The protests sprang from Gezi Park, and spread throughout Turkey in a short period of time, mark a historical turning point for Turkish democracy. Accounts and analyses of Gezi Protests are limited for foreign readers. Therefore, for this extraordinary occasion, we introduce a special cover story on Gezi Park Protests in our 5th issue. Perspectives - Political Analysis and Commentary from Turkey - evaluates the protests through three articles from Deniz Özgür (Gezi Park activist), Cengiz Çandar (political analyst) and Ska Keller (Member of the European Parliament).
In addition to the cover story, we continue to analyze long-term issues of Turkey in our feature articles. This issue features articles on "Turkey's growth fetish". We believe that policies, over the last decade, obsessed with economic, political and population growth play an important role in the accumulation of public resentment that resulted in a social explosion of June 2013.
As usual, you will find other interesting articles under our foreign policy and culture sections. We hope you will enjoy the 5th issue of Perspectives and welcome any feedbacks.
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4 Cover Story: Gezi Park / A NEW HISTORY IS BEGINNING
4 How the Gezi revolt gave birth to park democracy,
8 Gezi Park protests: A historical milestone in the democratization of Turkey,
12 #occupygezi: A revolution goes European,
14 Feature articles
14 The unbearable appeal of modernization: The fetish of growth,
Bengi Akbulut – Fikret Adaman
18 Ten years of Turkish capitalism and tendencies,
22 Neoliberal stability policies fail to bring results,
26 Private sector and politics in Turkey,
Ayşe Buğra – Osman Savaşkan
31 Energy or Turkey: Which one will be consumed first?
36 AKP goes to Africa: Imperialism by anti-imperialists,
40 AKP does not confine women to home, it chains them to the family,
44 Draft Bill for the Protection of Nature and the concept of rights,
46 Turkey’s Terror Prevention Act: Source of problems in freedom of expression,
50 The making of the Prevention of Financing Terrorism Law
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52 International Politics
52 Turkey and Iran: A Sunnite Axis against the Shiite crescent?
56 Yunus Emre Cultural Centers: The AKP’s Neo-Ottomanism and Islamism,
60 Human landscape
60 Burn witch, burn,
61 News from Heinrich Böll Foundation