Monday, June 16, 2008

Today's Euro 2008 matches

Poland - Croatia: 0 - 1
Austria - Germany: 0 - 1
Tuesdays matches:
Romania - the Netherlands: 21.45 EET
France - Italy: 21.45 EET

An open letter to people of Anatolia/ Armenians+Turks

Monday, June 16, 2008

Ece Temelkuran, a prominent Turkish journalist, overcame obstacles in her mind and conducted a research on the Armenians, a people she used to know very little about because of a number of misconceptions and a dialogue of the deaf between two peoples: the Turks and the Armenians


ISTANBUL - Turkish Daily News

Journalist Ece Temelkuran followed the path of curiosity, a principle sine qua non for journalists, and decided to get to know the Armenians, a people to whom she, like many Turks, was largely indifferent throughout her life, consciously or subconsciously labeling them the “other.”

After making this crucial decision, Temelkuran's first step was to pay a visit in 2006 to Yerevan, the capital of Armenia, Turkey's neighbor country beyond the closed border gates. She spent eight days in Yerevan, chatting with locals and experiencing everyday life in the ancient city.

Following her trip to Armenia, Temelkuran decided to also meet members of the Armenian Diaspora, a prominent group in the media known for its firm attitude towards the problems between the Turks and the Armenians. She flew to Paris and Los Angeles where she met with some diaspora members through connections provided by journalist Hrant Dink, the assassinated editor-in-chief of the Istanbul-based Turkish-Armenian bilingual weekly Agos.

Temelkuran told the story of her one-and-a-half-year long journey to Yerevan, Paris and Los Angeles in her book “Ağrı'nın Derinliği” (The Depth of Ağrı), which was recently published by Everest Publications.

For Temelkuran, Armenians construct their identity based on their past suffering while Turks construct a future for themselves by not remembering the bitter events of the past. She describes her book as a long letter written to those who once had to leave Anatolia but still feel connected to it from the bottom of their hearts.

Temelkuran said she has received many threats since her book was published, “but this does not make me feel scared. If I set the sail for a purpose, then, I have no chance to feel scared. Some should do some things for reconciliation of the two peoples, the Turks and the Armenians,” she said.

In line with the publication of Temelkuran's book, an exhibition was opened in an old tobacco storehouse in Tophane. The exhibition, where photographs taken by photojournalist Yurttaş Tümer of the daily Milliyet are displayed, will be open until June 20.

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Interactive Bus Stop Ads

Most of the time, people don’t pay much attention to bus stop ads, but every once in a while, there are ads so clever, you can’t help but be captivated by them. This interactive bus stop billboard from Johnson & Johnson, for example is a real head turner.

To grab your intitial attention, there is a giant image of an attrictive model lounging in a bikini. To keep your attention, they’ve istalled a knob that you can turn to crank up the bronze factor of her skin.

The tagline reads, “You can have the tan you want. Choose yours.”

Made by DDB Brazil.

Day Opening - June 16

Turkey qualified for Quarter finals, beats Czech Republic: 3 - 2!!!

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Today's 2008 Euro Matches

Turkey - Czech Republic: 3 - 2
Switzerland - Portugal: 2 - 0
Monday matches:
Austria - Germany: 21.45 EET
Poland - Croatia: 21: EET

Islamic Republic of Hookers and Drugs Addicts

June 13, 2008 by Plateau of Iran

Recently, I had a few visitors from Iran. As usual we talked about the situation there, and they gave me some amazing accounts of what has been going on in the old country since IRI. It truly saddened me.
One of them was saying that he met this guy in Iran, who claimed to be a “disc jockey” & invited him to this really bizarre place in the north around Alborz mountains. There he witnessed bunch of girls dressed exclusively in the latest designer fashion outfits, all perfectly made up, and ready for action.

