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    Alain Badiou on the Uprising in Turkey and Beyond

    A large proportion of the educated youth all across Turkey are currently leading a vast movement against the government’s repressive and reactionary practices. This is a very important moment in what I have called “the rebirth of History.” In many countries around the world, middle school, high school, and university youth, supported by a part of the intellectuals and the middle class, are giving new life to Mao’s famous dictum: “It is right to revolt.” They are occupying squares and streets, symbolic places; they are marching, calling for freedom, “true democracy,” and a new life. They are demanding that the government either change its conservative politics or resign. They are resisting the violent attacks of the state police. These are the features of what I have called an immediate uprising : one of the potential forces of popular revolutionary political action – in this case, the educated youth and a part of the salaried petty bourgeoisie – rises up, in its own name, against the reactionary state. I enthusiastically say: it is right to do so! But in so doing it opens up the problem of the duration and the scope of its uprising. It is right to take action, but what is the real reason for it in terms of thinking, and for the future? The whole problem is whether this courageous uprising is capable of opening the way for a genuine historical riot. A riot is historical – as was the case only in Tunisia and Egypt, where the outcome of the struggle has still not been determined – when it brings together, under shared slogans, not just one but several potential actors of a new revolutionary politics: for example, in addition to the educated youth and middle class, large sectors of working-class youth, workers, women of the people, low-level employees, and so on. This move beyond the immediate riot toward a mass protest movement creates the possibility for a new type of organized politics, a politics that is durable, that merges the force of the people with the sharing of political ideas, and that thereby becomes capable of changing the overall situation of the country in question. I know that a number of our Turkish friends are perfectly aware of this problem. They know three things in particular: that there must be no mistake about contradictions; that the movement mustn’t pursue the path of a “desire for the West;” and that it is above all necessary to join with the popular masses in inventing, with people other than themselves – with workers, minor employees, women of the people, farmers, unemployed people, foreigners, and so on – forms of political organization that are currently unknown. For example, is the main contradiction in Turkey today between the conservative Muslim religion and freedom of thought? We know it is dangerous to think so, even and above all if this is a widespread idea in the countries of capitalist Europe. Of course, the current Turkish government openly claims allegiance to the dominant religion. It is the Muslim religion, but ultimately that’s only a minor issue: even today, Germany is governed by Christian democracy, the President of the United States takes the oath of office on the Bible, President Putin, in Russia, constantly panders to the Orthodox clergy, and the Israeli government constantly exploits the Jewish religion. Reactionaries have always and everywhere used religion to rally a part of the popular masses to their government; there’s nothing particularly “Muslim” about this. And it should in no way lead to regarding the opposition between religion and freedom of thought as the main contradiction of the current situation in Turkey. What should be made clear is that the exploitation of religion serves precisely to conceal the real political questions, to overshadow the basic conflict between the emancipation of the popular masses and the oligarchical development of Turkish capitalism. Experience shows that religion, as personal, private belief, is by no means incompatible with commitment to a politics of emancipation. It is surely in this tolerant direction, which requires only that religion and state power not be confused and that people distinguish in themselves between religious belief and political conviction, that the uprising currently underway must move in order to acquire the stature of a historical riot and invent a new political path. Similarly, our friends are perfectly aware that what is currently being created in Turkey cannot be the desire for what already exists in the rich, powerful countries like the United States, Germany and France. The word “democracy” in this regard is ambiguous. Do people want to invent a new organization of society, headed toward genuine equality? Do they want to overthrow the capitalist oligarchy of which the “religious” government is the servant but of which anti-religious factions, in Turkey as in France, have been, and can become again, the no less efficient servants? Or do they only want to live the way the middle class lives in the major Western countries? Is the action being guided by the Idea of popular emancipation and equality? Or by a desire to create a solidly established middle class that will be the mainstay of a Western-style “democracy,” that is, completely subject to the authority of Capital? Do they want a democracy in its genuine political meaning, namely, a real power of the people imposing its rule on landlords and the wealthy, or “democracy” in its current Western meaning: consensus around the most ruthless capitalism, provided that a middle class can benefit from it and live and speak as it wishes, since the essential mechanism of business, imperialism, and the destruction of the world won’t be tampered with? This choice will determine whether the current uprising is just a modernization of Turkish capitalism and its integration into the world market, or whether it is truly oriented toward a creative politics of emancipation, giving new impetus to the universal history of Communism. And the ultimate criterion for all this is actually quite simple: the educated youth must take the steps that will bring them closer to the other potential actors of a historical riot. They must spread their movement’s enthusiasm beyond their own social existence. They must create the means of living with the broad popular masses, of sharing the thoughts and practical innovations of the new politics with them. They must give up the temptation to adopt, for their own benefit, the “Western” conception of democracy, meaning: the simple, self-serving desire for a middle class to exist in Turkey as an electoral and falsely democratic client of an oligarchic power integrated into the world market of capital and commodities. This is called: liaison with the masses. Without it, the admirable current revolt will end in a subtler and more dangerous form of subservience: the kind we are familiar with in our old capitalist countries. We intellectuals and militants in France and other rich countries of the imperialist West implore our Turkish friends to avoid creating a situation like ours in their country. To you, our dear Turkish friends, we say: the greatest favor you can do for us is to prove that your uprising is taking you to a different place from ours, that it is creating a situation whereby the material and intellectual corruption in which our sick old countries are languishing today will be impossible. Fortunately, I know that in contemporary Turkey, among all our Turkish friends, the means exist to avoid the erroneous desire to be like us. This great country, with its long, tormented history, can and must surprise us. It is the ideal place for a great historical and political innovation to occur. Long live the uprising of Turkish youth and their allies! Long live the creation of a new source of future politics!

