Monday, March 31, 2008

The EU and Turkey, its over...

Turkey's constitutional court has decided unanimously that it can hear a case aimed at closing down the country's governing AK Party.

And this will the headlines for Turkish political, social and business environment for the next 6 months. Will PM Erdogan and President Gull be accused and be hanged (like menderes in 1960)? Welcome to Turkey: country of tolerance and freedom of speech.

While Turkey already lost 5 billion USD of FDI (withdrawn in the last 2 weeks), the Turkish 'secularist', which they don't are in the true sense of secularism, are only worried about what is going on with their 'assets'. Not what will be going on in Turkey on the short-, mid- and long term. Its ideology first, ideology second, ideology third and far away the well being of the Turkish people. This can only be seen in a country with a 100.000% inflation rate: Zimbabwe.

Turkey's bid for EU membership is at risk, and on the short term: social and political instability will be a fact. The ultra conservative kemalist are keeping a carrot in front of the modern Turks, that their country heritage is in danger, only to scare them since these kemalist have the money and power to travel abroad: where their accounts are safe and saved. And while painting the 'West' as the great threat, they using this as a fact to keep themselves on line with the Europeans. Only, Europe will not fall into this trap.
Say farewell the EU membership. But I feel so sorry for the millions of Turks who worked their ass off.

Political Tape Ad - Silencing and being Taped

“The world needs a tape like this.” That’s the genius tag line of the new print ad campaign for Tesa tape.
Four of our recent “great” world leaders are featured with one of their pretty “smart” quotes (of which there is an abundance) with red Tesa tape used to tape their mouth shut. The campaign was created by Heads Propaganda ad agency, Curitiba, Brazil.


Here are the four featured quotes:

“Are you going to ask that question with shades on? For the viewers there’s no sun. George W. Bush, addressing a blind reporter during a press conference.”


“I am not a populist. I am a democrat. Hugo Chávez, rebutting criticism of the press.”

“Each one will give one’s best for a fairer country, for a poorer country. José Sócrates, Prime Minister of Portugal, addressing the Portuguese people.”
“I am the best political leader in Europe and the world. Silvio Berlusconi, former Prime Minister of Italy, during a press conference.”

Replace these pictures with all the Turkish party leaders and I am sure you will find a quote 'to be taped', except the LDP..) Must be a piece of cake for the Turkish advertising makers. Or are they taped by art 301, or because of lack of creativity?

Day Opening - March 31


Porto.

Below; Vinho Verde.
Porto is one of the great wine capitals of the world.

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Christianity, Islam and Judaism (no 1)

This is is the first part of speeches, the Dutch Arabist and Professor Hans Jansen at one of the European finest Universities wrote and talked about Islam. For common understanding only...

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Muslims have dominated the world and their non-Muslim neighbors for about a thousand years. This happy millennium came visibly to an end when the siege of Vienna was lifted in 1683, when a Polish army chased the Muslim Turks away on September 11 of that year.

Many Muslims resent this loss of domination, and they feel that the present dominant world power occupies this position illegally.
Since Europe is full of politicians and thinkers of various caliber who equally resent being left behind, the emergence of a coalition of resentment is a real possibility. Such a coalition, may I call it Eurabia, is extremely dangerous, perhaps to the Land of the Free, but certainly to the Free World.
There is, however, more to all this. May I take a few minutes of your time to try and explain something that at first sight may seem utterly unrelated to our present problems. As you all know, there are three monotheistic religions, Islam, Christianity and Judaism. In many aspects these religions are surprisingly similar. There are however, a surprising number of differences as well.


Christianity, as you all know, is a missionary religion. Christianity is a religion that makes universal claims, and most if not all Christians believe that it is their Christian duty to preach the Christian gospel to each and every human being, and to convince literally everybody of the truth of its preaching. Christianity, however, has only limited interest in the legal details of the believers' daily life. Its focus is directed at intention and mentality. It is not a legalistic religion that prescribes and forbids. It lacks precise laws. There is, e.g., no Christian penal or civil code or a Christian law of inheritance.


