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10 June 2014 News Roundup

Photo credit: Radikal, www.radikal.com.tr Tensions rose in Turkey as activism by pro-Kurdish factions as well as government’s security forces intensified. Environmental concerns also increased with the initiation of the construction of…
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3 June 2014 News Roundup

 Photo credit: Internet Havadis, www.internethavadis.com Turkey has had another turbulent week due to protests and gatherings for the anniversary of the Gezi protests and clashes between the Gendarme and protesters over the construction of…
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27 May 2014 News Roundup

 Photo credit: Middle East Eye, http://www.middleeasteye.net/ Inspections into the conditions of the Soma mine and the search for those responsible for the tragic disaster have been continuing, while a new bill that could expand the…
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20 May 2014 News Roundup

Photo credit: National Turk, www.nationalturk.com  The fire in Soma Mine that killed 301 workers has put the whole nation to mourning. The deadliest mining disaster led to protests against the government’s policies on…
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6 May 2014 News Roundup

Disputes over celebrating International Workers’ Day in Taksim Square led to strong police intervention against those gathered for May Day. Press freedom in Turkey dropped from “partially free” to “not free” category by the…
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22 April 2014 New Roundup

While the discussions about Presidential elections and who will serve as Turkey’s next PM intensify, parliament approved the controversial Intelligence Law. Disputes and clashes between unions and the government over permission to…
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15 April 2014 News Roundup

Democracy in Turkey is being fundamentally questioned: the ban on YouTube continues; the workers are not given permission to celebrate May Day in Taksim Square; the Gezi Report claimed that using excessive tear gas was legitimate…
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8 April 2014 News Roundup

The recounting of votes in many cities and districts has been increasing the tensions on the streets, as well as the rivalry between the parties ahead of Presidential elections. The uncertainties regarding the first presidential…
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1 April 2014 News Roundup

Photo credit: RT.com /AFP Photo/Bulent Kilic The crucial local elections finally took place on 30 March after a turbulent week. An intelligence meeting on Syria was leaked on YouTube which was consequently banned by the government. Economy,…
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