“HyperCoup. Rise of the Troll Nation”. Movie screening and discussion

“HyperCoup. Rise of the Troll Nation”
A dystopian sci-fi horror action documentary based on a real story.
70 minutes. 2017. Language: English, some parts Turkish; English subtitles

Movie screening on Friday 16 June 2017. Doors open at 7pm with food. Film starts at 8:30pm followed by a Q&A/discussion with the producers.

HyperCoup: Rise of the Troll Nation

What would you do if you could troll the entire world, while you get shit tons of money and an army at your disposal? What would you think if someone already did it? How could that be possible?

How has Turkey replaced the modern leviathan of state with a hypernormal troll state? How did in July 2016 a living dead army of trolls come to take over the streets of Turkey within their self-perpetuating panmedia environment? How was this troll army controlled by the government using a hypercentralized communication network? How did the Turkish state (which was portrayed as ‘moderate’ just a few years ago) come to dominate social media (which was portrayed as the ultimate liberatory medium just around the same years) and how deep does this go? How to make a coup and get away with it as if you fought and won against a “coup attempt”? How to conduct a political genocide while everyone is watching and still get to call yourself democratic? How did Turkey lead the way by example into the post-truth-trump world? How to survive the coming shitstorm?
… and hopefully much more with your participation in the virtual live interview with persons from the internet.

What the fuck is going on in Turkey?!

Looking for an overview of the situation and a critical media perspective, we asked this question last autumn.
We wanted to know what had happened since the so called military coup attempt. Soon it became clear that talking about this spectacle on July 15th 2016 only made sense in the bigger picture of Turkey’s political and social development within the last years; a development that we can now call the rise of the troll-nation state.
Starting from this point, our fellow ‘HyperNormalisation’-influenced media activists and cyborgs started retracing the story of the troll nation with the help of their own memories, experience and their best friend and external brain: the internet.

If you dare to know, what you will get is an explosion of footage, piecing together hundreds and thousands of documents and media particles which seem more or less random at first – but in their compilation and coming with a connecting story-telling, they outline the official state narrative with it’s overflow of media use and manipulation; as well as presenting many silenced voices, censored reports and the stories disrupting the official perception management.

Warning: some scenes are extremely disturbing and we assure you all of that really happened (it’s actually getting worse out there).

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Benefit for the political prisoners in Turkey. Show with Troy Faid (Scunthorpe, UK)

Monday 15 May 2017, Benefit for the political prisoners in Turkey. Show with Troy Faid (duo guitar, double bass from Scunthorpe, UK). Volkseten Vegazulu, people’s kitchen at 7pm. Music from 9pm till 10pm.

Troy Faid (Scunthorpe, UK), guitar, banjo, stomp box & vocals. Folk musician and songwriter, political and poetic lyrics played with furious intensity. His fingerstyle jazz guitar and earlyold voice communicate a desirous music – appreciated by many and influenced by a myriad of musicians and thinkers: from Elliot Smith to Django Reinhardt… Karl Jung to Erich Fromm. http://www.troyfaid.co.uk/

Volkseten Vegazulu is a people’s kitchen, every monday and thursday, all year long. Door opens at 7pm. Vegan food for 4€ or donation. All benefits go for social & political struggles. No reservation. In July and August, the people’s kitchen is closed on thursday.

We’re always looking for cooks. Any help is welcome in the kitchen. Experience not required. Enjoying it is a must. If you want to know which days are still available in the schedule, send an email to joe [at] squat [dot] net and book yourself the night. You can, of course, also participate by rolling up your sleeves and doing the dishes.

Benefit for the political prisoners in Turkey. Music by Taiacore and Seeking a Drop

2017_Taiacore_Seeking_a_Drop_tourThursday 23 February 2017, Benefit for the political prisoners in Turkey. Volkseten Vegazulu at 7pm. Music from 8:30 till 10pm with Taiacore and Seeking a Drop.

Taiacore, duo from Madrid with by Marta Tai (voice & guitar) and Vincenzo Tancorre (guitar & banjo) http://incubamusic.com/taiacore/
Seeking a Drop is Fulvio from Roma/Berlin with his guitar and voice.  Semi acoustic set, perfect soundtrack for your living room https://seekingadrop.bandcamp.com/

Volkseten Vegazulu is a people’s kitchen, every monday and thursday, all year long. Door opens at 7pm. Vegan food for 4€ or donation. All benefits go for social & political struggles. No reservation. In July and August, the people’s kitchen is closed on thursday.