The disc jockey happened to be their pimp, and the girls were “high class hookers”, apparently, all well educated with university degrees, and mostly from quite wealthy families. According to this visitor, it has become sort of fashionable to be an escort/call girl in Iran.
I asked: “It isn’t necessarily a matter of poverty then?”.. He said, “oh, there are a lot of prostitutes who must do what they do to make ends meet, but, No, it isn’t confined to the poorer section of the society, it seems that it has become part of the recent culture or I should say sub-culture - well, at around $2000 plus, depending on what you want, these “exclusive high class hookers” can make a lot of money!” - I was too baffled to ask him for a menu and a price list, just for the record.

Another visitor, a lady in her 70’s, said: “These Mullahs know how to destroy and rebuild a culture. They know they have to do it from within and they’ve had plenty of time to do just that. Put a lot of incompetent & religious people in charge of different parts of the society and country, start at a young age, and make the girls and boys dependent (drugs for instance), keep things outwardly pristine e.g. wear the hejab, but teach them corrupt values, make sure they know they’ll only survive if they follow these corrupt values, and there you have an evil receipe for changing the culture and society at large.”
Now, I wasn’t there and can’t vouch for the veracity of what I was told, but have no reason to think that the visitor was telling fibs. In fact, almost every single Iranian person who has visited Iran in recent decades has told me similar stories about rampant drug and prostitution problems in Islamic Iran.

By the way, I had written about Sex Slavery in IRI before, but interesting to note that across the Gulf at a fleshpot dictatorship like the United Arab Emirates where 80% of the population live in abject poverty, the government gives a tacit nod and a wink to the massive, miserable sex trade.

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Day Opening - June 15

This is Turkey too.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Today's 2008 Euro Matches

Spain - Sweden: 2 - 1
Russia - Greece: 1 - 0
Sunday's matches:
Switzerland - Poland: 19.00 EET
Turkey - Czech Republic: 21.45 EET

Constitutional law controversy

The following article by Ilter Turkmen is refreshing.
Its simple explains why the Turkish Constitutional Court decision to halt the execution of constitutional changes, proposed by the party that would have allowed the wearing of the Islamic headscarf in universities, has no legal basis.

Two sentences are really interesting in this article:

'Chief Justice of the Constitutional Court Haşim Kılıç, in an anniversary address in April, emphasized that the rule of law does not mean the supremacy of the judge. I think he is all alone in this viewpoint.'


'Criticisms over the bill's annulment cannot veil the fact that the AKP made a crucial political mistake by introducing changes to lift the headscarf ban. The issue from now on is to find a way out to prevent instability in the country. The top reasoning in the closure case against the AKP was the headscarf issue. Since this is resolved through the annulment by the top court, it may be possible for the court to remain satisfied by ruling in favor of the AKP in the closure case and for depriving the party from treasury subsidy.'

Lets see what will happen the coming weeks. The lame argument that Turkey went through rough waters for the last 85 years and that another crisis will handle accordingly sounds defaitistic and fatalistic to me.

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The Dutch on its secret mission in Austria and Swisse

Pictures of

Day Opening - June 14

"Lotus Pond" by Bruno Baumann.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Today's 2008 Euro Matches

Italy - Romania: 1 -1
The Netherlands - France: 4 -1
Saturday matches:
Sweden - Spain: 19.00 EET
Russia - Greece: 21.45 EET


Dirk Kuyt(l) headed the Dutch in front after only nine minutes!

1-0 Dirk Kuyt (9.)
2-0 Robin van Persie (59.)
2-1 Thierry Henry (71.)
3-1 Arjen Robben (72.)
4-1 Wesley Sneijder (90.+2)

This result marks the biggest ever defeat for France in European Championship finals. Their previous biggest reverse was a 2-0 loss against Czechoslovakia in 1960.

Holland's 4-1 victory is their second biggest ever at this tournament, following a 6-1 defeat of Yugoslavia in 2000. They have now won 16 European Championship matches, which equals Germany's record.

The Netherlands' second goal was their 50th in the competition, no other team has scored more European Championship goals.

France fielded their oldest starting line-up ever in this competition (average age: 30 years and 133 days).

Thierry Henry has now scored at three different European Championship tournaments and two World Cups. Only Jurgen Klinsmann has scored at more European Championship and World Cup tournaments combined (six).