    ~ Alain Badiou

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  • 06/24/13--09:13: EU Watch | Carnation Rocks
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    International Sevgi Gönül Byzantine Studies Symposium

    June 24, 2013 – June 27, 2013 
    June 24 9.00–17.45, June 25 9.15–17.45, June 26 9.15–16.45, June 27 9.15-13.15
    Event is open to the public. To register, Click

    Research Centre for Anatolian Civilisations (RCAC)Merkez Han, İstiklâl Caddesi 181, Beyoğlu, 34433 Istanbul

    The third edition of this symposium explores the theme of Byzantine trade from the late antique period through to the 15th century. The symposium aims to share the ongoing scientific research in Turkey and abroad in this field, to improve the proliferation of cultural heritage through publications and to support the young Byzantinists with their research.
    Planned to be held every three years by theVehbi Koç Foundation, this year’s symposium endeavours to discuss topics such as Constantinople and its provincial cities being the centres of commercial activity; the movement of goods and merchants at local, regional, interregional and international levels; the roles of monks, pilgrims, diplomats and soldiers as agents of trade; and the trade regulations and financial policies of the Byzantine state.
    The recent archaeological discoveries and re-reading of written sources have paved the way for new perspectives to be developed in the study of trade in the Byzantine world. The ongoing work centring on the new findings from the Marmaray excavations at Yenikapı, Sirkeci and Üsküdar in Istanbul, as well as the organisation of three major symposia in Oxford (2004), Vienna (2005) and Washington DC (2008) have significantly heightened interest in this field. This Koç symposia are held in honour of the late Sevgi Gönül (1938-2003), sister of Rahmi Koç and founder of the Sadberk Hanım Museum, who was always a great supporter of Byzantine studies.
    For the daily programme, please visit the organisers’ website. Simultaneous English–Turkish translation will be provided.

    You can download the symposium program in Adobe PDF format.

