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Emrah Yildiz

Turkey Page Co-Editor

La masacre de Ankara y el Estado como asesino en serie en la Turquia de Erdogan

[People facing police barricades during commemorations of the massacre in Ankara. Image by Fatih Pınar.]

La masacre de Ankara y el Estado como asesino en serie en la Turquía de Erdogan [This article was originally written by Emrah Yildiz, and published by Jadaliyya in English. It was translated into Spanish by Sinfo Fernández and was published in Spanish on Rebelión.] Poco después de que las noticias sobre la masacre de Ankara empezaran a circular en las redes sociales, apareció un video que mostraba el momento mismo de la primera explosión con un primer ...

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The Ankara Massacre and the State as a Serial Killer in Erdogan’s Turkey

[People facing police barricades during commemorations of the massacre in Ankara. Image by Fatih Pınar.]

Shortly after the news of the Ankara massacre started circulating on social media, a video surfaced, showing the very moment of the first explosion, foregrounded by a group of young peace rally participants on a line of halay. The protesters were singing and dancing to prominent ozan Ruhi Su’s “Ellerinde Pankartlar,” composed to commemorate the bloody May 1 Labor Day celebrations in Taksim Square in 1977—when at least 42 people were massacred and more than 120 people were ...

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After Ugur Kurt’s Murder in Okmeydani—A Conversation with Ayfer Karakaya-Stump

[Ayfer Karakaya-Stump. Photo provided by the author.]

Emrah Yildiz (EY): Especially after Gezi and Berkin Elvan’s death, and as you explain in your article titled “Alevizing Gezi,” Okmeydanı, signified by Erdoğan's Hanafi Sunni regime, security forces, and the overwhelming majority of the domestic media as "Alevi," was transformed into a space for dissident political practices and an open-air execution zone in which state violence was used to silence these practices. What would you like to tell us about the historical ...

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Ugur Kurt'un Okmeydani'ndaki Katlinden Sonra—Ayfer Karakaya-Stump’la bir Soylesi

[Ayfer Karakaya-Stump. Photo provided by the author.]

Uğur Kurt’un Okmeydanı’ndaki Katlinden Sonra—Ayfer Karakaya-Stump’la bir Söyleşi Emrah Yildiz (EY): Özellikle Gezi’den ve Berkin Elvan’ın ölümünden sonra, senin de “Gezi’yi Alevileştirmek” adlı yazında ele aldığın gibi, Okmeydanı, Hanafi Sünni Erdoğan rejimi, güvenlik güçleri, ve yerel medyanın ezici çoğunluğu tarafından “Alevi” olarak işaretlenen muhalif siyasi pratiklerin mekanına ve bu pratiklerin devlet şiddetiyle susturulmaya çalışıldığı bir açıkhava infaz mahaline ...

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On Erdogan’s ‘Ordinary Things’: The Soma Massacre, the Spine Tower, and the Corporate-State’s Fitrat in Turkey

[The Spine Tower—A Soma Construction Project. Maslak, Istanbul. Photo by Umit Akcay, Kriz Notlari, kriznotlari.blogspot.com.tr/2014/05/isci-olumlerinin-onune-nasl-gecilir.html]

On 14 May, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan reached Soma, the site of the coal mine explosion that has so far killed 321 people—an already horrific number feared to surpass 350. In his first public appearance, twenty-four hours after the explosion, he seemed sultanically informed about the dates of previous coal mine explosions and their resultant deaths, not only in contemporary Turkey, but also across time and space. After having thanked the media “workers” for ...

