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Occupy Chicago vs. Occupy Istiklal

The Occupy Chicago website appears moribund; the last blog post was in early July 2013 and the last YouTube video was posted two years ago.

On the other hand, near Taksim Square in Istanbul, Istiklal Street is still occupied by thousands of protesters who have gathered to oppose efforts by the government to track [...]

Going from Gray to a Rainbow in Istanbul

As you may know, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdo─čan has over the past few years been instituting policies that restrict civil liberties in Turkey, that prevent the Turkish people from freely assembling to air their grievances, and that have thereby fomented further resistance by free-minded people there.

Over the past year in Turkey, anti-authoritarian [...]

Istanbul joins Asia and Europe for Peace

The morning is rising over Kadikoy, a neighborhood of Istanbul that sits on the Asian side of the Bosphorus. In this photograph you can see the “iskelesi,” the ferry terminal that allows commuters to cross to all points on the European side.

At about 1 pm today Istanbul time, demonstrators will line up along [...]

Unity Through Tear Gas

I’m writing today from Istanbul, where I’ve been talking to a friend of mine who has been an active participant in the recent wave of demonstrations in Istanbul’s Taksim Square. “I never thought this could happen,” he told me. “The square was not one place filled with demonstrators of one mind. So many people [...]