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Attacks in Gaza and sunset in Marmara sea

Marmara sea, Moda shore and Moda port, Istanbul, pentax k10d

Marmara sea, Moda shore and Moda port, Istanbul, pentax k10d

I was planning to share some Istanbul photos with new year whishes. I dont want to publish  now.

Today, second day of new attacks on Gaza :  Mosques in Gaza are calling on people to donate blood.

Hamas sources said there was no room in the hospitals to treat victims.

Israel said the strikes were in response to continued rocket fire by Palestinian militants against Israeli towns.

U.N. Security Council council  said  “The members of the Security Council expressed serious concern at the escalation of the situation in Gaza and called for an immediate halt to allviolence “

John Lennon said  “

Everybody’s talking about Ministers,
Sinisters, Banisters and canisters
Bishops and Fishops and Rabbis and Pop eyes,
And bye bye, bye byes.

All we are saying is give peace a chance

Sunday Bloody Sunday

Well it was sunday
bloody sunday
When they shot the people there
The crys of thirteen marty martyrs
Filled the free derry air.
Is there any one among you
Dare to blame it on the kids?
Not a soldier boy was
bleeding

When they nailed the
coffin lidds!

Sunday bloody sunday
Bloody sunday’s the day!

You claim to be majority
Well you know that it’s a lie
You’re really a minority
Oh this sweet emerald asle.
When Stormont bans
our marchers

They’ve got a lot to learn
Internment is no answer
It’s those mother’s turn
to burn!

Sunday bloody sunday
Bloody sunday’s the day!

You anglo pigs and scotties
Sent to colonize the north
You wave your bloody
Union Jacks
And you know what it’s worth!
How dare you hold on to ransom
A people proud and free
Keep ireland for the irish
Put the english back to sea!

Sunday bloody sunday
Bloody sunday’s the day!

Yes it’s always bloody sunday
In the concentration camps
Keep Falls and roads free forever
From the bloody english hands

Repatriate to britain
All of you who call it home
Leave ireland to the irish
Not for London or for Rome!

Sunday bloody sunday
Bloody sunday’s the day!

U2

(thx for correction )

Behind the doors they live their lifes in security and peace

a purple tulip, Istanbul tulip festival, Istanbul, Pentax K10d

a purple tulip, Istanbul tulip festival, Istanbul, Pentax K10d

a song from “Mozaik”  about Coup years of Turkey  in 80’s.
1981

In resounding heavy footsteps,
The evening comes to town
They go hiding in their homes,
the go in one by one
Locking the world out, locking themselves in
The streets stay in streets,
where they’ve always been

Every night they silently welcome the night
Turning on their TV sets,
the children put out of sight
The morning waits outside
until the break of day
All stired up by the ripples in the air.

They stand  before the camera,
they all stand in a row (*)
Eyes turned down in bitterness,
blindfold untied for the show
Fifteen weary people and three unemployed

Legal cats will roam in the night,
masters of the streets
Behind the doors they live their lifes
in security and peace
Cats’ feet on the garbage cans
declare a holy war
Ther’s a sudden hush,
their eyes turn to the door.

Ny no legal means the morning comes to town
One by one they leave their home
to scatter all around
The woman on tape screams us a song
The streets will go and hide their home.

They stand  before the camera,
they all stand in a row
Eyes turned down in bitterness,
blindfold untied for the show
Fifteen weary people and three unemployed

(*) The refrain talks about the daily TV-news after the Coup. People ware captured and shown in TV.

1981

Akşam ayak sesleriyle iner şehre
Hep birden evlerine kaçışırlar
Kapılar kilitlenir, perdeler çekilir
Sokakta kalır sokaklar

Gece sessizce karşılanır her gece
Televizyon açılır, çocuklar yatırılır
Sabah sabaha kadar sokakta bekler
Tek misafiri tedirginlikler

Dizilmiş dururlar kameranın önünde
Gözlen bağlı değil gözleri yerde
Yorgun onbeş insan ve boştagezer üç kişidir

Yasaksız kediler gezer sokaklarda
Camların ardında güven ve huzur
Devrilen tenekeler birer savaş ilanı
Gözler kapıya döner, susulur

Sabah izinsiz gelir şehre
Birer birer evlerinden dağılırlar
Teypteki kadın bir şarkı söyler
Evlerde kalır sokaklar
Dizilmiş dururlar kameranın önünde
Gözlen bağlı değil gözleri yerde
Yorgun onbeş insan ve boştagezer üç kişidir.

Mozaik (from “Plastik Aşk”)

It was many and many year ago, She walked away as she sang of herself

tulips in color, Istanbul tulip festival,  Istanbul, pentax k10d

tulips in color, Istanbul tulip festival, Istanbul, pentax k10d

This weekend, I ‘ve used a “mosaic like” composition with “istanbul tulips” .  Because Ayşe Tütüncü  released new album “Yedi yer, Yedi Gök”  .

In 1983 , Ayşe Tütüncü founded her first group Mozaik producing four albums until they parted in 1995.
The name “mozaik” represented the fusion of rock, western classical music, jazz and also traditional turkish sounds within their music.

