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#Turkey: Stop lynching artists!

#Turkey: Stop lynching artists!

By | July 7, 2013 at 3:18 pm | 2 comments

During Occupy Gezi events in Istanbul, many artists took place in demonstrations which were held first to protest the demolishing of a public park near Taksim Square, but then elevated to a civil disobedience event throughout the country. (1) Memet Ali Alabora, prominent...

Posted in: Featured, Turkey

Turkey: Redefining the public space, one piece at a time

Turkey: Redefining the public space, one piece at a time

By | July 6, 2013 at 12:27 pm | 2 comments

Republic of Turkey was founded on a vast space of historical heritage circa a century ago in Asia Minor. Connecting western and eastern hemispheres of civilizations, the region is the classical melting pot of different aspects of Hellenism, Roman might, Caucasian and Middle...

Posted in: Armenians, Christians, Featured, Greeks, Minorities

#resistGezipark: alternative and international media for more media transparency

#resistGezipark: alternative and international media for more media transparency

By | June 19, 2013 at 9:43 pm | 4 comments

The Gezi Park events in Istanbul have triggered one of the largest and most serious civil unrest in decades in Turkey. It all started as a peaceful sit-in protest in order to prevent the demolition of the trees for the construction of a shopping mall in the park, but excess use...

Posted in: Featured, News, Turkey

Turkey: A vanity of oppression in three acts

Turkey: A vanity of oppression in three acts

By | June 19, 2013 at 8:57 pm | 3 comments

Once upon a time there were a park... Prologue: Turkey had a stable AKP government for 11 years. Picturing themselves as primary victims of an almost century old Turkish state mechanism, the Islamist party came to power with the promise of democratization and the help of...

Posted in: Featured, Human Rights, News

#OccupyGezi, the civil disobedience movement takes over Izmir

#OccupyGezi, the civil disobedience movement takes over Izmir

By | June 3, 2013 at 3:02 pm | One comment

In Turkey during the last decade of AKP government individual freedoms were in a recess. Party's unprecedented 53% majority in the last elections paved way to a borderline authoritarian regime where media was pressured for self-censorship, journalists and political activists...

Posted in: Featured, Smyrna, Turkey

Turkish Justice and Blasphemy: Why pianist Fazil Say was convicted – Die Zeit

Turkish Justice and Blasphemy: Why pianist Fazil Say was convicted – Die Zeit

By | April 29, 2013 at 12:30 am | 3 comments

Michael Thumann (Die Zeit) The decision on blasphemy which sounds like a verdict by a court in an Iranian city was taken by a 19th Magistrates’ Court in Istanbul. Most famous pianist in Turkey, Fazil Say was convicted on charges of blasphemy against Islam for ten months in...

Posted in: Featured, Freedom of Expression

KCK: Withdrawal of guerrillas from Turkey to begin on May 8

KCK: Withdrawal of guerrillas from Turkey to begin on May 8

By | April 25, 2013 at 6:10 pm | No comments

(ANF) Kurdish Communities Union (KCK) Executive Council President Murat Karayılan has held a press conference on the withdrawal of Kurdish guerrillas out of Turkish borders. The press conference, which was attended by KCK Executive Council member Zeki Şengali and...

Posted in: Featured, Turkey

Mysteries of Bali

Mysteries of Bali

By | April 15, 2013 at 2:08 am | One comment

We had had a tough year and needed to take a break from, well let’s say everything! I can’t think of a better place to go to than Bali when you need to get away, can you? Deciding better to avoid beaches full of surfers and pizza restaurants, we settled on Manggis which...

Posted in: Extra Luggage, Featured

Antioch – Conflicting Loyalties on the Doorstep of Civil War

Antioch – Conflicting Loyalties on the Doorstep of Civil War

By | January 11, 2013 at 9:20 am | No comments

It was a hot summer’s night of 2011, when I sat on a balcony with my family in my birthplace near the Syrian-Turkish border: Antakya, Hatay. My cousin’s relatives from Syria were visiting her. These guests were wealthy Christians that had a very modern air, as they sat...

Posted in: Christians, Featured, Minorities

An elegy to Istanbul: destroying the last remnants of metropolitan culture

An elegy to Istanbul: destroying the last remnants of metropolitan culture

By | January 7, 2013 at 5:04 pm | 2 comments

A few weeks ago a traffic jam forced me to walk through Tarlabasi, an old Greek quarter located in Pera district of Istanbul (Konstantinoupolis). While central Pera (Beyoglu) was where the turn of the century bourgeois lived, surrounded by elite stores and chic cafes, Tarlabasi...

Posted in: Featured, Konstantinoupolis, Turkey

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