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Liberalizmin tasfiyesi ve Ortadogu'da alacakaranlik

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Liberalizmin tasfiyesi ve Ortadoğu'da alacakaranlık Çok umutlar bağlandı Türkiye’ye. Doğu ile Batı arasındaki köprüydü o. 1950’lerde dahi Amerikalı sosyal bilimcilerin gözdesiydi. “Batı-dışı” toplumların (devrimci hayallere kalkışmadan) modernleşebileceğini gösteriyordu çünkü. 1990’lardan itibaren çerçeve bir parça değişti. Artık Türkiye’nin belirleyici özelliği, Müslüman kimliği ile liberalizmi uzlaştırabilmesiydi. Ak Parti iktidarı, bu beklentileri zirveye taşıdı. 2011 Arap ayaklanmalarından sonra da, birçok ülkenin “Türk modeli”ni takip edeceği umuldu.  Ne var ki, kısa zamanda ibre tersine döndü. Körfez’in ve selefiliğin yükselişi Bugün Suudi Arabistan ve ...

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Panel Event: After Gezi, After the Elections, After ISIS: Politics in Turkey Now (CUNY Graduate Center, 20 October 2014)

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The Middle East and Middle Eastern American Center at the CUNY Graduate Center presents: After Gezi, After the Elections, After ISIS: Politics in Turkey Now A conversation with Burcu Baykurt, Ayça Çubukçu, Aslı Iğsız, Duygu Parmaksizoglu, and Emrah Yildiz, moderated by Cihan Tekay Monday, October 20, 6:30-8:30pm The Graduate Center of The City University of New York 365 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10016 Room C198 This panel will present a conversation about the current political context in Turkey, in the wake of popular protests (Gezi and its follow-ups), parliamentary and presidential elections (which have strengthened the hand of the ruling AK Party), and ...

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Roj Roja Rojava

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Kobanê’nin böylesi eşitsiz bir savaşta böylesi destansı bir direniş göstereceğini çok az kişi hesaplamıştı. Bugün daha da iyi anlaşıldığı üzere ittifakların ve hesapların yeniden düzenlendiği Ortadoğu’da halkların demokrasisi seçeneğini yükselten tek güç olan Kürt Özgürlük Hareketi’nin yenilgiye uğraması tüm hegemonik güçlerin işine gelecekti. IŞİD’in Kobanê’yi alması, Şengal ve Mahmur denklemini bozan HPG ve YPG güçlerinin kazandığı meşruiyetin aşınmasını sağlayacak ve bir kez daha Ortadoğu, batı kafasının Sünni, Şii, Kürt kategorilerine ve sınırlarına göre şekillenecekti. Ama Kobanê direniyor. Kobanê tüm halklar adına, özgürlük adına, ev, yurt adına, irade adına, ...

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Gezi Platform NYC Call for Solidarity with Kobane

[The following statement was issued by Gezi Platform NYC on 10 October 2014]  Call for Solidarity with Kobanê On Monday, October 6th, ISIS forces entered the autonomous Kurdish canton of Kobanê in Western Kurdistan (North Syria) following a siege which began on September 15th. Defending Kobanê are the skilled but ill-equipped People’s Protection Units (YPG) and Women’s Protection Units (YPJ), who are up against The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), a religious extremist organization bent on slaughtering, enslaving, and raping hundreds of thousands of civilians using advanced American and Russian weapons. The International Coalition led by the US, which ...

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From Home to Real Estate: Urban Redevelopment on the Axis of Speculation in Istanbul

[Fikirtepe. Photo by Duygu Parmaksizoglu.]

A major urban redevelopment project in Fikirtepe had been going on for two years by the time I began my fieldwork in March 2013. During that time, three construction islands out of sixty had been entirely demolished, and many people, including many renters, had left the place. The streets were becoming more desolate every day. Looking back at my notes from those days, the one thing I kept hearing from my informants was the anxieties caused by uncertainty. The excitement that came with the introduction of the redevelopment project, the great interest of construction companies, and the promising news appearing in the mainstream media regarding the future of the project ...

