Saturday, October 25, 2014

İstanbul popular with Erasmus students

İstanbul popular with Erasmus students

Erasmus, the European student exchange program, is increasingly gaining popularity, with more than 2.5 million youths having taken part in it to date and many coming to Turkey this year. İstanbul seems to have become a trendy city for Erasmus students in particular. Walking through the city's typical student and nightlife quarters such as Taksim and Galata, one will certainly come across a number of them. What makes İstanbul particularly attractive for European students? What brings them here? Sunday's Zaman spoke with several Erasmus students currently studying in Turkish universities about their experiences.

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What fate awaits İstanbul's oasis, the Botanical Garden?

What fate awaits İstanbul's oasis, the Botanical Garden?

Stroll downwards from the Süleymaniye Mosque and stick your head around the corner when you pass the İstanbul Mufti's Office. If your eyes are sharp, you'll see a yellow sign and a 19-acre garden filled with cherry trees and hundreds of different kinds of plants -- İstanbul University's Alfred Heilbronn Botanical Garden, founded in 1935.

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Mothers of the disappeared in Turkey gather for 500th time in Istanbul - RIGHTS

Mothers of the disappeared in Turkey gather for 500th time in Istanbul

ISTANBUL
A former prime minister from the 1990s was incidentally seen on the sidelines of the demonstration venue

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Kurdish militants kill three soldiers in southeast Turkey: army | Reuters

Kurdish militants kill three soldiers in southeast Turkey: army

ISTANBUL Sat Oct 25, 2014 12:41pm EDT

(Reuters) - Kurdish militants killed three Turkish soldiers in Turkey's southeast on Saturday, the Turkish Armed Forces said, in a further blow to peace talks between Ankara and the insurgents.

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Foreign Affairs: Turkey’s elusive promised land and the war on Islamic State

Foreign Affairs: Turkey’s elusive promised land and the war on Islamic State

By sheer coincidence, the Syrian town of Kobani – where Kurdish and Islamic State fighters have been squaring off in recent weeks – happens to be tucked just west of Haran, the Turkish spot from which Abraham disembarked on his journey to the Promised Land.

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ISTANBUL: Syria’s other war: Rebels plead for U.S. military help as Assad forces close on Aleppo | World | NewsObserver.com

Syria’s other war: Rebels plead for U.S. military help as Assad forces close on Aleppo

By Mousab Alhamadee

McClatchy Foreign StaffOctober 25, 2014

ISTANBUL — Rebels opposed to President Bashar Assad called Friday for help from the U.S.-led coalition fighting the Islamic State, saying the Syrian military is close to encircling the city of Aleppo and cutting off rebel supply routes to Turkey.

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Turkey in the crosshairs: The U.S. must mobilize and strike regardless of Turkey's stance | David vs. David - Yahoo News Canada

Turkey in the crosshairs: The U.S. must mobilize and strike regardless of Turkey's stance
By David T Jones | David vs. David – 19 hours ago

It is time to talk turkey about Turkey.

Ankara, Turkey's capital, has been the proverbial elephant in the Middle East annex for years – particularly since the struggle to replace Syria’s president-dictator Bashar Assad began in 2011. Ostensibly, Turkey seeks to depose Assad for a range of political and religious reasons. Its president, Recep Erdogan, reportedly deeply dislikes Assad. But he declined to take direct action to impose Ankara’s will on Syria early in the fighting, eliminating Assad and installing the more moderate range of rebels in control of the country. And, not incidentally, this reinforced Erdogan’s position as the strongest Muslim leader in the region.

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Shop vintage in Istanbul for old times' sake | Fashion | Daily Sabah

SHOP VINTAGE IN ISTANBUL FOR OLD TIMES' SAKE

In a city drenched with history and affected by countless cultures, it’s no surprise that Istanbul is packed with vintage and antique shops for hardcore antique lovers out there

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Thousands flood Turkey escaping ISIS advance in N Syria - Live5News.com | Charleston, SC | News, Weather, Sports

Thousands flood Turkey escaping ISIS advance in N Syria
Posted: Oct 25, 2014 5:55 AM EST Updated: Oct 25, 2014 5:56 AM EST

KOBANI, SYRIA (CBS) - Fighting continued on Friday in the Syrian border town of Kobani, as thousands of Syrians who have fled the town woke up to another day in a refugee camp in Turkey.

