Turkey

Using graffiti, Turks share tips for getting around Twitter ban

 
Turkey may have blocked the use of Twitter, but that hasn’t stopped many Turks from continuing to tweet. Technologically-savvy youth are quickly getting their fellow citizens up to speed on how to bypass the ban by posting instructions online as well as on city walls. Read more...
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Two Syrians invent robot medic to outfox snipers

 
A robot might soon save the victims of sniper fire in Syria. At least, that’s what the inventors of Tena, a “robot medic”, are hoping. Working out of a shed not far from the Turkish border with Syria, two engineers see their creation as the only solution to Syria’s sniper problem. Read more...
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In pictures: Turkey’s protesters see the funny side

 
Despite being confronted with water cannons and tear gas, it seems Turkey’s anti-government demonstrators haven’t lost their sense of humour. Day after day, they post photos and videos of their offbeat, often humorous forms of protest. Read more…
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Turkish protesters want "neither Islamisation, nor unbridled capitalism"

 
Despite the Turkish deputy prime minister apologising for police’s “excessive violence”, protesters once again went out into the streets by the thousands in cities around Turkey Tuesday night. Our Observers taking part in the protests explain their many grievances against prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and why they are determined to keep up the struggle. Read more…

Who are the men in civilian clothing attacking Turkish protesters?

 
Since Friday, protests against Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s conservative Islamic government have been springing up in Turkey’s main cities. The crackdown on protesters has been very violent, particularly in Izmir, on the country’s western coast, where men dressed in civilian clothing and armed with long batons have been attacking them, working alongside the police. Read more...
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As violence spills into Turkey, Syrian refugees once again draw the short straw

 
A video has emerged showing Turks lashing out at Syrian refugees just minutes after deadly bombings hit the Turkish border town of Reyhanli. A Syrian woman who witnessed the attack describes the turmoil her community now faces, explaining that Syrian refugees feel abandoned by Turkey. Read more...
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Turkish protesters say 'no' to war with Syria

 
In a powerful show of public outrage, thousands of people marched through the streets of Turkey’s largest city Istanbul on Thursday, in protest against the government’s decision to authorise military operations within Syria. Read more…
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Huddled for warmth, Syrian refugees say not enough done to protect from cold

 
Parts of Turkey’s south were hit by an unusual amount of snowfall over the weekend, wreaking havoc on refugee camps set up in the region to shelter those displaced by Syria’s deadly, 10-month-long crisis. Although the Turkish Red Crescent claims things are once again running smoothly, our Observer in the camps says otherwise. Read more…
 
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Turkish fury over Israeli interception: “We'll all be on the next ship to Gaza"

Ten thousand people have been demonstrating outside the Israeli embassy in Istanbul today, in protest against the IDF interception of Gazan-bound aid ships. One of the protestors there tells us that along with thousands of others, he'll be on the next boat to the Strip. Read more...

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