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Watch this amazing video! Having seen his darling lying on the ground, the male cat started making massage-like movements, to bring the beloved back to life.Watch this amazing video! Having seen his darling lying on the ground, the male cat... more
Noah’s Ark FOUND? Evangelist Group Says It’s In Turkey…
Noah’s Ark has been found atop a mountain in Turkey, a team of Turkish and Chinese evangelical explorers said Monday, April 26.
Click here for the Full Story and Video of Noahs Ark....http://ctpatriot1970.wordpress.com/2010/04/28/holy-video-noahs-ark-found-group-says-its-on-turkeys-mount-ararat/
The 15-person team claims to have recovered fragments of wood and pieces of rope from a structure on Mount Ararat in eastern Turkey that carbon dating has put at 4,800 years old, roughly coinciding with the time the biblical flood was said to have been occurred.Noah’s Ark FOUND? Evangelist Group Says It’s In Turkey…... more
For about four years women in Turkey protested the disappearance of Kurdish detainees. Then for 10 years they disbanded. Now they're back, encouraged by a new mood in the country tied to a major intelligence investigation that is gripping Turkey.
With bright red carnations and laminated posters, the Saturday Mothers of Turkey sit in silence, demanding information about people who disappeared in the 1990s. Most of the missing were from Turkey's predominantly Kurdish southeast.
They asked the same questions every Saturday at noon from 1995 to 1999.
The vigils started in May 1995 with the disappearance of Hasan Ocak, who was detained by police in Istanbul on March 21. Fifty-five days later, his tortured body was uncovered in a graveyard for unidentified people. Ocak's family and friends led the first sit-down protest. Many families came forward with similar stories of young Kurdish men disappearing in police custody. Families and mostly veiled women, who came to be known as the Saturday mothers, led the silent vigils.
Now they're back.
Find out the answers they're looking for at Women's eNews http://womensenews.org/story/crime-policylegislation/100421/turkish-probe-reignites-the-saturday-mothersFor about four years women in Turkey protested the disappearance of Kurdish detainees.... more
Nevruz celebrations have become a rallying for Kurdish groups seeking recognition by the Turkish government. Celebrations bring tension to the city. A multimedia project on Kurdish Nevruz celebrations in Istanbul, Turkey:
Turkey's Kurdish minority is one of many groups who celebrate Nevruz, the Persian festival of the Spring Equinox. Not surprisingly, the festivities in Istanbul also act as an opportunity to rally for Kurdish rights.
Many of the thousands of celebrators who came to a large clearing in the Zeytinbunu district of Istanbul brought banners and clothes of red, yellow and green – colors symbolic of Kurdish cultural solidarity.
Throughout the morning the atmosphere was excited however not without an air of tension. A large police presence was felt around the celebrations. According to one officer, this increased security was due to potential disruption by other groups hoping to sabotage the event and incite violence.
One of these groups includes the Kurdish workers party, or PKK, a terrorist organization, which has aims to create an independent Kurdish state.
While within the crowd several attendees shouted slogans supporting the PKK, a majority of attendees came to celebrate their Kurdish heritage and protest for ethnic rights.
“This is for democracy for freedom of Kurdish people. As you know this is around 80 years the Kurdish people have been under the rule of the Turkish people. And there is no democracy for our language, for our culture, so we are struggling for it,” said one Kurdish woman.
While Nevruz is not solely a Kurdish celebration, because of the holiday’s past illegality in Turkey, it has taken on particular meaning for this segment of the population. Nonetheless, some see it as a celebration for peace for everyone.
“Everyone here comes together regardless of religious belief or race. All those who come together want peace. They want the shooting to stop, the blood not to flow, they want the hate to end. All those who come, come together regardless of race or beliefs. This field welcomes all.”
At the same time, for many this was just a day out in the beautiful spring weather.
“They think that when we come to Nevruz we are going to fight, pick up stones and throw them. But we come with our children and our wives. Its a holiday. The police are relaxed, we are relaxed,” said one Nevruz attendee.
Although many expected tensions to run high the event passed peacefully and as the fires dwindled, so did the energy, the music and the crowds.
