The Istanbulian: When Hacktivism Strikes, Turkey Pulls The Plug On The Internet

CAN’T STOP THE HACKERS? No problem, let’s just shut down the Internet in Turkey! … which, it seems, is what happened when the combined forces of Anonymous & RedHack (Turkey’s own ‘Anonymous’) hit police & the Ministry of Justice websites.

It meant that for almost two hours, millions of Turkish users who accessed the Internet through the servers connected to Turk Telekom, were surfing in a “national intranet,” as all connections abroad were shut off.

Emre Kızılkaya, Chief Editor of Hürriyet’s Foreign News Service, has the low-down on his own blog here.

NYT: Women See Worrisome Shift In Turkey

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Gokce, a soft-spoken 37-year-old mother of two, has lived on the run for 15 years, ever since her abusive husband tracked her down, broke down her door and shot her in the leg six times after she refused to return to him.

Stoic and prematurely graying, she said her husband had since kidnapped her mother and stabbed her brother, trying to force them to reveal her whereabouts. She repeatedly turned to the police. But, she said, they chided her to return to her husband. Once, after her husband came to pick her up at the police station, she said she heard an officer advise him to break her legs so she could not escape.

“Our state is the No. 1 enemy of women,” Gokce said recently at a women’s shelter here in Istanbul, declining to use her last name for fear of her husband. “I was 14 when my husband started to abuse me, and now I’m 37, and I am still living in fear for my life despite all my cries for help.”

Source: NYT: “Women See Worrisome Shift in Turkey”

‘How Many Minutes Can You Endure This Article?’

IN THE RUN UP TO Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day, this article appeared in hard-hitting Turkish daily Taraf a few days ago. The writer quotes heavily from an eye-witness account of the mass deportation of Armenians by Ottoman Turks, which began on 24 April, 1915, and ended dubbed as the first genocide of the 20th century. “How many minutes can you endure this article?” asks Yıldıray Oğur of his fellow Turkish citizens, before imploring those who read as far as 5:03 “to stop being accomplice to this crime with ‘but, but, but’, to say a prayer, and not to hurt the souls of people who died in the genocide anymore.” Continue reading “‘How Many Minutes Can You Endure This Article?’”