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Do Not Compel Me to Sing

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I Left My Shoes in Istanbul, directed by Nigol Bezjian. Lebanon/Turkey, 2013. Nigol Bezjian’s I Left My Shoes in Istanbul begins with its protagonist protesting that he has no desire to go on the journey that lies at the heart of the film. It ends with the haunting voice of a singer, begging the listener, “Do not implore me, I will not sing.” Between these two attempts to escape from a story that nevertheless must be told, Bezjian presents us with a vision that is deeply personal, not always coherent, but remarkably unsparing in documenting the presence of an enforced Armenian absence in Istanbul. Bezjian, who has written, directed, and produced for film and television ...

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Turkey Media Roundup (July 8)

[Selahattin Demirtaş, left, with President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz in Brussels, May 2013. 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.] Presidential Elections HDP Announces Demirtaş as Presidential Candidate On 30 June, The Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) announced Selahattin Demirtaş as its candidate for the upcoming presidential elections. Erdoğan Declares His Presidential Candidacy (1)-(2) On 1 July, the AKP announced the Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan as its candidate in the ...

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New Texts Out Now: Anthony Alessandrini, Nazan Ustundag, and Emrah Yildiz, 'Resistance Everywhere': The Gezi Protests and Dissident Visions of Turkey

[Cover of “'Resistance Everywhere': The Gezi Protests and Dissident Visions of Turkey]

Anthony Alessandrini, Nazan Üstündağ, and Emrah Yildiz, editors, “Resistance Everywhere”: The Gezi Protests and Dissident Visions of Turkey. Special issue of JadMag (February 2014). Jadaliyya (J): What made you create this pedagogical publication? Anthony Alessandrini, Nazan Üstündağ, and Emrah Yildiz (AA/NÜ/EY): On 20 June 2013, Jadaliyya launched the Turkey Page; the majority of the articles published in “Resistance Everywhere”: The Gezi Protests and Dissident Visions of Turkey were published either in the few weeks before or just after the page was launched. So in one sense, this collection can be seen as the culmination of the launch of Jadaliyya’s coverage of ...

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12 Eylul’le Hesaplasmaya Bir Mahkeme Yeter mi?

[Kenan Evren visits the Romanian National History Museum, 1982 (Image via Wikimedia Commons.)]

12 Eylül’le Hesaplaşmaya Bir Mahkeme Yeter mi? Kenan Evren ve Tahsin Şahinkaya isimleri kimileri icin 12 Eylül davasında adı geçen iki generalin ismi iken benim gibi çocukluğunu darbenin sıcak günlerinde geçirenler için biraz daha fazlasını ifade ediyorlar. Mesela babaların ansızın evden alınıp götürülmelerini, amcaların Fatsa’da öldürülmelerini, annelerin intiharını, kardeşlerin işkencelerini... Diyarbakır’ı, Mamak’ı, Metris’i, bütün zorba işkencecileri…Davanın dünkü karar duruşmasında ‘iyi halden’ müebbet hapis cezası çıkması hafızaya kazınmış bu ağırlıklardan kurtulmamızı sağladı mı? Hayır. Biraz içimiz soğudu mu? Evet. 12 Eylül Davası solu iyiden iyiye ...

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Turkey Media Roundup (June 17)

[Ahmet Davutoğlu with John Kerry and Moaz al-Khatib, Istanbul, 20 April 2013. 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 Fall of Mosul and Turkey’s Hostage Crisis Sunni Radicals Seize Turkey's Mosul Consulate Turkey’s Mosul consulate has been seized by the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham and all its personnel have been kidnapped, Tülin Daloğlu reports. Turkey Ignored Direct Warnings of ISIS Attack on Mosul The AKP government faces another political crisis ...

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International Arts Censorship by the Turkish Embassy: The Case of 'Here Together Now' in Madrid

[İz Öztat,

Last year, a case of censorship occurred in the course of Here Together Now, an exhibition held at Matadero Madrid, Spain from January to March 2013. The event was curated by Manuela Villa, and realized with the support of the Turkish Embassy in Madrid, Turkish Airlines, and ARCOmadrid. In the exhibition booklet, the explanatory notes to artist İz Öztat’s work, “A Selection from the Utopie Folder (Zişan, 1917-1919),” was censored at the request of the Turkish Embassy in Madrid; the expressions “Armenian genocide” and the date “1915” were taken out. You can read the details of the event below, in our interview with İz Öztat. This case of censorship offers us important ...

