Tuesday, December 16, 2008

A new chapter in the Turkish media?

The European Union is to open the chapter Information Society and Media in Turkey's accessions negotiations with the EU bloc.I am sure that even the Greek Cypriots will not blog this chapter. Turkey will be under intense scrutiny about Freedom of Press, Freedom of Thought (important as well - consider your self in a Turkish court and you are there because some prosecutor filled a complain on behalf of the PM or some Ultra Nationalists and you went to express your self well but you feel that what you want to say can not be said because of some 'Turkish sensitiveness') and Freedom of establishing a press organ. And nobody in the EU bloc wants what happens these days in Turkey regarding the media under their umbrella. The 'media culture' - on the other side - is still in the hands of a few people who - on an indirect way - put a soft pressure on what their journalists can write.It's a sad thing that Turkish Daily News disappeared and became one of Hurriyet's little sisters. The change in headings are so obvious: headings these days in Hurrieyt Daily News are screaming and are not covering the articles, and 'take a walk on the wild side' with facts. Anyway: good luck Turkey! And I sincerely hope this will be a real new chapter in the Turkish media.

Shoe hall of fame

As Americans have something with shoes and bailouts, in the Netherlands we throw cakes (one time a smoke bomb)

In 1965, Princess Beatrix became engaged to the German aristocrat Claus von Amsberg, a diplomat working for the German Foreign Office. Their marriage caused a massive protest during the wedding day in Amsterdam on 10 March 1966. Prince Claus had served in the Hitler Youth and the Wehrmacht and was, therefore, associated by a part of the Dutch with German Nazism. Protests included the memorable slogan "Geef mijn fiets terug" (Give me back my bicycle), a reference to the memory of occupying German soldiers confiscating Dutch bicycles. A smoke bomb was thrown at the wedding carriage by a group of Provos causing a violent street battle with the police. As time went on, however, Prince Claus became one of the most popular members of the Dutch monarchy and his 2002 death was widely mourned.

How is George W. Bush feeling these days?

Exactly: as a lame duck.

Interview with Mohammed

I watched this clip and it sounds very innocent. Morroco already decide to boycot Dutch goods. Who follows?
Then read this. (the interview of Adnan who wants to build a Turkic-Islamic state, and the guy who is behind so many I-net bans)

Day Opening - December 16

Salvador Dali
Phantom Cart
1933. Oil on panel, 19 x 24,1 cm.
Collection Edward F. W. James, Sussex
'It is not necessary for the public to know whether I am joking or whether I am serious, just s it is not necessary for me to know it myself". Salvador Dali, in "Dali", Harry N. Abrams, Inc., New York, 1968.