Judaism, on the contrary, is not a missionary religion. Judaism makes high demands on the daily life of its adherents, it issues hundreds of commands that its followers have to obey. The rabbis, the religious leaders in Judaism, are specialists on Jewish law, and exactly like jurists do in secular law systems, they prescribe or forbid I the members of their congregations a multitude of actions. However, it is indifferent to them whether the rest of humanity obeys their instructions. Their mission is not universal, they do not have to convince the rest of humanity that their legalistic interpretation of monotheism is binding for others, too.

Islam represents the third possibility within monotheism: it is both missionary and legalistic, in that it wants to prescribe in detail how humans should behave. It is unavoidable that this third possibility exists, if it would not exist it should be invented at once. But it makes Islam into something that is different from Judaism or Christianity. There is an Islamic law of inheritance. There are Islamic laws on very nearly everything.

It is difficult to say whether the Christian claims to the universality of its message and the rabbinical insistence on a precise and legalistic approach to human behavior are the strength or the weakness of those respective religious traditions. It is simply a fact of life and history that Christianity preaches to everybody, but there is no Christian detailed code of law that regulates all aspects of human behavior. The synagogue, on the other hand, does not try to convert everybody, but unlike Christianity the synagogue dictates rules that are sharply defined and have to be followed by the elect - but only by them. To some, the problem with Islam is that it does both these things at the same time. Like Christianity, Islam is a missionary religion that wants to bring the Islamic message to the ends of the earth, but at the same time Islam dictates, like Judaism, a set of sharply defined rules that have, in principle, to be obeyed not just by the elect, but by everybody.


Prof. Dr Johannes J.G. Jansen (Amsterdam 1942) holds the Houtsma Chair for Contemporary Islamic Thought in the Department of Arabic, Persian and Turkish at the University of Utrecht (The Netherlands), since May 2003.


Prof. Dr. Jansen taught Arabic and Islamic Studies at Leiden University from 1982 till May 2005. From early 1979 till the summer of 1982 he was director of the Dutch research center in Cairo, the Nederlands Instituut voor Arabische Studiën en Egyptische Archeologie. He also taught at Groningen University (1975-1979) and at Amsterdam University (1982).

He studied in Amsterdam (1960-1964), Cairo (1966-1967) and Leiden (1964-1968). He received degrees from the Theological Faculty of Amsterdam University (Biblical Hebrew and the History of Philosophy, 1961), the Amsterdam University Faculty of Arts (BA, Hebrew, Aramaic and Arabic, 1964) and the Leiden Faculty of Arts (MA, Arabic, Turkish, and History of the Middle East). He earned a doctorate at Leiden in 1974.

Uncivilized behavior.

We live in a country where violence is almost accepted as ‘normal’. Especially among those folks who feel every day insulted, offended or in other words: people who think that they have the right to destroy everything, or attack anything they don’t like; in the name of their religion or a misplaced ideology. Attacking out of greed, envy, and ignorance, whatever! We also live in a neighborhood which is trendy, where people like to hang out. But a neighborhood which lacks parking spaces; always a hassle to find a spot. Last week they bumped in my well parked car twice, without leaving a note, and once they went with a metal stick or keys over the car to make as many scratches as they can do. But early this morning I found my car totally caput: windshields were bowed and broken and looked like a phallus symbol on a car. Back window shield was ripped off, so the mirrors. But worse: they used the car to vent their anger on. Trying to do some graffiti on the car with metal sticks or/and keys. Is this: barbarism? Never saw this in my 50 years on earth.

Shockvertising - Extreme Shopping Sprees

At first, these images look like a scene from a horror movie. My first thought was that these photos were of some crazy Disney witch come to life, like those from Snow White or Beauty and the Beast. But then I took a closer look and realized they were of a modern day woman, likely even an attractive one, draped in the latest fashion.
The ad is for a sale at Venue, and it’s actually quite clever. The “Sale Now On” ad implies the deals will be so tremendous, people won’t be able to resist loading up on dresses, jackets, belts, jewelry and bags.
The campaign was shot in three locations: in a stairwell, parking garage and back at the home, still draped in the clothes while seated on a chair.