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Turkey Media Roundup (June 10)

[Graffiti, Istanbul, October 2013. Image by meunierd via Shutterstock.]

[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 Question and Peace Process Öcalan: In the Next Two or Three Weeks There will Be Important Talks Abdullah Öcalan stated that there would be significant developments in the peace process in the coming period. Reviving the Kurdish Peace Process Hatem Ete points out that the peace process is on the brink of a new phase. Two Killed ...

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Gezi at One: Rethinking the Legacy of the Protests

[Graffiti near Taksim Square, 1 June 2014. Image by michaket / Shutterstock.com.]

One year ago, I asked the question: “Can the ‘Spirit of Gezi’ Transform Progressive Politics in Turkey?” As a sympathetic observer oscillating between optimism and despair in the aftermath of the brutal crackdown on Gezi, I offered a qualified response: “The question has two interrelated aspects: on the one hand, it is about transforming social interactions hitherto marked by social, cultural, and emotional gaps; on the other hand, it is about imagining the possibility of a new progressive politics that can pose an alternative to the AKP’s hegemony at the local and national levels.” The Owl of Minerva has not quite taken its flight. Nonetheless, one year is long enough ...

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Turkey Media Roundup (June 3)

[Protesters in Istanbul on 31 May 2014, the one-year anniversary of the Gezi Uprising. Photo by Sadik Gulec.]

[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 Anniversary of the Gezi Uprising As It Happened: Police Leave Protesters Bloodied and Bruised on Gezi Anniversary A detailed report on the one-year anniversary of the Gezi uprising. A Year After the Protests, Gezi Park Nurtures the Seeds of a New Turkey Constanze Letsch argues that the Gezi uprising became a catalyst for a wider ...

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Turkey Media Roundup (May 27)

[People carry the coffin of Uğur Kurt in Istanbul, 23 May 2014. Image by Etkin News Agency/ İsminaz Ergün.]

[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 Soma Mine Massacre Soma: Deconstructing the Tragedy in Turkey (Podcast) A conversation with Alex Christie-Miller about the appalling conditions of Soma mines and Erdoğan’s disastrous way of dealing with the disaster. After Mine Disaster, a Painful Awareness of What Has Been Lost Tim Arango points out that in Soma, the killing of 301 people ...

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Between Two Rationalities: The Possibility of an Alternative Politics in Turkey

[Image via Artbeiter.com.]

How can the results of the recent municipal elections in Turkey be understood amidst the constantly changing political landscape: graft scandals, revolting judicial decisions, changing political alliances, and an ever-increasing polarization? It can be argued that only preliminary lessons can be drawn when analyzing an ongoing historical process for historical and structural clues. This is a state that cannot overcome a widening social opposition, which views elections as the only conduit for democracy (while tampering with these very conduits themselves), which is only able to use brute force against the voices expressed on the streets. It is a state that can only tell ...

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Turkey Media Roundup (May 20)

[Turkish rescue workers and miners stand at the entrance of the coal mine in Soma, 16 May 2014. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)]

[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 Soma Mine Disaster Deadly Fire Roars Through Coal Mine in Turkey (1)-(2) “Public’s outrage over mine disaster casts harsh light on Turkey’s premier,” Tim Arango, Kareem Fahim, and Şebnem Arsu report. Turkey’s Neoliberal Death Toll: Hundreds of Miners Died in Great Soma Massacre Sendika’s report on the Soma mine disaster. Over-Production ...

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Ahmet Hamdi Tanpinar in Translation

Ahmet Hamdi Tanpınar, The Time Regulation Institute, translated by Maureen Freely and Alexander Dawe, introduction by Pankaj Mishra. New York: Penguin, 2014.   The verbal text is jealous of its linguistic signature but impatient of national identity. Translation flourishes by virtue of that paradox.  — Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, “Translation as Culture” 1. Traveling Tanpınar 2014 marks the appearance of a second English translation of one of the funniest satirical novels of the ...

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Turkey Media Roundup (July 1)

[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 Presidential Elections, AKP, and Democracy Erdoğan Seems Decided to Replace Gül Murat Yetkin reports that there is an undisclosed poll, allegedly showing more than fifty-two ...

