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Stories about Turkey

Meet Boji, the dog touring Istanbul using public transportation

Meet Boji, a street dog from Istanbul who uses public transportation to tour the city every day.

Global internet freedom trends in Turkey and South Caucasus, new report

While Georgia and Armenia were ranked "free" in this year's report, Turkey and Azerbaijan ranked "not free" as a result of the challenging atmosphere around digital rights and freedoms.

Relations between Turkey and Russia: “It's complicated”

On September 29, the leaders of two countries met in Russian Black Sea city of Sochi to discuss economic and strategic deals and their presence in conflict zones.

Turkish students protest as rent prices skyrocket

In an effort to solve this crisis, a group of students launched the Movement of the Unsheltered, demanding lower housing and rent prices.

Turkey’s Uyghur dilemma in the context of China’s Belt and Road Initiative

As economic ties between Ankara and Beijing strengthened, Turkey's policies on the treatment of Uyghurs in China weakened.

In Turkey, environmentalists struggle to preserve the city's remaining green spaces

Since 2014 the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has been fighting to open the grove to development projects, much to the ire of community environmentalists.

In Turkey, first large anti-vaccine rally gets green light from the local government

The rally that took place at one of Istanbul neighborhoods, was approved by Istanbul Governor Office and was attended by well known vaccine opponents.

In Turkey, religious cleric joins calls to censor social media

Ali Erbas, the head of the Religious Affairs Directorate in Turkey suggests using Islamic jurisprudence to control social media platforms.

Turkey and China in the eastern Mediterranean: Partners or competitors?

China and Turkey continue to collaborate on their visions for trans-continental integration, though should Ankara's political and military ambitions increase, Beijing might reconsider its role as a reliable BRI partner. 

Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party turns 20

Two decades into AK Party rule, its popularity is dwindling and its ties with western governments have deteriorated significantly as the country is facing an economic and democratic precipice. 

Turkey's struggle against natural disasters: wildfires, drought, floods, and a possible earthquake

In light of recent natural disasters and weak governmental response, many wonder whether the government is prepared to handle its worst disaster yet — a possible earthquake in Istanbul.

Kanal Istanbul, Turkey's Middle Corridor, and the Belt and Road Initiative

The Middle Corridor, formally known as the Trans-Caspian East-West-Middle Corridor Initiative, reflects Turkey’s dream of building links to China via the Caucasus and Central Asia.

China’s wavering COVID-19 vaccine diplomacy in Turkey

Turkey procured vaccines from China in December 2020, but delivery delays and negative perceptions of China-made vaccines are now making other sources more attractive. 

In Turkey, a social media battle amid ongoing blazes

To counter the trending #HelpTurkey the government responded with its own hashtags #StrongTurkiye and #WeDontNeedHelp.

Are Turkish environmental groups alone in criticizing the Beijing-Ankara economic integration?

The Hunutlu coal-fired power plant is part of China's Belt and Road Initiative in Turkey, an economic and political cooperation program that Ankara joined in November 2015.

In Turkey, continuing forest fires are destroying livelihoods

As the extent of the damage comes to light, the ruling Justice and Development Party has faced criticism and public outcry for the country's lack of safety measures and emergency plans.

Religious cleric criticizes Turkey's women's volleyball team for their appearance in Tokyo Olympics

Turkey's women's volleyball team, known as the "Sultans of the Net," beat China 3–0 during a Tokyo Olympics match on July 25.

Government announces new media regulations that could further constrain freedom of expression in Turkey

A number of government statements issued this week in Turkey signal a further decline on media freedom.

Thousands of flamingos found dead in Central Anatolia

Every year in March, thousands of flamingos migrate to the south of Lake Tuz, earning it the moniker “flamingo paradise.”

Government-appointed rector removed from office in an overnight decree

After six months of protests, government-appointed rector Melih Bulu was removed from office in a late-night presidential decree that was announced in the official gazette.

About our Turkey coverage

Arzu Geybullayeva is the Turkey editor. Email her story ideas or volunteer to write.


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