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A year after Turkey's Gezi Park protests, freedom elusive

Istanbul - A year ago, I covered Turkey's Gezi Park protests first-hand. I took photos, videos, interviewed protesters, got attacked by the Turkish police, and was almost arrested for a photo I'd published. As Turkey prepares new protests, is freedom possible?
In the Media by Lonna Lisa Williams - 4 comments

Op-Ed: Journalists in Ukraine risk their lives while the West watches Special

Kiev - A young journalist died of a gunshot wound and over 180 were injured as they struggled to bring news about Ukraine's protests. As Ukraneians resist Russia's domination and seek to join the European Union, what is the West doing?
Digital Journal Report by Lonna Lisa Williams - 2 comments

Op-Ed: Turkey — From bad to worse Special

Istanbul - Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan blames foreign forces for an attack against his government, but Erdogan is really responsible for ruining the Turkish economy.
Digital Journal Report by Lonna Lisa Williams - 3 comments

Turkey: Erdogan faces new protests over corruption scandal Special

Istanbul - Turkish protesters once again face off with lines of police as they protest the Ak Party corruption scandal in Turkey and demand Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to resign.
Digital Journal Report by Lonna Lisa Williams - 10 comments

Turkey's corruption scandal continues Special

Istanbul - No one is sure who is behind the corruption inquiries that have been rocking Turkey the past week and upsetting Prime Minister Erdogan's Ak Party, but there are several theories.
Digital Journal Report by Lonna Lisa Williams - 2 comments

New protests hit Turkey Special

Istanbul - New freedom protests hit Turkey as Prime Minister Erdogan continues to support Islamist policies and enforce censorship.
Digital Journal Report by Lonna Lisa Williams - 2 comments

Photo Essay: Istanbul's Galata Tower Special

Istanbul - On one of the last days of summer, I relaxed by Istanbul's Galata Tower and enjoyed the surrounding building, streets, and visitors.
Digital Journal Report by Lonna Lisa Williams - 4 comments

Turkish bride wears hardhat in Gezi Park Special

Istanbul - Almost two months after the first Istanbul protests, a bride who met her husband at a protesters' medical clinic wears a hard hat over her veil and gets chased from Gezi Park by police.
Digital Journal Report by Lonna Lisa Williams - 2 comments

Video: RT reporter hit by water cannon in Ankara, Turkey

Ankara - It seems even the press is unwelcome in Turkey right now. RT's Tom Barton was reporting on a demonstration in Ankara when a water cannon sprayed him and knocked him off his feet, right in front of the cameramen and crew.
In the Media by Anne Sewell - 1 comment

Turkish doctors protest by striking Special

Istanbul - Today in Turkey, doctors walked off the job to protest the police violence against protesters and the arrest of doctors in Istanbul.
Digital Journal Report by Lonna Lisa Williams - 4 comments

Turkey: Unions call national strike and march on Taksim Square

Unions representing nearly a million workers in Turkey have called a national strike on Monday in protest at the government's heavy-handed treatment of demonstrators over the weekend.
In the Media by Stephen Morgan - 2 comments

Turkey: Police attack tourists in Taksim Special

Istanbul - On Sunday afternoon, Turkish police attacked tourists who were peacefully walking through Taksim, Istanbul. Police used so much pepper spray that it came into the cafe where I was having tea with friends.
Digital Journal Report by Lonna Lisa Williams - 13 comments

Turkish opposition leader calls Erdogan 'Provocateur #1' Special

Istanbul - As Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan vows revenge against freedom protesters, one opposition leader calls Erdogan "the Number One Provocateur."
Digital Journal Report by Lonna Lisa Williams - 2 comments

Erdogan begins crackdowns against Turkish protesters Special

Istanbul - In a pre-dawn raid, police drove protesters out of Taksim square in Istanbul as Prime Minister Erdogan rallies his supporters, arrests lawyers, and issues threats.
Digital Journal Report by Lonna Lisa Williams - 6 comments

