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I can’t write

I can’t write

By | July 27, 2013 at 9:18 am | No comments

If only I could write about a long awaited beautiful summer finally arriving in Paris, cheerful young people running to both banks of the Seine river in order to have long and happy picnics, about the saxophonist practicing jazz tunes every afternoon under the shade of centuries...

Posted in: Extra Luggage, Featured

#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

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

April 24th

April 24th

By | April 25, 2012 at 2:06 am | No comments

Guillaume Perrier (Le Monde) Again this year, the commemorations  of April 24th, 1915 the anniversary of the Armenian genocide, were held in Istanbul. Since 2010, the Turkish government allows public demonstrations. At 13.00 the supporters of the IHD (Association of...

Posted in: Featured, Turkey

Greece and Turkey: The new émigrés | European Journal

Greece and Turkey: The new émigrés | European Journal

By | March 11, 2012 at 2:48 pm | No comments

Deutsche Welle Many Greeks are considering emigration because of the severe economic crisis at home. More and more of them are deciding to leave for Turkey.In the past, Greeks who emigrated abroad most often went to the United States, Germany, France and Britain. But now that...

Posted in: Featured, Greece

Finkel on “Fetih 1453” on New York Times

Finkel on “Fetih 1453” on New York Times

By | March 4, 2012 at 11:35 am | No comments

Below you may read the comments of Andrew Finkel as published in New York Times blog on "Fetih 1453" (Conquest 1453), well criticized epic movie recently started in cinemas in Turkey. A City Under Siege Andrew Finkel These days the answer to “they don’t make ’em like...

Posted in: Featured, Konstantinoupolis, Turkey

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