Turkey

WATCH: Want To Quit Smoking? Wear A Cage On Your Head, Obviously

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 08.07.2013 | UK

A Turkish man is attempting to kick his 26-year smoking habit by wearing a locked wire cage over his head. Ibrahim Yücel straps on his head cage ...

I Went to Cover the Istanbul Protests and Got Arrested - Part 3

Andrew Hilliar | Posted 06.09.2013 | UK
Andrew Hilliar

I turn back into the main street and approach the riot officers. "What are you doing here? Open your bag!" shouts one of them. "I'm a journalist," I say, waving my press card. He grabs my arm, opens up my bag and pulls out my gas mask: that's all the proof he needs.

I Went to Cover the Istanbul Protests and Got Arrested - Part 2

Andrew Hilliar | Posted 02.09.2013 | UK
Andrew Hilliar

It's late evening when I receive a text from someone I was sitting with earlier. "Police are coming, things are starting, watch out, we're running..." In front of me in Taksim Square, riot policemen are assembling alongside the infamous 'TOMA' riot control vehicles. Between them and thousands of heckling protesters, a group of activists are joining hands to form a human chain.

I Went to Cover the Istanbul Protests and Got Arrested

Andrew Hilliar | Posted 31.08.2013 | UK
Andrew Hilliar

The handcuffs are digging into my wrists. To my left a riot policeman is rough-handling a young detainee who can't stop crying. It's hot, I haven't eaten for hours, and I don't have my press card. Istanbul was supposed to be a stopping point on my way to visit my grandparents. I never thought I'd end up in police custody in front of a man insinuating that I was linked to a deadly bombing.

Which Two European Cities came Joint First For Rudest Cab Drivers?

PA | PA | Posted 01.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle

Paris and Rome may be hell to drive in but taking taxis in the two cities is hardly much better, according to a survey. Cabbies in the French and I...

Deconstructing the Anti-Government Protests in Turkey

Muddassar Ahmed | Posted 20.08.2013 | UK Politics
Muddassar Ahmed

For the past three weeks, the park, along with the square, has become a hub of activity, with thousands of encamped protesters confronting water cannon and tear gas-wielding riot police. But despite the harsh rhetoric and the violence, the reality is that Prime Minister Erdogan has little to fear.

What Does Gezi Park Mean for Peace in Turkey?

Professor Alp Ozerdem | Posted 19.08.2013 | UK
Professor Alp Ozerdem

A few weeks ago the hottest topic in Turkey was the peace process with the PKK, until a small scale demonstration to protect trees in an Istanbul public park erupted into mass anti-government protests.

Children of Syria: A Precious New Life

Helen Pattinson | Posted 20.08.2013 | UK
Helen Pattinson

Today is World Refugee Day. Something that may have passed me by previously, but not this year. It's been four months since I got back from Za'atari refugee camp in Jordan. It's there where I first had my heart broken by the desperate plight of Syria's children.

From Mountain People to Partner?

James Denselow | Posted 17.08.2013 | UK
James Denselow

Speaking at a recent Chatham House event former US Secretary of State Madeline Albright was asked her predictions for the Middle East. Ignoring the co...

Turkish Government Threatens To Use Army Against Taksim Square Protesters

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 17.06.2013 | UK

The Turkish government will deploy military troops should rioting return to Istanbul, according to Bulent Arinc. Speaking to state-run TV on Monday...

LOOK: Fresh Clashes Erupt In Turkey

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 16.08.2013 | UK

Further clashes have erupted on the streets of Ankara and Istanbul as the Turkish prime minister held a huge rally in front of thousands of supporters...

Taksim Square Sealed Off By Police

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 16.06.2013 | UK

Istanbul's Taksim Square, the scene of restive anti-government protests, has been sealed off by police after demonstrators were ejected on Saturday ni...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: 'The Longest Slump In A Century'

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 12.06.2013 | UK Politics

The ten things you need to know on Wednesday 12 June 2013... 1) 'THE LONGEST SLUMP IN A CENTURY' Forget (our anaemic) growth for a moment - focu...

