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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

Religion’s role in the Identity-shaping of Second Generation Migrants from Turkey in Germany

Religion’s role in the Identity-shaping of Second Generation Migrants from Turkey in Germany

By | January 3, 2013 at 9:39 am | No comments

In the context of a globalizing world, the question of identity becomes subject to change and challenge. This is especially relevant for migrant communities, and more so, as I argue, for the second-generation of a migrant group. Unlike the first, the second generation finds...

Posted in: Featured, Kurds, Minorities

Roboski Massacre: A road to redemption

Roboski Massacre: A road to redemption

By | December 28, 2012 at 12:01 pm | 2 comments

Most of us wake up in the morning and start our daily routine. Some a little early, some rather late. On December 28th, 2011 34 youngsters from Gulyazı village in southeastern Turkey near the Iraqi border did the same. You leave your house to arrive at your office if you are...

Posted in: Featured, Human Rights

An Abu Dhabi surprise

An Abu Dhabi surprise

By | December 22, 2012 at 6:15 pm | No comments

When my significant other told me to pack a suitcase yet again for a surprise trip, my mind started working faster then ever. After all how in the world I’m supposed to pack when I have not the faintest clue as to where we are going, what temperature I am supposed to pack for;...

Posted in: Extra Luggage, Featured

Giverny, Monet and lillies

Giverny, Monet and lillies

By | December 1, 2012 at 11:14 pm | No comments

“Have you ever seen Monet’s water lilies?” asked my friends. Have I ever seen them? I’ve seen them plenty of times indeed. Monet painted 250 of them, and they are on exhibit in major museums all over the world. And then there’s Musée de l’Orangerie in Garden of...

Posted in: Extra Luggage, Featured

La vie chez Rue Antoine-Vollon

La vie chez Rue Antoine-Vollon

By | November 23, 2012 at 3:26 pm | No comments

I was asked more than once how it feels to live in “la ville lumière”. People tend to think that we stroll daily in posh Avenue Montaigne and eat famous macarons accompanied by “les bulles” all the while enjoying world renown “séduction à la française”. The...

Posted in: Extra Luggage, Featured

Thirsty for blood

Thirsty for blood

By | November 17, 2012 at 2:58 pm | No comments

The basics don’t change. The basics are: people are born with rights. That’s what we, many nations of the world, have agreed upon and have put down on paper in international treaties and declarations. The right to self-determination, the right to express yourself in your...

Posted in: Featured, Kurds, Minorities

Equalized by injustice

Equalized by injustice

By | November 16, 2012 at 1:23 pm | No comments

There is a basic controversy intrinsic in human core: he thrives to belong to a group; thrives to be 'one' but at the same time he wishes to be distinguished. Especially when a tragedy is in question. On one hand you cannot stand to stay a spectator, you need to be close by. At...

Posted in: Featured, Turkey

Fréderike Geerdink, up close and personal on Kurdish Matters

Fréderike Geerdink, up close and personal on Kurdish Matters

By | November 13, 2012 at 1:11 pm | No comments

Fréderike Geerdink, one of the most active and exceptional journalists reporting on Turkey, talks about her new project: KurdishMatters.com. Working on human rights issues in Turkey since 2006, she has previously contributed to The Globe Times as well as SES Türkiye, ANP, HP...

Posted in: Featured, Interview, Kurds

Dead spirits society

Dead spirits society

By | November 10, 2012 at 1:11 pm | No comments

Mediterranean and Middle Eastern people are proud of their hospitality. It has been said that strong family ties are the pillars of those societies. Especially in times of need the family size gets bigger as an act of solidarity. In Greece, since the economic crisis hit the...

Posted in: Featured, Opinion, Turkey

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