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Witnessing HDP victory in Turkey: Election monitors report back

Witnessing HDP victory in Turkey: Election monitors report back Where: Committee Room 6, House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA
When:  Tuesday 7 July 2015 // 6.30pm - 8.30pm

Hosted by Kate Osamor MP Speakers:

Dr Thomas Jeffrey Miley,Lecturer in Political Sociology in Department of sociology at Cambridge UniversityMelanie Gingell,human rights lawyer; barrister, Doughty Street ChambersBronwen Jones,family and immigration barrister, Mansfield ChambersJohn Hunt,journalist, writer, and editorSean Hawkey,photojournalist andGreen Party memberDerek Wall,International Coordinator of the Green Party of England and Wales
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On 7th May the pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party, the HDP, won a historic victory in Turkey’s general elections and gained 13.1% of the national vote, surpassing the 10% threshold by a margin unexpected by even their most avid supporters. For the first time in the history of modern Turkey, an openly pro-Kurdish party will officially take up seats in Parliament.

Not only did the resul…

Spinoza and Other Heretics: The Marrano of Reason

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Yirmiyahu Yovel shows how Spinoza grounded a philosophical revolution in a radically new principle--the philosophy of immanence, or the idea that this world is all there is--and how he thereby anticipated secularization, the Enlightenment, the disintegration of ghetto life, and the rise of natural science and the liberal-democratic state. The Marrano of Reason The Marrano of Reason finds the origins of the idea of immanence in the culture of Spinoza's Marrano ancestors, Jews in Spain and Portugal who had been forcibly converted to Christianity. Yovel uses their fascinating story to show how the crypto-Jewish life they maintained in the face of the Inquisition mixed Judaism and Christianity in ways that undermined both religions and led to rational skepticism and secularism. He identifies Marrano patterns that recur in Spinoza in a secularized context: a "this-worldly" disposition, a split religious identity, an opposition between inner and outer life, a quest for salvat…

UK election monitors return from Turkey following stunning HDP result

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11 June 2015

UK election monitors return from Turkey following stunning HDP result
Six elections monitors who took part in a delegation to observe the Turkey general election last weekend have returned to the UK after a stunning result took the pro-Kurdish HDP into Turkey’s national assembly for the first time.

The group has reported that it witnessed no violations on the election day but was able to clearly observe palpable tensions among the public in Diyarbakir and Gaziantep, where the delegation was based. On the Friday prior to the vote, an explosion at the HDP’s last election rally killed 3 people. Two days after the election, three HDP members were also shot dead at a coffee house.

The delegation included:Sean Hawkey,official representative of the Green Party for England and Wales;Melanie Gingell, human rights lawyer; barrister, Doughty Street Chambers;Dr Thomas Jeffrey Miley,Lecturer in Political Sociology in Department of sociology at Cambri…