Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Turkish double standards, again.

While the Turkey's military and its bourgeois press is putting pressure on the EU to do more fighting PKK terrorists, the same press and military are saying: 'we don't want to fight in Afghanistan'. Do they have some interests in the papaver/heroin culture over there? Women trafficking as well, since Turkey is a transit country for human flesh and drugs?

While Turkey is still accusing 'the West', what that means - but my Turkish well travelled friends knows what That means - of supporting the PKK, the same regime refuse to battle the 'out of the dark ages' movements like the Taliban. Of course, the Taliban are 'brothers' of Turkey, since they have the same religion.

Turkey is not building bridges, this PR tale is off the table. For once and always; you can slaughter Christians, Jews, Hindu's, Buddhists and Turkey act still like an elephant in a porcelain store...

In the meanwhile, Turks are suing each other - fighting their own Taliban (read AKP) in Turkey- and are still finding a new way how to topple an elected government, by all means. Yes, Turkey is real democratic, on its own merits.

An excellent article

Our brave and dear friend wrote another fine article.

By Orhan Kemal Cengiz.

'Judicial memo' to open Pandora's Box?

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

For the Turkish military, “legitimacy” is very important. Therefore, if you look at the history of military interventions in Turkey you can see that before each of them, “necessary conditions” had always been prepared. The military came to power “as a last resort,” to “save the country” from different kind of evils. When I say military I do not mean a homogeneous power. In terms of ideology and for their self appointed role, there is of course a consensus within this institution. If there is an institution with a rigidly defined role, it is not difficult for some people within and outside this organization doing things that will lead it in certain directions to urge it to play “its role.”

Is the case against the Justice and Development Party (AKP) a case that the chief prosecutor at the Court of Appeals has decided to take it on his own? I do not think so. It is clear that the prosecutor is acting on behalf of a coalition of bureaucrats, most of which consist of soldiers. Kemalist elites have been trying to find new ways and means to intervene in political processes. The military has got a harsh lesson at the last elections on July 22, 2007. Therefore, it is obvious that they would refrain from making open moves but instead would prefer to use a kind of shield, a different exterior.

They are now calculating what kind of reactions they would have if they make an intervention. They are trying to understand what would the reaction be from within the country and abroad if they try to make more open interventions. This is my good case scenario. My worst case scenario is that this case may just be a first move for a chain of actions. It may be followed by some provocative moves that will be used against the government again. If I were the government I would take all precautions to protect the chief prosecutor and the members of the high courts against any assassination. However, from the first reactions of the leaders of the AKP, I could see that they do not understand the gravity of the situation. The prime minister and other forefront figures in the AKP are making angry comments about the prosecutor, unaware of the fact that all these comments may well be used as a part of another conspiracy which will lead this country into uncertainty and crisis.

What I hope of course, that the first scenario is in making in Turkey. Namely Kemalist elites are just making a blind move to understand and analyse “the situation” in order to explore the possibilities.

The lessons to be drawn:
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You Tube chronicles

A ton of money is going to online video advertising, but very little of that is going to user-generated amateur videos.
For now, advertisers fear their ads could accidentally appear in clips that have nudity, foul language or even criticism of their brand. According to Jayant Kadambi, chief executive for YuMe Inc. "That’s a holdover from the TV days. If someone runs a TV show that the general audience doesn’t like, the advertiser gets yelled at.” And fined.
Janet Jackson Superbowl fiasco, anyone? Even though Google has been showing new video formats to generate money from its purchase of YouTube, it has been very cautious not alienating users or advertisers.
Success will finally depend on video-sharing sites separating quality video from the gargabe and tagging ads accordingly.
"You really don't know what you are going to get until you see it," she said. "A user-generated (clip) could be 30 seconds or three minutes.
You have no idea of the quality. To make a user pay with their time with any type of preroll is risky."
But by contrast, she said, a user can expect a certain level of quality from a specific show or sports highlights offered online.
With education and innovation, Greenspan said, "by and large we can close the gap. I don't think it's ever going to consistently match top brands, but we're still talking about a huge move upwards from where it is. Right now it's just ridiculous."

And YouTube is again banned in Turkey.
Turkey's prosecutors have to understand that not YouTube but one of its users are (mis)using YouTube for its own purposes.

Day Opening - March 19

Ancient Mayan Ruins Chichen Itza Mexico.