Istanbul

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

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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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The Mixed-Up Files of Taksim Square Architecture

The long, strange history of the building that sparked the Istanbul protests

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

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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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