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Turkey Media Roundup (June 24)

[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 Rise of ISIS and Possible Role of Kurds in the Region For Turkey, No News from Mosul is Good News Turkish courts banned reporting about the hostage crisis in Mosul, Cengiz ...

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Eksik kalmis hayatlarin kelimeleri: Keske Bir Opup Koklasaydim

Eksik kalmış hayatların kelimeleri: Keşke Bir Öpüp Koklasaydım “Geleceğe dair umutluyum, kitabı da bu umutla yazdık” 12 Eylül 1980 askeri darbesi, Türkiye’de toplumsal ve iktisadi yapıyı köklü biçimde değiştirmesinin yanında son otuz senedir yaşananların anlamlandırılmasında sıkça referans verilen bir olay/an olması nedeniyle de şüphesiz Türkiye tarihinin milatlarından biridir. Resmi rakamlara göre 1 milyon 683 bin kişinin fişlendiği, 230 bin kişinin yargılandığı, 7 bin kişi için idam cezası istendiği, ...

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Gezi Platform NYC & GEZIniyoruz First Year Summary (Video)

Over the course of the past year, Gezi Platform NYC and GEZIniyoruz Network stood in solidarity with our friends in Turkey for our shared struggle against the oppressive neo-liberal police state that has been taking root under the AKP rule. We rose up in unison, we talked in unison, we recalled in unison, and we demanded in unison. Our resistance will continue in unison, as we know that people united will never be defeated. Together, we will!

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On Perpetual State Violence in Lice

[The following statement was issued by Gezi Platform NYC on 8 June 2014. On 8 June 2014, the Turkish military killed two Kurdish civilians, Ramazan Baran (twenty-six) and Baki Akdemir (fifty), who were protesting against a military post construction in Lice, a small town located near the city of Diyarbakır. Military posts in Turkey’s Kurdistan represent torture, intimidation, assassination, and mass graves perpetuated during the civil war of the last forty years. People of Lice have been peacefully ...

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

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 relationship that Alevis’ ...

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New Texts Out Now: Gulcin Erdi-Lelandais, Understanding the City: Henri Lefebvre and Urban Studies

Gülçin Erdi-Lelandais, editor, Understanding the City: Henri Lefebvre and Urban Studies. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2014. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Gulçin Lelandais (GL): The idea of this book was born during a panel session on Henri Lefebvre at the 2011 Congress of the European Sociological Association, during which researchers from Hungary, the UK, France, and Turkey presented their approaches on Lefebvrian concepts like the right to the city, ...

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One Year Since the Gezi Uprising: A Timeline

Sometimes journalists report. Sometimes we analyze and comment. Sometimes we investigate. But sometimes we just provide context. As the author of one of the first English-language articles providing in-depth background on the Gezi Resistance movement, I have had a lot of friends and colleagues ask me what I will be writing for the one-year anniversary of Gezi Park’s occupation. It is tempting to write a grand sweeping analysis about what happened to the movement, where it went wrong, how it still exists ...

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

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 dönüştürüldü. Bize Alevilerin ...

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Miners and the Ottoman State: Ryan Gingeras Interviews Donald Quataert

With the official death toll having exceeded three hundred, the Soma mining disaster has raised new questions about the conditions and rights of laborers in Turkey. Amidst the darkly farcical internet circus surrounding the rescue efforts, public outcry, and official reaction to this catastrophe, one of the more surreal moments has been the Prime Minister’s citation of nineteenth-century mining disasters as examples of the natural and inevitable nature of mining accidents in general. This statement, ...

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Soma Katliami Tanikliklari (Interview with Selcuk Kozagacli with English Subtitles)

Soma Katliamı Tanıklıkları Çağdaş Hukukçular Derneği Başkanı Selçuk Kozağaçlı, Soma'daki madenin çalışma prensiplerini, olayın neden kaza değil cinayet olduğunu anlatıyor. Rödovans sistemi nedir, Soma'da olanlarin sorumluları kimlerdir, katliamı hazırlayan düzen nasıl bir şey, hükümet sistematik problemleri nasıl örtbas edebilir, bunları merak edenlerin izlemesi gereken bir röportaj. Selçuk Kozağaçlı, President of the Progressive Lawyers Association (ÇHD), was among the lawyers violently detained in ...

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