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Letters from Istanbul
Updates on large and small developments from our Turkey correspondents.
Istanbul silently waits for a disaster
Few visitors know that Istanbul is due for a big earthquake and many of the citizens do not want to talk about it. That’s a recipe for catastrophe, writes Ola...
Istanbul’s Tarlabasi – a symbol of urban renewal
Alexandra Ivanoff tells a personal story of how she discovered true community in some 30 rag-tag, crazy quilt blocks that have now been demolished to become the...
Istanbul – portrait of an ever-changing city
“Istanbul is growing really fast,” smiles Osman with undeniable pride. He is nearly 40 years old and works in a large and fairly elegant café,...
A family tradition eroded by modernity
Bayram – Eid in the Arab world – used to be a time when Turkish families came together. But things are changing. Selina Bieber has met four Istanbulites who...
What Turkish columnists said about the Sledgehammer case
The sentences against over 300 military officers in the Sledgehammer case have not been universally hailed by Turkish columnists as just or as a victory of democracy. Few...
Turkey-based social gaming company looking to capitalise on online connectedness in the Middle East
While international gaming giants such as EA and Zynga turn to Western markets to find users, Istanbul-based Peak Games has found a strategy that evolves around...
The changing face of Karaköy
You may come across a poster of Ayatollah Khomeini on your stroll around Istanbul’s Karaköy neighborhood. But rather than this being a sign of Erdogan’s...
Turkey loses pole position in motorsports
The Formula 1 Grand Prix circuit generates more income per event than any other sport, and has over 600 million viewers worldwide. However, costs are rising for...
Turkey's growing art scene and the Istanbul biennial
Istanbul’s 12th Biennial ‘Untitled’ has become the darling of international art critics and praise continues to echo through the international...
10 reasons to visit Erbil
The new Iraq
Always wanted to visit Iraq, but were too afraid to go because of the security issue? Erbil, in the semi-autonomous...
Saudi campaign + Bob Marley = "No woman, no drive"
The #women2drive campaign for women's right to join the busy Saudi roads has taken a rather unusual turn....
Groovy Tunisian cover of Daft Punk's hit "Get Lucky"
The major hit "Get Lucky" has received a new audience in Tunisia. Take a listen!
Five inspiring Arab fashion designers
These designers have one thing in common – they all challenge conventional ideas about fashion...
Saudi opens luxury rehab centre for Al-Qaeda militants
Saudi Arabia is hoping to wean jailed Al-Qaeda militants off religious extremism with counselling,...
Atiaf Zaid Alwazir: The flawed media narrative on Yemen
“Reading mainstream media, one imagines that AQAP has taken over the entire country and that most Yemenis...
Tanker laden with Libyan rebel oil slips naval escort
Israel air strike kills three in Gaza
New BFFs? Egypt's Sisi lands in UAE for joint military exercises
"All I ask, is that we talk about it"
What's fueling the Syrian conflict
The new Cold War and the Middle East
Famous Syrian filmmaker Mohammad Malas released
"Is this the Oscars?" asked Netanyahu
Iraq commemorates 1920 revolt against Britain in new museum
35 stories of female entrepreneurs changing the Arab World
Start-up Nation 2.0
This is what the first Tunisian-made airplane looks like
The center of the Muslim World is being gentrified. Here’s why we should be upset.
"Mate" tea a long-time Lebanese hit
Egypt's revolutionaries seek new ways to shift from Twitter to ballot box
A visit to the most Arab of Turkish cities
10 reasons to visit Erbil
Indiana Jones left - it's the right time to visit Egypt