Will Istanbul’s Massive New Canal Be an Environmental Disaster?

IstanbulOn a bluff overlooking the Sazlıdere Dam just west of Istanbul, a bust of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, modern Turkey’s founder, is accompanied by a quote: “The villager is the true master of the nation.” But the villagers here know little of what the government plans for them, except that they will not be

The survival of historical structures against time and quakes

Istanbul’s world known historical structures are being reinforced against future earthquakes thanks to works initiated by the Culture and Tourism Ministry over the last 10 years
Checks for asbestos, which is considered carcinogenic material by the World Health Organization, is only obligatory in seven of the Istanbul districts ahead of demolition works, experts have warned.

Istanbul continues to slide down Mercer Quality of Living Survey

Istanbul has continued its slide down the annual Mercer Quality of Living Survey, with the latest report released on March 20 citing “severe political turmoil in Turkey.” Istanbul ranked 134th on the Mercer 20th Quality of Living Survey, down one place from last year’s ranking and 12 places down from the

How European is Istanbul?

Europe and Turkey have a lot in common. Istanbul for one. The metropolis of 15 million is not merely geographically part of Europe. A foray through the city of contrasts. A young woman poses on a roof overlooking Istanbul (Rena Effendi)

Freelancing abroad: Istanbul through the eyes of Pesha Magid

“Freelancing abroad” is a new IJNet series that explores the lives of freelance journalists who have relocated abroad. When she first arrived in Istanbul, Turkey, American journalist Pesha Magid reached out to journalists she was following on Twitter to form her new network. “They were incredibly warm

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