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Government response to protests in Turkey: class war from above

Cihan Tugal, 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 »

Steve Jobs: ‘We’re just one world now’

Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton, professor of psychology | January 19, 2012

Along with half the world, it seems, I picked up Walter Isaacson’s biography of Steve Jobs this winter break. I never expected him to talk about Turkey, where I happen to be stationed for the next seven months. Jobs remarked: “I had a real revelation… All day I had looked at young people in Istanbul. … Continue reading »