Revolutions in the News

In the comments section (click title to get to comments), post a link to two news articles that relates to your particular research topic. Write a few sentences highlighting what you think is most interesting or relevant about each article. Please comment on at least two of your group members’ articles as well.

Your post is due by Wednesday, February 25, at 1pm, and your replies are due by the following week.

12 thoughts on “Revolutions in the News”

  1. My topic is about the uprising that took place in Istanbul, Turkey in 2013. The protests were towards the Turkish government, showing that people weren’t satisfied with his decisions. People start the protests as a way to show their dissatisfaction, seeking for a change and to be listened by the government. Here are two articles about my topic.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/31/occupygezi-protests-istanbul-taksim_n_3366583.html

    This is a great article to show how the polices are responding to protesters. Turkish media at the time did not show any of these happening, acting like nothing was really happening but in reality people were losing their lives as a result of the harsh response by the polices as seen in the article. Because the media was not showing any of this happening, people united through social media and showed what exactly was happening to the world. People were posting pictures and taking pictures exactly while the police is attacking to the protesters. Posting all of these on social media showed everyone what exactly was happening in Turkey at the time.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/arzu-kaya-uranli/turkey-is-on-the-way-to-a_b_3484616.html

    This is a great article, written about the Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Because the protests started after his tough and uncompromising attitude, people became irritated about this and tried to show some kind of opposition to his decisions because people weren’t happy with his decisions. Basically, these protesters wanted to be heard by the government, assuming he would respond in an approachable way as the protests started very peacefully in the beginning.

    1. Nowadays, I think that social media really plays an important role in society because it allows people to share information and communicate with one another. I think it could be interesting to study the impact of the social media on the uprising in Istanbul.

    2. Hi Elif,
      I will definitely do more research on your topic because both articles are really interesting. With the development of information technology, I strongly agree that social media is regarded as a key to reflect real situations; since nowadays, each individual is willing to play an active role in the process of reporting and disseminating news. However, the negative impacts of social media can never be ignored. Sometimes it is hard to trust any outlets and distinguish the truth of the news, especially when we deal with serious political issues.

    3. I think its interesting to think about why these “hard” leaders seem to have only one response to protests, that of strong arm action,when they know that today especially, photos and videos of that are going to spread all over the world because of social media.

  2. I am writing my research proposal on the Serbian Revolution in 2000. The revolt began after the presidential election on September 24, 2000. The election was won by Slobodan Milosevic and it was unexpected result that brought discontent to many people. After the election, the candidate from the Democratic Opposition of Serbia, Vojislav Kostunica argued that he had won over 50 percent of the votes. As a response to the long period of dictatorship that brought dissatisfaction among the people and the election fraud, protests began and on October 7, 2000, Milosevic had to resign.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/correspondent/959335.stm

    The article, “March to Revolution” by Allan Little gives a broad picture of the Serbian Revolution in 2000. The article talks about how the revolution started with mine workers and how the revolution developed through various people’s participations. Moreover, the article notes that the revolution was bloodless and yet successful which brought down the dictator. However, it was interesting to learn that even if Milosevic was brought down, his forces in the parliament are working together to strengthen their political power while there are divisions among the people who supports Kostunica who won the revolution and became the president of Serbia.

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2000/nov/03/balkans

    The article, “The Fall of Milosevic” by Timothy Garton Ash illustrates the day of Serbian Revolution. He describes how boys, soccer club called Red Star, and many other determined Serbians were standing in front of the line to fight the police. On the other hand, he also talks about the fact that the police did very little to stop the protesters because they were unwilling to use force against their own people. Something I found interesting about the article was what the author mentioned with the Polish opposition leader, Jacek Kuron. Kuron said he would choose to control the television over police and it was interesting how someone thought of the importance of media as early as 1989. The author added and said “Our democracies are television democracies. Milosevic’s dictatorship was a television dictatorship. And television was equally central to the revolution.”

    1. Hi Julia,
      These two articles are great! I have learned a lot from them since I have never paid attention to the Serbian Revolution in 2000 before. There is no doubt that the motivation for this evolution is more complicated than others because I have noticed that they are multiple powers balancing the whole country’s future. It should be an excellent case study to get deeper understanding about the revolution.

    2. I think you’re look at how tv helped shape and form the Serbian revolution will be very interesting because the revolution occurred well before the internet was as big as it is now, meaning tv was one of the only ways, besides newspaper or radio, to disseminate information to people about what was going on and happening.

    3. These are interesting articles about your topic. I see that the protests started with an election fraud which I feel like it is very common in some countries. Same thing happens in Turkey and there is no way of proving that it actually happens but people know that it happens. And of course, trying to control television over police, using the force of police is common in the situations of uprising as government’s response.

  3. http://www.politico.com/story/2013/09/syria-international-response-96159.html
    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-23849587

    In both of my articles, they list and discuss the various Western responses to the Syrian civil war, with one giving an updated, 2014 account, while the other article talks about the responses in the first year of the conflict. I think it is extremely interesting to see how responses have changed and evolved from the varying Western powers, like how the desire of the US has been since day one to see Assad removed, but they keep pushing off and delaying any armed action, even though they have repeatedly said that they would. Both articles also include Russia’s position, which is important because they were one of the only Western powers to support Assad and stand against the American position.

  4. My proposal is about the issue called the Umbrella Revolution in Hong Kong. It has caused wide public concern—reminding the world of Chinese concepts of democracy and human rights. It is known that the protests in Hong Kong started in September 2014, and it was triggered by the decision on proposed reforms to the electoral system of Hong Kong announced by the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPCSC) of the People’s Republic of China. However, no one can deny the fact that Hong Kong’s democracy dilemma was caused by complicated reasons.

    http://www.cnn.com/2014/09/27/world/asia/hong-kong-five-things/

    As a Chinese, I read the daily news from American and Chinese media over the same issue, and I noted that depending on both countries’ different political positions, different perspectives existed. From American perspective, generally speaking, reports from the western media are based on media views of Chinese democracy. Their perspectives are always objective and critical, though sometimes also radical. However, from what I have read about the western perspective, I think this article is regarded as the most objective and one which gives all the facts related with China’s historical background.

    http://www.wsj.com/articles/hong-kong-protests-chinese-media-offer-critical-but-limited-coverage-1411982493

    In fact, I was surprised to find an interesting article focusing on the comparison of various main Chinese media’s views over this issue from western perspective. He said that “Chinese newspapers and news outlets on Monday, citing reports by the official Xinhua News Agency, said protesters were ‘disrupting social order and stability’ on Sunday by ‘illegally’ occupying public spaces in Hong Kong’s business district”. By contrast, Hong Kong and foreign media largely focused on police conduct, especially the use of pepper spray and tear gas, which are unusual in a city known for peaceful protests.

    1. I think it is an interesting topic to explore. Since it is very difficult to find scholarly articles, I think it would be interesting to compare the Umbrella Revolution with past non-violent revolution that achieved their goal. By doing so, I think you can analyze what Umbrella Revolution could learn from the precedents set by other non-violent revolutionists and successfully accomplish their goal. Good luck with the research!

    2. It is disappointing when there is a use of force to the protesters when they want their protests to end. I can relate police conduct and how they used pepper spray and tear gasses to make people stop their protests and get them out of the area of protests. Same thing happened in my research and I believe that it is the worst way of trying to get people out of the area.

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