Lisbon treaty rejected by the Irish

Only 50% of the 3 million registered Irish voters cast their votes yesterday in a referendum.
That makes 1.6 million. A majority, appr. of 53.3% of these 1.6 million people said no (840.000), and around 46.6% said yes (750.000). The total population of the EU countries is 490 million.
Sinn Fein (IRA), was the only political Irish party which supported the No-campaign.
A new headache for the EU.

The Lisbon treaty stands for:
-a long term presidency instead of rotating presidency by member countries;
-a more comprehensive and clear one foreign policy;
-more money for climate control by one European institution;
-more cooperation between member states regarding security and safety (crime and terrorism).

The Lisbon Treaty is there to create more effectiveness, more democratic rule and more transparency in decision making processes.

In mine opinion a political decision has not to make by civil services. And its ratified already by 18 member state countries.

Since Ireland became a member of the EU it received up to 40 billion Euros in subsidies and incentives. In fact, it gave the EU the two fingers.

A changing world

Some interesting news from around the world, which changes more quickly than we can comprehensive all the time:

China and Taiwan started talking with each other again; Semi-official talks between Taiwan and China in Beijing will see the two sides signing pacts on opening weekend charter flights and allowing mainland tourists to visit Taiwan.
Talks on other, more sensitive issues, such as pacts for peace and the protection of Taiwan investors, China's removal of missiles facing Taiwan and China allowing Taiwan to join international organizations, are expected to follow.
The dialogue in Beijing from June 11-14, which follows decades of tension fuelled by successive Taiwan presidents seeking independence for Taiwan, is aimed at paving the way for lasting peace.

Nepal abolished the monarchy; The world's last Hindu kingdom became its newest secular republic Wednesday as Nepal's lawmakers, led by former communist insurgents, abolished the monarchy that had reigned over this Himalayan land for 239 years.

Canada apologize to its native people for the sexual and physical abuse that occurred at the schools. For the efforts to wipe out aboriginal languages and culture in the name of assimilation, Mr. Harper Canada's Prime Minister expressed remorse.

And in Turkey...the 'internal war is still there' we speak with Ataturk: 'Peace at home, Peace in the world'....

Day Opening - June 13

The Alhambra, Grenada.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Today's 2008 Euro Matches

Germany - Croatia: 1 - 2
Austria - Poland: 1 - 1
Friday matches:
Italia - Romania: 19.00 EET
The Netherlands - France: 21.45 EET

'Jewish settler attack' on film

Just click here, and watch this disturbing clip and read BBC their story.

Some disturbing facts about Turkey's youth

I came across this column in Today's Zaman.
Is Turkey's youth an asset or a burden? I don't have the answer.
Yesterday I gave a lift to two Turkish youngsters. They were university students and could barely speak English. And I am still surprised by that. That 'army and religion' are the dominant factors in Turkey became understandable when you read the following column.

A bleak picture of Turkish youth
By Ibrahm Kalin

Turkey has one of the youngest populations in the world, with about 20 million people between the ages 15 and 30. According to the 2007 census, about 60 percent of the total population of Turkey is under the age of 30. So just what is this young and extremely dynamic population doing?

Three major reports released recently present a rather bleak picture. According to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) report titled "Youth in Turkey: National Human Development Report 2008," Turkish youth are faced with a series of economic, educational, health and social problems. The unemployment rate is about 20 percent among the youth. This is twice the national average. About 40 percent of Turkey's youth (i.e., approximately 5 million young people) seems to be doing "nothing;" they don't work, they don't go to school and they don't participate in any political or civil society organizations. They seem to have given up on their future.

Another report, prepared by the Ankara-based Association of Young Businessmen (ANGIAD), reveals even more disturbing facts. According to the report, the vast majority of Turkish youth are neither reading nor doing sports. They are not interested in any serious cultural, social or cultural issues. They follow political events but do not see politics as a safe venue for their civic participation in Turkish affairs.

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The story of stuff with Annie Leonard

I have just received the link bellow, through the swy-net of SWYAA (of which I am member) and I think you will find it very impressive.

Think of it as an investment towards your awareness...