Afghanistan

Turkey and the United States of America admin Thu, 04/20/2017 - 21:57

 

Halka Yol Gösteren Özgürlük

 

Dear Friends,

The picture above is from the 2013 Gezi Park protests in Turkey. I have used it because hours after the referendum in Turkey, people who voted No (Hayir) had already begun to compare the mood of resistance to the days of Gezi. I like the picture because it echoes the great Delacroix painting of 'Liberty Leading the People'.

Some people - right after the referendum victory for President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan - began to say that Turkey's democracy has now expired. RIP Turkey was the signal phrase. It is an erroneous sentiment. Half of the Turkish people - despite immense v

Colombia, Afghanistan

Submitted by admin on Wed, 10/05/2016 - 22:25

 

Street art in Bogota
Street art in Bogota

 

Dear Friends,

The referendum in Colombia on the peace deal failed by a very narrow margin. My report - derivative of the mood in the country - appeared yesterday in The Hindu. The takeaway is in the last paragraph,

  • Gloom prevails across the country. If the vote had gone the other way, Colombia might have shown the world that even intractable civil wars can come to an end. It would have been a message to Syria and to the Congo, a message of the power of negotiation towards a new civic compact. But this did not come to pass. Even as President Santos and the FARC leader