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    The Maritime Neighborhoods of Constantinople: Commercial and Residential Functions, Sixth to Twelfth Centuries by Paul Magdalino [1]


    Third International Sevgi Gönül Byzantine Studies Symposium 24 – 27 June 2013 Koç University Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations Paper

    Paul Magdalino 
    The Merchant of Constantinople

    Byzantine Constantinople depended on commercial imports for its survival, and much of the empire’s wealth derived from the city’s importance as a center of exchange and production, for export as well as internal consumption. Yet the people who handled this commerce have not been studied as a social group. This paper pulls together the limited evidence for the place of merchants within the society of the imperial city from Late Antiquity to the Later Middle Ages. It will attempt to address the following issues: collective changes due to changing external circumstances, degree of specialization, availability of capital, the relationship with the court aristocracy, and their importance relative to provincial and foreign merchants.

    [1] Paul Magdalino (born 1948) is Bishop Wardlaw Professor of Byzantine History in the University of St Andrews, Professor of Byzantine History at Koç University, Istanbul; and a Fellow of the British Academy. His research interests include Byzantine history: the society, culture and economy of the Byzantine world from 6th to 13th centuries; the city of Constantinople; prophecy, scientific thought, the formation of Byzantine religious Orthodoxy. He is well known for his monograph on the Byzantine Empire during the reign of Manuel I Komnenos (1143-1180), which challenged Niketas Choniates' negative appraisal of the ruler. Magdalino received the 1993 Runciman Award for his work.

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  • 06/25/13--12:40: An UEFA First
  • For the first time in its history, The UEFA Control and Disciplinary Body (CDB) banned a team instead of a national Football Federation such as the case in Italy.

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    The UEFA Control and Disciplinary Body (CDB) today announced its decisions following the disciplinary proceedings relating to Fenerbahçe SK (Turkey) 

    The CDB carefully analysed the situation of Fenerbahçe and has applied the following sanctions:

    Fenerbahçe are excluded from participating in the next three UEFA club competitions for which they would qualify, including the 2013/14 UEFA Champions League. The ban for the third season is deferred for a probationary period of five years.

    Fenerbahçe SK has  the opportunity to appeal the decisions of the CDB to the UEFA Appeals Body.

    Furthermore, in relation to the individuals of the clubs involved in the case of Fenerbahçe, the CDB decided that certain additional information will be collected in order to consider in further detail the different position of each of the individuals concerned.

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    Elif Bilgin, winner of the 2013 Science in Action award, a $50,000 prize sponsored by Scientific American as part of the Google Science Fair. Credit: Elif Bilgin
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    Science in Action Winner for 2013: Elif Bilgin

    June 27, 2013 |  

    “Genius,” Thomas Edison famously said, “is 1 percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration.” He would have found a kindred spirit in Elif Bilgin, 16, of Istanbul, Turkey, winner of the 2013 $50,000 Science in Action award, part of the third annual Google Science Fair. The award honors a project that can make a practical difference by addressing an environmental, health or resources challenge; it should be innovative, easy to put into action and reproducible in other communities.

    Bilgin spent two years toiling away on her project to develop a bioplastic from discarded banana peels, enduring 10 failed trials of plastics that weren’t strong enough or that decayed rapidly. She was undaunted. As she put it in her project description: “Even Thomas Edison said, ‘I have not failed. I have just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.’” Finally, in her last two trials, she made plastics with the features she sought, and it did not decay. We admire her persistence, which will be help her to take advantage of another aspect of her Science in Action prize—a year’s worth of mentoring to help further her work. I like to think, too, that Edison, who used to stop by the Scientific American offices in New York City to demonstrate his latest inventions, would have approved.

    The ingredients to make Bilgin’s plastic are relatively benign. As she wrote in her entry materials, “it is possible to say that one could do it at home.” In her research, she learned that starch and cellulose are used elsewhere in the bioplastic industry (such as from the skin of mangoes) and made the leap that banana peels might be suitable feedstock sources as well. She hopes that the use of the bioplastic could replace some of the petroleum-based plastics in use today for such applications as insulation for electric cables and for cosmetic prostheses. The health application is perhaps no surprise to those who know Bilgin; she hopes to attend medical school one day (“science is my calling,” she wrote in her entry).

