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Stories about Turkey

27 August 2015

Is Turkey Turning Time Back Towards the Dreaded Nineties?

The Bridge

Turkey will host snap elections in November against a background of fear, anger and violence. Is this the way President Erdoğan wanted it?

20 August 2015

On the Scene: Explosion and Gunfire at Istanbul’s Dolmabahçe Palace

On August 19 Istanbul was rocked by more unrest as political tensions in Turkey continue to simmer.

14 August 2015

Turkey Hit by Wave of Attacks as It Continues Middle East Military Strikes

As Turkey gets more and more deeply involved in the raging conflict on its border, security threats at home are on the rise.

12 August 2015

Turkish Authorities on Blocking Binge as Political Tensions Rise

Global Voices Advocacy

Pro-Kurdish and leftist media sites are among the 96 websites most recently blocked by Turkish authorities.

10 August 2015

Gülen Schools Get Flushed Out of Tajikistan

"Will Erdoğan end up destroying the key component of the Turkish soft power in Central Asia?"

27 July 2015

Greece Crisis Propelling Some Ethnic Greeks Back to Their Homeland on a Turkish Island

Greeks and Turks share a love and pride for the beautiful island called Gökçeada by the former and Imbros by the latter.

25 July 2015

The 20-Year-Old Activist Who Died Trying to Help Rebuild a City

Most of the 32 people killed in a bombing in Turkey were university students and activists. Hatice Ezgi Sadet, a 20-year-old from Istanbul, was among them.

21 July 2015

Blame Game Follows Horrific Violence in Eastern Turkey

"The people who died were humans, is it this hard to value people only by knowing that they have the fundamental right to life... Why are we fighting?"

12 July 2015

R.I.P. Özgür Uçkan: Netizens of Turkey Lose One of Their Best

Dr. Özgür Uçkan, a leading light in the battle for Internet freedom in Turkey, died on July 10, 2015.

29 June 2015

Israel Intercepts International Gaza-Bound Freedom Flotilla

"It is disappointing that the Israeli government chose to continue the absolutely fruitless policy of 'no tolerance', meaning it will continue to enforce an inhumane and illegal collective punishment..."

8 June 2015

International ‘Freedom Flotilla III’ on Its Way to Break the Gaza Siege

The Freedom Flotilla III will join an increasingly long list of boats that have attempted to break the Israeli siege of Gaza. Will it succeed this time?

7 June 2015

Gezi's Legacy? Biggest Party Humbled in Turkey's Game-Changing General Election

If a new coalition government is not formed in 45 days, fresh elections will be called.

24 May 2015

Data Set Demonstrates Attacks on Turkish Opposition Party's Campaign Offices Are Systematic

Is it a coincidence that the party which could derail the ruling party's majority in parliament keeps getting attacked?

23 May 2015

Covering Turkey's General Elections, One Tool at a Time

'The organisation uses the concept of crowdsourcing for social activism and public accountability, serving as an initial model for what has been coined as 'activist mapping'.'

20 May 2015

Why Are Latin Americans Naming Their Children ‘Onur’ and ‘Sherezade'?

One Thousand and One Nights, a Turkish drama series, enjoys incredible success in the Mecca of soap operas: Latin America. But what questions does this success raise?

19 May 2015

Morsi's Death Sentence: The International Community Is Anything but Silent

The international community speaks up against Morsi's verdict and the mass death sentences passed by an Egyptian court on May 16. Netizens stand in support for the ousted president.

15 May 2015

Turkey's Selfie-Taking Ottoman Prince Statue Is Down but Not Out

An Ottoman prince took a snap of himself looking rather bronzed on the Black Sea coast. Now he is recuperating having been robbed of his sword and phone.

11 May 2015

Thank the Ottoman Empire for That Taco You're Eating

Taco al pastor, the classic Mexican street food that’s popular in the US, has roots in a surprising place: the Middle East.

3 May 2015

State Department Responds to Turkish Official's Criticism of Police Brutality with Tepid Humour

"Maybe she is doing what your dog media was doing during the Gezi protests and licking the government’s ass!"

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