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Letters from Istanbul
Updates on large and small developments from our Turkey correspondents.
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...
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...
The ties that bind Obama to Bush run across the Middle East
The U.S. response to the Arab Spring has exacerbated anti-American sentiments in the region, weakened...
Why don’t men cover their faces?
Yemeni blogger and journalist @HindAleryani tells her intimate story about what's feminine and masculine...
The Narcicyst and Omar Offendum: Our internationality is our nationality
Anyone familiar with Arab hip-hop will know that The Narcicyst and Omar Offendum are two of its biggest...
Tunisia boosts security as Salafists vow to defy ban
Iraqi violence kills eight
Bomb explodes near three embassies in Tripoli
Wladimir van Wilgenburg: Barzani and Öcalan
Garret Pustay: US must take the lead in Syria
Adra El Azzouzi: Qatar and the UK – friends with benefits
Iran's Oscar winner scores Cannes hit with melodrama
War photographers share insight in new work
Resistance Recipes: Daily struggles and triumphs under occupation
CSR in Saudi Arabia: far behind or another path?
Qatar buys into billion-dollar Milan skyscraper project
Kuwait suspends executives over Dow Chemical payment
Syrian refugees in Egypt return home to fight
Tel Aviv’s exhibition scene
Syria and Iraq – will the newfound friendship last?
My favourite neighbourhood in Benghazi
Hidden gems of the Middle East
Bahrain’s culinary scene goes back to basics