In Turkey, a struggle for normalcy

first_imgI arrived in Istanbul on July 8, planning to conduct a month of historical research for my upcoming senior thesis. A week later, Turkey was thrown into chaos after the violent failure of an apparent coup attempt. Since then, this country has been struggling to find its way back to normalcy, and so have I.Officially, the attempted coup — allegedly plotted by a faction of the Turkish military — began at around 11 p.m. in Istanbul when troops and tanks seized control of the Atatürk Airport and the bridges connecting the European and Asian sides of the city. My experience, however, began with a message from my brother about half an hour later.“Dude is there a coup going on right now?!” he texted from his internship in New York City.I was in bed, but I unlocked my phone and punched in a quick confirmatory Google search before responding with trembling fingers.I stumbled out of my bedroom into the apartment I had been sharing with four others in one of Istanbul’s interior neighborhoods. Two of my Turkish roommates were also at home that Friday night, and from their similarly shocked expressions, it was clear that they, too, had heard the news. Sleep was no longer an option — new details about the situation were emerging too quickly — so we sat down in the kitchen with our phones and laptops.Some news reports seemed too absurd to be true; some were deeply disquieting. President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, forced to flee his hotel on the Mediterranean coast, had addressed citizens via FaceTime. Scores of Turkish civilians, resisting the military, had been shot dead. In retaliation, an angry mob was beating and lynching soldiers in Istanbul’s central Taksim Square.Messages from concerned friends and relatives flooded into my phone and computer. Was I safe? What was going on around me? Each time I answered the first of those questions —“Yes, I’m safe, I’m staying inside” — I had to augment my response to the second: “I can hear military jets passing overhead. The neighborhood mosque is calling out for citizens to fight the rebels. Social media is being blocked; we might not be able to communicate soon.”One of my roommates pulled out a bottle of Ukrainian vodka.“I’ve been saving this for a special occasion,” he said, and we began to drink.I had first been drawn to Turkey in my junior year of high school when, on a whim, I read a biography of the Republic’s founder, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk. Its depiction of Turkey as a country divided between East and West, both culturally and geographically, deeply appealed to me. As a person of mixed heritage, I empathized with the country’s apparent identity crisis. And as a history geek, I was intrigued by its idiosyncratic past. Later, I would come to understand that this characterization of Turkey was overly simplistic, but the grain of truth at its core still underlay my continuing love for the country and its people.My roommates and I continued to drink and discuss the unfolding events. At 2 a.m., residents of our street began to shout out of their windows in support of the government — “Allahu akbar!” (God is great) — and within an hour these chants had been replaced by raucous celebrations. The coup attempt had been defeated. Our drinking accelerated as it assumed a new function: Now it was the only way we would be able to fall asleep.I woke up with a throbbing headache the next morning and, respecting the advice of both the U.S. State Department and my family, stayed indoors all day. As darkness fell over Istanbul that night, it became clear that Turkey was experiencing a different kind of hangover. Patriotic marches blared out of loudspeakers on the street. There were more chants of “Allahu akbar,” along with the sounds of revving motorcycle engines, continuously blasting car horns, and, occasionally, celebratory gunshots. My roommate, an affable Turk in his 30s, took me over to a window.“Look, brother,” he said, gesturing towards the street below. “This is the real Turkey. Not people like me, your friends. This is why foreigners like you will never truly understand this country.”He had pointed out what some Turks feel is a very real division in their country, one programmed into its very DNA. When Atatürk founded the Republic in 1923, he imposed a new social order, based on “modern,” secular nationalism, upon a people who had previously been administered along religious lines under the Ottoman Empire.Two days after the coup, I ventured outside. Walking around the city, I saw images to match the sounds I’d heard the previous night. Turkish flags were everywhere — hanging out of windows, draped over the hoods of cars, and on the shoulders of pedestrians. For nights after the coup, convoys of young men in cars and motorcycles circled around neighborhoods at high speeds, chanting patriotic slogans and “Allahu akbar,” conflating nation and faith. Passing these demonstrations, I remembered photographs I’d seen of a soldier whose throat had been cut in Taksim Square on the night of the coup. Some of my friends reported that people were being beaten up for drinking in public. I struggled to reconcile these developments with the secular Turkey I had read about, where religion was not a test of belonging.The government declared a “holiday of democracy” and suspended fees for Istanbul’s bus, ferry, and metro systems. Large banners reading “Sovereignty Belongs to the Nation” (a popular nationalist slogan) appeared on subway walls. If people disagreed with this rhetoric, or with the government’s actions, they certainly wouldn’t do so openly now.Four days after the coup, I took a ferry out to the island neighborhood of Büyükada to visit residents to whom I’d been connected by mutual acquaintances. I met two members of a minority group, both Istanbul natives. As we sat and drank tea by the coast, our talk turned to politics, as Turkish conversation inevitably does. One of them, a woman, sighed.“Atatürk, he was a hero. But now, things are changing. …”I turned to the man beside her.“Do you consider yourself a Turk?” I asked. He paused and looked at the ocean.“Ten years ago, I would have said yes to that question,” he said. “I would have been proud. But now?”The water of the Mediterranean lapped against the shore of this island, topped by the ruins of a former Greek orphanage now fallen into decay.“No,” he said. “Not anymore.”last_img read more

