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A Night Out With Turkey's Anti-Coup Protesters

Kaya Genc | Posted 07.21.2016 | World
Kaya Genc

ISTANBUL -- Not showing any empathy with the people on the street is the greatest way of not understanding what goes on in Turkey these days.

Christian Leaders Gather in Turkey

Evagelos Sotiropoulos | Posted 09.08.2016 | Religion
Evagelos Sotiropoulos

Deep in the heart of Turkey, in the historic city of Constantinople (Istanbul), high-ranking religious leaders gathered recently to examine and deliberate on a range of both spiritual and secular issues.

Keys To Peace: Davide Martello Gives To The Road

Mike Dunphy | Posted 08.03.2014 | Impact
Mike Dunphy

In one small village in Germany, when the police arrived to shut down his performance, the people held hands in a circle around the piano to stop them. Later in Stockholm, a couple got engaged in front of him.

Emancipating Citizen Voice

Danny Sriskandarajah | Posted 05.03.2014 | Impact
Danny Sriskandarajah

Here lies the challenge for those of us interested in promoting citizen voice around the world. We live in an era where it is easier and cheaper than ever before to communicate; yet it is also an era in which the barriers to equal participation are as significant as ever.


Lindy McMullin | Posted 10.30.2013 | World
Lindy McMullin

I know that I am asking for much, but in gratitude for this city that has afforded me a home for a short while, I smile gently and hope I can touch the soul of this country softly, quickening its vibrant energy, as I shower imaginary rose petals over Taksim Square and Gezi Park.

Social Media vs. Police Brutality

Sinan Ülgen | Posted 10.20.2013 | World
Sinan Ülgen

Unlawful and yet peaceful demonstrations could have been interpreted as serious offences by the many fragile and newly democratic regimes of the 1990s. But not today. Protesters need protection from harsh crackdowns.

Talking Turkey: Gezi Park, Sevan Nišanyan and Old Armenian Ladies

Christopher Atamian | Posted 09.29.2013 | World
Christopher Atamian

Turkey has recently taken two steps forward and he would take it three steps back into religious intolerance and obscurantism. It's time for Erdogan to go, if you ask me, just the was it was time for Morsi to take a hike as well.

The Ecology of Public Space: From Uhuru to Taksim

Mia MacDonald | Posted 09.07.2013 | World
Mia MacDonald

As public space has become increasingly privatized and commercialized, such green space reminds people that they're citizens and rights-bearers, and not merely consumers and logo-wearers.

Turkish Protesters Score MAJOR Victory

Reuters | Posted 07.03.2013 | World

By Ayla Jean Yackley July 3 (Reuters) - A Turkish court has cancelled an Istanbul building project backed by Prime Minister Tayyip Erd...

'Homoerotic Images Were Not Done Before Me'

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 07.03.2013 | Arts

Turkish artist Taner Ceylan wields a paintbrush like the Old Masters, creating light-drenched artworks dripping with color and weighed down by history...

Not a Turkish Spring, but a Call for Democracy From the Youth

Ege Ozyegin | Posted 08.26.2013 | World
Ege Ozyegin

Now the world can see that Ankara has been concealing large amounts of unrest and it is clear that Turkey was actually not a successful democracy model for Middle Eastern countries. Can Islam and democracy be practiced side by side?

WATCH: Couple Weds In Midst Of Turkish Protest

Posted 06.24.2013 | Weddings

In the middle of Istanbul's Taksim Square, a protestor wearing a wedding dress and another wearing a suit and tie stood out. They were Barish an...

When It Comes to Debate Over Turkey and Islam, the Left Is Dazed and Confused

Nikolas Kozloff | Posted 08.24.2013 | World
Nikolas Kozloff

It's bad enough that the Obama administration has been so cynical and tight lipped on Erdogan's increasingly more anti-democratic tack of recent years, but for ten years the left has been pretty silent about the whittling away of secular and modern values in Turkey.

Turkey Is on Its Way to a Mature Democracy

Arzu Kaya Uranli | Posted 08.23.2013 | World
Arzu Kaya Uranli

If we want to have a solid and mature democracy we have to be ready for it. Turkey is an important country in the international arena and shouldn't try to go back to its old identity. We have been there already and now it is a new day.

Duran Adam: Standing Man

Christopher Burgess | Posted 08.21.2013 | World
Christopher Burgess

He is now fodder for the evening comedy shows and he has painted a self-portrait of himself as that of a dolt playing as prime minister. Erdogan has allowed his ego to get ahead of this reason.

Taksim Square: The Business of Revolution

Dimiter Kenarov | Posted 08.20.2013 | Business
Dimiter Kenarov

It all started over a proposal for a new shopping mall. It is not that people in Istanbul are not used to them. After all, the city is home to the famous Grand Bazaar, the grandfather of all malls, founded in 1461. But even peaceful commerce, taken to extremes, can fire back.

In Istanbul, a Tiny Green Space Is Worth Fighting for

OnEarth | Posted 08.20.2013 | Green

The heart of modern Istanbul, the Beyoglu district, with its steeply sloping streets and commercial avenues, is a virtual desert of concrete and stone.

What Gezi Park Means to Me

Harun Yahya | Posted 06.19.2013 | World
Harun Yahya

No action using terror and violence that raises tensions in Istanbul and the entire country and that damages public order and peace is acceptable in this country, as it would not be in any other democratic country.

Of Protests and Fruit: A Report and Update From Istanbul

Wild River Review | Posted 08.18.2013 | Books
Wild River Review

In the nearly thirty years since I've been traveling to Turkey, I've seen the country emerge from a military dictatorship and a harsh penal system into an economic and cultural success vying for entry into the European Union.

The Halil Connection: The Story of Gezi Park

Connor Ryan | Posted 08.17.2013 | World
Connor Ryan

For the past two weeks Turkey has been experiencing what could best be described as a movement somewhere on the spectrum between "Occupy Wall Street" and the "Arab Spring." But it will not result in a popular revolution of the government, nor will it be remembered for achieving anything but attention.

Reactions From Turkish-Americans in the U.S.

Arzu Kaya Uranli | Posted 08.17.2013 | World
Arzu Kaya Uranli

Turks in the U.S. have a very unique place. It seems that we are the only ones who took out full-page ads in a national newspaper, the New York Times, to protest against Erdoğan, and we are the only ones who thought of organizing a demonstration in support of Erdoğan, too.

Riot Police Storm Taksim Square

Reuters | Posted 08.15.2013 | World

By Ece Toksabay and Ayla Jean Yackley ISTANBUL, June 15 (Reuters) - Turkish riot police stormed a central Istanbul park on Saturday fi...

Learning From Taksim Square: Architecture, State Power, and Public Space In Istanbul

Heghnar Watenpaugh | Posted 08.14.2013 | World
Heghnar Watenpaugh

What began as a peaceful sit-in to protest the uprooting of trees from Gezi Park, one of Istanbul's last open green spaces near Taksim Square, has morphed into a broader Occupy movement against the Turkish government.

The Week to Week News Quiz for Friday, June 14, 2013

John Zipperer | Posted 08.14.2013 | San Francisco
John Zipperer

Now that all of the revelations of government surveillance are out in the open, there's nothing to report this week, right? Well, take our news quiz and see if that's true.

Behind Turkey's Viral Revolution, There Are Mad Men (Actually Women)

Emre Kizilkaya | Posted 08.13.2013 | World
Emre Kizilkaya

Wandering around the barricades near Istanbul's Taksim Square, I kept asking myself, "How could a few 'occupiers' manage to mobilize millions here and beyond, in 77 provinces of Turkey and dozens of cities in the world?"