Monthly Archives: October 2008

Makbul Ibrahim Pasa Mosque


My Suggestions, October 2008

  1. You’re like a sparrow, my brother, always in a sparrow’s flutter.
  2. I go from loving to not loving you, From waiting to not waiting for you
  3. Only from the heart Can you touch the sky.
  4. they’d spend one night, or two or three. But…
  5. tulips : The Awakening
  6. cool composition with yellow tulip and Her perfect peace.
  7. purple tulip in green, My heart is like a singing bird
  8. half of yellow tulip, Landscape With The Fall of Icarus
  9. Riva, old tree in castle behind the wall
  10. pretty boy in Riva castle

Letter To My Wife

yellow tulips, istanbul

yellow tulips, istanbul

Letter To My Wife

Bursa Prison

My one and only!
Your last letter says:
“My head is throbbing,
my heart is stunned!”
You say:
“If they hang you,
if I lose you,
I’ll die!”
You’ll live, my dear–
my memory will vanish like black smoke in the wind.
Of course you’ll live, red-haired lady of my heart:
in the twentieth century
grief lasts
at most a year. Continue reading

My Love Is Come to Me

white tulip

white tulip

My Love Is Come to Me

My heart is like a singing bird
whose nest is int a water’d shoot;
My heart is like an apple tree
whose boughs are bent with thick-set fruit; Continue reading

this is love : to fly toward a secret sky

yellow tulips, istanbul tulip festival, pentax k10d

yellow tulips, istanbul tulip festival, pentax k10d

This is love

This is love: to fly toward a secret sky,
to cause a hundred veils to fall each moment.
First, to let go of live.
In the end, to take a step without feet;
to regard this world as invisible,
and to disregard what appears to be the self.

Heart, I said, what a gift it has been
to enter this circle of lovers,
to see beyond seeing itself,
to reach and feel within the breast.


The Divani Shamsi Tabriz, XIII

taken by Pentax K10D, at Istanbul

Things I Discovered on Mountain Day, boys in blur


Things I Discovered on Mountain Day

You’re a field,
I am the tractor.
You’re paper,
I am the typewriter.
My wife, mother of my son,you’re a song—
I am the guitar.
I am the warm, humid night the south wind brings—
you’re the woman walking by the water
looking across at the lights.
I’m water— Continue reading banned in Turkey

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

Turkish Internet users are seeing this message when trying to visit and all blogs hosted on 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

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



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 banned in Turkey

Since today, whoever tries to access Blogger or any * 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 has been banned as well (read more), to much dismay of many Turkish bloggers.