Made by JWT Singapore



Day Opening - March 30


World's tallest bridge: Vladuc de Millau, Millau, France.

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Press release by LiveLeak - Fitna

Following threats to our staff of a very serious nature, and some ill informed reports from certain corners of the British media that could directly lead to the harm of some of our staff, Liveleak.com has been left with no other choice but to remove Fitna from our servers. This is a sad day for freedom of speech on the net but we have to place the safety and well being of our staff above all else. We would like to thank the thousands of people, from all backgrounds and religions, who gave us their support. They realised LiveLeak.com is a vehicle for many opinions and not just for the support of one. Perhaps there is still hope that this situation may produce a discussion that could benefit and educate all of us as to how we can accept one anothers culture. We stood for what we believe in, the ability to be heard, but in the end the price was too high.

Day Opening - March 29



"Pink and Blue" by Clifford Bailey.

Friday, March 28, 2008

Busy Fitna

Yesterday "Fitna the movie" is released at 19:00 local Dutch time by LiveLeak.com.
There are two versions of the movie, a Dutch and an English one.

Within an hour the Dutch version was already watched for 75,000 times.
Due to a very busy server I'm one of the people who hasn’t seen it yet!

The administrators of the site said that this is the first time that their site have problems with the server. They offered their excuse. I can not believe that there is an internetsite without serverproblems these days! But anyhow it's polite.......

They also announced that they are not supporting the ideology of Wilders, but that they believe in freedom of speech and expression. I don't care if they are supporting the movie or not! All I want is to watch the movie and that their serverproblems are solved!

I can't say anything yet about the movie. But it's giving me a headache already! Because of my curiosity i'm still sitting in front of my desktop instead of lying in my warm bed!

I give it a last try. The server is still busy.
Sweet dreams.

Day Opening - March 28



Marlene Dietrich in "Shanghai Express".

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Writersblog?

Since last week, little inspiration and being in a turnoil of personal events is keeping me down. Like "Carrie" from Sex and the City , I decided to go to a cafe and find some ideas. In this case I went to Haagen Daz.

After four blueberry muffins and six cups of tea. I still don't get it: is inspiration an idea or an emotion?

So I thought, maybe I will find some inspiration at a park. And I decided to go to the
Amsterdamse Bos. Some fresh air will definitely be good for me; to think.

After 30 minutes it started raining. Soaked like a wet dog, I went back to my car, looked up to the sky and I came to a very important conclusion; today I have to make a lot of decisions and all this didn't help me to get my inspiration back! I am cornered now, but still free.

Tomorrow probably, I will have back my common sense!

And If not: I still have my
writers block as an excuse.

Shockvertising: an idea for Istanbul?


Wickipedia defines Shock Advertising as “a form of advertising where social or moral boundaries are pushed in order to create buzz and controversy. It depends on the mantra “there’s no such thing as bad publicity.” In the above example from the Brazil government, you can see that the definition of shock advertising is embraced: a pedestrian safety ad. A similar one can be used in Istanbul where as a pedestrian you sometimes have to run for your life...

Day Opening - March 27




"Tango in Paris" by Fabian Perez.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Shockvertising

About face is a unique website trying to promote awareness and combat the media’s distortion of women in advertising. The site features responsible advertisers and a “worst offenders” list, which is extensive!
The Worst Offenders List is mostly populated by clothing designers. The way these companies target young women and girls to objectify is pretty eye-opening. Women in these ads are used as objects (mostly by men), in some cases physically and sexually assaulted (promoting violence against women), shown in anorexic states (giving girls the idea unreal body types are cool) all to sell clothing.
One company Sisley is frequently on their list as a repeat offender for continuously pushing the envelope with their advertising. Interestingly enough, I went to Sisley’s website and they sell a line of children’s clothing featuring several cute little children modeling their clothes. Their parents must think this company’s advertising is pretty sweet to let them pose for this designer. You’ve probably already seen some of these advertisements, but there are a whole slew of them you most likely haven’t, so it’s worth going over there to have a look. A San Francisco-based non-profit group, About-Face combats negative and distorted images of women in the media.



