Saturday, September 20, 2014

Turkish Cinema under Political Pressure | EurasiaNet.org

Turkish Cinema under Political Pressure
September 19, 2014 - 1:55pm, by Dorian Jones

Turkey

From Cannes to Venice, Turkish filmmakers this year have been raking in awards at international film festivals. But back home, a series of government decisions to restrict the viewership of films containing content at odds with positions held by the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has set off alarm bells about censorship.

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Can Turkey set up buffer zone inside Syria? - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East

Can Turkey set up buffer zone inside Syria?

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is livid over what he says is a coordinated media campaign in the West to discredit Turkey and show it as the weak link in the US-led efforts to combat the Islamic State (IS).

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Turkey's Family Ministry shames singles in new ad - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East

Turkey's Family Ministry shames singles in new ad

"You are headless. You go about with your heads in a plastic bag. You deplete our electricity, fuel and goods, and produce bigger waste. You disturb the order. Get married!” This seemed to be the message Turkey’s Family and Social Policies Ministry issued to bachelors in a campaign poster last week.

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Turkey secures release of 49 hostages seized in northern Iraq | Cyprus Mail

Turkey secures release of 49 hostages seized in northern Iraq

By Seyhmus Cakan

Turkish intelligence agents brought 49 hostages seized by Islamic State militants in northern Iraq back to Turkey on Saturday after more than three months in captivity, in what President Tayyip Erdogan described as a covert rescue operation.

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Friday, September 19, 2014

How will the anti-ISIL fight impact the Kurdish peace bid? - SERKAN DEMİRTAŞ

How will the anti-ISIL fight impact the Kurdish peace bid?

The entire Middle East is passing through dire straits as the world’s most brutal terror organization, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), consolidates its power in Iraq and Syria, storming both countries and turning the lives of non-Sunni communities into a nightmare.

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Istanbul’s flea markets meet past and present - LOCAL

Istanbul’s flea markets meet past and present

ISTANBUL – Anadolu Agency
The outdoor flea markets of Istanbul, where vendors sell all kinds of second-hand items, are a paradise for bargain hunters, collectors, hipsters and the nostalgic and help revive small business

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Orient Lindy Express celebrates Lindy Hop in İstanbul

Orient Lindy Express celebrates Lindy Hop in İstanbul

September 19, 2014, Friday/ 17:13:15/ RUMEYSA KIGER / ISTANBUL

İstanbul is hosting Orient Lindy Express 2014, a festival that focuses on the 1920s popular American dance Lindy Hop, until Monday, offering workshops to dance lovers as well as a chance to enjoy live swing music performances in several venues around the city.

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Delightful diversions in Istanbul | The Australian

Delightful diversions in Istanbul

The Australian

SOON after arriving in Istanbul, I hear of the time-­honoured proverb that if you “eat sweet” you will “speak sweet”. I am offered free morsels of Turkish delight in cafes and bath-houses and even at carpet and jewellery shops in the bazaars.

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Starwood to open first hotel on Asian side of Istanbul - Business Traveller

Starwood to open first hotel on Asian side of Istanbul

Published: 19/09/2014 - Filed under: News »

Starwood will open its first hotel on the Asian side of Istanbul later this year.

The new-build Four Points by Sheraton Istanbul Dudullu will be the brand's first property in Turkey. It is scheduled to open "at the end of 2014".

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What Turkey needs from the Davutoglu Government | openDemocracy

What Turkey needs from the Davutoglu Government
Salih Dogan, Taptuk Emre Erkoc, and Ahmet Erdi Ozturk 19 September 2014

It is a great opportunity for Turkey that former Minister of European Union Affairs Mevlut Cavusoglu became Davutoglu government’s Foreign Minister in order to restore relations with the EU and continue the accession process.

There is no doubt that Turkey’s political and social agenda has been extremely complicated by the Gezi Park protests, polarisation in its internal political arena, corruption investigations and regional problems. Amid this intricate and unpleasant atmosphere, Turkey has now a new President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who was elected by popular vote for the first time in the history of Turkish republic, as well as a new Head of the AK Party and Prime Minister of Turkey, Ahmet Davutoglu.

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Turkey announces new EU strategy in the light of the new "dramatic" crises affectig the Union - Standart News

Turkey announces new EU strategy in the light of the new "dramatic" crises affectig the Union

Turkey said today (18 September) that crises in the Middle East and elsewhere made closer co-operation between Ankara and the European Union essential and announced a new programme to revive the country's stalled drive for EU membership, Euractiv reports.

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Turkey PM Says Ankara Opens Border to Syria Kurds

Turkey PM Says Ankara Opens Border to Syria Kurds
Local Editor

Turkey on Friday opened up its border to thousands of Syrian Kurds fleeing clashes with ISIL insurgents in neighboring Syria, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said.

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A partnership of privilege

Germans and Ottomans in the First World War
A partnership of privilege

When the First World War began 100 years ago, German advisers in the Ottoman Empire were a common sight. The Ottomans hoped their alliance with the military power Germany would help them reverse their waning military fortunes. In the end, however, they lost their entire empire as a result of the conflict. By Jakob Krais

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NYT reveals threats against Turkish reporter as pro-gov't media turn her into target - INTERNATIONAL

NYT reveals threats against Turkish reporter as pro-gov't media turn her into target

ISTANBUL

The New York Times revealed Sept. 19 that its reporter Ceylan Yeğinsu, who wrote a striking story on the recruitment efforts of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) at the heart of the Turkish capital Ankara earlier this week, has been receiving “messages that threaten her safety.”

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Turkey may hold referendum on joining EU

Turkey may hold referendum on joining EU
19 September 2014, 11:23 (GMT+05:00)

Baku, Azerbaijan, Sept. 19

By Rufiz Hafizoglu – Trend:

Turkey will hold a referendum on joining the EU, Turkish Minister of Economy Nihat Zeybekci said Sept. 19, Turkish channel Haber7 reported.

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PKK leader accuses Turkey of supporting IS, Jabhat al-Nusra - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East

PKK leader accuses Turkey of supporting IS, Jabhat al-Nusra

It is wrong to think that the war between the Kurds and takfiri groups only started after the Islamic State (IS) took control of Mosul and advanced toward the Iraqi Kurdistan Region.

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CU-Boulder researchers probe dangerous fault lines near Istanbul - Boulder Daily Camera

CU-Boulder researchers probe dangerous fault lines near Istanbul
Scientists believe region could soon see major quake
By Charlie Brennan

Recent reports state the so-called big one, the next cataclysmic earthquake, could strike close to Istanbul, and instrumentation installed deep beneath the earth's surface by University of Colorado scientists close to a critical fault line may better reveal the geologic processes contributing to such disasters.

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Morocco asks Turkey to require visa due to ISIS | MidEast | Daily Sabah

MOROCCO ASKS TURKEY TO REQUIRE VISA DUE TO ISIS

ISTANBUL — The Moroccan authorities, aiming to stop its citizens from joining Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), asked Turkey to require a visa as allegedly hundreds of Moroccans have flown to Iraq and Syria via Turkish territories. The fact that Moroccans do not need visas to enter Turkey makes it easier for them to use Turkey as a transit point. Yet, according to moroccoworldnews.com, Turkey is not likely to accept the offer since the two countries have political and economic cooperation.

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