Often described as a land straddling both east and west, Turkey – with its vast array of cultures, industries and political opinions – remains as relevant to global narratives today as it was during the period of the Ottoman Empire.
July’s edition of Al Jazeera’s award-winning monthly magazine focuses on all things Turkey, as the nation grapples with protests and new voices of opposition against the government, while also managing to operate on the world stage with deft hand.
Turkey has gained notable economic success over the last decade, and continues to be both a Western ally and a regional power-player as Syria’s ongoing war sends shock waves beyond its borders.
At the heart of the country’s complexities is the prime minister, and his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP). Both adored and abhorred, Recep Tayyip Erdogan finds himself in the unenviable position of falling prey to the policies of NATO, the taciturn manoeuvrings of the European Union and a rousing protest movement.
Featured in this issue are:
The Occupy Gezi Park movement: A new way of opposition – The Gezi Park protests, seen as a breaking point in the recent political history of Turkey, could be defined within the framework of a new social movement. But how significant are they to the country’s political future?
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