Turkey: Uprising’s Currents Run Deep

August 20, 2013

The unrest gripping Turkey has less to do with Islam than with the AKP’s policies. For the time being, Turkey's prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan — with brutal police tactics that killed four people and injured more than 8,000 — appears to have successfully...

Turkey: We, the 50 Percent… (Part 2/2)

July 04, 2013

For the 50 percent who didn't vote for Turkey's Erdogan, protests have been the only alternative. This is the last of a two part series. Read part one here. Demonstrations Outside the Gezi Park It was mostly the elderly, who cooked at home and brought food to protesters in Gezi...

Turkey: It’s Not Only About a Tree, Stupid (Part 1/2)

June 14, 2013

Erdogan’s government has antagonized major portions of Turkish society over the last decade. This is the first of a two part series. It all started with a sit-in protest against government plans to demolish the last green area – Gezi Park – of Taksim Square in order to build a...

A Social Breakdown in Turkey

June 14, 2013

Recent demonstrations have revealed a polarized Turkish society. The only way forward is through genuine dialogue. Turkey is at a turning point. Under the Justice and Development Party (AKP) incumbency, the country has been transforming. The AKP’s progressive policies have carried the side...

The Struggle for Turkey’s Soul

June 13, 2013

The recent Turkish protests are about more than just Erdoğan’s style of leadership.  Some of the language used during the recent events in Turkey — and the media reaction to it, particularly in the West — warrants closer scrutiny. Not only has there been talk of a Turkish...

Turkey: “Everywhere is Taksim, Resistance Everywhere”

June 05, 2013

Protesters in Turkey are voicing their opposition to a democracy without democracy. Agnes Czajka and Bora Isyar analyze the build-up to the protests and the issues at stake. Taking a page out of the playbook of dictators from Damascus to Algiers, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has...

Turkey: Taksim is Not (Yet) Tahrir

June 03, 2013

Comparisons between Taksim and Cairo’s Tahrir Square are tempting. The protests in Turkey constitute a warning that maintenance of Erdogan’s style of government could turn Taksim into Tahrir. Almost a week of countrywide protests in Turkey have left an indelible mark on the...

Are Turkey’s Protests a Refutation of the Erdogan State?

June 02, 2013

The current protests in Turkey are about a government led by Prime Minister Erdogan that has stopped listening to its people. It is about a government that is increasingly restricting the media and all attempts at honest reporting about Turkey and its politics. Many are calling it the Turkish...