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Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

I don’t have to talk about Snowden and Egypt, Syria and all the other countries struggling for self-determination. It’s all over the web. But I have a special place in my heart for Turkey…and my friends there.

On the first day of Ramaden, Istanbul Turkey broke fast with a mile long table along Istikal Street near Taksim Square. The water cannon trucks were menacingly standing at the end of the street.


Monday, June 17th, 2013

Erdogan rallied about 200,000 bussed-in AKP party supporters yesterday, at tax-payer expense and gave a 2-hour hate-filled lie-filled speech while protestors and police fought it out in the side streets.

Police are getting edgy.

Couple thousand union people went on strike Monday and pushed through a police line until the chemical-added water cannons cut them off.

Many suspect Erdogan is already using the gendarmeri but is threatening to send in the army.

Meanwhile the Standing Man becomes top tweet. After 18 days of mass protest against the Turkish Government, sparked by plans to re-develop Istanbul’s Gezi Park, Monday’s headline was grabbed by a solitary act of defiance in nearby Taksim Square.

Performance artist Erdem Gündüz stood silently in front of the flag of modern Turkey’s founder Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, hung on the Atatürk Culture Center — scheduled for destruction in the clearance of Gezi Park’s green space for a replica Ottoman-era military barracks.

Gündüz remained for six hours until he and a group that joined him in the silent stare were briefly detained by police. The act is being replicated in several international locations.

Standing Man


This Is What Fascism Looks Like

A savvy Turkish friend wonders if Erdogan wants civil war.

June 19 Update

Erdogan Empties Taksim Square And Gezi Park

Sunday, June 16th, 2013
Well, yesterday, Erdogan, after initially promising to leave the park alone, emptied the park with only seconds of warning. The police emptied Gezi Park in Istanbul with tear gas, water cannons with water that leaves people with skin burns, extremely strong ... [Continue reading this entry]

Erdogan Still Doesn’t Get It

Saturday, June 15th, 2013
Erdogan met with members of the Solidarity Group yesterday. Apparently it didn't go well. On Facebook this morning by OccupyGezi:
Media claims that PM Erdogan has raged at the previous night's meeting with the representatives and left the meeting suddenly without ... [Continue reading this entry]

The Gordian Knot

Thursday, June 13th, 2013
From Facebook today: "PM Erdoğan addressed to the mothers of the protestors and said "call them back to your houses for their own safety". Mothers answered. They showed up at Taksim Square. Formed a human chain between the police and ... [Continue reading this entry]

Why I love the Turks

Thursday, June 13th, 2013
After being gassed out of Taksim Square, the government spent the night cleaning up. Just in time for the children to come back with this: [caption id="attachment_2466" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Night After Gassing of Taksim"][Continue reading this entry]

Chapuling In Turkey-We Are All Turks Now

Sunday, June 9th, 2013
Updated and amended daily since May 29, 2013 I was in Turkey for a month in February staying mainly with locals. My couchsurfing friends there have been criticizing the Prime Minister, Tayyip Erdogan, who has been dismantling the democracy that Ataturk ... [Continue reading this entry]


Tuesday, February 26th, 2013
Arriving in Istanbul I was delighted to see smiling, laughing, joking people! I am so tickled to be in Turkey! I had ... [Continue reading this entry]

Istanbul Two 2013

Monday, February 18th, 2013
Dilek, I'm back home again, I blurted as I came tumbling through her door with my baggage in Bakirkoy, Istanbul. Thankfully the weather turned warm so Dilek and I walked all over Bakirkoy for a few days before catching my Turkish ... [Continue reading this entry]

Istanbul Turkey

Saturday, September 30th, 1995
According to political geograpy Turkey is half in Europe and half in Asia. But since it is ethnically and culturally closer to the Middle East I have categorized as such. With its strategic location on the Bosphorus peninsula ... [Continue reading this entry]