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Cengiz Aktar: Doğu demokrasisi

In Uncategorized on September 30, 2014 at 17:19

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Doğu demokrasisi

 

Demokrasi Batı’da, farklı insanlara farklı anlamlar ifade eder. Ama Asya’da demokrasi, vatandaşların özgür ve adil seçimlere hakları olduğu ve böylece kendi hükümetlerini seçme hakkına sahip oldukları anlamına gelir. Bir hükümet seçildiğinde, o hükümet politika saptama, uygulama ve kısaca hükümet etme konusunda serbest olmalıdır. (…) Vatandaşlar, seçme haklarının aynı zamanda sınırlar ve sorumluluklar taşıdığını da anlarlarsa, demokrasi aşırı bir özgürlük ya da anarşiye dönüşmez. Batı, demokrasinin yolundan saptığı bu eğilimlere maruzdur.” “Asya’nın Sesi (The Voice of Asia) – İki lider gelecek yüzyılı tartışıyor” Mahathir Mohamad, Shintaro Ishihara, 1995, Tokyo

 

Çoğunlukçuluğun tarifi sanki bizim yeni yetme siyasî İslamcıların dilinden ve onların basındaki uzantılarının kaleminden dökülüyormuş gibi. Oysa yirmi yıllık bir kitaptan alıntı. Müellifleri Asya’nın tanınmış iki siyasetçisi. Ishihara, ırkçı, kadın düşmanı ve popülist beyanlarıyla bilinen ünlü Japon siyasetçi. Yukarıdaki beyan ise diğer yazar Mahathir’in. Zat-ı muhterem 1981-2003 arası Malezya Başbakanı. Tayyip Erdoğan’ın seçim başarılarını dünyada yegâne zannedenlere inat beş kez art arda genel seçim kazanmış bir siyasetçi. Tüketim, hızla zenginleşme ve eski muktedir Çinli Malezyalı elite karşı Müslüman Malezyalı çoğunluğun itibarı üzerine kurulu bir programla. Kibrin verdiği özgüvenle “yerli otomobil” diye tutturmuş, sonunda bir aralar burada da satılan Proton adlı Mitsubishi montajı bir arabayı bile ürettirmeyi başarmıştı. Emekliliğini şimdi Proton’un idare heyetinde geçiriyor.

 

Mahathir ile Erdoğan arasındaki benzerlikler bunlarla sınırlı değil. O’nun iktidarında Malezya altyapı projelerine dayalı fütursuz, doğa düşmanı bir kalkınma ve modernizasyona tâbi, ama aynı zamanda hukukun bağımsızlığının iptal edildiği, basının susturulduğu, muhalefetin canına okunduğu bir yer olmuştu. Mahathir tıpkı Erdoğan gibi etrafında başka siyasetçi yaşatmadı; İslâmı siyasî hedefleri doğrultusunda istismar etti; kutuplaşmayı körükledi; tıpkı buradaki “ileri demokrasi” komedisi gibi “dünyanın en iyi demokrasisi” sloganını kullanmaktan utanmadı; mütevazı bir aileden gelmelerine rağmen aşırı zenginleşme konusunda ikisi de pek “başarılıdır.” Ayrıca, Ahmet Davutoğlu başta olmak üzere birçok AKP’li ve ondan önce Millî Görüşçü siyasetçinin Malezya ilişkisini ve almış olabilecekleri siyasî ilhamı not edelim.

 

On yıl sonra ülke hâlâ Mahathir’in ardında bıraktığı enkazı kaldırmakla meşgul. Misâlen, Sınır Tanımayan Gazeteciler Örgütü’nün 179 ülkenin 2013 Basın Özgürlüğü sıralamasında 145. sıradaki Malezya 154. sıradaki Türkiye ile beraber nal topluyor. Geçenlerde ülkenin 2,5 milyonluk Hıristiyan nüfusunun “Allah” sözünü telaffuz etmesi yasaklandı. Malezya trans bireylerin kâbus ülkeleri arasında. Ekonomiye gelince gözlemciler, petrol geliri de olsa bol gökdelenli, aşırı tüketimci hormonlu kalkınmanın sonuna gelindiğini, eğitim sisteminin vahim zaafları dolayısıyla orta gelir tuzağından çıkmanın çok zor göründüğünühatırlatıp duruyor. Bunlara rağmen 2013 seçiminde biraz oy kaybına uğrayarak da olsa Mahathir’in eski partisi Barisan Nasional, tıpkı AKP gibi seçim ulufesi dağıtarak ve adil olmayan bir seçim sistemi sayesinde % 47 oyla meclis sandalye sayısının % 66’sına sahip oldu, hükümeti yine kurdu.

 

Doğu’nun, seçimi kazananın danışsız, denetsiz, dengesiz bir ortamda aklına eseni yaptığı çoğunlukçu demokrasisinin mecali işte bu kadar! Bir zaman sonra gidebileceği yer ya demokrasi deneyiminin iptali ve otorite/totaliter rejimler vasıtasıyla öze dönüş ki bu öz, demokrasinin Batı icadı bir sapkınlık olduğu görüşünden hareketle çok da uzakta değil; ya da beğenilmeyen, çoğulcu, liberal Batı demokrasisi. Türkiye epeyidir bu kavşakta zaman öldürüyor.

