Steppin’ into the Turkish Blogosphere

After a 15 day hiatus, the Turkish blog review is back.

I found some information on Turkish Podcasting! The website Kevin and Fatma take on the World! are in the planning stages of weekly podcasts. At the moment they only have a few test podcast shows, but it is a worthwhile project to continue to check the status of. Alacakaranlik Istanbul is another site that is also trying to begin the Turkish podcast venture. They currently only have a few test shows. But by far the coolest podcast discovery of the week for me is from the site which has an entire archive of podcasts giving recipe instructions (in Turkish). And our list today would not be complete without Undomondo a wonderful Mp3 blog, that focuses on new and upcoming Indie music in Turkey and throughout the rest of the world.

Mert Ulas has been dabbling with videoblogging. Mert gives us a tutorial on videoblogging and the oppurtunity to listen and watch part of a lovely little diddy called “thinking about my doorbell”.

Moving on to our normal fare…. Turkey has been graced with two holidays the past two weeks: Turkish Republic Day and the end of Ramadan Eid al-Fitr, which the Turks call Seker Bayrami or Sugar Festival. Here are some Turkish Republic Day greetings from Metroblogging Istanbul, and Happy Bayram wishes from American Turk. Phanja from The Need to Know describes the similarities between Seker Bayrami and the Halloween.I am happy to report that Turkish Torque is posting again. They have an interesting post on an upcoming Janissary scuplture exhibit in Paris. Ever posting on the history of Turkey and the Ottoman Empire, Mavi Boncuk has a profile of architect Alexandre Vallaury and biography of Claude Alexandre Comte de Bonneval who converted to Islam in the 17th Century and became a Humbaraci. Metroblogging Istanbul has a post about a turkish soldier caught in terrorist violence in Eastern Turkey who calls home shortly before he died from enemy fire and a post about the arrest of Human Rights activist Eren Keskin. A newly found blog entitled Erkan's Field Diary details various aspects of the Turkey/European Union situation, the website is a format for Erkan to post things that pertain to his thesis. His latest post is about European Stability Initiative. Murat from American Turk has a frightening post about Sleep paralysis.

For the interesting finds section for this week:
1. Farketing a design weblog.
2. Topkapi Palace which deals with issues of Orientalism.
3. Aegean Disclosure which describes itself as ” a turkish blog which would prefer to write about film, but other things endlessly get in the way, so one is simply content to keep the ocean floor visible.”


  • Dear Deborah,

    Many thanks for the name-dropping as it relates to my blog, Amerikan Turk. I’m fairly new at this and the recognition given to my words is much appreciated and gives me both satisfaction and inspiration. I check into your site daily to find new work by others with like interests.


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    The head of the MIT (Turkish Secret Intelligence Service), General Teoman Koman, on 11 February 1992, has made public statements against the Turkish government, the issue of treatment of Kurds. The Teoman Koman directly accused the coalition government Demirel-İnönü, that shows tolerance towards the Kurds. The allegations and statements have brought the result: in the last ten days of March (21), the army began a new genocide against the Kurds, who also participated in government, the stirizontas with 18 members, belonging to the Turkish Workers’ Party of Kurdistan (Head of the Amptoullach Ocalan).

    In Turkey now living descendants of the ancient people of Kardouchon, Kurds, who number 12,000,000 or in other 16,000,000, without freedom, without rights, without the right to self-determination. They live under slavery (inhuman treatment, violence, displacements, displacement of population) and in 1821 suffered from a continuing genocide, because although Muslims are not bound by the Turks. When the authority took the Young Turks-Kemalikoi Turkey, confirmed the Pantourkiki-Pantouraniki ideology, based on oppression, initially religious, linguistic and later if there is a reaction, then apply the genocide. Then apply the cultural genocide, with the ultimate purpose of assimilation.

    After the genocide of Armenians, Greeks had a series since 1922 and the 47 small ethnic groups living in Turkey and the Kurdish minority population is very large and can not be promptly disappeared.

    The Demirel, in 1991, said: «The granting of rights to the Kurds will be the beginning of the dissolution of Turkey, which has 27 ethnic groups».

    In 1986, the University of Bonn (and especially the University of Tympigken) made a ethnologiki research in Turkey barriers, assistance and without assistance from the Turkish government. But the Germans and ‘ngloi ethnologoi the University of Bonn found Turkey to live 47 nationalities, who have no racial-ethnic relationship with the Turks, only with the language, their impose.

    Religious, the majority are Muslims, but have some specifics doxastikes by the Turks. From the cultural standpoint, we can say that they have their own culture and their own habits, customs and folk traditions, their own music, dance and songs, which have nothing to do with the Turkish. In 1914-19, in Asia Minor, Armenia, Kurdistan, the population was 12,512,846 inhabitants. In M. Asia-Turkish Ottomans were 1,802,697 in the regions of Armenia and Kurdistan-only 30,500 of a population of 2,644,140 inhabitants (the figures from the Paris Conference Sevres). So-Turkish Ottomans were 15% of the population in M. Asia currently trying to ektourkisei all other ethnic groups.

    The ethnologoi the University of Bonn, among the 47 small ethnic groups living in Turkey and discovered Ellinofonous Kryptochristianous-Muslims, who live in Sea. Also Tourkofonoys Muslims and the Greek national conscience. Only the Greek state has not yet discovered, it denies the existence of! Maybe even the current position of Greece against the Greeks of Romiosynis, who live outside the current borders, based on the decisions of the drafters of the Constitution of Epidauros (A National Assembly, 1 January 1822), which stipulated the following: «People indigenous inhabitants of the Territory of Greece pistefsousin in Christ, eisin Greeks and non apolamvanousi tinos dispute all political rights ».

    Later, I. Kolletis says: «dynametha to thesomen diakrisin tina, THE THE estin Ellin and indispensable estin Ellin». This is the reason why the historian Constantine Paparrigopoulos ekdioketai from the public (Division of the Ministry of Justice and Judicial paredros) was not indigenous Greek, because it was born in Istanbul but after a near recognised the Greek ypikootis and epanilthen and the government.

    In 1887 the poet Constantine Ipeirotis Ouranis refuge in Greece diokomenos by the Turks. «Kakou He called on those responsible to help him to study, kakou seeking Ellinikin ithageneian». The problem encountered by Paparrigopoulos and Ouranis was that if Christians and Greeks were eterochthones «neilydes» namely Romans Greeks (Greeks) and not indigenous Greek citizens of the Greek state, did not take part in the struggle against the Turks until 1829 and not settled until 1837 the Greek state, and therefore could not have equal rights to indigenous.

    The Balkan wars and territorial expansion in Greece, this position on the Greeks and Romans Greeks (Romion) raised scrapped. The Asia Minor disaster of 1922, however, restored to the fore. The population exchange between Greece and Turkey were based on religion and not on the national conscience. Big loser only the Greeks, after fleeing from Greece 400,000 Muslims, many of whom were ethnic Greeks pure conscience (Vallachades of Kozani, Ioannites Ellinofonoi Muslims of Epirus, Vlachofonoi Muslims «Menglenites» living in Almopia, but earlier when fled from Crete and exislamismenoi Tourkokritikoi currently residing in Turkey, Syria (Chamintie) and Libya (Turkey 1914-19 numbered 53,926).

    In these exislamismenous Greeks planted the Turkish national consciousness, but also hatred towards the aparnithike Greece. From Turkey in 1922 fled 1,500,000 Greeks as refugees metoikisan Greece and fewer metoikisan in the Soviet Union, Bulgaria, Romania and scarce as immigrants fled to America.

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