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"Occupy Love" Documentary Asks "Can Crisis Be Turned into a Love Story" - Truth-Out

"Occupy Love" Documentary Asks "Can Crisis Be Turned into a Love Story" - Truth-Out | real utopias | Scoop.it

In his new film, Occupy Love, Velcrow Ripper sets out to answer the question, can the current crisis be turned into a love story. He frames the film with a quote from Martin Luther King.

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Lisa Gansky’s Making a Big Mesh of It | Social Innovation

Lisa Gansky’s Making a Big Mesh of It | Social Innovation | real utopias | Scoop.it
And this instigator is also a speaker and author of “The Mesh: Why the Future of Business Is Sharing,” the book turned online business directory that is changing the world community and economy by redefining the simple formula of “create a product, sell it and collect money” to one that allows people access to the goods and services at the exact moment they need them without having the expense of ownership. This new wave of information-enabled commerce includes companies like Zipcar, which allows individuals easy and affordable access to a car when needed, or thredUP, a mail-in kids’ clothing swap. 
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David Harvey Against Capitalism and War Dangerous Ideas for Dangerous Times Counterfire 30 05 13

RT @DangerousFest: VIDEO - David Harvey's powerful, insightful speech at our rally last Friday: http://t.co/YqOhAcAVof #DIDT
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Chomsky condemns Turkish police crackdown on protestors - Ynetnews

Chomsky condemns Turkish police crackdown on protestors - Ynetnews | real utopias | Scoop.it
Ynetnews Chomsky condemns Turkish police crackdown on protestors Ynetnews Outspoken American linguist and political philosopher Noam Chomsky has condemned the police crackdown on protesters denouncing the demolition of Taksim Gezi Park, saying it...
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ZCommunications | Bolotnaya Farce by Boris Kagarlitsky | ZSpace

ZCommunications | Bolotnaya Farce by Boris Kagarlitsky | ZSpace | real utopias | Scoop.it

The number of political prisoners related to the "Bolotnoye affair" underscores the scope of the authorities' crackdown on the remnants of free political expression and the constitutional right to assembly in the country. Even more than a year after the original opposition protests on Bolotnaya Ploshchad, there are new arrests and searches across the country. Even opposition leader Konstantin Lebedev, who fully cooperated with the authorities by snitching on his fellow protesters under investigation, was given 2 1/2 years behind bars.

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Special Edition: On the Ground w/ Occupy Gezi

Lauren interviews Occupy Wall Street activist and co-founder of the Paul Robeson Freedom School Justin Wedes, who is on the ground in Istanbul for the Occupy Gezi protests. We hear from Turkish protester Ali Ozdemir who tells us how a tiny protest about the development of an urban park turned into a national movement against the "fascist" policies of President Tayyip Erdogan.

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On the Ground With Occupy Gezi - Huffington Post

On the Ground With Occupy Gezi - Huffington Post | real utopias | Scoop.it

On Sunday, June 2, I interviewed Occupy Wall Street activist and co-founder of the Paul Robeson Freedom School, Justin Wedes, who is on the ground in Turkey for the Occupy Gezi protests. He had been traveling in France to represent OWS at the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Forum, and was about to fly back to New York when he heard about the uprising in Istanbul. Justin reported that the mood was festive despite the violence, and Turkish protester Ali Ozdemir told me how a tiny protest about the development of an urban park turned into a national movement against the "fascist" policies of President Tayyip Erdogan. For on-the-ground insights from Occupy Gezi, watch my interview with Justin and Ali below...

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' Occupy ' is not a good model for change , in Turkey or anywhere else - Christian Science Monitor

' Occupy ' is not a good model for change , in Turkey or anywhere else - Christian Science Monitor | real utopias | Scoop.it

The combination of a feckless opposition and the AKP's heavyhanded tactics have finally come to a head. This episode will not bring down the government, but it will reset Turkish politics in a new direction; the question is whether the AKP will learn some important lessons from the people amassing in the streets or continue to double down on the theory that elections confer upon the government the right to do anything it pleases.

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Chaos and camaraderie in Istanbul

Chaos and camaraderie in Istanbul | real utopias | Scoop.it

Turkey has been rocked by days of anti-government protests. Travel reporter Angelica Malin was in Istanbul as the unrest spread, enveloping her hotel, and was forced to get the first plane out.

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'Onrust in columnistenland: het integratiedebat dreigt te verstommen'

'Onrust in columnistenland: het integratiedebat dreigt te verstommen' | real utopias | Scoop.it
Het gaat best aardig met de integratie. Het aantal Nederlanders dat het land vol acht, is op het laagste niveau ooit beland. 'Nu staat die hele opinie-industrie dus op instorten. Het is een monocultureel drama van heb ik jou daar', schrijft Rutger Bregma
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Everywhere is Taksim, Resistance Everywhere

Everywhere is Taksim, Resistance Everywhere | real utopias | Scoop.it
Taking a page out of the playbook of dictators from Damascus to Algiers, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has thus far refused any serious engagement with the thousands protesting the destruction of Gezi Park in Istanbul.
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Turkey: can't see the trees for the woods

Turkey: can't see the trees for the woods | real utopias | Scoop.it

The explosion of protest over the last week in Turkey began when people tried to stop the pulling down of trees in Gezi Park as part of a government plan to replace the park with yet another shopping centre that would include yet another mosque, the demolition of the secular Ataturk cultural centre and its replacement with an Ottoman-era military barracks.   This was no accident of history really, because the loss of green spaces to development has been increasingly objected to by wide layers of Turks – working class and middle class.  According to the OECD,  33% of Turks feel they lack access to green spaces, much more than the 12% average of OECD European countries and the highest level of dissatisfaction in the region.

