Reflections

“During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act,” George Orwell

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In the context of a deepening housing crisis, Italy’s movements are becoming increasingly united in their opposition to neoliberalism and austerity.

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Beyond Gezi: What Future for the Movement?

by ROAR Collective on January 16, 2014

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Gezi lives, but to have a lasting effect it will need to be taken out of the realm of the extraordinary and into the everyday lives of ordinary people.

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Superman, Clark Kent, and the Limits of the Gezi Uprising

by Mehmet Döşemeci on January 13, 2014

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The çapulcu were heroes by night but still kept working by day. Without occupying the sites of production, there can be no long-term arrest of capitalism.

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If there is one lesson that foreign revolutionaries can take from the Gezi uprising, it must be this: political determination counts. Keep on stirring!

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From Madrid to Istanbul: Occupying Public Space

by Christopher Patz on January 12, 2014

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Istanbul’s first squat is more than an experiment: it is a counter-hegemonic intervention that challenges the neoliberal dogma of growth at all costs.

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Squatters in Istanbul reclaim their ‘right to the city’ and fight for social justice in a city where big business sets the urban development agenda. 

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Is Social Media Still the Way to Resist in Turkey?

by Emrah Güler on January 11, 2014

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The young protesters, who were mostly educated, creative, and computer savvy, used social media to take the resistance to a more sophisticated level.

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Beyond the Hashtags? Gezi and the AKP’s Media Power

by Mark Bergfeld on January 11, 2014

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The alternative media practices used in the Gezi uprising have changed the political parameters and may yet create real institutions of popular power.

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To Survive, the Movement Will Have to Compromise

by Matze Kasper on January 11, 2014

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The Gezi movement lacks the media support it needs to inflict damage on the AKP. To prevent a premature death, it will have to attach itself to a party.

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Cracking Down on the Press: Turkish Media after Gezi

by Beatrice White on January 10, 2014

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Nowhere has the post-Gezi clampdown been felt more acutely than in the media, where corporate ownership remains the greatest threat to press freedom.

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