How the Turkish government has fanned a simple protest by overreacting and then blaming scapegoats.
The Turkish hacker group Redhack announced
?The fight for the square is turning people into something new, whatever one thinks of what can happen after?? Tahrir, Sol, Wall Street, Taksim, a conversation with Annalena di Giovanni.
I recorded this conversation in a bar just by Taksim on Sunday morning 9 June. The police were to sweep back in two days later. It was an exceptional moment I described and photographed in my openDemocracy report. You have to appreciate the atmosphere: an intense mixture of sleepless energy, anticipation, learning, collective-organisation, cigarettes, fear, self-confidence, a sense of making history and self-discovery accompanied by it quickly becoming a way of living and talking, a different way of being normal. This was the life of Annalena. We just started and talked as quickly as possible for over an hour before our next meetings. The text is based on the transcript, about 25 per cent has been cut back, some of it re-arranged without losing its meandering quality, a few clarifications added.
Turkey?s prime minister may no longer be the politician he was since he seems to be responding to rather than determining the news agenda
Turkey has long been standing at the threshold of the European Union. Adenauer and de Gaulle spoke about the European future of the country located between Asia and Europe half a century ago. In 1999, Turkey received the status of a candidate for the EU membership.
Le 11 juin dernier, tous les regards en Turquie étaient tournés vers la place Taksim où les forces de l?ordre chargeaient sur les manifestants, après le retour de Tayyip Erdogan du Maghreb. C?est le moment que le tribunal de Diyarbakir chargé de l?enquête sur lemassacre d?Uludere choisissait pour se déclarer incompétent et transférer le dossier à un tribunal militaire. Un dossier classé confidentiel depuis le début de l?enquête, ce qui en dit long sur la volonté de faire la lumière sur un des plus graves massacres de civils en 30 ans de conflit entre le PKK et l?armée turque.
It?s been a month since the Gezi Park movement got started in Turkey, and over that short timeframe a new political generation has come of age. These politically awakened Turks have been dubbed the ?Chapulling? generation. In this photo essay, photographer Francesco Pistilli strives to personify the movement.
The protests roiling Istanbul, which started in May and have already begun to dwindle, were never an Arab-style spring. The Turkish government, however, now risks turning them into a very real political and economic winter.
The Greenpeace head says democratization demands overlapped with environmental concerns for the first time during the Gezi protests
This is a true story of Turkey. Read it until the end.
Canadian Ambassador to Ankara John Holmes makes subtle and witty comments regarding the Gezi Park protests in a reception