    Bilgin is also a finalist in the overall Google Science Fair for the 15-16-year-old category, and will fly, with the other 14 contenders, to the company’s Mountain View, Calif., campus for the awards event in September. Another Science in Action finalist, Ann Makosinski, 16, from Canada, is also a Google Science Fair finalist in the 15-to-16-year-old age category. For her project, Makosinski created a flashlight that runs solely on the heat of the human hand. The schools of the Google Science Fair finalists will receive digital subscriptions to Scientific American as part of their prize.

    Congratulations to all the Science in Action finalists, whose collective body of work was so inspiring to us judges. You are all winners to us, and we enjoyed learning from you! Readers can learn about all the Science in Action finalists on our Science in Action Award page.

    My colleague, Rachel Scheer, interviewed Bilgin. Here are a few more details from their chat; below that is the video of the live Google Hangout On Air.

    Why did you decide to enter the Google Science Fair?

    I had been working on my project long before I found out about Google Science Fair. When my project was nearly finished, I started to look for a competition in which I could enter my project. I actually searched “science project competitions” on the Google Search Engine (a happy coincidence) and Google Science Fair was the first result I found. After I read the guidelines, I decided it was the competition I was looking for: not only were the entrants encouraged to share their ideas and innovations, but they were also encouraged to join Hangouts on Air, which allowed them to meet actual scientists. But, most important, they were encouraged have fun.

    What does being recognized as a Science in Action Award finalist mean to you?

    For me, this means that my project actually has a potential to be a solution to the increasing pollution problem caused by petroleum-based plastic. It also means that I have started the process of changing the world, which makes me feel like a winner already.

    If you could have dinner with any three scientists throughout time, whom would you choose?

    I would choose James D. Watson, Francis Crick and Maurice Wilkins.

    What do you think was the most revolutionary invention of the past 100 years and why? The past 10 years?

    In my opinion, the most revolutionary invention of the past 100 years was the World Wide Web, simply because it allows information, ideas and thoughts to be shared across the globe within seconds. It has literally fulfilled its name, acting as a web bringing every continent, nation and person in the world much closer to each other.

    Just like many other teens, I believe that the most revolutionary invention of the past 10 years is the iPhone. The iPhone was the first smartphone able to shoot videos, take photos, access the Internet, allow communication, store music and also navigate–all at the same time.

    If you could travel through time, what one invention or discovery would you want to introduce 100 years ahead of schedule and why?

    As a huge science-fiction fan, I wouldn’t accept the opportunity to go back in time and introduce an invention or discovery 100 years ahead of schedule. I wouldn’t want to disrupt the “space-time continuum”! However, if I had to give an answer, it would be introducing the treatment for cholera, a disease that has killed thousands of people since its first cases in 1817. The treatment for cholera was originally founded in 1912 and has become very easy to apply ever since. This act would save many lives.

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    ERDEM TEPEGÖZ Golden George winner Erdem Tepegöz[1] for the social drama The Particle (Zerre)Mavi Boncuk |

    Turkish director Erdem Tepegöz’s social drama The Particle (Zerre) has won the Golden George for Best Film at the 35th Moscow International Film Festival (MIFF). The film’s lead actress, Jale Arikan, also picked up the Best Actress Silver George for her performance as Zeynep, trying to make ends meet in the dusty and dim atmosphere of abandoned apartments evacuated for clearance.

     The International Jury under the presidency of Iranian film-maker Mohsen Makhmalbaf awarded the Silver George for Best Director to South Korea’s Jung Young-Heon for Lebanon Emotion (Le-Ba-Non Kam-Jeong).

    Official Site/English

    Universe including past and future at the same time contains countless dust particles inside. Dust oscillating in the air like small, ordinary and temporary things, takes a huge part in our lives while taking a very tiny place in the universe as if it’s worthless. Only one of these crowded particles; what is its source, where does it come from, where shall it disappear, does it know about other particles, what is its aim?