We’re always looking for cooks. Any help is welcome in the kitchen. Experience not required. Enjoying it is a must. If you want to know which days are still available in the schedule, send an email to joe [at] squat [dot] net and book yourself the night. You can, of course, also participate by rolling up your sleeves and doing the dishes.

Benefit voku & acoustic night for Mutfak soli kitchen w/ Serpent (be), Branding (be) and Kopfleuchten (de)

20160912_Mutfak_benefitMonday September 12th 2016, Benefit voku & acoustic night for Mutfak soli kitchen w/ Serpent (be), Branding (be) and Kopfleuchten (de). Volkseten Vegazulu, 7pm. Gig at 8:30 sharp!!

Mutfak is a migrant solidarity kitchen in Tarlabaşı, Istanbul. It is not like any other kitchen. It has neither cooks nor customers. Here, everybody is a cook and all the food is shared. It belongs to the neighborhood and everyone is welcome. Local markets, shops, organizations, farmer’s cooperatives and all sorts of collectives contribute to the kitchen with vege tables, cereals, oils and other ingredients that they offer. All contributors bring something to put into the pots, stir them and land a hand to whatever is needed. Here neither money nor credit cards are valid, but solidarity and collaboration are. This is a place of sharing our food, labor, ideas, stories and daily lives. The kitchen is not solely about eating. Those who are willing to, can share their knowledge, abilities and experiences with others through workshops. For what comes in handy for one, might also be a tool for the others. To start with, there will be Turkish and English language courses, legal counselling for immigrants, activities for children and craft courses open to everyone’s contribution. This kitchen serves as a locus of solidarity and sharing against all sorts of borders that tear us apart. In these days they are not cooking so much anymore – but are still invested in creating solidary bonds in our neighborhood which has been shaped by migration since a long time. Their current project takes them around Turkey cooking at antimilitary camps. All proceeds from the event will go to help with their equipment and fuel expenses.
mutfakMutfak – Migrant Solidarity Kitchen Newsletter #01 / January – February 2016:  http://gocmendayanisma.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/mutfak-newsletter.pdf

Serpent from Belgium. An acoustic mix of punk and crust-influenced songs with subversive lyrics in Flemish.

Branding from Belgium; dark and swirling accoustic hardcore folk, sung in the West-Flemish dialect.

Kopfleuchten from Germany Sascha (Schmitt). First with Oldseed from Canada, and for several years he belongs Tire Birdt from Eindhoven. He himself is under the name KOPFLEUCHTEN years instrumental music, for movies, especially with the accordion. On his latest album ‘Luftikus’ are also glockenspiel, piano and guitar over. Live, he plays with glockenspiel, “music box” and accordion.
http://kopfleuchten.bandcamp.com/
http://akkordeonaut.de […Lees verder]

Solidarity with the struggle of the political prisoners in Turkey! X Ray Cat Trio gig

X_Ray_Cat_Trio_TourMonday April 25th 2016, Solidarity with the struggle of the political prisoners in Turkey! X Ray Cat Trio gig. Volkseten Vegazulu, 7pm.

After visiting us twice before, X Ray Cat Trio once again comes to entertain us at Joe’s Garage!
This amazing vampire surf band makes you wanna move your feet!

https://xraycattrio.bandcamp.com/

Backseat Mafia: “This (X-Ray Cat Trio) is lo-fi and stripped back surf with a Latin edge, think Link Wray shooting tequila with a Mariachi band in a dive bar late into the evening.”

Food: 19:00 (benefit for political prisoners in Turkey)
Band: 21:00 (strict!)

[…Lees verder]

Solidarity with the struggle of the political prisoners in Turkey!

Monday March 28th 2016, Solidarity with the struggle of the political prisoners in Turkey! Volkseten Vegazulu, 7pm

The solidarity committees, active in Europe (thus also in The Netherlands) have the aim to :
– Raising the solidarity with the political prisoners in Turkey and Northern Kurdistan, to be their voice.
– Providing financial support
– Standing in solidarity with their families
– Struggling against all kinds of treatment, not complying with human dignity.

