Eurosphere roundup: IMF sees a mixed outlook for Europe…

IMF sees a mixed outlook for Europe – calls for more ECB action and a fiscal union by Open Europe blog team The IMF today released its latest World Economic Outlook forecasts. As usual the forecasts are not overly different from the previous ones – published in October last year – but there are a … Read more

Euro roundup: Greek crisis + the acquittal of Geert Wilders and more…

A protester in front of the Greeck parliament during a rally against the new austerity package. Reuters VIDEO: Greek crisis dominates EU summit from BBC News | Europe | World Edition The threat of a Greek debt default undermining the euro is overshadowing the European Union summit in Brussels. What’s the worst case scenario for … Read more

In the mean time, UN declares that Disconnecting People From the Internet Is a Violation of Human Rights; IMF becomes a major cyber attack…A cyberculture roundup

United Nations: Disconnecting People From the Internet Is a Violation of Human Rights by Stan Schroeder Digital democracy, Plato, and web 2.0, Giorgio Fontana from open Democracy News Analysis – by Giorgio Fontana Far from being the natural and easy remedy to the evil of bureaucratic delegation, digital democracy risks becoming its inconvenient appendix – … Read more

the Second flotilla to Gaza may look like a domestic election stunt… A foreign policy roundup…

  Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, seen here in 2011, has warned Israel against another act of bloodshed in international waters after activists announced plans to send a new aid flotilla to the blockaded Gaza Strip.(AFP/File/Ferenc Isza)   Turk is favourite to take over at IMF by Graeme Wearden Kemal Derviş heads the list at … Read more

Euro roundup II: Greece surrenders, Belgium coalition collapses…

IMF aims for swift deal on Greece

from – World, Europe
The announcement that Greece would be seeking help from the International Monetary Fund came as little surprise in Washington, where the fund’s spring meetings are opening

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Special Issue on Michel Foucault by Theory, Culture and Society Journal
You need to have subscription to this great journal to read the articles but I am sure all major university libraries are subscribed to. At the end there is also roundup on art/intellectual/academic links…
[update: all articles downloadable here]
Introduction: Thinking after Michel Foucault
Couze Venn and Tiziana Terranova
Theory Culture Society 2009;26 1-11
Alternatives to the Prison: Dissemination or Decline of Social Control?
Michel Foucault
Theory Culture Society 2009;26 12-24
Foucault’s Untimely Struggle: Toward a Form of Spirituality
Paul Rabinow
Theory Culture Society 2009;26 25-44
Identity, Nature, Life: Three Biopolitical Deconstructions
Judith Revel
Theory Culture Society 2009;26 45-54

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Erkan's live from the World Bank/ IMF meetings

A live coverage from the inside and a post to be updated continously- updates just below the photo

A new turn in Erkan's Field Diary history. Receiving official invitation to press room...
A new turn in Erkan's Field Diary history. Receiving official invitation to press room...

The Meetings has an officially blog-style site for photos, videos and other informative stuff.

Information about the World Bank meetings and events

In the opening talk, Mr. Erdoğan also hinted at protests outside underlining the fact that global economic life is hard and protests are not totally unjustified. Protests in Taksim, very close to meeting center. I have now a post on protest roundup.  And all other media roundup on meetings updated in yet another post.

Glad to make it to the press room with his Lamb of God sweatshirt, unshaved face and hangover mood; not stopped by police for being a potential protester.
Policemen around were very polite maybe because of I did conform the image of an ordinary journalist. Private security guards are less polite by the way. Towards the evening, I had one or two occasions where I had to threaten back because of the latters’ rudeness. (But of course, policemen vs. protesters is another case)

Erkan?s live from the World Bank/ IMF meetings- Roundup

last updated: 11 Oct 2009

World Bank reforming to meet new challenges

by Angie Gentile

The World Bank is pursuing an ambitious program of reform to enable the institution to become more efficient and effective while also gaining more legitimacy among the developing countries that it serves, Bank President Robert Zoellick said today.

Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan, World Bank President ...

Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan, World Bank President Robert Zoellick, Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and International Monetary Fund (IMF)’s Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn (L-R) talk prior to attending the Opening Plenary of the 2009 IMF/World Bank Annual Meetings at the Istanbul Congress Center October 6, 2009. Reform of the world’s financial architecture took centre stage at the semiannual meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank, and a meeting of Group of Seven finance officials. REUTERS/IMF Staff Photo/Stephen Jaffe/Handout

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Erkan's live from the World Bank/ IMF meetings- Protests roundup

last update: 8 October

This might the coolest action in protests. The protester throws a firework through a pipe to a police helicopter.

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Shoe-throwing- Turkish version

last update: 02 Oct. 2009- 10:50

Todays Birgüns first page
Today's Birgün's first page

The paper for whom Mr. Özbek works for shows solidarity, I guess. “Everyone needs a shoe one day”. The thrown shoe is an imitation Nike shoe.

Selçuk Özbek, an editor at Birgün, a leftist daily, throws a shoe at Mr. Strauss-Kahn. The incident took place at another campus of my university. I was in the other campus, waiting  for the introductory meeting with Media MA students. At first, we thought he was one of our students but he turned out to be a journalist. Not particularly imaginative after the original show throwing event. Mr. Strauss-Kahn responded maturely.

The protester has been released during the day. My Facebook and Friendfeed newsstream is full of comments praising the action although I am not that excited. More in the comments section…

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"Protest schedule" for World Bank/IMF meetings

This blog author is one of the selected bloggers accredited for the annual World Bank/IMF meetings that will take place in Istanbul, Oct 6-7. This has been a fancy turn in the history of Erkan’s Field Diary. I hope to do substantive blogging inside the meetings. In the mean time, I will try to cover what happens outside. A friend of mine promised me to send photos and news briefs while I follow the meetings. Here is a protest schedule and other news from what activists are up to…

Global elites will meet in Istanbul between 28th September ? 7th October to discuss  their new plans for exploiting all humanity and the world. For this reason we organized an extremely festive action programme.We?re inviting everyone -who has a problem with capitalism and the global destruction it created ? to the streets and calling everyone to make Istanbul hell for the IMF & the WB!


1st October ? We?re in the streets against the Social Security Law!Place: Taksim Gezi Park Time: 11:002nd October ? Global resistance day against the ecological destruction of capitalism !Place: Galatasaray SquareTime: 15:003rd October ? Global resistance day against Urban Transformation, Gentrification,  and Homelessness !Place: Taksim SquareTime: 15:004th October ? Global insurrection day against capitalismPlace: Tunnel SquareTime: 15:006th ? We?re shutting the IMF & the WB meeting down! Place: Tunnel Square
Time: 10:00 7th October ?We?re shutting the IMF & the WB meeting down!Autonomous Actions Place: Everywhere

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