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Stories about Turkey

13 March 2015

Watch John Lubbock's ‘Istanbul: The Politics of Architecture’

John Lubbock shares with Global Voices his newly made documentary on contested heritage and cultural legacies in Turkey's largest city.

20 February 2015

Can Istanbul Be Saved from Overdevelopment?

Build, build, build. Turkey's largest city is under a redevelopment siege threatening the buildings and communities that are part of its fabric.

10 February 2015

Turkey Cites National Security as it Cranks Up Internet Controls

Global Voices Advocacy

Courts offer citizens occasional protection from Ankara's vicious war on freedom of expression and privacy, so government is looking for laws that bypass them.

23 January 2015

The Secret Language of Turkey's LGBT Community

In Turkey, the LGBT community and others keep have created a secret language, or argot, called Lubunca to keep out prying ears.

13 January 2015

The Original Santa Claus is Under Threat from the Turkish Construction Industry. So is Much of Turkey's Unique Heritage

The Bridge

Turkey's construction-crazed government is talking up the country's rich cultural heritage in an effort to reap tourist dollars. But Ankara is better at promoting historical legacies than preserving them.

11 January 2015

They Are Not Charlie: They Torture, Jail and Kill Journalists in Their Own Countries

The presence of world leaders at the forefront of the Paris rally drew much criticism online, especially since some of those leaders were among the world's worst free speech offenders.

7 January 2015

Şanar Yurdatapan's Museum of Crimes of Thought Takes Aim at Growing Oppression in Turkey

Sanar Yurdatapan, renowned Turkish composer, song-writer and activist talks about his Museum of Thought Crimes online initiative, which aims to document violations committed by government against pro-democracy forces in Turkey.

4 January 2015

Lovers of the Middle East, Unite!

Two lovers have started collecting 100 love stories from around the Middle East to show the world that the Arab Uprisings brought about unique social change.

18 December 2014

Freedom of Speech is a Top Target in Erdogan's War on the ‘Parallel State’

Global Voices Advocacy

In Turkey, 31 journalists and police officers are being charged with directing and founding and belonging to an armed terror organisation.

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.

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