I went on the Majority Report yesterday to discuss Turkey’s renewed military operations against its Kurdish population. Michael Brooks asked me some great questions about why Turkey is attacking the Kurds now, reversing years of rapprochement with the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), all while the PKK and its allies are fighting ISIS in Syria and Iraq.
As the author of one of the first English-language articles providing in-depth background on the Gezi Resistance movement, I’ve had a lot of friends and colleagues ask me what I’ll be writing for the one year anniversary of Gezi Park’s occupation. It’s tempting to write a grand sweeping analysis about what happened to the movement, where it went wrong, how it still exists today, what strategic gains it made, and so on. In fact there’s a whole genre of such reflections. But I don’t think that is actually the most useful thing I can do right now. [Read more…]