Turkey’s investment grade cheers turn to tears

By Carolyn Cohn LONDON, June 11 (Reuters) – The transformation of Turkey in less than a month from newly-minted investment grade darling to market struggler has again put the role of ratings agencies under scrutiny. Turkey won a coveted second investment grade rating from Moody’s in mid-May, a decision which swept Turkish bond yields to record lows and stock markets to all-time peaks. Now move

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Turkey PM vows ‘no more tolerance’ for protesters

ISTANBUL, Turkey (UPDATE) – Riot police fired tear gas and rubber bullets to retake an Istanbul protest square on Tuesday, June 11, as Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned he would show “no more tolerance” for the unrelenting mass demonstrations against his Islamic-rooted government. Hundreds of police stormed the city’s
Turkey’s anti-government protesters, PM refuse to back down in showdown over Taksim Square

ISTANBUL – Protesters and Turkey’s prime minister both refused to back down Tuesday in what could become the final battle for Istanbul’s Taksim Square, the symbol of nationwide grievances against his government
A look at Turkey and its widespread protests

ISTANBUL (AP) ? Turkey’s Islamic-led government is facing its biggest protests in years as demonstrators and police clashed Tuesday for the 12th straight day. Here’s a look behind the scenes:

UN secretary-general urges calm and dialogue in Turkey protests

Ban Ki-moon has called for calm and respect for the right of assembly in Turkey protests

Turkey unrest triggers concern for Games

By Karolos Grohmann BERLIN (Reuters) – Violent protests across several major Turkish cities since the end of May have raised concerns for the safety of the upcoming Mediterranean Games in the country’s coastal city of Mersin. In a letter obtained by Reuters and addressed to 2013 Mediterranean Games organizers, the International Committee of Mediterranean Games (ICMG) is asking for security
Erdogan?s focus should be his own party

The protesters may have changed the terms of the debate but the real action will now take place in the AKP and its ecosystem

Turkey hotel searches plummet

Ongoing protests in Turkey have seen a sharp fall in inquiries for hotel rooms from holidaymakers.

Turkey protests: police use teargas and water cannon to clear Taksim Square

Dozens of lawyers dragged from peaceful protest at Istanbul’s main courthouse as riot police attempt to quash demonstrations

Riot police in Turkey deployed teargas and water cannon in Istanbul’s central Taksim Square on Tuesday in a swoop aimed at quashing a fortnight of mass street protests against the prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

As the police moved in on the nerve centre of the nationwide uprising, dozens of lawyers were dragged away from the city’s central courthouse in what appeared to be a flagrant abuse of human rights.

Police Attacks En Masse in Taksim

Police attacked en masse thousands of protestors who gathered tonight to resume Gezi Park Resistance, gassing and spraying water to disperse the crowd.
Turkey’s opposition leader says Erdogan ‘throwing society into the fire’

Turkey’s opposition party leader called on the prime minister to stop escalating tensions and dragging the country “into the fire” as anti-government protests that have led to three deaths entered their 11th day on Monday.
Police use tear gas and enter Taksim Square for second time in day

Riot police once again used tear gas and water cannon at around 8:20 p.m against protesters that had gathered in Istanbul?s Taksim Square
European Parliament hosts Taksim protesters and activists

The European Parliament?s Greens-EFA group hosted a session on protests in Turkey
Turkey’s faltering economy, not protesters, could bend Erdogan

The Turkish government has taken steps to begin bailing out the economy, which is staggering after two weeks of protest. Since demonstrations began, the Turkish lira has dropped to an 18-month low and the Istanbul stock market has dropped by as much as 11 percent
I can never trust the Turkish police and government again | Can Oz

For years I did not speak up enough, but no more. I could lose everything, but I cannot live a dishonorable life any longer

I am scared. With every speech that prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan gives, I feel the hatred and disgust against me and young people of my generation increase. All we are after is a bit of freedom, a bit of space to live and a few trees. It reminds me of a line from Jimi Hendrix’s If 6 Was 9: “I’m the one that has to die when it’s time for me to die, so let me live my life the way I want to.”

Erdoğan’s reaction to Turkey protests reveals ominous Putin parallels | Analysis

Leader is used to having things his own way but, civil society movement can no longer be suppressed, says Luke Harding

The assault was as brutal as it was predictable. On Friday and Saturday Erdoğan had hosted a European Union meeting in Istanbul. Rumour had it that Turkey’s prime minister would send in riot police to clear the demonstrators from Taksim Square ? which they had peacefully occupied for 12 days ? once his European guests had flown home.

Taksim : Drapeau turc et drapeau kurde main dans la main sous les gaz lacrymogènes

Recep Tayyip Erdogan avait averti : sa patience a assez duré. A Taksim, la trève est terminée.  Au petit matin,  gaz lacrymogènes, balles en caoutchouc et camions à eau sont entrés en action…seulement pour débarrasser la place de ses bannières a indiqué le gouverneur. Il y aurait eu une centaine de blessés

Turkey: Investors suffer as unrest continues

Turkey: Investors suffer as unrest continues

Investors losing patience with Turkey

Turkey’s benchmark index has erased all its year-to-date gains and investors are pulling their money out of the country in search of better opportunities.
Turkey losing its appeal

Continuing political unrest and rotation out of emerging markets is hitting Turkish assets
Turkey’s conservatives coalesce under Erdogan

The AK Party has united social conservatives and presided over a burgeoning economy, but also left the nation divided.
Turkey sails further into dangerous waters

Turkey police operation makes compromise seem remote
Struggle for Istanbul square turns messy

Taksim fills with protesters yet the turnout lacks the scale of previous days as the centre of Turkey?s protest is once again disputed ground
Turkey: Summer of the patriarch | Editorial

The man whose reforms instituted unprecedented democratic freedoms can not, apparently, cope with their consequences

There is a bitter irony to events in Turkey. The man who told the Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak before his fall that “no government can survive against the will of its people” dismissed his own civil movement as looters, riffraff and foreign agents. The man who sent the army back to its barracks, and pushed back the power of Turkey’s deep state, sent in riot police yesterday to arrest more than 50 lawyers protesting at police brutality. The man whose reforms instituted unprecedented democratic freedoms in Turkey can not, apparently, cope with their consequences.

Istanbul governor tells families to remove kids from Gezi Park at ?risk from marginal groups?

Istanbul Gov. Hüseyin Avni Mutlu has called on the families of the youth occupying Gezi Park, saying their lives had been put in serious jeopardy by the ‘marginal groups
The Gezi Occupation: for a democracy of public spaces

?Respect? has become a new slogan tagged on walls all over the cities, and expressing the need for a return to civility and call for politeness in Turkish public life. Gezi occupation reveals to us all, how ?public square? becomes literally vital for our democracies.

Notes on Taksim and Gezi Park

A report and initial reflections by a vistor to Istanbul

Last week, I finally, I got through to my Turkish friends on Tuesday 4 June after the worst of the fighting. They said they were safe and that both Gezi park and also Taksim, Istanbul?s great square, was in the hands of protestors. I went as soon as I could, arriving Thursday evening June 6 and stayed until Monday. It was a halcyon moment between the police withdrawal and their counter-attack this morning. Without fluent Turkish I was not trying to report, and anyway there was no need there are plenty of accounts. Although I prepared to go behind the barricades early Friday morning when an attack was feared, my desire was not to fight or throw stones. I went to witness.

 

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