Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Day Opening - November 24


This morning in Friesland, the Netherlands.

Monday, November 23, 2009

The Ottoman Empire Runaway's.)!


Arab faces are omnipresent these days, but they’re typically featured more on the news regarding bombings than on runways. Several high-profile designers, however, chose to change the bias for their Spring 2010 menswear collections with a bit of Arab style.
It’s easy to sense the trace of the Ottoman Empire at John Galliano’s Spring 2010 menswear show, though its theme—Napoleon’s rise to power—sounds far more French. From the models’ dark skin to the loose layers, sand-colored shirts, dark brown belts, and red headscarves, all signs show a clear link to the desert, camels and tribes scattered throughout the Middle East centuries ago.  And these days...

Designer Dai Fujiwara was inspired by a trip to Turkey, so it’s no surprise to see gorgeous Turkish blue, unique pointy shoes and the Ottoman patterns in the line. And everything will be fine at the end.:)

Day Opening - November 23


Paris

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Muslim countries seek to ban blasphemy world wide through UN.

Demonstration in London 2007
Four years after Danish cartoons lampooning Mohammed, the prophet and founder of Islam - prompting angry mobs to attack Western embassies in Muslim countries, including Lebanon, Iran, and Indonesia - Islamic nations are mounting a campaign for an international treaty to protect religious symbols and beliefs from mockery — essentially a ban on blasphemy that would put them on a collision course with free speech laws in the West. Algeria and Pakistan in coordination with the OIC (the 56 - member Organization of the Islamic Conference) have taken the lead in lobbying to eventually bring the proposal to a vote in the U.N. General Assembly.


It’s obvious that the Organization of the Islamic Conference have long-term plans - plans which they will pursue tenaciously - to gain the moral high ground in their own draconian restrictions on freedom of speech, and to obtain what further restrictions they can, even in the West, on speech that criticizes or satirizes religion. The aim is to silence serious criticism of Islam, and if that means silencing serious criticism of other religions, too ...The problem with these so called ‘Muslim’ countries, who are always eager to name every and each country which is not Muslim, Christian, is that they have such a bad track record over human rights, women rights, minority rights and a disgusting approach of Jewish and Christian people in their press, that asking for a ban on blasphemy (of course Islam) is just too hypocrite for words. We don’t talk here about Hindus and Buddhists etcetera since those people are not even in their vocabulary. And second In their mosques, media and schools, Muslims regularly and officially denigrate Christian, Jews, the USA, Israel and in fact each developed country in the world.

Also, this is an issue that we should not lose sight of. Deep concern about the implications for freedom of speech - especially for freedom of speech that criticizes religious doctrines, practices, leaders, organizations, etc. - is totally appropriate. This is not just paranoia on the part of some scattered free speech advocates; it's very serious!

This is another attempt to impose theocratic rule upon non-theocratic nations. One of the few balances against rule by religious people and religious hysteria is that they are subject to criticism, wit and even satire. These help to deflate the self-important egos of religious charismatic’s who believe that they are divinely appointed. Look at Iran, Saudi Arabia, Libya, Sudan, etc.

What are leaders of Muslim countries afraid of? Legitimate criticism of their religion in the form of cartoons that justifiably challenges Islam and, in effect, their leadership? Right!

Day Opening - November 22


Autumn by Andey Litov.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Day Opening - November 21

The most beautiful eyes in the world?
Girl in Afghanistan

Friday, November 20, 2009

EU leaders chose path of least resistance

By Petra de Koning and Jeroen van der Kris in Brussels (for nrc.nl)

Anyone who had said six months ago that Herman Van Rompuy would be the first president of the European Union would have been called quite mad. The 62-year-old Belgian only became prime minister of his own country in December last year. He restored calm to Belgium, which was going through the longest political crisis in its history at the time. This is a considerable achievement, but in the rest of Europe all people may know about him is he is fond of the haiku, a short Japanese poetry form.

The new face of Europe has been appointed according to old rules. The presidency went to the candidate who met with the least resistance. Van Rompuy has not been around long enough as a European head of government to quarrel with his colleagues – the very ones who chose him for the job on Thursday.

All the other candidates had marks against them: former British prime minister Tony Blair was considered too high-profile and too headstrong, Luxembourg prime minister Jean-Claude Juncker got into a tiffle with French president Nicolas Sarkozy over European budget rules, and Jan Peter Balkenende comes from a country that voted against the European constitution.

Blair too ambitious

The British stood behind Blair's candidature until the very end, but that problem was solved by offering Britain the other top job, that of high representative for foreign affairs. The position went to baroness Catherine Ashton (53), another fairly obscure figure.