    Production KULE FILM; Producer Kağan DALDAL ;Screenplay & Director Erdem TEPEGÖZ ;Director of Photography Marton MIKLAUZIC; Art Director Tora AGHABAYOVA; Sound Murat ŞENÜRKMEZ; Editing Mesut ULUTAŞ; Editing Supervisor Arzu VOLKAN ;Music Emrah AĞDAN 

    CAST: Jale ARIKAN; Rüçhan ÇALIŞKUR; Özay FECHT; Dilay DEMİROK; Remzi PAMUKÇU; Ergün KUYUCU; Mesude TÜRKMEN; Sencar SAĞDIÇ; Cemal BAYKAL; Suat Oktay ŞENOCAK; Tevfik Erman KUTLU; Ali BEYAT 

    [1] BIOGRAPHY OF ERDEM TEPEGOZ He was born in 1982. Graduating from Dokuz Eylül University, he received cinema education as director in the Prague Film School in Czech Republic. He worked as a special assistant for the Spanish Director Diago Fandos and Ali Özgentürk. He holds numerous national and international awards as well as festival experience. In addition to several international movie projects, he served as co-director in important motion pictures. He directed commercial films as well as 3 award-winning short films. He currently resides in Istanbul. Zerre is his first feature-length movie … Fimography Kukla Adam (Short Film-2008) Kafes (Short Film-2008) Değneksiz Sahne Işıkları (Documantery-2007) 

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  • 07/01/13--09:43: Articles by Kerem Oktem
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    Articles by Kerem Oktem[1]

     Turkey, from Tahrir to Taksim

    The public demonstrations in Turkey are a challenge to the social destruction and political regression being pushed through by an autocratic prime minister. This is a moment for change, says Kerem Oktem in Istanbul.
    Kerem Oktem's earlier books include (co-edited with Kalypso Nicolaidis & Othon Anastasakis), In the long shadow of Europe: Greeks and Turks in the Era of Postnationalism (Brill, 2009); and (co-edited with Celia J Kerslake & Philip Robins) Turkey's Engagement with Modernity (Palgrave, 2010). He is the principal researcher of the British Academy-funded project on Contemporary Islam in the Balkans

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    Varlik[1] Magazine | 80 Years Old

    First bi-weekly issue pictured.

    [1] Varlık is a Turkish literature and art magazine. Established by Yaşar Nabi Nayır in 1933, it often publishes poetry and works of famous Turkish poets and writers. Varlık has a unique significance in Turkish literature. Most Turks who have become famous in literature have become so through publishing their works in Varlık, such as Sait Faik Abasıyanık. Since 2001 the magazine has been a member of the Eurozine network.

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    Mavi Boncuk | 100 Best Brands | Turkey 2012

    1 Türk Telekom (Portfolio) 2,019 2,389 AA+ AA+
    6 Turkish Airlines 1,681 1,698 AA AA
    4 Akbank 1,582 1,780 AAA- AAA-
    2 Isbank 1,569 2,280 AA AA
    3 TURKCELL 1,453 1,898 AA+ AAA
    7 Efes Bira 1,509 1,565 AA- AA+
    5 Garanti 1,434 1,754 AAA- AAA-
    9 Arcelik 1,286 1,204 AA- AA
    8 Yapi Kredi 1,138 1,395 AA- AA-
    17 Petrol Ofisi 1,062 803 AA+ AA+

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    Mavi Boncuk | Turkish Migrant Voter Preferences

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  • 07/03/13--06:26: ROJ No More
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    The court fined Mesopotamia Broadcast, which controls Roj TV, MMC and Nûçe TV, and stripped them of their right to broadcast after ruling that the broadcaster did indeed receive support from the PKK, the Copenhagen Post reported today.

    A Danish appeals court has found a Kurdish satellite TV station and its parent company guilty of inciting terrorism, ordering them to halt broadcasts and nearly doubling their fines to 5 million kroner ($874,000) each.

    The decision Wednesday by the Eastern High Court toughened a lower court's ruling last year, which fined them 2.6 million kroner each and did not revoke their broadcast licenses.

