In 2015 in Turkey, 500 journalists fired… 73 Miners Killed…

Turkish Court of Accounts doesn’t reveal audit reports, raising concerns about transparency The Turkish Court of Auditors has not announced its annual audit reports publicly, reversing the practice of releasing detailed reports in the past, raising concerns about transparency in public spending 500 journalists fired, 70 others attacked in 2015: TGC Around 500 journalists were fired and … Read more

6 historical Beyoğlu places disappearing after gentrification… Istanbul news roundup…

Historical Emek Theatre is already gone. For the other 5 places check out this post [in Turkish[. Istanbul central to Orhan Pamuk’s A Strangeness in My Mind The Australian So writes Orhan Pamuk in Istanbul: Memories and the City (2003), a book that is both a childhood memoir and a paean to the Nobel prize-winning Hurriyet Daily … Read more

Tyranny of bureaucracy: Students under Sun, bureaucrats under shade… News from the social fabric…

113 killed in car crashes in Turkey during Eid al-Adha A total of 113 people were killed in car crashes across Turkey during the nine-day Eid al-Adha holiday as hundreds of thousands of citizens began to return amid intensifying traffic 1,500 refugees sent from Edirne to other Turkish cities Syrian refugees, who have waited over 10 days … Read more

Anger at Soldier funerals turning not only to PKK but to AKP representatives… And a social fabric roundup…

This is one a few other protest that occurred recently…. ************* Pro-gov’t businessman censors own remarks on ‘Erdoğan love’ A pro-AKP media tycoon has succeeded in his unusual lawsuit, with a court ruling to block reports on 50 news websites quoting his reflections on the ‘divine love’ between himself and President Erdoğan The long and arduous journey of … Read more

New PR stunt: Turkey’s Erdoğan to code computer program…

Turkey’s Erdoğan to code computer program: Report A staunchly pro-government Turkish newspaper has reported that President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan will code a simple computer game or program to encourage young software developers Ephesus Ancient City Joins UNESCO’s World Heritage List  Bianet :: English Ephesus Ancient City in İzmir,Turkey joined UNESCO’s World Heritage List after Diyarbakır Fortress and … Read more

Elections for parliament speaker continues while Turkey’s presidential office plays logical games to justify ISIS

ISIL exists because al-Assad exists: Erdoğan aide A senior spokesperson for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s office has indicated the presence of terrorist organizations such as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) was linked to the prevalence of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Syria AKP candidate leads in elections for parliament speaker in … Read more

EFD Rights Watch: US State Department Country Report on Terrorism 2014 – Turkey

Country Report on Terrorism 2014 – Turkey June, 2015 Overview: Largely because of the ongoing conflict in Syria, Turkey has voiced increasing concern about terrorist groups near its border, including Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), al-Nusrah Front, and other al-Qa’ida (AQ)-affiliated groups. Throughout 2014, Turkey served as a source and transit country for … Read more

#TurkeyElections aftermath: As Reuters says “Turkey’s Erdogan, master tactician, seen angling for new election…

Turkey’s Erdogan, master tactician, seen angling for new election – Orhan Coskun – Jun 12, 8:12 AM – ANKARA President Tayyip Erdogan’s statesmanlike appeals for Turkey’s rival parties to leave egos aside and form a new government may suggest the combative leader has turned over a new leaf, but even those close to him … Read more

#TurkeyElections aftermath: “Social media trolls of Turkey’s ruling AKP now seen as ‘reason for election failure’

The Guardian view on President Erdogan’s lies: an apology would be welcome | Editorial World news: Turkey | Turkey’s leader has a worsening record on press freedom. There is no truth in his claims about this newspaper’s views on his country Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdoğan likes to dish it out to the press. Last week … Read more

“Presidential palace should be vacated over election results” #TurkeyElections

Presidential palace should be vacated over election results, Turkish architects say President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s 1,150-room mega-palace and its residents should immediately be evicted, an architects’ NGO has said in a statement CNN’s Amanpour interviews ‘the man who took on Erdoğan’ CNN’s Christian Amanpour conducted a live interview with HDP co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş on June 8, following … Read more

A nice piece from Efe Kerem Sözeri (@efekerem): “History of #KampArmen in 20 images”

History of #KampArmen in 20 images The story of an Armenian orphanage in Istanbul tells what happened to Armenians in Turkey after 1915. The modern Turkish state confiscated properties of non-Muslims starting from 1915. After the genocide, “abandoned properties commission” sold Armenian goods by public auctions. In 1942, Wealth Tax forced wealthy non-Muslims to sell … Read more

Better than nothing. The Commemorative Events in Istanbul. Turkey hesitant reacting Russia, France’s G-decisions. #ArmenianGenocide

The Commemorative Events for Genocide in Istanbul Bianet :: English On the anniversary of 1915 Genocide, several events were held in Istanbul. The official ceremony, the genocide march, and erecting memorial stone in front of the victims were some of the ceremonial events among others. Armenian Genocide: Coverage on 19th and 20th Century  Bianet :: English Demoyan, … Read more

Turkey having playing the ally card, Obama does not utter g-word…

View originalFlag media Obama’s nuanced 1915 statement avoids ‘genocide’ Hurriyet Daily News Fulfilling expectations, U.S. President Obama has refrained from using the word ‘genocide’ in a statement to mark the 100th anniversary of the mass deportation of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire, while praising two figures who used the term. The many faces of Anzac Day: how … Read more

Conference announcement: The Armenian Genocide: Concepts and Comparative Perspectives (April 26 @ Boğaziçi)

  The Armenian Genocide: Concepts and Comparative Perspectives Sunday, 26 April 2015 Boğaziçi University Uçaksavar Kampüsü, Garanti Kültür Merkezi Ayhan Şahenk Salonu PROGRAMME 10:00–10:30 Reception & Opening 10:30–12:00 Panel I—Concept Moderator: Vangelis Kechriotis (Tarih Vakfı and Boğaziçi University) A. Dirk Moses (European University Institute, Florence) “The Concept of Genocide and the Foundation of the … Read more

İstanbul News: the Armenians of Istanbul… World biggest tulip carpet made debut (!)

World biggest tulip carpet made debut in Istanbul Cihan News Agency A campaign, which is targeting to make Turkish biggest city of Istanbul one of the favorite Tulip cities, had been put in place by the initiative of Istanbul Discreet but proud: the Armenians of Istanbul ISTANBUL: Yasmin Rostomyan makes no big outward show … Read more