I've been out of the country for a while, but I am back and so is Scission.
Turkey was on my mind when I left and Turkey remains on my mind now that I am back.
Turkey is an interesting case. A strange sort of Islamic run government that tries to pretend at times that it isn't. A history of secularism of which it has always been quite proud. Various internal struggles and on going urban and rural guerilla fights and a long standing Kurdish uprising (which by the way, I believe, goes unmentioned in the article I am posting). Democracy and repression and on again off again "friendship" with Israel as well as a peculiar relationship with the Arab world. Throw in a longstanding "alliance" with the USA and a geography that ensures it is middle eastern, Asian and European. Combine all that with a long, tumultuous, and fascinating history, not to mention the genocide of the Armenians (which it still denies ever happened). Finally, it has a "people" who have never feared expressing themselves in any way necessary.
And let's be honest, most of us really don't know all that much about Turkey's internal politics despite the fact that we should.
Now we have an uprising that began over a park and well, hopefully we can all learn something from the post below from Roarmag.org.
By the way if you are wondering who the hell Roar is, well, according to itself:
ROAR Magazine is an online journal of the radical imagination that seeks to amplify the voice of our generation amid the clamorous cacophony of a rapidly changing world.
ROAR aims to bring you some of the world’s most inspiring news, stories, analysis, ideas, actions, books, poems, tunes, photos, videos and doodles from the front-lines of the Real Democracy Movement.
ROAR was founded in Oakland, CA., in 2010 as an alternative media collective that seeks to contribute to the ongoing wave of global uprisings by freely sharing information and breathing inspiration into the Creative Commons.
ROAR is edited by Jérôme Roos, a writer, activist and filmmaker from Amsterdam and a PhD Researcher at the European University Institute in Florence. Our contributions come from volunteers around the world.
LATE BREAKING NEWS...TURKISH POLICE MOVE IN...FROM THE GUARDIAN: