The ENTITLE (European Network of Political Ecology) collective is deeply concerned about recent infringements of academic freedom in Turkey and repudiates the purge of Turkey's universities. We are in solidarity with threatened institutions, academics and staff and call for the respect of institutional autonomy, freedom of speech and human rights. In the aftermath of the military coup attempt on 15 July, … Continue reading Solidarity with Turkey’s universities and academics under threat
An Interview with Vandana Shiva. By Ethemcan Turhan.* There is this fear of intellectual freedom because the old paradigm must be maintained to continue that project of colonising the earth, colonising people’s minds. The minute people are able to think for themselves, that project is over. Vandana Shiva is one of the leading thinkers today … Continue reading The Earth and the people are not inputs to your capitalist system, sorry sir!
The town of Silvan in South-East Turkey is under the occupation of the Turkish army—a solidarity campaign by Barış Bloku calls for security forces to cease operations against civilians and allow independent observers to access the area. Lift the siege of Silvan The Turkish government has abandoned the peace process which led to at least two years during … Continue reading Urgent call for international solidarity with Silvan
Achieving substantial peace within Turkey and in the Middle East depends upon a thorough revision of war policies by all governments contracted with the Turkish regime and a genuine commitment to the de-escalation of militarization, including the cancellation of arms deals that support the violent suppression of democracy. [The following statement was released on 17 October 2015 … Continue reading Call by Academics for International Solidarity after the Ankara Bombing
By Eleanor Finley* In the summer of 2013, popular resistance succeeded in stopping the demolition of Gezi Park, one of the last public green spaces in Istanbul. Yet urban transformation and development projects have continued throughout the city at a dizzying pace. Nearly every neighbourhood in Istanbul today grapples with some new high-rise, luxury apartment … Continue reading Rural and Urban Solidarity Arises Against Istanbul Megaprojects
Will we resolutely face the consequences of a coherent, historicized revolutionary vision, or will we continue to slowly fade into a morass of ever-diminishing compromises? Kurds have found—indeed, have chosen—their place in the development of human freedom. What is ours?
By Akgün İlhan* Sapanca, a case which clearly illustrates how the water that should be primarily used for basic human needs falls prey to economic activities of industry; including bottled water. A landslide hazard on 30 May 2015 in the Lake Sapanca basin revealed the uncomfortable truth about the scale of illegal water grabbing in … Continue reading Water grabbing in Lake Sapanca, Turkey
by Irmak Ertör and Ethemcan Turhan Notes on a lecture by Murat Arsel, reflecting on the limits and possibilities of environmental struggles against Turkish 'neoliberal developmentalism'. The discussion suggests that environmental struggles must go beyond localism, towards politicising social, economic and environmental justice in Turkey. In the last decades and especially in the aftermath of … Continue reading The Rise and Transformation of Environmentalism in Turkey
by Ethemcan Turhan* The coal-mining town of Soma in the western Aegean region of Turkey hardly made headlines until last May. A mining disaster that took the lives of 301 mine workers in Soma on 14 May 2014 brought forward the country’s fragile mix of social injustice, lack of occupational safety, and a fossil-fuel-dependent energy … Continue reading Soma, Ermenek, Yırca: Can anti-coal activists defend coal miners and olive farmers?