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

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: So far HDP is the only one strongly emphasizing coalition without AKP…

Turkey’s pro-Kurdish opposition says open to coalition without AKP Turkey’s HDP said it was open to all options for a coalition government other than with the ruling AK Party and that President Erdoğan should remain within his constitutional limits. Turkey’s Kurdish problem-focused opposition says open to coalition without AKP HDP said it was open to all options … 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

Aftermath of #TurkeyElections An Islamist leader killed in Diyarbakır, pro-AKP accounts blame PKK

 Even the pro-Hüdapar accounts calls for calm, while pro-AKP accounts try to provoke… Hüdapar partisans attacked journalists after the killing. Here is DHA Agency reporter Canan Altıntaş: Death toll in HDP Diyarbakır rally rises to three The death toll in the twin bombings at a Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) rally in Turkey’s southeastern province of Diyarbakır has … Read more

Erdoğan ‘closely following’ judicial process against Gülen movement, shows off with Putin and Qatar leaders…

Putin praises Erdoğan as ‘tough man’ for defying EU over pipeline decision Russian President Vladimir Putin has described Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan as a “tough man” Erdoğan: Best buddy of Putin and ally of Obama? Hurriyet Daily News Russian President Vladimir Putin, who is known as one of the toughest leaders on earth calls, him a … Read more

“Turkey’s Descent Into Paranoia” as arrest warrant for Gülen issued.. #ÖzgürMedyayaKelepçe

Turkey’s Descent Into Paranoia – Dec 19 – Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, says mass arrests on Dec. 14 of journalists, screenwriters and television producers were necessary to eliminate agents of a “parallel state” bent on seizing power. But Mr. Erdogan’s efforts to… Turkey issues warrant for Gulen  BBC News | Europe | World Edition … Read more

Clear cut: “The End of Turkey in Europe”/ “New Turkey” deconstructed in Open Democracy series…

The End of Turkey in Europe Freedom House – Nate Schenkkan – On December 17, 2013, Turkey woke up to mass police raids across the country. The chief executive of state-owned HalkBank was detained, and television stations showed shoeboxes stuffed with millions of American dollars pulled out from under his… Turkey’s politicians should not be let … Read more

Eurosphere agenda: “Russia is no longer the EU’s strategic partner… “women in right-wing extremist groups in Germany..

  Ukrainian soldiers battling Russian tanks at Lugansk: Army Ukrainian troops on Sept. 1 were battling a Russian tank contingent in the eastern city of Lugansk, Kiev said, accusing Moscow’s army units of moving into large cities in the region What further sanctions is the EU considering against Russia? Open Europe blog Given the recent escalation in … Read more

BDP co-chair denied İmralı visit by justice ministry… A politics roundup…

  BDP co-chair denied İmralı visit by justice ministry A Peace and Democracy Party delegation departed on the morning of Oct 14 for İmralı Island without BDP Co-Chair Demirtaş KCK disappointed over democratization package, gives gov?t three demands Kurdish militants noted that the government’s democratization package failed to address their expectations, stating three demands to … Read more

TÜBA President represents the state of Turkish academia…

I always heard it as a gossip but a few days ago TÜBA (The Turkish Academy of Sciences) President Prof. Yücal Kanpolat made it official in my eyes: Prof. Şerif Mardin was not accepted as a member of the Academy because he “polished” Said Nursi too much. Prof. Kanpolat claims that not because Prof. Mardin studied on Said Nursi but because he praised him he was not accepted to the Academy.  Şerif Mardin is one of the best social scientists ever lived in modern Turkey and his work on Said Nursi (Religion and social change in modern Turkey: the case of Bediüzzaman Said Nursi) is probably the first sociological work on this religious figure. Because he did not explicitly demonize Said Nursi, he was “excommunicated”. Kemalist scholarly establishment could never forgive him while generations of social scientists relied on his many works to create a better understanding of the social…

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Roundup: digital (post)humanist, neo-liberalism’s appeal as a liberation movement, democracy, e-currency systems, neurocapitalism…

acting as the digital (post)humanist

from digital digs by Alex Reid

I’m back on readings for my graduate course on Digital Research and Pedagogy: this week, Brian Massumi’s Parables for the Virtual. Massumi’s text stirs mixed responses, I think. It is a hard text to swallow for many reasons. For example, he writes

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