Nicholas Dynan is currently living in Istanbul, Turkey reporting for Hürriyet Daily news and Globalpost.com as a freelance journalist. His works includes photographic, video, & audio reporting. He is from Boston, MA. His current work is on display at http://www.nicholasdynan.com/blogNevruz celebrations have become a rallying for Kurdish groups seeking recognition... more
The Land of Israel, known in Hebrew as Eretz Yisrael, has been sacred to the Jewish people since Biblical times.
For centuries, the land of Israel has been occipied and ruled by several nations and empires. A long period of time, from 1516 to 20th century, under the rule of Ottoman Empire, these lands were home to people from three religions, jews, christians and muslims where they have enjoyed a long time of peace and prosperity. Collapse of the Ottoman Empire brought other occupying forces, as ussual, as a result of World War I. During the British mandate over Palestine, the Jewish population has risen from 11% to 33%.
After 1945, Britain found itself in fierce conflict with the local populace, as thousands of refugees from Europe sought shelter in Palestine and were turned away or rounded up and placed in detention camps. In 1947, the British government withdrew from the Mandate of Palestine, stating it was unable to arrive at a solution acceptable to both Arabs and Jews. The newly created United Nations approved the UN Partition Plan (United Nations General Assembly Resolution 181) on November 29, 1947, dividing the country into two states, one Arab and one Jewish.Jerusalem was to be designated an international city — a corpus separatum — administered by the UN.
The Jewish community accepted the plan, but the Arab League and Arab Higher Committee rejected it. On December 1, 1947 the Arab Higher Committee proclaimed a three-day strike, and Arab bands began attacking Jewish targets. Civil war began with the Jews initially on the defensive but gradually moving into offence. The Palestinian-Arab economy collapsed and 250,000 Palestinian-Arabs fled or were expelled.
On May 14, 1948, the day before the expiration of the British Mandate, the Jewish Agency proclaimed independence, naming the country Israel. The following day the armies of five Arab countries — Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon and Iraq — attacked Israel, launching the 1948 Arab-Israeli War. Sudan, Yemen and Saudi Arabia also sent troops to assist the Arab contingent. After a year of fighting, a ceasefire was declared and temporary borders, known as the Green Line, were established.
Jordan annexed what became known as the West Bank and East Jerusalem, and Egypt took control of the Gaza Strip. Israel was accepted as a member of the United Nations by majority vote on May 11, 1949. During the conflict 711,000 Arabs, according to UN estimates, or about 80% of the previous Arab population, were expelled or fled the country. The fate of the Palestinian refugees today is a major point of contention in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Today, Israel has a population of 7,233,701 of which 76.4% is Jewish.
Foreign relations with United States, Turkey, Germany, the United Kingdom and India are among Israel’s strongest while under Israeli law, Lebanon, Syria, Saudi Arabia,Iraq, and Yemen are enemy countries. Relations between Turkey and Israel took a downturn, however, after the former’s condemnation of Israel after the 2009 Gaza War.
We have seen the peak of this downturn in Davos in 2009 when Mr.Erdogan, prime minister of Turkey, walked off the stage after an angry exchange with the Israeli president, Shimon Peres, during a panel discussion on Gaza at theWorld Economic Forum. Since, the relations between two countries are at the lowest point. Turkey has always been the strongest ally of Israel in the region. They have excersized joint military practices and shared intelligence for many years. Turkey has asked Israel not to participate in the last military exercise, which was supposed to be a joint one. Public opinion in Turkey agains Israel has never been above avarage but this time the head of government seems to have a lot to say about what is going on in Gaza.
There are also rumours in Turkey that all this “verbal fight” between Turkey and Israel is a part of the scenario just to give Mr.Erdogan’s “Justice and Development Party” (AKP) some advantage for the upcoming elections. The AKP supporters wow all this criticism and tough measures taken by Mr.Erdoganagainst Israel.
Still the politics in the region runs through the US. However, both Turkey and Isreal have shown recently that they can at times act independently from the US. While Israel does not ease tensions with Palestinians and open new areas for construction sites, Turkey keeps strong ties with Iran and Syria which are all actions that are not approved by the US government. We can say that Israel is losing its advantage of keeping Turkey on her side against all the surrounding arab nations.
