Saturday, August 23, 2014

Governor confirms witch hunt, urges journalists to act as informants

Governor confirms witch hunt, urges journalists to act as informants

Balıkesir Governor Ahmet Turhan. (Photo: Cihan)
August 22, 2014, Friday/ 17:48:38/ TODAY'S ZAMAN / ISTANBUL

The governor of Balıkesir province, Ahmet Turhan, revealed on Thursday the extensive witch hunt that has been conducted by order of the government for months, as he encouraged journalists to act as informants.

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A Mediterranean state steeped in history...

A Mediterranean state steeped in history...

By STEPHANIE SUTCLIFFE , Posted on » Saturday, August 23, 2014

The Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) is a self-declared state in the eastern Mediterranean that is economically estranged from the rest of the world. Officially recognized only by Turkey, the country came into being in 1983 following a coup d'etat almost a decade earlier that attempted to annex the entire island to Greece. The politics of reunification has dominated the island's affairs in recent years, but in a bid to increase tourism and investment the TRNC has been opening representative offices around the world including one in Bahrain in 2010. The GDN went to find out more.

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Laughing at Turkey | Opinion - Rhode Islanders speak out on issues | Providence Journal

Laughing at Turkey

Published: August 23, 2014 01:00 AM
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A Turkish woman laughs during a yoga session in a public garden in Ankara, Aug. 2, in protest against Turkey's deputy prime minister Bulent Arinc.

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US leaked German eavesdropping - VERDA ÖZER

US leaked German eavesdropping

German magazine Der Spiegel reported last week that the German intelligence agency has been spying on Turkey since 2009. The very next day, Germany’s Ambassador to Turkey, Eberhart Pohl, was summoned to the Turkish Foreign Ministry, which thereafter released a written statement, calling the news “allegations.” Following Pohl’s meeting, I visited the ministry and talked to a top official in order to learn what lies beneath.

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15th World Youth Teams Championships in Istanbul - NYTimes.com

15th World Youth Teams Championships in Istanbul

ISTANBUL — At the 15th World Youth Teams Championships here, the three main finals end on Saturday.

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Food and Grocery Retailing in Turkey - Market Summary and Forecasts: Comprehensive Overview of the Market, Consumer, Competitive Context, Forecasts to 2018, New Report - Press Release - Digital Journal

Food and Grocery Retailing in Turkey - Market Summary and Forecasts: Comprehensive Overview of the Market, Consumer, Competitive Context, Forecasts to 2018, New Report

Market Research Reports, Inc. has announced the addition of “Food and Grocery Retailing in Turkey - Market Summary and Forecasts: Comprehensive overview of the market, consumer, and competitive context, with retail sales value and forecasts to 2018” research report to their offering.

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The Syrian (academic) refugee crisis viewed from Turkey - University World News

The Syrian (academic) refugee crisis viewed from Turkey
James King22 August 2014 Issue No:331

“Thank God we’re alive, but we are dying an intellectual death.” Wearing a colourful headscarf and a seemingly permanent look of sorrow, an intense and charismatic professor I’ll call Noora shared with me her tragic story of fleeing Syria and becoming a refugee.

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Istanbul breakfast junkies’ 119-year-old shrine loses battle against gentrification - LOCAL

Istanbul breakfast junkies’ 119-year-old shrine loses battle against gentrification

ISTANBUL

Pando Kaymak, the iconic breakfast shop in Istanbul’s Beşiktaş neighborhood, with the fame of its buttery clotted cream and honey transmitted generation to generation, is now closing its doors after 119 years of activity.

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Anti-Arab sentiment on the rise in Turkey - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East

Anti-Arab sentiment on the rise in Turkey

On Aug. 18, Gaziantep, a southeastern industrial city close to the Syrian border, was in a state of panic over a rumor that Syrians had poisoned the drinking water. Last month in Gaziantep and other border towns, protests were staged under the banner “We Do Not Want the Syrians.” The protests led to clashes with the police, physical assaults and vandalism against Syrian-owned businesses. Among the slogans heard were “Tayyip resign,” “City residents do not sleep, retake your city” and “We are the people of this town.” The media is full of sad stories about desperate Syrian, Iraqi and Yazidi refugees, but there is almost no coverage of mounting anti-immigrant sentiment or the increasing frequency of violence against immigrants.

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Provocations in Turkey as Kurdish peace process gets serious - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East

Provocations in Turkey as Kurdish peace process gets serious

What course will the Kurdish peace process take after President-elect Recep Tayyip Erdogan moves to Cankaya Palace? This is Turkey's most critical question these days. Both the government and the Kurdish side have made encouraging statements to dispel the uncertainty, but the process, swayed by constant ups and downs, is certainly not immune to incidents that may cause its derailment.

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Is Davutoglu facing a 'mission impossible'? - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East

Is Davutoglu facing a 'mission impossible'?

“Prime Minister Davutoglu and the Revolution in Turkey …” is the title of the Aug. 22 article by Ibrahim Karagul, editor-in-chief of the daily Yeni Safak, which is considered one of the most dedicated mouthpieces of the government.

