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New work out on Turkey

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Istanbul- In the past few weeks I’ve slowed down a bit. There’s been a lot of changes, including a move from Istanbul’s Cukurcuma neighborhood to Galata and a general need for some R&R.

All that is settled now and I’ve had three new articles published this month on Turkey.

Turkey’s ruling control freaks reports on an overlooked government decree by which independent financial commissions and boards established to disperse power were attached to government ministries.

The whole issues smacks of “the government knows best,” say analysts – a defining characteristic of Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), which appears to believe in its own infallibility after ushering in a new era of stability and growth during its eight years in power. 

Read the full article here 

I also have articles out on conscientious objectors and healthcare tourism in Turkey.


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September 19, 2011 at 10:12 am

2010 stats in review (put together by WordPress)

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The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads This blog is on fire!.

Crunchy numbers

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 7,000 times in 2010. That’s about 17 full 747s.


In 2010, there were 115 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 155 posts. There were 134 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 433mb. That’s about 3 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was July 19th with 200 views. The most popular post that day was An interview in the mountains….

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were twitter.com, facebook.com, justinvela.com, justinvela.photoshelter.com, and en.wordpress.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for justin vela, justinvela, chuck ragan, human trafficking, and jerusalem.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


An interview in the mountains… July 2010
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Bio and Contact… July 2009


Along The Yamuna River…Yamuna River Article… August 2009
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Recent Work… April 2010


Human Trafficking…Headed to Bihar… August 2009
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January 2, 2011 at 8:51 am

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First ever published article…

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HELSINKI-I just stumbled across the second article I published in a local newspaper.

I was 17 at the time. The article is on the Phoenix Theatre in Petaluma, California. It is fun to reread this.

Read “Children of the Phoenix” here.

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April 6, 2010 at 11:45 am

Permanent Number

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HELSINKI-From now on I should be reachable globally on the below UK number.

+44 (0) 7792254088

I will also continue to post my local number wherever I am.

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April 5, 2010 at 2:09 pm

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Parked in Helsinki…

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Helsinki, Finland. October 2009.

Helsinki, Finland. October 2009.

Helsinki-I’ve been in Finland for about six weeks now. Hope that being here would be a bit of a break has faded. I am busier now than at any other point this year. Writing a book, sorting out visa issues, and researching  and pitching new stories for an end of the year reporting trip is a full time job. This isn’t even getting into any of the other tasks I want to accomplish while here such as finding funding to continue my work on human trafficking. http://www.thetrafficked.com

Loads of new work coming soon…

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October 11, 2009 at 11:46 pm

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Site down for a few days…

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Helsinki-justinvela.com may be looking funny for the next couple of days as it is updated and branding…I’m super excited to see the result…

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September 13, 2009 at 5:16 pm

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