Sisley ads




Eastern European Shockvertising


The Association for the Promotion of Women in Romania (APFR is the acronym in Romanian) put out this ad showcasing the plight of battered women in that Eastern European Country. The very same ad could be splattered on any public telephone of any country in the world. Some well traveled, abused cliche says that a picture is worth a thousand words…

Day Opening - March 26

Marilyn Monroe

Monday, March 24, 2008

Turkey's dogma's

The underlying charge in the chief prosecutor's indictment is that the AKP has been eroding secularism. But the origins of the current constitution, and its definition of secularism, are highly suspect.
Turkey's existing constitution was adopted in 1982 as a direct product of the Turkish military coup of 1980. The five senior generals who led the coup appointed, directly or indirectly, all 160 members of the Consultative Assembly that drafted the new constitution, and they retained veto power over the final document. In the national ratification referendum that followed, citizens were allowed to vote against the military-sponsored draft, but not to argue against it publicly.

As a result, the 1982 constitution has weaker democratic origins than any in the EU. Its democratic content was also much weaker, assigning, for example, enormous power (and a military majority) to the National Security Council. While the AKP has moderated this authoritarian feature, it is difficult to democratize such a constitution fully, and official EU reports on Turkey's prospects for accession repeatedly call for a new constitution, not merely an amended one.

With public opinion polls indicating that the AKP's draft constitution, prepared by an academic committee, would be accepted through normal democratic procedures, the chief prosecutor acted to uphold the type of secularism enshrined in the 1982 constitution, which many commentators liken to French secularism.

Yet the comparison with what the French call laicism is misleading.

Certainly, both French laicism and Turkish secularism (established by modern Turkey's founder, Mustapha Kemal Ataturk) began with a similar hostility toward religion. But now they are quite different. In Turkey, the only religious education that is tolerated is under the strict control of the state, whereas in France a wide variety of privately supported religious education establishments is allowed, and since 1959 the state has paid for much of the Catholic Church's primary school costs. In Turkey, Friday prayers are written by civil servants in the 70,000-member State Directorate of Religious Affairs, and all Turkish imams also must be civil servants.

No similar controls exist in France.

Similarly, until the AKP came to power and began to loosen restrictions, it was virtually impossible in Turkey to create a new church or synagogue, or to create a Jewish or Christian foundation. This may be why the Armenian patriarch urged ethnic Armenians in Turkey to vote for the AKP in last July's elections. Here, too, no such restrictions exist in France.

The differences between French and Turkish secularism can be put in even sharper comparative perspective. In the widely cited "Fox" index measuring state control of majority and minority religions - in which zero represents the least state control, and figures in the thirties represent the greatest degree of control - all but two current EU member states get scores that are in the zero to six range. France is at the high end of the EU norm, with a score of six.
Turkey, however, scores 24, worse even than Tunisia's authoritarian secular regime. Is this the type of secularism that needs to be perpetuated by the Turkish chief prosecutor's not so-soft constitutional coup?

What really worries some democratic secularists in Turkey and elsewhere is that the AKP's efforts at constitutional reform might be simply a first step toward introducing Islamic law, or sharia. If the constitutional court will not stop a potential AKP-led imposition of sharia, who will?
There are two responses to this question. First, the AKP insists that it opposes creating a sharia state, and experts say that there is no "
smoking gun" in the chief prosecutor's indictment showing that the AKP has moved toward such a goal. Second, support for sharia, never high in Turkey, has actually declined since the AKP came to power, from 19 percent in 1996 to 8 percent in 2007.

Given that the AKP's true power base is its support in democratic elections, any attempt to impose sharia would risk alienating many of its own voters. Given this constraint, there is no reason for anyone, except for "secular fundamentalists," to support banning the AKP, Erdogan, or Gul; and every reason for Turkey to continue on its democratic path. Only that course will enable Turkey to construct a better constitution than it has now.

A dogma tells one side of the story.

source: TheDaily Mirror

Who smiled really charming?


Finally a warm heart for a 'Bunny'...


Our enlighted God. But we missed his address...but no price for you this year.

Only Today! Watch out you infidels...


