominated former telecommunications minister Sorin Grindeanu for prime minister, a … Read more

Turkish justice at work: Journalist Ahmet Şık Taken Into Custody- GOOD NEWS Necmiye Alpay, Aslı Erdoğan, Zana Kaya Released

Journalist Ahmet Şık Taken Into Custody Bianet :: English   Journalist Ahmet Şık was taken into custody in his apartment by police this morning. ÖZGÜR GÜNDEM CASE: Necmiye Alpay, Aslı Erdoğan, Zana Kaya Released Bianet :: English   Tried in Özgür Gündem case, Aslı Erdoğan, Necmiye Alpay and Zana Kaya have been released. Erdoğan was arrested since … Read more

Haters gonna hate. New hate work directed at Christmas :(

A nationalist youth group Alperens performed the latest hate stunt in Nazilli, Aydın. Source Alperens have a tendency to hate Christmas/New Year celebrations (and a tendency to confuse Christmas and New Year ) and a few years ago they were chasing a suited Santa Claus in Bolu:   ‘David Beckham’ gets bus card in Turkey’s İzmir but Brad Pitt, Adriana … Read more

US Embassy in Turkey had to say it: “US is not supporting ISIL”

US Embassy in Turkey: US is not supporting ISIL  Hurriyet Daily News   The United States Embassy in Ankara has denied accusations that the U.S. supported terrorist groups fighting in Syria. The statement came a day after President Erdoğan said he has evidence that U.S.-led coalition forces have given support to terrorist groups, including ISIL and … Read more

Turkish justice at work: “Professor İştar Gözaydın Arrested”

Professor İştar Gözaydın Arrested Bianet :: English   Professor İştar Gözaydın has been arrested on the 8th day of her being detained as part of the “FETÖ/PDY Investigation” launched into Gediz University from which she was suspended. In other upsetting news: Vice PM Kurtulmuş: Some Fellows in Media Shall Mind Their Steps  Bianet :: English   Vice … Read more

New Turkey aesthetics: Did you like the new presidential palace guard uniforms?

  President Erdoğan admits wrong strategies in education and culture Hurriyet Daily News   Turkey has been copying others in the arts, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan says during the annual presentation of the Presidential Great Culture and Art Awards

New @TESEV2015 report: “Sustainable Cities e-Participation for a Politics of Local Commons”

by Ulaş Bayraktar   The idea of sustainable development has been transformed into a concrete program under 17 headings within the United Nations Global Goals. According to the Sustainable Development Goals Index (SDG) prepared within this framework, Turkey ranks 48th among 149 countries with a score of 66.1. In the fulfillment of sustainable development goals, … Read more

#Cyberculture – Top 5 Threats to Transparency (by EFF)

Top 5 Threats to Transparency: 2016 in Review  EFF.org Updates by Shahid Buttar As we approach the end of 2016, it’s disturbing to note the wide variety of ways in which government transparency has languished—even under an administration rhetorically committed to it. With the next administration poised to even further extend executive secrecy, it becomes ever … Read more

It seems that Turkey declared war to Uber…

According to a new story at Hürriyet traffic police all over the country are warned by Ministry to fine Uber drivers and customers.  Uber drivers will be classified as pirate taxi services… On the other hand, Uber Turkey Twitter account stated they have all the required licences, all should be fine… We will see…    In … Read more

The first Istanbul trial over coup plot begins today…

 Turkish police in court for first Istanbul trial over coup plot BBC News | Europe | World Edition   Twenty-nine police officers appear in court accused of trying to overthrow the Turkish president. Tight security marks start of 29 Gülen suspect policemen’s trail in Istanbul  Hurriyet Daily News   The first trial into Turkey’s July 15 coup … Read more

It is now #Istanbul’s historic peninsula to be under threat of losing history (!)

Control over Istanbul’s historical peninsula Hurriyet Daily News The powers of the local government have been increased over the historical peninsula of Istanbul, which is one of the most important area of cultural heritage for us. TAHA AKYOL >Control over Istanbul’s historical peninsula Hurriyet Daily News The powers of the local government have been increased over … Read more

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