For a while it was assumed that if the colourless Van Rompuy was chosen as president, a much stronger candidate would be picked for high representative. But Ashton had little or no foreign policy experience before she was appointed EU Commissioner for foreign trade last year. In the Brussels corridors little could be learnt about her on Thursday evening other than that "she is good with people".

Ashton's appointment is good news for Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso. He is under pressure from the European parliament to appoint more female Commissioners, and since the high representative also serves as the vice-president of the Commission, he can scratch one if his list.

According to insiders Barroso is also quite pleased that Tony Blair didn't become EU president because he would have stolen the limelight from Barroso. That sentiment was likely shared by more than one European leader: the heads of government wanted a president, but they preferred someone less star-struck than Blair. This is a cardinal rule in European politics: the ideal candidate should not be overly ambitious so as not to get in the way of the heads of government.

Wanted: PM for Belgium

Meanwhile Belgium is left without a prime minister. Van Rompuy was offered the job last year after Yves Leterme, an outspoken Flemish politician who had antagonised the French-speaking part of Belgium, was forced to resign over alleged interference with the judicial inquiry into the sale of the Belgian Fortis bank to French PNB Baribas. (He has since been cleared.)

Van Rompuy was quietly finishing his political career as chairman of the Belgian federal parliament when he was unexpectedly catapulted first to Belgian prime minister and now to EU president. In all probability Yves Leterme, who got a monster number of votes in the last legislative elections, will now return as prime minister of Belgium.

Day Opening - November 20


One of the many harbors in Istanbul, by Hakan Gil

Thursday, November 19, 2009

The New EU President: van Rompuy

And the British Euro Eurocommissionair Catherine Ashton get the job of the  EU Foreign minister.

Day Opening - November 19


Potter, picture taken by Taci Yuksel

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Cyprus and the EU - What matters is the perception

I found the links of the serie of articles I wrote as guest columnist for Turkish Daily news (now Hurriyet Daily news) between 2007 and 2008. Today no. 6.

Cyprus and the EU - What matters is the perception

Wednesday, April 4, 2007

HANS A.H.C. de WIT

The world really doesn’t know what really happened in Cyprus and why Turks occupied it. A paradigm shift within the EU on how to perceive Cyprus is needed, and the only one who can do this are the Turks, who should tell their story more effectively.

I was 16 years old when first I heard about Cyprus, the divided island. The only thing I understood what that Turks had invaded it. “Ah, the Turks did it again!” That was the perception in my country, the Netherlands. There was no internet, no international television channels like the CNN or BBC World. We were solely dependent on printed media. There was no real-time coverage.

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Day Opening - November 18


A new airline?

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

The Spy-Box for cars - A new Dutch invention


Last Friday, the Dutch government announced its plans to replace car tax with a system charging motorists for their use of the roads per kilometre. Let say a ‘spy box’.


Dutch Transport Minister Camiel Eurling's plan to equip all Dutch cars with a GPS box by 2018, which will register every kilometre driven, which has unleashed a storm of criticism. Motorists in the Netherlands already pay 70 percent in taxes on petrol. Not only will they now have to pay to be allowed to drive to work, but family visits and even voluntary work will be hit, your private life will be tracked de facto.

What the plan will mean?

Charges will depend on time and place, with environmentally friendly cars charged at a lower rate. Driving gas-guzzling SUVs during the rush-hour in the major cities will become expensive. The Dutch government reckons the system will bring about a 15 percent reduction in use of the roads, which, in turn, will mean traffic jams will be cut by half. Environmental pollution and noise should also fall.

The costs are complicated, with the minister claiming that, while driving a car will on average become more expensive, 59 percent of the motoring public will actually end up paying less than at present. Meanwhile, the scrapping of purchase tax on new cars will make them considerably cheaper.

But ending with a negative note, the Belgian government announced last Saturday that it too plans to introduce a compatible system. The Dutch enjoy making trips into Belgium to sample their southerly neighbours' good food and general bon vivre. Do the Dutch soon also to be charged for driving in Belgium. Which country is next? And will this a good system for the USA? Dunno, not, that will cause a revolution!!

Day Opening - November 17


The European Union by night.)!

Arash's World: All you need is Awe and Humility – Finding the Right Attitude towards Life's Marvels

Arash's World: All you need is Awe and Humility – Finding the Right Attitude towards Life's Marvels

Monday, November 16, 2009

Who are the most prejudices people in Europe; a survey

When it comes to human dignity, Western European societies agree without questioning. In this line, the European Union stated their goals to combat a broad spectrum of discrimination in article 13 of the 1997 Amsterdam Declaration: “Without prejudice to the other provisions of this Treaty and within the limits of the powers conferred by it upon the Community, the Council, acting unanimously on a proposal from the Commission and after consulting the European Parliament, may take appropriate action to combat discrimination based on sex, racial or ethnic origin, religion or belief, disability, age or sexual orientation.”

