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Turkey Protests: Labor Unions Call Work Strike Over Brutal Crackdown

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, June 17, 2013 at 10:08am 6/17/2013 at 10:08am

As protests in Turkey near their third week, two major union federations have called a work strike to oppose the eviction of protestors and demand an end to police violence.

The Confederation of Public Workers’ Unions (KESK) and Confederation of Progressive Trade Unions (DISK) will organize a work stoppage Monday, an action...

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Turkey Protests Continue in Gezi Park, Istanbul and Ankara – Live Updates

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, June 2, 2013 at 1:46pm 6/2/2013 at 1:46pm

It’s been somewhat less chaotic at the scene in and around Taksim Square’s Gezi Park in Istanbul, Turkey today, as police forces there retreated some yesterday.  Protesters are said to be cleaning up around the area, many of them chanting and singing.  Meanwhile, some other areas still continue to see some...

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Protests in Turkey reignite after relatively quiet week

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 4:53pm 6/22/2013 at 4:53pm

The protests in Turkey continue, with police upping the use of force to break up even peaceful demonstrations. Via Reuters:

Turkish riot police fired water cannon to disperse thousands of anti-government demonstrators in central Istanbul on Saturday, as Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan castigated those behind protests he said had played into...

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Turkey cracks down on social media users supporting protests

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, June 21, 2013 at 3:30pm 6/21/2013 at 3:30pm

Since May 31st, protests have raged in Turkey as demonstrations against demolition of an area in Taksim Square’s Gezi Park gave way to a larger anti-government movement.  Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan has been cracking down through police force as the weeks have gone on.  But the crackdowns may have longer lasting...

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“Standing Man” Symbol of Silent Dissent as Turkey Continues Crackdown on Protests

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 3:14pm 6/18/2013 at 3:14pm

A lone, silent standing man has become an icon of sorts in the growing movement of anti-government protests in Turkey, as protesters remain defiant against Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s “creeping infringement on their rights in a secular society.”

From CNN:

A man stood silently in Istanbul’s Taksim Square for hours Monday night, defying...

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Protests Continue as Turkey’s Prime Minister Issues “Final Warning”

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, June 13, 2013 at 12:29pm 6/13/2013 at 12:29pm

Protests in Turkey continue this week, as pressure mounts from government for the protests to stop.  Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan told party leaders Thursday, “We have arrived at the end of our patience.”

From FOX News:

Turkey’s prime minister issued a “final warning” to protesters on Thursday, demanding that they end their...

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Protests Continue in Turkey as Dozens Arrested Over Social Media Postings

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, June 6, 2013 at 11:00am 6/6/2013 at 11:00am

As Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan returns to his country from a visit to north Africa, protesters will continue to demand his apology for the police crackdown that has responded to the week’s raging protests.

A police officer died Thursday after falling into an underpass while trying to break up a...

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Turkey recalls its ambassador to US over Jerusalem embassy move

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at 3:00pm 5/15/2018 at 3:00pm
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Earlier this week, I pondered the lack of American ambassadors to 32 countries, including some critical regional or economic allies.

Now, we are down a Turkish ambassador, albeit temporarily, as that nation has pulled its envoy in response to the opening of the American embassy to Israel in Jerusalem.

The Turkish Embassy in...

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NATO Ally Turkey to Purchase Russia Missile Defense Equipment

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, July 13, 2017 at 3:30pm 7/13/2017 at 3:30pm
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Turkey has decided to turn to Russia for defense system over its allies within NATO. It’s the latest sign that the relationship between NATO countries and Turkey remain strained. From

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Turkey Summons U.S. Ambassador Over Brawl in D.C.

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, May 22, 2017 at 4:00pm 5/22/2017 at 4:00pm
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The Turkish government has summoned the U.S. ambassador over a brawl that Turkish bodyguards instigated in front of the Turkish Embassy in Washington, D.C., last week. From

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Turkey, Israel Finalize Deal to Renew Relationship

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, June 27, 2016 at 1:00pm 6/27/2016 at 1:00pm

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have formally announced that their countries reached a deal to renew their relationship.

Netanyahu assured Israel that “the maritime blockade on the...

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Turkey, Israel Will Normalize Ties

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, June 26, 2016 at 5:00pm 6/26/2016 at 5:00pm

No, it’s not April 1. Israel and the Turkish government, led by anti-Semitic President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, have agreed to normalize relations after “six years of animosity” due to the 2010 Mavi Marmara ship.

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım will formally announce the deal on Monday at 1PM local time (6AM ET).

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Greece: Riots Break Out As Refugees Set to be Deported to Turkey

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, April 3, 2016 at 5:00pm 4/3/2016 at 5:00pm

In the wake of the EU deal to return refugees to Turkey en masse, Greece is preparing for further violence and protests.

The Guardian reports:

The Greek government is bracing itself for violence ahead of the European Union implementing a landmark deal that, from Monday, will see Syrian refugees and migrants being deported...

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Wild Turkey — Erdoğan’s delusions of a new Ottoman Empire

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, January 15, 2015 at 12:05pm 1/15/2015 at 12:05pm
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We have been warning about for years about Turkey’s Islamist President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

Erdogan systematically has set out to dismantl civil society and the secular military and foamed at the mouth about Israel, often through then Foreign Minister, now Prime Minister, Ahmet Davutoglu:

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Turkish police clash with demonstrators on anniversary of Gezi Park protests

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, June 1, 2014 at 8:00pm 6/1/2014 at 8:00pm

Saturday marked the one year anniversary of the Gezi Park protests that subsequently persisted for months in Turkey last year.  As many tried to gather to commemorate that anniversary, authorities responded on Saturday by blocking access to some locations and cracking down on some of the protesters.

From Reuters:

Turkish police fired teargas...

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Turkey to lift ban on Twitter

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 2:03pm 4/3/2014 at 2:03pm

The government of Turkey says it is lifting a recent ban on Twitter after a court ruling declared that the ban violated freedom of expression.

From the Associated Press:

Turkey’s government said Thursday it is lifting its ban on Twitter, a day after the country’s highest court ruled that the block is a...

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Not exactly Breaking News: Turkey is run by Islamists who don’t like Israel

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, November 2, 2013 at 12:31pm 11/2/2013 at 12:31pm

But you knew that, because we have been following the antics of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan for years.

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