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Friday, August 22, 2014

INTL FILM | NURI BILGE CEYLAN

NURI BILGE CEYLAN
By Ahmed Adib

Nuri Bilge Ceylan is a Turkish photographer, screenwriter, actor, and film director who has been a part of the international media since 1995. In 2014, he received the Palme d'Or, which is the highest prize awarded at the Cannes Film Festival. He is married to photographer, filmmaker and actress Ebru Ceylan. Nuri graduated from university with a degree of Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering. Born in Istanbul, Turkey on 26 January 1959, he found his interest in photography materializing from the age of 15. He joined the army in Ankara, Turkey, where he discovered that cinema would give shape to his life.

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Turkey opposition rudderless after Erdogan triumph - Yahoo News

Turkey opposition rudderless after Erdogan triumph
AFP
By Burak Akinci 2 hours ago

Ankara (AFP) - President-elect Recep Tayyip Erdogan's election victory this month has left Turkey's opposition party riven by a revolt over its future with little prospect of a radical change in strategy.

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Forty-eight hours in Ankara | Life , Lubnan | THE DAILY STAR

Forty-eight hours in Ankara

Kate Maddox| The Daily Star

ANKARA: Since it became the capital of modern Turkey in 1923, Ankara has been constantly judged for everything it isn’t – namely Istanbul. Living in the shadow of the older, more attractive Istanbul, the sleepy town-cum-capital has come under unfair criticism for its “ugliness” and urban sprawl. Such comparisons overlook Ankara’s ancient roots and the charms of its hilly old city.

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Turkey becomes world's 6th top medical tourism destination - CİHAN

Turkey becomes world's 6th top medical tourism destination
ISTANBUL - 22.08.2014 18:27:50

In recent years Turkey has increased its profile as a destination for medical tourism, becoming the sixth most visited country in the world for that purpose, according to the Ministry of Health.

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Well-known Turkish Jewish couple murdered at Istanbul home - CRIME

Well-known Turkish Jewish couple murdered at Istanbul home

Fırat ALKAÇ - ISTANBUL

A well-known Turkish Jewish couple who created one of the most iconic brands of Turkey have been murdered at their home in Istanbul.

Police found the bodies of Jak Karako, 77, and his wife, Georgia Karako, 69, at their apartment in Istanbul’s Ortaköy neighborhood on Aug. 22. Their caretaker, who fled, is suspected to have stabbed the couple.

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Merkel’s Germany preparing to kick out Erdogan’s Turkey from EU’s fragile Western Balkans

Merkel’s Germany preparing to kick out Erdogan’s Turkey from EU’s fragile Western Balkans

21/08/2014

22 August 2014, Brussels, dtt-net.com – Germany is investing political and financial resources to halt the recent aggressive religious, social, political and business influence of what many in Europe call: ‘The New Ottoman Empire of Reccep Erdogan” in Kosovo, Albania, Macedonia and Bosnia, sources of an EU member nations say.

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Ankara speculates about Turkey's next foreign minister

Ankara speculates about Turkey's next foreign minister

Hakan Fidan (L) and Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu are seen in this Today’s Zaman collage.
August 22, 2014, Friday/ 17:38:32/ DENİZ ARSLAN / ANKARA

Following the nomination of incumbent Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu as the next prime minister, a decision which was announced on Thursday by President-elect and incumbent Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, political circles in Ankara have started to speculate about who will be the country's next foreign minister.

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ISIL's focus on women criticised in Turkey and the Balkans (SETimes.com)

ISIL's focus on women criticised in Turkey and the Balkans

22/08/2014

By Linda Karadaku for Southeast European Times in Pristina -- 22/08/14

Atrocities being committed by the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) include the recruitment of women to serve as sex slaves for fighters.

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Turkish crew on Sorel-docked ship out of money and food - Montreal - CBC News

Turkish crew on Sorel-docked ship out of money and food

The 12 men arrived in Quebec in April to ready the Phoenix Sun to sail overseas for dismantling

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"Turkish Starbucks" enters Romanian market

“Turkish Starbucks” enters Romanian market
By Newsroom Retail & FMCG August 22, 2014 11:46 0 comments

Coffeehouse chain Kahve Dünyası will enter Romania with two units which will operate from Anchor Group’s malls in Bucharest. The chain offers outside of Turkish coffee a wide selection of chocolate. Besides Turkey, Kahve Dünyası also has a coffee shop in London, in Picadilly Circus, according to economica.net.

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The EU needs a Commissioner for the Mediterranean | European Council on Foreign Relations

The EU needs a Commissioner for the Mediterranean
By Emma Bonino - 21 Aug 14

The conflicts and tensions in Libya, Syria, Egypt, Iraq, and Palestine are worrying from many points of view. Security, oil supply, and migration are just some of the concerns they raise for the European Union. The EU’s role in the Mediterranean is too weak and inspires little confidence that these challenges will be met effectively.