The Amsterdam declaration was a consequence of observable increasing prejudices and discriminations of minority groups in Western and Eastern Europe.

But  a recent  survey by Bielefeld Institute held among 8000 EU citizens in 8 of the 27 EU countries reveals that almost 50 percent of them believe there are too many immigrants in their countries. Forty-three percent reject equal rights for gays and lesbians.

Prejudice was strongest in East European countries. People in the Netherlands were the least prejudiced.

Most prejudice was demonstrated against Islam. More than half the people interviewed thought Islam is an intolerant religion. And 22 percent thought most Muslims feel terrorism is justified.

Attitudes to Judaism are more positive with 62 percent of people saying the religion enriched their culture.

There are huge differences between various EU countries. For instance 88 percent of Poles oppose single sex marriages, whereas in the Netherlands 83 percent were positive about gay marriage.

You can simple not talk about ONE European or Europeans are all the same.

Recent surveys in Turkey show more dramatically figures with 70% of the people don't want to live near a Jew and around 50% don't want to live next to a Christian. But state neighbours?.)!

Another interesting fact is that 87 percent of Poles think women should take their role as mothers more seriously. In Germany 50 percent of people share these conservative views and in the Netherlands 36 percent do.
I think Poland, one of the few EU countries I never visited, are on the same level and to a certain degree share the same conservative views as Turkey.

Day Opening - November 16


Just reading

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Dutch anti-immigration party leader, Geert Wilders, will visit Turkey January 2010



PVV-leader Geert Wilders will visit Turkey  in January 2010 as part of an official  delegation from the Dutch House of Parliament. It will be Wilders first visit of a  Muslim country since the publication of his film Fitna.

Wilders was the last time in Turkey in 1983.
In Turkey he would make it clear that the country may never will be member of the European Union. The PVV'er finds that the EU is no place for Muslim countries...

I think we are heading towards some clashes down here in Istanbul.

Being homosexual in the 'Muslem world'.

Gays and lesbians living in the Arab world are struggling against an alarming wave of government persecution, according to human rights groups. It’s a “steadily growing pattern of persecution,” claims the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC), a U.S.-based group that has decried the persecution of gays and people with HIV and AIDS worldwide.


Two years ago in Cairo, for example, 23 of 52 men convicted of “obscene behavior” were sentenced to five years of hard labor. Homosexuality is not explicitly prohibited under Egyptian law, but statutes are based on Sharia, or Islamic law—which condemn it as an immoral act. But in almost all Islamic countries, gay men and women are ostracized, persecuted and in some cases even murdered. Repressive regimes are often fanning the flames of hatred in a bid to outdo Islamists when it comes to spreading "moral panic."

For example ın Baghdad a new series of murders began early this year, perpetrated against men suspected of being gay. Often they are raped, their genitals cut off, and their anuses sealed with glue. Their bodies are left at landfills or dumped in the streets. Uch!!!

More than 30 Islamic countries have laws on the books that prohibit homosexuality and make it a criminal offense. In most cases punishment ranges from floggings to life imprisonment. In Mauritania, Bangladesh, Yemen, parts of Nigeria and Sudan, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, and Iran convicted homosexuals can also be sentenced to death.

In those Muslim countries where homosexuality is not against the law gay men and women are nonetheless persecuted, arrested, and in some cases murdered. But even in liberal Lebanon homosexuals run the risk of being sentenced to a year in prison.

The big exception is Turkey, or let me say ‘Istanbul’ where there is a free gay scene, a Christopher Street Day, and even religious Muslims are among the fans of transsexual pop diva Bülent Ersoy and the late gay singer Zeki Müren. But outside the world of show business it is considered both a disgrace and an illness to be a "queen." In the Turkish army homosexuality is cause for failing a medical test. To identify anyone trying to use homosexuality as an excuse to get out of military service, army doctors ask to see photos or videos showing the recruits engaging in sex with a man. And they have to be in the "passive" role. In Turkey being in the active role is considered manly enough not to be proof of homosexuality…good to know!

All because the Islamists are now a dominant cultural force in most of these countries. Including Turkey. More than anything, it is the politicization of Islam that has led to the persecution of gays today. Sexual morals are no longer a private matter. They are regulated and instrumentalized by governments. And that, let me say it clearly, is scary!

Day Opening - November 14

Beaumaris Castle was built in Beaumaris, on the island of Anglesey, begining in 1295 for King Edward I by Master James of St George however it was never finished. The castle was the last of several castles built in the area designed to defend the royal home. Its design is of the double wall concept where the outer walls house an inside building which is effectively a very defendable castle unto it’s own. With 14 layers of defense Beaumaris Castle is considered near perfect.




