Reflections

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

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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Sarisulük’s Story: A Family Fighting for Justice

by Erkan Gursel on January 10, 2014

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“We want everyone to see that yes, we paid a price but we do not mourn. I will mourn internally and will continue to fight; we are a family of fighters.”

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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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The Body Politicized: The Visibility of Women at Gezi

by ROAR Collective on January 9, 2014

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The large presence of women in the Gezi uprising was not just an act for women’s rights; it was a milestone in the politicization of women’s identities.

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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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Gezi Park and the Transformative Power of Art

by Stephen Snyder on January 8, 2014

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Through the transformative power of aesthetics and creative narrative, the çapulcu managed to keep ahead of the forces that would deny them their freedom.

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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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