For an urban elite, including some protesters, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan?s response to demonstrations has led to a final break that began with his intimidation of the news media.
By Jerome Roos On June 19, 2013
From the Occupy Gezi Pics tumblr: “A young girl in a Burger King restaurant on Sunday, after she managed to escape the tear gas outside. The caption reads: ‘Spring will come again. I promise you.'”
That proved to be the case when the largest anti-government demonstrations to hit Turkey in recent memory erupted around the plan to redevelop Gezi Park, with protesters across the country comparing Erdogan with the Arab Spring?shaken dictators he’d
Bruce Schneier points out that the leaked top-secret list of electronic attack targets picked by the Obama administration is tantamount to a declaration of Internet War on foreign powers, and shows the US government planning attacks that make the much-vaunted Chinese attacks on the USA look tame by comparison.
Turkey’s PM has become the personification of the corrupt despotism of the regime he was elected to sweep away
As the protests in Turkey continue, spare a thought for the man whose personal tragedy few have the grace to acknowledge ? Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Until three weeks ago Erdoğan was destined to go down as the greatest reformer in Turkish history alongside Ataturk and Suleiman the Magnificent, despite all the bullying and the backsliding of the past three years.
Sik, who teaches journalism as the private Istanbul Bilgi University, says that he can only advise his students to work in the profession once the media are given significantly more freedom. Of the 20 students who have completed his courses, 18 have
On Monday night, beginning at 6 p.m., Turkish performance artist Erdem Gunduz walked to the middle of Istanbul’s Taksim Square, which was cleared of protesters on Sunday, and, facing Turkish flags and a portrait of the country’s founder, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, stood quietly. Within hours, his silent protest had gone viral — pictures of Gunduz proliferated across social media, memes like the #duranadam (Turkish for “standing man”) Twitter hashtag cropped up, and people across Turkey began imitating his understated protest (as a rule of thumb, never underestimate the power of a solitary protester). By 2 a.m., the crowd standing with Gunduz in Taksim Square had swelled to several hundred people. Police then dispersed the protesters, arresting several people.[[BREAK]]
The protests may be ambiguous, but they spring from a broadly felt dissatisfaction with the state of Brazil’s politics
Perhaps the most politically significant moment in the two weeks of popular protests that have shaken Brazil came at the opening ceremony for the Confederations Cup last Saturday. In Brasilia’s brand new football stadium, the crowd rose to their feet, turned their backs on the national team and loudly booed the president, Dilma Rousseff.
Nearly 5,000 protesters? all-night action ended with a police intervention with gas bombs and water cannons.
Turkey was forced to pay higher borrowing costs in the first auction of debt since anti- government protests began more than two weeks ago.
Photo: Anti-government protesters hold a Turkish flag which bears a portrait of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk in central Istanbul June 15, 2013. Turkish riot police stormed an Istanbul park at the heart of two weeks of protest against Prime Minister Tayyip
By Daren Butler and Parisa Hafezi ISTANBUL/ANKARA (Reuters) – A lone, silent vigil by a man in Istanbul inspired copycat protests on Tuesday, as police detained dozens of people across Turkey in an operation linked to three weeks of often violent demonstrations against Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan. Overnight in Ankara, riot police used teargas and water cannon to disperse hundreds of people who .