Library of daily pictures took with my iphone
There's no straight lines from A to B - No compass to show me where to go, I maybe find a white rabbit whispering that it must be too late...but that's all. So many criss-crossed roads, some are darker, some I would want to take once more. The map is ever changing, my mind too. This is my life, there is no answers.
It's not an easy map to follow, you'll not ever find it inside of any car, there are hills and valleys all around - But, somewhere there's a spot - where your best can be found. So, enjoy the roads you've chosen and the experience so far, because tomorrow, we don't know where we go.
By now you will have seen pictures of police battles, burning tires, riot shields and tear-gas – stricken protesters. These images have become so familiar to us that we are almost immune to them. But what you can't get from the pictures is the extraordinary transformation that took place in Istanbul.
What began as a protest against the demolition of one of the few remaining green spaces in Istanbul has become a beacon of radicalization for the whole country. Suddenly many demonstrations against the government started all over Turkey for numerous grievances, including Prime Minster Erdogan’s alleged abuse of power, his regime’s arrests of journalists, his “Islamist” agenda, and his push for a new constitution that will concentrate power in an expanded presidency . What is particularly interesting about this new development is that it blurs religious and ideological boundaries!
But there isn't a coherent plan, rather a cry of pain. The greatest problem in Turkey right now is the lack of political opposition.
This is a crossroads for the country. If the government realizes that it represents those who have not voted for it just as much as those who have; and celebrate diversity through more democracy, freedom of speech and human rights, Turkey could become an exemplar state throughout the Muslim world. If the government takes the other path, however, and uses today's tensions as convenient propaganda material for the forthcoming elections, not only will Turkish democracy be badly bruised, but the entire region will also be affected.
‘Prague stands at the crossroads of history, where past and present converge. Here, the representatives of religious and worldly powers have clashed with one another in argument and battle. For in Prague, history has seldom paraded as light-hearted entertainment, burlesque or empty comedy. Its constantly repeated themes are far more serious: they have to do with the nation’s very existence’.
Vaclav Havel, President of the Czech Republic