25 Temmuz 2017 Salı

Drowning 7 Meters Down (Nearly!) With an Audience

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(Sözcü Newspaper, 25 July 2017)

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İbrahim Işık up from 7 meters down, looking worse for 

The miraculous rescue occurred at Çanakkale.  The day before
yesterday, fishermen on the city pier noticed İbrahim Işık (41)
floundering in the water and in a moment the fishermen lost
sight of Işık.

Police divers arrived at the scene and found Işık 7 meters below
the water surface after a 15 minute search.  Işık was brought to
a nearby hospital and (somehow!) revived.  Nevertheless, Işık
remains in serious condition in the hospital's intensive care unit.

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   Rubbernecking delay on the nearby ferry.

Passengers on a ferryboat watched the rescue drama moment by

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'Manita' Remark Blackens Innocent Bystander's Life

//ed. note: internet version of article not available.//

(HaberTürk Newspaper, 25 July 2017)

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In Istanbul, a gunfight that erupted between two groups over
a wisecrack turned the life of a young man, who had nothing to
do with either group, into a nightmare.  The incident occurred in
Esenler on 16 June when Harun Y. was walking along the street
and sending a phone text at the same time.

As Harun Y. passed a coffeehouse, Ercan E. said to a friend
sitting next to him "look at this guy, messaging with his 'manita'
(sweetheart).  Even we don't have a 'manita'."  When Harun Y.
took exception to this remark and said "you have a problem?",
a fight broke out.

The clashing sides were separated but a bit later Harun Y.
returned with two friends, one of whom, Abdurrahman Ç.,
fired a gun prompting Ercan E. to respond with rifle fire.  In
the resulting firefight, passerby Tural Azizli, who was coming
out of a grocery store, was seriously wounded. Azizli's internal
organs were decimated by the gunfire and his left elbow was

Azizli remained in a coma for 3 days.  He has not recovered
the use of his left arm but has been released from the hospital.
He explained that "I had gotten water from the store and was
exiting it.  I saw guys firing guns and they passed by me.
Someone began firing a pump-action rifle from across the street.
The next thing I knew I was in the hospital looking at operation
scars all over my midsection.  The buckshot had hit my spleen,
lungs, stomach, intestines and the membrane in front of my heart.
I underwent three operations.  In my arm alone, there are still
about 100 pieces of buckshot.  I have a child and my wife is
pregnant.  They're telling me I won't be able to work for 2 years,
nor will I be able to bend my arm."  

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        Esenler district of Istanbul

24 Temmuz 2017 Pazartesi

Smuggler Who's an Accountant at Heart

//ed.note: internet version unavailable//

(HaberTürk Newspaper, 23 July 2017)

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Cengiz Y.'s was a bit more rudimentary but served the
purpose. He coulda been Arthur Andersenoğlu.

Anti-smuggling teams (KOM) in Kilis, on the border with Syria,
raided the home of Cengiz Y. (30) in Bulamaçlı village last May for
drugs.  The KOM team found a 250-page notebook, 500,000 TL
(about $150,000) and 2 unlicensed guns.

Examing the notebook, police saw that since 2014 Cengiz Y. had
recorded about 300 smuggling events, one by one.  In the notebook,
Cengiz Y. detailed the number and make of the cigarettes he
smuggled, as well as the amount of bribes he gave to watchmen (!).
In addition, there was a record of how much the smuggled cigarettes
were sold for and the related profit.  Cengiz Y. also noted his expenses
for transport and warehousing.

The portion of profits to Cengiz Y.'s colleagues, after expenses, was
recorded in the notebook.  Relatedly, illegal goods seized by security
forces were logged in the notebook as losses and deducted
proportionately from each smuggler's profit.

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               Kilis province

23 Temmuz 2017 Pazar

ISIS "Mosul Girls" Forget Their Razors

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(Sözcü Newspaper, 23 July 2017)

                    What a guy! What a gal!

ISIS militants have become the subject of ridicule in Mosul as
they try to escape.  According to photographs shared by the
Iraqi army, the militants are putting on women's cloths and
make-up but sometimes neglecting to shave (!) their beards
and mustaches.

              ISIS's version of haute couture.

"VIP Hair Transplant" Nightmare for Londoner

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(HaberTürk Newspaper, 23 July 2017)

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A.H., left, and kidnapper Basri, who might want to avail
himself of the treatment, too.

British citizen A.H. (55), who is of Iraqi extraction, chose Istanbul
for a hair transplant operation but got a terrifying experience instead.
A.H. lives in London and runs an international money transfer
company there.  He met an Iraqi living in Turkey on the internet
and learned about  "VIP hair transplants" available for "select
persons only" in Istanbul.

Convinced, A.H. came to Istanbul on Monday from London,
was met with VIP treatment by 4 people at Sabiha Gökçen Airport
and taken to a luxury hotel in the Elmadağ section of Şişli, Istanbul.
After enjoying the view of the city from his hotel room for a couple
of hours, 2 people arrived to take A.H. to the health center for the
hair transplant operation (!).

However, A.H. was taken instead to a home in the Gaziosmanpaşa
section of the city where he was beaten and tied up.  There, A.H.
was relieved of 5,000 euros, 1,600 Swiss francs, two luxury watches
- one a Rolex - and thrown out onto the street at 5 o'clock in the

A.H., thoroughly shaken up, took a taxi to Atatürk Airport in order
to return to London.  At the airport he told police about his ordeal
and was taken to a hospital for treatment. Police reviewed video
images from the hotel in Şişli and determined the license plate
number of the car that took A.H. away.  The car was located in the
Zeytinburnu section and police apprehended Basri İleri when he
came to get the car.  Later, accomplice Ömer Akın was seized in a
hiding place and Hamdullah Yelboğa is also being sought.

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         For A.H., what might have been...


22 Temmuz 2017 Cumartesi

Camel Urine Advocate Declines to Take a Sip

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(Sözcü Newspaper, 22 July 2017)

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Taslaman confronts Sifil with an Islamic "Pepsi Challenge"

Philosophy professor Caner Taslaman of Istanbul Technical
University and Dr. Ebubekir Sifil of Yalova University's Islamic
Knowledge Faculty participated in a live broadcast on the
HaberTürk TV channel  the night before last.

The topic of the broadcast was "Are the hadis essentially orders
in Islam?" ('hadis' are second or third-hand lessons attributed to
the Prophet Muhammed).  Prof. Taslaman asserted that the hadis
are most made-up and he added "for example, according to
Buhari (Muhammed al-Bukhari, a 9th century İslamic scholar),
it is proper to drink camel urine and our Prophet recommended
it.  God forbid! There is an illness called Middle East Respitory
Syndrome that is associated with a virus from camel urine. 40%
of patients die.  I've brought a bottle of camel urine.  If Ebubekir
bey trusts in it let him drink it."

Sifil defended the veracity of the hadis under discussion but
declined to take a drink of the camel urine offered by Taslaman.

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             "Hey, it's very refreshing!"