Archive for November, 2006

Istanbul Independent Media Forum

This weekend Istanbul will be hosting the Istanbul Independent Media Forum at Bilgi university. Important speakers from all over the world will be attending this event which lasts for two days at the Dolapdere campus. Erkan and I will also be attending (sunday morning) so drop us a line if you’d like to tag along!

Event fee: none
Location: Bilgi uni dolapdere campus
Date: 4&5th of November 2006
Event website:

Kasparov in Istanbul


I hear that Garry Kasparov, one of my geeky childhood idols, will be in Istanbul on Nov 3, oh that is today! He will first attend a press meeting organized by İş Bankası Kültür Yayınları to promote the Turkish translation of his book, My Great Predecessors, and then he will sign his books next day at the TÜYAP fair….I could not find much info on this Turkish translation though…Neither ideefixe nor İş Kültür site contains any info at the moment…

Earthquakewise: “Time is up for Istanbul”

In a Hurriyet news, it is reported that

ODTU teaching faculty members and member of the National Earthquake Council, Professor Haluk Sucuoglu, has commented on the possibility that a large earthquake soon faces Istanbul. Professor Sucuoglu has noted that a full 240 years have passed since the 1766 earthquake which caused enormous damage in Istanbul, asserting that this was another sign that the North Marmara fault lines were ready to spring back into action.

Because of recent quakes around Istanbul, experts have the opportunity to voice their concerns. However, not all experts claim for such a nightmare scenario; there are diverse ideas and as far as I observe, Istanbulites themselves are not in a state of panic.

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