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Timur Hammond and Elizabeth Angell
[This article was originally written by Timur Hammond and Elizabeth Angell, and published by Jadaliyya in English. It was translated/published in German Infobrief Türkei.] In einer Rede am 1. Juni, in der er der türkeiweit angestoßenen Protestwelle antwortete, erklärte Premier Recep Tayyip Erdoğan: „Das Thema sind nicht die fünf bis zehn zu fällenden Bäume.” Es ging ihm darum, die Protestierenden zu diskreditieren, indem er sie als „ideologisch“ diffamierte und ...Keep Reading »
In a speech on 1 June, responding to the wave of protests sweeping through Turkey, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan proclaimed that “the issue is not the 5-10 trees that are being removed.” By calling the demonstrators “ideological,” and suggesting they were simply opposition cadres or opportunistic rioters using the debate over the redevelopment of Istanbul’s Taksim Gezi Parkı to stoke unrest against his government, Erdoğan meant to discredit them. But on ...Keep Reading »
Timur Hammond is a doctoral candidate in Geography at the University of California, Los Angeles. His work is situated in the Istanbul district of Eyup, where he explores questions of urban transformation, cultural heritage, and religious practice. His department webpage can be found here.
Elizabeth Angell is a doctoral candidate in Anthropology at Columbia University. Her research focuses on earthquake anticipation and urban transformation in Istanbul.