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Turkish PM appoints ethnic Armenian journalist as senior advisor - PanARMENIAN.Net

Turkish PM appoints ethnic Armenian journalist as senior advisor

October 25, 2014 - 12:47 AMT

PanARMENIAN.Net - Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has appointed journalist and writer of Armenian descent Etyen Mahçupyan as his senior advisor, APA reported, citing Turkish newspaper Vatan.

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With Syria at war, can Turkey and Ocalan bring Kurds peace? | Mid-East | Saudi Gazette

With Syria at war, can Turkey and Ocalan bring Kurds peace?

Daren Butler and Humeyra Pamuk

AS southeast Turkey’s Kurds rioted recently in fury at Ankara’s refusal to rescue the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani from advancing Islamists, it was to Abdullah Ocalan that Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu turned for help.

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The best reason to leave a cozy bed: Breakfast in Istanbul | Travel | Daily Sabah

THE BEST REASON TO LEAVE A COZY BED: BREAKFAST IN ISTANBUL

The best way to start a fresh day is by enjoying a hearty breakfast, something Turks know how to do. Istanbul welcomes those looking for some cozy breakfast cafés to enjoy a morning meal in a friendly atmosphere

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Friday, October 24, 2014

Suspicious yellow powder causes evacuations at 4 consulates in Turkey | Fox News

Suspicious yellow powder causes evacuations at 4 consulates in Turkey
Published October 24, 2014

ISTANBUL – Turkish authorities say the consulates of Canada, Belgium and Germany in Istanbul have been evacuated after receiving suspicious packages Friday.

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Kurdish Leader Stresses America Is Supporting Terrorists in Syria | Foreign Policy Blogs

Kurdish Leader Stresses America Is Supporting Terrorists in Syria

Islamic Awakening
by Rachel Avraham | on October 24th, 2014 | 0 comments

Syrian Kurdish Leader Sherkoh Abbas calls on the U.S. to stop supporting the PYD and the Islamists in Syria. He rejects the replacement of one dictator for another and emphasized that the U.S. needs to stand behind those that support democracy and human rights within the country.

In an interview with JerusalemOnline, Sherkoh Abbas, chairman of the Kurdish National Assembly of Syria (Kurdnas), stressed that the U.S. is making a mistake by supporting the PYD in Syria because they are linked to the PKK, which the United States, EU and their allies considers to be a terrorist organization due to their history of committing suicide bombings in Turkey and they also have ties to the Assad regime. “It is wrong for the US not to support the Kurds and we welcome the recent shift in US policy but they need to support the right people in Syria who want a federal model, democracy, human rights and not people who are against those values. The US always chooses the wrong people, whether the Islamists or people they themselves call terrorists.”

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Stubborn streak leaves Turkey increasingly isolated | News , Middle East | THE DAILY STAR

Stubborn streak leaves Turkey increasingly isolated

Jonny Hogg| Reuters

ANKARA: The U.S. decision to air-drop weapons to Kurdish forces in Syria on the same day Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan dismissed them as terrorists is the latest false note in the increasingly discordant mood music coming out of Washington and Ankara. No matter how much officials on both sides publicly insist there is harmony, differences in strategy over the fight against ISIS and the fate of the beleaguered Syrian border town of Ain al-Arab are straining relations between the Washington and its key regional ally, leaving Turkey increasingly isolated.

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Turkey, Syrian Kurds Remain at Odds Over Kobani Fighters - WSJ - WSJ

Turkey, Syrian Kurds Remain at Odds Over Kobani Fighters
Dispute Reflects Ankara’s Worries About More Unified Kurdish Bloc
By
Rory Jones in Beirut and
Emre Peker in Istanbul

Syrian Kurds defending Kobani were locked in a public dispute with Turkey on Friday as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan made remarks they said showed he wants to dilute an increasingly confident and unified Kurdish regional political bloc.

