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Home at last in Istanbul

Posted by Jen Maman — 5 June 2013 at 2:16pm - Comments
Protesters in Gezi Park, Istanbul
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The kindness of strangers during the Gezi Park protests have made Istanbul feel like home

I have been living in Istanbul, in Taksim, for the last year and a half. This weekend I felt at home here for the first time. Against the tense backdrop and amid the clouds of tear gas people are being exceptionally kind.

The last tree or the final straw?

Posted by Kumi Naidoo — 3 June 2013 at 10:27am - Comments
OccupyGezi
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Our office in Istanbul has been under siege. It is in the heart Taksim, an area in which a brutal police clampdown has been trying to end the peaceful protest over the planned destruction of the small, and historic, Gezi Park by Taksim Square. The protest has grown to involve tens of thousands of people and drawn the support of people from all over the world.

Iran nuclear crisis needs ‘disruptive diplomacy’, not shock and awe

Posted by Kumi Naidoo — 16 April 2012 at 5:33pm - Comments
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Rainbow Warrior sails 20 miles from the port of Bushehr, Iran. 2007

Kumi's blog was originally published by IPS, before the Istanbul summit took place.

Disruptive diplomacy may be the only way out of the Iran-Israel nuclear crisis, the only way to pierce the hegemony of hypocrisy dominating the power politics of nuclear weapons control, of those who have them, and of those who are accused of developing them.

Otherwise, this weekend's meeting on Iran's nuclear programme is likely to be yet another missed opportunity, yet another exercise in futility.

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