Latest developments in the region show that the US is not happy with Israel but Israel keeps doing what she thinks is for her benefits. As usual, Israel does not think about anybody else but herself. Will this also cause Israel to lose another strong ally? Her strongest ally? Answer would be a big “no”. Isreal and US relations do not depend on the governments. So called “strategic partnership” does not mean a partnership based on both countries’ strategic dependencies and common interests in this case. Jews own a lot of interest in the US, have a great influence in the politics and have the power to shape any actions to be taken by any US government.
If one day, even this seems quite improbable, a middle east descendent, muslim president would be elected for the white house, he even will not have the power to place any sanctions on Israel.
Even today, Israel seems to be losing both Turkey and the US as an ally, this is only an illusion. The statements made by all parties are to ease their own public tensions, to keep the public opinion on their side, to be able to come back to power at the next elections. So that, the world keeps on turning the same way as the “mistic powers” keep enjoying shaping out the future of our grandchildren.
 Wikipedia – Israel.
 CIA – The World Factbook.
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If you are taking a Spanish course this semester, you're probably taught how to talk about the holiday en Español. Thanksgiving becomes Día de Acción de Gracias, cranberry sauce becomes salsa de arándanos, and turkey becomes pavo. But there is a lot to think about when it comes to that sneaky turkey.
The Spanish word for that New World bird, is distinctly from Spain. Explorers described the bird in terms that they could understand, so they called it something they'd seen before "a peacock." The turkey's taxonomic description even follows this logic. The Meleagris gallopavo describes our Thanksgiving turkey. "Gallopavo" translates from Latin as "Rooster Peacock."
In Mexico the oft-used word for pavo is Guajolote.
I think that's the word we should be using for turkey across all languages. This is why:
It's one of the funnest words in the world to say. Try it "gHua-jHo-Lo-Tay." Super fun right?
Guajolote comes from the indigenous Aztec, so by saying it you are rejecting imperialism. Which is good either because: you earnestly oppose imperialism OR you want to impress that opinionated crush in your Sociology class, and never knew how to talk to her before.
Guajolote translates from Nahuatl as huehxōlōtl. It's a compound word that means "gigantic monster."
Another definition of the word could be "jungle clowns."
Pretty much calling a Turkey a Guajolote is a great idea.
I do not know why we call that beast a "turkey" in English, but I do know that this Thanksgiving I will be calling that delicious bird a Guajolote.
READ THE UPDATE: http://blogs.current.com/comedy/2009/11/26/re-who-you-calling-a-turkey/If you are taking a Spanish course this semester, you're probably taught how to... more
Happy Thanksgiving to all you turkey heads. With this holiday, you're going to have to spend a lot of time with your family, which means that you'll need some way to pass the time. A good way to do that is by telling jokes. I normally don't condone telling other people's jokes, but these have been proven to work on 5 year-old nieces and 85 year-old grandfathers.
So without further ado, Thanksgiving jokes and witty quotes!
Q: Who isn’t hungry on Thanksgiving?
A: The turkey, because he’s already stuffed!
Q: Can a turkey jump higher than the Empire State Building?
A: Yes - a building can't jump at all.
"May you live all the years of your life." – Jonathan Swift
Q: Which side of the turkey has the most feathers?
A: The outside
Q: If a man wants to eat a turkey on Thanksgiving, what does a turkey want?
A: It simply wants to run away.
Q: Why can’t you take a turkey to church?
A: Because they use such FOWL language
"Thanks, for a country where nobody is allowed to mind his own business. Thanks, for a nation of finks." - William S. Burroughs, A Thanksgiving Prayer Happy Thanksgiving to all you turkey heads. With this holiday, you're going to... more
Happy Thanksgiving to those who celebrate it. I'm used to finding FAILs that I don't think are really FAILs. Usually I give you the most up-to-date, but I've gotten in the spirit, and I'd like to present you with my some thematic FAILs that I don't think are really FAILs.
If I remember the Thanksgiving story correctly, Native Americans helped the colonists. They used their laser guns to kill bears. The colonists were impressed by the Native American bodysuits, which they soon appropriated to make wetsuits for their annual surf contest.
Do you really hate vegetables so much that you wouldn't eat dessert if it were shaped like that? Other-food-shaped-dessert is the future of dinner. I'm expecting a turkey shaped flan for Thanksgiving dinner.
I'll agree that this is a semi-FAIL "nonsense" is meant to be baked or steamed. Boiling and frying "nonsense" is sheer... balderdash!
