Jenna Krajeski

Water Cannons on Taksim Square

A tear-gas confrontation on Saturday night. A rally for Erdogan on Sunday.

On Saturday night, police move the protesters out. Across the river the next day, the Prime Minister holds a rally.

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Erdogan's Politics of Polarization

Turkey's prime minister benefits from antagonizing the protesters

Why is Turkey's prime minister acting so divisive in the face of the Istanbul protests? Because he benefits from antagonizing the protesters

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Scenes from the Gezi Park Protests

In booming Istanbul, the middle class Erdogan helped create has turned on him

The Turkish protests are about secularism. But they're also about money, gentrification, democracy, and the last bits of open space in Istanbul.

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As his time as prime minister heads to a close, he seems to have transformed himself yet again: The hardliner has become a peacemaker.

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