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University announces next vice president of new business development

first_imgScott Ford, an executive vice president for Bradley Company of South Bend, will be the next associate vice president of new business development at Notre Dame, according to a University press release published Jan. 25.Ford, a Notre Dame alumnus, will work with several University departments — such as Notre Dame Research, the IDEA Center, University Relations and the Office of Public Affairs and Communications — to promote economic development benefiting both Notre Dame and the broader South Bend community, the release said.According to the press release, Ford will take over the position from Jack Curran, the first person to hold it.“Jack brought a broad set of skills in strategic planning and business development, as well as extensive experience in identifying and creating business opportunities that foster growth,” executive vice president John Affleck-Graves said in the press release. “Scott will build on the progress that Jack made.“Scott brings a deep understanding and knowledge of Notre Dame and our greater community. His experience in the public and private sectors will be vital to Notre Dame’s continuing efforts to spur regional growth.”In addition to his time at Bradley Company, Ford has also previously served as the executive director of community investment in South Bend city government, the press release said. During his tenure, he restructured the city’s economic development strategies, resulting in “nearly 2,600 new announced jobs and $440 million in new private investment to the city,” according to the release.Ford said he is excited to work with the University to expand economic opportunities in South Bend and bring new resources and ideas to the broader community.“The University of Notre Dame is a dynamic engine for our economy,” Ford said in the press release. “And yet there exists further untapped potential to connect the talent, ideas and resources on campus with those in the community to expand economic opportunities and improve the quality of life across the region.“I am grateful for this tremendous opportunity to join the University in its ongoing efforts and leadership in the region.”Ford graduated from Notre Dame with a master’s degree in architecture after earning a bachelor’s degree in government with a concentration in philosophy, politics and economics, the release said. It also said he also left the University of Cambridge with a master’s degree in planning, growth and regeneration.According to the release, Ford is an active member in the South Bend community, serving on the board of the St. Joe Valley Metronet, enFocus and Downtown South Bend, in addition to formerly serving on the boards of the South Bend Urban Enterprise Association, Community Home Buyers Association, Economic Development Commission and the Industrial Revolving Loan Fund.Tags: business, New Business Development, Scott Fordlast_img read more

