#Cyberculture agenda: “Amnesty exposes Amazon staff conditions on ‘Black Friday’

[Coronavirus] Amnesty exposes Amazon staff conditions on ‘Black Friday’ EUobserver.com – Headline News Attempts by Amazon staff to unionise were met with court action in Poland, while in the UK the online giant checked workers’ Facebook profiles for union activity. Meanwhile, extra coronavirus risk-pay for staff ended in May in most countries. Tech giants join with governments … Read more

My own take on the #Covid-19 days in İstanbul

8 days ago we have lost our grandmother to Covid-19. As far as I know, this is the closest relative I know who was a victim of the pandemic. I haven’t seen her much lately, the emotional impact was limited. She was 91. Yesterday, I had to deal with an emotionally closer case. Thanks god, … Read more

#istanbul news: “digitally-enhanced dancers cavorting through Istanbul (by İlhan Erşahin)

Gorgeous video of digitally-enhanced dancers cavorting through Istanbul Boing Boing This video starts off with dancers grooving away in the streets of Istanbul, wearing what, at first, appear to be regular costumes — cool-looking ones, but made out of ordinary materials. Then the costumes start morphing and growing and throwing off crazy CGI effects, and the … Read more

#Europe agenda: an EU Study says “More People Consume Legally But Stubborn Pirates Remain

EU Study: More People Consume Legally But Stubborn Pirates Remain TorrentFreak by Ernesto Van der Sar The European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) regularly conducts studies to see wie piracy develops over time. When compared to earlier years, the findings help to signal trends which can be useful as input for future policy. This week, EUIPO released a … Read more

Turkey finally admits asymptomatic Covid-19 cases data and becomes the third country in new cases in the world #Covid-19 updates

Turkey starts including asymptomatic Covid-19 cases in its daily count, reports 28,351 cases Bianet :: English Minister Koca has warned that the country may need “radical measures” as another record-high number of deaths in a single day has been reported. COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS IN TURKEY: Shop owners protest: ‘We don’t want to die or go bankrupt’ Bianet :: … Read more

Angry Turkey today: “Turkey summons EU, German, Italian envoys over vessel search bid

Turkey summons EU, German, Italian envoys over vessel search bid AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (IN DEPTH) Turkey protests over ‘unauthorised action, carried out using force,’ as Germany says search was in line with protocol. AKP leadership does not like this: Biden Chooses Antony Blinken, Defender of Global Alliances, as Secretary of State The New York Times – Lara … Read more

Stoking disputes in Cyprus, then imagining a future with Europe, today attacking Bülent Arınç…

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It seems that he got a warning from his ultranationalist buddies. He is back in a nationalist mood today after yesterday’s pro-European speech. Who knows what awaits Turkey tomorrow… We contemplate to build future with Europe, says Erdoğan Hurriyet Daily News Turkey seeks stronger cooperation with allies, said the nation’s president on Nov. 21. Erdoğan holds … Read more


A Twitter user summarized a sad day in Turkey: 1- A notorious mafia leader backed by MHP threatened the main opposition party leader, Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu. 2- Despite the actual video footage and witnesses, the policeman who killed Kemal Kurkut in an HDP rally was released due to “lack of evidence.” The journalist who presented evidence … Read more

A short lived “legal reform” attempt ends with ‘Canal İstanbul’ investigation against İstanbul Mayor İmamoğlu

‘Canal İstanbul’ investigation against İstanbul Mayor İmamoğlu Bianet :: English İYİ Party Chair Akşener has announced that an investigation has been launched against İstanbul Metropolitan Mayor Ekrem İmamoğlu due to his objection to the Canal İstanbul project. Municipality’s spokesperson has confirmed the investigation. EU halts funding to Turkish government | The European Parliament approved a proposal by … Read more

“Turkey fines Google $25.6 mln for breaching competition law

If another country did that I would be less suspicious, but current Turkish government has been using fines as a political pressure tool for ages now… Turkey fines Google $25.6 mln for breaching competition law Hurriyet Daily News Turkish authorities have fined Google on Nov. 13 196.7 million Turkish liras ($25.6 million) for breaching the country’s … Read more

Hamilton harshly criticized new #Istanbul surface but still wins #Formula1Turkiye. İstanbul news roundup…

Hamilton ‘terrified’ by new Istanbul surface after practice slip and slide Jamaica Observer ISTANBUL Turkey (AFP) — A frustrated Lewis Hamilton said he was baffled and terrified by the treacherous nature of the track after winding up fourth … Hamilton says Istanbul conditions terrifying – GrandPrix HIGHLIGHTS: Watch all the key moments as Verstappen tops the timesheets in FP2 at Istanbul Park WATCH: Max Verstappen’s … Read more

Yet another reconfiguration in the ruling regime that may end up with the release of Osman Kavala (and maybe other political prisoners)

Birgün and some other dailies reported that Turkey’s High Council of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK) is investigating those judges and prosecutors who were involved in the imprisonment of Mr. Kavala. This goes in line with AKP’s yet another new move on judiciary reform… Turkey’s pro-gov’t media smears Joe Biden’s family | Ahval Turkey’s Sabah newspaper, … Read more

Erdoğan finally congratulated Biden…

Erdoğan congratulates US president-elect Biden, thanks Trump Hurriyet Daily News A strong cooperation and alliance between Turkey and the U.S. will continue to make a “vital contribution” to world peace, the Turkish president said on Nov. 10 in a congratulatory message to the U.S. President-elect Joe Biden. Joe Biden to become the 46th president of the … Read more

Journalism agenda: “The New York Times’ digital subscriptions generate more revenue than its print ones [for the first time]

Veteran journalist and author Robert Fisk dies aged 74 The Irish Times – Conor Pope – Oct 31 Veteran foreign correspondent and author Robert Fisk has died after suffering a suspected stroke at his Dublin home. It is understood the journalist became unwell on Friday and was admitted to St Vincent’s hospital where he died a … Read more

This sums how he governed economy: Berat Albayrak announced his resignation in a badly written Instagram post and Turkish lira gained value…

And we do not know yet if Mr. Erdoğan accepted his resignation. So much palace drama… Turkey’s Finance Minister Resigns Amid Pressures of Sliding Economy The New York Times – Carlotta Gall – Nov 8, 12:43 PM ISTANBUL — Turkey’s finance minister, Berat Albayrak, the son-in-law of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, announced his resignation Sunday evening … Read more