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Global Unrest and the Voice of Conscience: Navigating the Complexities of Modern Governance

Yalim Eralp*

There is surveillance. States are in trouble: The public is protesting policies that are under surveillance. American universities are in turmoil. According to a poll, a majority of Democrats (77%), Independents (69%), and Republicans (56%), which is about two-thirds of voters (67%), support a call for a permanent ceasefire and reduction of violence in Gaza. It seems like the gap between the public and the administration is widening. Especially between the still pure-spirited youth and the governments… States are governed by rules and laws. However, at the foundation of law lies conscience. If rules disturb the conscience, people will rebel. Court decisions should not only be based on law but also on conscience.

American universities are boiling. Police have filled the campuses. Columbia University and some others have been raided by police. As far as I remember, the last time police were sent into universities in America was under President Nixon. The students are concerned about the situation in Gaza and the US’s pro-Israel policy. The new generation does not understand the policy of unconditional support for Israel. Some African Americans also feel a kinship with the oppressed Palestinians. There are students being arrested.

The students may be targeting companies that sell arms to Israel.

According to a poll, a majority of Democrats (77%), Independents (69%), and Republicans (56%), making up about two-thirds of voters (67%), support a call for a permanent ceasefire and reduction of violence in Gaza.

The gap between the public and the administration seems to be widening. Particularly between the still pure-spirited youth and the governments…

Biden must be banking on the electorate considering him to be less bad compared to Trump. In the Biden administration, only Vice President Harris seems to be in her right mind.

It seems like she’s the only one hearing the voice of the people.

Student protests show signs of spreading to Europe. It brings to mind the events of 1968.

It’s surprising that the happenings in Gaza are not mobilizing the Arab masses. Do they only take to the streets when the Quran is burned? If these masses ever decide to act, the region will become entirely chaotic. The silence of the people can sometimes be frightening.

Unfortunately, anti-Semitism is likely to increase.

One part of the world complains about floods, another suffers from drought. People are forced to leave their homes. Governments are practically motionless in the face of disasters caused by climate change. Many parts of the world are dominated by hunger and thirst.

The voices of climate activists are currently drowned out by the wars in Gaza and Ukraine. For now. As disasters increase, their voices will be heard.

The root of the refugee problem is to some extent the disasters caused by climate change. This issue is a serious headache for governments. Its solution does not seem easy. Colonialism of the past and the current greed for money by ruthless corporations also play a part in this. They are not listening to ecologists.

The climate change issue should be a priority for all humanity.

Farmers in Europe are on their feet.

In many places, people complain about low wages and working conditions.

Additionally, all sorts of gangs and terrorists, those laundering black money, are roaming around. Some have partners within the state!

Our world is in such chaos that women’s demands for equal pay for equal work are not making much noise.

In American elections, the issue of women’s abortion rights could affect the election results. Following the conscience-ignoring decision of the Trump-supporting US Supreme Court, referendums will be held in some states on this issue.

Catholic women are also fighting to be able to become nuns.

States are governed by rules and laws. However, at the foundation of law lies conscience. If rules disturb the conscience, people will rebel. Court decisions should not only be based on law but also on conscience.

Among the watchers are also international courts. They are even being threatened!

On the other hand, the rules and norms in international relations are in disarray…

The rules for governing the state have changed. Unlike before, now in addition to the press, there is social media and television. In some places, despite censorship, everything spreads instantly. State governance is under greater responsibility. It is undeniable that the jobs of administrators and politicians are not easy and will become even more difficult.

Just like in George Orwell’s book “1984,” albeit in a different form, there are watchers.

*Yalim Eralp is a former Turkish Ambassador.

This article was originally published in Serbestiyet.com in Turkish and translated into English by Polturco.

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