It's like momma always said "we're gonna have gravy, by any means necessary."
How did these turkeys FAIL? Oh it's because you're sooooo politically correct that you disagree with tricking the blind. No matter how socially unacceptable, these turkeys lives are on the line, ask yourself, what would you do?
Okay I guess this a pretty epic FAIL. My mom always starts our Thanksgiving dinner at 10pm on the dot, so you tell me how are we going to get our Whopper Meal this year? Very frustrating, I guess we'll just have to celebrate Thanksgiving at another franchise. Hello Big Mac Meal.Happy Thanksgiving to those who celebrate it. I'm used to finding FAILs that I... more
"On a quiet street in Ankara, an American Flag burned. Its stars and its stripes slowly wilting like a dying flower. But all that was dying in that Turkish road was one lone fan's belief in the power of the American VMA viewing audience. Who had rejected the infinitely better Green Day for the tumblr-powered recent ascent of a girl who dyed her hair...."
This is Andrew Fitzgerald's classic re-envisioning of the polemic events that occurred at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards. In this seminal piece of meme historical fiction, the Kanye West / Taylor Swift controversy never happened. Instead after Green Day won the best rock video, Hayley the neon redheaded Paramore vocalist jumped on stage to utter those immortal words "sup Green Day? ur musik stop bein' relevant when I was 6."
"The twenty year old caused controversy, when her fans used social networking sites demanding a VMA recall. This never happened, which led to the most perasive meme of late summer 2009."
"This event entered the monumental canon of memes, once it was legitimized by Xzibit".
The realm of meme historical fiction is a new art form that dates all the way back to the Balloon Boy era of internet meme-itude. The Current Comedy Blog believes this is the future of fiction, and that's why we courageously published the writings of Andrew Fitzgerald. It's kind of like Fitzgerald is Michael Moore, trying to release the controversial Fahrenheit 9/11. Nobody wants to release it, because it's too real. But I'm like Harvey Weinstein, because I actually have the guts to publish this work of genius.
If you have any meme historical fiction that you'd like published, hit me up."On a quiet street in Ankara, an American Flag burned. Its stars and its stripes... more
Shop until you drop by robholland on flickr
It's the day before Thanksgiving, and everyone here at Current is poised to head home to prepare for family gatherings and celebrations. A quick look around the web, and it would appear that the majority of folks have other things on their minds right now.
Some of the top trending searches according to Google include queries about word of DJ Peachez's death, Debbie Schlussel's tirade about NBA sportscasters being yanked for the use of "Eye-Ran," and Adam Lambert's AMA Video awards.
But the rule of the day has largely been queries about "Black Friday." Scanning retailer specific queries is pretty telling:
Kmart Black Friday ad 2009
Black Friday Best Buy
Walmart Black Friday deals
Sears Black Friday sale
Toys R Us Black Friday
Cyber Monday deals
So much shopping! I find it interesting that Toys R Us appears so low on the list (at the time of post, it was the 14th most popular trend on Google). Sure, 14th place is nothing to shake a stick at, but consider "Scroogenomics: Why You Shouldn't Buy Presents for the Holidays" author Joel Waldfogel's perspective on things. Here's a snippet of an interview with Waldfogel, as conducted by Kai Ryssdal of Marketplace:
Ryssdal: I have to say this plays right into my prejudice here, because I'm just not a good holiday gift giver. But you say it actually doesn't make any sense.
WALDFOGEL: Well, the problem is, you know, normally we go out and buy things for ourselves, we'll only spend $50 if we find something that is worth at least $50 to us. But with gift giving, it's entirely different. You know, we're operating at an enormous handicap. We don't know what the other person wants or needs, so if I spend $50 on you, I might buy something that you wouldn't pay anything for.
Ryssdal: But I place value on that gift that you give me, right, so isn't there value there?
WALDFOGEL: You may place value on the fact that I gave you something. The problem is the actual thing I get you is something that you typically place less value on than the thing that you would have purchased with the same amount of money. So the spending doesn't produce as much satisfaction as we expect spending to produce.
So the cynic in me has to question, are people scouring the web in search of Black Friday deals really looking for gift ideas? Or, are they simply seeking deals on the stuff they want for themselves?
