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Turkish Coal Tragedy Puts Emphasis on Transition to Clean Energy

2014-05-15-Turkey1.pngIn what's being deemed the worst mining disaster in Turkey's history, more than 240 miners have been killed and countless more are still missing following a power transformer explosion that triggered a blazing underground fire at a Soma Komur Isletmeleri mine in Western Turkey.

In the hours following the devastating accident, families of the missing, injured, and killed miners have been anxiously awaiting any news about their missing loved ones. But Energy Minister Taner Yildiz recently declared, "Regarding the rescue operation, I can say that our hopes are diminishing."

Its an anguishing time for those touched by this tragedy in Turkey and across the globe. Unfortunately, this most recent disaster is also the latest in a long line of incidents reflecting a painful reality - coal is a deadly fuel source that has no place in the 21st century. That's a big part of the reason why many international financial institutions (IFIs) have moved quickly and decisively away from financing new coal plant expansions around the world. From the World Bank to the European Investment Bank to the U.S.2014-05-15-EBRDturkey.png Export-Import Bank, public financial institutions have overwhelmingly decided that dangerous coal investments should no longer receive public support.

One of these institutions, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), has made the transition beyond coal a cornerstone of their work in Turkey - and the importance of that step forward is only amplified by this week's coal mining tragedy.

Straddling the Eastern and Western worlds, Turkey is home to dynamic economic growth that is driving a wave of new energy investment second only to China's power sector. While currently dependent on fossil fuels - mainly natural gas - and home to the fourth largest pipeline of new coal plants in the world, Turkey is also home to fast growing efficiency, wind, and solar markets.

At the same time, the struggle to transition from fossil fuels has run head on into the struggle against an increasingly repressive and authoritarian government led by Recep Tayyip Erdoğan that has clamped down on environmental protests and free speech of all kinds time and time again. The historic - and violently repressed - wave of public demonstrations that spread across the country in May of 2013 was initially sparked by Turkish citizens speaking out against the removal of green space in Istanbul's Gezi Park. Now, in the aftermath of this tragedy, protesters demanding safe workplaces have been met with tear gas and water cannons.

Google News in French, Arabic...

by pyreneangirl

Turkish, even. Al-Jazeera English Edition, and the previously mentioned Le Monde. Turkey (Turkiye) also has multiple English-language news services. You might also try visiting the IRC site, because they will keep a running tally on dead animal disposal (secondary diseases, like cholera and shigellosis, accompany animal carcasses) and that can give you a ballpark.
If you are trying to locate your personal pet, contact your consulate or embassy. Honestly, at this point, with so much loss of human life, in a secular Muslim country, I doubt you are going to find much coverage of "pet casualties"; dogs are generally considered ha'aram and are not kept as pets (rather as working dogs)

Myths exposed

by FactFinder

A list being circulated over the Internet asking people to read these
'facts' about Israel and the so called 'Arab Israeli Conflict.' The confused
PR is intended to influence people who have little information about the
history or the facts of the situation. Most of the 20 'points' are classic
myths that have been debunked even by Israeli historians. But perhaps these
answers will be useful in public discussions and responding.
1. MYTH: Nationhood and Jerusalem. Israel became a nation in 1312 B.C.E.,
two thousand years before the rise of Islam.
Israel did not 'become' a nation (need definitions for both) and it is
important not to compare apples to oranges. Israel of today has little to
do with 'Israel' of 3000 years ago. Archeologists at Tel Aviv University
showed that city states and kingdoms were routinely made and obliterated in
the ancient land of Canaan while the…

How About Propaganda?

by justyouraveragecitizen

The propaganda model revisited
July, 1996
Monthly Review
by Edward S. Herman
In Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media (Pantheon, 1988) Noam Chomsky and I put forward a 'propaganda model' as a framework for analyzing and understanding how the mainstream U.S. media work and why they perform as they do. We had long been impressed with the regularity with which the media operate within restricted assumptions, depend heavily and uncritically on elite information sources, and participate in propaganda campaigns helpful to elite interests. In trying to explain why they do this we looked for structural factors as the only possible root of systematic behavior and performance patterns

Used to be 95%: see this

by puro

"...Sub-Saharan African and North African mixing in North Africa
Since pre-Islamic times, sub-Saharan Africans had been traded as slaves to the Arab world, including North Africa. Unfortunately, this practice goes on today, in the form of black slavery in Sudan (Northeast Africa) and Mauritania (Northwest Africa), where descendents of Arabs still exploit black Africans.
It should be noted that prior to the Islamic conquests by Asian Arabs, many regions of North Africa were inhabited by the Berber, an indigenous African people

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I am looking the best Turkish hammaam in Toronto, also the best Turkish Halal Restaurant in Toronto..Thnx

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Etobicoke, ON
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There are many Turkish festivals in Canada. Best is an subjective term, but the biggest and most crowded one is the Toronto Turkish Festival, its new name is Anatolian Festival.

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