Reflections

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

Is Social Media Still the Way to Resist in Turkey?

by Emrah Güler on January 11, 2014

Post image for Is Social Media Still the Way to Resist in Turkey?

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

{ 8 comments }

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

by Mark Bergfeld on January 11, 2014

Post image for Beyond the Hashtags? Gezi and the AKP’s Media Power

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

{ 6 comments }

To Survive, the Movement Will Have to Compromise

by Matze Kasper on January 11, 2014

Post image for To Survive, the Movement Will Have to Compromise

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.

{ 10 comments }

Cracking Down on the Press: Turkish Media after Gezi

by Beatrice White on January 10, 2014

Post image for Cracking Down on the Press: Turkish Media after Gezi

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

{ 8 comments }

Sarisulük’s Story: A Family Fighting for Justice

by Erkan Gursel on January 10, 2014

Post image for Sarisulük’s Story: A Family Fighting for Justice

“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.”

{ 8 comments }

At Gezi, a Common Voice Against State Brutality

by Elif Genc on January 10, 2014

Post image for At Gezi, a Common Voice Against State Brutality

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.

{ 11 comments }

The Body Politicized: The Visibility of Women at Gezi

by ROAR Collective on January 9, 2014

Post image for The Body Politicized: The Visibility of Women at Gezi

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.

{ 15 comments }

Post image for The Sultan Is Watching: Erdoğan’s Lust for Power

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.

{ 15 comments }

Gezi Park and the Transformative Power of Art

by Stephen Snyder on January 8, 2014

Post image for Gezi Park and the Transformative Power of Art

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

{ 13 comments }

Post image for Strong Bodies, Dirty Shoes: An Ode to the Resistance

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.

{ 11 comments }