Tuesday, April 15, 2008

How to start a “constructive” dialogue with CHP in any subject

An ambassador from a Western Europe country, whom I met just before the Barroso luncheon, had told me how impossible it was to start a “constructive” dialogue with CHP in any subject.

During the time we spent with the EU officials, we once again realized that one of the main issues of Turkey is the “lack of democratic opposition”. The CHP at this point is way behind the government party which has been questioned for its flimsiness, whether or not its being democrat ever, or its understanding of democracy as well as its “sincerity.”

That leaves Turkey with unacceptable and nonsense choices alone regarding a government change in the country, such as “either AKP or military coup”.

From a leading civil society organization a representative sitting at our table “ironically” said, “The AKP's opponent in Turkey is the EU.” Given that Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, at the beginning of his speech at the Turkey-EU Joint Consultation Committee meeting held in Istanbul Friday had a nerve to still “criticize” the EU, the observation above was right to the point.

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This article sums up exactly what is going on in Turkey, in my opinion.
Talking with CHP members makes me tired. It looks you you are talking to a wall. And asking questions is in fact 'handling a jukebox'; you get always the same answer, doesn't matter whom you asked the question.
You can read Cengiz ÇANDAR his article here.

Day opening - April 15


'The abduction', Paul Cezanne

Monday, April 14, 2008

Caged Bird

A free bird leaps on the back
Of the wind and floats downstream
Till the current ends and dips his wing
In the orange suns rays
And dares to claim the sky.

But a BIRD that stalks down his narrow cage
Can seldom see through his bars of rage
His wings are clipped and his feet are tied
So he opens his throat to sing.

The caged bird sings with a fearful trill
Of things unknown but longed for still
And his tune is heard on the distant hill for
The caged bird sings of freedom.

The free bird thinks of another breeze
And the trade winds soft through
The sighing trees
And the fat worms waiting on a dawn-bright
Lawn and he names the sky his own.

But a caged BIRD stands on the grave of dreams
His shadow shouts on a nightmare scream
His wings are clipped and his feet are tied
So he opens his throat to sing.

The caged bird sings with
A fearful trill of things unknown
But longed for still and his
Tune is heard on the distant hill
For the caged bird sings of freedom.

"I know why the caged bird sings" by Maya Angelou

Bittergate


Is Bittergate going to destroy Obama and/or Hillary or the both of them?

Nudevertising


The “Au Naturel” campaign for Avondale Wine is simple and straight to the point: we are getting back to nature.
The brand made a decision a few years ago to produce wine in a natural way that will not harm the environment. They use cover crops instead of fertilizers to restore the balance of the soil. They also use ducks and wasps to control pests, rather than artificial sprays.
As a reflection of their natural wine production process, the ad campaign shows the employees working in the nude (Au Naturel) while gathering, testing and storing the wine.
Nudity is a universal language for being natural, and so, these ads are pretty effective in delivering their message.



Day opening - April 14


Fikret Mualla



Sunday, April 13, 2008

the -ism

Nazism, racism, fascism, orientalism, islamism, creativism, existentialism, nationalism, reactivism, neo conism, fatalism, Europeanism, liberalism...

Living in Turkey means also; 'understand these words very well'. Since some neo classical Turkish liberals, ultra nationalists and second handed socialists/reactionairs wrapped these words up and throw these words to the EU and Europeans, as defending 'Turkishness', we have to look out...but are we, Europeans really that bad?
As of the the Grey Wolves of the MHP are boy scouts, the AKP officials nation wide are Love Preachers and the Youth club of the CHP are taken seriously by their seniors. Give me a break.
Barroso his visit was well timed, but everybody with common sense must know that this 'cold welcome' is the start of the end between Turkey and the EU.
What we Dutch are saying in this kind of situations: 'je bent overgeleverd aan de wolven', in English; 'you're in the hands of the wolves now'. No escape possible. No way out anymore.

Mustafa A. wrote an interesting article about labelling people. It can be read here.

Day Openıng - April 13


There are several places and occasions which stole my heart. One of these is the amazing beauty and serene atmosphere of the Sistine Chapel in Rome.


This picture of Adam reaching out to God, became world famous.









On the right 'the Face of God'.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Totally Nonsense


...so described the Vice Presidents of the European socialists, whereof the CHP is still (...) part of, the move by the acting Speaker of the Turkish parliament - Güldal Mumcu - by not sending the proposal to amend art. 301 to the commission. She is acting Speaker, since Parliament Speaker Koksal Toptan is in China. Give the CHP one finger and they grab your hand; give them the slightest possibililty to derail The EU-Turkey process and they will do so. Subversive?
They will do perfect in Europe by siding with ultra conservative parties such as LAOS from Greece.
As a good reactionair she replied with a written statement which makes it even more hilarious: '“The comments that have recently found wide coverage in the press saying that I have not sent the proposal to amend Article 301 to the Justice Commission yet due to pressure from the CHP exceed the boundaries of criticism,” she noted.
If the CHP will ever been elected in the European parliament, which I doubt, they will fill for sure every day a complain about being 'insulted, offended, criticized and so on'. For your information, the AKP will no do better in my opinion...

