Ulku Mazlum's Blog (5)

#direngeziparki is now the 2nd worldwide trending topic on Twitter.

In fall 2011 when I was witnessing the rise of Occupy Wall Street in New York City, one of the recurring questions in my mind was this: When would Turkey have its own #Occupy moment? “We are the 99%” slogan had spread from the Zuccotti Park to other cities in the U.S, taking its inspiration from square occupations in Egypt, Greece, Spain and Britain. Some of those movements fizzled out, and some of them kept on. But Turks had not jumped on that Occupy bandwagon for a really long…

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Added by Ulku Mazlum on May 31, 2013 at 7:04am — No Comments

Bloody face of killing nature: Tayyip Erdogan!

Bloody face of killing nature: Tayyip Erdogan!



"Dear friends all around the world,



something brave and significant is happening in Istanbul, Turkey.

A late blooming Occupy wave one might call it.



Citizens tired of a bullying government with its corrupt management of public spaces and reckless abuse of land are coming together to protect a public park in the heart of the Istanbul which is under the…

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Added by Ulku Mazlum on May 31, 2013 at 6:59am — No Comments

This is an urgent call from human rights defenders, activists, NGOs, professional chambers, grassroots, neighbourhood associations and Istanbulites.

International Human Rights Organizations and Dear Friends, Comrades, Press Members from all over the world;



This is an urgent call from human rights defenders, activists, NGOs, professional chambers, grassroots, neighbourhood associations and Istanbulites.



Since the 27th of May,Istanbulites from all social and political backgrounds and ages and from all over the city had been continuing a peaceful resistance in…

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Added by Ulku Mazlum on May 31, 2013 at 5:40am — No Comments

Why should we care about #occupygezi?

''To all my friends living abroad; a message from my friend; please read and share!



PM Tayyip Erdogan's police attacked today at 5am the protesters defending a park in the center of Istanbul and woke them in their tents with pepper spray and burnt down their tents. The attack is disproportional and unjust.



The protest itself is against the destruction of Gezi Parki…
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Added by Ulku Mazlum on May 31, 2013 at 5:23am — No Comments

Why should we care about #occupygezi? Part 2

 

A friend in Istanbul wrote this, I'm sadly sharing her message: "Reporting from İstanbul, Turkey: We are under attack. We get sprayed with pepper gas on a weekly basis. We have been allowed alcohol in our homes but not outside. Kissing and hugging not allowed. However we are strongly encouraged to breed and make 3 kids right after marriage. Women taking pregnancy tests are recorded. Morning after pills are prescription drugs now. Breathing optional on…

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Added by Ulku Mazlum on May 30, 2013 at 10:30pm — No Comments

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Privacy, Surveillance, & the Terrorist Trap, with Tom Parker

How can investigators utilize new technology like facial recognition software while respecting the rights of suspects and the general public? What are the consequences of government overreaction to terrorist threats? Tom Parker, author of "Avoiding the Terrorist Trap," discusses privacy, surveillance, and more in the context of counterterrorism.

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"The existing divide in American foreign policy discourse has been the extent to which the U.S. must actively propagate and spread its values, or defend them or promote them even when there is no interest at stake," writes Senior Fellow Nikolas Gvosdev. How does American civil society demand consideration of moral and ethical concerns in the decisions both to go to war and how the war will be prosecuted?

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Carnegie Council fellow and Pacific Delegate Philip Caruso advocates for the value of diplomacy in the aftermath of the U.S. killing Iran's general Qassem Suleimani. "Iran cannot win a war against the United States, nor can the United States afford to fight one," he argues. This article was originally published in "Foreign Policy" and is posted here with kind permission.

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