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Istanbul to host 6th Global Webit-2014 Congress | Vestnik Kavkaza

Istanbul to host 6th Global Webit-2014 Congress
22 August 2014 - 8:34am

Istanbul will host the 6th Global Webit-2014 Congress, the world’s largest congress for technology and electronic, on October 1-2, RIA Novosti reports.
Specialists from Europe, the Middle East and Africa will attend the congress. Over 10,000 participants from 110 countries will participate in the events. The congress will be split into the Digital Market and Innovations Expo & Conference and the Leaders of the Future Tech Summit and Expo.

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The bright and bitter side of Istanbul | Features | Daily Sabah

THE BRIGHT AND BITTER SIDE OF ISTANBUL

Istanbul typically is known by its many charming attributes. This story, however, is specially designed to take you beyond what is known and what is being seen about Istanbul

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City of mother goddess opens to tourism - ARCHAEOLOGY

City of mother goddess opens to tourism

İZMİR – Anadolu Agency
Although its size might not have befit its name, the ancient city of Metropolis had all the architectural trappings of a key city. Now, thanks to recent work, tourists will have a chance to peruse the ancient city’s wonders

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Nightmare - YUSUF KANLI

Nightmare

Late in the night I woke up screaming: “Selim!”

In the light of the incredible events that Turks have been going through since 2007 with Ergenekon, the “Balyoz” (Sledgehammer) case and other such matters, nightmares must be the norm for every “normal” person in this country of the tall, bold, bald man with all executive, legislative and judicial powers.

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Istanbul, Mexico to experience VeriFone's mobile taxi services | Mobile Payments Today

Istanbul, Mexico to experience VeriFone's mobile taxi services

Aug. 21, 2014

VeriFone this week announced plans to expand its taxi and media services to Istanbul and throughout Mexico's Mayan Riviera, according to a press release. Through this expansion, VeriFone stands to provide more than 20,000 additional taxis with secure, in-taxi and mobile payments, mobile hailing and booking, and interactive multimedia digital signage content during passenger rides.

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Fighters listed as ‘terrorists’ help U.S. in battle against ISIS in Iraq | News , Middle East | THE DAILY STAR

Fighters listed as ‘terrorists’ help U.S. in battle against ISIS in Iraq

Isabel Coles| Reuters

MAKHMUR, Iraq: Washington has acquired an unlikely ally in its battle against ISIS militants in Iraq – a group of fighters it formally classifies as terrorists.

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Turkish first lady slams 'falsehoods' against hubbby

Turkish first lady slams 'falsehoods' against hubbby

August 21, 2014

ISTANBUL : The wife of Turkey's outgoing President Abdullah Gul has launched an angry and highly unusual attack on his critics, complaining he was subjected to "falsehoods and disrespect" while in power, media reported Wednesday. As president, Abdullah Gul was known for choosing his words with extreme care, but his wife Hayrunnisa showed now such caution at a farewell reception late Tuesday.
Hayrunnisa Gul has made few interventions since Gul became president in 2007 and until now has been largely a silent - if always impeccably dressed - presence at his side. "We've seen what have been written and said. I know everything," she told Turkish reporters in comments published throughout the media. "Abdullah Bey was shutting down the Internet and taking the new bulletins away so as not to upset me," she added, referring to her husband by a traditional form of address.

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Kurdish Fighters Vow to Rid Region of Islamic State Militants

Kurdish Fighters Vow to Rid Region of Islamic State Militants

August 21, 2014 3:31 PM

Kurdish Peshmerga fighters, a deeply nationalistic but not always unified force, are vowing to rid their northern Iraqi region of Islamic State militants.

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Turkish food processing firms scouting for JVs

Turkish food processing firms scouting for JVs
Ravi Menon, Bangalore, Aug 21, 2014, DHNS :

Turkish agro food processing machinery firms are making their first major pitch to broaden their presence in the Indian market through joint ventures and customer contacts.

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Four Global Trends Affecting Turkish Food Safety

Four Global Trends Affecting Turkish Food Safety

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Ethan Lang is a project consultant in APCO’s Istanbul office.

What did you eat for lunch today? Where did it come from, and was it safe? Large-scale foodborne illness and contamination events have attracted significant media attention in recent years, impacting consumer confidence and bringing food safety issues to the forefront of public debate. On August 19, APCO Worldwide’s Istanbul office held a food safety roundtable with Dan Glickman, former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture and International Advisory Council member, to discuss global food safety trends and particular challenges in Turkey. The meeting gathered regulatory officials, association representatives and business leaders, including representatives from some of the world’s largest multinational firms in the field of food and consumer products.

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Yezidi refugees without passports denied access to Turkey | Alliance for Kurdish Rights

Yezidi refugees without passports denied access to Turkey

by Asli Sena Kücükyildiz

In his last speech he held as the head of AKP last week, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan claimed:

“The only country that opened its doors to the Yezidis is Turkey, we have accepted 2 thousand Yezidis and are sending help to them.”

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