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David Hyde Pierce Still Eyeing Main Stem Run for It Shoulda Been You

first_img Related Shows View Comments It Shoulda Been You David Hyde Pierce The David Hyde Pierce-directed musical It Shoulda Been You, which had previously been eyeing a Broadway run in fall 2012, is still looking at making an appearance on the Main Stem. Pierce told the Hollywood Reporter that he hopes to open the show, starring Tony winner Tyne Daly, in the coming season or early 2015.Featuring music by Barbra Anselmi and a book and lyrics by Brian Hargrove, It Shoulda Been You made its world premiere in 2011 at New Jersey’s George Street Playhouse.The show follows a Jewish bride as she readies to marry her Catholic boyfriend. When the bride’s ex-boyfriend shows up, the perfect wedding starts to unravel, leaving the sister of the bride to turn a tangled mess into happily ever after. Along with Daly, the cast of the George Street Playhouse production featured Tony winner Harriet Harris, Tony nominee Howard McGillin, Tom Deckman, Carla Duren, Jessica Hershberg, Edward Hibbert, Curtis Holbrook, Lisa Howard, Mylinda Hull, Matthew Hydzik, David Josefsberg and Richard Kline. Star Files Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 9, 2015last_img read more

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Kentucky Getaway Giveaway

first_imgEnter to win a getaway in beautiful Kentucky!Out Kentucky Getaway Giveaway Prize Package includes:A two night stay in a two bedroom cottage at Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park$50 gift certificate to DaVinci’s Little Italian RestaurantFour passes to the Museums of Historic HopkinsvilleEnter Below:THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED! THANKS TO ALL WHO ENTERED AND PLEASE CHECK OUT ALL OUR OTHER GREAT GIVEAWAYS. Rules and Regulations: Package must be redeemed within 1 year of winning  date. Entries must be received by mail or through the www.blueridgeoutdoors.com contest sign-up page by 12:00 noon EST on July 15th, 2013. One entry per person. One winner per household.  Sweepstakes open only to legal residents of the 48 contiguous United  States and the District of Columbia, who are 18 years of age or older.  Void wherever prohibited by law. Families and employees of Blue Ridge  Outdoors Magazine and participating sponsors are not eligible. No  liability is assumed for lost, late, incomplete, inaccurate,  non-delivered or misdirected mail, or misdirected e-mail, garbled,  mistranscribed, faulty or incomplete telephone transmissions, for  technical hardware or software failures of any kind, lost or unavailable  network connection, or failed, incomplete or delayed computer  transmission or any human error which may occur in the receipt of  processing of the entries in this Sweepstakes. By entering the  sweepstakes, entrants agree that Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine, the State of Kentucky, Kentucky State Parks, and Hopkinsville Christian County CVB reserve the right to contact entrants multiple times with special information  and offers. Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine reserves the right, at their  sole discretion, to disqualify any individual who tampers with the entry  process and to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Sweepstakes.  Winners agree that Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine and participating  sponsors, their subsidiaries, affiliates, agents and promotion agencies  shall not be liable for injuries or losses of any kind resulting from  acceptance of or use of prizes. No substitutions or redemption of cash,  or transfer of prize permitted. Any taxes associated with winning any of  the prizes detailed below will be paid by the winner. Winners agree to  allow sponsors to use their name and pictures for purposes of promotion. Sponsors reserve the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater  value. All Federal, State and local laws and regulations apply.  Selection of winner will be chosen at random at the Blue Ridge Outdoors  office on or before July 30th, 6:00 PM EST 2013. Winners will be contacted by  the information they provided in the contest sign-up field and have 7  days to claim their prize before another winner will be picked. Odds of  winning will be determined by the total number of eligible entries received.last_img read more

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Blue Ridge Parkway to Receive $3.1 Million Land Grant