Either way, the overwhelming amount of commerce related queries still raises my age-old grudge with this endeavor, the collective focus around the Thanksgiving holiday never feels like its aimed in the right direction. What direction? Well, shouldn't these holidays really be about more important things like family, reflection, and appreciation? I think most of us eventually get there, once we've escaped the madcap craziness, and usually around a cleared table with full bellies.
But in the end, shouldn't we make a collective effort to re-focus this time towards what really matters, especially amidst a recession recovery effort? Here's my humble attempt to do so, with a prompt if you will:
What are your plans for Thanksgiving, and what are you thankful for?
Tell us what you think by submitting a story about your Thanksgiving plans and what you are thankful for over on Current.com -- extra bonus points if you do it in the form of a webcam or video.
Above all, have a wonderful holiday.
Hasn’t this just been a whole year of Black Friday? – Real Recovery
Farm tour of a Local! Organic! Sustainable! Farm! That raises… Turkey!
The race to green Thanksgiving! (and other random thoughts on traditions, values, and the holidays)
Who you calling a turkey?
Thanksgiving Prayer William S Burroughs
Shop until you drop by robholland on flickr
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I'm in "relationship" with my meat eating ways. That means this Thanksgiving I'm juggling my values, the information in my head, my taste buds, and the desire to please the ones I love. Even though I'm having 20 people to Thanksgiving this year, I seriously considered skipping the Turkey. I asked my guests about the idea of a vegetarian holiday, they spoke back, and well, that's another post.
After years of consuming information, meat, and guilt, I have come to the conclusion that eating meat is a natural thing to do, and necessary for a healthy body. I have also come to the conclusion that the way we manufacture our meat (what we feed the meat to make it grow faster, how we treat the meat when we are waiting for it to grow large enough so we can process it, and how we consume the meat, is not healthy or natural).
As long as I can connect the two: the life of the animal, to the life I am living because of it's death, than I feel I am actively and consciously engaging in the food chain.
So given that my guests were not particularly interested in a meatless Thursday, I found a local organic farmer and away we went. Ok, the truth is, in between editing sessions I asked Evan, the Current Green intern extraordinaire to find a local organic farm that raised and slaughtered their turkeys. 4 Google searches, 3 Twitter call outs, 2 Facebook shout outs, and a Yelp posting later... he came back with Tara Firma Farms. I then invited everyone coming over for Thanksgiving to join our tour of the farm. Kait took me up on the offer, and was excited given she only eats meat when she knows the farmer and and how the animal's life was taken. She hasn't eaten a turkey on Thanksgiving in 12 years, and so was excited to come along since it would mean...you guessed it! She'll be eating Turkey with us this Thanksgiving.
Originally we had high hopes that we would have the opportunity to watch the turkey be slaughtered. That sounds wrong. To the truth is, I was interested in documenting the experience so I could share it with you, not because I actually wanted to watch the turkey die. I'm grateful to say that they had finished that process the day before we arrived (and by the way, they call the process of taking their lives "processing" turkeys). For starters, who can complain about a beautiful drive to a farm in Petaluma to get your meat. As hokey as it sounds, the experience began to remind me of Little House on the Prairie. I loved reading those books when I was a kid, and one of the stories that stays with me is the amount they treasured and valued the things they received at Christmas~ things like sugar, and shoes. Waking up before the sun rose so we could drive to the country and pick up our thanksgiving dinner was beginning to make the event feel pretty darn special.
The very fact that we were on a journey to meet the people who had raised the bird we were going to eat, and see how it was raised shifted my thinking about turkeys from objects thought in poundage: "do I want a 20 pound dinner or a 22 pound dinner?" to an actual animal who was raised on a farm and had a life before it was wrapped in plastic and put in my refrigerator.
It was after reading The Omnivore's Dilemma that Craig and his wife Tara decided to open a small scale sustainable farm that would provide organic meat and serve as place that would help reconnect their community to the food they are eating. In the video below Craig talks about how they started the farm; at around minute 2:30 Craig shows us the area where they process the turkey (aka as taking the life of the turkey) and the tools they use. It's pretty amazing to see how it works. Craig discussed his ideas about the the role of death in life, and explores what it means to honor that process.
Craig (self acclaimed farm husband) talks to us about the "vegan myth", and discusses how raising and taking the lives of animals can be part of a spiritual practice.
