Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
Water cannons and tear gas helped Turkish police to disperse demonstrators marking the first anniversary of Gezi Park protests.
Taskim Square in Istanbul, Turkey's biggest cities, was virtually sealed off by 25 000 police preventing citizens from reaching the venue. Armored vehicles had been also deployed to safeguard a ban on gatherings this weekend imposed by the government.
I was planning to take on Prime Minister Recep Tayyip ErdoÄanâs claim that high interest rates beget high inflation - until I realized that I would be wasting my (and your) valuable time.
âThe heart has reasons that reason cannot knowâ is a famous saying of French philosopher Blaise Pascal. It was quoted by YaÅar YakÄ±Å, former foreign minister during the first Justice and Development Party (AKP) government, when he visited the Israeli Parliament (Knesset) last week to speak at a closed event.