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Orhan Pamuk on Taksim Square, the Effects of 'Breaking Bad,' and Why the Future of the Novel Is in the East
July 29, 2013

Orhan Pamuk explains the arrogance of Erdoğan, the riots in Taksim Square, and why the future of the novel lies in the East.

Water Cannons on Taksim Square
A tear-gas confrontation on Saturday night. A rally for Erdogan on Sunday.
June 16, 2013

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

The Mixed-Up Files of Taksim Square Architecture
The long, strange history of the building that sparked the Istanbul protests
June 10, 2013

The proposed building in Taksim Square actually has a long and storied history. 

Scenes from the Gezi Park Protests
In booming Istanbul, the middle class Erdogan helped create has turned on him
June 04, 2013

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

From Hardliner to Peacemaker: Will Erdogan End Turkey's Thirty Year War With the Kurds?
January 24, 2013

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

The Battle that Birthed the Middle East
October 19, 2012

A trip to the site of one of the Great War's great disasters.

Turkey's Prime Minister Wants War in Syria. Turks Don't.
October 18, 2012

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan talks tough when it comes to Syria -- and Turkish liberals are pushing back.

The Meager and Gruesome Options For Syria’s War Wounded
August 20, 2012

REYHNALI, Turkey—“We had 600 wounded men in Homs, and no doctors,” says Ahmet, a young Free Syrian Army fighter, his speech slightly muddled, the legacy of a bullet that had grazed his neck and shattered his chin. “Sometimes, because we didn’t know any other way to treat our men, we had to amputate arms and legs ourselves. Sometimes we asked a carpenter or a butcher to do so.” We are standing outside a hospital in Reyhanli, Turkey, less than four miles from the Syrian border. Ahmet arrived here two weeks ago, he says, but insists he will return.

The Assault on Turkish Journalists Continues
March 15, 2012

Istanbul, Turkey—Last week, the Turkish journalist Oray Eğin returned to Turkey to attend his father’s funeral. It was the first time he’d been home in months, and when he arrived at Istanbul Ataturk Airport, he was detained. The news immediately spread, making headlines: Yet another Turkish journalist arrested! It turned out, however, that Eğin was being questioned for an entirely different reason—a benign legal matter unrelated to his profession.

Why Turkey Hasn’t Intervened in Syria
March 13, 2012

Turkey’s boldest response to the crisis in Syria came last week, when Prime Minister Erdogan called for the establishment of humanitarian aid corridors to help civilians there. But those hoping that Ankara’s aggressive rhetoric will soon be matched by equally assertive action will be sorely disappointed.

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