October 13 2020
Four journalists have been arrested because they reported that villagers Servet Turgut and Osman Şiban from the eastern province of Van were thrown from a helicopter by soldiers. They were punished because they were doing their jobs.
What do the blood-blistered eyes of Osman Şiban and the non-existent recollection of what happened to him even represent? To whom and what do they even mean?
"A long term collective social isolation is beyond any political system, the most authoritarian state’s current capacity or even its imagination. It is also related to the continuation of the capitalist system. While those down the ladder demand quarantine, the ones up cannot do this. If you send everybody home, then the capitalist system based on consumption will end," tells Evren Balta, associate professor of international relations at Özyeğin University.
İrfan Aktan writes: Emrah Altındiş, an Assistant Professor at Boston College and an adjunct faculty at Harvard Medical School, warns that a “tsunami” is headed towards Turkey. Altındiş argues that Turkey was not taking the necessary precautions to slow its spread. According to Altındiş, the cities with high numbers of infected people should be on lockdown.
On days such as the International Women’s Day on March 8, heavy attacks are inflicted on women in their numerous acts and activities. But despite all these sieges and attacks, the women’s movement in Turkey continues to constitute the biggest barrier in front of hegemony of both the main opposition and the government in the country.
The opposition in general and especially the CHP have to rethink the assumption that Islamism is the power that keeps AKP alive. If this is not examined wisely, then becoming conservative and Islamist will be the only option to reach out to the “conservative” segments. This in turn will make the CHP and the general opposition distance themselves from their roots, and eventually take on the mindset of the AKP.
Suicide is probably the end of hope. While the government of the rich is engaged in all kinds of exploitation and violence to end all hope, unfortunately, it is beyond the depth of any political party, leftist organization or a “hero,” in the current landscape, to create much-needed hope for victims and those who resist.
On December 5, employees of the electricity distribution company, with masked security forces accompanying them, raided the village of Dilekli in the Yüksekova district very early in the morning, HDP deputy Sait Dede went on to reference, quoting from the local press. According to Dede’s statement, “During this raid, 45-year-old Fahriye Gürbüz, mother of five, suffered a heart attack and died after witnessing masked people raid her house."
In order to make them look like they are part of the system, Kurds can go to the ballots, vote and even elect people. But those who they elect have a lifespan of a butterfly. The immunity of their members of parliament are valid until the police deems otherwise with tear gas. So, are elections still an area of contestation for Kurds? Maybe reversing the question can lead us to a better reply: If Kurds avoided elections or withdrew their elected representatives, would that create an area of contestation?
This means that Kılıçdaroğlu also perceives peace as a threat and actually has arrived in the Erdoğanist camp while pretending to criticize him.
This is the law now: either be a soldier or be a victim of our wrath. Those who don't fear the wrath suffer; those who fear suffer more.