Frankly, it was just amazing to be on the farm. While we were drawn there to consume something dead, we had the chance to connect to a place that is dedicated to fostering life.
I finally learned the difference between free range chickens and pasture raised chickens (more on that later), we visited baby chicks, and I even got to hang out with some live turkeys (that are destined to become...Christmas dinner).
Thanks to Kate_Armstrong's wacky question she asked via Twitter: "Can turkeys drown in the rain?"
We have this cool info on the personality of turkeys:
The turkey is in my refrigerator right now. I think of this turkey in a way that I have never thought about my turkeys in the past. It's not just that piece of meat I am putting in my stove and that is heavily tied to my ego of making a juicy well prepared meal. It is a bird, that was raised by people who wanted to play an active role in nourishing healthy communities. I saw it's home, I know how it lived, and for the first time, I actually know what a turkey sounds like. We got to play with the dog who couldn't stop chasing it's shadow, hang out with the barn cat, walk the rolling fields of Petaluma, breathe in the fresh air, and connect to the source of our food. When I serve this turkey on thanksgiving, I know that I am deeply aware of the life that was taken, am conscious of my part in the food chain, know the name of the farmers who raised it, saw the land that nourished it, and know that I am making a healthy and nourishing contribution to our thanksgiving meal; and for that, I am deeply grateful.
The race to green my thanksgiving! (aka pet peeves and traditions) video
How Twilight, True Blood, and Buffy are teaching us how to save the planet (video)I'm in "relationship" with my meat eating ways. That means this... more
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What happens when your family traditions begin to intercede with your desire to act on the information in your head? Hello Holidays, hello lots of back and forth on emails, and hello sustainable, local, organic... Turkey. Nothing quite like exploiting emails from friends and family and adding a few sound affects to bring you a fun little video. Meanwhile, a heart felt thank you to animalia libero for bringing a few of the topics mentioned to light!
Even though Sarah Lane says I'm sick and twisted for wanting to meet and befriend the Turkey I am going to prepare for Thanksgiving dinner...I did it anyway. Ok, well, I didn't get to meet the turkey when it was still alive, but I did get to meet the farmer and see how it was raised. Stay tuned for that video soon. Stay tuned for more info on what defines an organic turkey, what goes into making turkey sustainable, farm tours, dinners, and hiking on your local farm. Stay tuned...a hey ride might just show up on a web page near you.What happens when your family traditions begin to intercede with your desire to act on... more
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After announcing the new American commitment to the war in Afghanistan, President Obama called on NATO allies to contribute more troops to the effort as well. From the NY Times story today, NATO has agreed to contribute 7,000 additional troops. The call has also gone out to individual countries to pony up as well. Britain, for example, will add another 500.
Here in Turkey, however, people are little less enthusiastic about sending more troops to Afghanistan. Turkey is NATO member, and has forces currently in Afghanistan. In fact the country just recently sent another 958 last month. But opinions in both government and on the streets were pretty sharply opposed to Obama's request. Here's the cover of my new favorite newspaper Hurriyet Daily News.
The title of this one is Turks to Obama: 'You broke it, you fix it' One of the other headlines on the front page is "Media turns on Obama" - and it seems like possibly the big theme here from an American perspective is a significant decline in Obama's popularity. Between the government, the media and the six people interviewed in the man-on-the-street feature - there's not one positive opinion about the President. Which is a bad sign for an administration that's banked a large part of its diplomacy on its charisma. Especially in rebuilding America's relationship with the Muslim world. Losing ground in Turkey, a secular Muslim country that aspires to be a part of the European Union, could be a bad bellwether for Obama.
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One of favorite things to do when I visit another country is reading the newspaper. As I'm sure you've guessed, I've always got a hankering for consuming as much news as possible - but there's another reason. I love to see the lens through which another country sees the stories out there in the world. What are the important local issues and which international issues are deemed appropriate. Yesterday, as I was checking in to the hotel I found the Turkish English-language daily: Hurriyet Daily News.
This was yesterday's cover:
Yeah - a little bit of a different perspective over here.
What's in today's paper? Monday we looked at the story of the Switzerland voting to ban minarets. Turkey, as a country that's vying to be the first Muslim-majority member of the EU, has a unique perspective on this issue. Both Turkish President Abdullah Gul and Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan spoke out against what they saw as a violation of basic human rights. I thought this quote from Erdogan was the most resonant: "I am speaking as Prime Minister of a country, of a civilization that proved mosques and synagogues can co-exist on the same street for centuries." Here's a link to the story online.
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- Hasn't this just been a whole year of Black Friday? - Real RecoveryOne of favorite things to do when I visit another country is reading the newspaper. As... more
I flew into Istanbul, Turkey a few hours ago. Coasted above the Mediterranean along the coastline from the European side as the city grew to our left. And grew. And grew. (PS - Istanbul is huge. LA huge.) The rolling hills of the city are carpeted with buildings and punctuated every now and then by minarets. That was the most striking feature of the skyline for me. These little spikes jutting up higher than their surroundings. (It's exactly the sort of skyline the Swiss just voted to avoid.)
Pictures to come, I promise.
What am I doing in Turkey? I was invited to come speak at a conference by Internews, an organization that describes itself as "an international media development organization whose mission is to empower local media worldwide to give people the news and information they need, the ability to connect, and the means to make their voices heard." So you can see where the connection to Current is.
I'm speaking (tomorrow) about recent developments in journalism, both good and bad. How, in the US, the business of journalism is in crisis but within that crisis is great opportunity. Using new technologies that open media up to a wider range of voices we could actually save/improve/fix/better journalism. It's actually why Current was founded and it's what I spend a lot of my time thinking about.
I'm going to focus on my favorite examples of new directions in journalism. Here's a few of them:
- ProPublica's Reporting Network which asks you to help them report their stories
- Demotix, a photography citizen journalism site
- Spot.us which works to "crowd-fund" journalistic work
If you have any favorite sites you think I should include, let me know. Otherwise, I'll let you all know how the speech goes over. And, hopefully, I'll be able to introduce you to some folks from around Asia and Europe who are here for the conference (the list of countries represented boggles the mind: Moldova, Kyrgyzstan, Azerbaijan, etc, etc).
Also - what about Turkey? Any burning questions you'd want asked of the Turks? I'll ask 'em!
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Turkey and Armenia signed an historic accord this weekend, under the watchful eye (and with some prodding from) Sec. of State Hillary Clinton. The deal is relatively simple - establishing normal relations and opening borders - but is a big step forward for two countries with a lot of animosity (and a lot of good reason for it: a long-lived debate over the G word).
The NYTimes story largely recounts Mrs. Clinton's diplomatic wrangling in Zurich, from the backseat of a black BMW and immediately before the signing ceremony:
Sitting in a parked, black BMW sedan at a hilltop hotel here, with aides thrusting papers at her, Mrs. Clinton worked two cellphones at once as she tried to resolve differences between the Armenian foreign minister, Eduard Nalbandian, and his Turkish counterpart, Ahmet Davutoglu.
Mrs. Clinton continued her efforts inside with Mr. Nalbandian and then gave him a ride to the University of Zurich, where the ceremony was to be held. By her own account, she did most of the talking on the brief trip — appealing to him not to let months of talks go up in smoke.
“There were several times I said to all the parties involved, ‘This is too important, this has to be seen through, we have come too far,’ ” she recalled. Mrs. Clinton declined to describe the differences between the two sides.
But there's still a long way to go for the two countries. As if the last-minute disagreement wasn't enough, the next day the Turkish Prime Minister said they would not ratify the treaty until Armenia pulled its troops back from Nagorno-Karabakh, a region disputed by Armenia and Azerbaijan.
Will it be possible for these two countries to resolve their intractable differences? They've got a lot of ground to cover, but it certainly seems like a good first step.
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Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said Friday: "'The incidents in China are, simply put, a genocide. There's no point in interpreting this otherwise....'" Pretty plain language.
A little background: The Uighurs who have been fighting with the Han Chinese in the Xinjiang province are Muslims. Additionally, the Uighurs are originally of Turkic descent as is their language. So, many in Turkey feel a particular kinship with the embattled Uighurs of China's West.
But genocide is a big and complicated charge to level (especially at a country of such economic and political weight as China). Foreign Policy magazine's Passport blog explains:
It's not exactly that simple. There's a case to be made that China's suppression of the Uighurs combined with it's efforts to build the Han population in Xinjiang constitute genocide under the 1948 convention, which includes "Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part" as part of the definition. But this is a pretty broad interpretation, especially considering that the local Han population has been suffering attacks as well.
