Istanbul’s Taskim Square: Sycamore Trees vs. Shopping Malls

Date: July 18, 2013

The arc of the Arab spring was supposed to be different in Turkey based on Prime Minister Erdogan’s economic accomplishments, Turkey’s new found respect as a regional power and its success in demonstrating that Islam and democracy were compatible.

But now, as in so many countries – Egypt, Brazil, England, Portugal, India, China, come the protests. Did you know that half the demonstrators participating in the Istanbul protests are WOMEN – scarves or no scarves!