Friday, November 13, 2009

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Adopt-A-Turkey project..)


The Ginnifer Goodwin Adopt-A-Turkey campaign (for some sensitive readers, this has nothing to do with 'taking land from Turkey) is set to launch for Thanksgiving 2009 in the USA. Because 45 million turkeys are slaughtered each year for Thanksgiving alone, the national project—a collaboration between actress and vegan Ginnifer Goodwin and Farm Sanctuary—aims to end the slaughter by raising awareness and enouraging consumers to adopt a turkey instead of eating one.
Ha! But Americans will never give up their 'turkey snap'.)

According to Ecorazzi, the Ginnifer Goodwin Adopt-A-Turkey project is designed to “end the misery of commercially-raised turkeys by educating the public and offering a compassionate alternative for Thanksgiving.”
Do you think this will create some goodwill in Turkey?.)!

Day Opening - November 12


Show on the sea (no photo shop)

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Muslem fundamentalists hate women

Protesters were gassed and beaten by security forces last week Wednesday in Tehran when they mounted a counter demonstration during the annual state-sponsored rally marking the anniversary of the U.S. Embassy seizure.

Protesters bravely defied a government ban on demonstrations, and voiced their anger over the disputed June presidential election and the bloody crackdown that ensued. Even questioning the election results has been decreed a serious crime against the state.

As AI reported earlier, that crackdown has included the perverse mass "show trial" of more than 100 people charged with fomenting the post-election unrest. Iranian-American scholar Kian Tajbakhsh received a harsh 15-year sentence, even though he was not involved in the protests nor had he questioned the election results.

Iranian authorities are going to preposterous lengths to draw anyone exercising their human rights into a vortex of fear and oppression.

Especial women are their targets now since women take a lead in demonstratins. It's obvious that Muslem funda's don't like women...they are perverted bigot animals. Click on the link for a short footage of last week Wednesday beating of an innocent young woman!

Yep, and the PM of Turkey is good buddies with the President of Iran!
Here an interesting opinion article wittern by a well known Turkish columnıst, Burak Berdil (a Muslem too) called Muslims don't (after Turkish PM remarks that Muslims don't commit suicide)

Day Opening - November 11


Dream road?.) (Click on picture to enlarge)

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Monday, November 9, 2009

Social Media Behaviour!

Found this Venn Diagram on Blogtactic Blog.

And...I had fun.

What do you get if you mixed behavior narcissism and stalking? FaceBook. What do you get if you mixed ADHD and stalking? Tweettalk. What do you get if you mixed ADHD and narcissism? MySpace. Those are the social media behaviors illustrated in a Venn Diagram.

Day Opening - November 9


The ancient culture of Armenia

Sunday, November 8, 2009

The Erdogan Doctrine: 'It's not possible for a Muslim to commit genocide'

“It’s not possible for a Muslim to commit genocide,” he said. “That’s why we are comfortable [with the visit of al-Bashir].”

Like his other buddy, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who denies the Holocaust, he has now his own doctrine, the Erdogan doctrine: Muslims are Saints and cannot commit genocide...are you kidding me?
In the following article called 'A homemade Genocide' you will find some fast facts.

Day Opening - November 8


Fastfood?

Friday, November 6, 2009

Dutch don't use that much marajuana!

Click on picture to enlarge.
Surprise, surprise but the Dutch are among the lowest users of marijuana or cannabis in Europe despite the Netherlands' well-known tolerance of the drug, according to a regional study published on Thursday.

Among adults in the Netherlands, 5.4 percent have used cannabis, compared with the European average of 6.8 percent, according to an annual report by the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction, using latest available figures.

A higher percentage of adults in Italy, Spain, the Czech Republic and France took cannabis last year, the EU agency said, with the highest being Italy at 14.6 percent. Usage in Italy used to be among the lowest at below 10 percent a decade ago.

Countries with the lowest usage rates, according to the Lisbon-based agency, were Romania, Malta, Greece and Bulgaria.

Trends in prevalence of cannabis use among young adults (15-34). European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction

The policy on soft drugs in the Netherlands, one of the most liberal in Europe, allows for the sale of marijuana at so-called coffee shops, which the Dutch have allowed to operate for decades, and possession of less than 5 grams.

So, by legalizing soft drugs there will be no increase of the use of it!

Source; Nrc.nl

Day Opening - November 6


and we have fun!

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.
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Resim


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

yanmadım



da öldüm.



Nurduran Duman




Picture

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


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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 Expatica.com, 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: Mediablog.nl (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: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/28/business/global/28gender.html

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