It seems a dicey political move for Turkey to make given China's clout - but also because Turkey itself has denied ongoing accusations of "genocide" in their own repression of the Armenians at the beginning of last century (background on that).
Nonetheless it's bad news for China which is struggling to contain violence in Xinjiang, a flare up of ethnic tensions that The Economist this week calls "Beijing's Nightmare". China's leaders are, of course, very unhappy with Mr. Erdogan's remarks.
But back to our question: Is China committing genocide in Xinjiang? Much like in Tibet, China has resettled thousands of ethnic Han Chinese into the region - one could argue in an effort to shift the demographics of the region. And now as the crackdown intensifies - we have images of troops policing the street to punctuate the statistics.
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What do you think?
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Turkish police have arrested 46 people in connection with a Europe-wide football match-fixing scandal which first broke in Germany four months ago.
The arrests were made in 26 towns and cities across the country. Among those detained are a number of well-known players and coaches.
German investigators believe some 200 matches in 11 countries were fixed by players and referees.
They believe gamblers have made at least 10m euros (£9m) on this.Turkish police have arrested 46 people in connection with a Europe-wide football... more
"First Native American Television Network to be launched soon... World Indigenous Network gives back native voice.
CORTE MADERA CA / World Indigenous Network ( WIN-Tv ) is an idea that was born into the mind of Gérard Angé two and a half years ago. He has invested over a million dollars of his own money into an innovative concept that is sure to cause much-deserved hype among Native Americans as well as non-natives.
World Indigenous Network, or Win-TV, is the first national 24-hour satellite and cable based American Indian television network. It could be up and running in less than three months after funding. The network will feature all aspects of indigenous life, including but certainly not limited to news, music, dance, sports, politics, religion, food, and tribal issues. Mr. Ange’ believes that the network will “give all indigenous peoples back a voice that was ripped away from them”.
Win-TV will feature several shows that will provide information, entertainment, and education all from a native standpoint. Some shows planned for the network include Good Morning Native America, the Native American’s version of the popular Good Morning America; Native America Talking, a Larry King-ish talk show on Native issues, All Native Sportscene, Kids Korner, the first children’s program targeted at Native American youngsters, and Medicine Wheel, a show that targets the unique health needs of indigenous people. These are only a few of many programs that will benefit viewers in all aspects of living.
Win-Com, the company’s retail division will have five separated parts: shop-at-home, eCommerce, catalog sales, merchandising, and retail outlets. These five divisions will work cumulatively to stimulate business for native people and native businesses, as well as provide marketing platforms to demonstrate native arts, crafts, and talents in a larger, more mainstream market.
Win-Com will also provide a way for non-Native Americans to receive a sincere look into native life and culture without movies, or history books. Finally, Win-Com should positively boost the company’s reputation through sales of apparel and other products that will carry the company logo.
The primary goal of Win-TV is to give Native Americans back a voice that has been long lost, although much deserved. Mr. Ange hopes to provide an “exchange between nations” through the networking of native ideas and platforms among other cultures."
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Berdel--also known as sister swapping and parallel weddings--is dwindling but still practiced. One woman says the tribal custom, which is controlled by a male elder, may have led to her wedding, but it's not what she wants for her daughters.
Bozan said his love is unconditional but the marriage is conditional.
That's because of the special rules of their wedding, conducted according to the ancient tradition of berdel, also known as parallel brides or sister swapping, in which the daughters of two families marry the sons of the other in the same ceremony.
On a dusty summer day, 23 years ago, Bozan wed Sultan and Sultan's brother married Bozan's sister.
The practice is intended to solidify inter-family bonds, but also allow for a possible parting of ways.
By custom, if one marriage breaks, so must the other.
It is not clear how many marriages have been sealed through berdel. But scholars say one thing is clear--berdel marriage is not about two individuals, it is about two families, about tribes and kinship. It firmly positions the head of the family, the father or the grandfather, as the decision maker. He cuts the deals. He can annul marriages. No one asks the women.
Find out more about this Women's eNews story at http://womensenews.org/story/marriagedivorcemotherhood/100319/better-or-worse-sister-swapping-persistsBerdel--also known as sister swapping and parallel weddings--is dwindling but still... more