Turkey’s uglier change in the person of Ministry of Finance buildings…

This was built in 1925:
and this is being built now:

…And many more news from Turkey:

A group of locals and environmentalist activists blocked the road to an untouched forested area in the Black Sea province of Artvin to prevent the activities of a mining firm
The Sivas massacre, an arson attack on mostly Alevi intellectuals inside the city’s Madımak Hotel staged by radical Islamists that killed 33 intellectuals and two hotel personnel, was commemorated on its 22nd anniversary on July 2 in Turkey’s Central Anatolian province of Sivas
A CHP deputy has slammed a huge police operation in Roma neighborhoods in the northwestern province of Edirne, saying the raid aimed to ‘fuel ethnic discrimination’ and ‘advertise the police forces in the media’
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has vowed to prevent the establishment of a Kurdish state in northern Syria, while Iran warned Turkey over military intervention into its neighbor.
HDP Co-Chair Selahattin Demirtaş said: “We casted 50 votes for Deniz Baykal. We wish the best for MHP. CHP Spokesperson Haluk Koç remarked:” A political party’s leader served the position of Speaker on a silver platter to AKP.
The leader of the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), which has become key to the imminent election of Turkey’s new parliament speaker, has left the door open to forming a coalition government with the Justice and Development Party (AKP), while defining three strict preconditions for such an agreement
American pop diva Lady Gaga has slammed the police clampdown on the LGBTI pride parade in Istanbul through her Twitter account
The 13th Istanbul LGBTI Pride March on June 28 witnessed scenes of joy and fear as police cracked down on participants with tear gas and water cannon. Click through for the photos
The army of (mostly) men that constitute the country’s civil service are loudly sporting Summer 2015’s hottest new look: almond moustache-free facial hair
The Alevi community in the town of Yazıkonak in the eastern province of Elazığ has expressed concerns after six Alevi homes in the town were tagged with yellow paint. Homes in the town belonging to people from the eastern province of Tunceli were among those which were tagged on their outer walls on Yazıkonak’s Belediye Street
Turkish riot police fire water cannon and rubber pellets at gay pride revellers

This year’s parade in Istanbul coincided with the holy month of Ramadan

Two major consul generals in Istanbul have taken to Istanbul’s famous Istiklal Street to show their support for the LGBTI community in Istanbul
Istanbul police dispersed LGBTI Pride Parade participants with tear gas and water cannon on June 28 before a much-anticipated march even started, as celebrants were ready with rainbow-colored flags and placards to march along Istanbul’s central İstiklal Avenue
Economy Minister Nihat Zeybekci has said he has “no guilty conscience” over attending a ceremony where controversial Iranian-Turkish businessman Reza Zarrab, embroiled in Turkey’s Dec. 2013 corruption probe, was awarded for his company’s high export performance
After being jailed due to his novel “The Imam’s Army”, journalist Ahmet Şık will stand trial in October for allegedly insulting former minister Binali Yıldırım in his novel “We Walked These Roads in Parallel”.
News Website was fined 5,250 Turkish Lira for insulting Unionist Banu Aşçı by publishing her photo titled “The sexiest unionist” on May Day.
Youngster playing ball in front of Presidential Palace were disrupted by the police and bodyguards. Young ones asked “Isn’t the palace open to public?” They didn’t get an answer.
An artist who President Erdoğan was ordered to be pay 10,000 Turkish Liras in compensation now faces four years in prison

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