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- 06/20/13--10:04: Alain Badiou on the Uprising in Turkey and Beyond
- 06/20/13--10:14: In Memoriam | Sait Maden 1931-2013
- 06/24/13--09:13: EU Watch | Carnation Rocks
- 06/24/13--09:24: 3rd International Sevgi Gönül Byzantine Studies Symposium
- 06/24/13--09:35: The Maritime Neighborhoods of Constantinople
- 06/25/13--12:40: An UEFA First
- 06/28/13--16:56: Science in Action Winner for 2013: Elif Bilgin
- 07/01/13--07:05: Moscow Winner | The Particle (Zerre) by Erdem Tepegöz
- 07/01/13--09:43: Articles by Kerem Oktem
- 07/01/13--09:55: Varlik Magazine | 80 Years Old
- 07/01/13--13:34: 100 Best Brands | Turkey 2012
- 07/02/13--12:22: Turkish Migrant Voter Preferences
- 07/03/13--06:26: ROJ No More
- 07/03/13--06:54: Hans Josef Lazar | M.Kemal Interview 1923
- 07/03/13--08:08: Candidate for the United Nations Security Council
- 07/03/13--08:42: Yavrumun Elifbası
- 07/03/13--12:11: Turkey International Extradition Treaty with the United States
- 07/04/13--08:14: Halic Yacht Port
- 07/04/13--20:28: İlhan Erşahin's 'Taksim' Song
- 07/08/13--13:31: The Unpublished Gets Published...NTV Tarih is Now History
Alain Badiou on the Uprising in Turkey and Beyond
TURKISH GRAPHIC ARTS
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The Maritime Neighborhoods of Constantinople: Commercial and Residential Functions, Sixth to Twelfth Centuries by Paul Magdalino 
Third International Sevgi Gönül Byzantine Studies Symposium 24 – 27 June 2013 Koç University Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations Paper
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.
 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.
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.
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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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.
ERDEM TEPEGÖZ Golden George winner Erdem Tepegöz 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).
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
 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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Articles by Kerem Oktem
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Varlik Magazine | 80 Years Old
First bi-weekly issue pictured.
 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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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.
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)
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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.
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.
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.
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Turkey International Extradition Treaty with the United States
June 7, 1979, Date-Signed | January 1, 1981, Date-In-Force
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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.
Meandering and meaningless lyrics aside...here it is İlhan Erşahin's 'Taksim' Song.
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The Unpublished Gets Published...NTV Tarih is Now History.
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Gezi Special Issue 54.
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