I'm a freelance journalist, writer and ERP software consultant from Smyrna (Izmir), Turkey. I've been blogging since 2001 and doing freelance journalism for over 20 years on human/ethnic rights in English. I have started up Design House Technologies Inc. in 1994 in the United States to develop web based enterprise resource planning software. Also was a founding partner in ONE Communications Inc., Ohio, one of the pioneering ISP's in the States. Follow me on Twitter.
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After three years of peaceful Labor Day celebrations at Taksim square, Turkey's largest city Istanbul was visited by the ghosts of its violent past with the events of May 1st, 2013. Limited by the ongoing construction on site and overzealous measures by the local authorities, protesters and police turned the 15 million strong metropolis into a war zone leaving behind destroyed property and many injured people.
In December 2011 in southeastern Turkey several Turkish Airforce F-16s bombed a convoy of Turkish Kurds on mules who were engaged in border trade, apparently mistaking them for Kurdish rebels. Thirty-four were killed. Poet Bejan Matur has paid tribute to the victims in words and photos.
On May 11 Cihan Kirmizigul, an engineering student at Galatasaray University in Istanbul, was sentenced to 11 years and 3 months in jail, accused of firebombing a building - but many believe his only "crime" was wearing a Kurdish scarf in the vicinity of the attack.