People & Power

Everything on politics, protest and resistance.

At Gezi, a Common Voice Against State Brutality

by Elif Genc on January 10, 2014

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While the peace process remains frayed, the Gezi protests did make many apolitical citizens in Turkey aware of the government’s repression of the Kurds.

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We need to be cautious not to attach an overly optimistic meaning to Gezi — the rebellion against the Sultan may yet complete his neoliberal project.

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Love was hypnotic in Gezi. It brushed away the rational. It left you naked, vulnerable, happy. It surprised us all — and had a transformative effect.

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Gezi Spirit: The Possibility of an Impossibility

by David Selim Sayers on January 8, 2014

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If the Gezi Uprising was enough to turn a scholar of non-westernized Ottoman prose like myself into a political activist, then surely there is hope.

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Emerging from a long history of resistance to the AKP’s spatial politics, Gezi made it possible to imagine a more egalitarian and democratic way of life.

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The Gezi uprising should be seen in its proper global context, as yet another revolt against neoliberalism, lauding the start of a new era for Turkey.

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Gezi: Losing the Fear, Living the Dream

by Rüzgar Akhat on January 7, 2014

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The waters may have calmed, but when we rise again the Gezi Spirit will embolden us to transform the oppressive neoliberal mechanics of this country.

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ROAR editorial: Gezi and the Spirit of Revolt

by ROAR Collective on January 6, 2014

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In Turkey, Gezi no longer refers to a park or even a protest movement: it now speaks to a Spirit of Revolt that has come to pervade the social fabric.

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What way forward for the popular movement in 2014?

by ROAR Collective on January 6, 2014

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Our task for the coming year is to keep organizing tirelessly at the grassroots in order to build majority-support for our solutions to their crisis.

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Zapatistas: 20 years of reinventing revolution

by Francisco Alonso on January 4, 2014

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Democracy is forged from below, and peasants have been at the heart of many revolutions, emerging on decisive moments to define the course of history.

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