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Turkey Media Roundup (September 1)

[Kurds celebrating World Peace Day, Istanbul, 1 September 2009. Image via thomas koch / Shutterstock.com]

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Turkey and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Turkey Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to turkey@jadaliyya.com by Sunday night of every week.] English Kurdish Politics and Peace Process They Once Said Mothers Should not Shed Tears (1) - (2) Cafer Solgun examines examines how the AKP turned against the Kurds when the Kurds refused to support the Erdoğan-backed presidential system. Why Did Doves Turn into Hawks? Orhan Kemal Cengiz writes that Erdoğan and the AKP have thrust Turkey into a ...

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Vangelis Kehriyotis anisina

[Vangelis Kehriyotis. Image via Son.]

Vangelis Kehriyotis anısına Boğaziçi Üniversitesi Tarih Bölümü öğretim üyesi ve Tarih Vakfı Başkan Yardımcısı olan Vangelis Kehriyotis hayatını kaybetti. Bugün kaybettiğimiz tarihçi Vangelis Kehriyotis'in Türkçe'de yayımlanan son makalelerinden biri Osmanlı Meclis-i Mebusan üyesi Pavlos Karolidis'in yaşamına ve farklı aidiyetlerine dairdi. Kehriyotis, "Atina'da Kapadokyalı, İzmir'de Atinalı, İstanbul'da Mebus" olarak görülen ve hayatını sürdüren Karolidis'in ve onun iç içe geçen, çoklu kimliklerinin hikayesini anlatıyor ve "kimlik laboratuvarı" olarak adlandırdığı Osmanlı İmparatorluğu'nun son döneminde ortaya çıkmış olan ve bugüne yansıyan karmaşık ...

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Ekin Wan’in bedeninde ifsa olan devlet ya da kadinlar sira bizde

[Image via Evrensel.]

Ekin Wan’ın bedeninde ifşa olan devlet ya da kadınlar sıra bizde Antropolog Veena Das, tüm savaşların ancak özellikle etnik gruplar arası cereyan eden iç savaşların kadın bedeni üzerinde gerçekleştiğini söyler. Ulus devlet ulus kimliğini kurarken cinsiyet kimliklerini de kuran bir yapıdır: yasalar dahil olmak üzere ulusu betimleyen tüm metinler cinsiyetlendirilmiştir ve aynı zamanda milli kadınlık ve milli erkekliği de tanımlar. Polis ve asker milli kimliği korurken aynı zamanda milli kadınlık ve erkekliği de korur. Savaş zamanında bu kimlikler, örneğin batıda ikinci dünya savaşında olduğu gibi, gereklilikler ve mücadele ile bir taraftan bozulur.Diğer taraftan makbul ...

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Press Release: Women's Freedom Assembly (Turkey) Calls for Meeting in Varto

[Map of Turkey showing the district within which Varto lies.]

[The following press release was issued by the Women's Freedom Assembly this week] To the Press and Public Opinion: We will be meeting in Varto to confront male dominant state violence A woman PKK guerilla was killed in a clash in Varto. Being a woman, evidently, it wasn’t enough that she died, this didn’t cool down the fury of men from special ops forces. They stripped her naked, took her pictures and put them on the web. Now, the governor of Muş is after those who shared the photos, not after the culprits of this wholesale massacre. We are well aware why woman guerilla Kevser Ertürk (Ekin Van) was stripped naked. This war is as much a war launched against the ...

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Turkey Media Roundup (August 11)

[Suruç, 23 July 2015. Image via Wikimedia Commons.]

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Turkey and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Turkey Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to turkey@jadaliyya.com by Sunday night of every week.] English Kurdish Politics and End of Armistice Erdoğan’s Bloody Gambit Max Zirngast argues that the Turkish government is using the massacre in Suruç to wage war—not on ISIS, but on the Kurdish liberation movement. So Who Should the Turkish State Negotiate With? According to İlnur Çevik, although the PKK is inevitably an indirect party in the peace ...

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Ottomanism with a Greek Face: An Interview with Vangelis Kechriotis

[Image via Ottoman History Podcast.]

“Ottomanism with a Greek Face”: Vangelis Kechriotis coined this term in one of his recent articles to describe a particular cultural and political phenomenon of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, namely a vision of a future for Greek Orthodox Christians within the Ottoman Empire embraced by a number of Greek intellectuals and politicians. In defiance of both Greek and Turkish nationalisms, this ideology developed an alternative understanding of Greek identity, one that combined cultural Hellenism with political loyalty to the Ottoman state. Not surprisingly, among chief ideologues of this vision were Karamanlis, Christians from the region of Cappadocia who ...

