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Sunny Hundal is openDemocracy’s social media editor.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Terrorism policing: the YPG/YPJ, an ally abroad but a danger at home?

The erratic treatment members of the YPG/YPJ receive at the hands of Europe’s counterterrorism networks doesn’t look set to change in the near future.

The theory and practice of the Kurdish Women’s Movement: an interview in Diyarbakir

“The problems confronting women because they are women seem only to be growing. So we should stop and think what is missing.”

White is the new black: populism and the academic alt-right

“It is our duty to expose this moral agenda for what it is, not by 'deplatforming' them – only adding victimisation to their already lavish arsenal – but through reasoned argument.”

Political violence, civic space and human rights defence in the era of populism and authoritarianism

Academics and international donors alike have only recently considered targeted political violence as an integral part of global democratic decline and populist politics. There is much they could do.

Turkey: a post-media society

Subversive street art and a metaphor-laden museum are filling the void left by the death of the free press in Turkey. A report from Istanbul.

The Orthodox church and a very Balkan affair

A Ukrainian church with Philaret as Patriarch is more likely to end up as a cheaply disguised religious cover for a brutal war, rather, than as a harbinger of peace. 

Interview with the Free Women’s Movement (TJA) in North Kurdistan

Actually we have been calling our experience World War III. This is a war of destruction. The state does not call it a war, but this is the experience of those affected.”

One building, several facades: political showcasing in contemporary Turkey

An iconic building is erased, together with the successive faces it has worn as Turkey hurtled from secular modernity via Gezi Park, to the latest experiment in religious nationalism.

The US-Turkey stand-off in context: the US and the weaponisation of global finance

The US, a declining superpower, is trying to use the power of the dollar as a weapon to punish Turkey and other disobedient actors in the international system.

Turkey: the organic crisis of a post-populist moment

How can we make better sense of debates about populism. Can there be a progressive populism? Is populism really a danger for the survival of democracy or a key to democracy’s future?

Subverting democracy without vote-rigging

Recent events in some prominent democratic nations have highlighted the internal threats that are hard to see and even harder to counter. A military dictator can be identified.

Turkey: sharing what we learn through self-organisation in a war zone

An HDP activist in Istanbul talks about the recent elections, the Kurdish movement’s political strategies, and the need to organize locally in the social sphere. (Interview transcribed and translated from the Turkish).

The Turkish election as a warning against the irresistible charms of populism

We urgently need a constructive and open dialogue between different strands of thought within the populism theoretical oeuvre, if we are to develop progressive political strategies.

Turkey’s economy needs reliability and peace

The manifesto pledge on the economy of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) in the Turkish elections on June 24.

Russia’s cautious role in Syria

How far would Russia risk its international relations to protect the regime of Bashar Al Assad?

Can the Turkish Opposition beat Erdoğan?

The most likely challenger on June 24 is the CHP’s candidate Muharrem İnce who will have an uphill battle.

Turkey’s three-dimensional populism, three leaders and three blocs

The election is therefore offered a choice between three blocs, each of which mobilises people in terms of a different type of populism as expounded by their respective charismatic leader.

Can Europe save Turkey from sliding into authoritarianism?

The answer is no. It is not only within Europe that defects in European liberal democracy are aiding the rise of rightwing populism.

Turkey’s snap elections: a level playing field?

The question remains whether the next elections will be free and fair. In light of Turkey’s recent political development, this is highly unlikely: the end of democracy sometimes comes not with a coup but with a vote. 

Erdogan’s latest move towards autocracy

Elections do not equal democracy. Snap elections give opposition parties no time to recuperate, to groom candidates or to build a base of support. 

Why Turkey’s Erdoğan might actually lose the June 24 snap elections

The rise of authoritarianism in Turkey has gone hand in hand with a de-institutionalization, in favour of what many call the “one man regime”. How long can that last?

Political precariat

The concept of the precariat has explanatory power day-to-day and transformative potential in the socio-political world. For a just and honorable life, we need the political precariat.

Populism, Trump, and the future of democracy

The most popular political philosopher of his generation makes an invaluable contribution to openDemocracy's debate on liberal responsibility worldwide for the rise of the hard right.

Defending journalism in Turkey's climate of fear

“The one and only way to overcome this situation is the solidarity of journalists around the world standing with us.”

Chronic human rights problems of Turkey during the EU accession process

Will the European adventure that has continued for years with both sides escalating the tension and turning their backs on each other, finally end?

The Third Great Depression and rise of the far-right: experiences from Turkey

In Turkey the Islamist right garners support in rural areas by promoting social welfare and subsidy programmes. The left needs to put farmers and workers at the centre of class-based struggle.

Turkish mainstream media’s bad habit keeps getting worse

The Turkish public has been puzzled by fabricated news stories appearing every day in the mass media.

Re-thinking EU-Turkey co-operation over migration

Turkey’s military offensive in Afrin is also an example of how refugees are instrumentalized to gain domestic support for foreign policy ambitions.

The Syrian Kurds at a crossroad

The sharp regional and international alignments that have currently gripped the Middle East in general, and Syria in particular, have put the Syrian Kurds at a crossroads. العربية

From Afrin to Ghouta

The egalitarian, feminist and socialist enclaves created by the Kurdish left are attacked with particular ferocity by Mr Erdoğan’s army. Czech.

Story of an ‘unidentified’ detainee

From the Counter-Terrorism Division in Ankara, Turkey... The story’s named by others, but filled by women who resist the war. We live in a story whose title reads ‘unidentified’.

أورهان باموك والسفير الروسي: المخيّلة والواقع بين مولودين

أوجه التشابه بين بطل رواية أورهان باموك والشرطي التركي الذي قام باغتيال السفير الروسي في ٢٠١٦ مثير للاهتمام.

Long way to Afrin: Turkey’s strategic refugee policy aimed at electoral hegemony and regional political ambitions

Syrian ‘guests’ in Turkey have been used not only as political tools for foreign ambitions, but also for reinforcing the conservative and Islamist ideology promoted by Erdogan’s AKP.

As Afrin burns, where is the left?

Kurds, it seems, have the misfortune of being victims of a “non-western” power and so their suffering barely registers. Kurdish

من جمال باشا إلى عفرين: سرديّات متصارعة على شاشة التلفاز

هل توجد رغبة كافية لدى صنّاع الدراما لفهم حركة التاريخ المعقّدة في منطقتنا؟

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