 Bu yazı ilk olarak Taraf’ta yayınlandı. Yazarın izniyle burada da yayınlanıyor. 

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Our Chief Technology Office, also our President declared: New iPhone same as the last. News from Turkey…

In Uncategorized on September 29, 2014 at 13:03

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Erdoğan brushed off the frenzy surrounding Apple’s new iPhone 6, saying it was much the same as its iPhone 5 predecessor

Turkey’s PKK peace process ‘at risk’

Turkey’s role in Syria may put peace deal with its Kurds at risk

Refugees Flood Turkish Border as Islamic State Steps Up Attacks on Syrian Kurds

New streams of Syrian refugees fled toward the border with Turkey as shelling hit the town of Kobani.
Three mortar shells strike Suruç, just kilometers from the fighting between Kurdish forces and ISIL for Kobane
The use of slogans such as ‘The murderer state will pay’ and ‘We will fight until we tear the oligarchy down’ is not a crime, Turkish prosecutors have ruled
washingtonpost.com – Adam Taylor – Sep 26 – At some point in 1236, the Turkic warlord Suleyman Shah perished by the banks of the Euphrates river. Some say he drowned in its waters. At the time, he was one of an array of notables warring over parts of Anatolia and what’s now Syria. And his
rt.com – Irregular armed forces have to rely on their ingenuity to arm themselves. And while rifles and mortars can be bought on the black market, getting hold of a tank or two can be a bit tricky. But you can always make a DIY version with your own hands
Turkish military sources categorically denied any attack by the ISIL on the Suleiman Shah tomb, an official enclave in Syria protected by Turkish troops

Turkey ‘can’t stay out’ of anti-IS fight: Erdogan


Istanbul (AFP) – Turkey cannot stay out of the international coalition fighting Islamic State (IS) jihadists, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Sunday, as Ankara prepares in the coming week to define its military involvement.


The Intellectual Battle Against ISIS

Project Syndicate by Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum

If the world is to defeat the Islamic State, leaders must recognize that such fires cannot be extinguished by force alone. The world must unite behind a holistic drive to discredit the ideology that gives the extremists their power, and to restore hope and dignity to those whom they would recruit

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Eurosphere agenda: Critical week for Juncker Commission… “Serbia hosts first gay Pride since 2010

In Uncategorized on September 29, 2014 at 13:03

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The next 10 days could make or break a plan to reshape the European Union under new management, in an attempt to revive the economy and regain trust among its half-billion people.

Exploring Belgium’s complex web of democracy

French far-right party enters Senate

France’s far-right National Front party wins its first ever Senate seats, with right-wing parties looking set to take control of the upper house.

What I would like to argue is that this historical and existential process retraced by Kojève helps to clarify the origin and the genesis of the present, European and global, supremacy of economic processes over all other fields of human activity. 

Air-france-end-strike

PARIS — Air France‘s leading pilots union on Sunday announced an end to its 14-day strike that grounded roughly half of the airline’s flights, stranded passengers worldwide and led to stern shows of frustration by the French prime minister.


Catalonian separatism has grown and grown in the face the brutal austerity imposed upon Spain during the Eurozone crisis

 

The Eurosceptic revolution: much ado about nothing?

open Democracy News Analysis – by Chiara Rosselli and Eleonora Poli

The success of eurosceptic parties at the 2014 European elections was expected to mark a paradigm shift in both national and European politics. As the dust begins to settle, the eurosceptic wave may not be the catalyst for change many feared or hoped for.

We are one Scotland: anatomy of a referendum

open Democracy News Analysis – by Gerry Hassan

The independence referendum shows a need in Scotland to reach out.

It was a momentous moment in Scottish and British history. The Scottish independence referendum. It dominated Scottish and British airwaves in the last couple of weeks, and became a huge international story.

 

 

MAIN FOCUS: Frenchman killed by jihadists | 25/09/2014

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A Frenchman kidnapped by Islamist terrorists in Algeria has been killed. Video footage of his beheading was published on the Internet on Wednesday. Before killing him his kidnappers had demanded that Paris refrain from participating in the military strikes against the IS. Even a military strike that contravenes international law is justified in the fight against the IS, commentators write, and warn France not to yield.

 

Security options and the Ukraine crisis

open Democracy News Analysis – by Volodymyr Dubovyk

The events of the last several months have proven that all existing mechanisms and arrangements to provide for Ukraine’s security have been ineffective.

 

 

The events of the last several months have proven that all existing mechanisms and arrangements to provide for Ukraine’s security have been ineffective. The country has found itself in limbo, desperately trying (and often failing) to provide for its own security while defending against Russian aggression.

 

The next European Commission must step up efforts to tackle social justice in the EU, as the economic imbalance between member states intensified during the crisis, warns the Bertelsmann Stiftung.

VIDEO: Lavrov attacks US ‘military interference’

Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has used his speech at the United Nations General Assembly to attack America’s ‘military interference’ in the world.

