Turkey: Police No Longer Make Excuses for Brutality

By: Monday August 5, 2013 12:10 pm

Police violence has become widespread in Turkey. On the night of Saturday August 3rd there was a call on Twitter with the #MilyonlarTaksime (Millions to Taksim) hashtag to protest the closing of Gezi Park again in Taksim. As can be understood from the “Millions,” this was simply a case of “trolling” aimed at manipulating the Governor of Istanbul and police to take unnecessary precautions out of fear that that many people might actually show up.


Facebook Squashes Online Dissent of Turkish Opposition

By: Thursday August 1, 2013 2:00 pm

Transportation Minister Binali Yildirim had announced some weeks ago that Twitter did not respond positively to a “cooperation” agreement to determine and spot those who get involved in “criminal activities” by expressing their views online. This statement’s rhetoric would make any reader feel that Facebook is cooperating with the Turkish government, and it was Twitter that was declared a menace to society by Prime Minister Erdogan.

Turkey: Justice Remains a Long-Lost Dream

By: Friday June 28, 2013 11:02 am

Justice remains a long-lost dream for civilian people in Turkey. As rapists and murderers connected to government are protected, those who complain of injustice experience dawn raids on their homes, detention, torture, and arbitrary violence by the police.

“Tools of Freedom”: EU Parliament Conference on Events in Turkey

By: Friday June 21, 2013 2:20 pm

The first overall message to be understood was that the protests were seen as a positive outcome of a process of transition and democratization that has been going on in Turkey for a long time now. The protests and the ability to make use of liberties and freedoms and the general outcry against any limits on those rights and liberties are generally perceived as a positive aspect of the protests, which remained peaceful and civil until police intervention disturbed the scene. In general, it is indeed promising to see civil society in general demanding that the Europeanization process continue and calling for deep reforms of the state system, as opposed to the top-down reform policies one could see in Turkish politics until recently.

Turkey: As AKP Aims to Silence International Media, Police Continue to Storm Taksim; Uprising Spreads

By: Sunday June 16, 2013 7:00 am

Starting with the informatory talks between the government and the council of Taksim Solidarity (to save Gezi Park), the tense situation in Turkey had cooled down for a short period of time. Before the meeting took place, an AKP adviser declared that they would want to invite several people from TS but they cannot be Sunni Muslim or support a rightist ideology. Two witnesses had confirmed that Erdogan had yelled and shouted at TS members during the meeting and did not care to listen to their demands. The demands were clear, Gezi would be saved from destruction, all those detained across the country for supporting Gezi would be released without further investigation and there would be no attacks on peaceful protesters.

Turkey: Regime Ignores International Community’s Outrage

By: Wednesday June 12, 2013 7:35 am

Here is a nightly report on the events in Turkey for 12-6-13:

Another day and night of excessive police force, tons of gas of many types, TOMAs, panzers and thousands of batons mark a historic and unforgettably dark day in history for Taksim and for Turkey. Although Governor Mutlu had declared that there would be no intervention and that the lives of those in and around Gezi Park are under the police’s responsibility and will be safeguarded, there came a wave of attacks and raids against the protesters. While the peaceful protests were continuing, the Governor stated that the square needed cleaning and sent out expedition teams for yet another dawn operation. As day broke, all TV channels broadcasted live how “a few protesters were throwing Molotov cocktails at police while barricades were being lifted.” However, the people throwing Molotovs were in fact undercover policemen, which was proven later by their guns and transmitters.

Financial Sadism

By: Friday May 3, 2013 7:45 am

Financial sadists seeking willing submissives: apply @FixTheDebt. Congress and President will be glad to help you make that decision for the benefit of the oligarchs.

The US: The Saudi Arabia of Oil

By: Wednesday October 24, 2012 4:00 pm

I recall hearing quite a bit from various governors that the US is the “Saudi Arabia of coal” or the “Saudi Arabia of wind,” or whatever natural resource they had in abundance. Now, according to AP energy writer Jonathan Fahey, the US verges on becoming the Saudi Arabia… of oil.

Of Freedom and Bridges

By: Sunday October 21, 2012 9:30 am

Republicans believe the elimination of the commons will make Americans free in ways they aren’t today. We will soar once we are freed from the chains of public education, crossable bridges and drivable roads, from the curse of clean air and clean, drinkable water, from the prison-house of effective disease control and safe pharmaceuticals.

#OccupySupply Announces Winners for Outstanding Local Occupy Action

By: Monday February 6, 2012 10:00 am

The FDL community has voted to award five occupations with a command post tent from Occupy Supply for their outstanding community activism. Three others will receive computers, while 12 runners up will get gift certificates to the OccupySupply store. Dan Choi will help deliver the tents. Check out the winners!

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