The tape, aired on Arabic television channel al-Jazeera, calls for organised resistance against invading "crusaders" in the Muslim world.
In addition to the US and the UK, the speaker singles out Australia, France, Poland, Norway, South Korea and Japan.
He says the countries cited took part in the invasion of Afghanistan, Iraq or Chechnya and gave Israel "means of survival".
Thank you, Sir.


Canada is often thought of as a land of bland consensus and multicultural harmony - the last place where you would expect to see a religious minority up in arms, and journalists accusing the state of gagging freedom of speech.
Yet in recent months, these have become fixtures of the country's public debate.
Read here.
Abu Bakar Bashir, spiritual leader in Indonesia, has likened non-Muslims to worms, snakes and maggots. Read here. He likes to smile when these snakes (Jews) worms (Christians) and maggots (Hindus and Buddhists) are crushed.
Reminds me about a movie last night, which I saw for the 5th time: Schindler's List.



There were around 30 attacks today by Muslim extremists...but for today, its enough.
Time for the OIC to DO something?
Enjoy your Holidays!!!

Day Opening - March 24


Plaster by Serge Roche.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

YouTube Blocked and the Close of AK Party: Repercussions for Turkish Society

What does blocking YouTube in Turkey and the Turkish Constitutional Court trying to close the AK Party have in common? Refusal to understand the democratic right to freedom of speech for all people and for society to elect their officials.

Isn't a National Court supposed to respect people's rights instead of quashing them?

Why does the Turkish Court continue to waste time on cases which only result in less freedom, less understanding, and of greater importance, negative publicity?

Holiday Branding -Armani

As a kid, I used to leave the Easter Bunny a few carrots, just to make sure I got some good chocolates. Now that I’m an adult, what do I have to do to make sure I get some Armani Easter Eggs this year?

“Embossed with the unmistakable ‘A’ and delivered in a sky blue box dressed with a ribbon, these chocolate eggs are not for the children to hunt down in the yard, but for a special someone who deserves some sweetness this spring,” Luxist describes.

The epitome of good taste, in every sense, these golden eggs are just a matter of deciding whether or not to get one, just a question of how to accessorize. They look so good, I may just have to buy one for myself.
You don’t have to wait for Easter to pick one up, and you’ll probably miss out if you do. They hit Armani stores in mid-February. Next year?

Day Opening - March 23


Happy Easter!

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Thursday, March 20, 2008

a column

Mustafa Aykol, a dear friend wrote a column:

Introducing the Soviet Socialist Republic of Ankara

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Turkey will become a free and democratic country until the SSRA is abolished, and all institutions of the regime accept the sovereignty of the people

Turkey is often called a democracy, but that is a gross mistake. In fact, it is only a quasi-democracy. In democracies, sovereignty rests with the people. In Turkey it is shared between the people and the Soviet Socialist Republic of Ankara (SSRA). The latter lets the people make decisions on trivial issues, but never allows them to mingle with more important ones. When the representatives of the people take steps to make Turkey a real democracy, the SSRA first resists, then warns, then attacks.

Of course the SSRA does not call itself as such. It simply calls itself “the Republic.” Dictionaries will tell you that a republic is “a state in which supreme power is held by the people and their elected representatives.” But in Turkey, it is precisely the opposite. The like the USSR of Moscow, the SSRA of Ankara is a “republic” which does not trust its people. It only trusts its own rigid ideology, which is often at odds with the deep-seated beliefs, values and identities of the people. That's why the SSRA is engaged in a never-ending war against “the internal enemies of the Republic,” who constitute the majority of the nation.
Vulgar (not dialectical) materialism:

Continue reading here

A famous writer

Belgian Author Hugo Claus Dies at 78

Day opening - March 20


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:
Continue reading here.

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.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Resign?



At a press conference today The Dalai Lama said he would have to resign as leader of Tibet's government-in-exile if violence by protesters in the region worsens.

Yesterday Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao blamed supporters of the Dalai Lama for the recent violence in Tibet.

The Dalai Lama dared Wen to investigate the protest in China.
He said “Prime minister come here and investigate thoroughly all our files, or record my speeches.“

The current protest’s are the most violent ones until now.

The power of the Greek Orthodox church


If you are living in Greece, and you have a relation, don't live together...

The Greek Orthodox church, which plays a significant role in the life of the Greeks, considered this to be tantamount to "prostitution".

The Greek government, who is trying to harmonise their law to 'European standards' (I still don't know what that means), is under fire by the Greek Orthodox church. A church which also have a powerful influence on Greek politics.

The proposed new law would allow unmarried couples to make their relationship legally binding, by signing a simple notarial contract.

But still, homosexual couples don't have any rights like heterosexual couples.

Money Money Money!


Paul McCartney's ex-wife received nearly 24.3 million pounds payout in divorce ruling.
McCartney (65) married the former model and charity campaigner Heather Mills (40) in 2002.
They separated four years later, blaming media intrusion into their private lives. The settlement equated to £17,000 for every day of the couple's marriage. Not bad...

Ban on t-shirts?

Cool brands are working more and launching products related to sex, whether it's perfume, t-shirts or boards.

Here, Addict launched an artist series with 3 XXX sketches to wear, made by Mode 2 artists, showing intimate parts of female body, beautiful drawn. Is sex the uner new trend to 'wear'? We know sex sells but the way the the brand delivers the 'sex' message is what matters for the consumer. Common people think it would be inappropriate, but some consumers, the target group, the trendsetters, would agree that this is a good marketing move.
Do you think that wearing this t-shirt will be allowed while attending class at an university in Turkey?
The t-shirts are not religious and/or political related...
The box of Pandora is open at the moment...

Day Opening - March 18



Photo of the detail of the fine architecture in the Basilica di San Marco in Venice, Italy.

Monday, March 17, 2008

SOS Cupid


Where are you, Cupid ?

The hand kisses, poems and the love letters are disappeared! Or maybe they lost their way? We only have the digital ones left.

Nowadays people clarify their love or ask someone for a date by a sms. The romance is gone. Help us!

Please Cupid do something. We need you desperately!
Please bring the romance back. Please bring the serenades back.

Bring enough arrows to shoot! Or are you digitalized too?

The Euro

The economy of the USA is according economists of Goldman Sachs not the largest economy anymore. The 15 countries of the ‘Eurozone’, became now the largest. Due to a falling USA dollar, these 15 countries (Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain – 320.000.000 people) their total GPD is 13.880 billion USD, while that of the USA is 13.843 billion USD.The UK, Sweden, Denmark and Poland, for example - all EU members – didn’t adopt to the Euro. Non-EU members who are also using the Euro are: Montenegro and Kosovo, while countries with free-floating currencies such as Norway, Switzerland and Turkey are partially using the Euro. City states such as San Marino, Monaco and Vatican City (the biggest multinational worldwide?) are using the Euro as well.
The USA dollar is at its record low against the Euro: 1.57

Shockvertising

The Photoshopped picture is from an ad put out by Hogeschool-Universiteit (HUB). The higher education institution in Brussel Belgium seeks to increase attendance by offering prospective students a college and university in one and by asking the question, “Why choose if you can combine?”

That ad photo is some combination!

The current political process in the USA is anything but a joke (although sometimes I have my doubts) but I would be lying if I said that I am not laughing my butt off right now!

Via: advertido.



Day Opening - March 17


Tie your heart at night to mine, love,
and both will defeat the darkness
like twin drums beating in the forest
against the heavy wall of wet leaves.

Night crossing: black coal of dream
that cuts the thread of earthly orbs
with the punctuality of a headlong train
that pulls cold stone and shadow endlessly.

Love, because of it, tie me to a purer movement,
to the grip on life that beats in your breast,
with the wings of a submerged swan,

So that our dream might reply
to the sky’s questioning stars
with one key, one door closed to shadow

Painting by Marc Chagall.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

The logica of some Turkish journalists

I know that Turkish people want to read nice stories. But this is not a nice one.
After the action of the Turkish Chief prosecutor to ban the ruling AKP party, some Turkish journalists are defending this – by attacking the EU for double standards – that Europe had a history of banning parties. The truth is something else. First you cannot say the EU, still confusing this with Europe. And second, the countries in the EU don’t have a history of banning political parties. Only the KPD in 1956, in West Germany was banned.


