Thursday, November 5, 2009

Turkey is doing it again

At the moment the AK party government is creating an anti-Israelian mood in Turkey...and here.
All because of the in Gaza women and children were killed who happened to be Muslims!
And killing 500 Muslims is worse than killing 400.000 Christians in Sudan.
Therefor Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir is travelling to Turkey next week for the Organisation of the Islamic Conference summit. This is despite a warrant for his arrest issued by the International Criminal Court in The Hague.
And remember, Turkey is now member of the UN Security Council.

The Turkish government has given assurances that he will not be detained. Turkey has not signed the Statute of Rome which established the ICC although it is under pressure to do so from the European Union, which it hopes to join.

President al-Bashir is accused of war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in 2003 in Sudan's Darfur region. Human rights groups in Turkey are furious about his visit and are calling for his immediate arrest when he arrives.

Mr al-Bashir has recently visited a number of African countries which have refused to arrest him, rejecting the ICC warrant.
Yes, for the Islamist government of Turkey religion is more important than human rights.

Day Opening - November 5

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Nurduran Duman - a Poet

The last couple of years we published here around 15 poems by a friend of my: Nurduran Duman. You can find them here.
Today a new one.


içimde boş çerçeve

kırık bir su

geçmiş zaman gölü

Renksiz son.

kuğu tülü

yüzümde duman

fotoğrafı siyah

Beyaz yok aşk sözünde…

bu hüzün bu söz külden

alev savruldu fırçasından


da öldüm.

Nurduran Duman


my inside empty frame
one split water
time past lake

Uncolored end.

swan tulle
smoke in my face
black photograph

Without white in love word…

this melancholy this word from ash
flame scattered from its brush
I didn’t burn

I have also died.

Nurduran Duman
Translated by Andrew Wessels

Day Opening - November 3


Monday, November 2, 2009

Question (6)

Freedom of speech is more valuable and more important than an imagined “right” not to feel insulted, right?

5 years after the killing of van Gogh

Theo Van Gogh, the great grandson of art dealer Theo Van Gogh and great grandnephew of the famed Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh, led an extraordinary life much like his predecessors. Theo was an out-spoken and prominent Dutch film director, author, journalist, actor, producer and an advocate of free speech who used the media as an open forum to broadcast his controversial views on religion, politics and social mores and values. The candid and often provocative method he used to express his ideologies quickly propelled him into the national spotlight in the Netherlands.

However, his critical views and brusque approach also made him unpopular among a lot of people. According to a November 2, 2004 article in, businessman and broadcaster Harry Mens described Theo as "a bit of a 'kamikaze,' who expressed his views regardless of whom he might offend." And offend he did. He harshly criticized Christianity and Judaism. However, the Muslim community bore the brunt of his irritation, which was evident when he likened Dutch Muslim immigrants to "goat f--kers."

At approximately 8:45 a.m. on November 2, 2004 (exact 5 years ago), the 26-year-old Mohammed Bouyeri, an Islamic extremist with dual Dutch and Moroccan nationalities,
dressed in a traditional Moroccan "djelleba," brutally attacked Theo outside of a city council building as he bicycled to work in central Amsterdam. The attacker shot Theo Van Gogh and stabbed him repeatedly in the chest, callously disregarding his victim's pleas for mercy. Despite his life-threatening injuries, Theo was able to gain enough momentum to stumble to the other side of the street but by the time he made his way across, his attacker shot and stabbed him again. He then slit Theo's throat with a butcher knife as onlookers gasped in sheer horror.

Today, all the Dutch newspapers mark the event that shook the Netherlands to the core. The image of being an open, tolerant society where one could say anything was shattered and Dutch society changed in a fundamental way. Van Gogh was of rude, coarse and - according to many - offensive but his murder was an abhorrent act that can never be justified. The murder also had far-reaching consequences, many analysts believe that Geert Wilders and his far-right Freedom Party wouldn't be nearly so popular if van Gogh hadn't been slaughtered.

The general trend in the Netherlands is that"After van Gogh, people are scared to say anything controversial". Ton Folkertsma, who watched as Mohammed Bouyeri butchered the filmmaker, tells a Dutch paper that his life hasn't been the same since the murder and that the country has changed, "things are going badly in the Netherlands, things can't continue as they are. Maybe I'll be murdered tomorrow, or maybe it will be you".

Political scientist Sebastiaan van der Lubben who says that the murder created a general climate of fear that has now become institutionalised, "since van Gogh's murder, Wilders has been under 24-hour guard. That, to me, is ample evidence that the Netherlands has fundamentally changed".

The writer Nahed Selimş A Dutch/Egyptian Muslimfeministe sais, "I'd call van Gogh a martyr for the cause of freedom of expression".

Day Opening - November 2

While the Sahara Desert is a wonderful place to see for the wide expanse of sand dunes, the sunset there is sure to take your breath away. A night spent camping on the sand dunes of this three-million year old desert, watching the sky change colors at dusk, is a dream come true for any nature lover. (click on picture to enlarge)

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Turkey and the future of Journalism

Asked what will save journalism, there is not one clear answer…there are four!
Of the four buttresses in journalism on the Internet, there are two as old as the hills; Journalism will be close (local) and done by research (investigation). Althought the latter we miss in Turkey.
The other two pillars are the inescapable consequences of networking. Because more than ever brings the Internet news in a different way together (aggregation) and will have created the need for reliable sources, call it 'Reputation'. How reliable is what you read. I'm afraid that the Turkish blogs I know provide solely the same rhetoric as we see in their newspapers, which lacks creativity and originality!

