April 9, 2011
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April 8, 2011
Andrew Finkel, renown columnist of Today’s Zaman, the english edition of Turkish daily Zamanwas fired because of an article he wrote (but not published).
Zaman papers are owned by Fethullan Gülen movement and considered to be close to AKP government. Lately Islamist Gülen’s followers were accused of infiltrating security forces ranks as well as bureaucratic ranks. A book written by Ahmet Şıkabout Gülen’s organization was banned before it was published and Şık was arrested.
In the article that caused him his job Finkel writes about his hopes and aspirations when he accepted the position of a columnist in Today’s Zaman: Continue reading
April 6, 2011
In Istanbul numbers of native Greeks are decreasing while Greek Nationals’ are on a rise. For decades being a Christian minority in Turkey was a “crucifying” experience like living in Greece in 2011. Year after year the Greek population of the city lessened due to discrimination, pogroms, forced immigration. For the first time you may hear increasing number of people speak Greek on the streets. For those newcomers, Konstantinoupolis, (not Istanbul) is an exotic city full of opportunities and possibilities. Maybe they are grandsons or granddaughters of people who once called this city home, but their perception is totally different from their ancestors. The fiscal crisis expatriated them from Greece and here they find a new environment cut for their needs. Continue reading
April 5, 2011
Greek daily Ta Nea claims that on April 1st, Greek Aerospace Industries (HAI) shipped four pieces of fuselage to Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) in Turkey. These parts will be assembled in Ankara to form new F-16 Fighters for Turkish Air Force. TAI assembles F-16 planes in contract with Lockheed Industries for Turkish use.
April 3, 2011
April 1, 2011
First there was a book draft. No, first there was a book. Ahmet Şık and Ertuğrul Mavioğlu, two journalists in Turkey wrote a book about Ergenekon, allegedly an organization that planned a coup eight years ago. Except for some reserves they have written about that attempt in great detail and in defense of the court case against alleged perpetrators.
A few years later police raided an Internet news portal’s offices in Istanbul with suspicion that journalists working there might be co-conspirators with Ergenekon organization. Continue reading
March 31, 2011
Ahmet Şık’s book on Fethullan Gülen’s movement and activities in Turkish bureaucracy which caused his arrest is being distributed on Internet. Original file was posted at Google Documents. A court in Turkey has ordered all copies must be destroyed or it would be considered as a terrorist crime raising International upheaval about press freedom in Turkey.
Here’s the book:
March 27, 2011
Phone ringing woke me up today. It showed 7:35 am. When I hung up the phone I checked the time on my Mac. It was 8:40 am. What we should have done on March 27th that we didn’t? Were we supposed to put the time one hour ahead? Were we supposed to put it one hour back? For some time my watch awaits me in another city, so I don’t have a wrist watch, and no other mechanical clocks at home. I totally lost track of time in that half-asleep state of mind.
It took me some time to realize the time was supposed to be moved forward for one hour, but it wasn’t due to an executive order in Turkey, but my Mac ignoring all-powerful executive orders put its time one hour ahead while my iPhone listened to the signal from my cellular provider and kept the “correct” time for the country. Continue reading
March 20, 2011
I’m not an expert on Libya. Both politically or sociologically. But, in my humble opinion, the recent developments as I write this piece within a few hours of UN intervention against Qaddafi forces, it constitutes an interesting chapter in US Foreign policy since President Obama implemented serious changes from the beginning of his presidency.
His administration aimed at several objectives best summarized by Z. Brzezinksy in his article “From Hope to Audacity” published on Foreign Affairs: Continue reading