    But Roj TV has denied any guilt in the case, and one of its lawyers, Bjorn Elmquist, pointed to the fact that the case took eight years to process as proof that it had become a political case rather than a judicial one, the Copenhagen Post said. The channel was fined 5.2 million kroner, but the companies behind the channel were able to continue broadcasting its signal, which caters to Kurds, particularly those in Turkey. The decision, in turn, prompted prosecutors to take the case to the high court in order to stop the channel from broadcasting out of Denmark. 

     Last September, police arrested eight people on suspicions of financing the PKK. The court said that between February 2008 and September 2010, the TV channel had supported terrorism by broadcasting PKK messages and that it had accepted money from the outlawed group. A joint press conference of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his Danish counterpart, Helle Thorning-Schmidt, was canceled to avoid a crisis stemming from Roj TV’s presence at the March 20 meeting when Erdoğan paid a visit to the Danish capital.

    In 2005, during a previous visit to Denmark, a press conference between Erdoğan and former Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen was called off after Danish officials refused Erdoğan’s demand to have the Roj TV correspondent removed from the hall. The PKK is listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the European Union and the United States.

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    DOWNLOAD and READ Also: An Anatolian Pilgrimage by Lazar (in PDF)

    1923: "For centuries enemies breed feelings of hatred against us Turks"

    From our to Angora (Ankara) seconded Special Rapporteur Hans Josef Lazar [1] (The Press)
    Interview with Ataturk. 

    Mustafa Kemal Pasha, the founder of modern Turkey, on the establishment of the Turkish Republic, and even then difficult relationship with Europe.
    23, September 1923. It's no longer easy to see the creator of the new Turkey, and much less easy to speak to him. One can speak of great luck and chance, if you are not after a long journey and stay in primitive Angora feels obliged abzufahren empty-handed. The efforts of the Turkish press office, it has to thank your correspondent to have reached an audience with the top leaders of the new Turkey. The conversation took place in the Presidential Room of the Grand National Assembly instead. defiant power and seclusion of the essence Ghazi Mustafa Kemal Pasha is simple, free, easy and informal remained. From its meager space of time to spare, he knew almost three-quarters of an hour in a stimulating, exciting speech. His words are quiet and thoughtful, clear circuit elements fixed chains of thought. His face is nothing Floppy, nothing weak, nothing Aimless and nothing unsaid. It is an image-ripened and concentrated energy, taut power, beneficial in this time of weaknesses and mediocrities. 
    Mustafa Kemal made ​​statements of historical significance: For the first time since the beginning of the National Turkish movement, he used the previously carefully and scrupulously avoided word Republic "I want you to repeat the first paragraph of the new Turkish constitution. It reads: Sovereignty is absolute, exclusive property of the people. All government power is exercised solely and fully by the people themselves. These two sets, their meaning and their interpretation are the clear unambiguous definition of a word: Republic! Turkey The development of the new process is not yet finished. The path must be walked through to the end. Changes, corrections, improvements are needed, the last improvement is still pending. Even in a very short time, Turkey will be in the form of what it is in essence already: a republic! As well as the various existing republics of Europe and America, despite uniform, basic principles can go very far apart in their external form, is already Turkey differs only in certain outer lines of other republics without departing in their true essence of it. Just as in all other Republican states also we have our sovereign Parliament, all ministers are also with us personally responsible for their proper business of government. " 
    After witty thoughtful, comparative dissection of the Turkish and the principal other known systems of government, he summed up: "We are be a republic with a president, prime minister and responsible ministers, and also the question of the capital of the new Turkey is hereby saying her answer: Angora is the capital of the Republic of Turkey " s-6, 0 im, rest said Mustafa Kemal Pasha beyond the widely treated by the European press question a hostile rejection of Turkey from Europe and the Western civilization: "For centuries, it's habit of our enemies, with all the means at their command, hochzuzüchten feelings of hatred and contempt against us Turks . These feelings and thoughts have taken root in the minds and created that special western mentality against which we fight tirelessly. Despite all the changes and events she still has not stopped entirely. Still want to see a man in Turk who is hostile and averse to any progress, a barbarian, incapable of any moral and intellectual development. Not happy to see us as a doomed the people of the West did everything to further accelerate our decline.