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Kurdish defenders retake Kobane hill; Peshmerga reinforcements r

Kurdish defenders retake Kobane hill; Peshmerga reinforcements reduced
By Jonathon Burch 9 hours ago

ISTANBUL, Turkey – Coalition airstrikes helped Kobane’s Kurdish defenders recapture the strategic Tel-Shahir village Friday, as Turkey said the number of Peshmerga being sent by Iraqi Kurdistan to reinforce Kurdish rebels in the besieged Syrian town had been reduced to 150.

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REFILE--Canadian consulate in Istanbul gets package containing yellow powder- Turkish disaster body

REFILE--Canadian consulate in Istanbul gets package containing yellow powder- Turkish disaster body

ISTANBUL, Oct 24 (Reuters) - Turkish authorities on Friday launched an investigation after an unidentified yellow powder was found in a package sent to the Canadian consulate in Istanbul.

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EU negotiating with Turkey to integrate Syrians into Turkish system

EU negotiating with Turkey to integrate Syrians into Turkish system

The European Union has been negotiating with Turkey over the settlement and integration of Syrian refugees who fled from the Syrian civil war to Turkey but have dim prospects of returning to Syria anytime soon.

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Turkish police on alert against DHKP-C attacks | Nation | Daily Sabah

TURKISH POLICE ON ALERT AGAINST DHKP-C ATTACKS

ISTANBUL — Acting on intelligence that the terrorist organization DHKP-C may carry out attacks in the country, Turkish police have raised the threat level while dozens were arrested in an operation against the group in Istanbul on Friday

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​Blood & oil: Turks, Kurds, and the Islamic State — RT Op-Edge

Blood & oil: Turks, Kurds, and the Islamic State

Over the past month the Islamic State's siege of Kobani (aka Ayn al-Arab) has been dominating the world news coverage, revealing Turkey's fraught relationship with its own Kurdish minority and with Kurds and Kurdish organizations across the wider region.

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From Turkish coffee to human towers: Unesco's intangible heritage - Telegraph

From Turkish coffee to human towers: Unesco's intangible heritage

By David Millward

10:43AM BST 24 Oct 2014

Originally, the Unesco World Heritage list was reserved for buildings, monuments and sites of natural beauty. But in 2003, Unesco agreed to start adding “intangible heritage”, and since then a number of more eccentric choices have been added to the list.

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Ferry tales in Istanbul | The Australian

Ferry tales in Istanbul

The Australian
October 25, 2014 12:00AM

Susan Kurosawa
Travel Columnist
Sydney

ISTANBUL, I soon discover, is all about water. Not just the enjoyable rituals of sluicing and soaping at traditional hammam but the process of getting about. The ­Bosphorus Strait splits the city into Europe and Asia, and this most slender of the world’s great waterways joins the Mediterranean in the southwest and the Black Sea in the northeast. My guide tells me, without enthusiasm, that a contentious third link across the Bosphorus, the Golden Horn Metro swing bridge, which includes extended and much-needed railway lines, opened in February.

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Turkey's U.S. relations show strain as Washington's patience wears thin - Yahoo News

Turkey's U.S. relations show strain as Washington's patience wears thin
Reuters
By Jonny Hogg 22 hours ago

ANKARA (Reuters) - The U.S. decision to air-drop weapons to Kurdish forces in Syria on the same day Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan dismissed them as terrorists is the latest false note in the increasingly discordant mood music coming out of Washington and Ankara.

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Smugglers offer $20 passage from Turkey to Syria - Newsday

Smugglers offer $20 passage from Turkey to Syria

Updated October 24, 2014 10:41 AM

ONCUPINAR, Turkey - (AP) -- The Turkish border crossing of Oncupinar, an hour's drive from the embattled Syrian city of Aleppo, is a chaotic buzz of people waiting to pass into one of the most violent regions in the world. Border guards stand by with machine guns to prevent Islamic militants from joining the flow, but within their sight smugglers offer to take travelers across for a surprisingly small fee.