In Turkey and Northern Kurdistan are more than 10.000 politival prisoners. Most of them from PKK, others from revolutionary parties like MLKP, TKP/ML, DHKP/C and MKP. A minority of the political prisoners is accused with commitment to other organisations.

Daily misery in Turkish prisons

All the torture and murder related cases filed against prison administrations end in favor of the same. Arbitrary prohibition of visitors, letters and publications. Isolation terror, physical violence, frequent violation of various rights. Violation through many different methods against the right to use other languages than Turkish speaking communication and writing.

Arbitrary implementations to hinder medical treatment.
Bad conditions of heating, nutrition. Expensiveness of their vital needs which are only allowed
to be bought from the prison canteens.
Transport difficulties of families to visit their relatives in prison.
Most of the prisoners are put in prisons in cities far away from their family houses.

Reasons enough for development the united struggle with all democratic organisations in order
to stand shoulder to shoulder with revolutionary and patriotic prisoners in different countries
of the world, to convey their outcry and calls to the masses and to build up a broad solidarity
in practice.

The Voice of the Political Prisoners in Turkey publishes the bulletin “Free Dreams Post”. The bulletin includes letters, news, poems and articles sent from prisons.

You can reach The Voice of the Political Prisoners in Turkey by sending an E-mail to: dayanismakomites [at] hotmail [dot] com

Let us increase the solidarity with the political prisoners!

Committee The Voice of the Political Prisoners in Turkey

Volkseten Vegazulu is a people’s kitchen, every monday and thursday, 7pm, vegan food for 4€ or donation. All benefits go for social & political struggles. No reservation. From September, the people’s kitchen is also open on thursday.

We’re always looking for cooks. Any help is welcome in the kitchen. Experience not required. Enjoying it is a must. If you want to know which days are still available in the schedule, send an email to joe [at] squat [dot] net and book yourself the night. You can, of course, also participate by rolling up your sleeves and doing the dishes.

Solidarity with the political prisoners in Turkey! Benefit voku

Monday February 1st 2016, Solidarity with the political prisoners in Turkey! Benefit voku. Volkseten Vegazulu, 7pm.

More than 10.000 political prisoners are behind bars in Turkey and Northern Kurdistan. Most of them are PKK prisoners. The others are those who are claimed to be related with revolutionary parties like MLKP, TKP/ML, DHKP/C and MKP. A tiny minority is accused with commitment to other organisations.

Daily misery in Turkish prisons

The fact that all the torture and murder related cases filed against prison administrations end in favour of the same. Arbitrary prohibition of visiters, letters and publications. Isolation terror, physical violence, frequent violation of various rights, Violation through many different methods against the right to use other languages than Turkish in speaking communication and writing. Prevention of watching the legal progressive TV channels. Arbitrary implementations to hinder medical treatment. Hindering the prisoners to send their scientific and literary productions to publishers. Bad conditions of heating, nutrition. Expensiveness of the vital needs which are only allowed to be bought from the prison canteens. The transport difficulties of families to visit their relatives in prison. Most of the prisoners are put in prisons in the cities away from their family houses. […Lees verder]

ICAD Benefit

ICADThursday September 24th 2015, Benefiet voor het werk van ICAD (Internationaal Comite Tegen Verdwijningen), afdeling Nederland. Volkseten Vegazulu, 7pm

De opbrengst van de maaltijden is bestemd voor de organisatie van acties en uitgifte van publicaties door ICAD.
Deze avond worden Koerdische maaltijden bereid: groentesoep, witte bonen met rijst (kurufasulye|) en salade. […Lees verder]

Benefit voku for Kobani II

20150126_Benefit_voku_for_Kobani_IIMonday January 26th 2015, Benefit voku for Kobani II, Volkseten Vegazulu, 7pm

Dear friends, on Monday 26th of January, voku benefit, informative gathering about Kobani. As many of you may know, Kobani (in Syrian Kurdistan) is sieged by ISIS dijhadistes but the Kurds are defending the city in spite of all kind of shortages. The main population of Kobani left the city and is now living in the neighboring countries of Turkey, Lebanon and Iraq. Circumstances in which these people are living are urgent and the winter makes in worse. Come along to have some food and information.

