Many journalists and experts have cautioned against drawing too many parallels between the Occupy Gezi movement and Occupy Wall Street, or between the Turkish uprising and the uprisings of the Arab Spring, such as the one centered around Egypt’s Tahrir Square. It’s true that Turkey exists at a pivot point between secular and religious that is unique to its history, for all the superficial resemblances that may have to The Handmaid’s Tale fantasies of America’s Christian conservatives. Each people, each culture, is unique and so are its uprisings.
|By: GREYDOG Wednesday June 12, 2013 7:35 am|
Here is a nightly report on the events in Turkey for 12-6-13:
Another day and night of excessive police force, tons of gas of many types, TOMAs, panzers and thousands of batons mark a historic and unforgettably dark day in history for Taksim and for Turkey. Although Governor Mutlu had declared that there would be no intervention and that the lives of those in and around Gezi Park are under the police’s responsibility and will be safeguarded, there came a wave of attacks and raids against the protesters. While the peaceful protests were continuing, the Governor stated that the square needed cleaning and sent out expedition teams for yet another dawn operation. As day broke, all TV channels broadcasted live how “a few protesters were throwing Molotov cocktails at police while barricades were being lifted.” However, the people throwing Molotovs were in fact undercover policemen, which was proven later by their guns and transmitters.
|By: Oxdown Diaries Tuesday June 11, 2013 6:40 am|
It’s been about a week since Istanbul’s Taksim Square rose up, and the “Occupy Gezi” movement has since exploded across several Turkish cities, taking various forms: environmentalist sit-in, pro-democracy rally, street festival, and urban riot. [Last] week, it went on strike. Several unions are leading a work stoppage affecting some 240,000 workers. What shape the movement will take next is an open question.
|By: Kit OConnell Saturday June 8, 2013 8:05 pm|
Turkish allies and Occupy Austin gathered at Austin City Hall on Monday for a special #OccupyGezi Solidarity General Assembly.
|By: CTuttle Monday June 3, 2013 10:00 pm|
|By: CTuttle Saturday May 11, 2013 5:20 pm|
The Washington Post’s David Ignatius had recently raised the topic of redrawing the borders of Syria and/or the Middle East.
|By: CTuttle Sunday March 24, 2013 7:06 am|
With Lebanon in political upheaval, largely due to the Syrian crisis, what is Hezbollah’s role in Syria, and elsewhere…
|By: CTuttle Sunday February 3, 2013 8:15 am|
An interesting wrinkle on Israel’s recent illegal incursion(s)
|By: DSWright Friday February 1, 2013 12:15 pm|
A suicide bomber in Turkey attacked the American embassy in Ankara, Turkey. The attack killed both the bomber and a Turkish security guard. Other injuries were reported. While no one has claimed responsibility the Turkish government believes the attack was likely the work of a domestic militant group.