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Stories about Turkey

14 December 2014

Gezi's Echo and the Battle for Public Spaces in Turkey

On December 13, Istanbul hosted Turkey's first Radical Democracy Urban Encounter. The forum is likely to become a focal point for people wanting to reclaim Turkey's politicised public spaces.

19 November 2014

Western Media Is Obsessed With Kurdish Female Fighters Battling ISIS

Social networking sites are abuzz with pictures of female Peshmergas. However, there are dozens of examples which illustrate women fighters are not new, but have existed within Kurdish communities historically.

Western Commentators Still Getting Turkey's Gezi Park Protests Wrong

The Bridge

Over a year after the Gezi Park protests rocked Turkey, some are still going to considerable effort to misunderstand them.

17 November 2014

Turkish President's Columbus Comments Trigger “Mosque on the Moon” Mockery

Turkish President Recep Erdoğan has been challenging Columbus' discovery of America and promising to build a mosque in Cuba. This is perfect fodder for the country's satirists.

8 October 2014

Iranians Join Protests in Support of Syria-Turkey Border Town Kobane, Beseiged by ISIS

Kobane has been under attack since mid-September by ISIS. The hashtags #TwitterKurds, #Kobani and #کوبانی have been trending on social media in support of the city.

1 October 2014

“We Don't Need No Governance”: Why the Internet Governance Forum Misses the Point

Global Voices Advocacy

Activists worldwide have criticized the UN-sponsored Internet Governance Forum for shying away from pressing issues like censorship and digital surveillance. This year, they held took matters into their own hands.

19 September 2014

Turkey's ‘School of Nature': Reminding Us of What We Forgot

Doğa Okulu, Turkey's 'School of Nature', is a model of cooperation between activists, local communities and local government. In seven months the school has already done a lot of teaching.

9 September 2014

‘You Will Do Anything for Ratings': More Outrage over the Wife Killer ‘Star’ of Turkish Daytime TV

With homicides against women increasing in Turkey, a female chat show host is taking heat for giving more air time to an overnight wife killer celebrity.

30 August 2014

13 Photos by an Exiled Iranian Photojournalist of People Caught in Conflict in the Middle East

Maryam Ashrafi's portfolio spans Iran, Iraq, Turkey and France. Global Voices interviewed her about her work.

11 August 2014

Kyrgyz President Gatecrashes (New) Turkish President's Party

As Recep Tayyip Erdoğan became Turkey's first popularly elected president, he had a surprise guest to help him celebrate. Kyrgyzstan's president Almazbek Atambayev became an overnight Twitter celebrity in Turkey.

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