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Le projet de ville nouvelle Bio-Istanbul: Un urbanisme spéculatif, ségrégatif et durable

Maquette Bio-Istanbul. Photo Elvan Arik.

Ekolojik (écologique), yeşil (vert), doğal (naturel) ou akıllı (intelligente équivalent du smart anglais), tels sont les nouveaux concepts de plus en plus mis en avant par les brochures publicitaires des projets immobiliers à Istanbul. Labélisés du sceau de la «durabilité» (sürdürülebilirlik en turc), terminologie ayant signé son entrée dans le vocabulaire des politiques urbaines depuis le début des années 2000 en Turquie (Pérouse 2011), ces projets témoignent-ils pour autant des nouvelles manières de penser et de produire l’urbain dans la métropole stambouliote? Pour répondre à cette interrogation, il nous paraît utile dans un temps introductif de ...

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Turkey after Gezi: An Interview with Simten Cosar

[Simten Coşar. Image via the Red Quill Books website.]

As developments in Turkey continue to take shape in the aftermath of Gezi and Erdoğan’s Presidential election, Gülden Ozcan interviews Simten Coşar (co-editor with Gamze Yücesan-Özdemir of Silent Violence: Neoliberalism, Islamic Politics and the AKP Years in Turkey (Red Quill Books, 2012) about these turbulent times. Interest in the AKP and its integration of neoliberal and Islamic politics into continued electoral success has garnered increasing scrutiny both domestically and internationally. Silent Violence (Red Quill Books, 2012) was recently published in Turkish. Given recent developments, especially after Gezi, we thought it is time to revisit the current social ...

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Archives and Collections in Israel/Palestine: An Interview with Zachary J. Foster

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[NOTE: This Ottoman History Podcast episode was first aired in June 2011. We are featuring it here with a new introduction by Zachary J. Foster.] The sources and collections for the study of the Ottoman period located in Israel/Palestine are extremely rich. This introduction (and podcast) is less a survey of available libraries and archives (which has been itemized categorically here, here, and here). Instead, I would like to highlight some interesting sources I myself have found, and encourage other scholars to talk about their sources. The first noteworthy collection is actually quite famous but nevertheless remarkably under utilized, known by its label “AP” at the ...

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بداية ونهاية.. نحن نقص عليكم أسوأ القصص

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-1- كنعان أورن ــ تركيا "المحافظة على الوحدة الوطنية، والقضاء على الفوضى والإرهاب وإعادة الأمن والاستقرار إلى البلاد". هكذا أعلن البيان الأول للجيش التركي عام 1980، وأوضح البيان أن: "تحرك الجيش ليس كباقي الانقلابات.. لكنه ضد العقائد الدينية المتزمتة". وزير الدفاع كنعان الذي كان يحظى بتأييد كبير بين قادة الجيش شكل جمعية تأسيسية لتقوم بإعداد دستور جديد، وإجراء الانتخابات. أدارت الجمعية التأسيسية الانتخابات.. ولذلك اعتبر أن الحكم في الفترة الانتقالية سلم لمدنيين. بالانتخاب.. أصبح الجنرال كنعان رئيسًا للجمهورية التركية من نوفمبر 1982 إلى نوفمبر 1989. ووسط تأييد شعبي وتحذير الجيش من السقوط في اقتتال أهلي وخلال حكم كنعان تم ما يلى: ألقي القبض عليهم ...

