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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.

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.

Neo-Ottomanism At Center of Istanbul Clashes

Caitlin O'Connell | Posted 09.07.2013 | World
Caitlin O'Connell

A specific characterization of the Ottoman empire sparkled with a heavily Islamic flare seem to be the order of the day here in Erdoğan's group -- and exactly what the secular protestors seem to be rallying against.

The Old Ways Die Hard in Turkey

Christophe Deloire | Posted 08.21.2013 | World
Christophe Deloire

If Gezi Park wasn't a wake up call that the old pattern of a military state with a controlled democracy is no longer wanted, it's hard to imagine what can cause Erdogan to arise. The old ways die hard in Turkey, indeed.

Lessons From Turkey: Dangers of Market Fetishism

Nukhet A. Sandal | Posted 08.19.2013 | World
Nukhet A. Sandal

The protests represent the tipping point of the frustrations of the informed public with a government that has treated forests and historical buildings as private property, constructing luxury residences and shopping centers through contracts given to family and friends.

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.

Harassed by Cops in Istanbul: A Journalist's Experience (VIDEO)

Barry Yourgrau | Posted 08.17.2013 | World
Barry Yourgrau

They patted my upper leg area down, pulled out my fold-up umbrella from my back pocket (it was an Xmas gift), then found my camera in my other back pocket, bellowed at me to show pictures, then bellowed furiously, "Delete! DELETE QUICKLY!!"

Taksim Piano Man Playing 'Imagine' at 8 a.m. (VIDEO)

Barry Yourgrau | Posted 08.14.2013 | World
Barry Yourgrau

He played from last night, Thursday, into this morning, Friday, here in embattled Taksim Square in Istanbul. His audience was mainly protesters with riot cops looking on.

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 Lawyers Storm Out Of Courthouses Over Police Treatment

AP | Associated Press | Posted 08.12.2013 | World

ISTANBUL — Turkey's government on Wednesday offered a first concrete gesture aimed at ending nearly two weeks of street protests, proposing a re...

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...

Erdogan's Sultanic Verses: Is Taksim Another Tiananmen?

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 08.11.2013 | World
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

For Turkey's hard-fought reputation as a moderate, regionally influential power, the unfolding drama risks undermining Turkey's stability and carefully constructed balance between modernism and Islam.

Police Launch New Push Into Taksim Square

Posted 06.11.2013 | World

Reuters) - Turkish riot police fired volleys of teargas canisters into Istanbul's Taksim Square, centre of protests against Prime Minister Tayyip Erdo...

Turkey's Erdogan Needs Lula Lessons

Marco Vicenzino | Posted 08.11.2013 | World
Marco Vicenzino

Whereas Lula succeeded in bridging the wide gap between populism and statesmanship, Erdoğan remains far behind the curve. Erdoğan should seize the initiative during the current crisis to elevate himself to a higher level. There is much he can learn from Lula during this process.

Protests Do The Impossible: Unite Istanbul's Soccer Teams

AP | ELENA BECATOROS and EZGI AKIN | Posted 06.10.2013 | World

ISTANBUL -- The protests in Turkey have accomplished the seemingly impossible: uniting fans of Istanbul's three bitterly rival soccer teams. Normally...

In the Tunnels Under Taksim (Photos)

Barry Yourgrau | Posted 08.09.2013 | World
Barry Yourgrau

Part of Erdogan's renovation scheme for Taksim Square and Gezi Park involves funneling traffic underground. The partially finished tunnels now stand open, theoretically, to anyone. But they have a forbidding look. On Friday, I saw two girls doing down. I decided to follow.

Turkish PM Condemns Protesters As 'Handful Of Looters'

AP | SUZAN FRASER and ELENA BECATOROS | Posted 08.09.2013 | World

ANKARA, Turkey — In a series of increasingly belligerent speeches to cheering supporters Sunday, Turkey's prime minister demanded an end to the ...

Taksim Square: The Destruction of Place and the Power of Preservation

Paul Gunther | Posted 08.07.2013 | World
Paul Gunther

Like New York's joyously crowded Grand Central and the Arab world's historic squares, Taksim is a public space that in the minds of nascent autocrats risks not merely to accommodate unrest but actually to kindle it.

WATCH: Turkish Airlines' Staff Impressive Safety Video

Posted 06.05.2013 | World

Striking staff members of Turkish Airlines joined the protests in Istanbul on Wednesday, tying their ongoing battle for better working conditions to t...

Istanbul's Mean Streets

Barry Yourgrau | Posted 08.03.2013 | World
Barry Yourgrau

Riot police pulled out of Taksim area Saturday afternoon. Gezi Park, Taksim Square, and Istiklal were an astounding sea of joy: thousands upon thousands of people sitting, wandering, chanting. The action got heavy though in Besiktas area. Sunday morning, rain and quiet. For now.

Eyewitness Istanbul May Day: Tear Gas Not Tourism

Barry Yourgrau | Posted 07.01.2013 | World
Barry Yourgrau

The ruling-party governor of Istanbul banned May Day demonstrations today at central Taksim Square, the traditional and recently revived site of May Day gatherings.