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Many masks have slipped since Turkey's failed military coup last Friday, such that a great many on the right and the left alike, who never tire of eulogising about democracy and human rights, the masses, and people power have been exposed as little more than pseudo-liberals and fake democrats.
A protester kicks a tear gas canister during clashes with riot police during a May Day rally near Taksim Square in Istanbul
"In my capacity as President of the Republic, I swear upon my honor and repute before the great Turkish nation and before
The AK Party dominated the electoral map in municipal polls on March 30, retaining control of both Istanbul and Ankara despite
Despite German Chancellor Angela Merkel's recent comments about keeping Turkey's European Union bid on the table, Turkey still has a along way to go before it makes its way to an EU membership.
Turkish Riot Police are using water cannon, tear gas and rubber (for the moment) bullets to quell the hundreds of demonstrators marching in Istanbul.
Smaller human chains were formed in neighbourhoods across Istanbul, with many protests organised by the same groups who had
When life imitates art: The powerful composition of Eugene Delacroix's landmark painting "Liberty Leading The People" and
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.
The police intervention so soon after Erdogan spoke took many by surprise on a busy Saturday night around Taksim, one of
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.
Mainstream Turkish media provided only brief coverage of the initial violence nearly two weeks ago, stepping up reporting
Huff/Post50 editors have been moved by the many photos capturing the standoff between Turkey's riot police and protesters
Turkey has been shaken by almost two weeks of fierce demonstrations against what protesters say is the authoritarianism of
Today, Istanbul might be an economic powerhouse on paper, but she's a wreck in person. It's not just in the heaps of rubble, collapsing buildings, and congested streets; but in the city's basic ability to breathe. Gezi park is the last lung.
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.
As I'm writing this piece, I have the news on in the background hoping in vain to hear something about the protests in Turkey. Why do I care so much? Well, because I was there -- at least for the first days when things turned violent.
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.
Earlier this week, a small group of supporters launched a campaign on Indiegogo to raise money for a full-page ad in a major
Anti-government protests in Turkey entered their second week on Friday, with thousands of demonstrators gathering in Istanbul's