These four corners of the journalistic model of the 21st century - above mentioned, for less I do not - are together in the acronym LIAR. This is a nice, ironic twist of fate for a field where finding and reporting the truth are seen the highest goal. Again not in Turkey with it populistic news approach. So we are looking to local blogs, to stay close at home, safe and well...

The reasoning behind LIAR is nonetheless serious. Now traditional news organizations are increasingly in trouble; even in America, newspapers disappear, news shows lose viewers and editors of major newspapers as the LA Times and The New York Times and hundreds of reporters on the street, diving everywhere small local journalism initiatives. Most are local, aimed at their own small community.

More global

This is no coincidence. New generations of new consumers are less concerned with the institutions that conquered their position in the second half of the last century. They have less to do with what we call civil society, with national politicians, trade unions, organizations that already draining the land, and control glands. But they are not unrealistic. Their only interest seems more global. The world is their world, they hop as easily as to Africa to Amsterdam, The World is Flat, Right.

Google - but eBay, Face book, Twitter and Slashdot, to name a few - makes clear that the problems the network society has caused, or exacerbated, can be solved by the networks themselves which are now under threat. As the quality of your information - at least in part - can be determined with an algorithm (Google Page rank), so you can model, a rule, a mathematical formula to devise a reputation which confidence can be derived. And most blogs don’t produce that.

Journalism started locally and together with real research will find the floor again, slowly getting used to other, more interactive forms of aggregation of news. And will, I hope, to discover that she has a lot to gain if it develops similar systems for its own reputation in a positive light, to confirm and entrench in society.
Of course I speak for countries which embrace Freedom of Speech fully!
Free translated/inspired from:
source: (Dutch)

Day Opening - November 1

The call this the most beauttiful bridge (Japan), ok, it has an interesting structure.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Married in a Palace.

Today no politics but simple some facts about our wedding in Turkey, my second home country.
As a participant of the World Surf Day, with the theme 'Holidays and Celebrations'...I will take you where Ö and I are married, a former Ottoman Palace: Ciragan palace!
Ciragan Palace, on the back ground, and Ciragan hotel - the view upon their swimming pool - are close connected. Only the Palace is accesible for sightseeing or marriage!
Ciragan palace from the Bosphorus view. And we had that for one day. If you marry there, the wedding suite is for you.

They say that Ciragan Palace belongs to the 10-top hot-spots for marriage...could be!

The main entrance, from the Bosphorus. In our case, the exit for a 3 hour boat trip over the Bosphorus after the wedding and Cocktail Prolongé.

I must admit that it was some kind of fairy-tale wedding in enchanting and exotic Istanbul! So we didn't need a honeymoon.
FYI: Only Civil Ceromonies are legally recognised in Turkey. So, a representative of the local government came over to the palace. We didn't had to go to the city hall.
This procedure takes at last approximattely 5 to 10 minutes. And the ceremony is conducted in Turkish. The only thing I had to say was 'Evet' means 'Yes'.
In contrary to common belief abroad, a Relegious marriage is not legal in Turkey, only with a civil Ceromony.
In the seven and half years that I live in Turkey, I never heard of a Religious wedding of one of our friends.
Lately, a wedding in Turkey become popular. I understand why.)!
Go to the next participant of World Surf Day here...another expat in Turkey, Catherine with the Skaian Gates...and complete the World tour...with expats in many countries!
And thank you Sher of Czechoffthebeatenpath for again organizing this WorldBlogSurfDay!!!

(for privacy reasons no pictures of our wedding here)

Day Opening - October 31

FontaineBleau...near Paris, France

Friday, October 30, 2009

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

World Prosperity Index etc.

Aki sent me the following interesting links

The 2009 Legatum prosperity Index has been published. News here:

The top 10 most prosperous countries are: 1) Finland 2) Switzerland 3) Sweden 4) Denmark 5) Norway 6) Australia 7) Canada 8) Netherlands 9) United States 10) New Zealand

At the same time the World Economic Forum has published the "gender equality index. Here are the news:

Top five: 1) Iceland 2) Finland 3) Norway 4) Sweden 5) New Zealand and Turkey? 129 place out of 134!!!

The Nordic countries and Oceania are doing prett well!

Day Openıng - October 28

Work in Pogress, Madrid, Spain

Tuesday, October 27, 2009


Too many sites on Entrecard are full of virusses, probaly caused by illegal software or whatever.
Today my brand new HP notebook crashed and refused to start again after I dropped on a site which was difficult to open for some time.
Maybe time to stop this insane habit. Earlier this year my DELL notebook stopped working after 1 years and 9 months.
He, my HP was protected against WW3, not against some sites which bear proudly all kind of virusses. I am pissed off!

Day Opening - October 27

Barcelona, beginning of the night