Day Opening - April 12



Rio de Janeiro, Brasil.

Friday, April 11, 2008

A bizarre exhibition in Vienna


This homoerotic recreation of Leonardo’s Last Supper has offended a Viennese cardinal.
Cardinal
Christoph Schoenborn, archbishop of Vienna, described the image as “a homosexual orgy” of Apostles, which he found quite offensive. The artist “oversteps the essential threshold of respect for the sacred,” he says.
Interestingly, the Roman Catholic cardinal had approved the painting’s placement in an exhibit that honoured 80-year old Austrian painter,
Alfred Hrdlicka. He’s regretting that choice now.
“I obviously would not have agreed to have blasphemous or pornographic works exhibited. I therefore explicitly regret that a work of this kind was exhibited without my knowledge,” the cardinal said in a statement.
He does, however, continue to back Hrdlicka.
“Hrdlicka...probably more than any other living artist, has devoted himself to the suffering and downtrodden human being and has appealed for “compassion” with the “Passion,” he said.

Photo of Optical Illusion Ads


This amazing image comes from The Australian Postal Service.
The text in the background of the image appears to be wrapping around the hugging couple. It says, “If you really want to touch someone, send them a letter”.
Amazing optical illusion. Great ad.

Day Opening - April 11

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Tibet? Does it exist?

So unless you live in isolation or just returned from an expedition to Alaska, you must know what is currently going on in Tibet.
To put in mildly, Tibetans had enough of their Chinese oppressors and demand independent. Apparently, China invaded Tibet 50 years ago and claim it as part of China.

It seems that Chinese always thought that Tibet is part of their country. However, Tibetans for some bizarre and unexplained reason never quite agreed with that claim. They must be bonkers. I mean, why wouldn't somebody want to be part of the great People's Republic of China? After all, China is such a democratic place where human rights take uppermost priority, NOT. And that's why they are demonstrating. And therefor the Dalai Lama is whispering words of wisdom..

Bushianism




Greenpeace wants you to know that “Everyone’s entitled to an opinion” and that you can voice yours at forum greenpeace.org.
In order to illustrate this, the campaign shows that even Bush is entitled to an opinion. Although the Bush’s opinions they show are a satirical jab at his environmental and global warming stance.
This includes brilliant ideas such as, “More flooding? More boat sales, better economy!”, “Less polar ice? Easier Arctic drilling, lower oil prices!”, and “rising sea levels? More lifeguards, less unemployment!”.
I shall miss him...


International Roma Day - April 8, the Forgotten people

Portrait of a Roma prisoner at Auschwitz, drawn by Czech-Jewish painter Dinah Gottliebova. Before being killed, Gottliebova was ordered by Dr Josef Mengele to paint portraits of Roma in order to define their “specific genetic characteristics”. A Forgotten People, a Terrible Ordeal, by Tom Gross, The Wall Street Journal.
It is estimated that between 200.000 and 800.000 Roma were killed in Nazi concentration camps.“
On the occasion of International Roma Day, April 8 - yesterday - the European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC) recalls that, to date, Roma remain the most deprived ethnic group of Europe. Across Europe, the fundamental rights of Roma are still being violated on a regular basis. Repetitious cases of racist violence and hate speech targeting Roma are reported frequently. Roma are also subject to discrimination in accessing employment, education, health care, and public and social services.”Read the full article
Not even a day of respect for Roma in Istanbul. Read here their stories.

Day Opening - April 9


Picture of my home town, Maarssen a/d Vecht (Vecht is a river)

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

The problem with 'modern' Turks is... they are outdated

Interestingly, when the word “modern” is used in Turkish, it is always a complement. Its unique use as a positive adjective includes a “modern person” and “modern society.” However, when we look at what a person must believe or do in order to be called “modern,” an irony surfaces. What is described as a “modern” outlook in Turkey is often nothing than the banal repetition of outdated Enlightenment ideals.

Turks:It is because we have so many “modern” Turks around that we are distracted from breaking the all-too-human cycles of Armenian-Turkish, Kurdish-Turkish, Secularist-Islamist conflicts. It is because of the “modern” vision that non-Muslims of Turkey have to continue to live in daily fear that at any moment a “modern” man who has the courage to face the challenge may put a bullet in their heads. It is because of the “modern” academics of our nation that Turkish universities, with the noble exception of a handful, are gigantic and distasteful sausage machines that produce non-analytical and démodé “modern” copycats. It is because of the “modern” leaders of our country that we face the risk of turning into an Amish or Hasidic community stuck in history, thinking that a certain previous century, with its aims, dress, language and strategies was the only and ideal ‘pure' and ‘real' moment. So what we need least are more “modern” Turks.
Read the full article by Ziya Meral here.

Day Opening - April 8


Spring in Hollywood, Ca.
Unique photo shoot by Karl Lagerfield for Chanel.