Istanbul's Taksim Square raided by riot police

Turkish riot police have cleared out Taksim Square in Istanbul which has been occupied by anti-government demonstrators for the last two weeks.
In the Media by Paul Iddon - 1 comment

Turkish protesters list demands Special

Ankara - A week after protests erupted all over Turkey in reaction to Prime Minster Erdogan's restrictive policies, protesters unite and deliver their demands.
Digital Journal Report by Lonna Lisa Williams - 8 comments

Turkish celebrities join protests Special

Istanbul - A week after protests began in Istanbul over Gezi Park, Turkish celebrities are adding their voices to those demanding more freedom in Turkey.
Digital Journal Report by Lonna Lisa Williams - 5 comments

Former activist in Egypt speaks to protesters in Turkey (video)

Mihalis Eleftheriou, former activist in the Occupy Buffer Zone movement in Cyprus who was also involved in the Egyptian Revolution in Tahrir Square, sent a message of both solidarity and warning to activists in Turkey.
In the Media by Anne Sewell - 1 comment

OWS takes Zucotti Park in support of Turkey's protesters (video)

New York - As demonstrations continue to spread all over Turkey against the harsh handling of the Gezi Park protest by both police and government, Occupy Wall Street and Turkish Americans hit the street in support of the protesters.
In the Media by Anne Sewell - 2 comments

Deputy Önder injured by gas canister in Istanbul park protest

Istanbul - As the protest against the demolition of "the last public green space" in Istanbul continues, Deputy Sırrı Süreyya Önder has been shot in the shoulder by police with a gas canister on Friday and is in hospital.
In the Media by Anne Sewell

'Occupy Taksim Park': Protesters tear-gassed in Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul - For three days, protesters have been resisting against the demolition of Taksim's Gezi Park in the heart of Istanbul, for a shopping mall to be built. Police cracked down with tear gas. (Video update)
In the Media by Anne Sewell

Muslims demand Ayasofya open as a mosque Special

Istanbul - Ayasofya in Istanbul, one of the oldest Christian cathedrals in the world, was converted into a mosque and then a museum. Milllions of tourists visit it each year, and now Islamists want to open it as a mosque.
Digital Journal Report by Lonna Lisa Williams - 1 comment

John Kerry's shuttle diplomacy to diffuse global tensions

Jerusalem - With threats from North Korea, tensions in the Middle East, the crisis in Syria, US Secretary of State John Kerry is on a follow up trip to Istanbul, Jerusalem, Ramalah, London, Tokyo, Seoul and Beijing. What he can accomplish remains to be seen.
In the Media by Karl Gotthardt - 10 comments

Photo Essay: Transportation in Turkey Special

When traveling in Turkey, you can face adventure or adversity. Whether you take a taxi, bus, train, or ferry, keeping your sense of humor is important.
Digital Journal Report by Lonna Lisa Williams - 8 comments

Turkish police foil al-Qaeda plot in Istanbul Special

Istanbul - On February 27, Turkish police arrested 11 al-Qaeda members who were planning to attack the U.S. Consulate, a church, and a synagogue in Istanbul.
Digital Journal Report by Lonna Lisa Williams - 3 comments

Photo Essay: Tour of Istanbul Special

Istanbul - The third largest city in Europe spans the Asian and European continents at the famous Bosporus waterway and offers visitors many historic and modern destinations.
Digital Journal Report by Lonna Lisa Williams - 7 comments

Missing American's body found in Istanbul

Istanbul - Turkish news sources are reporting that a body found in Istanbul today is that of missing American tourist Sarai Sierra.
In the Media by Lonna Lisa Williams - 4 comments

Photo Essay: Archaeology opportunity in Turkey Special

Izmit - Turkey is an archaeologist's dream. Not only does it offer amazing Mesopotamian, Greek, Roman, Byzantium, and Ottoman ruins, it also offers yet un-explored sites for those interested in archaeology.
Digital Journal Report by Lonna Lisa Williams - 5 comments

