Turkey

New leaked details from a meeting in Turkey

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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?

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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

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

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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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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. For weeks after, the neighborhood felt quiet—"like playing house," Sibel, 23, who lives just down the road on Istiklal Avenue, said two weeks ago.

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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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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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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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Turkey Before the Crackdown

Remembering beer, book parties, and better times in Istanbul

Recalling better times in Istanbul.

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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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