Oct. 31st, 2010

merrycaepa: (r&i - teh internetz)
At 9:00 local time, a suicide bomber detonated a bomb directly outside a police point in Taksim Square, killing himself and wounding 32, including 15 police officers (riots and demonstrations are not uncommon in Taksim and the adjacent Istiklal Caddesi, so police vans are a permanent fixture). Reports indicate that the bomber attempted to enter one of the police vans before detonating the explosives directly outside. There is some indication that a secondary charge was intended to detonate shortly after the first, presumably targeting rescue workers, but it either failed to detonate or was defused. Although this comes both on the day celebrating the founding of modern Turkey (the day itself was Friday, but the parade had been rescheduled to Sunday due to inclement weather) and the appointed day of a cease-fire between the Turkish government and the PKK, the PKK have not claimed responsibility, and there is some indication that al-Qaeda may be responsible (or one of a thousand other splinter groups; the TAK is also mentioned). Below is a roundup of links from various news organizations; some give the casualty toll variously at at 15, 22, or 32, depending on how recently the report was filed.

Al Jazeera: "Suicide Blast Hits Istanbul"
Hürriyet Daily News: "32 injured in bomb attack in Istanbul's Taksim Square" Today's Zaman: "Suicide bomb attack injures 32 in İstanbul's Taksim Square" (incl. photos; warning: one w/ graphic content)
"At least 32 wounded in İstanbul explosion"
"Who is behind the suicide attack in Taksim?" (nb: I include this one with some trepidation for a variety of reasons, but mostly because it so flagrantly disregards Atalay's warnings that speculation will not be helpful and in fact is harmful. Also, it's not terribly well written)
CNN: "32 injured in apparent suicide bombing in Turkey" (incl. video segment)
New York Times: "Suicide Bomber Injures 32 in Istanbul"
The Guardian: "Suicide bomb attack on Istanbul's main square"
Al Arabiya: "Suicide bomber wounds 15 in central Istanbul: police"
BBC: "Istanbul suicide blast injures 32, including 15 police" (incl. video segment)
Times of India: "Suicide bomber wounds 15 in central Istanbul: Police"
Haaretz: "32 people wounded in suspected suicide bombing in Istanbul"
Jersusalem Post: "Istanbul: 22 injured after suicide bombing in main square"

merrycaepa: (r&i - girl talk)
> Suicide bombing in central Istanbul today. I've posted about it below. (This'll be a short roundup, today, kids; most of my newsreading time went into hunting down reports about the bombing)

> Salon lovingly if slightly chidingly covers the Rally to Restore Fear/Sanity here, covers Jon Stewart specifically here, and assembles a slide show here (my favorite sign - "make awkward sexual advances, not war" - sadly is not featured.)

> With their typical lack of anything approaching, subtlty, HuffPo front page announces that "Rally Attendance OBLITERATES Turnout to Glenn Beck Rally." The actual article headline ("Rally To Restore Sanity Attendance Estimated In Hundreds Of Thousands") is somewhat more staid. Anyway, estimates are variously putting rally attendance between 215,000 and 250,00 - well in excess of Beck's estimated 87,000. Woo!

> Via GFY: the penthous apartment at the top of Smith Tower in Seattle. I want to live here! Clearly I am in the wrong major and aiming at the wrong profession.

> Also via GFY: bookshelf porn!

> Reading Invisible Man for English. Lovely book, but it requires a certain level of concentration I am not really in possession of right now (see point the first).


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Taksim Square/Istiklal Caddesi as I remember her (I anthropomorphize that city like crazy; forgive me). About midway down on the right hand side - see the buses? That's where the bomber detonated. Source.



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