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GEZI PARK: Drawing Trees in Istanbul

June 23, 2013

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GEZI PARK: Drawing Trees in Istanbul. I was so excited when one of my favorite bloggers addressed the Gezi Park uprising in her latest post. I have so much respect and admiration for the art of Trici Nevola, and I have been following her writing and art for years. She captures the beauty of this […]

Paradise Lost: What the Turkish PM Destroyed in Istanbul and What He Planted in Its Place

June 18, 2013

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Tell Sir Thomas More we’ve got another failed attempt  –   “So Says I” by The Shins In a brilliant political move by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the lovable Istanbul police have tenderly planted more trees in Taksim’s Gezi Park today. The evicted protesters left behind a garden of flowers and saplings they […]

PM of Turkey Lures Thousands into a Trap

June 11, 2013

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I will never forget the riot police, casually smoking cigarettes, sitting on the ground, smiling. Their casual demeanor calmed me a little bit and led me to believe the government would honor their word not to touch the protesters in the park. Now, when I think about those hundreds of smiling faces, I feel sick. […]

Çarşı “Tear Gas is our Perfume”

June 9, 2013

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Tension is rising for the protesters in Istanbul. Rumors say today. The police say Monday. One thing I know for sure is whenever the police do decide to move on Taksim, Çarşı will be ready. I overheard this conversation in a grocery store this morning: A middle aged woman working the cash register rings me […]

I Am Afraid We Have Awakened a Sleeping Turkey

June 7, 2013

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Young Turkish men standing on a destroyed municipality vehicle At a bus stop in Istanbul, Turkey, 12 college students with bandanas around their necks are waiting. Their blood types are written ontheir arms. They are holding supplies: toilet paper, fruit, cakes, sandwiches, sanitary napkins, etc. People pass by and chat with them. A lady slips […]