Bosphorus Naval News Is On DefencePoint (UPDATED)

The DefencePOint, one of the few Greek military blogs that is worth of reading has published my story about the ESSM test of Turkish Navy.

They have also used the photo showing the firing of the missile from this blog.

Unfortunately the bloggers at this blog (initially) forgot to mention my blog as the source of the photo and their story. But the photo is visible and you can compare the photo and wording that story to mine.

Well I am not surprised anymore to see my stories or photos being used by other web sites or blogs that conveniently forget to mention this blog as the source.

But I am surprised by the remarks such as “As illustrated by the remarkable site” or “this portal is distinguished by seriousness and professionalism”.

UPDATE:

The DefencePoint made yesterday an announcement that have made the above mentioned omission without any bad intention.

I accept this announcement and thank them for their kind words about me and my work.

I am only happy to  reciprocate their good natured wishes in a same manner and courtesy.

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Notice To Mariners

There will be light posting or no blogging until further notice.

 

 

Bosphorus Naval News Is On War Is Boring

 One of the most interesting and influential blog of the military blogsphere, War  Is Boring, published a photo from this website.

The photo showing Turkish frigate F-241 TCG Turgutreis and British assault  ship L-15 HMS Bulwark  was first published on this blog on 16th April 2009.  The photo was taken during the Egemen 2009 naval exercise.

Unfortunately the bloggers at War Is Boring forgot to mention my blog as  the source of the photo, but the watermark on the photo is visible. So now you know were that photo came.

Click here for the original blog post with the photo or click here just for the photo.

Third Anniversary

Today is the third anniversary of this blog.

Last year two important changes have happened. First I had to change my service provider from Google’s blogger to wordpress as most of the Google’s IP addresses were blocked by a court order in Turkey for a considerable duration of time.

The second and in my opinion the important change was the merger of my other website the Unofficial Homepage of Turkish Navy with my blog.  I have started my website about the Turkish Navy way back in 1998 before the official site of Turkish Navy was online. But those pages were, because of their nature very static, very Web 1.0 compared to blogging. Today the information on those pages are  accessible through the menu at the header of the blog.

This is the 597th post on my blog. I have become a little more prolific writer in the last year. This due to the fact that currently I am between jobs and have more time to write for my blog.

I have received 276 comments and hundreds of spam. I thank each and everyone who has taken some time to write a comment or send me an e-mail.

 

I hope you have enjoyed reading this blog as much as I have enjoyed writing it.

19 Mayıs

Today I wish to make an exception and write in my native language. I am sorry if this is an inconvenience for my non Turkish readers.

Bugün 19 Mayıs. Mustafa Kemal Paşa’nın Samsun’da kurtuluş mücadelesine başlamasının yıldönümü. Ekteki yazı ulusal bağımsızlığın tek bir boyutu olmadığını politik, ekonomik, askeri hatta hukuki katmanlardan oluştuğunu bir kere daha hatırlatıyor.

19 Mayıs’ınız kutlu olsun.

Tümamiral Cem GÜRDENİZ’in Balyoz Davasındaki savunmasını okumak için tıklayın.

List Of Warships Taking Part In Operation Unified Protector

NATO has published the names of the warships taking part in the arms embargo against Libya, as called for in UN Security Council Resolution 1973.

On left is the screen shot from NATO website showing the photos of the participating ships. The regular readers of this blog will find the two photos I have marked very very familiar.

The photos of the Turkish warships are directly linked to this blog.

 

The list of the participating ships is below:

Pennant
Ship
Type
Country
A-5326 ITS Etna Tanker Italy
C-551 ITS Garibaldi Carrier Italy
F-572 ITS Libeccio Frigate Italy
P-492 ITS C. Bettica OPV Italy
F-339 HMCS Charlottetown Frigate Canada
F-85 HMS Cumberland Frigate UK
F-451 HS Limnos Frigate Greece
F-104 ESPS Mendez Nunez Frigate (!) Spain
F-490 TCG Gaziantep Frigate Turkey
F-492 TCG Gemlik Frigate Turkey
F-493 TCG Gelibolu Frigate Turkey
F-243 TCG Yıldırım Frigate Turkey
A-590 TCG Akar Tanker Turkey
M-853 HMNLS Haarlem Minehunter Netherlands
M-923 BNS Narcis Minehunter Belgium
S-358 TCG Çanakkale Submarine Turkey
S-74 ESPS Tramontana Submarine Spain
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Submarine Training Center Command, of Turkish Navy apparently finds my website good enough to be linked.

