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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...
The new Arab man
A growing number of Arab men are not only championing the rights of women but also challenging traditional...
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,...
Rouhani says Iranian women are not second class citizens
Syria's Assad visits recaptured Christian town
Four French journalists captive in Syria free
Egypt at a crossroads – between denial and apathy
Blame the media before the guns
#April13: How can we not forget?
Lebanon’s history retold in comic bubbles
Top Egypt censor quits after "adults only" film pulled
Egypt pulls Lebanese star's "adults only" movie
Iran oil exports rise to 1.2 million barrels per day
Libyan oil back on global markets - after blockade that cost $14 billion
Iran says would be reliable gas supplier for Europe
Face-to-face with protest tourism in Palestine
Why Palestinians go to Auschwitz
Syrian refugee children plan for green cities and schools
Creative Marrakech is still at the top of its game
They flew to Jordan to jump out of a plane. It looks pretty awesome.
Outdoor adventures beyond the city – how to make the most of UAE this spring