first_imgThe Blue Ridge Parkway is set to expand by 1,654 acres in the Plott Balsam Mountains of Jackson County, North Carolina.The expansion is being made possible by a generous land grant from The Nature Conservancy valued at just over $3 million.The gifted land, which can be seen from the Waterrock Knob Overlook, is of particular importance to conservationists because it harbors two federally endangered mammals— the North Carolina flying squirell and the Indiana bat— and a rare type of rhododendron often called pinkshell azalea. It’s also home to nine other rare plant species as well as rare Red spruce and Fraser fir habitat.With this new land acquisition, which comes as the National Park Service celebrates its 100th anniversary, NPS hopes to improve the overall visitor experience of the Blue Ridge Parkway, an attraction that drew more that 15 million visitors last year alone.“Every time a property is conserved adjacent to the Blue Ridge Parkway, it improves the visitor experience by preserving scenic vistas, water quality, and habitat for wildlife,” Blue Ridge Parkway Superintendent Mark Woods told the Asheville Citizen-Times last month.In addition to hosting rare plants and animals, the newly donated tract, visible from Milepost 452, contains the highest summit in all of the Plott Balsam Range at an elevation of 6,292 feet.According to the Citizen Times, the land will be added to an adjacent 5,000 acres later this month to make up a new conservation area to be known as Waterrock Knob Park.Related Content:last_img read more

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Town centre opening a ‘game changer’

first_imgEcco Ripley’s $5 million parklandOnly four blocks remain for sale in the estate’s newest neighbourhood, Lighthaven. Two terrace homes remain for sale at Ecco Ripley, plus five turn-key ready-built homes and five duplexes. More than half the estate’s Foxtail Place townhouses have sold. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus18 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market18 hours agoA render showing the showpiece open air space, Satoyama Way. Landscaped with trees, green walls, water features and a range of seating areas, the design was based on the Japanese concept of Satoyama – harmonious interaction between nature and man-made environments. The area will be extended as the town centre grows.The town centre will service the entire Ripley Valley, which is undergoing rapid change. The Ripley population is tipped to soar by almost 28 per cent each year during the next eight years, with new data from Urbis suggesting it will be the fastest growing suburb in Queensland until 2026.Ecco Ripley consists of terrace homes, turn-key ready-built products, townhouses, duplex homes, and house and land with three and four bedroom options. An artists impression of the Lighthaven neighbourhood.Nearby, Goldfields has launched stage one of its masterplanned community Hayfields, Providence South Ripley (Amex Corporation) has launched 16 lots in its Silverleaf release, land is being sold at Ripley Valley by Satterley, and many other developments are underway.Sekisui House Australia CEO Toru Abe said the town centre was a “game-changer” for the western corridor, noting the site would ultimately turn into a 25ha precinct with over 100,000sqm of commercial, office and retail space.“Ripley Town Centre will epitomize the 20-minute neighbourhood – with everything located within 20 walking minutes,” he said.center_img The first stage of the Ripley Town Centre will open today, with a festival to mark the milestone.The first stage of the $1.5 billion Ripley Town Centre will open today, with new research predicting the Ripley Valley population will top 150,000 by 2036.The $40 million first stage includes Coles, BWS, Madhouse Discount Ripley, APAR Hair Studio, Gold Class Nails, Orion Massage, Eco Shot Cafe and Mum’s Bakehouse. Quay Family Healthcare will open soon, as will The Discount Chemist, Ripley Dental Surgery and Ripley Veterinary Hospital.The community hub is the “heart” of the masterplanned community, Ecco Ripley, which is also being developed by Sekisui House. last_img read more

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Madam Butterfly Susie O’Neill and her medico husband drop $5.6m on trophy home

first_imgVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:12Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:12 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenMost expensive sales of 201901:13The new owner of a spectacular Brisbane riverfront residence has been revealed, and it is none other than our own Madam Butterfly.Nova Presenter and former Olympic Swimmer Susie O’Neill gets a fashion makeover from stylist Laura Churchill. Photo Lachie MillardNewly released property records show that swim star Susie O’Neill and husband Cliff Fairley, a respected surgeon, spent $5.6 million to secure the Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired 1225 sqm residence.MORE NEWS: River, the sea, canals driving up pricesTV host Andrew Winter sells waterfront home Why selling off-market could cost youSusie O’Neill and husband, ophthalmologist Cliff Farley.Described as a “one-of-a-kind” residence, it is sprawled over two titles totalling 1505sq m and has five double bedrooms, five bathrooms and a home theatre.Wow!There is also a stunning granite kitchen, multiple living and entertaining spaces, a glass lift serving all three levels, a home office, library, a gym and an infinity edge pool.Other features include a private pontoon and treehouse pavilion.Records show the house was sold by Ray White New Farm principal Matt Lancashire after more 693 days on the market.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus10 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market10 hours agoIt was first listed for sale by expressions of interest in October 2017.The Queensland swimming champion and eight-time Olympic gold medallist is now on Brisbane’s Nova 106.9 breakfast radio show with Ash, Kip and Luttsy.O’Neill and Fairley, an ophthalmologist, sold another house on riverfront land at Yeronga for $3 million in 2017.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:09Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:09 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenBenchmark busters of Brisbane 201901:09last_img read more