Air France pilot strike cuts flights

Air France says it will only operate 45% of its flights on Sunday after talks with pilots failed to reach an agreement to end a 14-day strike.
Gay rights activists in Serbia held their first Pride march in four years, walking through Belgrade streets emptied of traffic and pedestrians by a massive security operation

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New photo from Facebook September 29, 2014 at 09:30AM

In Uncategorized on September 29, 2014 at 08:34
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New photo from Facebook September 29, 2014 at 01:43AM

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Not much hope but still “Advocates for News Media to Meet Turkish Officials

In Uncategorized on September 28, 2014 at 23:10

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Advocates for News Media to Meet Turkish Officials

Two advocacy groups left for Turkey to meet with the officials, who may include Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
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Mapping Media Freedom in Europe – Ankara, Çankaya, Ankara, Central Anatolia Region, Turkey, 174.52 Kms Ankara, Çankaya, Ankara, Central Anatolia Region, Turkey, 207.55 Kms Ankara, Çankaya, Ankara, Central Anatolia Region, Turkey, 207.55 Kms


Erdogan bodyguards attack two Turkish journalists in New York

Reporters Without Borders – Sep 27 – They were evicted from the hotel where Erdogan was meeting Joe Biden, one was assaulted in the street outside Two US-based Turkish newspaper reporters were verbally attacked and manhandled by bodyguards of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in

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New photo from Facebook September 28, 2014 at 11:40PM

In Uncategorized on September 28, 2014 at 22:47
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This is Turkey’s new official logo to put on “Made in Turkey” products.

In Uncategorized on September 28, 2014 at 16:33

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İşte Türkiye'nin yeni logosu

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‘Turkey, Discover the Potential’ brand is aimed to become a joint identity mark for Turkish goods

In other news:

US-led warplanes kept up strikes on oil sites funding ISIL, as al-Qaeda’s Syria affiliate threatened reprisals after a key operative was reported killed

Turkey Hesitant to Ally With U.S. In Syria Mission

nytimes.com – Anne Barnard – Sep 28 – SURUC, Turkey — No American ally is closer to the threat of the Islamic State than Turkey, and no country could play a more important role in a coalition that President Obama is assembling to combat the extremist Sunni militants. Yet Turkey…


200 Turkish intellectuals call for help to Kobane


Two hundred Turkish academics, writers and civil society activists issue a statement calling on the Turkish people and the international organizations to take a strong position in defense of Kobane

PM Davutoğlu has called the extremist jihadists barbaric and ignorant and do not represent Islamic civilization whatsoever, in one of the most strongly worded reactions from Ankara against ISIL
The ongoing resolution process is aiming at resolving the problems of Kurds in Turkey, not the Kurds of Syria and Iraq, a senior government official has said

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No water for 4 days. Kadıköy, İstanbul seems to be punished by İSKİ… İstanbul news roundup

In Uncategorized on September 28, 2014 at 14:55

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Kadıköy is one of the busy, secular and settled district in the Anatolian side of Istanbul. It is governed by CHP, main opposition party, but water supply is provided by İSKİ, of Istanbul Municipality of AKP, governing party. 4 days is a bit long time and probably intentional…

A Kadıköy resident, Cem Hakverdi  published some photos: 

kadıköy’de 4 gündür su yok. bir türlü onarılamayan su borusu yüzünden kadıköy’de vaziyet böyle 

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Caferağa Dayanışması ‏@direncaferaga “Susuz nereye kadar bitti buraya kadar” diyerek yürüyüşümüze başladık :)

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Ode to Okmeydanı: Far-left group fights to save Istanbulneighborhood

ISTANBUL — “The DHKP/C is a part of us,” said Yucel Yildirm, a 40-year-old carpenter over cups of bitter Turkish black tea in a park near the heart of
İstanbul fears ‘Arabization’ with Syrian refugee influx

The number of Syrians in İstanbul is 330,000, according to official Turkish sources. They mostly live in the Fatih, Esenler and Esenyurt districts. (Photo
Historic French Palace in İstanbul now open to public

The French Consulate General on Saturday opened the gates of the French Palace in İstanbul to visitors in an effort to share Turkey and France’s

Istanbul recreated in the memory of an English artist

An autistic man with an extraordinary talent is drawing Istanbul using his photographic memory after a 45-minute helicopter tour of the city

ArtInternational İstanbul fair rolls out 2nd edition on Friday

The second edition of the İstanbul-based art fair ArtInternational will kick off on Friday at the Haliç Congress Center, hosting around 80 galleries from

Istanbul’s flea markets meet past and present

The outdoor flea markets of Istanbul, are a paradise for bargain hunters, collectors, hipsters and the nostalgic
Görgü tanıkları anlatıyor
Scaffolding at a construction site across from Istanbul’s iconic Gezi Park has collapsed due to strong winds, injuring five people

Book on Istanbul Biennial published

The newly published book about the 13th Istanbul Biennial brings together a visual narrative of exhibited works throughout the venues, poems and .

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New photo from Facebook September 28, 2014 at 01:21PM

In Uncategorized on September 28, 2014 at 12:26
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