Two Turkeys

Is it correct or not that Istanbul's Taksim Square was closed to May Day demonstrations? Generally there are two answers.

One answer is that whatever the government does is correct. When the government lifts the ban on Taksim, they should be applauded for the sake of freedoms. When they ban it, they should again be applauded for the sake of public order.

VIDEO: Turkey's May Day dog kicked by officer, chases police

After a Turkish policeman kicked him during a May Day demo in Istanbul, a stray dog has chased a patrol car, in scenes that went viral on social media.

The stray dog was kicked away by a policeman who was detaining a protester near Taksim Square on May 1. Soon after the incident, the dog started to chase a police car at the square, barking.

As it happened: Turkey marks tense May Day as police enforce lockdown in central Istanbul

As May Day demonstrations ended throughout Turkey, police have managed to keep the masses away from Istanbul's Taksim Square by taking extraordinary measures, detaining at least 203 people.

Opposition parties and some unions had announced that they were determined to march to the square from the nearby Be?ikta? neighborhood where they have been gathering from 10:00 a.m.

7th Istanbul Tanp?nar Literature Festival to host global writers

The Istanbul Tanp?nar Literature Festival will be held from May 4 to 8 with the theme ?City and Frontiers,? hosting dozens of writers from various countries.

Turkey?s first and biggest literature festival, the Istanbul Tanp?nar Literature Festival (ITEF) is set to be held between May 4 and 8, with more than 30 writers from 26 countries attending the festival.