#Journalism agenda: Not too surprising- “Conservatives more likely to believe fake news… The launch of CrossCheck in France…

Study: Conservatives more likely to believe fake news The Next Web by Bryan Clark   A UCLA-led study found that political views have a lot to do with how likely each of us are to believe information about potential threats — As a presidential election looms in France, Google and Facebook team up with news outlets to factcheck … Read more

Antiques Festival in Taksim Square (to boost declining Taksim area popularity)- Istanbul news roundup…

Antiques Festival to Begin on Taksim Square Still Under Construction Bianet :: English Beyoğlu Municipality has initiated a series of festivals which will continue for 50 days. The events aim at reviving İstanbul’s Beyoğlu district which has become dull and empty following the bombing and the coup attempt. However, not even the construction of Taksim Square, … Read more

Pro-gov’t daily, Yeni Şafak’s desperate agenda-change attempts: A purported document that İnönü poisoned Atatürk…

Turkish university students demand Jedi, Buddhist temples amid mosque frenzy Thousands of Turkish students have raised their voices in online campaigns to build Jedi and Buddhist temples at their universities, after a series of mosques were constructed on their campuses by rectors who stressed “huge demand.” Boycott Call After Death of Rebuked Teacher Halil Serkan Öz Bianet … Read more

For the moment, “Turkey’s pro-gov’t ‘trolls’ hit hard in latest Twitter battle

  Turkey’s pro-gov’t ‘trolls’ hit hard in latest Twitter battle A spectacular social media war has begun, with Turkey’s pro-gov’t ‘trolls’ losing the latest battle against an apparently more organized virtual opposition. Ceylan Yeginsu ‏@CeylanWrites The Sultanahmet bomber was a 4-month pregnant teen from Dagestan, whose husband died in Kobani fighting for ISIS. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/05/world/europe/a-norway-town-and-its-pipeline-to-jihad-in-syria.html?smprod=nytcore-iphone&smid=nytcore-iphone-share … Renowned Turkish professor … Read more

The Turkish army is back. “236 acquitted in Balyoz coup case

236 acquitted in Balyoz coup case   All 236 suspects in the ‘Balyoz’ coup plot case were acquitted March 31 after the case’s prosecutor argued that digital data submitted as evidence was ‘fake’ Turkish army denounces ‘illegal copying’ of state secrets The Turkish General Staff has filed a criminal complaint over the permitting of top secret information … Read more

Journalism roundup: “Jeff Jarvis: Free speech is not a privilege. It is a journalistic responsibility”

Free speech is not a privilege. It is a journalistic responsibility. BuzzMachine by Jeff Jarvis   Al Qaeda Source: AQAP Directed Paris Attack  The Intercept by Jeremy Scahill UPDATED — A source within al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula has provided The Interceptwith a full statement claiming responsibility for the attack against the offices of Charlie Hebdo … Read more


28 Şubat 2014 Londra?nın dünyaca ünlü sanat ve tasarım müzesi Victoria and Albert Museum?da (kısaca V&A) geçtiğimiz günlerden birinde zihin açıcı bir konuşma dinledim. Ünlü İngiliz-İsviçreli filozof Alain de Botton?un yeni kitabi ?The News: A User?s Manual?ın (Haberler: Kullanıcının El Kitabı) tanıtım sohbetindeydim. De Botton zekasıyla ve konuşmasının arasına serpiştirdiği esprileriyle izleyicinin sempatisini kazanmakta gecikmedi. … Read more

FP blog explains: “What Makes a Sex Shop Halal?…………. A literati roundup…

  What Makes a Sex Shop Halal? Responding to apparent pent-up demand for tacky bachelorette parties, the 38-year old Turkish entrepreneur Haluk Murat Demirel has opened the country’s first halal (permissible in Islam) sex shop online. It’s not the first such enterprise in the world — successful predecessors can be found in such varied locales … Read more

Libya et al roundup: Turkey good at evacuation, but not that successful with the rebels

Libyan rebels blame airstrike lull on Turkey – Washington Times NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen (L) shakes hands with Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara April 4, 2011. REUTERS/Umit Bektas   Turkey pursues its Libya mediation efforts despite setbacks   Ankara politicking for post-Gadhafi era in Libya from Hurriyet Dailynews Amid ongoing … Read more

Libya roundup: Turkey to run Benghazi airport…….

  Turkey to run Benghazi airport: PM ANKARA, Mar 28, 2011 (AFP) – Turkey will take over the running of the airport in Libya’s rebel bastion of Benghazi to facilitate the distribution of humanitarian aid, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Monday. Ottoman Tripolitania by M.A.M Under the Ottomans, the Maghreb was divided into … Read more

Turkey; from denying a role for NATO to assume a leadership position in NATO led intervention. A Libya roundup

Turkey and France clash over Libya air campaign from World news: Turkey | guardian.co.uk by Ian Traynor Tension mounts over military action as Ankara accuses Sarkozy of pursuing French interests over liberation of Libyan people Turkey has launched a bitter attack on French president Nicolas Sarkozy’s and France’s leadership of the military campaign against Libyan … Read more

While focusing on Libya, mass killings happened in Syria… a roundup

SYRIA: Graphic footage surfaces after Daraa clashes **************** Turkey and the ambivalent, reluctant military intervention over Libya by Gülnur Aybet by Gülnur Aybet LONDON — Turkey is a country that has never been comfortable with getting involved in regional conflicts in its neighboring Middle East. In fact, the principle of non-involvement in regional conflicts was … Read more

Libya roundup. Turkey does not like French zeal for intervention…

When things were good between Sarkozy and Gaddafi… Nato to take control in Libya after US, UK and France reach agreement by Nick Hopkins, Nicholas Watt, Ian Traynor ? Nato to assume day-to-day military command in Libya ? Obama and Cameron: Substantial progress made Britain, France and the US have agreed that Nato will take … Read more

Sarkozy seizes the moment, French-led intervention begins in Libya

Still here in Turkey, many people rely on scepticism on western intentions, while “muslim” Gaddafi murders muslim Libyan citizens…. France send warplanes against Libya after Gaddafi’s forces enter Benghazi from Wash Post Europe by Liz Sly, Karen DeYoung and Sudarsan Raghavan Sarkozy confirms no-fly zone, says Libyan leader attacked civilians with “murderous madness”; rebel warplane … Read more

Gadhafi backs down for the moment, Brutality in Yemen…

Libya airstrikes could start ‘within hours of resolution’ by Mark Mardell (the Reporters) The United Nations seems on the brink of taking a momentous decision. After hanging back for days the Americans have now not only backed the British and French resolution on Libya but beefed it up. The fact that the French foreign minister, … Read more