Friday, November 7, 2008

R.I.P. Turkey's Daily News

Turkey’s only one and independent Turkish Daily is embedded in Hurriyet, one of Turkey’s most read tabloid; a newspaper with no sound investigative journalism, but more based upon speculations and feed with populism and often running completely nonsense stories. Is this why so many people in Turkey are not informed at all? Today was the day: Hurriyet Dialy News replaced Turkish Daily News. And as bonus, the Chief Editor of Hurriyet – puppy of our dear friend Ayden Dogan (owner of several media outlets such as Hurriyet, Millyet and also TDN) wrote a column. Wow. Maybe lost in translation, but with this kind of crap, you cannot even finalize your high school in Europe: lack of syntaxes, ridiculous out liners and simple: it’s not a column but some ranting. Read here his idiotry...

And another bonus: a story about the fact that the EU and Nato are almost the same. This creepy fairy tail is doing well for so many years in Turkey but which is completely NONSENSE: Canada, Norway, Iceland, the USA etc. etc. etc. Are not in the EU and Sweden and Finland for example are not NATO members. Turkish politicians tried and tries so hard to confuse Europe but while blocking all kind of decision making processes Turkey is alienating itself from its allies: This sort of blocking everything makes Turkey’s friends in NATO nervous and this is not in Turkey’s interest either,” a French diplomat said.
In the mean while, TDN is not my home page anymore, back to Financial times.

The Stoning of Soraya M., the Movie

Picture: Shohreh Aghdashloo is a prominent actress on both stage and screen, Shohreh Aghdashloo has portrayed a vast array of complex and powerful characters throughout her career. She is most notably known for her prodigious performance as Nadi in “House of Sand and Fog,” which earned her an Academy Award nomination.
She plays the aunt of Soraya M. in the movie, The Stoning of Soraya M.

While stoning is officially prohibited by the fundamentalist regime in Iran, every mullah is free to act as he wants. Muslims cannot stone a human being, but when a woman is accused by her husband - rightly or wrongly - of infidelity, she is no longer considered human. This is the true story of an innocent woman stoned to death in modern Iran. Soraya M.'s husband Ghorban-Ali, was a shiftless, ambitious man, prone to rages and dreams of wealth. He wanted to get out of his marriage. When Soraya began cooking for the widowed husband of a friend, he found his excuse. Abetted by village authorities and aided by Islamic law, he accused his wife of adultery. Soraya M. - rendered mute by the injustice of the accusations, exhausted by her husband's constant abuse and her grinding daily routine - said nothing in her defense, and her silence was taken as guilt. Perhaps, too, she knew that her protests would not be heard.
She was taken away, buried up to her shoulders and neck in the ground, and then stoned to death.
From the Book: the Stoning of Soraya M. by Freidoune Sahebjam.

This movie will hit the theaters soon (don't know in Turkey) and according people who watched a pre-release this film will not appear quietly and disappear without notice; a powerful, dramatic, and disturbing representation of a true story.

Here a short synopsis and here the trailer.

Shohreh Aghdashloo in Talking Movies:

“It is an Islamic law that somehow should be dealt with by the government of Iran,” says Aghdashloo “I don't know about the rest of the world in terms of stoning in other countries, in Iran the government has supposedly suspended it but not banned it. I guess they can't interfere with the rules. I don't know what the problem is but it's still there! It's just been suspended.
“[This film] will definitely have an impact on stoning everywhere, not just in Iran. There are other places; Iraq, Turkey, Yemen, Somalia. What I'm hoping for is that it will have an impact on all these places where stoning is going on.”

And the culture relativist Erdogan of the AK parti try to silence all kind of critics and pursue still a 'modern Islamic' culture. And another one comes up with lies.

Immigrants in Holland catch up

Non-western immigrants are beginning to close the gap with native Dutch people in terms of education, jobs and income, the national statistics office CBS said in a new report on integration in the Netherlands.

The 266-page report (in Dutch) looked at the position of what it calls 'non-western' immigrants, largely people from Morocco, Turkey, Suriname and the Antilles in Dutch society. The integration of immigrants is a central part of national and local government policy.
The report shows that despite the improvements, boys with an ethnic minority background are still more likely to go into lower level vocational training, drop out of school early and perform less well in exams than their white peers.
For example, around 80% of boys with a Turkish or Moroccan background go to trade schools, compared with 55% of the native Dutch.

Jobs market

On the jobs market, the unemployment rate among young men from ethnic minorities fell from 27% in 2005 to 15% last year. In the native population, the jobless rate fell by just 3%. However, non-western immigrants are twice as likely to be on a temporary or flexible contract than their white peers, the report shows.
The unemployment rate among highly-educated second generation immigrants is now equal to that among native Dutch people, the CBS said. 'Nevertheless, the position of non-white immigrants remains vulnerable, particularly at times of economic downturn.'

Crime

The CBS survey also indicates that young men of Moroccan and Antillean origin are still strongly over-represented in the crime figures. They are three times as likely to have a criminal record than their white counterparts and 89% of them will re-offend within 10 years, the CBS says.
But non-western immigrants are also more likely to be victims of crime - especially young men, according to the CBS figures.

The Eastern Middle: The World Is Changing

The Eastern Middle: The World Is Changing

Day Opening - November 7


Les Poseuses by Georges Seurat