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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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Turkish protesters accuse local media of covering up for Erdogan

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, June 17, 2013 at 6:30pm 6/17/2013 at 6:30pm

Good thing such media bias in favor of a bullying leader could not happen here.

From BBC:

Demonstrators in Turkey are taking on the media over the protests surrounding Gezi Park.

One of Turkey’s biggest uprisings, the protests began over the government’s plan to build a shopp...

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Turkish protests — Erdogan supporters joyously bused in, opponents gassed and beaten

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, June 16, 2013 at 5:00pm 6/16/2013 at 5:00pm

Via Sky News:

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has rallied thousands of his supporters in Istanbul, just hours after a crackdown on anti-government protesters in Taksim Square.

The rally came as riot police continued to fire tear gas and jets of water at pockets of demonstrators determined to regroup after being evicted...

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Turkey’s ‘Tiananmen Square’ moment?

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, June 15, 2013 at 5:00pm 6/15/2013 at 5:00pm

We are covering Turkish police renew assault on Gezi Park protesters.

This video stands out (warning, graphic):

I wonder if it will be compared to this video:

Probably not, as...

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Live stream: Turkish police renew assault on Gezi Park protesters

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, June 15, 2013 at 3:34pm 6/15/2013 at 3:34pm

As reported by the L.A. Times:

Hundreds of riot police surrounded a park in central Istanbul on Saturday, firing tear gas and water cannons in a renewed push by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to restore order after two weeks of demonstrations that have exasperated his government and exposed the country’s deepening...

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Turkish government cracks down on protesters, arrests lawyers (Updates)

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, June 11, 2013 at 8:45am 6/11/2013 at 8:45am

We’ve covered the Turkish protests extensively.

To boil it down to basics, its Turks who value the country’s secular political history trying to slow down the steady Islamization of political institutions by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.  Legal Insurrection readers long have heard of Erdoğan’s dangerous antics and bullying towards Israel.

Overnight there...

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Everyday I’m Çapuling!

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, June 8, 2013 at 4:50pm 6/8/2013 at 4:50pm

Explanation:

But the protesters are expressing steadfast solidarity and refusing to buckle in the face of extreme force and Erdogan’s insults. As they band together and grow in number, they’ve adopted something of a catchphrase, which brings us to the term “çapuling,” alternatively spelled in many social media postings as the anglicized “capuling”...

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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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Mideast Media Sampler – 06/05/2013 – Erdogan’s straits

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 5:45pm 6/5/2013 at 5:45pm

1) Talkin’ Turkey

Claire Berlinski provides the recent background for the foment going on in Turkey:

Of late, almost every sector of the electorate has felt unease about one part or another of Erdoğan’s agenda. Restrictive new alcohol legislation, rammed through parliament, as usual, with contempt for...

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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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Live Updates – Istanbul Gezi Park Protests

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, June 1, 2013 at 11:00am 6/1/2013 at 11:00am

The action in and around Taksim Square’s Gezi Park in Istanbul, Turkey continues today.

What started out as a peaceful demonstration over a proposed park demolition earlier in the week has morphed into a broader anti-government protest after Turkish police stepped in.   And it’s quite a varying mix in protesters,...

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Will Gezi Park Spur a ‘Turkish Spring’? Watch Live Coverage

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, May 31, 2013 at 7:40pm 5/31/2013 at 7:40pm

UPDATE 6/1 – 11:00am EST: We have moved live coverage to this link.

Taksim Square’s Gezi Park  in Istanbul, Turkey has erupted into a scene of chaos this afternoon, after protesters who have been demonstrating...

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Mideast Media Sampler – 05/19/2013 – The Kurdish Gambit

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 5:00pm 5/19/2013 at 5:00pm

Erdogan ♥s Ocalan?

Last week Soner Cagaptay and James Jeffers asked Can Obama Save Turkey From a Syrian Quagmire? in the New York Times:

The Syrian war has also awakened Turkey’s once dormant Marxist militant groups. These groups vehemently oppose any government policies they see as serving American imperialist interests and have already...

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Mideast Media Sampler – 04/23/2013 – Arms, Kerry and Mahnaimi

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at 10:15am 4/23/2013 at 10:15am

1) Middle East arms deal

The United States is concluding an arms deal with the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Israel.

The New York Times reports U.S. Arms Deal With...

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Mideast Media Sampler – 04/22/2013 – The Syrian red line and Israeli innovation

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, April 22, 2013 at 9:45am 4/22/2013 at 9:45am

1) The red line?

Back in December, NBC News reported that Syria had loaded chemical weapons onto planes and was prepared to use them against civilians.

Late last week the...

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Mideast Media Sampler – 04/11/2013 – The cartoon is mightier than the editorial

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, April 11, 2013 at 9:29am 4/11/2013 at 9:29am

1) The Cartoonish Mr. Netanyahu

In the space of two days the New York Times featured four articles last September mocking PM Netanyahu’s bomb cartoon.
Nod to Obama by Netanyahu in Warning to Iran on Bomb – Rick Gladstone and David Sanger – September 27, 2012

In his speech at the annual General Assembly,...

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Mideast Media Sampler – 04/08/2013 – Diplomacy is more than words

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, April 8, 2013 at 10:24am 4/8/2013 at 10:24am

1) The language of concessions

The Washington Post reports Kerry presses Israel and Palestinians for concessions to pave way for peace talks:

Kerry first visited Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who has resisted new talks for most of the past four years. His government had sought to file a complaint against Israel with the...

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