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Drunks, extremists, Twitter - Turkey's Erdogan blames all

Drunks, extremists, Twitter - Turkey's Erdogan blames all | real utopias | Scoop.it
ISTANBUL - Drunkards, extremists, foreign agents and even Twitter - Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan is heaping blame on everyone except himself and his ruling party for an outbreak of violence involving a broad spectrum of Turkish society.
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İstanbul/İzmir/Ankara Occupy Gezi-The Police Violence

İstanbul/İzmir/Ankara Occupy Gezi-The Police Violence | real utopias | Scoop.it
For a peer to peer, transnational, commons, and hyperempowered labour class movement (by OrsanSenalp)
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Analysis: The hopes that blaze in Istanbul

Analysis: The hopes that blaze in Istanbul | real utopias | Scoop.it
The unrest in Istanbul brings to mind the ill-fated Paris Commune, BBC Newsnight's economics editor Paul Mason reports from the scene.
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NAKED KEYNESIANISM: Austerity: The History of a Dangerous Idea

NAKED KEYNESIANISM: Austerity: The History of a Dangerous Idea | real utopias | Scoop.it
"Conservatives in both Europe and the United States have succeeded in casting government spending as reckless wastefulness that has made the economy worse, and have advanced a policy of draconian budget cuts--austerity--to solve the financial crisis. We are told that we have all lived beyond our means and now need to tighten our belts, but this view conveniently "forgets" where all that debt came from. Not from an orgy of government spending, but as the direct result of bailing out, recapitalizing, and adding liquidity to the broken banking system. Private debt has thus been rechristened government debt, and those responsible for generating it have got off scot-free, placing the blame on the state and the burden on the taxpayer.
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The roots of Turkey's rebellion | SocialistWorker.org

The roots of Turkey's rebellion | SocialistWorker.org | real utopias | Scoop.it
While the ostensible issue sparking massive, Occupy-style protests in Istanbul is modest, the real causes run deeper.
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The Turkish protests and the genie of revolution | ROAR Magazine

The Turkish protests and the genie of revolution | ROAR Magazine | real utopias | Scoop.it
While the outcome remains uncertain, a closer look at the Turkish uprising reveals its intimate connection to the global struggle for real democracy.
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Anarchists Vs. Liberals: What's That About?

Anarchists Vs. Liberals: What's That About? | real utopias | Scoop.it
David Graeber’s account of Occupy Wall Street is essential—and somewhat maddening in its insistence on heightening the differences between anarchists and liberals. (Anarchists vs. Liberals: What's That About?
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Alter Summit: come gather round in Athens!

Alter Summit: come gather round in Athens! | real utopias | Scoop.it

The Alter Summit in Athens will be a step forward in the building of more convergence between movements opposed to the current anti-social and anti-ecological policies promoted by European governments and institutions

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Defiant Turks: “this is only just the beginning” | ROAR Magazine

Defiant Turks: “this is only just the beginning” | ROAR Magazine | real utopias | Scoop.it
What Turkey is witnessing today is a broad-based popular rebellion against the authoritarianism of its conservative neoliberal Islamist establishment.
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CİHAN ÇELİK - Analysis: Turkey realizes strength with Occupy Taksim protest

CİHAN ÇELİK - Analysis: Turkey realizes strength with Occupy Taksim protest | real utopias | Scoop.it
The Occupy Taksim protests were given impetus by the government s conservative campaigns in recent months
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'Just a few looters': Turkish PM Erdogan dismisses protesters as thousands ... - The Independent

'Just a few looters': Turkish PM Erdogan dismisses protesters as thousands ... - The Independent | real utopias | Scoop.it

Turkey’s Prime Minister has rejected claims from protesters, who have taken to the streets across the country over the past two days, that he is an authoritarian leader, as thousands of people marched and reoccupied the centre of Istanbul.

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Istanbul: Becoming People

Istanbul: Becoming People | real utopias | Scoop.it

While things are unfolding on the streets of Turkey, the international audience of the events are trying to figure out: what is going on. Who are the demonstrators? Hence, kicks in the usual suspects of repertoire of explanations: is this like Occupy Wall St.? Is this the Turkish version of Arab Spring? Are the demonstrators a vocal minority, and we are just misperceiving lots of social media traffic as a major event?

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Economist, specialized in political economy and peer-to-peer dynamics; core member of the P2P Foundation