Taksim Square

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.

Orhan Pamuk Reading Guide
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July 29, 2013

In our latest issue, we published an interview with Nobel Prize–winning novelist Orhan Pamuk. Pamuk studied journalism in college, but in 1975 decided to focus on writing books.

Turkey's Protests Won't Die Like Occupy Wall Street Did
July 11, 2013

On June 15, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan sent armored cars and riot police to clear Taksim Square. Gezi Park, the site of the original protests within the square, was closed to the public and put under police watch.

Erdogan's Politics of Polarization
Turkey's prime minister benefits from antagonizing the protesters
June 11, 2013

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

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.