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Turkish Liberals Turn Their Backs on Erdogan 20 juin 2013

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The New York Times (USA) Thursday, June 20, 2013, p. A 10

By Tim Arango, Istanbul

For Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the antigovernment protests that have shaken Turkey have come with a jarring paradox: some of the protesters voted for him, most prospered from his economic policies, and some of the liberal intellectuals and columnists now calling him a dictator helped him win three successive elections with their writings. (suite…)

Postcard From Turkey 19 juin 2013

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The New York Times (USA) Wednesday, June 19, 2013, p. A 27

By Thomas L. Friedman, Istanbul

Having witnessed the Egyptian uprising in Tahrir Square in Cairo in 2011, I was eager to compare it with the protests by Turkish youths here in Taksim Square in 2013. They are very different. (suite…)

Comparison of mass protests in Brazil and Turkey 19 juin 2013

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Associated Press (USA) Wed, June 19, 2013

By Karl Ritter

Large-scale protests have engulfed Turkey and Brazil, which are thousands of miles apart, but share some traits such as being new democracies with a growing middle class. (suite…)

Turkey is not another ‘Arab spring’ 18 juin 2013

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Seattle Times (USA) June 18, 2013, p. A9

By Resat Kasaba *

There are some similarities between what is going on in Turkey and the Arab revolutions that have changed the face of the Middle East in the last two years. (suite…)

We represent all of Turkey 17 juin 2013

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The Guardian (UK) Monday, 17 June 2013, p. 27

Ahmet Davutoglu *

Our party has built a first-rate democracy, and allowing peaceful protests reflects our achievement. (suite…)

These won’t be Turkey’s last protests 16 juin 2013

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The Washington Post (USA) Sunday June 16, 2013, p. B5

By Soli Özel *

Prof. Soli Özel says the Gezi Park demonstrations reveal a new, liberal Turkish identity. (suite…)

Turkey’s Growing Pains 14 juin 2013

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The International Herald Tribune (USA) Friday, June 14, 2013, p. 6

By Graham E. Fuller *

There are many reasons why the protests in Turkey are worlds apart from the Arab Spring, writes Graham E. Fuller. The discontent reflects the maturing democratic discourse. (suite…)

This genie should not be tricked back into its bottle 12 juin 2013

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The Independent (UK) Wednesday, June 12, 2013, p. 5

Kutlug Ataman *

A new language of freedom and democracy has been emerging in Turkey in the past decade. This atmosphere was created by removing the military’s influence from civilian life and politics and, recently, by opening roads towards peace between Turkey and its Kurdish citizens. (suite…)

Erdogan should watch his own party, not Taksim 12 juin 2013

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Financial Times (UK)  Wednesday, June 12, 2013, p. 7

David Gardner

Yesterday’s forced entry by Turkish riot police into Taksim Square , ending a 10-day commune in the heart of Istanbul, looks for now more like a show of force than an attempt to crush by force a very diverse protest against the authoritarian ways of Recep Tayyip Erdogan . (suite…)

Paris 1968, Istanbul 2013 11 juin 2013

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The Western Star (Canada) Tuesday, June 11, 2013, p. 4

Gwynne Dyer *

It’s certainly not another version of the « Arab Spring »; Turkey is a fully democratic country. It’s not just a Middle Eastern variant of the Occupy movement, either, although the demands of the huge crowds who have occupied the centre of Istanbul and other Turkish big cities are equally diffuse and contradictory. (suite…)

Fear of corruption lies behind anger over Turkish building boom 2 juin 2013

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The Observer (UK) Sunday, June 2, 2013, p. 4

Peter Beaumont, Foreign Affairs Editor

The protests triggered in Turkey by plans to redevelop a park into a shopping mall at first seem an unlikely cause for public anger. In reality, the demonstrations over Taksim Square’s Gezi Park go to the very heart of Turkey’s modern discontents. (suite…)