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Bogazici Soma Dayanismasi Soma Gozlem Degerlendirmeleri

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Boğaziçi Soma Dayanışması Soma Gözlem Değerlendirmeleri [Soma'da gerçekleşen facianın ardından Boğaziçi Üniversitesi akademisyen, öğrenci ve emekçileri tarafından kurulan Boğaziçi Soma Dayanışması Temmuz ayında ilçeye tekrardan bir ziyaret gerçekleştirdi. Soma'daki faciaya yol veren çalışma koşulları, sendika, sermaye, kadınların durumu, devlet/siyaset bağlantıları, ilçenin tarıma dair sorunları gibi başlıkları ele alacağımız gözlem ve değerlendirmeleri kamuoyu ile paylaşıyoruz.  İlk değerlendirme Nur Çırakman'ın Soma'daki taşeron sistemi üzerine tartışması. Mustafa Kaba arkadaşımızın değerlendirmesi ise Soma civarındaki köylerde tarımsal alandaki sorunlara ...

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Turkey Media Roundup (July 29)

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Presidential Elections PM Erdoğan Dragging Turkey into Sectarian Fights: Kılıçdaroğlu (1)-(2)-(3)-(4)-(5) Murat Yetkin analyzes the presidential candidacies of Erdoğan, İhsanoğlu, and Demirtaş.   Erdoğan May Become President But Next Prime Minister Unclear Semih İdiz reports that uncertainty over who will succeed Erdoğan has caused disquiet in the AKP's ranks. The AK Party, the Constitution, and the Presidential Election Etyen Mahçupyan refutes the assertion that the AKP does not want a new constitution and it will pass a new constitution only to implement the presidential system. If Erdoğan Wins Presidency, What Next? According to Henri Barkey, Erdoğan’s ...

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Ahmet Hamdi Tanpinar in Translation

[Cover of Ahmet Hamdi Tanpınar,

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 twentieth century. Serialized from June to September 1954 in the newspaper Yeni Istanbul (New Istanbul), Ahmet Hamdi Tanpınar’s Saatleri Ayarlama Enstitüsü was published in ...

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In Memory of Suphi Nejat Agirnasli

In Memory of Suphi Nejat Ağırnaslı On 5 October 2014, we lost our friend, comrade, and colleague, the sociologist, translator, writer, and revolutionary Suphi Nejat Ağırnaslı while he was fighting with the Marxist Leninist Communist Party/Turkey and North Kurdistan (MLKP) and People's Protection Units (YPG) in Kobane. Condolences to all, and may he rest in peace. Suphi Nejat Ağırnaslı was born on 22 September 1984. From his early years on, he lived in Germany with his family, who were in political ...

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Suphi Nejat Agirnasli’nin Anisina

Suphi Nejat Ağırnaslı’nın Anısına Dostumuz, yoldaşımız, meslekdaşımız sosyolog, çevirmen, yazar, devrimci Suphi Nejat Ağırnaslı’yı 5 Ekim 2014 günü Kobane’de Marksist Leninist Komünist Parti Türkiye/ Kuzey Kürdistan (MLKP) saflarında kaybettik. Hepimizin başı sağolsun, ışıklar içinde uyusun. Suphi Nejat Ağırnaslı, 22 Eylül 1984 doğumlu. Siyasi mülteci olan ailesinin durumu dolayısıyla Nejat, çok küçük yaştan itibaren uzun yıllar Almanya’da yaşadı. Almanya’da girdiği üniversite sınavında çok yüksek ...

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Soma ve Kobane’yi birlikte dusunmek

Soma ve Kobane’yi birlikte düşünmek Türkiye son aylarda felaket üstüne felaket yaşıyor. Bunlardan en ön plana çıkanları iş “kaza”ları ve geçtiğimiz hafta üç günde üç düzine can alan, polis-sivil elele yürütülen insan avı. Bu cinayetlerin mahallerinden buram buram yükselen sadece kanlı hesapların değil, sıcak paranın da kokusu. Fail, gücün ve paranın kutsal ittifakı. Rafine ve eşitleyici bir katil olarak para Kapitalizm maddi refah kadar uhrevi bir vaatle de kendini pazarladı, pazarlıyor. Sol ve sağ ...