It is not the first time that my website is liked by the official navy sites. But this is the first instance where I was document it.

A Necessary Move

As you might have noticed the Bosphorus Naval News has changed its application provider. We are now using WordPress services.

The tug of war between Google (Blogger) and the Unnamed Digital TV company and the blocking of many IP addresses of Google was the primary reason for this change. I was able to reach my blog.

As WordPress is different from blogger my blog is not what it used to be. I have tried to keep the changes at a minimum.

>The Blocking Of The Blogger

>As you might know since the beginning of March Turkish bloggers are having a very difficult time to reaching their beloved blogger blogs.

This is so because as a court in Diyarbakır ruled that access to blogger and to all the blogs it hosts should be blocked. The ruling of the court is based on a claim made by a satellite television provider (which I will not name because I do not want to make their advertisement) that some blogs on blogger are showing the football matches of the Turkish League online and for free. Where as this unnamed company paid the unreasonable high amount of 321 million TL, to buy the exclusive rights to broadcast Turkish football for the next four years.

Therefore they asked the court in Diyarbakir a town in the south east of Turkey, where as the HQ of this company is in the middle of Istanbul to block the blogger.

A web site (http://privacy.cyber-rights.org.tr/) announced that Google has taken the necessary steps for removing the blogs that violated the copyright from blogger so that the court decision can be revoked.

But so far I as a blogger I do not see any progress as I cannot access my own blog without using any proxies such as vtunnel.

This I why I have been able to update my blog regularly in the recent days.

>Greed Is A Sin. Blocking Blogger, Not Yet.

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Today almost thousands blogger users in Turkey had a very nasty shock. Their beloved blogs were out of their reach as a court in Diyarbakır ruled that access to blogger and to all the blogs it hosts should be blocked.

The reason for this court rule is just plain greed.

The decision of the court is based on a claim made by a satellite television provider which I will not name because I do not want to make their advertisement. This company paid unreasonable high amount of 321 million TL, to buy the exclusive rights to broadcast Turkish football for the next four years.

Now they force people to pay high subscription prices to buy the satellite dish, the receiver and pay a high amount of subscription to watch the matches of their favorite teams. And football is a quasi religion in this country. Unfortunately for them the Turkish Football league lacks excitement and good quality football this year. So this company cannot gain new subscribers as fast as they hoped. Ergo they are not making enough income.

There are some Turkish blogs, that show the footage of Turkish football matches. On line and free. They cause the company to lose money. Thus this satellite TV provider blames these few blogs and asks Google to close these illegal broadcasting blogs individually. And when this does not happen the TV company shuts down the whole blogger by court order. Does the TV company loses any sleep over this? No. Does Google lose any sleep over it? No way. Who does? The poor bloggers. Like me. Or like Izabela Szmit,a Polish girl who lives in Turkey at the moment:

Imagine that the ongoing (if I do not know, but …) too long to lock on Youtube.com, it’s time for … Blogspot. So I write to you about it quickly and chaotically, because maybe this is my last entry … But I like the orchestra on board the Titanic … play to the end …

The same TV company did blocked the blogger two years ago, when I have just started blogging, for the same reason. When the protest against them started to grow, first on internet later on other medias, they pulled back. The best punishment we the simple folks can give them is to cancel the TV subscriptions and let them lose more money.

As I use proxies I have no problems (yet) accessing by own blog. The whole thing is legal in Turkish jurisdiction system. But it is not moral.

After all God do not made greed a sin for no reason.

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