Tag Archives: Occupy Gezi/Taksim

Erdogan’s turkey: The government of fear and terror

In the wake of the failed coup attempt in turkey on the night of the 15th of July, Erdogan and his AKP government has unleashed the only weapon by which he rules those who fall outside his religious-nationalist ambitions, fear … Continue reading

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Terror against autonomy: Turkey

Photographs by Ilyas Akengin Varto, Semdinli, Cizre, Nusaybin, Beytussebap, Bismil, Silvan, Tusba, Sirnak, Gever, Derik, Silopi, Diyarbakir: these are names of martyred towns and villages of eastern, largely kurdish, turkey.  They mark points in a cartography of terror carried out … Continue reading

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A war against autonomy: Turkey

“Yesterday Kobane, today Cizre” could be read among the slogans carried in a solidarity protest with the kurdish cause in Paris last Thursday, September 10.  As in other european cities, the protest was called to denounce the the ongoing military … Continue reading

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A permanent war without borders: Turkey

It is often said that the first victim of war is the truth.  What is ignored in this common sense wisdom is that all war is, among other things, a war between truths, a war for the creation of truth. … Continue reading

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Landscapes of oppression, gestures of resistance: Istanbul

Sunday Today is Sunday. Today they led me out into the sun for the first time. And for the first time in my life I stood immovable Amazed at how distant the sky was How vast, How blue Respectfully I … Continue reading

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The refusal of sovereignty; An anarchist reading of “occupy” movements

(El Roto) The “occupy” movements that emerged in 2011 in different parts of the world continue to merit reflection as the most radical challenge to State forms and Capitalism in recent memory.  We share below an essay by a friend … Continue reading

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From Gazi to Gezi – a stone’s throw away

A new film on the Gezi uprising by Ross Domoney captures the poetry behind a rebellion; the art of resistance and the power of the spoken word.

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Wars for the commons in turkey

While turkey’s president celebrates his new presidential palace, the White Palace in Ankara, of over one thousand rooms, constructed on more than 150,000 sq m, and costing over 600 million  dollars (BBC 14/11/2014), an okupied social social in the Kadiköy … Continue reading

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The dispossession of urban commons: Istanbul

Don’t say it’s the necessary result of historical, social, and economic conditions – I know!  My head bows before the thing you mention.  But my heart doesn’t speak that language. Nazim Hikmet, The Epic of Sheik Bedreddin … the question … Continue reading

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Impressions of autonomies: Istanbul

But hope is not enough for me.  I no longer want to listen – I want to sing songs … The scars of Istanbul’s self-inflicted wounds run deep and its self-mutilation appears to know no respite. The centre of the … Continue reading

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