Author: Gülden Özcan

Gülden Özcan is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Carleton University.

  • Building Solidarity through Standing Up for Truth

    Academics for Peace in Turkey The fate of the neoliberal Islamist project of authoritarian restoration in Turkey will be determined by an upcoming referendum on April 16 of this year. The referendum will be held under the conditions of a state of emergency in effect since the July 15 coup attempt last year. The regime’s use … Keep reading »

  • Talking About Dissent in Turkey? Hush, Hush!

    With the successes of the Justice and Development Party (Adalet ve Kalkinma Partisi or AKP) in three consecutive general elections in Turkey (getting 34% of the total votes in 2002, 47% in 2007 and almost 50% in the 2011 general election), Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has emerged as a world figure. From the Middle … Keep reading »

  • The Tekel Strike in Turkey

    The strike of Turkish workers across the winter of 2009-10 at Tekel, a former state enterprise in the tobacco and alcoholic beverage sector, has attracted the attention of the left and unions around the world. The Tekel workers have demonstrated incredible tenacity and courage in confronting layoffs, flexibilization, and remuneration cuts that have been the … Keep reading »