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'What Does the State Want from Dead Bodies?': Suruç and the History of Unmournability

[Protestors in Istanbul carry coffins of those who died in the suicide bombing in Suruç, 23 July 2015.]

Since 20 July, when a suicide bomber in the town of Suruç killed thirty-two socialist activists on their way to help rebuild Kobanê in northern Syria, Turkey has devolved into a de facto state of emergency. While Turkish police began operations across the country and have arrested approximately one thousand leftist activists and revolutionaries affiliated with the Kurdish movement under the guise of disarming and dismantling ISIS on the domestic front, protests over the Suruç Massacre have been brutally suppressed by the same security forces. At least seven civilians in Turkey have been killed by the police operations and during the protests. The Turkish Armed Forces ...

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Catismalar arasinda bir akil sagligi denemesi

[Image via Siyasi Haber]

Çatışmalar arasında bir akıl sağlığı denemesi Bütün barış süreçleri birer mücadele sürecidir. Devletlerin süreçten beklentisi ve örgütlerin beklentisi örtüşmez. Devletler süreç sonunda savaş sonucu kaybettikleri bazı şeyleri geri almak ister. Bunlar hukuğun tekrar devlet elinde tekelleştirilmesi, çoğullaşmış farklı hafıza ve anlatıların tekleşmesi ve sermayeye kapanmış olan coğrafyanın tekinleşerek sermayeye açılmasıdır. Bu açıdan barış süreçleri sadece sermayeci-milliyetçi ya da süreç içerisinde sermayeci-milliyetçileştirilebilen hareketlerle yürütüldüğünde nispeten başarıya ulaşmıştır. Ancak örneğin şu an Kolombiya’da Latin Amerika’yı etkileyen sol dalgaya rağmen ...

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No Decisive Outcome on Syrian Horizon

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The view that 2015 has not been a particularly good year for Syrian President Bashar Assad and may get considerably worse has much to recommend it. Within Syria, the government has lost control over most of the province of Idlib in the country’s northwest, including its key towns and military bases. More recently it was almost effortlessly dislodged from Palmyra by the Islamic State (IS) movement. The key cities of Aleppo in the north and Dar’a in the south remain under threat. Increased coordination among Syria’s notoriously fractious armed rebel groups is an important factor in this regard, and reflects improved relations among their sponsors in Qatar, Saudi Arabia and ...

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Turkey Media Roundup (July 28)

[Forensic experts examine the scene of the Suruç bombing, 21 July 2015, Suruç, Şanlıurfa, Turkey. Image via Wikimedia Commons.]

NOTE: Due to the Turkish government’s censorship of media outlets affiliated with Kurdish and leftist movements, Jadaliyya was unable to access a number of newspapers that are regularly included in the media roundup. [This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Turkey and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Turkey Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to turkey@jadaliyya.com by Sunday night of every week.] English Suicide Bombing in Suruç Ankara to Escalate Anti-ISIL Measures Murat Yetkin examines the Turkish government’s response to the ...

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Turkey Media Roundup (July 21)

[Mountains in the Black Sea region of Turkey. Image via nexus 7 / shutterstock.com]

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Turkey and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Turkey Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to turkey@jadaliyya.com by Sunday night of every week.] English Coalition Scenarios The Opposition Bubble Burhanettin Duran finds the opposition parties’ attitudes toward coalition negotiations irresponsible and accuses them of jeopardizing Turkey’s political stability. Davutoğlu Starts His Rounds for a Coalition (1)-(2) İlnur Çevik analyzes Prime Minister Davutoğlu’s coalition talks with opposition ...

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Turkey Media Roundup (July 7)

[Turkish soldiers at the Syrian border, September 2014. Image via fpolat69 / Shutterstock.com]

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Turkey and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Turkey Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to turkey@jadaliyya.com by Sunday night of every week.] English Turkey’s “Buffer Zone” in Syria Turkey’s Syrian Adventure to Backfire Lale Kemal reports that Turkey’s interim AKP government is preparing for an incursion into Syria to neutralize what it sees as a security threat posed by Syrian pro-Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) as well as the ISIL, whereas the TSK (Turkish Armed Forces) is of the ...

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Turkey’s Three-Front War?

On 20 July, ISIS (the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) attacked a press conference organized by the Socialist Youth Association Federation and killed thirty-three socialist activists in Suruç. On 22 July, a clash broke out between ISIS militants and Turkish soldiers near Kilis. The following day, Turkish authorities confirmed Turkey’s participation in the US-led international coalition against ISIS and bombed ISIS targets in Syria. That same day, Turkish authorities also initiated multi-faceted ...