It is extremely difficult to ban political parties in Europe, and attempts to shut down parties are regarded as incompatible with liberal democracies. When political parties appealed to Germany's Supreme Court to ban the Nazi Party, their request was turned down on grounds that the allegations were not sufficiently sound. A similar move in Belgium to ban the openly racist Vlaams Belang (The Benefit of the Flemish People) Party was rejected by the country's highest court.
Batasuna in Spain can still act, on personal note, openly, and is not illegal in France.
We can discuss which parties were considered illegal in Franco’s Spain, under the Greek Junta, or under the torn of the Soviet Union in Central and East Europe.
It’s now about parties in countries which are member or wannabee members of the EU. Countries which are members of the NATO, the OESO. Nothing else counts at the moment.
And Turkey has a record of closing down parties: 24 in the last 44 years. For some of you: even during the Cold War, the communist parties were allowed and even represented in several governments (Italy).

I confess



Online churches are nothing new. But confessions on Internet?!
For people who feel guilty to a sin among us there is now: forgivenet.com.
You can send an email or post an anonymous request for forgiveness.

Do we really need these kind of confessions done through Internet? Does it makes sense?

No real interaction anymore?

The great Turkish hypocrisy

Friday, March 14, 2008 - Turkish Daily News

We know all too well that Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s (and most Turks’) selective tolerance to terrorism against Israel has religious connotations. Did anyone complain of ‘double standards’


Burak BEKDİL

The Turks, whether in official attire or civilian, often – and not without good reason – complain about western hypocrisy when it comes to terrorism. What they see as unjust and systematically hypocritical is the cliché symptom of real-politik that makes a man shooting and bombing for a political cause someone's terrorist and the other's freedom fighter.

The Turks are right and wrong at the same time. They are right to think that some EU states have discriminated against the Turkish fight against Kurdish terror – due to a combination of reasons of real-politik and of romanticism, with the latter strongly linked to the Turkish state's decades-long denial policy and the oppression of an ethnicity which the Turks never realized was an ethnicity before the shooting began. But they are wrong to think that double (or rather, multiple) standards in recognizing and identifying the terrorist and honestly fighting him apply only to their case.
There have been several examples in world politics, even within EU borders, of the same ethos the Turks think is special to them. How really willing were the French about helping their Spanish neighbors on ETA? How willing were the Americans about helping their closest allies, the British, on IRA? No doubt, these examples can be multiplied.

Turks' own hypocrisy:

But the “uglier” side of the problem about the Turkish perceptions of “systematic international hypocrisy” is not the Turks' belief that they are the world's only victims of foreign support/tolerance for “some” terrorism. The “uglier” problem is the Turks' own hypocrisy. Too sad, if the Turks can be terror-hypocrites it would only be too surprising if other nations are not.

And do these poor Chechens not deserve an independent state after all? Of course, they do. But the Kurds do not. What's the difference? The average Turk does not like the “infidel Russians” whereas the Chechens are “our Muslim cousins.” “Our chaps” can kill children, our enemies cannot. Would the same average Turk sympathize with the Uighur man if/when he resorts to violence, or with the Chinese state? Not too difficult to guess. But there is more.
Continue reading here

EU draft report on Turkey of this week

“Turkish authorities should resolutely pursue investigations into the Ergenekon affair, to fully uncover its networks reaching into the state structures and to bring those involved to justice.“

The Ergenekon gang, a neo-nationalist group accused of involvement in plans to stage a violent uprising against the government, was discovered at the end of an investigation that came upon the heels of a police raid in June of last year that uncovered an arms depot in a house in İstanbul's Ümraniye district. The prosecutor in the Ergenekon case has said the gang worked to create disorder and chaos through divisive and violent acts so the public would be willing to accept a military intervention to restore order.


click here for the report in short.

How much are the events of this Friday and the EU draft report related to each other since the AKP is the only party which is willing to go after the deep state?

Day Opening - March 16


1957 -- Margaret Philips, by Henry Clarke (1918-1996), an haute couture photographer whose work reached its height in the 1950's and 60's.