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Taksim Square

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?"

The Turkish Spring: Lawyers Rounded Up

Marjorie Cohn | Posted 08.13.2013 | World
Marjorie Cohn

Frequent and systematic repression against political and human rights activists in Turkey, particularly lawyers and journalists, has been well documented.

Turkish PM Vows To Rid 'Troublemakers' From Park

AP | EZGI AKIN and JAMEY KEATEN | Posted 08.13.2013 | World

ANKARA, Turkey -- "Troublemakers" will be removed from Istanbul's Taksim Square, Turkey's prime minister declared Thursday, rejecting the European Par...

Detained CBC Reporters Released

Reuters | Posted 08.12.2013 | Media

(Updates with release of reporters) ISTANBUL, June 12 (Reuters) - Two Canadian Broadcasting Corp reporters covering protests in Istanb...

This Woman Shows Protests Are Ageless

Posted 06.12.2013 | Fifty

Huff/Post50 editors have been moved by the many photos capturing the standoff between Turkey's riot police and protesters taking place around that cou...

Canada's CBC Says Two Reporters Detained In Turkey

Reuters | Posted 08.12.2013 | Media

ISTANBUL, June 12 (Reuters) - Two foreign correspondents from the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. (CBC) covering protests in Istanbul were detained by p...

Taksim Is Not Tahrir

Mohammed Khalid Alyahya | Posted 08.12.2013 | World
Mohammed Khalid Alyahya

Equating the protests in Istanbul's Taksim Square with those held two years ago in Cairo's Tahrir Square, and calling the Turkish unrest a "Turkish Summer" comparable to the "Arab Spring" is ridiculous.

Turkish PM To Meet Taksim Protesters

AP | JAMEY KEATEN and SUZAN FRASER | Posted 08.12.2013 | World

ANKARA, Turkey -- Police and protesters retrenched Wednesday after punishing overnight clashes in Istanbul's Taksim Square - an uncertain hiatus befor...


The Huffington Post | Rebecca Shapiro | Posted 06.11.2013 | Media

CNN was the first cable news network to break its regular programming schedule Tuesday afternoon with continuous live coverage of the violent clashes ...

WATCH: Man In Wheelchair Targeted During Turkey Protests

Posted 06.11.2013 | World

As violence erupted in Turkey's Taksim Square Tuesday, riot police used tear gas and doused dozens with water cannons. Though the brutal tactics used ...

How Turks Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love Tear Gas

Ozan Varol | Posted 08.11.2013 | World
Ozan Varol

History has prominent examples that demonstrate the power of non-violent resistance against government repression. The Turks are in the process of crafting a story that exemplifies how the power of humor and innovation can be effectively harnessed against repression and abuse.

Turkish Police Crush Barricades In Taksim Square

AP | ELENA BECATOROS | Posted 08.11.2013 | World

ISTANBUL — Riot police fired tear gas, water cannon and rubber bullets in day-long clashes that lasted into the early hours Wednesday, battling ...

Tyranny of the Majority in Turkey

Mathew Markman | Posted 08.09.2013 | World
Mathew Markman

In a country divided between east and west, a park in the center of Istanbul has sparked what activists are calling "Taksim Solidarity," others the "Turkish Spring." The reality is that the events in Turkey are neither.

Erdogan Convenes Party Over Protests

AP | ELENA BECATOROS and SUZAN FRASER | Posted 08.08.2013 | World

ANKARA, Turkey — Police in Ankara fired tear gas and used water cannons to disperse thousands of people protesting near government buildings on ...

Taking Back the Square

Ali Breland | Posted 08.07.2013 | World
Ali Breland

As the battles in Istanbul's central Taksim Square, and across Turkey continue to grow, it is clear that what began as a relatively isolated protest intended to stop the demolition of trees and halt the construction of a shopping center has far deeper roots.

WATCH: 24 Hours At Turkey's Taksim Square

Posted 06.07.2013 | World

Anti-government protests in Turkey entered their second week on Friday, with thousands of demonstrators gathering in Istanbul's Taksim Square. Protest...

Who Governs? A Serious Problem for Turkey's Justice and Development Party

Sinan Ciddi | Posted 08.06.2013 | World
Sinan Ciddi

What began as an attempt to prevent the culling of trees by a handful of individuals in a disheveled park quickly spiraled into a widespread national protest against perceived government encroachment of Turkey's secular way of life.

Inside Taksim Square: Yoga, Trash Crews And Barriers

AP | ELENA BECATOROS and SUZAN FRASER | Posted 08.06.2013 | World

ISTANBUL — The protests in Turkey that began over government plans to uproot trees in Istanbul's main square to make way for a shopping mall hav...

To All My Friends in Turkey

Roger Waters | Posted 08.05.2013 | World
Roger Waters

Your great country stands at the gateway between east and west. Istanbul is legend in the history of civilization. Your resistance today may well be a turning point between all of us and a return to the dark ages.

Open Letter to Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan

Pablo Ganguli | Posted 08.04.2013 | World
Pablo Ganguli

We ask the prime minister of Turkey and his government why he allowed for the violence to begin in the first place against peaceful protesters who are simply asking for freedom of speech and for their rights to be heard.

Turkey: Protests Grow in Scope

Semra Sevi | Posted 08.04.2013 | World
Semra Sevi

While Turkey is different from the Arab Spring countries, for the first time in 30 years a real movement is emerging. Even though the protests started over the government's decision to destroy the symbolic green park in Taksim they are now much more.

Towards a Turkish Spring

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 08.04.2013 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

Who are these demonstrators at Taksim Square and those who, in the country's other cities, have followed their lead?

Protests in Turkey: The Straw That Broke the Camel's Back

Hasan Turunc | Posted 08.03.2013 | World
Hasan Turunc

Ongoing protests in Turkey represent a popular outburst against gradual encroachment on civil liberties and suppression of dissenting views by the Islamist-rooted government of Recep Tayyip Erdogan.