    "Working relationship with Europe to promote"
    It is true that at the time of the Empire, the governments of the sultans were eagerly anxious to thwart any direct contact of the Turkish people to Europe to get better and exclusive rule over this people and to suppress any free expression, but we Turkish nationalists look at our environment with open and clear eyes trace all the events alert and vigilant at home and abroad. We are aware that it is in our own interest to facilitate the Fühlungnahme our people with all other civilized nations as possible. We will do our best to promote the rapid, unprecedented development of procrastination working relationship with Europe. "
    [1] Hans Josef Lazar (b. October 5 1895 in Istanbul , d. May 9th 1961 in Vienna ) was an Austrian and from 1920 to 1927 "Press"[#] correspondent in Turkey. In 1939, he joined the Foreign Service of the Nazi regime and worked as a press attaché in Madrid[*]. from 1939 German diplomat and press attaché.
    [#] Neue Freie Presse ("New Free Press") known locally as "Die Presse" was a Viennese newspaper founded by Adolf Werthner together with the journalistsMax Friedländer and Michael Etienne on 1 September 1864. It existed until 1938. Werthner was president of Oesterreichischen Journal-Aktien-Gesellschaft, the business entity behind the newspaper. The editor from 1908 to 1920, and eventual owner, of the NFP was Moriz Benedikt. Journalists employed by the paper included "Sil-Vara" (pseudonym of Geza Silberer). In Paris, its correspondent was Max Nordau, and from 1891, Theodor Herzl, both founders of the Zionist movement. Its music critics included Eduard Hanslick(1864–1904) and Julius Korngold (1904–1934). The paper was the frequent target of satirist Karl Kraus.

    [*] French Text:Sept autres exemptions relèvent de demandes de l'AST (Abwehrstell), les services de contre-espionnage ; six exemptions concernent des Juifs " travaillant avec la police anti-juive ". Enfin, une demande vient du bureau VI N1 (le service de renseignement du SD) et concerne Josef Hans Lazar, chef de la propagande allemande en Espagne. (10) Né à Constantinople, son père était traducteur autrichien de turc. Marié à la baronne roumaine Elena Petrino Borkowska, il avait émigré de Turquie vers Bucarest, puis Budapest et Vienne, et devint un fervent partisan de l'Anschluss. Pendant la guerre civile espagnole, il sera le correspondant de mouvements nazis en se servant notamment des bulletins paroissiaux.

    English Translation: Seven other exemptions fall applications of AST (Abwehrstell) services against espionage, six exemptions are Jews "working with the anti-Jewish policy." Finally, a request comes from the Office VI N1 (the intelligence service of the SD) and for Hans Josef Lazar, head of the German propaganda in Spain. (10) Born in Constantinople, his father was Austrian Turkish translator. Married to the Romanian Baroness Elena Petrino Borkowska, he emigrated from Turkey to Bucharest and Budapest and Vienna, and became a strong supporter of the Anschluss. During the Spanish Civil War, it will be the corresponding Nazi movements by using particular church bulletins.

