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The Frailty of the Adjective ‘Islamist’

Posted on September 15, 2013

Happy to. The use of the word 'Islamist' as an adjective for 'leader*' forces a false causality between excessive force and 'Islamist' leaders. This false causality implies a false solution: if we get rid of the Islamists, we get rid of excessive force. If the 'Islam-ness' of a leader was a relevant detail for explaining the excessive use of tear gas, then there would be almost no cases of such misuse in countries where there is non-Islamic leadership. However, we know this is a tactic governments worldwide have used and continue to use, for no other reason than to deny people their right to peaceful protest.

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If You Don’t Adapt, You Will be Absorbed.

Posted on July 18, 2013

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A Reality Check for the Gezi Park protests. Is it too Late?

Signs of the end of the Gezi Protests has been documented in Jenny White's insightful (but by no means authoritative) blog post, and  made 'official' by Nicole Pope’s Gezi Park 'Lifetime Achievement' recap in Today’s Zaman article entitled "Has anything changed?

When writers are celebrating your lifetime achievements, what they're really saying is, 'your life is over.'

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