Op-Ed: Acquitted three times Turkish sociologist sentenced to life

Istanbul - Sociologist Pinar Selek has been sentenced to life imprisonment for a 1998 bombing in Istanbul, even though she had been acquitted three times previously and experts say that there was no bombing but the explosion was an accident caused by a gas leak.
In the Media by Ken Hanly - 5 comments

23 people poisoned by gas in major Istanbul hotel

Istanbul - Around 23 people, mainly tourists, have been hospitalized after a gas leak in the Modern Sultan Hotel in Istanbul, Turkey.
In the Media by Anne Sewell - 3 comments
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Across from the Blue Mosque is Aya Sofya  the famous Sixth Century church that was later converted t...
Across from the Blue Mosque is Aya Sofya, the famous Sixth Century church that was later converted to a mosque and is now a museum
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Felsen says he hasn t seen very many Erdogan supporters.  (The) restaurants  hotels  and mosques hav...
Brian Felsen
Felsen says he hasn't seen very many Erdogan supporters. "(The) restaurants, hotels, and mosques have been providing shelter and aid; even taxi drivers and minibus drivers were supportive to the "capulcu" (Turkish slang for raiders or marauders) -they carry (them) to and from the protests."
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This spice shop features oriental treasures like saffron
This spice shop features oriental treasures like saffron
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A massive cloud of tear gas in Istanbul
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A massive cloud of tear gas in Istanbul
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Istanbul Gay Pride March  July 2011
Istanbul Gay Pride March, July 2011
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The ferry and docks seem dreamlike as I cross back to the Asian side of Istanbul
The ferry and docks seem dreamlike as I cross back to the Asian side of Istanbul
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Journalists are targeted with tear gas during a Gezi Park freedom protest in Istanbul
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Journalists are targeted with tear gas during a Gezi Park freedom protest in Istanbul
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The bad bus in Istanbul that wouldn t wait for me
The bad bus in Istanbul that wouldn't wait for me
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OWS and American Turks take Zucotti Park in support of the people of Turkey - June 1  2013
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OWS and American Turks take Zucotti Park in support of the people of Turkey - June 1, 2013
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Inside Ayasofya  Christian mosaics  of Jesus and his disciples adorn the ceiling and archways
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Inside Ayasofya, Christian mosaics of Jesus and his disciples adorn the ceiling and archways
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Ataturk s memorial in Taksim Square
Ataturk's memorial in Taksim Square
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Police battle protesters at Taksim Square in Istanbul
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Police battle protesters at Taksim Square in Istanbul
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A police car gassing a street in Istanbul
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A police car gassing a street in Istanbul
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Students ride the train to Istanbul
Students ride the train to Istanbul
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Seagulls fly near my ferry  in front of Galata Tower in Istanbul
Seagulls fly near my ferry, in front of Galata Tower in Istanbul
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A Muslim woman finds a quiet moment to read near the gates of Topkapi Palace
A Muslim woman finds a quiet moment to read near the gates of Topkapi Palace
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Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan seeks to establish Islamic law in Turkey  as he sponsors projects lik...
Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan seeks to establish Islamic law in Turkey, as he sponsors projects like this new, multi-million-dollar mosque in Istanbul that rises near exclusive residence towers
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Gezi Park and Ataturk Cultural Center in Taksim (both threatened to be torn down to build an Ottoman...
Gezi Park and Ataturk Cultural Center in Taksim (both threatened to be torn down to build an Ottoman museum and mosque)
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I try on a veil at the belly-dancing clothes shop
I try on a veil at the belly-dancing clothes shop
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OWS and American Turks take Zucotti Park in support of the people of Turkey - June 1  2013
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OWS and American Turks take Zucotti Park in support of the people of Turkey - June 1, 2013
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