Mozaik members

  • Ayşe Tütüncü
  • Bülent Somay
  • Saruhan Erim
  • Ümit Kıvanç
  • Timuçin Gürer
  • Mehmet “kuzu” Taygun
  • Serdar Ateşer
  • Tahsin Ünüvar
  • Cem Aksel

Mozaik  albums

  • Ölümden Önce Bir Hayat Vardır   (1983)
  • Ardından (1985)
  • Çook Alâmetler Belirdi (1988)
  • Plastik Aşk (1990)
  • The Other Side Of Turkey (collection of Bulutsuzluk Özlemi, Bülent Ortaçgil and Mozaik songs)

Ayşe Tütüncü albums

  • Çeşitlemeler /  Variations  (1999)
  • Panayır /  Carnivalesque (2005)
  • Yedi Yer Yedi Gök (2008)

A Conservation with Sappho

The moon is off, and then the stars
Half the night is gone
Time is passing by.

Love walked away, as she caressed herself
It was many and many year ago
The moon is off and then the stars
Half the night is gone.

The heavens above rested in peace.

Love is on, and then the stars
Time give us a break
Roses come of age

She walked away as she sang of herself
It was many and many year ago
Love is on, and then the stars
Time gives us a break.

The heavens above rested in peace.

a Mozaik song from “Çook alametler belirdi! “

original is in Turkish

Sappho İle Konuşma

Ay söndü sonra yıldızlar
Gece yarılandı
Zaman geçiyor

Aşk yürüdü okşayarak kendini
Yıllarca yıllarca önceydi
Ay söndü sonra yıldızlar
Gece yarılandı
Sessizlik içindeydi gökler

Aşk yandı sonra yıldızlar
Zaman aralandı
Güller açıyor

O yürüdü söyleyerek kendini
Yıllarca yıllarca önceydi
Aşk yandı sonralar yıldızlar
Zaman aralandı
Sessizlik içindeydi gökler

Mozaik, Çook Alametler Belirdi

I am supporting petition of Mozaik fans.  We want to listen “Mozaik”  again …

Mozaik petition

Blogger.com banned in Turkey

A Turkish court has blocked access to the popular blog hosting service Blogger (Blogger.com and Blogspot.com owned by Google), since Friday, October 24th, 2008. According to BasBasBas.com, a Dutch blogger based in Istanbul

Turkish Internet users are seeing this message when trying to visit Blogger.com and all blogs hosted on blogspot.com hosting service: “Access to this website has been suspended in accordance with decision no. 2008/2761 of the TR Diyarbakir First Criminal Court of Peace.”

read more on Defending Free Speech Online  http://advocacy.globalvoicesonline.org/

A brief list of things I cannot do on the Internet in Turkey

1. Watch videos of sneezing pandas and cats playing the piano. A Turkish court banned access to YouTube in March 2007.
2. Download Ubuntu Linux for my laptop. A Turkish court blockaded the Pirate Bay and other torrent trackers in September 2007.
3. Visit the crappy website I made in middle school. A Turkish court censored Geocities in February.
4. Read the writing of one of my favorite thinkers, Richard Dawkins. A Turkish court blocked his website last month.
5. Keep up with my friends Dan, Anne Marie, Ke, Angela, Janet, Will, Paul, Jess, and Kasia. A Turkish court banned their blogs today.[1] Continue reading

TURKISH AUTHORITIES STEP UP CENSORSHIP OF INTERNET WEBSITES

TURKISH AUTHORITIES STEP UP CENSORSHIP OF INTERNET WEBSITES

By Gareth Jenkins

Friday, October 3, 2008

In the early hours of October 4, 2005, Turkey officially began accession negotiations with the EU. Over the previous four years, in order to secure a date for the opening of negotiations, successive Turkish governments had eased many of the restrictions on freedom of expression in the country. Since October 2005, however, the process has ground to a halt. Indeed, in some areas, it appears to have gone into reverse, particularly in the increasing attempts to censor the Internet. Continue reading

blogger.com banned in Turkey

Since today, whoever tries to access Blogger or any *.blogspot.com domain from Turkey will get the following message on my screen:

this site banned …

This is the same message we get if we try to visit YouTube, which is also banned in Turkey. In the past blogging platform WordPress.com has been banned as well (read more), to much dismay of many Turkish bloggers.

read more on  http://www.basbasbas.com

ban on Richard Dawkins’ website

Turkish court has set a ban on Richard Dawkins’ website.

The Guardian UK reports

A Turkish court has banned internet users from viewing the official Richard Dawkins website after a Muslim creationist claimed its contents were defamatory and blasphemous.

Adnan Oktar, who writes under the pen name of Harun Yahya, complained that Dawkins, a fierce critic of creationism and intelligent design, had insulted him in comments made on forums and blogs.

According to Oktar’s office, Istanbul’s second criminal court of peace banned the site earlier this month on the grounds that it “violated” Oktar’s personality.

His press assistant, Seda Aral, said: “We are not against freedom of speech or expression but you cannot insult people.

“We found the comments hurtful. It was not a scientific discussion. There was a line and the limit has been passed.

“We have used all the legal means to stop this site. We asked them to remove the comments but they did not.”

blocked in Turkey

Blocked in Turkey

People trying to visit WordPress.com from Turkey are seeing this message: “Access to this site has been suspended in accordance with decision no: 2007/195 of T.C. Fatih 2.Civil Court of First Instance.” I didn’t realize Turkey had a great firewall like China. This is really unfortunate because we have a really passionate Turkish community that gets about 12 million pageviews a month. Any good tips for people to get around the block? Update: This comment has the story and resolution. We’re back Update 2: It appears we’re still blocked, here is more info

Aug. 17, 2007

http://ma.tt/2007/08/blocked-in-turkey/