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Istanbul mayor says mosque construction near protected grove to continue

Istanbul mayor says mosque construction near protected grove to continue

Mayor Kadir Topbaş announced that the court order for a stay of execution had been reversed following the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality’s appeal.

Comment(s) 10/31/2014

Istanbul makes audacious bid to be named European Green Capital 2017

Istanbul makes audacious bid to be named European Green Capital 2017

The competition will award the city that 'listens to what their citizens want' on environmental issues

Comment(s) 10/27/2014

Mosque construction halted in Istanbul grove, Üsküdar Municipality declares

Mosque construction halted in Istanbul grove, Üsküdar Municipality declares

Istanbul’s Üsküdar Municipality has decided to halt the construction of a small mosque next to the Validebağ grove, after activists continued to brave inclement weather by camping out at the site

Comment(s) 10/30/2014

Top Turkish court suspends bill clearing the way for energy facilities in national parks

Top Turkish court suspends bill clearing the way for energy facilities in national parks

A top Turkish court has suspended a bill that cleared the way for construction projects in national parks if it is considered in line with 'general public interest'

Comment(s) 10/26/2014

Turkish court suspends regulation opening olive groves for energy facilities

Turkish court suspends regulation opening olive groves for energy facilities

The Council of State ordered a stay of execution on Oct. 28 for a controversial regulaiton that opened olive groves across the country for the construction of energy facilities

Comment(s) 10/29/2014

Tension high in Istanbul grove amid police blockade

Tension high in Istanbul grove amid police blockade

Tensions over the mosque construction next to the Validebağ grove are growing

Comment(s) 10/26/2014

Police resort to tear gas against protesters at Istanbul grove

Police resort to tear gas against protesters at Istanbul grove

Tension at an Istanbul grove where local activists are denouncing the construction of a mosque near a protected area escalated as police confronted protesters on Oct. 28

Comment(s) 10/28/2014

Mosque construction in Istanbul grove continues despite court order

Mosque construction in Istanbul grove continues despite court order

The construction of a mosque in Istanbul’s Validebağ grove proceeded Oct. 23 despite a court’s stay of execution order amid growing outcry among local activists

Comment(s) 10/23/2014

Protesters park cars to block access to mosque construction site at Istanbul grove

Protesters park cars to block access to mosque construction site at Istanbul grove

Protesters demanding a halt in the construction of a small mosque in line with a court order next to a protected grove on the Asian side of Istanbul resorted to an unprecedented action

Comment(s) 10/27/2014

100-200 trees shouldn’t stop Turkey’s development: Energy minister

100-200 trees shouldn’t stop Turkey’s development: Energy minister

Taner Yıldız’s words, which evoked President Erdoğan’s dismissive remarks about 'a few trees' during the Gezi protests, came a day after a group of local activists were beaten by private security guards

Comment(s) 10/23/2014

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