Occupy Gezi

It feels like a political version of the movie "Groundhog Day": Another country, another occupation, another outpouring of public anger. But what can we expect from the demonstrations in Turkey?

Stranglehold on Freedo...

With regards to freedom of speech, Turkey and China are almost at eye level. But the AKP’s recent crackdown on protesters is only the most obvious symptom of a creeping concentration of power that has been going on for several years.

The struggle continues...

Erdogan’s plans to redevelop Gezi Park have been scrapped, but the Turkish turmoil continues. While protesters want to break the chains of oppression, the government prepares for the final showdown. An eyewitness account.

Beyond the Ballot Box...

The future of the Turkish protest movement is unpredictable after the clearing of Taksim Square and Gezi Park– in contrast to the government's reaction. As long as Erdogan remains in power, we can expect harsh police tactics and a narrow definition of democracy.

It's Not About a Park...

On Saturday night, police started to evict protesters from Istanbul's Gezi Park. But for Erdogan, it's too little too late. The protests have turned from a fight over urban spaces into a fight against the government.

A European Spirit...

In the streets of Istanbul, a new democratic spirit is taking root. But the violent repression of dissent shows that it cannot flourish as long as Erdogan remains in charge.

Petri Dishes...

Taksim Square has emerged as a diverse and tolerant microcosm of Turkish society: People from all walks of life are envisioning the future of their country's democracy.

Networks of Dissent...

Most spontaneous and local protests are neither spontaneous nor local.

Enough Is Enough...

The protests in Turkey are the result of the AKP's authoritarian approach to democracy. But can they outlive their spontaneous roots and mature into a long-term oppositional force?

The Erdogan Problem...

The on-going anti-government protests in Turkey demonstrate the pitfalls of majoritarian style democracy and the need for broader reforms to address underrepresented groups in the country.

Democracy Is In the St...

The eruption of protest in Istanbul and other Turkish cities expresses vigorous opposition to the politics of prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, and frustration over the lack of alternatives.


Most People Are Rationally Ignorant

What decisions would we make if we deliberated carefully about public policy? Alexander Görlach sat down with Stanford's James Fishkin to discuss deliberative democracy, parliamentary discontent, and the future of the two-party system.

A Violent Tea Party?

For many Europeans the massacre in Arizona is another evidence that political violence is spreading in the United States but this unfortunate event was the deed of a mentally ill person, not a political activist. There is no evidence of an increasing political extremism tearing America apart. Using

Passage to India

The US and Russia don't agree on much - but they are both keen to develop a good relationship with India. How do we know? Look at the arms trade.

"Cities are making us more human"

More than 50 percent of the world's population now live in cities – and there is no end of urbanization in sight. Harvard economist Edward Glaeser believes urbanization to be a solution to many unanswered problems: pollution, depression and a lack of creativity. He spoke with Lars Mensel about the

No Glove, No Love

Contrary to the mantras repeated by the press, HIV infections are not increasing. We need to move away from activist scare tactics and towards complex risk management strategies.

Perfection Is Not A Useful Concept

Nick Bostrom directs the Future of Humanity Institute at Oxford University. He talked with Martin Eiermann about existential risks, genetic enhancements and the importance of ethical discourses about technological progress.

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