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Stories about Turkey

6 October 2015

Turkey Puts a Gun to the Media's Head in Lead-Up to Elections

Global Voices Advocacy

Information campaigns and physical intimidation that once targeted Kurdish and leftist media are now being aimed at major media outlets of all kinds.

28 September 2015

By Land or By Sea? Refugees Trying to Leave Turkey Face Tough Decisions

As Turkey and its neighbors consider how to handle the millions of refugees looking for homes, Iraqi refugee Amer Mohammad camps outside an Istanbul bus station, waiting to travel.

22 September 2015

Charlie Hebdo's Cartoons of Alan Kurdi Spark Another Round of Free Speech Debates

French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo kicks off a new free-speech debate with its latest cartoons about the refugee crisis and specifically deceased Syrian toddler Alan Kurdi.

16 September 2015

Refugees Met with Generosity and Suspicion in France

Despite enduring fear and suspicion towards refugees, many citizens initiatives have been launched or scaled up in France to meet their needs.

15 September 2015

Turkey’s ‘Kurdish Question’ on Fire Again

The AKP-led peace between Turkey and Kurdish militants brokered in late 2012 seems like a distant memory amid an upsurge of violence.

8 September 2015

Dust Storm Envelops Palestine, Israel, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon

A massive dust storm is covering countries across the Western region of the Middle East today and tomorrow. Here are some photographs of the mess.

4 September 2015

Alan Kurdi's Death Forces Canada to Confront Its Commitment to Helping Syrian Refugees

"As a grandfather, it's unbearable to see the image of that little body on a beach. Canada must act. Let’s not wait any longer."

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?

23 August 2015

Listen to the Haunting, Galactic Sounds of the Yaybahar Acoustic Instrument

Turkish musician Gorkem Sen created the Yaybahar about six years ago as a mix of all sorts of instruments, including the Australian didgeridoo, the Turkish Ney and the thunder drum.

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..."

11 June 2015

What Do Global Voices Contributors Think of Turkey's General Election Results?

"Many people, including non-Muslims, Kurds, and women have entered the parliament, which signals the chance for a more respectful, hardworking and equal politics."

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?

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