Will This Revolution be Televised?

With greatest respect to Gil Scott-Heron.

From a stroll near the old town center of Gdansk, Poland, this afternoon. Like hundreds of other gentrified European cities, the immediate center district is lively, clean, and very tourist-oriented. And as in others, you needn’t venture too far to see those that gentrification has left behind.

More on that another time. I have to prepare for tomorrow’s trip to Hel and back.

Today’s links, notes, bookmarks and briefs:

Decision 2016


One journalist, who was on vacation, had his home raided in the early morning by the police. Others were called in to their bosses’ offices last week and fired, with little explanation. Dozens of reporters have had their press credentials revoked.

A pro-government newspaper, meanwhile, published a list of names and photographs of journalists suspected of treachery.

The witch-hunt environment that has enveloped Turkey in the wake of a failed military coup extended to the news media on Monday, as the government issued warrants for the detention of dozens of journalists.

The step followed the dismissals of tens of thousands of workers — teachers, bankers, police officers, soldiers, bureaucrats and others — as well as the arrests of thousands accused of ties to the conspiracy.

Refugees and Migration

Speaking to German ARD television on Monday (25 July), Erdogan said the EU had promised €3 billion in aid to help improve living conditions of the some 3 million Syrian refugee it hosts.

“Ask them [the EU]. Did you pay? But Turkey still hosts 3 million people. What would Europe do if we let these people go to Europe?”, he said.


IS attacks are not limited to Europe.

The vast majority of its victims are Muslims in Syria and Iraq. Another 80 people were killed by an IS bomb during a peaceful demonstration in Kabul this weekend.


Today’s Pic du Jour, the site’s 935th straight, was snapped in Gdansk, Poland, on 26 July 2016.



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