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Ecumenopolis’ displays dark side of İstanbul’s growth

Sunday’s Zaman

A German/Turkish documentary film, ?Ecumenopolis,? directed by İmre Azem, questions the future ofİstanbul as it looks at the rapid urban transformation of the city and new urban construction projects planned for 2012. The film investigates İstanbul’s

Sotheby’s: İstanbul property market rivals London, Paris

Today’s Zaman

Some areas of İstanbul have become as attractive as marquee addresses in London and Paris, says Turkey’s Sotheby’s International Realty General Manager Arman Özver. Özver told Sunday’s Zaman that İstanbul’s unique position as a geographic and cultural

Video: DIFF trailer – Do Not Forget Me Istanbul
The National Newspaper
In these six 15-minute short films, intense human emotions play out through multi-ethnic narratives that make Istanbul romantic and mysterious

Uncensored: Art And Politics Converge At Istanbul Contemporary Art Fair
Forbes
Now in its sixth year, Contemporary Istanbul stands as something of a symbol for the changes that have overtaken this city in the past decade, not just culturally, but socially, as well. To visit the fair is to watch an entire country change,

Megacity with ambitions to match

by Acturca
Financial Times (UK) Wednesday, December 14, 2011 Special Report : Istanbul: Business & Finance, p. 1 By Daniel Dombey If Istanbul addresses its infrastructure problems and mitigates earthquake risk, it can rank among the world?s great centres, writes Daniel Dombey Standing between the tramline and the Grand Bazaar, with no plaque to mark it out,

From Istanbul With Love | Garance Doré
This weekend, I was in Istanbul with Scott for the Elle Style Awards ceremony. Some day, if you play nice, I’ll tell you about the fiasco when I went to get my

Turkey: first photography museum opens in Istanbul
ANSAmed
(ANSAmed) – ANKARA, DECEMBER 9 – “Turkey’s first photography museum” has been opened inIstanbul, and will house and display examples of the art of photography and promote its development. The “Photography Museum of Istanbul” opened last month and,

New Istanbul Aquarium Offers Views From Under the Sea
New York Times (blog)
By SUSANNE FOWLER In a city surrounded by bodies of water, the new IstanbulAkvaryum, or aquarium, offers a peek at what lies beneath. At the aquarium (Senlikkoy Mahallesi Yesilkoy Halkalı Cad. No: 93; istanbulakvaryum.com), which opened in July,

TRAVEL: A taste of tradition in old Istanbul
Hemel Gazette
Cold weather, cultural clashes and cuisine worthy of Sultans follow Sarah O’Meara around her week-long tour of Istanbul. A wise restaurant manager once told me Turkey enjoys what residents call ‘a posthumous summer’. Mid-way through October,

FSX Istanbul Ataturk Airport Scenery
Fly Away Simulation
FSX Scenery-Istanbul Ataturk Airport (LTBA). The biggest and the busiest Turkish airport. Meticulously detailed and realistically depicted FSX scenery for Istanbul’sAtaturk International Airport. Created with 3ds max from scratch, the scenery includes
Eric Cantona in Istanbul documenting Galatasaray Fenerbahce Rivalry
National Turk English
Manchester United icon and legend Eric Cantona resides nowadays secretly inİstanbul, the surly superstar was liaising in Istanbul for his documentary on Fenerbahce Galatasaray derby since 3 weeks. Istanbul ? NationalTurk ? For anyone who saw and

Istanbul: The call to prayer
NZ Herald
Stall holders at Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar close up shop to observe the call to prayer. Mauricio Olmedo-Perez and Charlotte Whale, two Kiwi journalists who’ve been living in London, are taking the scenic route back to New Zealand.

iDANS Festival ? to be ?at work? in Istanbul

Istanbul will host the fifth annual iDANS Festival from Sept. 30 to Oct. 23. This year the event?s conceptual framework is ?At Work.? Organized by Bimeras Cultural Foundation, the program will feature discussions, stage performances, public space interventions and workshops as well as informal meetings.  Organized by Bimeras Cultural Foundation, the program will feature discussions, stage performances, public space interventions and workshops as well as informal meetings.

Shiite Muslims mark day of Ashura
Washington Post
Turkish Shiite people take part in a religious procession held for Ashura in Istanbul. Ashura commemorates the killing of Imam Hussein, a grandson of the prophet Muhammad, by armies of the caliph Yazid in 680 AD Tradition holds that the revered imam

Greece’s Eleftheria Arvanitaki set for İstanbul concert
Today’s Zaman
Eleftheria Arvanitaki, one of Greece’s gifts to the world music scene, is kicking off the second week of this month’s WOMIST World Music Festival in İstanbul with an eagerly anticipated appearance on Tuesday night at the TİM Show Center in Maslak

450 thousand Russians visited Istanbul
cottages-for-holidays.com
Over 450 thousand tourists from Russia visited Istanbul, the main tourist city of Turkey, during 11 months of 2011. In total Istanbul tours from January to November were bought by 7.5 million people. Most tourists were Germans.

Galata Bridge, Connecting The Old and New City

by Ali Akpinar

Remarks for Istanbul Process Conference
US Department of State (press release)
As Secretary Clinton said in Istanbul in July, by passing it, ?We have begun to overcome the false divide that pits religious sensitivities against freedom of expression.? The international community reinforced the spirit of Resolution 16/18 at the UN

Istanbul Conferences and Meetings Come to Life at The Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Turkey
MarketWatch (press release)
ISTANBUL, TURKEY, Dec 13, 2011 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) — Located on the shores of the Bosphorus, commanding magnificent views of the famous strait and only a stone’s throw from Taksim, The Ritz-Carlton, Istanbul is a perfect blend of culture,

Historic Istanbul: Pockets of history cast intriguing shadows
Financial Times
By Daniel Dombey Up on the Golden Horn, the curving estuary that has always been a glory of Istanbul, a small Greek church gives thanks every week for the city’s salvation from barbarian hordes ? in 626AD. The church of St Mary Blachernae was
Mysticism takes stage in İstanbul
Today’s Zaman
Organized by the İstanbul Metropolitan Municipality Department of Cultural and Social Affairs and Kültür A.Ş., the festival will take place at various locations on the city’s historical peninsula between Dec. 16 and 20, including the Aya İrini Museum,

Hillary Rodham Clinton | Istanbul Remarks

by M.A.M
Mavi Boncuk | Remarks at the Istanbul Process for Combating Intolerance and Discrimination Based on Religion or BeliefRemarks by Hillary Rodham Clinton, Secretary of StateWashington, DC
December 14, 2011

Art Galleries & Exhibition Halls, Asian Side

by Ali Akpinar

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