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Syrian refugees in Turkey are pawns in a geopolitical game

Cihan Tugal, associate professor, sociology | February 17, 2016

In September 2015, Donald Tusk, the president of the European Council, alarmingly prophesied: “We are talking about millions of potential refugees trying to reach Europe, not thousands.” In a short space of time his worries were confirmed. Today, Europe’s best bet against the mounting crisis seems to be to deploy the new regime in Turkey, … Continue reading »

Government response to protests in Turkey: class war from above

Cihan Tugal, associate professor, sociology | July 8, 2013

In one of his vitriolic reactions to the revolts in Taksim Square, the Turkish Prime Minister rhetorically asked: “When did the feet become the head?” He had characterized the protesters as looters from the beginning. He ultimately depicted them as an underclass striving to wrest power from the rulers. There are, in fact, revolutionary left-wing … Continue reading »

Turkey day

Rosemary Joyce, professor of anthropology | November 24, 2010

The traditional Thanksgiving meal– turkey, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, and pumpkin pie– is a commemorative meal. This every school child learns. But the history of that meal goes far further back than 1621. And the story it tells is far broader than the New England tale that will be retold all over the US tomorrow. … Continue reading »