The Week in 1 Minute: Putting Gezi into perspective (June 3 – 9 on openDemocracy)

We have spent the week, poised between Europe and the Middle East, putting Gezi Park into perspective, with Nathalie Tocci concerned for Turkey’s democracy, Neophytos Loizides identifying a crisis of majoritarianism, and Ali Gokpinar, shining a spotlight on relations between business, media and government.

2 June 2013

Burce Celik looks at the dynamic role of the new media in uniting this many-faceted cry for freedom and democracy, while Umut Özge challenges Juan Cole to grasp the full scale of political rejection involved, Kerem Oktem calls for an end to autocracy, and returns to join his voice to that of Calypso Nikolaidis and Karabekir Akkoyunlu to say that the AKP dream of unfettered economic growth and influence is over.

Our Turkey authors have been sought after and their writings recommended, by Eurozine, Anne–Marie Slaughter and many others. As the implications of these battling streets sink in, maybe we think of populism with Philippe Marlière differently. We look at 50.50’s Heather McRobie on patriarchy and militarism in Egypt in the discussion on the subordination of women in the Arab region in a slightly new way; reconsider This week’s window on the Middle East, the quagmires of Syria and Iraq, and disagreements around Hezbollah, or the need for new approaches to the Iran nuclear stand-off or that of the Palestinian territories, from a new angle.

Questions asked by Ida Dominijanni - What Europe? What bottom up? – have a stronger resonance. Dmitry Travin on Russian disillusionment becomes an interesting point of contrast, and what Quebec students have learned, a small echo. oDRussia has Euan Grant confirming our worst suspicions on why Russians with money love London, and Vladimir Shlapentokh explaining why the Kremlin has become totally indifferent to western outrage. Can Europe make it? offers us Henrik Uterwedde’s upbeat account of Franco-German cooperation to lift our spirits while we read about how little is done across Europe for Roma children, having just considered the silence in the US immigration bill on the deportation of children.

In the UK too, controversies around immigration reach OurNHS, joining the contradiction in terms that is neoliberal healthcare. Richard Whittell has corporate profiteering in his sights; Mel Kelly looks at the UK bedroom tax; and Clare Sambrook is on the case at G4S’ annual meeting.

We think about green economies with John Barry, limits to growth with Victor Anderson, and climate shift with Paul Rogers, despite all incitements to the contrary. 50.50 covers women’s rights in the Congo, militarized masculinity, and men thinking about men; and Delwar Hussain has a story of large-scale developmental ambition on the Bangladesh/India border, with photographs not to be missed.

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