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Turkey Media Roundup (August 25)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Turkey and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Turkey Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to turkey@jadaliyya.com by Sunday night of every week.] English Kurdish Politics and Peace Process The Kurdish Movement's Tragedy Etyen Mahçupyan argues that the HDP and the PKK are the primary obstacles to the peace and reconciliation ...

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Urgent Call from Women in Turkey: Help Us Prevent Massacre!

[The following statement was issued by the Women's Freedom Assembly in Turkey] Urgent Call From Women in Turkey: Help Us Prevent Massacre! Last week Silopi, a city close to the Iraqi and Syrian borders of Turkey, was placed under siege by the Turkish military. Many civilians were wounded and killed with no accountability whatsoever, neighbourhoods were set on fire by the police and military. A delegation organized by the Women's Freedom Assembly was on its way to Silopi in order to investigate what ...

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Turkey Media Roundup (August 18)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Turkey and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Turkey Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to turkey@jadaliyya.com by Sunday night of every week.] English Kurdish Politics and the Peace Process Why Did the PKK and HDP Commit This Lunacy? AKP Member of Parliament Markar Esayan describes President Erdoğan, Prime Minister ...

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Statement from Academics in Turkey on the Peace and Solution Process

[This statement was released on 8 August 2015.] Support Us in Our Call! Declaration to the Peoples of Turkey and the World, Like many people in Turkey, we, as academics, were emboldened by the peace/solution process between the Turkish state and Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) officially initiated in January 2013, hoping for a new era that would end the conflicts continuing for over thirty years in Turkey. We have repeatedly stated, especially in our works on Turkey’s history, economy, and social ...

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Letter from Rojava

[Writer and filmmaker Önder Çakar travelled to Kobanê during the first days of the resistance. First he had to stay for a while in Suruç, where the brutal massacre that killed thirty-three took place a few weeks ago. When he arrived at Kobanê, he was wounded by an ISIS bomb attack and was hospitalized for more than two weeks. When he finally set foot in Rojava, he embarked on establishing a Film Commune along with other filmmakers there. Just two days before the Suruç massacre, he sent a letter ...

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A Call from the Women’s Freedom Assembly (Turkey)

[This statement was first released on 4 August 2015.] Legends, myths, and folk tales are full of stories of women banned from burying their dead. In one of the best known, Antigone revolts against the regime that forbids the burial of her brother. How can the state claim a right to ordain by its law rules and restrictions over a much more ancient form of relationality existing long before the state was ever thought of—namely, the bond of brotherhood/sisterhood? What sort of state can take away the right ...

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Turkey Media Roundup (August 4)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Turkey and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Turkey Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to turkey@jadaliyya.com by Sunday night of every week.] English AKP’s “War on Terror” The Sultan of Swing’s Dangerous Gamble According to Leela Jacinto, President Erdoğan is making the biggest miscalculation of his political career by ...

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A Shift in Turkey's Foreign Policy? An Interview with Osman Shahin

Last week, Turkey joined the fight against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), after the group carried out a suicide bombing in the town of Suruç close to the Syrian border, killing thirty-two young socialist activists and students, and injuring many more. Following that horrific tragedy, the Turkish government came under pressure to stop the free movement of ISIS fighters and operatives over the Syrian border. Despite the bombing of a few ISIS targets, most of Turkey’s firepower has been ...

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Attacks against Solidarity with Kobane: The Suruç Massacre of Young Revolutionaries

A suicide attack killed at least thirty young revolutionaries in Suruç in Urfa, the Turkish city near the Syrian border, on 20 July 2015. The attack on the Amara Culture Center, where at least three hundred young people affiliated with the Federation of Socialist Youth Association (SGDF) were staying, was committed just before their departure to Kobane. The young revolutionaries had departed from Kadikoy, Istanbul yesterday, presenting themselves as the children of Gezi, the wave of protests that ...

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Turkey Media Roundup (July 14)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Turkey and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Turkey Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to turkey@jadaliyya.com by Sunday night of every week.] English Post-Election Politics and Coalition Scenarios Did Erdoğan Push the Button for Early Elections? According to Yavuz Baydar, President Erdoğan and the AKP are working as slowly ...

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Will the Greferendum Bring A Rupture?: Answers from the European Left

If you do not expect the unexpected, you will not find it; for it is hard to be sought out and difficult. Heraclitus, Fragments Having participated in the international anti-EU forum just days before Syriza government called for a bailout referendum, Athens was seminal in inciting all smatters to indulge in the day-to-day developments of Greek politics. During the three-day forum, participants were involved in deep discussions about political and economic crises within the European Economic Area, ...

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