Turkey

Why the World is Filled With Failed Protest Movements
The insurgencies are anti-political at their base
June 01, 2014

Do recent political protests make clear the new power of the citizen or do they mark the decline of the political influence of the middle class?

The Syrian Civil War May Be About to Go Fully Regional
March 31, 2014

New leaked details from a meeting in Turkey

Erdogan's Not Running, But the Turkish Elections This Weekend Are Still About Him
March 26, 2014

Under normal circumstances, the unrest that Turkey has recently seen would likely signal a drastic change in a country’s political landscape. But Turkey’s current government—especially Erdoğan—still appears to be standing strong. How come?

A Guy Who Lives in Pennsylvania May Be Taking Down the Entire Turkish Government
A profile of Fetullah Gulen, the prime minister's greatest enemy
December 26, 2013

Inside the movement of Fetullah Gulen, the Islamic leader in rural Pennsylvania who may be toppling Turkey's government. 

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.

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.

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.

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. 

Turkey Before the Crackdown
Remembering beer, book parties, and better times in Istanbul
June 05, 2013

Recalling better times in Istanbul.

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