Volkseten Vegazulu is a people’s kitchen, every monday and thursday, 19:00 PM, vegan food for 4€ or donation. All benefits go for social & political struggles. No reservation. […Lees verder]

Kobanê is not alone! Solidarity dinner

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Thursday November 20th 2014: Kobanê is not alone! Solidarity dinner. Volkseten Vegazulu, 7pm.

On September 16, 2014, the Kurdish-dominated, Syrian town of Kobanê was attacked by ISIS. After weeks of fierce resistance, the Kurdish fighters of the YPG/YPJ (People’s/Women’s Defence Forces) continued to hold major parts of the city, while the advance of ISIS finally appeared to have been stopped. During their advance however, ISIS forced more than 200,000 people to flee their homes, pushing them across the border into the South of Turkey. Often they could leave with little more than what they could carry with their own hands and they now have to live under poor conditions in refugee camps. Your donations, in return for a delicious meal, will go directly to the refugees in Suruç, the Turkish border town, where tens of thousands of Syrians have found shelter and are in dire need of simply everything. Thank you for your solidarity! […Lees verder]

ICAD Benefit

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Thursday October 30th 2014, ICAD Benefit, Volkseten Vegazulu, 7pm

Disappearances, a method of state terror. Disappearances are practices of state terror. Specially in countries where exists a big differance between the rich and the poor. There where people resists in an organized way they have to do with all kinds of repression, so as disappearances. More than one million people has been disappeared since the end of the Second World War.

People who are political active, just like cadres of trade unions and farmer organizations, journalists, lawyers, human rights activists are potential victims. Paramilitary gangs and death squads let disappear those people. They can work under the protection of the state apparatus. Countries where “disappearances” are still practice are for example Irak, Syria, Afghanistan, The Philippines, Sri Lanka, India, Turkey, Kurdistan, Mexico, Central African Republic, Sudan, Congo. There where exists repression, there will be arise resistance. To let disappear is a manner of state terror to paralize social protest aigainst oppression and exploitation. […Lees verder]

Movie night: Ekümenopolis – city without limits (Turkey, 2011)

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Sunday October 12th 2014, Ekümenopolis – city without limits. Directed by Imre Azem 2011, 93 minutes, in Turkish with English subtitles. Door opens at 8pm, film begins at 9pm.

Eukemonopolis is documentation about neo liberal city development in Istanbul and the aspiration of its political leaders of turning it into a global city, one of those cities like London, Tokyo, Amsterdam or São Paulo, that shape globalisation and form the network of global cities where the service, banking and real estate businesses accumulate, where mega events takes place and a hegemonial hipster culture is cultivated. While the global alpha, beta and gamma cities posses the intellectual knowledge, tools and power the global division of labour is further extended, with the majority of factory production being outsourced to those parts of the world where people earn a shit for their 60 hours working week, have no labour rights whatsoever and endanger their health and well being by working in super precarious conditions, let alone the environmental destruction that this system of global division of labour provokes. Eukomonopolis shows quite in detail what the negative effects of repressive neo liberal urban development in Istanbul mean to local citizens and to the city’s natural environment while it also explains concepts like the global city (which was developed by Saskia Sassen) so that we can look at our own living environment and have more tools at hand to better understand what happens around us and affects us. We can develop strategies and actions to be solidare with the exploited people worldwide and get active locally in order to develop and realise our own strategies in contrast to that what is opposed on us by the state and its institutions, urban planners and the capitalistic system.

As further background  we want to provide a text about urban development in the city which is part of more a comprehensive report about squatting in the Istanbul and a collection of reports about radical grassroots neighborhood and factory organisation provided by the the solidarity campaign for left neighborhoods in Istanbul, translated from german to english. Even though the documentary does not relate those particular stories, those texts may shed some light on local resistance against the urban development that takes place in the city.

[…Lees verder]

ICAD Benefit

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Thursday January 23rd 2014, ICAD Benefit, Volkseten Vegazulu, 7pm

ICAD, International Committee Against Disappearances, has established in Istanbul in 1996. Direct reason was the disappearance of Hasan Ocak, a Turkish activist, in march 1995. Two months later his body was found. To let disappear is a manner of state terror to paralyse social protest
against oppression and exploitation. Family, friends, political co-activists don’t know if their beloved ones are still alive. Not only political murders, tortures, extra-juridical killings, secret detention centres is a manner of state terror but also “disappearances”. […Lees verder]