Jussi Parikka: “Earwitnesses of a Coup Night: The Many Media Infrastructures of Social Action”

Earwitnesses of a Coup Night: The Many Media Infrastructures of Social Action

The particularly cruel scenes in Ankara and Istanbul from July 15th and 16th circulated quickly. From eye witness accounts to images detached from their context, media users, viewers and readers was soon seeing the graphic depictions of what had happened with the added gory details, some of them fake, some of them not.

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President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Aug. 10 gave the U.S. an ultimatum following Ankara’s repeated requests for the extradition of U.S.-based Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen
At a meeting in Saint Petersburg Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdoğan have declared that their dispute after the shooting down of a Russian fighter jet last autumn is over. Commentators discuss whether the newly-formed alliance can achieve independence from the West.
Human rights and the failed coup in Turkey

There are risks for human rights in the post-coup purges in Turkey. But we must applaud more loudly the coup’s failure as a victory for human rights and democracy. Türkçe

This generation’s autocrats are betraying their paranoia and insecurity.
Turkish Interior Minister Efkan Ala has said that some 76,000 civil servants have been suspended since the July 15 failed coup attempt, believed to have been masterminded by the Fethullahist Terrorist Organization (FETÖ).

NBA star Enes Kanter cuts ties with family over Gulen

An American basketball player cuts ties with his Turkish family over his support for Pennsylvania-based preacher Fethullah Gulen.
A Turkish military officer posted with Nato claims asylum in the US after authorities in Turkey link him to the failed coup, reports say.
In one of my visits to Brussels in 2011, I had gone to the NATO headquarters and witnessed a Turkish diplomat saluting members of the Albanian delegation in Turkish. I was told that they were graduates of Fethullah Gülen schools in Albania

Isn’t Turkey of interest to Europe?

European and Turkish leaders damaged relations between their countries following the near-coup in Turkey last month—and there are too many important policy issues at stake, writes Samuel Doveri Vesterbye.
The United States would sacrifice Turkey for the sake of a terrorist if it does not extradite U.S.-based Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen, Justice Minister Bekir Bozdağ has said
The European Union has expressed “regret” over Turkish authorities’ decision to cancel the Jean Monnet Scholarship Programme (JMSP) for the 2016-17academic year, underlining that the decision by the Turkish authorities was made without their involvement

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