The things you own end up owning you.

The Tuzla Shipyard continues to take lives…

My ideas about “industrial vehicle experiments” are mostly a culmination of images i saw in the television, especially that of car-experiments. the ones in which there are models in cars crashing with incredible speed to a wall, and you can see the movemenets of the models in slow-motion. But though my ideas are a culmination of what i saw, i know something, in tests you do not use human beings but models. However, there are some areas in the world, which are outside the Cartesian logic, that of Istanbul in our case and the notorious Tuzla shipyard. In this shipyard, experiments are done with human beings, because in this shipyard especially, human life is worthless, to be sure, it is cheaper than installing a highly modernised technical experiment device, or section to test the lifeboats. So last week, in one of these shipyards, they put 18 people in a lifeboat and simulated an emergency situation in which the ship will be evacuated, however the rope went off and the life-boat became a death-boat. 3 workers died and others injured. We know that capitalism can have visibly dirty images in which human beings are sandboxes, and indeed we are experiencing that in Istanbul nearly every day.

Mr. Erdogan’s AKP is making holiday nowadays, all are in the south of the country, swimming and residing in 5-star yatches of wealthy businessman. and workers are dying under the salty sun of the bay of Tuzla.


August 12, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Costs of Saving the Neck

The governing AKP of Turkey saved his neck at last after the decision of the Constitutional Court. The closure of a political party necessitated 7 in favour votes out of the 12 permanent members. in the process 6 members of the court voted in favour of a ban on the AKP, whereas 1 refused the allegations completely, and the key 5 members indeed agreed that the AKP was to be a cradle of Islamic politics but it should not be banned, and instead be fined bycutting half of the AKP’s treasury funding. The head of the Court Mr. Hasim Kilic whilst announcing his decision commented: “I hope the party in question will evaluate this outcome very well and get the message it should get.”
But What is the message? The previous decision of the Constitutional Court in June of this year to cancel constitutional amendments that would have otherwise opened the way to wear a headscarf in universities clearly illustrates the message. You can govern as long as you can but you cannot continue your hegemonic attempt at hegemony, that of visualising Islam in all segments of the country especially in education.  The message is: if you cross this red-lines again, even we cannot save you!.

The message implies a new strategy, this can be taken as the curbing down of the edges. The Islamist politics in Turkey does have a long history of closures and political banishments. This was a teacher-student relationship, in which the old elites, the vanguard of the Republican vision repetitively showed the Islamist movement their limits and the necessity to moderate themselves if they were to govern the country. The crux of the problem is: Will the AKP take the lesson? or will it attempt to overdue it in the long run?

I would suggest that, the AKP leadership would go to its grand strategy of keeping silent until the time is rife. this is a long war of position, a strategy which is not syncronic but diachronic indeed.  However, the problem is the organs of the older regime. A careful study will reveal that, the panorama of the Constitutional Court will shift in the next 10 years because many members will have to retire, and these will be shifted with people near to the AKP’s vision, due to the fact that the President plays a key role in the selection of new judges. But we can assume, for the next five years, the AKP had to sideline its plans on ‘headscarf’ the ‘red-apple’. The question is whether a counter-hegemonic movement will emerge in this five years, which would challenge the AKP or not. If the CHP continues like this, with Mr. Baykal this is impossible….

August 7, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | 2 Comments