Tag Archives: #direntürkiye

#Duranadam ve #Durankadın: The Karagöz puppets stand in silent protest


Last night at approximately 8 PM Istanbul time, a single man began standing, silently, knapsack at his side in Taksim Square. He stood this way, as I understand it without speaking, for a number of hours. Soon, people understood that … Continue reading

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#DirenTurkiye: The Karagoz Puppets provide a socio-historical cheat-sheet for what led to #OccupyGezi


Last night, I was moved to write a blog post after 12 hours of watching horror after horror unleash on the 99% of peaceful protestors in Istanbul.  What was worse was knowing we were not seeing it in the other 77 … Continue reading

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Taksim Square and #OccupyGezi: Of birds and bees, dogs and trees


We have heard much about the peaceful protesters (a.k.a. “çapulcular“) who have gathered in Istanbul’s Taksim Square – and some about the non-peaceful protesters (who many postulate are actually police working undercover as protestors, and we agree based on photos … Continue reading

Posted in On Islam and Muslims, Turkish Controversies, Turkish-American Matters, Visits from the Karagöz puppets | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments