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Simdi anladik mi Erdogan’in niye hic kimseyi feda etmedigini?

[Image via Wikimedia Commons.]

Şimdi anladık mı Erdoğan’ın niye hiç kimseyi feda etmediğini? Şimdi anladık mı Erdoğan’ın bu güne kadar ne olursa olsun, bir kişiyi bile istifa ettirtmediğini, bir kişiyi dahi feda etmediğini? Gezi’de o kadar kişi öldürülürken bir valiyi bile görevden neden almadığını? Roboski’de 34 köylü katledilirken bir kişinin bile tırnağına neden dokunmadığını? Bugün Erdoğan Bayraktar’ın açıklaması, ki Türkiye tarihinde yapılmış en önemli açıklamalardan birisi, göstermiştir ki ...

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Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: Understanding the Uprising in Turkey

[Banner reading: “Shut your mouth, Tayyip, the bums [çapulcular] are talking,” Gezi Park, 5 June. Photo by Christiane Gruber.]

For most people around the world, the recent uprising against Turkey’s ruling Adalet ve Kalkınma Partisi (AKP) is still a puzzle. Why did a protest over a park lead to country-wide unrest so quickly? The Turkish government has explained what happened by resorting to a conspiracy theory, referring to an international “interest-rate lobby” that planned to overthrow the government. Yet, according to a KONDA research institute poll, forty-nine percent of protestors decided to ...

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Brazil, Turkey: Emerging Markets, Emerging Riots

[Solidarity posters from Brazil to Turkey and from Turkey to Brazil. Image via

Brazil and Turkey, two so-called emerging market economies, have been undergoing massive public protests over the last few weeks, protests that erupted simultaneously against the ruling parties in each country. The unrest in both countries was sparked by small protests against relatively minor issues: a hike in public transport fares in Brazil, and a construction proposal in a city park in Turkey. Yet, in both countries, these initial small protests rapidly evolved into ...

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Erdem Yörük

 

Erdem Yörük is an assistant professor of sociology at Koç University, Istanbul. His research focuses on the political causes of welfare state development, examining how welfare policies are shaped by state efforts to contain and mobilize grassroots politics.