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EU’s anti-dumping decision to hit Turkish fishermen - BUSINESS

EU’s anti-dumping decision to hit Turkish fishermen

İZMİR/RİGA - Anadolu Agency

The European Commission’s planned 9 percent anti-dumping decision on trout imports from Turkey has alarmed Turkish fishermen, who are worried about losing their biggest market.

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Suspicious objects reported at Canadian, other consulates in Istanbul - 12 News KBMT and K-JAC. News, Weather and Sports for SE Texas

Suspicious objects reported at Canadian, other consulates in Istanbul

Posted: Oct 24, 2014 7:28 AM EST Updated: Oct 24, 2014 9:29 AM EST
By Zeynep Bilginsoy and Jason Hanna CNN

ISTANBUL (CNN) -- Turkish authorities on Friday were investigating suspicious substances or objects at the Canadian, German and Belgian consulates in Istanbul, officials said.

Canadian officials reported receiving a letter containing an unidentified yellow substance Friday, Turkey's semiofficial Anadolu news agency reported.

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Three Kurdish militants killed in attack on Turkish power plant | Reuters

Three Kurdish militants killed in attack on Turkish power plant

DIYARBAKIR Turkey Fri Oct 24, 2014 5:25am EDT

(Reuters) - Turkish soldiers killed three Kurdish militants who were part of a group that attacked a power plant in the eastern province of Kars, Turkish sources said on Friday.

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A preview of “The Future Is Not What It Used To Be”, the 2nd Istanbul Design Biennial | News | Archinect

A preview of “The Future Is Not What It Used To Be”, the 2nd Istanbul Design Biennial
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In the upcoming 2nd Istanbul Design Biennial, "The Future Is Not What It Used To Be" questions the role of design, its relationship to society, and how it can potentially bring change. Curated by Zoë Ryan and spanning all five floors of the Galata Greek Primary School from Nov. 1 to Dec.14, the biennial will showcase a designers' exhibition of over 50 projects that ask who defines the future and how it is defined. But the crucial aspect it explores is whose future could be affected. — bustler.net

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Time for some Turkish delight - Farming Life

Time for some Turkish delight

A recent Rabobank report has confirmed that Turkey’s developing dairy market offers exciting opportunities in its emerging export industry with access to markets that western players have previously found difficult to service.

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Window Illusions on the Streets of Istanbul

Window Illusions on the Streets of Istanbul
Thursday 10.23.2014 , Posted by Benjamin Starr
Pejac Illusory Street Art 1

Spanish street artist Pejac recently took a trip to Istanbul, using his time there to give the city a few new windows (in his own illusory street art style of course). His work fits seamlessly into the local architecture and would probably be missed if they weren’t so interesting and different. While in the ancient city, he created a piece that looks like a keyhole, a gothic arched window, and a tiny window with massive wooden shutters.

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A special kind of cook off | Food | Daily Sabah

A SPECIAL KIND OF COOK OFF

ISTANBUL — The Bağcılar Municipality in Istanbul will host an international cooking competition at the special municipal center "Engelliler Sarayı" (Palace for the Disabled) for people with disabilities on Saturday. Sixty participants from 13 countries including Azerbaijan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Tunisia, Macedonia, Egypt, Qatar, Pakistan, Kazakhstan, Kosovo and Turkey have been invited to the competition. The competition jury will evaluate the cooking skills of disabled competitors. Winners will be presented with a "Golden Cooking Pot World Award."

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Food for thought - YUSUF KANLI

Food for thought

What role does Turkey think of for itself? Does it foresee a “leading country in the region” role? Does it want to play an even greater role in its area? Does Turkey want a role as a member of the European family? Or does it want “precious isolation”? Difficult to answer, is it not?

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Turkish Airlines announces global YouTube campaign - eTurboNews.com

Turkish Airlines announces global YouTube campaign

LONDON, England - Turkish Airlines today announces a partnership with Rightster, the cloud-based global video distribution and monetisation network, to kick off a global YouTube campaign.

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