From Washington to Istanbul with love

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Turkish Embassy in Washington, DC

Members of GetEQUAL, Code Pink, and the Maryland Bridge Light Brigade sent an illuminated one-word message to the Turkish people: “RESISTANBUL.” They spelled out the catch-phrase for the protests sweeping Turkey in blue lighted panels in front of the Turkish Embassy in Washington, DC on June 23.

Organizer Ellen Sturtz said, “GetEQUAL is inspired by the Turkish LGBTQ community and their fight against homophobia and discrimination by Turkish society and its own government.”

Turkish LGBTQ activists support the thousands of protesters in Taksim Square concerned about marginalization of secular cultures in Turkey. The LGBTQ community plans a Pride March in Istanbul on June 30th.

“We are happy to stand and take up our moral obligation to join in the struggle for justice and dignity in their lives,” Sturtz said.

Photo of the Day: Cold War continues

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Photo by Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin both looking a little cranky at the G8 Summit in Northern Ireland on June 17, 2013.

One week later, Putin takes no action when Edward Snowden arrives at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport. Snowden’s current whereabouts are unknown.

No leader looked particularly happy after the G8 Summit in this ominous photo:

Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images