    Ramón Serrano Súñer (12 September 1901 – 1 September 2003), was a Spanish politician during the first stages of General Francisco Franco's dictatorship, the Spanish State, between 1938 and 1942, when he held the posts of President of the Political Junta Política of Falange Española Tradicionalista y de las JONS (1936), and Interior and Foreign Affairs Minister. Serrano Súñer was known for his pro-Third Reich stance during World War II, when he supported the sending of the Blue Division to fight along with the Wehrmacht in the Russian front.[1] He was also the brother-in-law of the Spanish dictator General Franco, for which he was nicknamed Cuñadísimo. Serrano Súñer was the founder, 13 December 1938, of the 67,000 strong Spanish blind people organization ONCE, as well as EFE press-agency, 1939, the later together with Navarrese journalist Manuel Aznar Zubigaray and his Basque falangist son Manuel Aznar Acedo, (a Spanish army officer, journalist and propaganda broadcaster), the father of José María Aznar, Prime Minister of Spain from 1996 to 2004. Serrano Súñer also founded Radio Intercontinental station in 1950. In October 1940, Súñer, Franco and Adolf Hitler met in southern France (Hendaye) to discuss having Spain participate in World War II as part of the Axis. After playing a major role in establishing the Spanish state under Franco—he was so influential as to be nicknamed the "Cuñadísimo", which translates as supreme brother-in-law, (a joke on "Generalísimo")—despite Serrano Súñer's advocating for Spain to join the Axis powers, Franco opted for Spain to remain a nonbelligerent during World War II. Serrano Súñer's protege Pedro Gamero del Castillo consulted in January 1941 with Hans Lazar, the press secretary of the German Embassy and told him that a Serrano Súñer government would commit to the Axis powers and thus asked for him to arrange for the Nazis to publicly back his mentor.[4] However it is unclear whether or not Gamero was working on his own initiative and Hitler was disappointed that Serrano Súñer had not tried harder to help Germany, and called him the "gravedigger of the new Spain".

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    Turkey: Candidate for the United Nations Security Council for the term 2015-2016..... Turkey is a candidate to one of the two non-permanent seats allocated to the Western European States and Others Group (WEOG) at the United Nations Security Council for the term 2015-2016. 

    The elections for this term will be held during the 69th session of the UN General Assembly in 2014.

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    Turkey has been actively contributing to the efforts for the preservation of peace and stability at the regional and international levels. Turkey now stands out as an important troop and police contributing country. Over the years, Turkey’s contributions to international peacekeeping missions extended beyond its immediate vicinity like the Balkans, the Caucasus and the Middle East, to more distant geographies in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Turkey also launched a process on peacebuilding during its tenure in the Security Council during 2009-2010, complemented by “retreats” of the Council in Istanbul in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.

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  • 07/03/13--08:42: Yavrumun Elifbası
  • Mavi Boncuk 
    Cover: |Yavrumun Elifbası 

    Publisher: Suhulet Kitaphanesi, 1918. 

    63 pages. 

     Size: 19,5 x 14 cm.

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    On Sunday June 14, the United States filed criminal charges against Edward Snowden for his role in the release of top-secret National Security Agency documents. The documents, unsealed on June 21, revealed three separate charges against Snowden. Two of the charges, "unauthorized communication of National Defense Information" and "willful communication of classified communications intelligence information to an unauthorized person" fall under the Espionage 1917 Act. Snowden is also charged with theft of government property. Each charge carries up to 10 years in jail.
    The charges were followed by the US State Department filing extradition papers to the Hong Kong government, where Snowden had traveled before revealing himself to be the source of the leaks.

    Mavi Boncuk |
    Turkey International Extradition Treaty with the United States 
    June 7, 1979, Date-Signed  | January 1, 1981, Date-In-Force

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  • 07/04/13--08:14: Halic Yacht Port
  • Mavi Boncuk | 

    Two joint ventures (JV) of Turkish companies are bidding in the government tender for the build-operate-transfer contract for the Halic Yacht Port and Complex project in Istanbul's Halic shipyard area, Turkish media said.

    A joint venture between Sembol Uluslararasi Yatirim, Ekopark Turizm and Fine Otelcilik and a joint venture between Cengiz Insaat, Taca Insaat, Galeri Kristal are competing for the project. Dogus Holding, which also submitted an offer, did not join the tender, held on July 2, news agency Anadolu Ajansi reported on Tuesday citing the head of the tender commission.

    The winner of the tender will establish two yacht ports, a shopping and entertainment complex and two five-star hotels on two shipyards in the Halic port and will operate the complex for 45 years.

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    Meandering and meaningless lyrics it is İlhan Erşahin's 'Taksim' Song.

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    The Unpublished Gets Published...NTV  Tarih is Now History.

    Mavi Boncuk | 

    Gezi Special Issue 54. 

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