We greet 2014 with a new lay out and, as usual, feature articles that examine the background of the current political atmosphere in Turkey. As Turkey enters into a period of elections, Perspectives analyzes the strategies of main political actors and emphasizes the role of urban politics for the municipal elections in March 2014. In our dossier, we cover a range of articles from the autonomy of local governments to “crazy” construction projects planned by the central government. The Democracy section is particularly rich in this issue and supported by two extensive articles on the foreign policy of Turkey and cultural politics of the Gezi Protests. Muharrem Erbey, a human rights activist under arrest as a part of KCK trials, is our guest in the human landscapes section.
We hope you enjoy reading our 7th issue, which we hope serves as a compass in these tumultuous times for politics in Turkey. Of course, we appreciate any feedback and comments.
Table of contents
Urban Transformation and Local Government towards the Elections
4 Gezi, elections and a political alternative,
9 HDP: Possibilities and obstacles,
14 Autonomy in local government,
19 Crazy urban transformation, rational capital accumulation,
24 Weakening the local, reinforcing the center,
Prof. Dr. Nadir Suğur
28 Slow philosophy,
33 Çıralı: Paradise lost,
36 Democratization package evaluated with the independent criteria prevalent in democracies,
41 Violence Prevention and Monitoring Centers (ŞÖNİM) that can’t (won’t) prevent male violence,
46 The German political associations - demon and enemy of Turkey?
48 In praise of Turkishness - an end in sight?,
Özgür Sevgi Göral
52 The hedging strategy in foreign policy,
58 Gezi’s universe of possibilities,
65 Wooden-sworded knight of the last Roman castle, or the cry of a human rights defender,
69 News from Heinrich Böll Foundation