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· June, 2016

Stories about Turkey from June, 2016

At Least 42 Dead in Istanbul Airport Violence

The government has blamed ISIS for the attack. Homes and hotels in Turkey's largest city have opened their doors to stranded passengers.

Balkan Right-Wing Populists Gloat Over #Brexit

While the official reactions by most Balkan governments included expressions of guarded concern for the EU after the Brexit, Europhobic representatives of right-wing parties expressed joy via social networks.

Erdogan's New Turkey Finds Forgiveness for Some, Tear Gas for Others

"Riot police have used more rounds of teargas and [smoke] grenades to counter reconvening protesters in #Firuzağa #Istanbul."

World Refugee Day: Fear of Arrest Drives Journalists Into Exile

"I was paralyzed by the idea of exile. This is the first time I had decided to flee the country without knowing exactly when I would return."

Russia-Trained Civil Militias Along Bulgaria's Borders Are ‘Ready for War With Refugees’

The civilian militias hunting refugees along the country's borders are a major manifestation of the rising tide of xenophobia in Bulgaria. Yet the authorities are mostly silent on the issue.

A Joint Photo Exhibition Between Greece and Turkey Brings These Neighbors Closer Together

They believe that peace and friendship is the best way to overcome problems and that art, especially photography, is a medium that can bring people closer together.

For One Syrian Refugee, the Boat Crossing to Greece ‘Seemed Like an Endless Journey’

"The idea of a safe trip...was just a lie that we used to comfort ourselves. I knew that all of them were liars, getting rich in the trade of humans."

The Difficulty and Uncertainty of Life in Turkey as a Syrian Refugee

"Employers discriminated against us. I met people who were forced to do hard labor for little money. They lived like robots. I didn’t want that."

One Palestinian-Syrian Man's Agonizing Decision to Leave His Home Behind

"It was very hard to decide if I wanted to leave this country without coming back again...Even if it’s dangerous, it is my country. I like this country."

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