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Persian Translation of 'Fugitive Markets and Arrested Mobilities: Gaziantep’s Iranian Bazaar'

[پاساژ تازهساخت آتاتورک در بازار ایرانیان قازیانتب، ترکیه. عکس: امراه ییلدیز]

 بازار ایرانیان قازیانتب: بازارهای قاچاق و تحرکات متوقفشده با وجود مذاکرات جاری بین ایران و گروه 1+5 بر سر برنامۀ هستهای ایران و تحریمهای فلجکنندهای که بر این کشور و شهروندانش تحمیل شده، ساز و کار محرم فارغ از این تحولات و با تمام قوا در تهران به پیش میرود. حتی در میدان کاج محلۀ سعادتآباد تهران در حاشیۀ شمالی پایتخت، منطقهای اعیاننشین و هستۀ جنبشی که سبز بود و بعد بنفش شد؛ و حتی با وجود سقوط 70 درصدی ارزش پول ملی میتوان دکههای بیشماری را دید که چند روز پیش از عاشورا ...

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Fugitive Markets and Arrested Mobilities: Gaziantep’s Iranian Bazaar

[The newly constructed Ataturk Pasaji in the Iranian Bazaar in Gaziantep, Turkey. Photo by Emrah Yıldız.]

Under the auspices of ongoing negotiations between the Iranian state and the P5+1 over the former’s nuclear program and the crippling economic sanctions unleashed by the latter on Iran and its citizens, Moharram proceedings are nonetheless underway full-force in Tehran. Even in Meydoone-e Kajj of Tehran’s Saadat Abad, at the center of the capital’s northern upscale edge and green-turned-purple core, and even against an internationally engineered seventy per cent currency ...

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إصطفافات المعارضة وسياسة التسمية: تنظيم المقاومة في تركيا

 [الآلاف من المتظاهرين يتجمعون لمسيرة أخرى في ميدان تقسيم في إسطنبول في نهاية يوم الاثنين، الثالث من يونيو/حزيران 2013. وقد استعملت الشرطة الغاز المسيل للدموع لليوم الرابع لتفريق المظاهرات التي نشات عن اعتصام لمنع قطع أشجار الميدان الرئيس في إسطنبول. كما يقوم المتظاهرون بالتنفيس عن غضبهم ضد رئيس الوزراء، رجب طيب أردوغان، والذي يحكم البلاد منذ عشر سنوات. مصدر الصورة: Thanassis Stavrakis/AP Photo]

خرج أكثر من عشرة آلاف شخص في شوارع العمرانية، منطقة سكنية للطبقة المتوسطة على الجانب الآسيوي من إسطنبول، في العاشرة من مساء الثاني من حزيران/يونيو، لا ليؤازروا المتظاهرين في متنزه غازي في ميدان تقسيم فقط، ولكن ليبدوا مؤازرتهم أيضا لكل المتظاهرين في المدن السبع والستين في كل أنحاء تركيا من أنقرة وأزمير، إلى أدنا وهتاي. متجمعين على الطريق الرئيس في محلة الأول من مايو/أيار، وهو حي كان يعتقد دوماً أنه معقل قوي لسياسات حزب العدالة والتنمية AKP، وموطن لأسلوب الحياة المحافظة وسط ...

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Alignments of Dissent and Politics of Naming: Assembling Resistance in Turkey

[Thousands of protesters gather for another rally at the Taksim square in Istanbul late Monday, 3 June 2013. Police in Turkey have used tear gas for a fourth day to disperse demonstrations that grew out of a sit-in to prevent the uprooting of trees at Istanbul's main square. Demonstrators are also venting pent-up resentment against Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has been in office for ten years. Image by Thanassis Stavrakis/AP Photo.]

Over ten thousand people took over the streets of Ümraniye, a working-class neighborhood on the Asian side of Istanbul, at around 10 pm on Sunday 2 July  to stand in  solidarity with the demonstrators not only in  the grounds of the Gezi Park in Taksim Square, but also with those demonstrating in sixty-seven cities all over Turkey from Ankara and Izmir, to Adana and Hatay. Gathering on the main avenue of the May 1st Mahallesi (district) of Ümraniye, a ...

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Bio

Emrah Yildiz

 

Emrah Yildiz is a Joint PhD Candidate in Social Anthropology and Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University. His research interests include historiography and ethnography of borderlands, anthropology of Islam and pilgrimage, political economy and contraband commerce, as well as studies of gender and sexuality in the Middle East. He is co-editor of the Turkey Page.