Coup in Turkey


  Coup in Turkey

 Jorge Rodrigues Simao

 Discussion Paper No. 5344


European Law Professor;

Doctor in European Constitutional Law;

Doctor in Economics & Monetary Policy;

@2016 Jorge Rodrigues Simao

Everybody knows her, but nonetheless, it’s embarrassing to meet her in the street. The truth is like the town whore. - Borchert

Our paper, it will particularly focus on the AKP government’s discourse on national consensus, and the restructuring of the military and the field of security. In order to examine this conflict within by examining both the domestic and international spheres, this paper will, firstly, briefly discuss civil-military relations in Turkey in accordance with its theoretical framework drawn from Marxism. Secondly, it will briefly discuss the relationship between the AKP (Adalet ve Kalkinma Partisi – Justice and Development Party) government and the Gulen movement since the coup plotters were allegedly disciples and allies of the Gulen movement (Gulenists) according to their own confessions. Thirdly, it will discuss the aftermath of the failed coup attempt in relation to the hegemonic project of neoliberal-Islamism. Finally, it will conclude that the secular and democratic Republican regime with the rule of law should be defended, and that the class antagonisms and ill-doings of capitalism should be collectively voiced. However, the failed coup revealed the fierce and prolonged conflict within the state apparatus which can be dated back to the Ergenekon (named after a Turkish saga of re-birth) and Balyoz (Sledgehammer) trials. On 15 July 2016, Turkey saw a failed coup attempt, which was undertaken by certain factions of the military, and which saw more than three-hundred killed, more than a thousand wounded, and thousands detained.



Just do what you can


Dear God,

I am doing the best that I can. - Children’s Letters to God

Sometimes all we can do is all we can do.

“Maybe my talent is being a good listener,” said John. “Maybe I’m not supposed to be rich and famous. I’m supposed to be the person who just sits and listens.”

The world needs listeners, too.



Ask for guidance



Sometimes things seem like good ideas and aren’t, really. - Piglet

Ask for guidance first.

Self-will is a tricky thing. So are impulse behaviors.

We’ve heard of impulse buying-making purchases quickly and without thought, based on momentary impulse.

It’s easy to get caught up living our lives that way, too.

So often, we run off in the heat of the moment.

Spontaneity is good.



Pray and manifest your power


The Sufis have a saying: Praise Allah and tie your camel to a post. This brings together both parts of practice: pray, yes, but also make sure that you do what is necessary in the world. - Jack Kornfield, Seeking the Heart of Wisdom


It’s easy to play the martyr.

We spend our lives in struggle and turmoil longing for the sweet by-and-by when everything will be fine.

Today is the sweet by-and-by.

Yes, right now.

It’s here.




ISSN 234-561X




 Jorge Rodrigues Simao

  Discussion Paper No. 3110


 Harvard Law School

Cambridge, MA 02178

 European Law Professor;

Doctor in European Constitutional Law

Doctor in Economics & Monetary Policy

Harvard Law School;

Yale Law School

Jorge Rodrigues Simao


  1. Introduction

 @2016 Jorge Rodrigues Simao

Extending the structural analysis to the level of international system, we can argue that the leave vote represents a decolonialization of the UK from Europe demanded by the disenfranchised periphery against globalization. Fired up by parts of the British media and the adversarial nature of British politics, Euroscepticism has become ‘normalised’ in public discourse to an extent that it remains largely unchallenged. It did not matter whether the migrants themselves were perceived as European, nor what the logic of the colonial power was in allegedly encouraging the resettlement: what was important was the postulated encroachment by the migrants on the status and well-being of the natives, and the fact that European integration was blamed for that.

The British vote against the EU was thus no more – but also no less – democratic than the vote in favor of Chávez, Erdoğan or Putin. The EU’s ‘normative power’ (or the ability to shape the conceptions of the ‘normal’ within the Union and beyond) [1] has indeed suffered serious consecutive blows in the course of battling the most recent economic crisis, saving Greece and the Eurozone, handling the ongoing refugee/migrant influx along with the troubles in its ‘Eastern neighbourhood’, and now Brexit – all that against the backdrop of a rather modern power Russia, only regaining its assertiveness in Europe and the world.



Learn to say yes

Say yes. Learn to say yes. Say yes to life. Learn how to say yes.


Learn to say yes, and mean it.

How long has it been since you’ve said yes to someone in your life?

Yes, I’d like to do that.

Yes, that sounds good to me.

Yes, I’ll take a chance.

How long has it been since you’ve said yes to yourself?



Change what you can

You Can Change The World


There are times when it’s best to say whatever and times when it’s best to say enough. Be aware of the differences in these times, and be ready to say both.

Are you being abused or merely annoyed?

Is your anger based on a legitimate hurt, or has someone just not lived up to your expectations?

Be aware that there’s a difference.

Then learn to apply the strategies, as needed, for that particular situation.

Are there any rules for knowing?



Thy will be done

Martika - Love...Thy Will Be Done


You can clear the land, plow the field, spread the fertilizer, and plant the corn. But you cannot make it rain.

You cannot prevent an early frost.

You cannot determine exactly what will happen in your life.

The rain may or may not fall, but one thing is certain: you will get a harvest only if you planted something in the field.

It’s important to do everything in our power to ensure our success, but we also need to let the universe take its course.





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