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Kmarin Behind Four 325,000 Dwt Bulker Orders

first_imgSouth Korean shipowning and managing company Kmarin recently ordered four very large ore carriers (VLOCs) in China, according to shipbrokers.Last week, World Maritime News reported that China’s Yangzijiang Shipbuilding won an order for two 325,000 dwt VLOCs from an unidentified Asian shipowner.Data provided by Asiasis shows that Kmarin ordered the ship duo in question. The newbuilds, to be built at the group’s Xinfu shipyard, are slated for delivery by June 2021.What is more, Kmarin has ordered a further two VLOCs of identical size at Qingdao Beihai Shipbuilding Heavy Industry in China, according to Asiasis.The VLOC pair is expected to be handed over to its owner in the first half of 2021. Kmarin will reportedly pay USD 75 million per unit.Kmarin has also two Capesize ore carriers on order at Qingdao Beihai, scheduled for completion in late 2019 and early 2020.As of June 2019, Kmarin’s fleet comprised a total of 66 vessels with a total tonnage of 7.2 million dwt, according to information provided on the company’s website.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

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Brady vs. NFL

first_imgIf you like to listen to sports reporters argue on TV, you have found your wish since “Deflate Gate”.  I am trying to decide if Brady’s ego is as big as Roger Goodell’s thirst for power.  Even if Brady wins in the court system, his image will have been tarnished.  Goodell has been given so much power by the NFL owners that he is not worried about decisions he makes.We all know that this could have been settled months ago if Brady would have said “I knew about it.”  Goodell would have most likely cut his suspension to one or two games and everything would have moved on.  However, when you make the money that Brady does, spending money on lawyers is like you or I going to McDonald’s for a meal.  The NFL owners are so rich that they are willing to spend what it takes so that no player can say that he beat the system.It will be interesting to see how it is finally resolved.  After all, they are acting like two 8-year olds involved in a playground argument.last_img read more

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Ugbo extends Chelsea deal begins another loan journey

first_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Ugbo who was born in Lewisham, Greater London began his career with Chelsea at under-10 level turning professional in 2015. He signed a season long loan deal with Barnsley on 17 July 2017, making his debut against Bristol City which ended in a 3-1 defeat. But lack of game cut the loan deal short forcing him to join joined League One club Milton Keynes Dons on loan for the remainder of the 2017–18 season. Read AlsoWest Ham in hunt as Chelsea eye loan for exciting striker Ike Ugbo Scunthorpe United was the next point of call for ugbo before heading to Roda JC. He has so far made cumulative 74 appearances since 2017 with 17 goals to his credit. Nigeria born striker Ike Dominique Ugbo has extended his contract with Chelsea till 2022. The 21 year former England junior international is however not about to play for the Stamford Bridge landlords but to continue his loan journey that began in 2017. ugbo who just finished a season long loan sojourn with Dutch side Roda JC, began a new one this time with Belgian side Cercle Brugge on Wednesday. The former England U-20 ace played 28 games for Roda JC scoring 13 goals.  He has also spent time at Barnsley, MK Dons and Scunthorpe United respectively. Interestingly Cercle Brugge is managed by former Chelsea academy coach and first-team assistant Paul Clement.Advertisement Loading… Promoted ContentThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The World5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market ValueNothing Compares To Stargazing Places Around The WorldThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?last_img read more

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