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Amnesty International: Turkey – Fresh protests spark fears over pending tear gas shipments

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All countries should suspend shipments of tear gas, armoured vehicles and other riot control projectile equipment to Turkey until the Turkish authorities can guarantee protesters’ right to peaceful assembly and freedom of expression, Amnesty International said.  (c) Eren Aytuğ / Nar Photos The call comes as police have again abusively used large amounts of tear gas and water cannon to [...] → Read the full article…

Firat News: KCK – We will be supporting the struggle of democracy powers in Turkey

In a statement condemning the killing of 22 year old Ahmet Atakan by police in Hatay on Monday, Kurdish Communities Union (KCK) Executive Council Presidency said that they would be supporting the struggle of democracy powers in Turkey. KCK strongly condemned the murder of Ahmet Atakan as a result of police violence and called on the Kurdish people to do [...] → Read the full article…

The New York Times: Let the Blames Begin – Andrew Finkel

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The promotional video the Turkish government showed the I.O.C. for Istanbul’s Olympic bid depicted cappuccino-drinking young executives, out jogging, flirting and having fun – exactly those Turks who had rallied to save Gezi Park and were pleased to see Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Olympics pitch turned down. The government seems unable to deal with dissent from this freer-thinking urban professional class other [...] → Read the full article…

BirGün: My son resisted for his people

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Ahmet Atakan, using his constitutional right to protest in Hatay Armutlu, was killed after being hit on the head by a tear gas canister fired by the police at short range. His family talked to BirGün. The father Ali Atakan asks the authorities to punish the murderers of his son: “We didn’t raise these children so that the state could [...] → Read the full article…

Taksim Solidarity: Enough is enough!

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! … As we know how to laugh We know how to live and die One for all All for one … Today, we received another dark news. We lost another soul; we are deeply hurt. Ahmet Atakan, supporting a struggle for a noble and beautiful world, was killed by a tear gas shell shot by the police. Ahmet [...] → Read the full article…

Dissent: Gezi Park Protests and the Future of Turkish Politics – An Interview with Seyla Benhabib

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Seyla Benhabib is the Eugene Mayer Professor of Political Science and Philosophy at Yale University. Recently, Begum Adalet, Defne Over, Onur Ozgode and Semih Salihoglu interviewed Professor Benhabib about Gezi Park protests, their significance within the wider pattern of cosmopolitan, contentious politics emerging alongside neoliberal global capitalism and their impact on the future of Turkish politics.  Gezi Park protests, June 15, 2013 A recent [...] → Read the full article…

Joint Declaration by Alevi organizations

Joint Declaration by Alevi organizations in Turkey, Europe, North America and Australia to the world and Turkish public  The Turkish media are reporting the presence of proposals relating to the Alevi community in the so-called “democratization package” that is currently being prepared by the AKP government. As much as we can gather from the media, these proposals – presented as [...] → Read the full article…

BirGün: My neighborhood razed to the ground – Ege Dündar

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I was born and raised in Ankara. But when I think of Ankara the first thing that comes to my mind is not Kuğulu Park, nor Bestekar Street or Kızılay and Atakule… It is our garden with the ivy covered fences. “To write is easy, you sit before the typewriter and bleed,” says Ernest Hemingway to another writer, Martha Gellhorne, [...] → Read the full article…

Al Jazeera: What do Brazil, Turkey, Peru and Bulgaria have in common? – Bernardo Gutierrez

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This year’s protests have less to do with ideology and specific grievances than a new architecture of protest…from-the-networks-to-the-streets flow is one of the most notable patterns of these revolts. These types of protests transcend the traditional format of demonstrations – and build, in the words of Spanish thinker Javier Toret, “a mutant network system with moving boundaries, hybrid, cyborg, a [...] → Read the full article…

Al-monitor: Military Strike on Syria May Put Turkey at Risk

Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan attends the first working session of the G20 Summit in Constantine Palace in Strelna near St. Petersburg

By Semih Idiz With Ankara acting as one of the principal cheerleaders for a military strike against Syria, and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowing Turkey’s participation in any military coalition, increasingly concerned Turks, unaware of what exactly the Turkish contribution will be, are bracing themselves for all possible consequences from a US-led operation against the Syrian regime. Damascus’ chilling [...] → Read the full article…