Protesters Clash With Police In Taksim Square After Erdogan Warns 'Tolerance' Has Ended

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 11.06.2013 | UK

Turkish riot police have fired tears gas upon protesters in Taksim Square on Tuesday evening following a day of clashes between demonstrators and the ...

PICTURED: First Rule Of Protesting, Never Get Hit By A Water Cannon

Elliot Wagland | Posted 11.06.2013 | UK

Hundreds of Turkish police clashed with protesters in Taksim Square, Istanbul on Tuesday. Rioters attacked the authorities with Molotov cocktails, ...

PHOTOS: Man Set Alight In Taksim Square

Elliot Wagland | Posted 11.06.2013 | UK

Turkish police used tear gas against the protesters in Taksim Square on Tuesday as protesters unleashed Molotov cocktails, bricks and fireworks. Of...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Please Spy On Us

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 11.06.2013 | UK Politics

The ten things you need to know on Tuesday 11 June 2013... 1) PLEASE SPY ON US So, the NSA/Prism revelations must have hardened British public o...

Fresh Clashes In Turkey As Police Storm Square

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 11.06.2013 | UK

Turkish police have stormed into Istanbul's Taksim Square, firing water cannon and rubber bullets into the air, leading to new clashes with anti-gover...

Could the 10 Year Illness Be Afflicting Turkish Prime Minister Erdoğan?

Professor Ian Robertson | Posted 09.08.2013 | UK
Professor Ian Robertson

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdoğan has held power for 10 years, during which period his country has experienced unprecedented economic growth and international prestige... Erdoğan has to realize for the sake of Turkey's future is actually the hardest thing for any human being to appreciate - that his own judgment is in danger of being distorted by 10 long years in power.

Citizen Journalist: How Social Media Reveals the Truth in Turkey

Planet Ivy | Posted 10.08.2013 | UK Tech
Planet Ivy

This is an entirely new beast that is showing where the real democracy lies. It lies in the social media feed - the one we carry with us in our pocket all day long, the one we check on average 14 times a day. Facebook and Twitter have been at the forefront of recent rebellions from Brixton to Egypt, operating as an easy way to mobilise and organise protesters.

Gezi Park Protests: The Start of a 'Turkish Spring'?

Professor Alp Ozerdem | Posted 07.08.2013 | UK
Professor Alp Ozerdem

The Gezi Park protests may provide a chance to clear the air about this disaffection. The prime minister's Office urgently needs to find better ways of communicating with the public. Most of all the prime minister needs to start rebuilding bridges with sceptics, who want to know that the government is not above listening to their concerns.

Turkey: Democracy on Trial

Robin Lustig | Posted 06.08.2013 | UK
Robin Lustig

The more I think about it, the more parallels I see between the Thai tensions then and the Turkish tensions now

What Gezi Park Means for Us

Hilal Atici | Posted 09.08.2013 | UK
Hilal Atici

People who say that the Gezi resistance is more than defending a couple of trees are absolutely right. But, do not think this is something new. If it were, it would not rage across Turkey so rapidly. There is a 'Gezi Park' in every city. That's why this movement - which started in İstanbul, spread so easily around the republic.

The Power of the Crowd

Julie Meyer | Posted 07.08.2013 | UK Politics
Julie Meyer

The anti-government protests in Turkey have made one thing clear: Erdogan, the Prime Minister, is not listening to his focus group. As any business owner knows, the thing about focus groups is that you don't always get to choose them. And with new media, you certainly don't get to choose who rates and criticises you in the public sphere.

The New Turkish Republic

Jody Sabral | Posted 05.08.2013 | UK Politics
Jody Sabral

These are interesting times in Turkey, times in which an open conversation, although often unforgiving, is taking place between factions who have long disliked each other, politically speaking.