A feminist critique of the atomic bomb


The “realist” discourse about nuclear weapons promises that weapons prevent war. A feminist analysis helps to understand how nuclear weapons are a patriarchal tool, benefitting the patriarchy.

By Ray Acheson

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Radical Realism for Climate Justice


Limiting global warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial is feasible. Our Dossier is a civil society response to the challenge of such a limitation  that's also paving the way for climate justice. Because it’s is neither ‘naïve’ nor ‘politically unfeasible’, it is radically realistic.

Southeast Asia: Time for a Pushback in Media Spaces

Digital, online and social-media avenues undoubtedly offer an alternative or complementary channel for news, because of the inherent difficulty in censoring these spaces. Their wide reach and levels of engagement have saved lives during disasters or emergencies.

Governing the Big Bad Fix? What to do about geoengineering

Geoengineering – large-scale manipulation of the Earth’s natural systems – is increasingly being presented as a strategy to counteract, dilute or delay climate change. Which international legal norms and agreements would contradict the different measures?

Katowice: A European coal capital goes green

Nowhere in the EU is smog more suffocating than in southern Poland. This year, the polluted Polish mining city Katowice will host the COP24 climate conference. Ahead of that, change is in the air — and on the ground.

The Meaty Side of Climate Change

While energy giants like Exxon and Shell have drawn fire for their roles in warming the planet, the corporate meat and dairy industries have largely avoided scrutiny.

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Environmental Problems Endanger Fishing Industrie in Turkey

Istanbul's new third airport is about to finish amidst opposition and protests

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Challenges and Opportunities of Refugee Integration in Turkey


The present report ‘Challenges and Opportunities of Refugee Integration in Turkey’, written by Dr. Doğuş Şimşek and Metin Çorabatır, aims to contribute a part to unlock the potential, integration could have for Turkey and the refugee population alike. It does not only illustrate the integration gap under the current temporary asylum system but provides ideas for how to tackle the challenges to refugee integration.

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Social media series

3 Minutes Turkey is our new format to update you on current social and political events from Turkey that often do not make it to the international news. We write about activists, social movements, environmental issues but also report on stories that might influence big politics in the long run to give you a more nuanced and more colorful picture of what is today's Turkey. 3 Minutes Turkey will appear every week on Wednesday on our social media channels.

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The Heinrich Böll Foundation Turkey Representation wants to intervene in the efforts to protect human rights and liberties, and to establish a democracy which defends social peace and equal rights against ethnic, religious and gender based discrimination in Turkey. Our primary goal is to support a conception of democracy which is libertarian, transparent, participatory and accountable. 

Women’s Museums

The Women's Museum brings together women's museums from different countries of the world.

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The world is face to face with a great climate crisis: global climate change is threatening the lives of various spices. Careless consumption of natural resources and the unquestioned acknowledgement of economic growth causes tens of big and local environmental problems. Maintaining the existent economic system magnifies those problems even further. The Heinrich Böll Foundation Turkey Representation sees ecology as one of the essential areas of politics. It questions the necessary radical changes for a sustainable life both in theory and practice, and strives for developing policies in that regard.

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Foreign & Security Politics

The Heinrich Böll Foundation Turkey Representation carries out works for contributing to a transparent, democratic and peaceful understanding of foreign policy. It supports projects that aim at enhancing the relations of Turkey with the EU and other regional actors, and incentives that contribute to civil society dialogue. Through conferences, research activities and publications it intends to create the necessary fund of knowledge and discussion platform for making Turkey’s foreign policy more comprehensible, monitorable and moldable by the civil society. 

G20: Key Issues of Turkish Presidency and the 2017 Hamburg Summit

With the contributions of Didem Demircan, Güven Sak, Menekşe Kızıldere and Catherine Long, we would like to remind the reader about the important issues from the Turkish Presidency in 2015 and shed some light on this years meeting. We hope you'll enjoy reading their analyses. 

Gülen in den USA – Belastungstest für die US-türkischen Beziehungen?

In den außenpolitischen Zirkeln der USA ist der fehlgeschlagene Putschversuch in der Türkei derzeit bestimmendes Thema. Verstärkte Unstimmigkeiten in den ohnehin angespannten US-türkischen Beziehungen ruft die Tatsache hervor, dass sich Fetullah Gülen seit vielen Jahren in den USA aufhält.

By Laura Bröker
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