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المهجرون السوريون ونظام اللجوء في تركيا

رغم أن تدفق اللاجئين السوريين إلى تركيا بدأ منذ نحو ثلاث سنوات ونصف، إلا إن وجودهم لم يصبح قضية عامة إلا بعد الهجمات التي تعرضوا لها في عينتاب ومرعش وأضنة واسطنبول. لقد هوجموا في الشوارع وفي منازلهم، وأحرقت أو حطمت سياراتهم، وصارت وسيلة السوريين لتجنب الاعتداءات في عينتاب وغيرها هي وضع العلم التركي على منازلهم ومحلاتهم، أي حجب أنفسهم وطمس هويتهم. مع ذلك، ليس هناك إلا القليل من المعلومات حول وضعهم القانوني وعددهم وشروط عيشهم وعملهم. مؤخرا أعلنت الأمم المتحدة أن العددد الإجملي لللاجئين السوريين ...

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The Legacy of Turkish in the Armenian Diaspora

There we sat, the proverbial Turk and Armenian, at neighboring tables in a university student center in New Jersey. My back to his, I drew my eyes out of the book I was reading to concentrate on the voice behind me. The gliding vowels of Turkish always sound familiar in the split second it takes for my brain to mark the language as unknown. As the man shouted into his cellphone, unaware of the aspiring eavesdropper nearby, a surge of recognition startled me each time I managed to catch a hiç or a hemen. ...

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Turkey’s New Migration Policy: Control Through Bureaucratization

Images of tens of thousands of refugees fleeing from IS across the Turkish border last week thrust the issue of migration to Turkey into the international spotlight. But the influx of refugees to Turkey is only one aspect of the country’s complex migration situation. While characterizations of Turkey as “between East and West” are overstated, this description in terms of Turkey’s migration dynamics is actually quite apt. Turkey is inching closer to becoming part of Europe through its adherence to ...

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Evden Emlaga Fikirtepe: Rant ve Spekulasyon Ekseninde Kentsel Donusum

Evden Emlağa Fikirtepe: Rant ve Spekülasyon Ekseninde Kentsel Dönüşüm  Bir şehir antropoloğunun saha notları Saha çalışmasına başladığım 2013 yılının Mart ayında Fikirtepe bölgesi, kentsel dönüşüm macerasında iki yılı çoktan geride bırakmıştı. Çalışmalara başladığım sırada altmış yapı adasından oluşan bölgede üç ada tamamıyla yıkılmış, bazı adalarda da başta kiracılar olmak üzere bir çok insan evlerini boşaltıp gitmeye, sokaklar yavaş da olsa ıssızlaşmaya başlamıştı. O zamanki notlarıma dönüp ...

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The Realm of the Ugly King

On a September evening in 1974, Yılmaz Pütün was arrested for murdering a local judge at a seaside Turkish casino. An argument between Pütün’s table and the judge’s had quickly escalated to the point where Pütün had pulled out a gun and demanded everyone sit back down. When the judge confronted Pütün, demanding the gun, Pütün knocked him down. According to witnesses, the judge grabbed a chair and approached again. At this point Pütün shot him. Nearly two years later, when the trial finally concluded, ...

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Turkey Media Roundup (August 12)

[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 Will Erdoğan's Presidency Firm up Turkey's Regional Position? Semih İdiz argues that Turkey will suffer from regional policy mistakes during Erdoğan’s ...

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The Prime Minister as President?

On 26 July, Turkish citizens began voting in the first round of the first direct presidential elections in the history of the Turkish Republic. Voting began at Turkish embassies and at the forty-two polling stations set up at Turkish land crossings, harbors, and airports; it will continue until 10 August, when Turkish citizens residing in Turkey will cast their ballots. Following a 2007 referendum, direct presidential elections replaced the existing system, in accordance with which the president was ...

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Do Not Compel Me to Sing

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, ...

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Turkey Media Roundup (July 8)

[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 ...

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