Turkey has joined the U.S., Britain, and France in calling for military intervention in neighboring Syria, following the reported deployment of a chemical nerve agent against Syrian civilians.
For almost a century, the Kurds-one of the world's largest ethnic groups without its own state-have been deceived and double-crossed, their language and culture suppressed, their villages burned and bombed, and their people scattered; now they are major players in the Middle East.
Issues that fueled the May and June protests are hardly a laughing matter, and they are not about to quietly disappear.
Leading members of the Turkish Communist Party are being rounded up and arrested.
The Istanbul Gezi Park protests have been coordinated by a broad coalition called "Taksim Solidarity," which is composed of 117 different constituent groups, including trade unions.
Thousands of black-robed Turkish lawyers stormed out of their courthouses Wednesday, shouting about the alleged rough treatment of their colleagues by police.
Turkish trade unionists have piled into anti-government protests, marching into Istanbul's Taksim Square banging drums and waving banners.
Turkish protesters clashed with riot police in the early hours today after a night of noisy protests and violence in major cities.
This election is of significance because it took place in the context of the world crisis of capital. The crisis has hit Cyprus hard is due to the close connections of the nation's banks to the Greek economy.
The war in Syria has taken a turn for the worse with two recent developments: Turkey's military involvement, and the growing role of extremist groups.